The Furniture Component Expo (FCE) – taking place at the Telford International Centre on 24-25 April, and sponsored by Vita Group, BeA and Carpenter – will be the first show of its kind in the UK specifically focused on the supply side of the furniture industry, says organiser British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) …

The exhibition promises a one-stop shop for manufacturers seeking to streamline their supply chain and discover the latest industry trends, providing “a vibrant and efficient platform” for businesses of all sizes to connect with leading suppliers, source innovative materials and explore cutting-edge machinery and tools.

Although the show is called the Furniture Component Expo, it will comprise more than just components. The BFM’s aim is to see the supply chain represented from end to end, including logistics, home delivery, insurance, IT and software, and training providers, alongside transport, packaging solutions and fleet information.

“Expect a diverse exhibitor landscape showcasing everything from hardware and finishing materials to furniture components and advanced manufacturing equipment,” states the BFM. 

“Immerse yourself in informative seminars led by industry experts who delve into topics like sustainable practices, emerging technologies, apprenticeships and skills, exporting and new trends. Look out for the Innovation Trail, where new products and services will be pitched! 

Networking opportunities will abound throughout the event, fostering connections with potential partners, customers, and suppliers – and the show has been designed to meet the needs of all furniture manufacturers, including makers of beds, mattresses, cabinet furniture and upholstery.

Alan Payne, MD of upholstery restorer The Dorset Chairman, says: “The opportunity for small businesses such as ours to attend the FCE and network with suppliers in the industry that we would not normally have access to is invaluable. I’m also honoured to take part as a member of the Automation vs Skills seminar panel taking place during the expo.”

But the Furniture Component Expo is not just about sourcing and learning, says the BFM – it is about staying ahead of the curve: “Many exhibitors have chosen this platform to unveil their latest offerings, ensuring attendees are among the first to experience the industry’s newest innovations.”

Ian Peers, operations director at Ercol, comments: “The event should bring together a rich concentration of suppliers that are specifically targeted to our needs. We expect to find new suppliers for our business that we’ve not met before. Furniture manufacturing in the UK is sizeable, and this event will help us all find and work with the best suppliers to our industry.”

The BFM concludes: “Whether you’re a seasoned manufacturer or a burgeoning entrepreneur, the Furniture Component Expo has something for everyone. It’s an opportunity to save precious time and resources by consolidating your supply chain under one roof, stay at the forefront of industry advancements, and forge valuable connections that can propel your business forward.

“Mark your calendars, register your attendance and prepare to be inspired at the Furniture Component Expo – your gateway to a thriving and dynamic furnituremaking landscape. Registration is free – head to our website for more information, and let the expo be your compass to success in the world of furniture manufacturing.”

There is still time to join the event as an exhibitor – enquire here, or find out more here.