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Welcome to the March issue of Spring 2024, which heralds the start of a busy events schedule over the next few months. With key trade shows taking place across Europe and the UK, the Furniture & Joinery Production team are looking forward to experiencing a dynamic blend of machinery and equipment, fittings and components, first-hand.

In addition, the sustained development of at-home events from numerous companies will continue to provide a focused way of getting to know an individual supplier.

We look forward to connecting with many of you at the events, most especially at Furniture Component Expo in April and Materials & Finishes Show in May. As official media partners, we will be exhibiting at both events, providing engaging reports as well as video and social media content for those who can’t be there this time around.

More recently, the team enjoyed one of Panelco’s Innovation Insight events, exploring the wide variety of premium decorative surfacing options on offer – see page 12 for our report. A major draw of this event was the strong presence from Egger, with their highly anticipated Decorative Collection 24+ artfully displayed. For further information and insight into the new collection, please turn to page 54.

Elsewhere in the issue, we speak to Jaap van ‘t Klooster and Sarah Skinner from AkzoNobel about the company’s sustainable practices and ambitious campaign to strengthen the environmental performance of its EMEA customers.

Our edgebanding section explores innovations from the likes of Ostermann, VWM and WPR, alongside a Q&A with David Phillips of Camco about significant recent developments within the business.

Lastly, this issue is accompanied by our annual CNC supplement, complete with the latest developments and insight for those looking to upgrade or optimise their CNC production.

Hope you enjoy the issue!

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DecorEdge asset acquisition latest move in REHAU’s distribution expansion

Global polymer group, REHAU, has strengthened its relationship with long-standing customer, DecorEdge after purchasing the Manchester-based edgebanding firm’s asset base and welcomes two key team members into the business.

This arrangement came into effect from 31st January and is the next step in REHAU’s growth strategy within its interior

solutions division.

Customers of DecorEdge will gain immediate access to REHAU’s extensive range of products, including its industryleading edgebanding, surface and storage solutions. They will also be able to form a direct relationship with the experts who design and manufacture the original components.

Robin Clevett confirmed as Materials & Finishes Show 2024 partner

Robin Clevett, the selfconfessed carpentry, joinery and building fanatic, has been announced as an official ambassador for Materials & Finishes Show 2024 (formerly W Exhibition.)

As well as working closely with the event organising team in the run-up to the UK’s trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries, Robin will also make an appearance at the exhibition this May (Birmingham NEC, 19th - 22nd May.)

Robin, who boasts over 113,000 Youtube subscribers,

Beesley & Fildes acquires specialist timber range from Silva Timber

Family-owned builders merchant, Beesley & Fildes, has acquired part of Silva Timber, adding a specialist timber range to its portfolio and appointing two new employees.

Based in Widnes, Cheshire, Silva Timber went into administration in October 2023. The deal sees Beesley & Fildes

acquire a range of products from the business, including external cladding, coated wood, hardwood decking, slatted screen fencing and cedar shingles. Sustainably sourced from around the world, the timber range will be available across the merchant’s 11 branches and online.

Import volumes rallied during the second half of 2023, TDUK data shows

more than 40,000 Instagram Followers and hosts The Carpentry Show on FIX Radio, will play a hands-on role as part of the brand new Materials & Finishes Show demonstration area, as well as compering a special panel on the main seminar stage.

“I was approached by the Materials & Finishes Show team last year and was instantly impressed with what the organisers have been doing to redevelop the show for the market,” says Robin. “As a working chippy and active member of the wider carpentry and joinery community, I know that there’s a real appetite for this type of UK event for our community.”


According to report by Timber Development UK, Timber import statistics for November 2023 show the market continued to improve in 2023, relative to 2022, with total import volumes for the full year likely to be only slightly behind 2022’s figures. Import volumes in the month of November 2023 were 0.9% higher than in November 2022. The deficit in the cumulative annual volume of the UK’s timber and panel imports after

11 months of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, reduced once again to stand at around 117,000m3 – down from 123,000m3 last month. This cumulative reduction in volume of all imports in 2023 to November over 2022 was 1.3%.

TDUK members can read the full report online. resources/tduk-monthly-statsfebruary-2024/

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Screwfix launches ‘Trade Link’ to help tradespeople to support the future generation

Screwfix, the omnichannel retailer, has launched Trade Link to promote the wealth of careers available in the trades.

Trade Link is a dedicated hub on Screwfix’s website offering advice and support to tradespeople on how they can support the next generation to go into the trades.

Supporting its more than 11m customers, Trade Link offers simple guidance on how tradespeople can go about hiring an apprentice, as well as

explaining how tradespeople can support students aged 16-19 years studying T–Level qualifications, which require industry experience alongside classroom learning.

Customers will be able to read case studies from fellow tradespeople about their experience, explore guidance about recruiting apprentices and see how Screwfix is supporting the future of the trade across its business.

New partnership offers BFM members an ethical ‘health check’

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has unveiled a new partnership at the January Furniture Show, which gives its members a cost-effective route to tracking ethical compliance.

The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is a comprehensive social compliance audit available to BFM member companies at a discounted rate via new partner, Verisio.

The audit is based on International Labor Organization (ILO) standards

and the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code, which is used by Verisio’s auditors across the globe.

“The SMETA audit is a really good way to health check a business,” says Leon Reed, CEO and founder of Verisio. “Our service operates across industries, in both manufacturing and retail, and we have conducted many factory audits for furniture suppliers both in the UK and globally.”

