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NOVER ARE MORE THAN JUST A SUPPLIER Nover are a stable, trusted and distinctive supplier who are absolutely committed to our industry The new catalogue is a comprehensive collection of Nover’s full and unique offering, including Nover exclusive drawers, runners, hinges, sliding & folding, panels, wireware, sinks, taps, appliances, lighting, shopfitting products and more.

Perfect damping, perfect design: Sensys Now there’s a hinge where form and function are a perfect match: Sensys. Doors close silently, moved gently by an invisible force. With this exclusive self-closing function, plus integrated damping, Sensys delivers a luxury closing experience. Innovation at its best: award-winning design plus perfect functionality means Hettich can offer the perfect hinge with a full range of applications and plate options.

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Rover BG FT Biesse’s fastest nesting technology The recently released Rover BG FT machine is Biesse’s leading flagship of nesting systems. The Rover BG FT creates huge efficiencies in production through higher output and reducing labour costs. With the new automatic loading and unloading system and the automatic labelling we achieve faster cycle times. Biesse’s new style gantry structure delivers greater acceleration which results in higher productivity and greater tool life. Biesse’s Rover BG FT is completely flexible, including choices of drill heads, spindle type and vacuum multizoning. The fully customisable loading and unloading configuration will suit any factory layout.

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The Biesse AirForce System is an award winning ‘zero glue line’ technology for applying edgebanding. Using hot air technology the edge tape is perfectly bonded to the panel and is resistant to peeling which creates a stronger bond. This guarantees a superior product which is highly resistant to heat, water penetration and humidity, resulting in an excellent finish that will last for years. n No glue n Seamless joints n Stronger bond

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Upfront AWISA 2014 in BRISBANE – for the very first time! Organised by the Australian Woodworking Industry Supplier Association Ltd, the AWISA 2014 exhibition will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank, Brisbane in Queensland. This major industry event is THE trade show for the Australasian cabinet, joinery, furniture, timber and panel industries. The show, held only every two years, will feature all the major suppliers of woodworking machinery plus all the major suppliers of cabinet hardware, as well as tooling, manufacturing and design software and much, much more. Mark the dates now, 6 to 9 AUGUST 2014. This is your best opportunity to see new ideas, new products, and the latest in technology, all to help you in your day to day business activities. You will be able to see live demonstrations, feel the new materials, compare and evaluate products – and best of all – you will see everything under the one roof! For more information on AWISA 2014 you are most welcome to call Geoff Holland at AWISA 02 9918 3661 or email Look forward to seeing you at the show.


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☞News 05 KBDi Designer Awards 2014 06 China bound 08 Laminex Australia offers $10,000 business grant

☞Design & Trends 10 Perfect access 11 Hafele partners with Salice 13 New catalogue from Nover 14 It hinges on Hettich

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☞Manufacturing 28 BIESSEiNSIDE 2014 38 Robland adds CNC functionality 40 Would you like a Ferrari in your workshop?


16 AWISA 2014 18 30 Years of Training 22 Office furniture 26 Software

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Award for Dulux Envirosolutions range THE Dulux EnviroSolutions range has taken out the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Green Cities Weapons of Mass Creation competition – a showcase of the freshest sustainability ideas, techniques, products and designs for the built environment. Dulux’s EnviroSolutions range was specifically designed to provide professional painters with more environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional paint clean up methods by minimising water usage, promoting clean up without turpentine, controlling paint waste disposal and assisting with paint can preparation for recycling. The range provides a solution for any business, from large paint contractors to smaller owner operators, and is suitable to use across various industries that have maintenance areas, including education facilities, shopping centres, hotels and sports and entertainment facilities. Products within the award-winning range include the Dulux EnviroWash System – developed in Australia and the first of its kind in the Australian market, this is an innovative, water based treatment system that turns paint wash-out into clear water and solid waste, allowing for easier and safer disposal. Other products in the range are a brush cleaner, brush wash solution, roller cleaner and waste paint hardener. Dulux’s Phil White said he is proud to receive the award, which recognises the organisation’s commitment to providing the industry with sustainable product solutions. “Dulux is committed to minimising the environmental impact of paint products. Our Dulux EnviroSolutions range provides painters with easy to use, affordable options to help them be more environmentally responsible,” Phil said. Well-known commercial projects where Dulux’s EnviroSolutions range has been used include the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Hisense Arena, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sea World on the Gold Coast and the State Library of Victoria. The Dulux EnviroSolutions range is not only used across Australia, products are also exported to New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, China and USA. ●

Online kitchen customiser FREEDOM Kitchens has developed an innovative online Kitchen Customiser, encouraging customers to unleash their creativity in the kitchen. The new Kitchen Customiser, available on the Freedom Kitchen’s website, allows users to experiment with Freedom Kitchen’s actual colour palettes and textured finishes for both benchtops and cabinets to discover their desired colour combination. According to Jenny O’Connell, Retail Design Manager, Freedom Kitchens one of the key advantages of the new Kitchen Customiser is that customers can trial various colour

schemes online in real time. There are four kitchen designs to choose from country style to more modern kitchen design, or anything in between there is a dream kitchen for everyone to discover on the Kitchen Customiser. ●

KBDi Designer Awards 2014 THE Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute is thrilled to be launching its annual Design Awards program. The theme of this year’s Awards – iNNOVATiON, iMAGiNATiON, iNSPiRATiON – is a celebration of the attributes continually demonstrated by KBDi Members. Australia’s Finest Kitchen and Bathroom Designers are certainly ‘upping the ante’ each year, and are inspiring judges, peers and

potential new clients with their innovation and imagination. If you have completed a project you’re especially proud of, why not use this opportunity to show it off and put yourself in the draw for a place on the KBDi Designers International Tour of 2015. The entry process is simple, and numerous categories create a fair and level playing field for all projects submitted. Entries for the KBDi Designer Awards 2014 are now open, and will close on May 26. ●

The return of Italian companies THE last few months have seen the important return of Biesse, Cefia and of some companies part of SCM Group as Elmag Superfici and CMS to the Xylexpo exhibitors list. This important event is considered to be a great contribution to the success of Xylexpo, the biennial world exhibition for woodworking technology and components for the furniture industry that will be held at Fiera MilanoRho from the 13 to the 17 May 2014.

The return of these important companies gives more relevance to the exhibition in Milan, stronger and more relevant display that also in a not easy economical condition remains one of the most important appointments for the wood sector. From furniture or window production to the wood manufacturing processes, Xylexpo presents the offer of the biggest international group and of the smallmedium enterprises from Italy and around the world. ● SupplierMar/Apr 2014 | 5


Malaysian Timber Council publishes Malaysian Hardwood Guide THE Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) attends up to 40 trade events around the world annually, in established and new markets. It promotes hardwood products ranging from logs and sawntimber to mouldings, veneer, plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), wooden and rattan furniture, builders’ carpentry and joinery items, as well as niche-market products like picture frames, pre-finished parquetry, wooden doors and laminated veneer lumber. These hardwood products are now detailed in a new free publication to be distributed at all events attended by MTC. “The Malaysian Hardwood Guide is an introduction to the exciting world of Malaysian timberbased products, whether made predominantly using Malaysian timbers, or in combination with other timber species from around the world,” said Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, Chairman of MTC. The articles in this inaugural edition of the guide are meant to provide background information on many of these products, as well as feature a few exciting projects in which Malaysian timbers have been applied to excellent effect. The guide should assist traders, manufacturers, specifiers and developers to understand the choices of hardwood products available from Malaysia ● 6 | SupplierMar/Apr 2014

Microvellum decides on Australian team MICROVELLUM Australia, now based out of Brisbane, has been moving forward with its rebuilding efforts for the past few months and recently made significant progress related to the sales, service and support of its software in Australia. “We’re excited to be able to officially announce the fact that we’ve added to our team in Australia,” said David Fairbanks, Microvellum’s Director of Operations. “Our goal is to make sure our customer-base here knows we are committed to improving customer service and expanding in Australia. “These guys have vast experience both in the woodworking industry and Microvellum software and together we’re going to accomplish great things in 2014,” he continued. One familiar addition to the Microvellum Team is Jamie Broadbent. Broadbent started

out as a shopfitter and went on to work in solid timber furniture where he gained experience working with solid timber window and doors, PVC windows and doors and carpentry. “I have been working in and around the woodworking industry for around 18 years now. Throughout that time, I have gained a wide-range of experience from the different companies of which I’ve been a part,” said Broadbent. In 2006, Broadbent made the decision to learn more about automated technologies within the woodworking industry and in the spring of 2006, he started his career with Microvellum as an entry level support technician for Microvellum’s now former reseller organisation, Complete Software Solutions. In a short time, Jamie was promoted to Tech Support Manager and soon after Library Product Development Manager. ●

Small business panel to boost ATO’s expertise

China bound FOR some years the traditional Australian furniture manufacturing model has been failing to the point that today, sadly, it is but a mere shadow of its former self. According to Rex Carr, MD of Wentworth Furniture, unless there are some fundamental changes to our industry model there is a very real threat that it will compete with the car industry in the race to oblivion. In recognising this depressing scenario, Wentworth has undertaken a number of initiatives including exports. The company is delighted to have attracted the attention of a prestigious Chinese retail bedding group. This group focuses solely on catering for the wealthy Chinese who actively seek high-end products from overseas. Wentworth has shipped a trial container which has been very well received and bodes well for the future. As Rex Carr has been heard to comment on various occasions: ”China is both the greatest risk to our industry and our greatest opportunity”.●

THE ATO is inviting Australia’s small business owners to apply to join its new small business consultation panel to help cut red tape and boost the agency’s small business expertise. The consultation panel will bring together small business operators to help the ATO to better understand the way small businesses interact with the organisation and other government agencies. Business operators joining the panel may be contracted on a shortterm, as-needs basis to participate in consultation activities including workshops and user testing to provide feedback from a small business perspective. Successful applicants will be paid for their services. Interested small business operators with an annual turnover of less than $2 million should email au to request an information and application pack, or download the information from www.tenders. ●



