Stronger Canadian Market Bodes Well for Win-Door Show

Annual CWDMA event, set for November in Toronto, provides unique showcase covering full spectrum of industry
October 15, 2007
Markets & Trends
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With window and door markets across Canada generally healthier than they are in the U.S., Win-Door North America returns to Toronto November 13-15, poised for another strong year. Last year, the annual trade show organized by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association saw a 10 percent increase in attendance, and organizers are expecting well over 3,000 industry professionals for the 2007 edition.

“Everything that I have heard from all the exhibitors indicates that there was tremendous numbers and excellent quality traffic in all booths,” reports Robert Latour, CWDMA’s immediate past president, referring to the 2006 show. “After more than 10 incredible years, Win-Door North America has become truly synonymous with being the most focused show in the North American window and door market, and truly international in content. It just keeps gaining strength”.

Numerous exhibitors come from the U.S. and abroad, but Canadian suppliers generally take center stage at Win-Door. That seemed to be the case even more so last year. Several rolled out new products, particularly on the door side. Novatech Glass Inc., the supplier of doors, doorlites and other components, introduced new fiberglass doors in both woodgrain and smooth finish options. The Quebec-based company also launched a new entry door system targeted at prehangers featuring pre-installed multipoint hardware. Royal Group introduced RoyalPlast Door Systems, a new unit designed to bring the door expertise of Thermoplast’s Quebec door operations and Royal’s own patio door operations in Ontario.

On the window side, Canadian vinyl extruders used the event to promote new hybrid models. Thermoplast was showing what has become a popular option in the Canadian market—aluminum-clad vinyl windows. Quebec-based extruder Quadraplast took that concept a step further, showcasing a hybrid casement window design that can be fabricated as a vinyl-only window, an aluminum-clad vinyl unit, a vinyl unit with wood cladding on the interior and finally, a vinyl window with aluminum on the outside and wood on the inside.

This year’s event will feature the latest in hardware, glass, computer software, machinery, sealants, weatherseals, testing services and wood products for the window and door industries, organizers note. Canadian suppliers typically account for many of the largest spaces on the floor, but exhibitors from the United States will be well represented also.

Covering the full spectrum of the window and door industry, Win-Door remains unique among North American events in featuring exhibitors that produce profiles, hardware and components for the window market, and supply door slabs, doorlites and other related products to the prehangers market. The show attracts equipment suppliers serving the manufacturing and prehanging segments of the industry too.

An educational program accompanying the show kicks off Tuesday afternoon with Elspeth Murray from the Queens University School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, who will offer an in-depth seminar targeted at owners and managers of small and mid-sized companies. Prior to the show opening on Wednesday morning, Jeff Baker of WestLab will offer an update about codes and standards.

Also accompanying the Win-Door show is CWDMA’s regular business meeting, to be held Thursday morning. That session will feature a forecast presentation focusing on the Canadian window and door market, as well as an update on the code and regulatory arena, led by economist Peter Andersen.

A popular, and noteworthy, component of Win-Door is an exhibit area staffed by emergency management service representatives, highlighting CWDMA’s partnership with these groups to promote window and balcony safety. The booth hosts an annual golf putting contest that raises money for educational efforts to prevent child falls. CWDMA now works with a dozen Canadian city and provincial groups and through member contributions and Win-Door fundraising has helped to finance a campaign that includes an educational Web site,, and the construction of 14 safety demonstration units that are used to teach window and balcony safety lessons to children, parents and even babysitters. “Everyone wants to know how to keep children safe,” notes Henry Banman, current CWDMA president. “Education is the key. If we know what the danger to our children and grandchildren is, then we can protect them.”

Win-Door will once again be held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building. The show runs from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday evening, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 15. More information is available at

Win-Door Exhibitors  (as of August 22, 2007)
Accurate Fasteners
Adco Products Inc.
Allmetal Inc.
Alumet Manufacturing Inc.
Ameri-Can Machinery Ltd.
American Renolit Corp.
The Amesbury Group 
Apricot Coating Systems Inc.
Aribell Products Ltd.
Arlon ECP
Atech Machine Inc.
Bostik Canada Ltd.
Bronze Craft 
Canadian Homes & Cottages
Canadian Window & Door Manufacturer
Can-Best Building Sciences Corp.
CSA International 
Custom Surface Solutions
Deco Products Co.
De-Mar Window Hardware Inc.
Door & Window Manufacturer 
Door Com Distribution
Dusco Doors/Indepane
Elcia Canada Inc.
Fenetech Inc.
Fenzi North America 
Ferco Architectural Hardware
Fiberlink Inc. 
G&J International (Canada) Inc.
Glass Canada
Grafco International
Hitek Computer Systems
Hygrade Components 
Independent Corrugator Inc.
Indutec Alchemist
Inkster Park Millwork Ltd.
Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
Jamac Sales
John Evans’ Sons Inc.
JRM International Inc.
JSA Machinerie Inc.
Kear Fabrication Inc.
Kleiberit Adhesives Canada Inc. 
Long Ten Technology Inc. 
M.I.S. Inc.
Masonite International Corp.
MIC Wood Products Ltd.
Momentive Performance Materials
NAP Inc./Northern Architectural Products 
National Fenestration Rating Council
Natural Resources Canada/Energy Star   
Net Apps ID 
Novatech Glass Group Inc.
ODL Inc.
P.H. Tech Inc.
PLV Systems Inc.
Portes Patio Decko Patio Doors
Profom Inc.
Prolux Paint
Pro-Tac Industries Inc.
Protomach Inc.
Quadra Plast
R.W. Coomber Enterprises Inc.
Radisson Industries
Rainbow Precision Inc.
Resiver Patio Doors Inc.
Richerson’s Enterprise Ltd.
RiteScreen Co.
Roland Boulange & Cie Ltee.
Royal Group Inc.
Screenco Manufacturing Ltd.
Sico Industrial Coatings
Siding & Window Dealers Association of Canada
Sika Canada Inc.
Skyreach Group Inc.
Snow Millie Import & Export Inc.
Spartech Profiles
Speck Tool Limited
Steve Brown Machinery
Sturdell Industries 
Sunspace Modular Enclosures Inc.
Tecniplast Inc.
Truth Hardware
Ultrafab Inc.
Unique Sash Balance
Urban Machinery
Vega Automation Systems
Veka Inc.
Venture Tape Corp.
Verre Select Inc.
W&F Manufacturing 
Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
Westech Building Products 
Weston Wood Solutions Inc.
Window & Door
Windowmaker Software Ltd.
WTS Paradigm