Woodworking Technology: fourth quarter still declining

After the growth of recent years, another negative quarter is expected for the processing industry of wood and woodbased materials, according to a survey carried out by the Studies Office of Acimall, the association of Italian woodworking and furniture technology manufacturers.

The October-December 2023 figures show an overall

reduction of orders by 23.6 percent compared to the same period of 2022, resulting from the combination of incoming orders from abroad (minus 6.3 percent) and a sharp decline in domestic demand (minus 48.1 percent), largely due to a waitand-see attitude encouraged by the expected implementation of the new “Industria 5.0” measures.

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Furniture manufacturers secure Made Smarter backing

SME manufacturers in the furniture sector are the latest to secure backing from Made Smarter’s trailblazing adoption programme. Weaver Dane, Saxon Furniture, Neal Jones Furniture, Evertaut and Contour Campervan Furniture are among the latest wave of businesses starting their digitalisation journey to benefit their bottom line and the environment

Thus far, 300 businesses have received matched funding from the government-funded, industry-backed initiative, adopting technologies as diverse as sensors, robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI).

Contour Campervan Furniture, a campervan converter and designer and manufacturer of bespoke

furniture, has adopted CNC machinery with Made Smarter’s support.

Co-founders Caitlin Green and Tom Lake said: “This technology has enabled us to bring production of our birch plywood campervan furniture in-house. We can now produce more, have improved quality control over our product, and can innovate and create new products much more quickly. This has helped us to create jobs, made us a more profitable company and significantly reduced our lead times for our shipped flat-pack campervan furniture.”

Saxon Furniture, sofa and chair manufacturer, based in Bolton, invested in automation to improve its cutting process. “This project will ensure that we continue to upskill our workforce, as well as improve our efficiencies in the cutting department,” says Roger Little, operations director.

Evertaut, manufacturers of stadium and auditorium seating, based in Blackburn, is targeting significant growth in

“Digital isn’t coming –it’s arrived”

global markets by investing in new software which connects disparate systems and enables real-time visibility of all operations.

Chris Smalley, Co-owner, said: “The gains of this new technology are quite staggering. We are going to have real-time access to production data for the first time. This will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of the business.”

Weaver Dane, a bespoke kitchen and bedroom furniture manufacturer in Northwich, has been supported by Made Smarter to invest in data and systems integration technologies.

“Digital transformation and investing in new technologies can be challenging, but from the very first meeting, Made Smarter has made it simple,” says Paul Dodd, MD of Weaver Dane.

“Our mission is to engage with the thousands of

manufacturers out there who we are certain could benefit from our support,” comments

Donna Edwards, Director of the Made Smarter Adoption Programme in the North West.

“As such we are redoubling our efforts to reach more businesses, and to inspire and inform them about the benefits of technology adoption.

“For many, this may be helping them take the first step to digitise manual and paper-based systems or using sensors to capture vital production data. But for others with a digital infrastructure in place, they may be ready for more sophisticated, boundarypushing technologies such as analytics, machine learning and AI, which are evolving at speed.

“Digital isn’t coming – it’s arrived. Adopting technologies at the right time and in the right way is the key to unlocking real benefits for industry, society and the planet.”

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SCM in the spotlight at IndiaWood

SCM, a global leading producer of secondary woodworking machinery, is preparing to illustrate a cuttingedge selection of its best technological solutions and services for the market at the 13th edition of IndiaWood.

Just some state-of-the-art technologies that visitors will

be able to find are universal cnc machining centre, morbidelli p200; the stefani kd edgebander and the dmc sd70 high-tech sanding solution. IndiaWood will also be an opportunity for SCM to announce the opening of its new subsidiary in Bengaluru in April-May 2024. “SCM has made strategic investments to provide local businesses in the woodworking industry with an even more extensive and all-round assistance not only In India, but in the whole region including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal & Maldives,” says new Country Manager, Kunal Roy. “We are in the process of expanding our Sales&Service infrastructure in India to cater to the entire region.”

Winners of the 2024 Surface Design Awards Announced

The winners of the highly anticipated Surface Design Awards have been announced at this year’s Surface Design Show, with The Tarang Pavilion in Gandhinagar, India by The Grid Architects taking the Supreme Winner prize.

The Surface Design Awards 2024 Winners are as following:

EXTERIOR SURFACE OF THE YEAR: Woven House, Giles Miller Studio, United Kingdom


COMMERCIAL BUILDING EXTERIOR: The Rowe - Wells Clad Vitreous Enamel Cladding, AJ Wells & Sons, UK

COMMERCIAL BUILDING INTERIOR: Moshu Treehouse, Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, Argentina

HOUSING EXTERIOR: The Nest, Studio Lotus, India

HOUSING INTERIOR: The Cork House, Polysmiths Ltd, United Kingdom

LIGHT + SURFACE EXTERIOR FINALISTS: Sunderdea Sunderland, Tonkin Liu, United Kingdom

LIGHT + SURFACE INTERIOR FINALISTS: Tarang, The Grid Architects, India

PUBLIC BUILDING: MACAM – The Armando Martins Museum of Contemporary Art Portugal


Manduca Market, Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, Argentina


Cien, Hitzig Militello Arquitectos, Argentina


AWARDS: Red from past to present, Jeevan Jyot, India

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Panelco’s latest Innovation Insight event leads with Egger

Panelco held another of its superb Innovation Insight events in February, featuring a strong presence from market leader Egger showing its brand new UK stock programme, the Decorative Collection 24+. John Legg went along to find out more.

