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Global Wire And Cable Industry Community Fully Engaged During Interwire Week

by wireworld on 05/17/2017 - 11:06 pm

Tag: Interwire

The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports that it had a successful showing of the Americas’ wire and cable industry fair, which, this year comprised three of its events: Interwire 2017; WAI’s 87th Annual Convention; and its first Global Ferrous Rod & Wire Symposium. Interwire week was held May 8-11, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 3,807 people participated.
 
Remarking on the event, WAI 2017 President David Hawker said, “Interwire was a success and it accomplished a number of our objectives. The training and technical programs and the Ferrous Symposium helped educate a cross section of industry professionals. 


We had a sold-out exhibit floor, tremendous involvement of corporate sponsors, and incredible level of volunteer participation, which all point to the health and commitment of WAI’s support network.


The level and stature of the attendees confirm that Interwire is a core event in our industry. During the show, we recognized four individuals from our manufacturing base for their contributions to the industry. I thank all who contributed to and attended the event and I look forward to Interwire 2019.”


Global wire and cable industry community fully engaged during Interwire week Highlights included: THE EXPOSITION


The Interwire Exposition comprised more than 400 exhibitors from 25 countries that participated to showcase wire and cable products, machinery, ancillary equipment, and services. Sixty-five companies were first-time exhibitors. The footprint of the show consumed 110,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space in Hall A of the Georgia World Congress Center.
 
“This was one of the best Interwires on record!” said MGS Sales Director Jeff Swinchatt, director of sales and marketing for The MGS Group. “We were excited to see all our friends from the industry and meet some new ones. This year’s event highlighted serious conversations and enthusiasm for our newest system capability. It was a great opportunity to show off our latest accomplishments and catch up with our friends.” 


Exhibitor Orlando Martinez of Davis-Standard LLC said, “The overall impression of the D-S team is that Interwire 2017 was a solid show and provided us with good leads. We learned about good projects we did not know about, and had a chance to meet with customers we’re currently working with in a more relaxed setting. Atlanta is such a great venue for this show.”


THE GLOBAL FERROUS ROD & WIRE SYMPOSIUM (GFRWS)


This first-time, “conference within a conference” was a discrete program focusing exclusively on topics of interest to the ferrous industry. The GFRWS schedule ran concurrently with Interwire offering technical presentations on processing, equipment improvements, testing, quality, and measurement techniques. The program also featured a Reception at the College Football Hall of Fame. 


THE WAI 87TH ANNUAL CONVENTION


WAI issued its top honors to Richard R. Miller, a former Southwire Company executive and winner of the Donnellan Memorial Award; and to Harold Moss, Mordica Memorial Award winner.
 
Keynote speaker Rick Smith, a 3D printing expert and best-selling author, had the full attention of the audience during his talk: “Our 3D Printed Future: How to Position Yourself and Your Organization to Successfully Navigate this Historic Shift.” 
 
The conference program included more than a dozen technical and practical presentations on nonferrous and general topics; the Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing primer course; a panel presentation on Industry 4.0; and a workshop on fines and annealing. The Manufacturing Management Workshop provided tailored instruction for operations managers and supervisors to pick up where on-the-job training leaves off.
 
Additional highlights included a two-part tour of Southwire Company LLC in Carrollton, Georgia, where visitors saw its Utility Products Plant and its Building Wire Cable plant; WAI’s Welcome Reception at the Omni Hotel; a member rewards luncheon and raffle; and Association leadership meetings.