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materials & finishes show 2026

17 - 19 May 2026
NEC, Birmingham



01 Jan 2024

Barbour ABI Announced as Partner for Materials & Finishes Show 2024

Organisers of Materials & Finishes Show (formerly W Exhibition) have announced a new partnership with Barbour ABI, a leading provider of construction intelligence services with over 80 years heritage.

AMA Research, part of the Barbour ABI Group, will produce a detailed KBB and worktops market intelligence report, of which Materials & Finishes Show visitors will be amongst the first to hear the key insights when it is delivered as part of the CPD certified learning programme at the show next May (NEC 19 - 22 May, 2024.)

Speaking about the partnership, Peter Chesters, Barbour ABI marketing manager, said: “We’re excited to support the relaunched Materials & Finishes Show. Our AMA Research brand has delivered vital intelligence to KBB businesses through market reporting and bespoke consultancy for many years. In this especially turbulent time, we're really pleased to be delivering data-driven insights straight to the businesses that want to ensure future growth at the Materials and Finishes Show.”

Materials & Finishes Show event director, David Todd added: “The CPD certified learning programme is a brand new feature for Materials & Finishes Show 2024 and we are delighted to have the support of Barbour ABI as part of the programme to deliver content specifically targeted at the KBB and worktops segment of the show.

“Our visitors will be the first to access the Barbour ABI / AMA Research [PC1] KBB and worktops insight paper, as well as being able to hear the findings first hand from experts from Barbour ABI[PC2]  at the show. We’re looking forward to sharing further details of the partnership in the run up to the event next May.”

All areas of the material journey, from the initial stages of raw processing through to finishing and component supply for completed products, will be represented at Materials & Finishes Show.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see running machinery together with components, materials, technology and services for the manufacturing and processing phases of materials, alongside the latest products and developments for finishes.                                                                    

Materials & Finishes Show will attract buyers from every corner of the industry, from furniture and joinery manufacturers and designers right through to retailers, the KBB market, carpenters, joiners, worktop fabricators and stone masons.                                                                            

Materials & Finishes Show is the UK's leading trade show for machinery, manufacturers, processors and installers of wood and associated materials. The event, formerly W Exhibition, has over 50 years of heritage and will return to the NEC in its new and reinvigorated format from May 19 - 22, 2024.


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Materials & Finishes Show 2024 is now finished

After four busy days, the doors to Materials & Finishes Show 2024 are now closed. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2026!