The 2014 Timber Processing & Energy Expo reflected an industry in an upgrade mode.
JoeScan was one of 167 companies to exhibit at the Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) held October 15-17 at the Portland Exposition Center. The event catered to the lumber, veneer/plywood and engineered wood products primary manufacturing industries.
Indeed non-exhibitor registration (mostly mill company and mill operations personnel) increased to 1,700, up tremendously compared to the event two years ago, which was the inaugural TP&EE as produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions and hosted by Timber Processing, Panel World and Wood Bioenergy magazines. In addition, more than 1,000 exhibitor personnel were on hand.
Donnell says the jump in attendance from two years ago makes perfect sense. “We thought it was good attendance in 2012, especially for our first show, and there were some positive signs in the economy then. But certainly the industry has become even more upbeat in the past two years, as evidenced by the tremendous amount of project business that was going on at TP&EE this time.”
The exhibitor hall was a tight sell-out, an adjacent corridor just off the main floor was packed with exhibitors, and several exhibitors set up tents and machinery on the outside lot in front of the hall.
“There was no room to spare,” Donnell adds, noting that exhibitors purchased more than 47,000 sq. ft. of space. “We had a waiting list of probably 30 companies who did not get to exhibit. That’s a good problem to have as they say, but we don’t like the thought of somebody not being able to get in.”
As a result, Donnell says the show organizers are considering moving the exhibit to an adjacent hall at the Portland Expo Center. It would offer a third more space. “Given the waiting list, and also that many exhibitors have indicated they want to increase their space at the next TP&EE in 2016, we certainly have to take a serious look at it.”