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HIA report optimistic THE HIA-GWA Kitchens and Bathrooms Report for 2013/14 has been released. This report follows an extended period of difficult conditions for the kitchen and bathroom industry. Over the past year, the situation has improved due to the reduction of interest rates to all-time lows, the gradual weakening of the dollar and improving international environment. New dwelling commencements increased by almost 10% during 2013, with NSW leading the charge. In contrast, the renovations side of the market has been particularly hurt by poor household sentiment over recent years as well as negligible dwelling price growth. More recent firmer price developments will allow greater scope for renovations lending, with improving sentiment towards the housing market also likely to support higher levels of activity in this area. Key findings in the report include: • In 2012/13 the total number of kitchen installations in new homes increased by 11.7%, outperforming our forecast this time last year of a rise of 2.6%. The number of installations is forecast to increase by 2.8% in 2013/14 to a level of 166,500. A flat year is forecast for 2014/15, followed by modest growth of 1.0% in 2015/16 which would take the total number of new kitchen installations to 168,300. • The total number of bathroom installations in new homes is forecast to rise by 2.8% from 311,000 in 2012/13 to 319,600 in 2013/14. We are forecasting a flat year in 2014/15, followed by a modest rise of 1.0% in 2015/16 taking the total number of new bathroom installations to 323,100. • Based in notional demand HIA estimates that there is the potential for around 146,500 kitchen renovations and around 220,300 bathroom renovations in 2013/14. ●

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goCabinets goes smarter GOCABINETS has just released a range of new marketing materials including a brand new website at and three character videos. goCabinets is a cloud-based online cabinetry ordering system for the trade. The software has been developed by an experienced team of cabinet makers in collaboration with the best software programmers in the country. goCabinets is fully Australian made and owned. The renewed website boasts improved functionality and navigation whilst showcasing a sleeker and more professional design. The character videos have been developed to enhance the personality of goCabinets and help communicate the brand message. The website focuses on providing an enriched user experience by

delivering detailed information about the cloud based ordering system. Refreshed imagery and new copy better explains how the cabinetry software gives cabinet makers, builders and manufacturers the upper hand. “It’s the future of the cabinetry industry,” said goCabinets CEO Gary Cannard. “We really want to encourage cabinet makers to start making the most of this cutting edge software.”●

Laminex Australia offers $10,000 business grant LAMINEX Australia is offering a $10,000 business grant as part of its new online award program, Project of the Year, which launched on 1 March. Open to all Australian fabrication, design and specification businesses, they are encouraged to submit projects that have used Formica, Laminex or essastone products in residential or commercial projects. Laminex Australia General Manager Marketing, George Bej said Project of the Year aims to celebrate the diversity of the Laminex Australia portfolio, and its clever and inspirational applications. “Our products are used everywhere. In our hospitals and schools, hotels and offices, across all styles of retail shop fitting and of course in the homes that we build and renovate,” Bej said.

“We’re excited to see where and how professionals use our products to bring to life commercial and residential spaces.” Project of the Year closes 27 November and is housed on Laminex Australia’s Facebook page. Each month, the public will vote to determine a Project of the Month, which will be awarded a $500 eftpos card. All eligible entries received from 1 March to 20 November will be considered for the Project of the Year title, which will be determined by a panel of industry judges, led by Laminex Australia Group Design Director, Neil Sookee. The Project of the Year will be announced in December, with the business responsible for the winning entry to receive a $10,000 business grant. To enter, find out more visit Laminex Australia’s Facebook page.●


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Comfort in four dimensions. Kinvaro provides the perfect movement solution for every application with integrated, adjustable Soft-close damping. KINVARO F-20 FOLDING FLAP SYSTEM Particularly smooth movement. Especially suitable for handle-free kitchens. KINVARO L-80 PARALLEL LIFT FLAP SYSTEM Extremely smooth movement. High stability. Suitable for equipment cabinets as well as cabinets with cornices, pelmets and attached lights. KINVARO S-35 UP-AND-OVER FLAP SYSTEM Extremely smooth movement. High stability. Suitable for cabinets with cornices, pelmets and attached lights. KINVARO T LIFT-UP FLAP SYSTEMS For light to medium-weight flaps.

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Perfect access and top freedom of movement with wall cabinet flap systems from Grass. The wide range of flap systems available from Grass, which includes folding, up-and-over, parallel lift and lift-up options for flaps, guarantees perfect access, top freedom of movement and maximum use of the space inside the wall cabinet. And comfort is not only writ large with the systems themselves – the configurator on the Grass website also makes light work of choosing the ideal product for a given requirement. Wall cabinets continue to rank among the most favoured storage spaces in the kitchen. The highly functional and comfortable flap systems from Grass ensure that the popularity of wall cabinets is here to stay. Kinvaro stands for intelligent movement solutions which address the many different wishes of end users as well as the requirements of furniture manufacturers. Technology and design with no compromises. Every Kinvaro model comes with impressive specifications. A single flap can be used to close widths of up to 120 cm thanks to

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the talented movers from the Kinvaro family. These stable and reliable systems offer silent, easy action, wellconceived ergonomic design plus operator comfort, making them the ideal ingredient for modern storage concepts. Every Kinvaro product, from the Kinvaro S-35 (up-and-over system) and the Kinvaro F-20 (folding system) to the Kinvaro L-80 (parallel lift system) and the Kinvaro T series (liftup system), has been designed for highly individual use and combines excellent functionality, attractive aesthetics and above all top operator comfort. To further enhance the product’s visual appeal, Grass recently introduced changes to the Kinvaro cover caps which now come in a choice of colours and with a branded clip. The weight of the flap plays only a minor role for Kinvaro. All types of surface can be used: wood, glass or metal and even handle-free flaps are possible. The Kinvaro range has a host of appealing features which

make these flap systems ideally suited to virtually any application. Wall cabinet planning is also made easy with the new online configurator from Grass. To simplify the task of planning the optimal system for a given wall cabinet solution and therefore provide the best possible support for the manufacturer, Grass has developed a configurator which is now available in five languages on the Grass website. Based on the dimensions, weight and material of the flap, the configurator suggests the best suited product solution from the Kinvaro range along with the appropriate accessories. The configurator can calculate flap weights for more than 40 different materials as well as many different handle options. The winning combination of quality and planning service will ensure that these flap systems continue to provide a highly positive experience, both for the manufacturer designing the furniture solution and for the end customer using wall cabinet. â—?

A perfectly crafted partnership Häfele has announced that as of 1 March 2014, Häfele Australia became the exclusive Australian distributor for the world-renowned Salice range of hinges, drawer runners and sliding systems. Salice is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of concealed hinges and drawer runners and, with an exclusively Italian manufacturing and distribution pedigree dating back to 1926, they perfectly complement Häfele’s goal of supplying the very best in European hardware technology to the Australian market. Innovation has always been a key factor in Salice’s success around the world, be it from developing and patenting the world’s first concealed, self-closing metal hinge in 1957, through to their latest product developments such as the Silentia family of soft-close hinges and the Futura range of concealed drawer runners. Further showcasing this innovation leadership are the more than 600 furniture hinge patents that are currently owned by Salice. With more than 3,000 unique products available within the Salice hinge program, Salice has the unmatched ability to offer a solution for any application you may have; be it for a specific application in a single kitchen, all the way up to a complete customised solution for a large scale commercial project.●

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New StyleLite design turns heads Australian design and manufacturing company EGR has launched Australia’s first superior high gloss and anti-ripple panels as part of its contemporary StyleLite panel collection. The StyleLite super gloss panels are unique as the sheet, substrate and lamination are all manufactured in Australia, making the luxury renovation technique more affordable and accessible for everyone. EGR Building Division General Manager for Sales and Marketing, Trevor Bell said StyleLite is fast becoming a favourite for customers in the kitchen and bathroom because of its customisation to the Australian market. “StyleLite products were specifically designed for the Australian climate, are more resistant to UV fading, easier to work with and more durable than other high gloss competitors,” Mr Bell said. “All of our high gloss panels have a superior gloss level, have no

ripples when laminated, and can be easily repaired and refinished.” Mr Bell said StyleLite’s ideal high gloss finish offered homeowners the image of luxury without the expensive price tag. “When building or renovating, we know our customers want high quality products at reasonable prices, and StyleLite is the perfect example of how we can help our clients achieve this,” Mr Bell said. “StyleLite is 100% Australian manufactured, so customers can purchase it with complete confidence in quality. Local stock in 25 locations nationally also means they can also keep projects moving and decrease project downtime.”

Element for Anomaly

Adam Cornish has collaborated with friend and fellow designer David Knott to produce the Element series of tables, stools and benches for Anomaly. With a shared interest in simple, industrial furniture and the use of raw, natural material, the duo’s pieces feature American ash timber and a sand-cast aluminium bracket – a piece that allows for easy customisation, be it in the choice of timber or the shape and dimensions of the product. For the designers, the invitation to collaborate with local manufacturers proved hard to resist. Designer Adam Cornish explained: “Because Anomaly combines the manufacturing skills from two very different companies, a unique visual language and design approach can be achieved. And, as both companies are Australian, we have been able to see the prototypes in person, making 12 | SupplierMar/Apr 2014

it a much more hands-on design process. “There has also been a nice balance between CNC controlled manufacturing combined with hand-finishing and lowtechnology processes, including sand casting and wire brushing." Adam Cornish and David Knott are two independent award winning industrial designers, whose mutual respect for each other’s work has led to a very successful collaboration. Choosing to work on projects that appeal to both individuals design strengths, these collaborative projects aim to showcase both designers’ love of process driven design, combined with a simple, clean design language. Each project is characterised by a refined design aesthetic with fully resolved and innovative detail resolution.