What has become a key date on the calendar for designers, specifiers and manufacturers across the UK furniture and joinery industry, Panelco’s excellent Innovation Days have continued to grow in popularity and evolve in ambition, and this February’s event proved no exception with strong visitor attendance and interest across the two days to appreciate the wide variety of premium decorative surfacing options on offer from Panelco.

The main draw for many visitors at this event was to get hands-on with Egger’s brand new stock programme for the UK. Only days after the global launch of its Decorative Collection 24+, Egger put on a typically confident display and commanded much of Panelco’s impressive showroom to present its new product offer.

The Decorative Collection 24+ is undoubtedly an important new collection and it will surely be a very popular option – even a mainstay – for manufacturers and designers using board, worktops, laminate and edging. For the first time, Egger has said it will be a constantly evolving collection, a rolling concept updated every two years, with all new products valid for at least four years.

For its part, Panelco is of course stocking this collection in its entirety – in stock and accessible in all formats.

Chiefly in the new collection, Egger has unveiled amazing new textures, creating

convincing and realistic metallic, woodgrain and stone finishes. In addition, there is a clear focus on smooth matt surfaces, on-trend solid colours and luxurious woodgrains.

Egger says it has picked up

Panelco’s superb showroom is a prime platform for many of the world’s foremost decorative surfacing brands and products Egger was the main draw for many at the event, allowing visitors an early look at its new Decorative Collection 24+ Customers welcome the professionally designed lighting at Panelco which presents the products in the ideal manner
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Panelco provides a space that its customers appreciate, such as the wall of options as you enter the showroom
‘Customers really like the fact that we have got all the elements in the same space with sizes available from the standard A4, 500mm and swatch sizes to the large format options helping visitors with creative thoughts’

on social trends with its new decor, texture and product innovations, for example the new ST40 Feelwood Oakgrain, the extended PerfectSense Matt range, the metallic texture ST20 Metal Brushed or the matt-lacquered, textured TM12 PerfectSense Omnipore Matt.

Head of Group Marketing, Julie Dean, was pleased with the feedback from visitors: “Customers really like the fact that we have all the elements in the same space with sizes available from the standard A4, 500mm and swatch sizes to the large format options helping visitors with creative thoughts … from the customers point of view, it’s the space we have and what we can fit in, that’s really useful.

“The feedback from visitors has been really positive, the first day was very busy and today seems even busier. The support has been incredible, we can’t thank our customers enough.”

With a soft-launch of Blum’s products in the showroom, Julie also touched on the evolution of Panelco’s offer: “We’re very good at doing one thing, doing it well, getting it right, and then looking towards working in partnership with major suppliers and premium brands … we have to keep evolving, that’s what Panelco is all about.”

Further Panelco events are to be organised for early summer and beyond.

Part of the Decorative Collection 24+, this innovative new texture – ST20 Metal Brushed – offers impressive realism in metallic reproductions TM12 PerfectSense Omnipore Matt pairs elegant woodgrain reproductions with a matt lacquered finish –another choice from Egger’s Decorative Collection 24+

Trio of brands set to collaborate for Materials & Finishes Show live demonstration debut

Three of the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries leading brands have announced that they will collaborate as part of the brand new Live Demo Zone at Materials & Finishes Show this May.

Leitz Tooling UK, Advance Machinery Services (AMS) and The Joinery Network will work together on the show floor to produce a full timber window manufacturing demonstration, with two live demos taking place on each day of the UK’s trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries.

Visitors will be able to see the end-to-end production of the timber window frame, which will be expertly crafted utilising an AMS-distributed Wadkin Bursgreen woodworking

machine and Lignum tooling supplied by Leitz Tooling and The Joinery Network’s Owen Dare.

This is the first time that visitors to Materials & Finishes

Show (formerly W Exhibition) will have seen brands collaborate in this way as part of the brand new demonstration feature within the exhibition.

“We cannot wait to exhibit at Materials & Finishes Show this May and are excited to announce our collaboration with Leitz Tooling and The Joinery Network, who share our vision of providing handson advice and support for the industry,” says Leitz Tooling UK marketing manager, Ben Mitchell. “Our demonstration is not to be missed!”


BFM Furniture Component Expo puts new innovation centre stage

The BFM’s inaugural Future Component Expo will host an Innovation Trail, giving exhibitors at the event a new approach to reaching key audiences with their products and services.

Under the process, exhibitors can apply to feature in a pitch of their product or service to potential buyers at the show.

All submissions must be for a new product or service and have an intended commercial launch before the end of March 2024.

The audience will be asked to vote for their favourite and the winner – as well as getting the opportunity to present to an influential audience – will also receive post event publicity, organised by the BFM, including content across the trade association’s website and social

media channels.

“The FCExpo 2024 Innovation Trail will offer a great opportunity for exhibitors to engage with a buying audience,” comments Phil Spademan, MD of the BFM.

“Each entrant has a timed, five minute sales pitch in which to

get across as much information as they can to the audience. The submissions selected to pitch will demonstrate real innovation and address key issues facing the furniture industry.”

Exhibitors wishing to take part can complete the online application and explain how

their innovation meets the criteria with any supporting material. Entry is free.

Recently, the BFM announced that the BFM London Fabric Show is also being moved to run alongside the event at Telford.

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Xylexpo returns to Milan this Spring

The biennial international exhibition of woodworking technology and components for the furniture industry is back in May. After the pandemic emergency, the exhibition is restoring its traditional schedule in the spring season, from 21st to 24th May 2024.

