High Impact Education

A comprehensive educational component has been added to EXPO 2015 – the 33rd Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – to be held June 10-12 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.  The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and the Forest Products Society (FPS) recently announced plans for “Forest Products INNOtech” on June 10, opening day for EXPO 2015.  View the Program Line-Up and Speakers.

INNOtech – short for Innovations and Technology Program – will be a program of technical seminars specifically geared to manufacturers of wood products and secondary processors. These seminars will offered alongside the scientific and technical sessions in conjunction with the FPS International Convention, to be co-located with EXPO 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The seminars will cover topics from advances in technology, and marketing and education, to wood and the environment, and wood in construction.

“This program of educational seminars will greatly enhance the EXPO 2015 experience,” noted SFPA exposition director Eric Gee. “Working together, FPS and SFPA can provide a venue to promote the industry, share ideas, as well as bring a new audience to the show,” he added.

“We are excited to partner with SFPA on the INNOtech programming,” commented FPS Director Craig McKinney. “This type of collaboration will provide attendees with opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking that they will not find anywhere else.  It will be a unique experience where you will see and touch the latest in technology and innovation on the show floor, while learning more about the hottest topics in the industry today,” he added.

Attended by scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and students from academia, government, nonprofit, and private industry, the FPS International Convention explores trends in global wood product markets, highlights the history and current status of markets, and discussed future opportunities for wood-using industries. In addition, industry leaders are recognized for their achievements in the field and contributions to the Society with the FPS Excellence Awards.

“We are excited to bring the SFPA audience to the Convention through the INNOtech programming,” added FPS Director Craig McKinney. “It will be a unique experience where you will see and touch the latest in technology and innovation on the show floor, while learning more about the hottest topics in the industry today.”