Mr Bell said EGR expects to see an increase in pickup of StyleLite due to its sleek and sophisticated look, long-term durability and how easily accessible it is for tradespeople compared to two-pack paint and other high gloss panels. StyleLite has a wide range of inhome applications and can be used on all vertical surfaces including drawers, doors, cabinets, wall units and cupboards, and is ideal for all kitchens, bathrooms or bedroom applications.

Collectively the two designers have achieved accolades in many national and international design awards and exhibitions including the Bombay Sapphire design discovery awards, Workshopped, Launchpad, The Reece bathroom innovation award, the Australian International design awards, the IF design awards, Red Dot, Herman Miller design awards to name a few. ●

New catalogue from Nover Nover will be unveiling a new catalogue in May 2014. This new catalogue has been long in the making. Modern, uncluttered and easy to use, the all new Nover catalogue is a fantastic representation of Nover’s very comprehensive and impressive offering. Nover’s Marketing Manager Daniella Laurenzi said of the catalogue: “We have so many new and Nover exclusive products that it’s very exciting to be presenting them all this way. We haven’t had a new catalogue in a while and we really feel this is the only catalogue our customers will need”. Nover’s new catalogue is a whopping 756 pages and this new “industry bible” is packed with everything from Nover’s exclusive European hardware offer from Indaux

– with drawers, hinges, runners and more – right through to sliding and folding, panels, wireware, laminate, stone, sinks, taps, appliances, lighting and several other categories.

With literally everything customers could possibly need, it certainly is one resource everyone should have. Nover’s business has changed considerably over the years, with the company moving from being mostly a distributor to now being a strong, trusted and distinctive supplier of many exclusive and Nover owned products in its own right. Nover is now an major business partner and being locally owned means it has the ability to customise solutions for each valued customer. In addition to the new catalogue and one of the largest ranges of products in the industry, Nover also still offers its one-of-a-kind rewards program – Star Partner – to many of its customers and prides itself on excellent service and an extensive local presence.●

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It all hinges on Hettich Well designed, quality hardware fittings backed by a genuine manufacturer’s warranty are crucial to achieving premium cabinetry results built to last. These are the qualities that make Hettich products, including its Sensys range of hinges, a preferred choice for the industry. “Sensys has become a wellestablished integrated soft-close hinge in Australia and is continues to grow based on good customer and end-user uptake, and dedicated customer support,” said Hettich Endorsed Showroom Manager, Corene Roberts. “Sensys is taking a leading position in the market, both in Australia and internationally, and continues to lead the way with its award-winning design and exceptional performance,” said Corene.

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“Hettich’s award-winning range of soft-close hinges are the perfect addition to any storage project, with Sensys hinges available for all main door mounting options and capable of soft closing a door from an angle of 35 degrees,” said Corene. Featuring award winning European design Sensys hinge systems are manufactured with the highest quality materials to the exacting standards for which German manufacturers are renowned. Hettich is a family-owned German company with over a 100 years of proud tradition of being at the forefront of new concepts and design trends.●

“Behind its exquisite looks is the added convenience of gentle, luxurious closing. Hinged doors close in complete silence all by themselves; wide, self-closing angle and integrated Silent System produce a feel of luxury that's second to none. “The dampening function creates peaceful spaces in busy homes by dampening banging doors no matter how hard they are closed. Sensys guarantees perfect closing function and Silent System performance over an exceptionally wide temperature range of +5 °C to +40 °C.” Sensys provides excellent Silent System performance on small and light, or large and heavy doors (eg on 60 x 90 cm doors with just two hinges and on 60 x 200 cm doors with just four hinges).


Ideal for flexible management of panel storage and handling Winstore is an automated warehouse solution for the optimised management of panel storage. It is a technological solution that can meet the needs of companies that produce on demand, significantly reducing handling costs and cycle times. Winstore can be integrated into nesting and beam saw production cells with a notable increase in efficiency and productivity. Our systems are fully customisable to meet customer needs and floor space. Biesse Australia 3 Widemere Road, Wetherill Park, Sydney, NSW 2164 Tel +61 2 9609 5355 Fax +61 2 9609 4291 -

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AWISA 2014 in Brisbane for the first time Exhibitors have certainly embraced the decision of the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association (AWISA) to move the 2014 location of the show to the Brisbane and are all looking forward to what will certainly be an exciting show. AWISA 2014 is Australasia’s trade show for the cabinet, joinery, furniture, timber and panel industries. This year, the show takes place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and features all the major suppliers of woodworking machinery plus all the major suppliers of cabinet hardware. The show also features tooling, manufacturing and design software, panel products, decorative products and more. The woodworking industry is well used to the attractions of the Darling Harbour area of Sydney but what, in addition to the show, can visitors not

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familiar with Brisbane expect from Queensland’s capital city? Even in August Brisbane has a climate most cities can only dream of. While only a short distance from the show venue to the attractions of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, for those who want to stay close to the action and AWISA’s busy schedule, there is plenty to see and do at the home of the AWISA – Brisbane’s South Bank precinct. The South Bank is a place for everyone and an exciting voyage of discovery for visitors to AWISA and their partners. Millions of visitors pass through South Bank each year with its eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and cultural experiences. Explore the many other varied South Bank attractions that include the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and Science Centre and Queensland Conservatorium. Brisbane’s South Bank concept was conceived in the wake of Australia’s Expo 88 and has since grown into one of the most loved precincts in Brisbane. Special accommodation deals have been negotiated for AWISA exhibitors, visitors and their partners. AWISA has made every effort to

ensure that the preferential hotel and apartment accommodation at www. is value for money and conveniently located in relation to the venue. Those flying into Brisbane will find that getting to the exhibition is a seamless as it gets. The international and domestic terminals have train stations, and the Airtrain service takes only 20 minutes to the South Brisbane station that’s right next to the exhibition halls. Details of a special AWISA discount fare will be available at soon. AWISA organisers are encouraging attendees to add a holiday to their AWISA visit. They’ve even arranged some attractive accommodation and relaxation deals on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. It’s certainly a great time of the year to add a short holiday break – no excuses for suffering the mid-winter blues. The destinations selected for AWISA visitors and partners are all available at, with many more being available at www. For more details about exhibiting at, or visiting AWISA 2014, readers are welcome to contact Geoff Holland at AWISA on 02 9918 3661 or info@●

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30 years of training By Philip Ashley There are three "M"s that every manufacturer needs to deal with on a daily basis. These are Machinery (equipment), Materials (consumables) and Manpower (labour). In a recent issue I wrote about machinery when I took a broad look at CNC over the last 30 years. This issue I'm going to tackle training (manpower). I know a little bit about this subject because I've been directly involved in it since 1980, just a little longer than Supplier has been involved in your industry. Training is such an important part of manufacturing: if you don't have the skills, you don't have the business. I can report on 30 years of change, all of it interesting, but there are still a few issues to deal with. Vocational education in Australia is not travelling all that well at the moment. The Apprenticeship Act was passed in Victoria in 1928 so we've been playing around with the system for 80 years now. Back then, the training was done in a cohort-based system where lessons were delivered to the whole class at the same time. It's what happens in a primary or secondary school. It worked well for TAFE because it was economical to run and teachers were very comfortable with it. I completed my apprenticeship in 1973 and, in those days, you

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passed the course by sitting an exam at the end of three years. Some argue this exam was really only a way of recording that you actually attended the course and gave no real indication of how competent you were to do the job. Advance to 1984 and your apprentice studied modules. A module was a unit of work and was accompanied by a module book students worked through. These were assessed throughout the course, not at the end. Training was based on a system used in the United Kingdom. As teachers, we joked that a politician must have been on an overseas trip recently, hence the change. It seemed that

Australia adopted anything that was tried in the United Kingdom, regardless of how successful it was. In fact, the British system still influences our vocational education policies today. Personally, I didn't mind the change: it set out what was to be learned in one unit of work. For example, there was a module on wood and how it grows, is dried and sawn. It was mostly theory but it helped you select, machine and assemble wooden products to a professional standard. It's the "underpinning knowledge" you need to understand how the wood will behave after it's been sold. It goes towards making a professional cabinet maker. Today, a student learns

about wood if the teacher finds the time or inclination to teach it. While the training package your student enrols in talks about the underpinning knowledge required to do a job, it's usually up to the teacher how much of this underpinning knowledge is taught. This means it is taught differently throughout the TAFE system. There isn't an official document that says specifically what should be taught. When a TAFE college teaches CNC machining, it's done on the machine they have in the workshop. The competency is "interpreted" to suit what they have. Add to this, industry pressure to teach only what the company needs and it's clear that the

Collingwood College in the 1920s.

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"apprenticeship" as we knew it is being "dumbed" down. Looking back at the 1980s module system after 30 years, I can appreciate that subjects were taught in isolation and that wasn't good. Today, training is designed to be delivered "holistically" – that is to say, as a whole, or together. It's a competency based system where the student progresses at their own pace until they're deemed competent. If it's done properly, your apprentice learns all he/she needs to know about wood while they work with it to produce a variety of industry specific items. But I wonder if it's being done properly? There is no doubt that recent Australia-wide TAFE cuts have weeded out some of the more (shall we say) inept teachers amongst the many good teachers who also lost their jobs, but the cuts also mean much larger classes, reduced face to face time, materials and resources. They've also made it much easier for private providers to step in, and some of these

have proved to be very dodgy indeed. Competency based assessment (CBA) was first introduced in West Australia in 1986. Discussion papers on training based on how competent a person was started to appear in 1986 and, in 1989, VET ministers agreed that competency based training (CBT) should be part of the vocational education training reform. Based on the British model with an (unfortunate) narrow functional definition of competence described as "the ability to perform satisfactorily in a range of occupational tasks" this system was somewhat at odds with European training of the time where more broad-based training was delivered. Looking at our system from an international perspective, James P** (2002) states that: "Australian competency based training enhances the development of procedural, technical knowers and adaptable workers, instead of reflective problem solvers and innovators".