Since 1968, Xylexpo – promoted by Acimall, the association of Italian woodworking machinery and tools – has been favoured by industry operators for its comprehensive overview of the woodworking business, illustrating the evolution of the

market towards sustainability and digital transformation.

Recognised as the international exhibition of high technology for woodworking operations, Xylexpo will be the starting point for the innovation cycle of the 2024-2026 period, reaffirming its purpose of previewing the new solutions that the companies will present to a highly qualified audience.

An international review Xylexpo showcases the excellence of “made in Italy”, while welcoming solutions, technologies, tools and

equipment from international exhibitors. The show provides plentiful opportunities for new contacts and business with the key Italian market, with a 25% share of international visitors.

XIA Xylexpo Innovation Awards

This year’s awards will be focused on the topics of sustainability and digital transformation. The awards will feature four categories: solid wood processing; panel processing; finishing; tools and equipment.

The offer

Traditionally, Xylexpo features machinery and technology for the processing of wood, wood-based materials and innovative materials; automation and robotic solutions; software and digital solutions; tools, equipment and services for the wood and furniture industry.

These are the core categories of an offer that, once again, will be focused on innovation, digital transformation and sustainability related to technologies for the manufacturing industry.

“Xylexpo days”

Each of the four exhibition days will be dedicated to a specific segment, with meetings, events, in-depth discussions and testimonials.

A “consistent” exhibition

Xylexpo 2024 will be a “truthful witness of the evolution of the furniture business”, a sector that largely relies on the machinery and technology industry. This partnership is one of the keys for the success of leading companies that have always considered Xylexpo as a reference event.

“Recognised as the international exhibition of high technology for woodworking operations, Xylexpo will be the starting point for the innovation cycle of the 2024-2026 period”
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AES to host ‘open house’ this March

From Thursday 21st March

through to Sunday 24th

March, AES Group Machinery UK Ltd will present its allnew working showroom, showcasing some of its most popular models of machines. During this ‘open house’ event, AES will welcome both existing and potential new customers to its all-new facility where members from AES, along with supporting companies, will be present to demonstrate and discuss all aspects of manufacturing with wood-based products. The key product groups include:

Panel sizing

The AES Beta Beamsaw will be premiered at the event. This all-new model is designed for the medium-sized manufacturer looking for an accurate, reliable panel sizing and optimising machine. The machine being demonstrated will have a 3200mm cutting length and is capable of cutting three 18mm boards in a single operation. Both the rear pusher and saw carriage are high-speed to allow quicker cycle times.


On demonstration will be another exclusive UK launch of the all-new AES Super Nova machine. This latest design boasts an enclosed gantry with LED light panels showing the status of the machine. The machine on display will be suitable for jumbo-sized MFC boards and is complete with a rotary tool changer, two 250m3 vacuum pumps, face drilling and a choice of operating software.

Through feed nesting

The AES Extreme Ultra Line machine is a must for anyone looking to step up from a stand-alone nesting machine. The machine on demonstration will have a lift table capable of holding 25 x 18mm boards, automatic referencing/squaring with automatic labelling of parts before machining takes place.

The board is then automatically loaded, drilled, nested, and the machined parts are pushed off onto a takeoff conveyor with cleaning. The bed is then automatically cleaned whilst automatically

loading the next panel, resulting in a continual production cycle.

CNC drilling

The popular Sirius 950M and Go 1300M ATC machines will be available for demonstration. Both machines can drill on all five sides and are equipped with a router head. The Sirius has a 950mm working width whilst the Go has a generous 1300mm and is also equipped with an automatic tool changer. Both machines have a userfriendly parametric software for programming parts with ease.

Door processing

One of the most popular AES machines sold in the UK is the Vega series of machines which are of pod and rail design and can be equipped with a doublesided horizontal router head to cut the locks and recess for the hinges. The machines are also equipped with face drilling and end drilling and can be supplied with an aggregate for cutting into the head or base of the door for concealed closers.


Popular for processing fire

“On demonstration will be another exclusive UK launch of the all-new AES Super Nova machine”

doors and for creating complex shapes, the AES five-axis machines with increased Z height can be used for manufacturing furniture and components.


The AES machines can only be described as a softwareneutral machine, namely any manufacturer can decide which software is best for them.

Supporting companies offering live demonstrations include Alphacam – CAD/CAM + Cabinetvision; Microvellum – CAD/CAM + Cabinet Design; NC Hops – CAD/CAM + door processing; Polyboard – CAD cabinet design and Tecnoprogram – CAD/CAM.

Also in attendance to offer advice and show live demonstrations will be: Hranipex, Intelligent Fixings, Lamello, Lawcris and Unilap.

AES looks forward to welcoming you to the new AES facility and advises you to RSVP via phone or email to avoid disappointment.

0800 083 8844 info@aesgroupukmachinery.

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J & C O’Meara to host open house event this March

Established in 1990, J & C O’Meara Ltd will be delighted to welcome you to a combined group open house event between 21st-24th March to celebrate the official opening of the new showroom for AES Group Machinery UK Ltd, Kundig Ltd and J & C O’Meara Ltd.

This event will be more than just an open house; it will be a celebration of the official launch of AES in the UK. Visitors will not only be able to see a range of CNC machines never seen in the UK before, but will also be able to meet and discuss their manufacturing needs with members of staff from AES, as well as with several independent supporting companies.

