Vibrant showing at WAI's Interwire 2013 and 83rd Annual Convention marks upturn
The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports that its biennial Interwire Trade Exposition and 83rd Annual Convention came to a successful conclusion April 25th at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Visitors from 59 countries, numbering some 4,000 industry professionals, participated in the industry's largest wire and cable marketplace in the Americas. Key influencers and purchasers from more than 300 wire and cable manufacturing operations were represented, approximately 80% of whom reported expected capital equipment expenditures of more than $50,000 in the next 24 months.
WAI President Richard Miller said, "Interwire provided that much needed meeting place for the industry. In this day of technology and extremely busy schedules, it is essential that we have a face-to-face forum where we can exchange ideas, facilitate innovation, and network. Interwire is that resource that serves to break-up our routine, while reflecting the incredible scope and potential of the wire and cable industry."
Wire and cable machinery was operational on the exhibit floor, which occupied 106,400 sq. ft. in Hall A of the GWCC. The exposition featured 435 companies representing 20 countries, and more than 150 wire, supply, and equipment categories. Sixty-five companies were first-time exhibitors. Companies from Austria and Italy were organized in international pavilions. And live production solutions demonstrations covered wire breaks, lubricants, surface processing, I.T. solutions for wire and cable, and innovation in diamond properties.
Pro football champion and keynote speaker Hines Ward shared lessons learned during his legendary rise to the top of the National Football League. Five instructors led the popular Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing course. Kia Motors manufacturing plant offered a facility tour. The Interwire golf tournament and 5K run drew 66 and 19 participants, respectively. The WAI opening reception and a new WAI Member Rewards and Annual Meeting featuring humorist Jeff Justice offered networking opportunities, raffle prizes.
Interwire was sponsored by: Sonoco—Platinum level; Continuus-Properzi S.p.A. and ExxonMobil Chemical—Gold Level; BASF Polyamide and Intermediates, Carris Reels Inc., Chemson Inc., Gem Gravure Co. Inc., SIKORA International Inc., Tenold Transportation, and Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.,—Silver level; Lloyd & Bouvier Inc., RichardsApex, and Standridge Color Corp.—Bronze Level.
In additional, Interwire was supported by: Amacoil Inc., American Wire Producers Association (AWPA), Baum's Castorine Co.; Carris Reels Inc.; Commission Brokers Inc.; Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; The InterWire Group; LEONI Wire Inc.; Lloyd & Bouvier Inc.; RichardsApex Inc., SIKORA International Inc.; Skaltek Inc., Sonoco, and the WAI Southeast Chapter.
Interwire will return to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 28-30, 2015.