Our system is seen as a monkey-see, monkey-do approach, where we should be teaching people to think about what they are doing. If a person has a broader knowledge and skills base, similar to what is practised in Germany, they can contribute to the success of your company and not just "do the work." The worker becomes more of a true "craftsman" and his/her social standing and work satisfaction is improved. Fast forward to 1997 when the first training package concepts were being tossed around. A training package is a set of nationally endorsed standards, qualifications and

guidelines used to recognise and assess the skills and knowledge people need to perform effectively in the workplace. This is around the time that ITABs were formed. An ITAB is an Industry Training Advisory Board where representatives from industry, Government and unions come together to advise on training issues within their own sector. It's widely accepted that there was a lot of tension between the ITABs and TAFE, who felt excluded from the process. Notwithstanding this, I was part of a group of three TAFE teachers who, in 2002, worked with the Australian Light Manufacturing Industry 20

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30 Years 19 Training Advisory Board (ALMitab) to ensure the new package reflected industry requirements and could be taught effectively in TAFE. Back then the various industry groups were in agreement with the content and structure of the new furniture training package to varying degrees. I recall that West Australia wanted more of a craft emphasis, while those in Queensland were in favour of more manufactured board training. Victoria seemed to support the traditional wood furniture sector. Eventually however, an agreement was reached. Ten years later things are not so good. Not all associations agree on what are the skills required by a cabinet maker (for example). If industry

only wants training to cater for their own industry sector, we're going to end up with "specialists" who only understand part of a process and we can kiss goodbye to the master craftsman, employable by all industry sectors. That brings me to the present day and I will pose some questions. Why is it that for many years the Furnishing Industry Association ran separate state associations? Only recently has Victoria and Tasmania joined with West Australia. The other "half" of the furniture industry representation is the NSW, Queensland and South Australian group. Why is it that there now exists a new Furniture Industry Training Advisory Group (FITAG) that does

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not represent all the industry sectors? There is representation from glass and glazing, specialised textiles, kitchen and bathroom design, architectural glass and picture framing, but not furniture or kitchen and bathroom manufacture or installation, or the unions? And lastly, why is it that TAFE works so poorly with industry? I recently sat down with Gary Dunshea, Workplace Development Co-ordinator for Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) where both of us bemoaned the lack of co-operation between almost all parties involved in supposedly working toward a better training system. MSA wanted a review of wood machining two years ago but have been held up by industry associations. The new qualification was released in December. Just recently Balga TAFE in West Australia has announced the shutdown of Upholstery, soft furnishings, wood machining and flooring training because they were "not financially viable" and this without any consultation with industry. Late 2012, Holmesglen TAFE in Victoria sacked their furniture finishing teachers in spite of the fact this was the last TAFE in the state providing this training – and again, no industry consultation. The teachers at Lidcombe TAFE in Sydney have been told to "get the numbers or jobs (and courses?) will be at risk." And in the Northern Territory, only traditional furniture courses can be offered because of a lack of funds. Trade training in Victoria in the cabinet making trade commenced at Collingwood Technical school in 1922.

It's now 2014 and manufacturing in Australia is possibly in its worst state ever, not counting the great depression of the 1930s. Carolynne Bourne, former CEO of International Specialised Skills Institute said: "The trades are the backbone of our Nation" (Herald Sun, March 11, 2003). Now is not the time to mess around with our skills base. Competency based training is practised worldwide so we know there is nothing wrong with it. It is a fact that in Germany, twothirds of all young people start an apprenticeship under the same system yet, here in Australia, especially in wood manufacturing trades, the numbers are critical. The problem here is that industry doesn't talk to TAFE; TAFE doesn't talk to industry or the associations; the associations don't talk to each other and the Government is slashing training funds. All the while, people are fighting each other for their place on top of the woodpile. People need to pull their heads in and think about the underlying skills Australia needs to be competitive. The question could be asked: "Does the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system produce a real tradesman anymore?" If industry, the associations and TAFE can't get together to agree, the answer is probably no. **James, P. (2002) Discourses and practices of competence-based training: Implications for worker and practitioner identities. In: International Journal of Lifelong Learning 21,4, pp 269-391.●

No limits NSW Joinery was established in October 1977 by it's present owner and Managing Directer Alexander (Karl) Sholkie, who still spends around 70% of his working day on the factory floor supervising all aspects of production and maintaining quality control. With over 36 years of experience as a qualified cabinet-maker/joiner and holding a gold building license, he has a wealth of experience in detail joinery, boat and coach building, restoration work, and building work. The first factory was in Bankstown, NSW,

where this very small sized company grew to a medium sized company, employing approximately 30 people at it's peak. The main work at this time was bulletproofing and fitting out of major Australian banks, such as Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank. In July 1983, the company purchased and moved into its present location in Sefton. “Having larger premises, we included in our works major fitouts of offices, government departments, and various local councils, such as Botany, Strathfield and Marrickville,” explained

Karl. “The work included large counters, demountable partitions, gyprock partitions and high class office furniture including the fitout of the Mayor's private chambers. “Due to the work load, in July 1988 we were forced to purchase the adjoining factory, doubling our factory size. This enabled us to include detailed furniture and restoration work to our ever increasing variety of work.” Just a few of the projects completed by the company to date include the restoration of the Haymarket Library for Sydney Council,

various joinery items for Sydney Town Hall, including traditional office furniture for the Mayor of Sydney's office. Other projects nclude various joinery items for the Sydney Botanical Gardens, restoration of bank counters, and joinery items for the Commonwealth Bank on the corner of Pitt St and Martin Place, Sydney. “Our company, NSW Joinery has a wealth of experience in all types of joinery and furniture manufacturing and we feel there is no limit to what we can produce while maintaining high quality at a competitive price.” ●


Asia Pacific: a high performing market for office furniture By Mauro Spinelli, CSIL International Market Research World’s fastest growing area The Asia Pacific market for office furniture in ten countries – Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam (excluding India and China) was estimated by CSILl to be worth US$ 7 billion in 2013. Over the last decade, the area grew by 4% on average. Each year, according to preliminary

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estimates, office furniture consumption increased by 2% in 2013 (in real terms). Around 11% of the market is currently satisfied by imported office furniture (US$ 806 million), recording an average annual growth of +10% since 2003. Office furniture production is mainly destined for the local market, while just 8% is exported outside the region. Malaysia is the leading exporter of the area, with a share of 47% of total office

furniture export. Japan and Australia are the leading importers, with 37% and 23% of total office furniture import in Asia Pacific. The leading supplier of office furniture for all these countries is China, providing about 60% of total imports.

Japan, the largest marketplace After the earthquake in 2011, Japan’S economy has been experiencing a recovery. In 2012 and 2013 GDP grew

by 2% in real terms and it is expected to increase by 1.2% in 2014. Japanese imports of office furniture are worth about US$ 300 million and 83% of total imports are office seating. China and Taiwan are top two suppliers: together they provid 84% of total Japanese imports. Major customers for office furniture in Japan are governmental agencies, industrial firms and trade organisations. The traditional

Office furniture exhibitors at the recent Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2014.

distribution chain ‘producerwholesaler-retailer’ is increasingly losing ground, due to the existence of important commercial ties among smaller local producers (oem) and large assemblers/ distributors known as brand name makers (Okamura, Kokuyo, Itoki, etc). These companies are present throughout the country with an impressive distribution network. Foreign brands in Japan are mainly distributed through a large network of local corporations. Kokuyo controls Wilkhahn Japan, Okamura is importer of Wiesner Hager, Fora Form and Wogg (just to mention a few), Kurogane Kosakusho has commercial agreement with Steelcase and Dauphin.

Australia to develop offices and hotels Australia’s 22 million inhabitants are mainly

concentrated in metropolitan areas like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. According to the Australian Bureau Of Statistics, in the first ten months of 2013 the value of total non-residential building approved (94% coming from the private sector) rose by 10% on the previous year. 170,500 sqm OF office space is under construction in Melbourne, expected to be completed by 2015. 68% is pre- committed. In Brisbane there are three large office buildings under construction (totalling 188,000 sqm), reportedly to be completed not earlier than 2016. With its estimated stock of 136,000 hotel rooms, Australia is expected to increase its pipeline both in the tourist and business hotel premises. Australian imports of office furniture amounted to UA$ 185 million in 2012 (+5% on the previous year), coming

mainly from the Asia and Pacific area (84% of total imports). Australia’s major trading partner is China, accounting for 55% of total imports. Taiwan, New Zealand, United States and Malaysia followed. Office furniture distribution in Australia is partially in the hand of the largest local manufacturers, who also act as major importers of international brands. The role of local distributors, mainly organised as interior design studios, is also relevant. Schiavello, widely known in Australia as a leading supplier, is the leading local company with over 1,000 employees, 10 showrooms and six manufacturing plants in operation.

Singapore, the regional hub The office furniture market in Singapore is highly

penetrated by imported products from Malaysia and China. Some of the largest companies with headquarters in Singapore operate production facilities in Malaysia, China and Indonesia. This is particularly true for the office seating segment. Singapore is a main hub, not only for the local market but also for the entire Asia Pacific region. Some relevant architectural and interior design companies are located there and they specify products for major project all over the Pacific area. Office furniture distribution in Singapore mainly passes through space-planning companies and contractors, and major office furniture manufacturers have their own showrooms over there.

