We all know people are spending so much more time on their phones and tablets these days – but why isn’t it helping you improve your sales and bottom line results?
This hands-on workshop will be presented in three parts:
Date: End of June 2016 (exact date TBC)
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Kelowna, BC
What Is Digital Marketing?
It seems like everywhere you go there is someone who is tasked with Digital Marketing. In fact, many people now have titles such as Digital Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Operations Manager, and Manager of Digital and Online Marketing. But what is Digital Marketing? I have heard it described as any marketing involving electronic technology and data collection…
Based on the feedback from our members and Sector Advisory Groups, BC Wood has put together a comprehensive list of market development activities for the coming year. Following the links for information on a few we are recruiting for now:
If you are looking to market your products and connect with designers, architects, builders/developers and consumers, join the BC Wood Pavilion at Interior Design Show Vancouver (IDS West) , Sept 22-25th, 2016. Click here for more information on this show.
If you would like to exhibit in Western Canada’s largest trade show and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries, join the BC Wood Pavilion at Buildex Vancouver, Feb 15-16th, 2017.
Click here for more information.
HD Expo 2016 Show Report
BC Wood and members participated in the HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 4th to 6th. Four member companies attended including Barker Manufacturing from Victoria, Live Edge Design from Duncan, Stick & Stones Furniture from Squamish, and Nico Spacecraft from Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast.
We were thrilled that the Kawa Table, a collaborative piece from Live Edge and Stick & Stones, won the award for best Casegoods & Freestanding Furniture!
This is a very important show for our furniture and design sector as over 900 exhibitors from around the world present their products to interior design companies, architecture firms, resort developers, specifiers, and purchasers that are looking for the latest, most innovative and creative products for their renovations and new builds. Some of our exhibitors sold product directly off the floor!
We turned our 600 square feet into a cohesive, attractive display of our member’s products and received many accolades from visitors on the overall presentation.read more
BC Wood at the BAU 2017 Show
BAU is the largest and best known building products show in the European market. The BAU fair, held every two years, attracts over 240,000 attendees. Some 50,000 of these attendees come from neighboring Western European countries and the ex-Soviet Bloc countries. This year, the event will be held from January 16 to 21, 2017. A unique feature of the BAU show is that it consolidates companies featuring wood products and wood building systems in one of its sixteen halls. So while the show is very large, the majority of potential customers for wood based products and building systems are concentrated in one display hall.
Throughout Western Europe and particularly in resort regions that have a high percentage of second luxury homes (such as the Alps in France, Germany, and Italy and the Pyrenees region of Spain and France), there exists good potential for manufacturers of log and timber frame homes. The BC handcrafted style, featuring large diameter logs and heavy timbers, have a unique appeal to these wealthy homeowners.
High quality finished building materials such as decking, siding, roofing, flooring and millwork are all in demand. Specialty lumber such as Douglas-Fir, Hemlock, and a range of hardwoods are also highly sought after by manufacturers in the emerging markets of the post-Soviet bloc countries.
In January 2017, BC Wood plans to organize a large display at the BAU fair for member companies and other Canadian forest products associations. While the show is not for another ten months, its’ high-profile means that the show sells out quickly and our organizational efforts need to start now. Space is limited, so, for more information regarding the BAU show, BC Wood’s participation, and costs, please contact Brian Hawrysh at 604-882-7100 or directly at email@example.com more
Japan Home & Building Show 2016
Once again, BC Wood will be organizing the Canadian Pavilion at the Japan Home & Building Show on behalf of the wood industry. The venue will be Tokyo Big Sight as usual, but the dates have been pushed up by several weeks as Tokyo is preparing for the Olympics thus new facilities are being added to Big Sight so it can host some of the competitions. This year the JHS will run from October 26th to 28th.
There will be a few other big changes to this year’s show in addition to the schedule change. Japan decided to host the 2020 Olympics in order to market itself to foreign travelers. However, for a variety of reasons, the number of in-bound visitors already surpassed the official goal of 20 million by 2020 last year and now the target is 40 million visitors in 2020. As a result, Japanese hotels are running at full capacity so many operators are making investments in both existing and new properties. The organizers of the Japan Home Show have been watching this trend and have decided to target this industry by adding a new zone for interior fixtures to this year’s show. This along with Japantex, which will again be held together with the JHS, will mean that the show will draw in more architects and designers than ever before.
