April’s 63rd Word of Wood Convention held offered attendees fresh insights on the global trade war and regulatory compliance. Sponsored by the International Wood Products Association, the annual event presents networking opportunities, business solutions and market intelligence updates.
There were 270 attendees from 27 countries, including importers, U.S. manufacturers, wholesalers, offshore suppliers, and service providers to the global wood products industry. They discussed pressing topics such as the state of the trade war, compliance with Prop 65 and formaldehyde labeling, and emerging supply chain technologies.
“Our packed agenda confirms that the World of Wood is the leading venue for the critical players in our industry to gain the latest intelligence and collaborate on emerging issues,” Cindy Squires, IWPA’s executive director, said in a statement.
Highlights included a leadership session and breakout with Mark Horstman, co-host of the Manager Tools business podcast. Another session offered a deep dive on the latest compliance rules on Prop 65 and EPA/CARB formaldehyde regulations. IWPA’s Advance Wood Trade Compliance Course was also offered to attendees to learn more about sourcing strategies, risk assessment methods, and validation of supplier compliance to requirements.
The event featured the traditional passing of the gavel from Immediate Past President Caroline McIlvain of J. Gibson McIlvain Co. to Incoming President Kenny MacMaster of Argo Fine Imports.
“Our industry is living through turbulent times, but we always rise to the challenge,” MacMaster said. “I look forward to serving IWPA to help shape our strategic vision as we navigate the new dynamics of global trade policy, environmental compliance, and the many other issues that we face.”
Next year’s World of Wood is scheduled for Apr. 1-3 in Savannah, Ga.
For more, visit www.iwpawood.org.