Malaysia, a leading exporter Over 60% of Malaysian office furniture production is destined for foreign markets. Exports totalled about US$ 270 million, increasing +12% yearly on average since 2003. Main countries of destination are India (15%), Singapore (13%), US (9%) and the UAE (8%). Merryfair is the leading office chair manufacturer both countrywide and in the whole region. The Canadian Teknion pioneered as foreign investor in the country taking over in 1999 a leading Malaysian manufacturer of filing, storage and seatings with 20,000 sqm in Klang. In 2001 a similar strategy was adopted by Steelcase, which established a joint venture with a relevant local producer.● SupplierMar/Apr 2014 | 23


The modern office Orgatec 2014 From 2 to 25 October 2014, Orgatec presents integrated solutions and overall concepts for everything connected with the office as a working and living space office. Leading national and international manufacturers of equipment, flooring, acoustics, lighting, media and conference technology will be viewed by industry players from all over the world at the Koelnmesse exhibition grounds. The leading international trade fair for office showcases not just solutions for the traditional office, under the Orgatec

Contract theme, but also comprehensive furnishing solutions for public areas such as hotel lobbies, restaurants or theatres. With Space, Orgatec 2014 also presents a new Competence Centre on the topic "Conceiving the Working Environment of Today". Spaces are perceived and experienced as wholes – so they should be designed as wholes. The spatial experience for users and visitors derives from the totality of the individual factors. That means that the room’s flooring is just as important for the entire room’s

acoustics as it is for the selection of the lighting. An appropriate combination of sound-proofing and lighting of workstations can have a positive effect on human well-being. "Orgatec Space" takes this holistic view into account and brings lighting, flooring, wall, temperature and air quality and acoustics solutions together under the theme "Spaces 2014 - Connecting people". The result is a comprehensive exhibition on spatial concepts that effectively draws the visitors’ interest to innovations in spatial concepts of the future.

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visitor to experience the effect of sounds, tones or noise in an immediate and intimate way. The Orgatec exhibition provides differentiated solutions for surfaces such as textiles, flooring and floorcoverings, panels, each integrated into the overall design of the room. The test specification DIN EN ISO 3382 introduced in May 2012, measures spatial acoustic parameters in open-plan offices, taking into account the subjective understanding of language, audible volume as well as classical reverberation time. In a regular office, only 30 to 40% of the noise disturbance can be attributed to technical and acoustic factors.●

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New generation CAD/CAM software - improving your bottom line By Anne Charlton, Operations and Marketing Manager, Integrated Joinery Solutions As CAD/CAM software continues to advance, new generation CAD/CAM solutions can result in a better bottom line for your business. These advanced solutions can save your business time and money and provide you with distinct competitive advantages. Investing in these new generation solutions could well be the key for your business to minimise expensive manual processes and costly errors and wastage

Time to market The industry is dealing with shrinking lead times and time to market has become a key advantage the local industry has over imports. New generation software can decrease time to market by supporting a concurrent, not consecutive, approach to your drawing, machining and production processes. In effect, the aim of the new generation solutions is to allow for several processes to overlap, rather than having to be done one after the other. For example, drawings purely for approval purposes become an outdated concept. Your approval drawings can now contain all the information needed to go to production. This can only be done with new generation solutions, which do not require the unit to be redrawn from scratch if any changes are required to the model. This approach also allows for one set-out operator to be responsible for multiple processes (eg drafting, 26 | SupplierMar/Apr 2014

cutting lists and machining), rather than having an operator responsible for each specific function.

Design changes All manufacturers are in the business of change management. Each and every time the client, designer or architect makes a modification to the design you stand to lose money if you have to waste valuable time redrawing the design from scratch to the new specifications. New generation 3D CAD/ CAM software solutions operate on the premise that users need to perform changes cost effectively, without having to redraw the unit every time. Known as ‘exact parametric modellers’ these solutions provide you with the ability to quickly and easily make all dimensions parametric; length, width and depth. This allows you to make changes to designs in seconds, even complex units and curves, freeing up set-out resources to move on to the next project. And being fully associative all the workshop drawings, plot-sheets and machining information are automatically updated with any changes to the model.

Using multiple software solutions requires the transfer of data between different programs. Every time this happens there is the conversion of data via an interface or sometimes even a manual process. Each point where data is transferred between programs the chance of data errors increases. Data errors lead to wastage of both time and materials, eating into profit margins. New generation solutions are fully integrated CAD/ CAM systems, which remove the need for multiple interfaces and manual processes reducing errors and wastage.

Double handling With recent advancements in technology there is no longer a need for businesses to operate multiple softwares for different work streams. Many joinery businesses work in a range of markets

and produce both standard and custom units. Previously, software solutions have tended to specialise in either standard or custom work, or, indeed, in specific market niches such as kitchens or wardrobes or commercial joinery. The new generation of software solutions handle ALL work streams with ease. This has numerous benefits to your business: • one system to purchase; • one system to learn; • one process for your team to follow; • one contact for technical assistance.

Wastage With the new generation of solutions that adhere to a design to build philosophy, wastage can be cut considerably. New generation solutions now offer visual machining, with full production information attached,

Data errors With old technology it is possible for up to four different software solutions, from different developers, to be involved in the process from design through to machining in your business.

allowing the user to see exactly what is going to be manufactured. Errors can be spotted on the screen, before going to production. This ensures that businesses can be confident that what is on the screen is what is going to come off the machine. Some cutting edge solutions go as far as to allow the user to see a video preview of the machining process in action. What better way to ensure 100% accuracy. Be mindful of solutions that only offer a visual representation of machining. This will provide you with a nice image on the screen, but with no production information attached it does not guarantee increased accuracy. True shape nesting provides further opportunity to save on wastage as it provides for maximum usage of board.

Interface functionality New generation software recognises the need for you to import and export files amongst your network. An incredibly useful feature is the provision of multiple interface formats for import and export. The more file formats offered the better. This interface functionality offers genuine time saving benefits as it can offer the ability to open work directly from other CAD solutions in 2D and 3D. As the files maintain maximum integrity your workload in getting these files production ready is minimised.

User control The most advanced solutions actually hand control back to you. No-one knows your business better than you do. You software should support your processes and not

require you to change to fit the software. By having control, you can easily change construction methods; hardware and fixings, reducing time to market. Joinery specific functions No longer does the joinery industry need to rely on software that has been adapted to the industry. You can now access solutions that have in-built joinery functionality. These systems provide users with the ability to quickly : • interchange assembly methods (eg screws, CAM, dowels etc); • apply wood operations such grooves & rebates directly from the tool bar; • select various panel processing functions such as edge banding. This saves considerable time in the setout process, again freeing up resources to move on to the next project. Sound investment Businesses continue to invest large amounts in CNC machinery to increase production capability, and rightly so. However, CNC machines need CAD/CAM software to run efficiently and, with software only a fraction of the cost of machinery, software represents great value for money. Software is the brains of the modern joinery operation. The right software is a worthwhile investment, providing the continuous process improvement needed to remain ahead of the competition. Investing in the new generation software allows you to break away from the competition and your investment will be repaid many times over. ●

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BIESSEiNSIDE 2014 A review by Philip Ashley There are plenty of good things happening at Biesse. There are so many, in fact, that the new CEO, Luke Tenaglia, couldn’t wait until AWISA later this year. He had to get the news out now. After all, Biesse’s new offerings are designed to make it more cost-effective to ramp up production for even the smallest manufacturers. And so, the BIESSEiNSIDE show, from 19 to 21 March, brought together some of the most experienced technical experts from as far away as the USA and Italy to team with those from Australia in presenting the very latest in manufacturing technology. The winners were the hundreds of manufacturers from Australia and New Zealand who went along to see how Biesse could help their companies grow.

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strategy. This means Biesse is still committed to supplying the very best equipment at the lowest possible price, but their success is dependent on not losing sight of high-end technology. The very best Biesse technology was demonstrated in the new BG FT – Biesse’s fastest nesting system at 120 metres a minute. This Biesse event was the world’s first look at this incredible new product, right here in Australia. It’s a complete manufacturing line with automatic loading and unloading of parts, automatic labelling and user-friendly software. The Rover BG FT is so well-designed and flexible that you can configure drill heads, spindle type, vacuum and tool changers to get a machine that suits your specific manufacturing needs. Luke said: “I was thrilled to be able to showcase the latest technology from Biesse at our 2014 BIESSEiNSIDE event.

“It was the world’s first glimpse of Biesse’s fastest nesting system – the Rover BG FT. This was a must-see; the ‘B’ is back!” The aim of the Rover BG is to squeeze every second from your machine cycle. This machine is available in a flat or pod and rail table, with three, four or five axes and up to 116 tools with up to three tool changers including a multi-level system. Digital technology means greater accuracy. Higher acceleration means your cutting tools reach their optimum cutting speeds faster and leads to improvements in tool life and significantly better

cycle time. Biesse uses lean manufacturing technologies in the construction of the machines. These manufacturing improvements mean that CNC is now more reliable and affordable than ever before with cheaper machines that are made to Biesse’s highest standards. The Rover B is the flagship of the range and offers exciting possibilities for the Australian manufacturer. In the past the price point of flat-bed CNC machinery was well beyond the hundred thousand dollar mark. Biesse can now offer complete production systems for less than this.

On offer at the show was a Klever CNC flat-bed router, Active 400 sliding table panel saw and Spark 4.3 edgebander. This is the ideal “nextstep” technology for those manufacturers wishing to take their traditional production to the next level. And don’t think it’s a cheap entry either. The Klever CNC router eats into the flat-bed CNC market with a machine that’s not designed around price. This machine has all the integrity and quality of Biesse’s high-level equipment because that’s where the design came from. The Klever is available with an optional express package with a higher feed speed. Other CNC machines on display at BIESSEiNSIDE, which are suitable for your next step were the Skill 12 24 G FT, the Skipper 130 and Skipper V31. The Skill is a nesting solution that can be ordered as a single machine or with automatic in-feed and out-feed tables and label printing. The Skill G FT with feed tables gives the machine a similar output to larger stand-alone machines because the production never stops for manual handling of the sheets and finished parts. The Skipper 130 is a horizontal CNC/

drilling machine, capable of drilling single panels (not nested) on six sides or two panels on five sides of each panel. The Skipper 130 can also be used for dowel-style cabinet construction where location dowels are used for a more exacting product. The Skipper 130 is ideal for high volume flexible drilling production for cabinet makers, shop fitters and commercial furniture manufacturers. The vertical Skipper V31 is for working single panels on five sides inclusive of sawing and routing. No set-up of panel position is required because a laser detects the panel dimensions. Both Skipper machines can be used with a panel or beam saw or for horizontal drilling of parts from a nesting machine and offer surprisingly fast production times, especially when stack-cutting with a beam-saw.

