Canada’s WinDoor trade show wrapped up its three-day run at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on Thursday with a big turnout and attendees expressing a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the event.

Canada’s WinDoor show, which wrapped up on Thursday, featured an intimate setting at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

“The show went very well,” said Martin Boulanger, the marketing director with Energi, which won a special award on Thursday for bringing the most attendees to the show. “The quality of the participation was better than last year, and everybody put a lot of effort into their booths to attract customers.”

Exhibitors also enjoyed the intimate setting in Hall 1 of the International Centre. The booths were set up a little closer together than you usually see at big trade shows, and the three-aisle layout meant that attendees were guaranteed to pass every company at least once during a walk-through.

“I think that this hall is suited very well to this show,” said David Harris, the product manager of exterior films with American Renolit. “I think it’s got a few more people than in the past. Attendance today has been good.”

That sentiment was echoed by other exhibitors.

“The show has been great,” said Brandon Vander Heide of Fenestra, a Canadian purchasing co-op that brings together door and window manufacturers to leverage their combined purchases, create supply chain efficiencies and lower input costs. “Toronto’s been a great location. The show floor is a lot more compact, and we’ve been getting a lot more foot traffic. It’s been a really good show.”

“This hall is the right size for this show,” said marketing media director Bob Borkoski of Veka. “This is a pretty good venue. I like it.”

Officials with Fenestration Canada, the association that stages WinDoor, said attendance surpassed the 2016 show in Montreal, which ended up with 1,155 attendees.

Additionally, many exhibitors DWM spoke to expressed enthusiasm for the location of the 2018 show — Quebec City. The historic location, one of the oldest European settlements in North America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its architecture and scenic beauty. The show is scheduled for December 4-5.

Products Showcase

Machinery is always a big attraction at WinDoor, and this year’s Best Booth winner, INT Machinery, had a packed exhibit.

The company brought machinery from well-known European manufacturers to the show for both the residential and commercial door and window industries. For example, Yilmaz makes single- and double-head saws, copy routers, end-millers, and CNC cutting centers for PVC and aluminum extrusions. Thorwesten focuses on CNC machining and automated cutting centers for PVC window production. Pressta-Eisele promoted a corner crimping machine, while Mauri Macchine presented the 1VE-300-Eco spray machine.

JRC Machinery showcased products from three different companies in its booth.

The Kathy KS-S from EuGenie is the company’s popular seven-axis CNC horizontal door machine. JRC also displayed the vertical compact four-point welder from Sturtz and the Emmegi Phantomatic CNC machining center.

“The machinery helps attract lots of people to our booth,” said the company’s director of marketing, Emilie Forget.

Endura brought some familiar products to WinDoor, including its multi-point lock and Trilennium door hardware.

“We’ve upgraded all the parts and pieces, and it’s been a wonderful product for us,” said the company’s Sparky Godiksen.

Ultrafab showed off a multi-fin pile seal, as well as a new dust plug that will debut in 2018.

Energi’s large booth displayed a new contemporary window with a low profile and its lift-and-slide patio door. The extruded aluminum profiles on the exposed surfaces connect to a vinyl thermal insulation system in the window’s core, providing aluminum surface friendliness and superior thermal performance.

Veka’s booth was all about color. The company showed off its popular Black Onyx laminate, as well as new wood grain palette.

Screenco rolled out a new box-frame spring-loaded corner that eliminates inserting a compression spring. That reduces inventory, said the company’s manager of Canadian sales Jayme Tilley.

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  1. Best show in many years !!

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