August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


IWF 2016 Challengers Award Competition

What is the Challengers Award?

IWF 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the The IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award®.  The Challengers Award has become known throughout the world for recognizing outstanding companies who have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques that will advance the industry.

A panel of 10 distinguished judges, whom are all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry reviewed and analyzed each entry. The top twenty one finalists were announced at the end of May 2016 and final judging took place the day before IWF 2016 opened. On that Tuesday, the finalists performed live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who then made their final decisions on the most innovative product developments.

The 2016 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® culminated with a presentation held on the show floor on opening day during which the winners were announced and presented with the now familiar distinctive bronze sculpture.

For more information regarding t
he 2016 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® competition, please contact JP Roberts at or by phone at 404-693-8333.

See what recipients of the 2014 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® had to say:

Aiken Development LLC/Aiken Controls:
“Being a part of the IWF 2014 Challengers Award greatly multiplied our booth traffic, press coverage and onsite meetings.  Post show, we saw an increase in sales and are currently still receiving requests for our product information from IWF 2014 attendees."

Timesaver LLC:
"Timesavers was honored to be chosen as a Challengers Award Winner.  The recognition immediately brought potential customers to our stand at IWF 2014."

"Weinig/Holz-Her is very appreciative of the efforts IWF makes to expose attendees to innovation and new technology.  The Challengers Award has provided an opportunity for us to create customer awareness and exposure for new products developed for the woodworking industry.  The products submitted for the award are judged by a team of customers and end-users who are committed to identifying and recognizing industry leadership.  Weinig/Holz-Her is very honored to have received these prestigious awards and will continue to participate in this valued process for future shows.