Whether it be materials supply, software, fixings for cabinet assembly, fittings, or edgebanding and consumables, the purpose of the event is to have something

for everyone in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The CNC machines on display will include machines for drilling, standalone nesting, through feed nesting with labelling, CNC for door production, as well as the all-new AES Beta beamsaw. The AES CNC machines are universal and are not reliant on machine-specific software. They can therefore be supplied with several CAD/ CAM solutions, allowing an easy integration to users who may already have a preferred software package. Supporting the event will of course be members from the AES team, including technical and sales staff.

Supporting companies including national materials supplier, Lawcris, will be available to discuss your material needs, while Alphacam/Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, NC Hops and Tecnoprogram will be present

to demonstrate and offer advice on their software products.

Also being demonstrated will be cabinet assembly by Intelligent Fixings, as well as Lamello, whilst tooling advice will be offered by Unilap. Edging tape, glue and consumables, along with furniture fittings, will be shown by Hranipex.

Along with the new dedicated AES showroom, visitors will also be able to see the Kundig range of wide belt and edge

“Visitors will not only be able to see a range of CNC machines never seen in the UK before, but also be able to meet and discuss their manufacturing needs with members of staff from AES, as well as with several independent supporting companies”

sanding machines which Kundig UK’s Matthew Staley will demonstrate. Further product lines from J & C O’Meara Ltd will be shown and demonstrated, including several edgebanding machines from the best-selling Genisis 512S with pre-milling and corner rounding, through to the Genisis 2RTF CNC heavy-duty high specification machine. This machine can be used with either hot melt or PUR, has a maximum working thickness of 60mm, and has two corner rounders, along with CNC auto setting for the working stations.

The showroom is located next door to the Fun Arena, one of the UK’s largest indoor children’s play areas, and not too far from Southport or Liverpool city centre, providing a great opportunity to bring the family and make a weekend of it.

To avoid disappointment, those planning to attend should register interest by calling 01704 893109, emailing info@ ukwoodworkingmachinery. or via the website www. www.ukwoodworking

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What to expect?

Whether you are a panel manufacturer making kitchen carcasses or a joinery manufacturer making fire doors, this event has something for everyone. Along with one of the finest choices of CNC machines currently on the market, there will be supporting firms exhibiting their products, such as raw material suppliers, fixtures and fittings, design and production software, edge tape, glue, and consumables.


Market leaders in CAD and CAM will be present, and guests are welcome to watch a demonstration. Participants include Alphacam/Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, NC Hops, Polyboard, and Tecnoprogram.

Fixtures, Fittings and Boards

Lawcris, one of the nations largest suppliers of panels to the woodworking industry will be present to meet existing customers and greet new ones. Cabinet assembly specialists Intelligent Fixings and Lamello will also be in attendance to offer guidance and advice along with live demonstrations showing their fixing methodology on the AES CNC machines. Also present will be Hranipex, one of the UK’s leading edging tape suppliers and now offering all associated hardware for cabinet production from hinges to handles and drawer runners to cabinet legs.


Having worked with Unilap for many years, they will naturally be there to provide assistance and guidance on all aspects of woodworking tooling. Unilap is the place to go whether you a saw blades, PCD cutters, CNC or non CNC tools.


Kundig prepares for Spring open house event

Long-established wide belt and edge sanding machinery specialist, Kundig of Switzerland, is delighted to invite both existing and potential customers to its first major open house event being held at its new showroom in Burscough, Lancashire.

A special preview of the all-new Kundig Master will be available for demonstration, providing an ideal solution for both solid wood and veneer sanding. This new model brings a higher level of specification with features including a generous 200mm working height and the latest Sigmatek touch screen control.

As with all Kundig wide belt sanding machines, the new Kundig Master has a fixed working height, i.e. the conveyor table is fixed to the lower frame of the machine, and it is the sanding group in the upper frame that raises and lowers to

the desired working height. Also included in this latest version of the popular Master series of machines is the Enormatic feature for automatic setting.

The new Kundig Master is available with either two or three sanding heads, with the most popular being the two belt machines with 1st contact roller for accurate calibration, followed by a segmented pad for secondary sanding and sanding veneers. All Master machines will also have a working width of 1350mm and will be a must-have for furniture makers and fire door manufacturers alike.

The Kundig Perfect will also be demonstrated and is, in essence, the successor to the popular ‘Brilliant’ series of machines. The Kundig Perfect has a new modern design with black high gloss panels to the left side of the machine, as well as to the front, where

the controls for operating the machine are housed. As with the former Brilliant series, at least one of the sanding heads on the Perfect will offer oblique sanding technology and therefore will be the choice for companies needing to achieve a flawless finish, especially for painted, lacquered or high gloss surfaces. The machine being demonstrated is the Perfect 1350 REd-L, suitable for solid wood, veneer and lacquer sanding.

As well as the wide belt sanding machines, there will be a selection of the Uniq edge sanding machines on display. All Kundig Uniq machines use a 200mm high sanding belt which has programmable oscillation to optimise the use of the sanding belt. The machine can sand bevelled edges with ease as the sanding head tilts, allowing the workpiece to always remain flat on the

working table.

The Uniq has two working sides, one where the abrasive is exposed – usually for solid wood sanding, the other having platens for fine sanding, such as veneered edges. The two working tables are stepped to allow both sides to be worked simultaneously using different parts of the abrasive.

Versions of the Kundig Uniq-S with automatic integrated feed will also be on display, along with the New Kundig Flash which has been specifically developed for sanding the edges of sealed/painted edges.

Kundig’s technical engineer, Matthew Staley, will be on hand to greet, discuss and demonstrate the sanding machines.

