More than 3,000 Gather for CWDMA’s Annual Show in Toronto

By John Swanson
November 25, 2006
Meetings & Events

Toronto—Canadian suppliers took center stage at Win-Door North America, with several rolling out new products at the November event. The annual trade show sponsored by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association featured 165 exhibitors and attracted about 3,000 people, up 10 percent from the 2005 edition.

Some of the biggest news at the show came on the door side, with Royal Group Technologies using the event to launch RoyalPlast Door Systems. The new unit combines the door operations of Thermoplast, the Quebec-based vinyl extruder Royal acquired several years ago, with Royal’s own patio door operations, based in Ontario, explained Yvan Houle, who heads up the new business. The change brings together a significant amount of door expertise, he added, and will enable Royal to serve vinyl fabricators throughout North America with nine different product lines and a wide choice of product programs.

Novatech Glass Inc., the supplier of doors, doorlites and other components, featured a variety of new products at the event, including new fiberglass doors in both woodgrain and smooth finish options. The Quebec-based company was also launching a new entry door system featuring a multipoint lock. Designed to meet the needs of pre-hanger customers, the doors are supplied with the multipoint hardware pre-installed by the company, explained Michel Balfour, who manages sales for the company in Quebec. The pre-hanger only installs the handleset and trim hardware, he noted.

Door Com Distribution is a new operation that showed its wares in Toronto. A division of Wintek Industries, a manufacturer of patio and garden doors, the company is targeting pre-hangers as a just-in-time supplier of slabs, sills, doorlites, hardware and all types of door components.

On the window side, vinyl extruder Plastmo Ltd. used the event to promote two new casement window designs. Thermoplast, which now focuses on windows, was showing what has become a popular option in the Canadian market—aluminum-clad vinyl windows. Quebec-based extruder Quadraplast took that product 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.

Sika Canada was showing a new hybrid product, combining polyurethane and silicone technology.

In addition to components, a variety of equipment was on display also. Pro Line Automation and Urban Machinery each displayed welders and corner cleaners. JSA Machineries, which represents Stürtz Machinery in Canada, showed some of its latest lines for window manufacturing also. Reflecting the strong presence of the door industry at the show, Vega Automation brought its latest line for pre-hangers, including an automated loader.

Although many of the show’s exhibitors were based in Canada, U.S. exhibitors returned to Win-Door as well this year. Among those featuring new products, was Kenyon’s Stained Glass Factory, which featured its Metalist series decorative glass—designed to offer the look of wrought iron, with a wider choice of designs. The designs are created from a single sheet of aluminum, noted Chris Kenyon, president of the company, and offer the advantage of no extra weight compared to real wrought iron.

Some companies brought products introduced earlier in the year at GlassBuild America. For example, Truseal Technologies featured its new Duralite spacer and edge seal product. Ultrafab was showing its new Ultramask pile weatherseals, which feature a tear-away covering for use when painting vinyl profiles.

The show once again served to advance a partnership formed between CWDMA and emergency services departments across Canada, to promote window and balcony safety for children. In a collaborative effort to prevent further tragedies, 10 Canadian cities with the assistance and support of the association are working on educational injury prevention campaigns aimed specifically at preventing window and balcony falls. Activities at the show included a fundraising putting contest at the show and other efforts. “Window and balcony falls are preventable. The EMS Chiefs are committed to this expanding injury prevention partnership across Canada,” said Bruce Farr, chief of Toronto EMS and president of the EMS Chiefs of Canada. “Our strong friendship and cooperation has enabled us to move forward in our efforts to eliminate falls from windows and balconies in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.”

The Win-Door trade show is held in conjunction with the CWDMA fall meeting. Offering an update on the group, Robert LaTour of Novatech, the group’s current chairman, noted that CWDMA is moving to a new management organization, the Wood Manufacturing Council, but one with familiar faces as the change means the return of Richard Lipman and Jennifer Reed to the association staff.

The group has also formed a new government-relations committee, he noted. One of its goals is to do a better job following provincial code activities, and trying to do a better job to make sure they mandate the same sort of test methodologies so manufacturers don’t have to re-test. He also noted that, as a door manufacturer, he’d like to see a more standardized approach developed for rating these products. CWDMA held a successful series of educational programs across Canada earlier this year, he noted, and it will repeat those in 2007. It is also looking to add webinars to the mix, with the first one focusing on the new Ontario Building Code requirements.

Speaking about the trade show, Latour said, “Everything that I have heard from all the exhibitors, are tremendous numbers and excellent quality in traffic in all booths at the show.”

Prior to the meeting, Andy Brethour, an economist and business consultant, offered a forecast for the Canadian economy, noting that the outlook for next year “depends on where you are.” Western Canada is booming, and will continue “to roar” thanks to the energy-based economy in Alberta and continued growth in British Columbia. Ontario and Quebec, on the other hand, won’t slide into recession, but it will “feel like one,” Brethour predicted. Manufacturers will see diminishing markets in these provinces, and are likely to see further declines until the U.S. economy starts to improve.

Win-Door returns to Toronto again later this year, November 13-15. In the meantime, CWDMA has scheduled its annual meeting in Victoria, BC. The event, which will feature a tabletop exhibition designed to attract more manufacturers from Western Canada, is scheduled for May 24-27 at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. More information about the spring meeting and Win-Door 2007 is available at