Materials & Finishes Show (formerly W Exhibition) takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 19th - 22nd May, 2024. It is the primary platform for carpenters, joiners, machinists and installers to see running machinery, the latest materials, components, software, tools and innovations for the woodworking sector.

Alongside networking with the entire industry under one roof, visitors will be able to see thousands of the latest products on the UK market and speak directly to leading manufacturers and suppliers for the woodworking sector.

Here are our top five reasons to take time off the tools and visit Material & Finishes Show this May. 

Reason One – 100s of brands, 1,000s of products 

Whether you’re looking for the latest timber solutions, tools, fixtures, finishing products or machinery – Materials & Finishes Show really is a one-stop-shop. All of the very latest products will be available to compare, side by side, under one roof. As well as seeing the latest products, software and tools, visitors will be able to speak first hand to the manufacturers and suppliers behind the brands who will be lined up and ready to take their questions.  

Reason Two – Brand new Live Demo Zone

A visit to Materials & Finishes Show will give you access to the brand new Live Demo Zone. You’ll be able to see running machinery and demonstrations from brands including AMS, Leitz Tooling, The Joinery Network, Lamello and Rubio Monocoat who will be showcasing their products across the four days of the show. 

Alongside the construction of a timber window, 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 that has never been done before at the event. All of the sessions are live on the website for you to start planning your visit today. 

Reason Three – CPD Learning Programme

The brand-new CPD learning programme will deliver four packed days of CPD-certified learning content, from panel discussions and keynotes through to seminars, all delivered by industry experts. The programme has been carefully crafted to arm visitors with the latest information, knowledge and inspiration to help them do better business once they leave the show. 

Get ready for four days of sessions, from Navigating Compliance and Health and Safety Regulations, Social Media for Small Businesses, The Future of Factories through to Maximising efficiency and Minimising Cost: The Joinery Edition and Woodland to Workshop: Trees, Timber & Time. You can pre-book sessions via the Materials & Finishes Show website. 

Reason Four – Networking & Connect 

If you’re not able to take a full day out of the office, the show’s Sunday opening and late night on Tuesday 21st May offer additional opportunities for you to maximise your workweek as well as visit Materials & Finishes Show. The brand new Materials & Finishes Show Bar will provide an informal setting to meet clients and colleagues.

There will also be a big social meetup on Monday 20th May where you will be able to meet online content creators including Robin Clevvett, Tibby Singh, Alastiar Johnson and Derek Barreett who are part of the show’s new campaign. 

Reason Five - Miss it, and miss out

If you miss Materials & Finishes Show 2024, you’ll have to wait until the event returns in 2026. This is the main UK industry event platform to see every link in the supply chain under one roof, at the same time. Save time visiting multiple suppliers and distributors, cut out the need for more than one day to wrap everything up for the year ahead. Shop around, source, enquire, research, purchase, compare, network, learn – do all of this, under one roof, at Materials & Finishes Show. 

Register today at and you’ll receive regular updates in the run up to the event to make sure that your visit to Materials & Finishes Show is a successful one.