To register your interest in attending the event, please call 0845 833 0565, email or go to

“A special preview of the all-new Kundig Master will be available for demonstration, providing an ideal solution for both solid wood and veneer sanding”
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“It all adds up”

– AkzoNobel Wood Finishes lends expertise to drive sustainability

Sustainability runs at the very heart of AkzoNobel’s portfolio and operations. Its pioneering coatings are designed as environmentally conscious and long-lasting solutions for its customers, with circularity, carbon emissions and a broader focus on community in mind.


AkzoNobel Wood Finishes recently launched a campaign centred on strengthening the environmental performance of its EMEA customers. Its core message – “it all adds up” –conveys the incremental benefits of small adjustments to products and processes.

Beyond its innovative product portfolio, AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ expertise extends to analysing systems and processes to maximise efficiency, productivity and, of course, sustainable practices. This specialist knowledge and experience is channelled into three central pillars which underpin the campaign as a whole.

“Taking the lead” focuses on AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ own efforts to reduce its carbon footprint across its value chain by 50% by 2030.

“Exploring new options” examines business’s ongoing investments in making solutions more sustainable through extending the life of products, reducing waste and maintenance needs and saving energy throughout the value chain.

Lastly, “Sharing responsibility” shines a light on AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ valueled approach to helping customers identify

opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint and make their businesses more sustainable. Take for example using LEDs, rather than traditional lamps, when curing wood coatings, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%.

Here, we speak with AkzoNobel’s Sales Manager South West Europe, Jaap van ‘t Klooster, and Product Marketing Director, Sarah Skinner, to find out more about the campaign, and the difference it might make to furniture and joinery manufacturers ...

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Most of us appreciate that sustainability is high on the agenda – can you give insight as to how AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ campaign came to life?

We wanted to raise awareness of AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ position as the partner of choice when it comes to driving sustainability for customers in the wood coatings industry. We want customers to think of us as the first-choice supplier that can help them become more sustainable and meet their ESG targets.

How do you feel furniture and joinery manufacturers in the UK might respond?

We believe furniture and joinery manufacturers will appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the holistic approach that AkzoNobel has towards sustainability. It’s a topic that’s high on the corporate agenda. We’re happy to showcase our performance in this area and share the proof points of what we do

across different areas of sustainability.

It hopefully gives our customers more knowledge and insights into how they can strengthen their sustainability agenda and how we can work together to achieve their goals.

Sustainability is an increasingly important topic, not only for the furniture and joinery sectors, but for the whole of our society. We’re always looking to extend our sustainable furniture and joinery portfolio. Sustainability aspects are part of every scoping for new product offers we develop. We are building on this as a key offer going forward, not only for the furniture industry, but more widely for wood coatings.

What’s the longer-term sustainability vision for the business?

At AkzoNobel Wood Finishes, we’ve made it our business to deliver the sustainable and innovative solutions that our customers, communities – and the planet – are increasingly relying on. Collaborating with customers, suppliers, academia and other stakeholders is fundamental to what we want to achieve. It’s about pushing boundaries and finding inventive ways to collectively make a positive contribution to

an ever-changing world. Our sustainability strategy focuses on three key themes: climate change, circularity, and health and wellbeing. In practical terms, our targets for 2030 include:

• 50% less carbon emissions in our operations and across value chain

• 100% circular use of materials in own operations driven by reduce, reuse, recycle

• 50% of revenue from sustainable solutions

• >100,000 members of local communities empowered with new skills

How will AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ ‘it all adds up’ message be communicated to UK furniture and joinery manufacturers? We will be working hard over the next months and years to communicate our ‘it all adds up’ message to the markets we operate in.

There is no single strategy for achieving this. We’ll do so through our sales and technical teams, by attending relevant fairs and events, through digital tools and resources, as well as through our social media channels.

“Our sustainability strategy focuses on three key themes: climate change, circularity, and health and wellbeing”
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What do you feel are the most important elements of AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ ‘it all adds up’ campaign?

The campaign goes beyond just coatings; our ambition is to be partners for our customers. Many businesses care about their sustainability performance and want to do more for sustainability, but they aren’t sure how. We want to show them how we can work with them to facilitate change holistically and with accountability – from their production to the products and services they offer customers. We can help them lead the change and provide guidance on how, by working together, we can enhance the sustainability of our businesses and our industry.

What areas within AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ growing expertise in sustainability are having the most impact?

We see sustainability as a holistic topic where every action counts, no matter how small, and they all add up to positive change. Within a diverse market, different actions will have different impacts for customers and industries. It’s important for AkzoNobel Wood Finishes to be a partner for our customers, so we can support them in understanding and implementing the sustainability solutions that are most appropriate – and effective – for their business.

On the ground, how is AkzoNobel Wood Finishes going to be part of the agenda for positive sustainability change that is required of UK furniture and joinery manufacturers?

This is where we need to rely on our technical and sales team to create change together with our customers. We will continue to share our message, provide

ideas and practical solutions to enhance sustainability, and develop innovative, sustainability-focused products.

The challenge for the industry as a whole, not only in the UK but across the globe, is to leverage such opportunities to transform how sustainability is understood and applied in the furniture and joinery sector.

With AkzoNobel Wood Finishes’ many newly developed products, how can you help your customers with potential application issues?

Our technical and sales teams are dedicated to supporting our customers to resolve any uncertainties over products, systems or applications. We have a wellrecognised team of specialists who can advise on precisely these kinds of issues, not only for newly developed products, but also for our existing portfolio and services.

