For Immediate Release
After a two-year hiatus, the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE)—the largest trade show for the window covering industry in the world—returned in April, with the highest attendance in more than 10 years! “Given the extraordinary circumstances around in-person events, we were thrilled to have been able to produce IWCE again, which brought a diverse lineup of educational seminars, world-class speakers, and hundreds of products to thousands of attendees, making this show one of the most important gatherings in our industry’s history!” reported Grace McNamara, show producer.
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Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this year, IWCE featured 100 exhibitors and over 3,500 attendees representing 48 U.S. states and 34 countries. The energy and enthusiasm in Fort Lauderdale was overwhelming, creating a full-force comeback.
“Smartpad Pro’s first visit to IWCE has exceeded our expectations! Amazing efforts in getting the expo up and running again this year. Our first visit from Australia was definitely worth it and we have secured our booth for next year!” —Min Chua, general manager of Smartpad Pro
“Everyone who is exhibiting this year has said this has been the best show in years, I couldn’t agree more!” —Ed Williams, president of Texton
“We’re always looking for new ideas and how we can better serve our clients. We met up with colleagues, made some new connections and sourced fun new fabric for our designs. We loved getting inspired by all the innovation coming to our industry and we’re so glad to attend the first show since the pandemic.” —Christina Mignon, The Shade Monsters in New Jersey
“Our booth was busy from opening to closing. It became instantly packed on Wednesday and we made one of our best contacts during the last hour of the event. We have new leads from San Diego to Toronto!” —Gordon Clement, president of SecureShade
“Such an amazing experience, the vibes been incredible! It’s great to see everyone together and enjoying business as usual again. We’ll be back at IWCE next year!” —David Fezer, CEO of Alpha Tubular Motors
IWCE is the only gathering in the world dedicated exclusively to the largest window covering market in the world: North America. The event featured two full days of product exhibits and demonstrations and 50-plus seminars and special events. “Our boutique-style environment focuses on the business of window coverings, encouraging sales and networking opportunities for every level—retailers, designers, fabricators, manufacturers, workrooms and installers,” reported show producer Grace McNamara.
IWCE is also the home of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, which hosts its annual Product Innovation awards for manufacturers of new and exciting products and Window Fashion VISION magazine, which honors designers and workrooms with the VISION Design & Workroom Awards.
For more information, visit iwce-vision.com.
The International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE), North America’s only trade show and conference dedicated to window covering professionals, is the largest business networking and education event for window treatment professionals since 1986. This annual event is designed specifically for the window fashion decorator, designer, retailer, architect, workroom, installer, remodeler and stager. Thousands of U.S. and international visitors and buyers come for the latest products, technology and education in window coverings, as well as home decor and accessories. At IWCE, you’ll find leading industry suppliers, new and innovative products and unparalleled networking opportunities.
IWCE will be back gain in-person on April 20-21, 2023, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.