SIBO Reboots: 2022 event to reconnect Quebec’s robust wood products industry

Exhibit sales are now underway for the province’s largest secondary cabinetmaking event to be held October 27-29 in Drummondville.

DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – Organizers of the Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO) have begun accepting applications for exhibit space, buoyed by the good news that Quebec is phasing out covid restrictions.

SIBO, historically the most important event for the Quebec secondary wood products industry, will take place from October 27 to 29, 2022 at the Centrexpo Cogeco in Drummondville. The three-day show will provide an exclusive opportunity for manufacturers and distributors of woodworking machinery, tooling, software, cabinetry hardware, lumber and plank products, and more to connect with manufacturers representing Quebec’s $8.2 billion wood products economy.

“Finally, Quebec will have an industrial woodworking show,” said Harry Urban, SIBO Show Manager. “We are delighted that exhibition requests and sales have really started to pick up now that the apparent end of the pandemic is upon us.”

On Feb. 8, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced that the province would begin phasing out restrictions with the ultimate goal of fully opening all gathering places, including major convention centers like Centrexpo Cogeco, to full capacity on March 14. The reopening plan is based on the continued decline in covid-related hospitalizations.

CCI Media, owners of SIBO and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), had planned to hold the first SIBO in over a decade in April 2020. The severe uncertainties created by the covid outbreak in America du Nord prompted the show to cancel.

“While the pandemic has stalled in-person events around the world for the past two years, it has not stopped Quebec’s wood products industry from growing. He also did not stop the development of new technologies, supplies and materials. “SIBO 2022 will serve as an important gathering place for industry vendors to showcase three years of new product launches.”

The SIBO 2022 venue, the Centrexpo Cogeco, is a state-of-the-art exhibition and conference center that opened in 2014. The facility is centrally located between Montreal and Quebec, at the crossroads of the ‘A 20 and the A 55. It has free parking for more than 1,200 vehicles, including a handful of charging stations for electric cars.

In addition to the three-day expo, Urban said SIBO will feature a diverse educational program focusing on management and technology issues. “We work closely with universities, trade associations and other industry partners to showcase important topics such as finishing progress, workforce development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies, including Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence if it applies to the woodworking industry,” Urban said.

“Our goal is to provide Quebec wood product manufacturers, large and small, with the latest products and information that will help them improve their operational efficiency and increase their bottom line,” Urban said. “In turn, SIBO 2022 will provide a valuable forum for industry suppliers to exhibit and demonstrate their latest products to grow their business in the single market for wood products in Quebec.

Additional information on the SIBO 2022 educational program and participant registration will be announced shortly.

For more information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact Harry Urban.

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