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“It’s important for AkzoNobel to be a partner for our customers, so we can support them in understanding and implementing the sustainability solutions that are most appropriate – and effective – for their business”

HOMAG’s latest EDGETEQ S-500 + LOOPTEQ combinations increase productivity

The latest EDGETEQ S-500 edge banders and LOOPTEQ automated workpiece return systems from HOMAG combine to offer more flexibility and innovative technology for fast, efficient and reliable production. With the ability to use PUR, EVA or airTec edge fixing solutions, the S-500 edge banders provide complete versatility. Furthermore, used in conjunction with one of the LOOPTEQ series workpiece return systems, a single person can operate the edge bander, further streamlining the manufacturing process.

“If you’re looking for an edge bander that has minimum set up time, a choice of gluing options, delivers premium quality edging and trimming, and can easily handle high-gloss surfaces or lightweight panels, the EDGETEQ S-500 could be the answer,” claims HOMAG UK’s edge banding expert, Charles Smith. He continues, “To achieve the perfect edge quality, workpieces need to be fed into the machine precisely.

“HOMAG has a range of options to

achieve this, such as infeed fences, blocks, sliding carriages and workpiece supports. These options help ensure the best edge finishes possible are consistently accomplished.”

Advanced trimming units on the EDGETEQ S-500 edge bander range

The EDGETEQ S-500 now offers more flexibility due to the extended range of trimming units available. The MS40 multilevel trimming unit, the MF60 Servotrim multifunction profile trimming unit and the MN11 profile scraper for two profiles can now be specified on the EDGETEQ S-500. They provide access to an even wider array of production possibilities.

Premium quality trimming is achieved thanks to vibration-free rotation and long tool service life achieved with the HSK interfaces for the post-processing units. Setup times are also minimised due to three-profile technology for the four-motor FF32 profile trimming unit and automatic adjustment of the glue joint scraper.

HOMAG LOOPTEQ O-600 return system on EDGETEQ S-500 edge bander
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EDGETEQ S-500 edge bander & LOOPTEQ O-600 automated return system

A choice of edge gluing technologies

The method of fixing edges to panels defines the quality and capabilities of the finished furniture. The EDGETEQ S-500 provides the option of using the standard EVA glue, PUR for a stronger, more moisture/heat resistant bond or HOMAG’s airTec zero joint technology.

With the AG12 and AG12 Basic gluing units, the application unit for hot-melt glue can be emptied easily in the machine.

Cleaning time too is reduced due to the pneumatic metering slides on the application unit for hot-melt glue. These close automatically, preventing dirt and reducing the amount of cleaning required.

At the centre of the airTec unit is a rotating fan heater which, in addition to a high level of efficiency, provides a significantly reduced noise output. All laser-compatible edging types currently available can be processed with airTec. This offers increased versatility for materials and colours.

The airTec system delivers better efficiency and minimises resource usage with the even air flow ensuring a high quality, zero joint at all times.

Rapid changeover times between airTec and traditional gluing technology help improve productivity further and it is all controlled via the intuitive powerTouch2 control screen.

“Combined with the appropriate LOOPTEQ return system, the EDGETEQ S-500 edge banders can provide a step-change for furniture manufacturing businesses, increasing flexibility, throughput, finish quality and profit”

Increased productivity with LOOPTEQ automated return systems

LOOPTEQ return systems are designed to optimise the entire edging process in furniture production. The material flow is automated and ordered, making the edge banding machine more efficient. The result is a leaner manufacturing process regardless of whether it is batch size 1 customer-specific orders, or high volume work.

The LOOPTEQ return systems enable one person to operate the edge banding cell easily. With a single or dual transfer gantry, parts are turned and transferred accordingly, supplied to the edge banding machine or ejected from the process. Workpieces with finished edging are transported out or can be stacked ready for the ongoing processes.

A further advantage of LOOPTEQ return systems is the virtual elimination of workpiece damage caused through manual handling. The return systems can manage a wide range of parts, from small, lightweight panels to large heavyweight workpieces.

Even delicate surfaces such as those with an aluminium or stainless steel look can be handled without problems.

Expandable, efficient, premium quality edge banding

Charles Smith again, “The EDGETEQ S-500 and S-500 profiLine machines provide a significant level of futureproofing for businesses. The machines are easier to expand offering more protection for the investment. The profiLine models offer an even greater choice of configurations, further increasing versatility.

“Combined with the appropriate LOOPTEQ return system, the EDGETEQ S-500 edge banders can provide a step-change for furniture manufacturing businesses, increasing flexibility, throughput, finish quality and profit,” concludes Charles.

For more information or a demonstration of any of the HOMAG machinery and software, contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.


HOMAG’s STORETEQ F-100 + SAWTEQ S-200 cell increases productivity

The latest storage, retrieval and panel dividing cell from HOMAG is designed to significantly increase production efficiency, offer layout flexibility and eliminate board damage. It is the ideal stepping stone into automation, managing board storage and providing a just in time machine feed system all within a small footprint.

“This new production cell can be laid out in various configurations,” enthuses Charles Smith, BU Dividing Product Manager at HOMAG UK. He continues, “Its versatility means it can be configured for installation in areas that are very limited by available floor space.

“Because of its modular design, it has the capacity to be specified exactly to suit the needs of your business. The package includes a STORETEQ F-100 single-axis storage and retrieval system which feeds a

SAWTEQ S-200 panel dividing beam saw.

The STORETEQ features a gantry design frame with a moveable lifting device that has the ability to feed single or multiple machines.

