IWF Challengers Award® Competition

What is the Challengers Award®?


The IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement 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 finalists will perform live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who will then make their final decisions on the most innovative product development. The Finalists will be on display in The Challengers Award Gallery throughout the duration of the show

Learn more about the IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® and see the 2018 Winners here.

For more information regarding the 2020 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® competition, please contact JP Roberts at jp@iwfatlanta.com or by phone at 404-693-8333.

See what recipients of the 2018 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® had to say:

Chad Giese, The Beck Fastener Group

"In 2018 we submitted a new innovation in the collated fastener area for the 2018 IWF Challenger Award.  It was our first time entering and the application process was simple and stress free because of the support of the staff with the International Wood Fair.  They were so quick to answer any questions that we had.  Being accepted as a finalist was such an accomplishment for the entire team at The Beck Fastener Group!  The judges asked very well thought out questions about LignoLoc, our patented collated nails made from wood.  Winning a Challenger Award at IWF in 2018 really propelled word of mouth here in North America for us and created a huge buzz at the show for us as well.  Winning this prestigious award was not only an honor and something that we have become very proud of, but also something that has given us some additional attention and focus in our targeted market space.

Shawn Pressley, Salice America Inc.

"Salice America submitted a new and innovative Salice Air hinges for the IWF 2016 Challengers award. The entire process was very simple and easy and we were given support and directions from the IWF team throughout the submittal and the finalist stage. The judges were all very open and asked us many questions about the product and its place in the market which gave us a great opportunity to get this new product ready for the market.

Winning the 2016 Challengers award for the new and innovative Air hinge and the print, video and word of mouth advertising we received has pushed this new and innovative product into areas we had not been in before. It has created customer requests to see and use the Air hinges. Being a Challengers Award Winner has shown to be a great benefit to Salice America."


IWF Challengers Award

What to See @ IWF:

Show Facts:

  • Name of Show:

    IWF - International Woodworking Fair, LLC


    Tuesday - Friday

    August 25 - 28, 2020

  • Show Hours:

    Tuesday - Thursday

    8:30 am - 5:00 pm


    8:30 am - 2:00 pm

  • Show Location:

    Georgia World Congress Center
    285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW
    Atlanta, GA 30313-1591