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materials & finishes show 2026

17 - 19 May 2026
NEC, Birmingham



28 Feb 2024

Trio of Brands set to Collaborate for Materials & Finishes Show Live Demonstration Debut

Three of the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries leading brands have announced that they will collaborate as part of the brand new Live Demo Zone at Materials & Finishes Show (Birmingham NEC, 19 - 22 May, 2024.)

Leitz Tooling UK, Advance Machinery Services (AMS) and The Joinery Network will work together on the show floor to produce a full timber window manufacturing demonstration, with two live demos taking place on each day of the UK’s trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries. 

Visitors will be able to see the end-to-end production of the timber window frame, which will be expertly crafted utilising AMS distributed Wadkin Bursgreen woodworking machine and Lignum tooling supplied by Leitz Tooling and The Joinery Network’s Owen Dare.  

This is the first time that visitors to Materials & Finishes Show (formerly W Exhibition) will have seen brands collaborate in this way as part of the brand new demonstration feature within the exhibition.

AMS managing director, Steve McGloin commented: “We cannot wait to exhibit at Materials & Finishes Show this May and are excited to announce our collaboration with Leitz Tooling and The Joinery Network, who share our vision of providing hands-on advice and support for the industry. Our demonstration is not to be missed!”

Leitz Tooling UK marketing manager, Ben Mitchell said: “Materials & Finishes Show is set to re-establish itself as the main event in the UK calendar and we did not want to miss out the opportunity to connect with the UK furniture manufacturing and joinery industries when the show returns this May. A leading global manufacturer of high-quality precision tools and tooling systems, we pride ourselves on providing expert tips and advice for the industry which is why it was a natural choice for us to participate in the new Live Demo Zone. We’re excited to showcase our collaboration at the event.” 

Owen Dare, The Joinery Network founder added: “When I set up The Joinery Network it was with the ambition to connect leading industry suppliers with joiners, bringing practical support. Our collaboration at Materials & Finishes Show, and our involvement in the new Live Demo Zone, embodies everything that we stand for as an organisation. I’m looking forward to meeting with visitors at the event this May.”

Alongside the manufacturing of a timber window frame, visitors will also be able to participate in a range of ‘hands-on’ activities and demonstrations from other brands across the four days. The Live Demo Zone will complement the new seminar theatre feature which will include four packed days of CPD certified learning content, from panel discussions and keynotes through to seminars delivered by industry experts.

Materials & Finishes Show event director, David Todd commented: “We’ve been excitedly waiting to announce the collaboration between Leitz Tooling UK, Advance Machinery Services (AMS) and The Joinery Network, following a successful trial run at the AMS customer showroom earlier this month. We know that visitors will be equally excited to see running machinery at the show, which is why we’ve developed the new live demonstration feature. 

“Alongside the timber window construction from these three companies, visitors will also be able to see tooling, paint and finishing brands deliver hands-on, practical demonstrations, bringing new products, innovations and technology to life for joiners and carpenters on the showfloor in a way like we’ve never done before at the event. 

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

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.

Materials & Finishes Show will mark the first opportunity for the UK furniture manufacturing and joinery industries to come together since 2018. Visitor registration is now live


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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!