AWFS® Expects Largest International Fair Attendance in 50 Years

Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) executives are set to attend two international trade expositions in Germany this month: Interzum and Ligna. AWFS leadership hopes by attending these important global industry events to increase international awareness and attendance at the AWFS®Fair, the largest woodworking machinery and supply event in the United States held in odd numbered years. For the first time ever, AWFS®Vegas has been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a U.S. Commercial Service's International Buyer Program (IBP) event that connects U.S. companies with foreign customers.

"AWFS®Vegas continues to build international prestige as more attendees, exhibitors and journalists experience what we have to offer. Attendance throughout Europe has risen sharply in 2007, and we hope to share the many exciting new programs offered with the participants of Interzum and Ligna," says Angelo Gangone, AWFS vice president of trade shows.

International attendance increased 134 percent in 2005 and pre-registration suggests a similar triple-digit increase in 2007. Pre-registration and exhibit space sales are tracking nearly 20 percent ahead of the 2005 Fair which boasted a 20-percent increase over the previous show.

The AWFS®Fair combines the largest exhibition of woodworking hardware and machinery, board and panel products, upholstery material, wood components, supplies, services and new technologies. This biennial event brings many of the nation's leading equipment and supply companies servicing the home and commercial furnishings industry together in one forum to discuss business opportunities, identify market trends and learn about new technologies.

Special services for visitors formally participating in the International Buyer Program as members of delegations organized by U.S. Consulates throughout the word include complimentary AWFS®Fair registration, a 10-percent discount on all College of Woodworking Knowledge® educational session, an invitation to the international buyer reception, an exhibit hall tour previewing the show and the opportunity to meet with U.S. companies and potential trade partners via the Department of Commerce's Matchmaking Program. AWFS staff, as well as representatives from the U. S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy will be available in the International Business Center (IBC) to assist AWFS®Fair attendees from around the world.

For more information, visit www.awfsfair.org


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