Edging One of the most talked about technologies for flat panel manufacturers is edge finishing. Recent hype about laser applied edging has waned due to the extremely high cost, high maintenance required and the explicit dangers of a laser activated 30 system. SupplierMar/Apr 2014 | 29

Machinery 29 A few years ago a small European company developed the technology to “soften” the inner active (functional) layer of laser edge tape at a fraction of the cost using high heat. Biesse, with previous expertise in this field using other materials, was able to take this technology to the next step. This includes extremely fast heat up times (less than two minutes) using a more powerful temperature generator and a reduced panel gap resulting in a higher panel feed-rate. What you get is an invisible join that is identical to the laser edge quality but at a fraction of the cost.

While the laser system doubles the cost of the edgebanding machine making it prohibitively expensive to purchase and operate, other troubling issues include the colour of the edging influencing the laser process and safety. The new Biesse “AirForce” system uses compressed hot air at 500º Celsius to produce a join that is impervious to water and humidity with favourable maintenance and operating costs. It’s so good that the AirForce system won the AWFS manufacturing innovation award in Las Vegas (2013) and, more recently, in Valencia. The result is more panels per hour

and a perfect join with no glue line. The technology sells itself. At BIESSEiNSIDE, the new technology was shown on the BIESSEEDGE Roxyl 5.5 edgebanding machine. The machine is capable of applying the new “laser” edging as well as current EVA glue technology so, depending on your customer’s requirements, you can provide a complete edging solution. Biesse’s success leads to your success.

Surfaces High-gloss painted surfaces are a delicate product and need a delicate operation to produce them. BIESSEiNSIDE was the exclusive Australian launch of the newest and latest sanding technology using a high performance electronic pad that actually reduces by two-thirds the surface pressure required to sand painted surfaces.

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This results in longer belt life, lower power consumption and a higher quality surface because there is less heat generated during the sanding process. The only thing rugged about the Viet Opera 7 is its monolithic construction that provides a stable platform for flawless sanding. Viet has a long history and tradition in sanding being the pioneers in the industry, leading the way since 1967 with patents such as the combination units and the superfinishing pad that, today, are universal industry standards. Biesse acquired Viet in 2011 and brought its own and Viet’s sanding experts together to create a system that is nothing short of revolutionary. Continuing with the great success of Biesse, this technology won another award for product innovation: the 2011 Sequoia Award that now sits in Biesse’s award cabinet.

37 LM cutting table (for laminated glass) is probably still the most reliable glass cutting table installed in Oceania. This equipment comes at an entry-level price and is supported with Biesse technical expertise to make sure it works for you. At BIESSEiNSIDE, recognised industry experts from around the world were available to explain just how the new technologies could fit into your workshop. A series of seminars presented information on materials handling equipment, sanding and painting, software solutions, stone bench-top and glass processing, beam saw production and edge

Stone and glass The Master 33 CT is the premium bench-top production machine that allows manufacturers to expand into stone bench-top processing. Most people think it’s not only difficult but expensive and specialised: but it’s easier than you think. Luke said: “I was very proud that Intermac held the first glass processing equipment exhibition in Australia. “We highlighted the Master series range of CNC machining centres for glass and stone bench-top processing, and the Genius 37 cutting line for frameless glass production. “It opened everyone’s eyes to just how affordable and simple to use these systems are and demonstrated just how easy it is to diversify into stone bench-top production. Processing solid surfaces is now seriously worth thinking about.”

A typical Biesse customer already has the skills and knowledge for the fabrication and installation of a bench-top. The Master 33 CT is the most economical solution that makes it possible to produce two kitchens in a seven-hour shift with only one operator. Everyone knows it’s cheaper to operate your own production but the real benefit is that you control lead-times and maximise your returns. Biesse says the Master 43 CNC glass machining centre is still the number one glass processing machine in the world with a high speed tooling set for mid to high-level glass companies. The Genius 37 automatic glass cutting line includes the Genius 37CT-RS float glass cutting table that can either be part of an automatic line or a stand-alone investment. The additional Genius

banding. Getting the most out of your machinery and improving the work-flow is not just for big business, it’s for every manufacturer. Biesse works with companies of all sizes in most countries around the world producing every conceivable product. There is nothing they haven’t seen before and nothing they don’t know about. It’s up to you to use this knowledge to make your business grow. BIESSEiNSIDE is about partnerships and working together. It’s about solutions and ideas. Whatever you want to do, Biesse has the equipment and people to get it done. ●


Introducing Luke Tenaglia Supplier Magazine's Philip Ashley spoke to Biesse’s Luke Tenaglia about his new job, about Biesse itself and about his thoughts on the industry in Australia.

Luke Tenaglia is the “new” CEO for Biesse Australia and New Zealand. Maybe “new” is not the right word because Luke has been with Biesse since 1994. Back then John Cover and Jake Martin supplied the Biesse brand through the Allwood Company. Allwood became Biesse Australia in 2001 and is one of the industry’s leading machinery suppliers.

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Fast forward to 2014 and Luke brings his infectious brand of enthusiasm to the top job to continue Biesse’s success. Luke plans further inroads into the woodworking, stone and glass industries and to provide the backup and highlevel of service demanded by manufacturers. He said: “Buying a machine is only the first step. The ownership

of the machine in terms of performance and service are equally important issues for the user”. Biesse is in Luke Tenaglia’s DNA. He lives and breathes Biesse and says he “could not represent any other supplier”. As Financial Controller for many years, Luke understands the business but, more importantly, he understands what the customer wants and needs. In just over a year as CEO, Luke has changed the structure of Biesse Australia and New Zealand so that each of the three technology streams of CNC, edging and Intermac (stone and glass) is managed by a Technical Service Manager, who is a recognised expert in the field. This means a person is in place to ensure your equipment is supported and you get the very best performance from your investment. Luke was there 20 years ago when John Cover made technical service a big ticket issue. Luke believes that in 2014 service is more important than ever before. So much so, that he’s actually increased Biesse’s service personnel at a time when other suppliers are reducing staff in this area. Luke has set a high service benchmark and with the extra technical service staff, Biesse aims to achieve a repeatability of service second-to-none. He intends to achieve the very best

technical support with people who specialise in specific areas of technology. With almost five million dollars’ worth of spare parts to call on, this puts Biesse at the premium end of machine service. We have all experienced the rationalisation in manufacturing in this part of the world. Luke, as a result, employs a Dual-Band strategy, which aims to continue Biesse’s excellent record with entry level equipment whilst keeping a commitment to top end industrial solutions. After all, the technical developments at the top end filter down through all levels. Luke believes in the industry and is optimistic about the future of manufacturing. He believes an equipment supplier must work closely with the manufacturer and understand the company’s processes. “Selling a machine is not enough: Biesse sells a solution to a complete manufacturing situation. That way, we can supply the very best manufacturing capability for your company,” Luke said. Luke is sincere when he says: “The success of the manufacturer goes hand in hand with the success of Biesse”. Luke Tenaglia is Biesse through and through. Biesse is in his blood and after 20 years with the machinery giant, he’s not slowing down.●


Embracing the changing workforce Touchstone Joinery is a growing joinery business located in Queanbeyan, on the border with the ACT, and servicing Canberra and the surrounding regional area. Touchstone designs, manufactures and installs custom joinery and kitchens and has been operating for the last 10 years under the directorship of Anthony Le Lievre, a cabinet maker with close to 30 years’ experience. During the last 12 months Touchstone has seen an increase in turnover of around 60% despite slower economic times. Looking at the evolution of the business, there are some key reasons for the increase. A couple of years ago Anthony looked at the business and decided that it had been stagnant for some time and needed a new direction. He decided to focus on three distinct areas: staff and culture, technology, and quality management systems. As with many businesses, Touchstone experienced

degrees of frustration with dealing with staff and, particularly, Gen Y staff. The change came when Touchstone decided to embrace the changing workforce and examine the benefits the younger members of the team could bring to the business. It was recognised that the younger staff were motivated and enthusiastic to embrace new technology. As a result, the business invested in a state-of-the-art pointto-point nesting machine and software to increase productivity in the factory. This equipment is largely operated by the younger members of staff, who seem to adapt quickly to the technology. Originally, it was imagined that increased productivity would lead to a reduction in the workforce. However, Touchstone has ended up travelling in the opposite direction and has increased staff in both the front end and

installation teams to keep up with the factory. One of the additions to the staff was a young female apprentice, Taylor. Whilst there was some apprehension to begin with regarding her physical size and strength, Touchstone soon discovered that having a female in the production team changed the culture and dynamic within the organisation in a very positive way. Taylor has heartily taken on the challenge of working with the nesting machine and has demonstrated that the role of a cabinet maker has changed as a result of technology, making cabinet making an option for a wider range of individuals. The business has used management systems to create a more inclusive workplace where individuals are encouraged to share in the decision making

processes. Many systems were created to ensure better quality management and customer satisfaction. Regular team meetings have been introduced to ensure there are strong lines of communication between the three areas of the business and within each team. Overall, the organisation has improved administration dramatically, which has enabled the growth to occur in a controlled and well executed way. Viewing the business today, it looks nothing like the start-up company of a decade ago. With a growing team, Touchstone is increasing its turnover and capabilities and the staff are along on the journey. No longer is the business heavily reliant on its director for all aspects of day-to-day running. Instead, the business relies on teams of individuals working together to create outstanding products and provide clients with exceptional service. The evolution is not complete and the challenges are not over but, for Anthony and the team, that’s part of what makes Touchstone Joinery special – its willingness and ability to adapt to the ever changing business landscape, learning and growing along the way. ● SupplierMar/Apr 2014 | 33

Six kitchen manufacturers reveal how Empower Software has improved their productivity

By Sean O’Sullivan, B Com (Hons) Otago University TOTAL KITCHEN SOLUTIONS – MOUNT GAMBIER, SA


“Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower we get an estimated 28% more kitchens per month from our factory staff.” Richard Hein, Managing Director, 08 8725 8755.