Additionally, the JHS organizers are for the first time adding a dedicated kitchen and bath zone which will tie in nicely with this new design focus for both the housing and hospitality industries. It has always been strange that Japan did not have a kitchen and bath show so it is great to see the Japan Home Show adding this. To make room for these new zones, the organizers moved the hospital industry exhibition to a separate show and thus freeing up all six of Big Sight’s East Halls for this year’s Japan Home & Building Show. It will be big!
Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim Ivanoff at firstname.lastname@example.org more
Below are a few pictures of the teak.
The boards have been in my shop for about a year and a half. I know what harvested teak goes for and this stuff is not that. From what I’ve revealed so far, this teak is just stunning. I found some Asian looking script on the end of a few boards.
Most boards are at the 12 to 14 ft length but many are longer, only a few shorter and the shortest is is probably 11ft. The width range quite a bit. Most are 2¼” thick, a few at just over an inch thick and a few at over 3″
If you are interested, please contact me.
As March 31st marked the end of our 2015-16 fiscal year, this article will be a year-end review on the Specifiers Program. 2015-16 was a very full year including Lunch & Learn sessions, Group Seminars, Factory Tours, the US Pacific Northwest Workshops, Alberta Workshops, and the Wood First Forum at the GBM.
Specifier Lunch & Learn Sessions:
42 Lunch & Learn sessions were held throughout the year. The trend of implementing two 30 minute sessions instead of a single 60 minute session continued to resonate with Specifiers and Industry alike. The spilt this past year was approximately 50/50.
4 major group seminars were held including seminars in Kamloops, Kelowna, Victoria, and at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. While all were well attended and eventful, the one that comes to mind is the session held at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria. This group seminar focused on the One Tree Exhibit at the Centre and included profiles of several manufacturers that produced 42 different pieces of furniture made from one 150 year old Western Maple that had to be cut down. All pieces were on display and designers and architects from all over the Victoria area attended this session. Seeing the skill of local craftspeople who produced some of these wonderful pieces was truly gratifying.
Four factory tours were held in the past year including tours of a millwork company in Sidney, a timber frame company in Kamloops, a timber drying facility in Squamish, and a reclaimed timber facility in Maple Ridge. In total over 130 architects, designers, contractors, and engineers attended these tours.
US Pacific Northwest Architect Workshops
For the third year in a row, BC Wood was joined by 5 companies from industry, each giving a 30 minute educational presentation on their respective products and services. These sessions were held in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. Approval was obtained from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 2.5 HSW/LU Educational Credits (these are the best educational credits AIA approves) for all the registered architects and designers who attended. In total, 126 professionals, mostly architects, registered for the three sessions.
Alberta Architect Workshops
As with the US sessions, BC Wood organized a group of companies from Industry to go to Alberta to present product knowledge / educational seminars for Alberta Architects, Designers, Contractors, and Engineers in key Alberta centres including Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge. Using the US model, each company gave a 30 minute educational presentation on their respective topics. Approval was obtained from the Alberta Association of Architects for 2.5 Educational Credits for all the registered architects and designers who attended. In total, 92 people registered for the three sessions with the vast majority being architects.
Wood First Forum
This has been a very popular event for both the specifiers and many exhibitors at the GBM. Specifier activities included seminars on Thursday with excellent speakers from Japan, Austria, Boston, and locally. On Friday, we held our popular Mini-Seminars and Site Tour in the afternoon. Also offered were Lunch & Learn sessions on Friday and Saturday featuring key speakers. In total, over 70 specifiers attended.
Throughout the year, we continued to maintain relationships with a number of trade associations we felt are important to the success of the Specifiers Program with the goal of increasing the interaction between BC Wood and these associations. The associations we are working with include the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the Independent Contractors Business Association (ICBA), Architectural Woodworking Manufacturing Association of Canada (AWMAC), Interior Designer Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), and most importantly, the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC). We are pleased to report that all relationships were renewed for the coming fiscal year with an emphasis on greater collaborations going forward. We are also considering an additional 2 associations in the coming fiscal.
To summarize, 49 activities were implemented and were attended by close to 1,000 specifiers and support staff. Overall, a very full year.
As mentioned at the outset, the next Wood Connections will feature plans for the current fiscal year. Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at email@example.com or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.read more