The W Exhibition & Elements organisers have announced new dates for the event, which will return to the NEC from 6 - 9 February 2022.
The postponement of the UK’s flagship event for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries follows a period of unprecedented uncertainty due to the ongoing global impact of COVID-19.
Organisers have taken proactive steps to move The W Exhibition from September 2021 to February 2022, creating a safer timeline for the industry to work towards.
The W Exhibition Managing Director, Nickie West said: “We have been in constant contact with the NEC throughout the pandemic to ensure that we deliver a safe and successful event when The W Exhibition returns. It’s our priority to deliver the best possible ROI for our exhibitors, and the best experience for our visitors.
“When LIGNA announced that it would be postponing its May event to September, and in fact directly clashing with The W Exhibition, we immediately entered a consultation process with each of our stakeholders to develop a new timeline that would preserve the success of the show both now and in the future. The new Winter 2022 timeline will allow us to do this.”
Following its February 2022 outing, The W Exhibition will return to the NEC in September 2023 before continuing to follow a biennial frequency, after LIGNA, thereafter.
Nickie added: “After an extended period of restricted face-to-face business we hope that the entire industry will share in our enthusiasm at getting back to doing what we do best. The W Exhibition & Elements is the UK’s flagship event for the joinery and furniture making industry and we are excited to showcase all of the latest products and machinery when we return in February 2022.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our stakeholders for being so supportive and understanding. From our exhibitors and visitors through to the WMSA and our industry press - we really do appreciate your support and patience.”
The W Exhibition has over 40 years of heritage, and continues to grow. It will return to the NEC for its biennial four-day showcase from February 6 - 9, 2022. The show brings together some of the world’s leading suppliers of woodworking machinery, materials and tooling.