Core products manufactured (or core business)

Kitchens and cabinets

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff


Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)


Factory and office size m2


Number of CNCs

1 flatbed

Geographical area serviced

Mount Gambier, SA mainly

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

Factory staff manually recorded their times on jobs daily

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

Housing Industry Association

Staff groups tracked on Empower


Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

2 PCs

Number of our managers using Empower


Key Points • We are achieving the same output with two less factory staff. This is a $80,000 per year wage cost saving. • Right from day one of using Empower it exposed all our weaknesses in terms of time overruns on jobs, insufficient time allowed for in our quotations, daily downtime, rework, not meeting completion dates, excessive overtime etc. • Using Empower we now have a tool to accurately record and report individual and full team staff output per job, daily, weekly or monthly, which allows us to pay bonus to each of our staff. • Empower has been a major step up for us from time sheets that our staff filled in at the end of the day because, as everyone knows, manual time sheets are hugely inaccurate and therefore don’t work. I would never go back to manual time sheets, not in a million years. • Empower has radically changed and improved practically our entire business.

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PJT CABINETS – TULLAMARINE, MELBOURNE Core products manufactured (or core business)

Kitchens and cabinets

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff


Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)

$1.4 million

Factory and office size m2

800 m2

Number of CNCs

1 Multicam

Key Points

Geographical area serviced


• Our factory and office productivity gains have been significant and have made a big improvement to our quarterly profitability. • Our office and factory staff know their budgeted times and work towards achieving their goal on each job. • Empower is very good at reporting all our forms of our factory downtime. • If I was starting business in any form of manufacturing this is the first piece of software I would buy.

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

Factory staff manually recorded their times on jobs at day end, which was woefully inaccurate and pointless recording

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

Cabinet Makers and Designers Association (CMDA)

Staff groups tracked on Empower

Machine programmers and our factory staff

Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

2 PCs

Number of our managers using Empower



“Using Empower we get 20 to 25% more kitchens out the door each week, with the same factory staff.” Peter Tressider, Managing Director, 03 9335 4533

TASKER JOINERY – SYDNEY, NSW Core products manufactured (or core business)

Interior fit outs, commercial joinery and kitchens

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff


Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)

$2.3 million approx

Factory and office size m2

400 m2 approx

Number of CNCs


Geographical area serviced

Sydney mainly

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

Factory staff manually recorded their times on jobs daily

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

Housing Industry Association

Key Points

Staff groups tracked on Empower

Office, factory and site staff

• For the first time in many years I enjoy coming to work because the Empower system has my entire business monitored and well in control. I am no longer stressed as I used to be due to inadequate monitoring. I now feel as if my management, office staff, factory staff and site staff are now “in the same boat and rowing in the same direction”. • After three months of using Empower our factory productivity had increased by an estimated 15% and our annual profitability by approximately 45%. • After two years of using Empower our factory productivity has increased by an estimated 20%. • When I finally retire I will be able to pass on to my son a business with far better systems and controls and a business that is far more productive and profitable.

Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

2 PCs

Number of our managers using Empower



“Using Empower, we are getting 20% more joinery out the door each month.” Greg and Dean Tasker, 02 9540 4100

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“Using PCs on the factory floor and Empower Software we get 30% more kitchens out the door each week.” Nick McLagan, Production Manager, Jag Kitchens +64 9 577 4573 or +64 21 725 137 (m)

Key Points • Our factory staff manage their own time using Empower and bring their jobs in on budgeted times. • PCs on the factory floor and Empower is the only possible means of tracking and recording accurate and live times on jobs and therefore ensures our factory staff are 100% accountable on all their jobs. • Empower gives us a massive labour cost advantage in the market place. We would not operate our business without this cost saving and cost advantage.

Core products manufactured (or core business)

Kitchens and cabinets

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff


Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)

$4 million

Factory and office size m2

300 m2

Number of CNCs

1 Tekcel

Geographical area serviced

Auckland mainly

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

No time recording on jobs previously

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

NKBA and Mastercraft Kitchen Group

Staff groups tracked on Empower

Factory staff. We need to progress to getting our office staff and our installers onto Empower

Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

1 PC

Number of our managers using Empower



“I am confident that if we turned off Empower we would go back to taking 20% longer to manufacture our kitchens.” Ken Monk, Managing Director, Craig Mackie, Production Manager +64 7 847 9174 MONTAGE KITCHENS - HAMILTON Core products manufactured (or core business)

Kitchens, cabinets, timber windows and doors

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff


Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)

$3 million

Factory and office size m2

1500 m2

Number of CNCs

1 @ 6.1 metre by 1.8 metre twin double ended

Geographical area serviced

Waikato, NZ mainly

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

Factory staff manually recorded their times on jobs daily

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

NZ Master Joiners. President Master Joiners 2004

Staff groups tracked on Empower

Machine programmers, factory staff and delivery staff

Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

2 PCs plus we have Empower on our CNC and our edgebander

Number of our managers using Empower


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Key Points • In the first year of using Empower we maintained output and achieved wage cost savings of $150,000 per year. • Our factory staff are 100% aware of their budgeted times and actual times on each of their jobs and, accordingly, 100% accountable on each of their jobs. • Montage Kitchens have been involved in the development of Empower over the last 10 years. The software has been developed largely by kitchen makers for kitchen makers – that’s why it works so well for our industry.

GREENMOUNT MANUFACTURING AUCKLAND “Empower has been a very good investment for us over the last three years. I should have purchased it eight years ago when I first looked at it.” Graham Russell and Management Team, +64 9 273 9030 or +64 21 616 690 (m).

Key Points


• When we introduced Empower it instantly made our manual time sheets redundant along with all of the manual entry of hours back to specific jobs, which in itself was a huge time and cost saving. Empower also reports our staff times worked for wages. • It’s made our production managers and estimators jobs much easier. • On day one the system was simple and easy for all of our factory staff to use and implementation was very straightforward. • It gives our factory staff accurate, live time budgeted times for each job, which helps them focus on meeting or exceeding their targets. • The ‘Who’s Working on What’ screen gives all our management a live screenshot of the jobs that are being worked on, staff on jobs, and their budget times as well as the time remaining on each active job. • Our productivity has increased significantly since using Empower simply because budgeted times on jobs are so much more visible to factory staff doing jobs, and also management overseeing jobs live.

Core products manufactured (or core business)

Wide range of products. Shop fitting, commercial fit outs, kitchens, vanities, campervan cabinetry and contract machining

Percentage of jobs custom one-offs


Number of factory floor staff

35. We employ additional casuals when workload and larger projects require

Number of total staff


Annual revenue (approx)


Factory and office size m2

6350 square metres

Number of CNCs

8 in total, wide range of specialist applications, including large 5 axis

Geographical area serviced

New Zealand wide and export for Australian projects / clients

Staff times on jobs recording prior to Empower

Manual time cards

Years in business


Association membership and any positions held

National Kitchen and Bathroom Association

Staff groups tracked on Empower

Office, factory, delivery and site staff

Years using Empower


Number of PC's on the factory floor with Empower on

8 PCs plus we have 2 Empower systems on the monitors of our CNC machines

Number of our managers using Empower


Phone, e mail or go to our web site - and we will send you a FREE information package including a proposal to implement Empower Software in your business. Email: or visit Managing Director: Sean O' Sullivan Auckland +64 9 307 1115 office NZ mobile +64 27 228 4211 Email:

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Robland adds CNC functionality Belgium company Robland is renowned throughout the world as a quality manufacturer of professional quality, traditional woodworking machines, with the objective of offering strong, robust, high performance machines at very economical rates. In recent times Robland has ventured into the industrial sector adding CNC functionality and heavy duty construction to a range of industrial quality machinery catering to hardwood manufacturing specialists. The New Robland BM3000 CNC boring machine is just another string in its already huge repertoire: a compact and affordable vertical CNC boring machine ideal for the small to medium kitchen/cabinet manufacturers. The machine is equipped with a PC (including Windows operating system) and user-friendly CAD-CAM software for designing and

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programming, which can also be linked to existing software. During the work-process a live video feed displays the spindle head ensuring easy viewing of the production processes. The user-friendly CAD-CAM software includes hinge drilling, side drilling, making slots,etc. The programming is configured parametrically and therefore it is possible to make a library/storage of processes with ease for future applications. The Robland BM3000 CNC upright boring machine bridges CNC technologies seamlessly with a compact machine proving ideal where space efficiency is a key factor. Beyond Tools is proud to present the innovative machine at AWISA 2014 in Brisbane this year alongside a large range of Robland machinery and industrial equipment and Virutex woodworking equipment.â—?

Panel saw specialists merge Vertical panel saw specialists Sagetech and Zapkut have merged under the Sagetech name, making their Zapkut and Koolkut saw families the widest single range of economically priced vertical panel saw solutions. Established in 2002, Sagetech focused on intermediate to heavy industrial users with its Koolkut family, while Zapkut, launched in 2006, concentrated on light to intermediate users and those requiring portable cutting solutions. Both companies' saws have proved popular with signmakers, cabinetmakers, timber and plastics traders and various other types of business. Keith Bunker, Managing Director of the merged company, Sagetech Limited, explained the merger: "Different businesses and users have differing needs, in the area of sheet cutting as in other areas. A key challenge faced by anyone considering buying a vertical panel saw has always been identifying the right saw for the needs of the business." Keith went on: "Both Sagetech and Zapkut have consistently focused on supplying wall saws, which, while very competitively priced, are robust, high quality and feature-rich. With the Zapkut and Koolkut saw families complementing one another, it made

perfect sense to bring the two together in a single company." Following the merger, Sagetech Limited offers a clear, cohesive range of saws from the entry-level Zapkut ZK through to the heavyweight Koolkut range, suitable for workloads up to medium-toheavy industrial and capable of handling sheet sizes of up to 3.1m x 2.1m. Each family of saws is available in a range of sizes. The new company website ( provides an overview page to help visitors go straight to the detail on either the Zapkut or the Koolkut saw family, according to their circumstances. That detail then enables them to quickly decide on which model will suit them best. The new website also provides background information, for example on the ways in which a vertical panel saw is generally a significantly better sheet cutting solution than guide rails or a table saw. There is an extensive press archive featuring many real-life customer usage stories. These are arranged by sector to help site visitors quickly go to stories relevant to their own field of activity. To find out more about Sagetech and its Zapkut and Koolkut wall saw families, contact Eurotech, the Australian distributor. â—?

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ensures excellent results. The large, hard anodized, jointer fence makes edge planing easy. Thanks to its special swivel-support bracket, the fence sets angle without a gap between the fence and the table surface.


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Would you like a Ferrari in your workshop? The recent Holz-Handwerk show in Nuremberg, Germany saw the unveiling of the next generation SCM L’invincible machines. This top of the range classical machinery range includes panel saws, thicknessers, surfacers and spindle moulders. The SCM group have redesigned the range to have real, focussed technologies and solutions allowing for faster, easier production in your workshop. New design To complement this, the range now feature a new livery, logo and stainless steel chassis – designed to represent the high technology solutions used throughout the range. In fact the SCM L’invincible machines incorporate over 30 patents in their designs. This shows the level of R&D the group have put into this range over many years. Control systems Probably one of the biggest advances has been

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the control systems. The L’invincible philosophy is to provide intelligent machinery – real time instructions to guide operators, stored programmes and auto tool setup systems to eliminate errors and decrease set-up time. Safety Active safety systems are used throughout the range – tailor made to each process and machine type rather than a generic ‘one size fits all’ approach. Durability and reliability Stainless steel was the material of choice for the new machine chassis – giving a clear cut, distinctive message. These are machines built to last and ensure maximum quality over time. True Italian styling in the traditions of Ferrari – stylish, robust, reliability, strong and beautiful – and now available for your workshop. To get your copy of the product range catalogue contact your local office of Gabbett Machinery. ●

SCM Group at HolzHandwerk 2014 An integrated cell with 25 different solutions in a huge 1300 m2 stand in pavilion 10 at the Nuremberg Expo Centre. These simple numbers reveal just how much work the SCM Group put into preparing for the Holz-Handwerk show, a busy meeting place for carpenters and trade operators in an event that continues to grow in importance on both a local and international scale.

SCM Group displayed at Holz-Handwerk show: • New edgebanding solutions by SCM for carpentry and small businesses. The Group unveiled the Olimpic K100 edgebanding machine – an entry level solution offering excellent performance at an affordable price. This comprehensively equipped machine features

technologically advanced solutions such as belt transport, for perfect edge finishing results; an incoming panel grinder unit, which solves crosscutting problems; and an effective glue scraper unit, which removes any excess glue. Another machine in the spotlight was the Olimpic K560, with the new two motor corner rounding unit,

which is ideal for finishing thick edged panels. This compact, highly productive machine – capable of speeds of up to 18 metres per minute – is an ideal edgebanding machine for companies, which need to process many consecutive panels quickly without compromising quality, and also need to change between different 42 jobs rapidly.


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Manufacturing 41 This machine comes with a touch screen control panel with an attractive user interface, letting the operator quickly select between the different machine operations available. • Stefani Solution Slim Line. Conceived for industrial scale edge banding, the new Stefani Solution, with exclusive Stefani patented Slim Line technology, for producing furniture components, combines unparalleled productivity with excellent finish quality. Unlike many other systems today, which limit process flexibility as they can only work with specific types of edgebanding strips, this machine may be used to glue a vast variety of

different edgebanding strips, even including the latest generation materials. • The Accord WD integrated cell and SCM Accord FX range of work centres for manufacturing windows and doors.Taking centre stage at Nuremberg was the new Accord WD work cell, which lets even small and medium sized businesses improve their competitive edge with a highly automated production process and now comes with a significant new innovation: specific MSL software developed by SCM Group, for transferring job management and order data directly from the office to the machine.Integrated loading and unloading systems, the Matic table,

which automatically clamps pieces quickly and reliably, the flexibility typical of a genuine work centre and the ability to change tools in just five seconds with the 48 place Mach 5 tool changer are just a few of the many advantages that this cell offers. • Morbidelli Author M Series boring-routing work centres – solutions with three, four or five axes, new automatic tables and assisted piece positioning. The prestige of the Morbidelli brand name is matched perfectly by the flexible productivity and superlative quality offered by the M600 and M300 models on show. • L’invincibile. SCM Group has focused on the undisputed excellence of the classic machines

of its L’invincibile range. This entire range has now been revised and comes to Holz-Handwerk with all-new quality standards, encapsulating the expertise of the producer of the world's largest range of woodworking machines. The line-up of SCM Group products at the German show also included solutions for sanding, with the DMC System automatic calibrating/ sanding machine, which boasts extremely rapid tool changing times and offers superb finish quality standards; solutions for boring and routing, such as the SCM Cyflex F900 boring centre, with electric spindle for vertical routing, and the SCM Tech Z5 and Tech Z1 pro work centres.●

Broadening its horizons ONE of the longest suppliers of woodworking machinery in Western Australian, which has been in business since 1976, is currently broadening its horizons. The process started with relocation and installation of new offices for I & J Machinery Sales on its premises, including a refurbished board room for meetings with customers and 42 | SupplierMar/Apr 2014

an overhead crane for easier handling of machines. The other change is to the expansion of its staff with Tim Matthews joining the I & J Machinery team after 10 years at Biesse. “We are looking forward to many years of working with him. Tim brings with him experience in both sales and service of high tech machines, which we are sure will be a benefit to our customers,” said Ian Patterson, Director. “Also on our team we have Tai Duc Vu, who has been with I & J for many years, specialising in mechanical repairs, and Allan Indie for software and mechanical repairs.

“I & J Machinery is a company that works in conjunction with the Wood Tech Group suppling quality machines such as Anderson, Griggio, Hebrock, Ott,

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Product Update Caesarstone presents Islands by Raw Edges FOLLOWING a preview at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, Caesarstone will present a further exploration of Islands with an interactive installation focusing on food and dining within the domestic environment at Milan 2014. Islands exhibits the design, beauty, quality and functionality of Caesarstone surfaces and reflects the signature creativity and playfulness of Raw Edges' work; the installation is to be presented at Palazzo Clerici, in the heart of Milan’s Brera District. Islands seeks to reshape the typical interior arrangement by positioning the surface as the binding element of its design. Cabinetry and appliances are slotted into purpose-built voids within the Caesarstone surface itself instead of being placed atop or around it, thus highlighting the monolith's value and functionality within the interior environment. Offering a new take on a variety of domestic spaces, Islands focuses primarily on the kitchen concept and the significance of the preparation and enjoyment of food. Eli Feiglin, VP Marketing at Caesarstone International commented: “As a material that is mostly linked to kitchen worktops, we wanted to challenge the public’s perception of Caesarstone by using it as the starting point of the design process. The collaboration celebrates the exceptional qualities of Caesarstone surfaces and highlights our devotion to exploring and setting new trends in design.”

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More than just a kitchen sink THE latest in European sink solutions. Franke Kitchen Systems is a world leading provider of intelligent systems for domestic kitchens. It is Franke’s mission to enable enterprise and a rewarding experience for all concerned. Franke is renowned for a commitment to quality and an unmistakable flair for design, using the finest materials and state-of-the-art production technology. All Franke Stainless Steel sinks are backed by a 50 year warranty, allowing customers to walk away knowing they have chosen the best. By adopting a policy of investment in innovation and technology, Franke has established its position as the largest stainless steel kitchen sink manufacturer in the world and a leading name in kitchen taps, waste disposers and other kitchen solutions. The Franke range of sinks is available through Lincoln Sentry.

Wilsonart Laminate range updated WILSONART’S comprehensive refresh includes new textures, fresh colours and sophisticated woodgrains. Discover new textures, fresh colour and sophisticated woodgrains with Wilsonart’s new additions to its range. These include: • Clean, crisp, modern and sleek, Designer White D354K-07 is a fresh take on high wear clean white. With a smooth waxy finish it updates the look to the more natural feeling textures currently coming through interiors. The 07 finish is achieved with AEON technology. • Painted Cottage White Pine 4020WM adds a light wood grain with a casual warmth and elegance to the range. • Four new Relativo designs introduce a perfect modern neutral palette. A refined woodgrain structure in a Wood Matt texture can be worked into either more structured or casual relaxed interiors with equal success. • Epitomising the natural look of a simple linen

weave the new Textus designs add refined texture to an interior scheme. Combine textural elements to create a feeling of harmony. • Let the outdoors come in with fresh Goosebery, Primrose and Kiwi greens. Green is the most restful colour for the human eye symbolising growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Used in living spaces it creates a feeling of peace and relaxation. • Create Utopia using a hint of seductive colour. Tie it back to a sophisticated palette with cool greys and blonde woodgrains. Wilsonart and HVG continue to develop product to provide the Australian market with greater design options at a high quality standard.

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LOOX LED LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY ANOTHER BRIGHT IDEA FROM HÄFELE. Decorative illumination accentuates architecture, adds mood and can be as important as any significant furniture piece. But what if you could combine the two? With LOOX – It couldn’t be easier. Häfele has a wide range of LED lights that can be combined in many different ways to compliment any piece of furniture. The standard plug in connection makes it child’s play to install, which means they can be easily retrofitted. To shine a light on the LOOX Lighting range visit a Häfele showroom in your state or

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