“The lifting unit has a crossbeam with suction cups to handle boards up to a maximum weight of 250 kg. It can also rotate the boards up to 90 degrees, thus enabling the board storage areas to be located either to the left, right or at the back of the saw and facilitate the loading of materials in the optimum orientation.”

The STORETEQ F-100 speeds up production

This complete integrated solution results in significantly higher saw performance, allowing more time for other value-added manufacturing processes. The gantry for the automatic feeder does not require any

additional intermediate suspensions or cross bracing for a span of up to 12 metres, further optimising space utilisation.

The cell uses a standard interface which means both machines are already configured and ready to use without additional service support. Like the larger HOMAG P-300 panel storage system, the STORETEQ F-100 is powered by the woodStore 8 software.

When paired with optimiser software, it efficiently manages all aspects of storage, from linking the purchasing system with order processing, to managing off-cuts and optimising material movements. Harnessing woodstore 8’s off-cut management module, the F-100 provides complete cataloguing and managing of useable off-cut panels.

The system can handle boards from 2000mm to 4200mm long and 600mm

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“This single-axis STORETEQ F-100 with SAWTEQ S-200 cell has the potential to transform production capacity and greatly reduce manual handling and material damages”

to 2200mm wide, with a panel thickness range from 8mm to 40mm. Using the machine monitoring and reporting (MMR basic) app or software provides an overview of the performance of the STORETEQ F-100 giving relevant machine information wherever you are.

HOMAG SAWTEQ S-200 panel dividing beam saw

The SAWTEQ S-200 cuts panels horizontally. It is a powerful, high precision, and above all, versatile beam saw. Controlled by CADmatic 5, the state-ofthe-art, high-performance saw control system from HOMAG, it offers an intuitive operating concept with clear administrative functions.

The innovative intelliGuide operator assistance system is now available for the SAWTEQ S-200. The Classic version features an LED strip at the cutting line which guides the operator by means of light signals. The saw also features HOMAG’s ecoPlus technologies that save energy and reduce operating costs. What’s more, ecoPlus reduces CO₂ emissions, thus helping to protect the environment.

An automated solution that grows with your business

Charles Smith again, “This single-axis STORETEQ F-100 with SAWTEQ S-200 cell has the potential to transform production capacity and greatly reduce manual handling and material damages. To ensure customers get a solution that meets their needs, our sales team work closely with clients to specify the best configuration to fit their particular production facilities.

“If previously you have thought that automated storage, retrieval and panel dividing systems are beyond your budget or simply too big for your premises, now is the time to reconsider. The production gains achievable with this cell can be a real game-changer, opening up potential new business opportunities,” concludes Charles. This new cell will be making its UK debut in HOMAG’s Castle Donington showroom and will be available for demonstrations from March 2024. For more information or a demonstration of any of the HOMAG machinery and software, contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

One of five layouts for the SAWTEQ S-200 & STORETEQ F-100 production cell

Ostermann provides matching edgings

Egger, Formica, Polyrey and Resopal ...

Several European board suppliers are currently launching their new collections. As always, Ostermann is on the ball and delivers matching edgings as soon as the boards are available.

Whenever board suppliers bring out new collections, it is always worth taking a look at the Ostermann online shop, where carpenters/cabinet makers can rely on the proverbial Ostermann speed.

With passion and dedication, the experts in edging at Ostermann do everything they can to provide a suitable solution for the board’s narrow surface as quickly as possible – from the moment the first boards are available on the market. At that point in time, all new Ostermann edgings are available from stock in standard dimensions of 23, 33, 43 and 100 x 1 or 2 mm. They are dispatched in small quantities from 1 metre.

To view the latest edgings for the Egger, Formica, Polyrey, or Resopal collections, type the search term “#Highlights03” into the search field on

Presenting: current trends

Subtle plain boards, with increasingly matt colours, are visible throughout the aforementioned collections. The wood decors are also becoming more matt, with more lifelike embossings, too. Stone decors still feature a lot of marble. Plentiful new items in the Ostermann range ensure the perfect edgings are available.

Egger: Decorative 24+

The Egger Group launched its Decorative Collection 24+ in February, complete with

over 300 boards and more than 100 new colours and decors. The new collection includes elegant and understated wood decors, matt and velvety plain colours as well as classic material reproductions that impress with their realistic embossings. Numerous PerfectSense lacquer boards with wood and plain decors are part of the collection.

Polyrey: Collection 2024

Collection 2024 from French manufacturer, Polyrey, also offers a wide selection, with over 440 boards. There are more than 230 plain colours and 200 decors, including over 90 new products. According to Polyrey, the collection features an “explosive” mix of current trends, from Terrazzo and mosaique decors to material reproductions in OSB.

Resopal: 2024 Collection

A new stock programme from Resopal has been available since mid-January, expanded to include various neutral colours and another matt surface. Out of 335 boards with 149 plain colours and 186 decors, 71

colours and decors are new. The Meran Oak surfaces, a modern yet rustic version of oak, and the light-coloured Ventura Elm decor are particularly eye-catching.

The Formica Collection

The Formica group, which also includes Homapal, will launch a new collection in mid-March. The Ostermann experts are expecting more than 40 new items and will be offering the right edgings in time for the start of the collection.

New edgings – extensive service

At Ostermann, carpenters/cabinet makers not only benefit from what the company is proud to claim is Europe’s largest immediately available range of edgings, but also the right materials to process these professionally: from the large selection of cleaners and hotmelt adhesives to items for edge processing and organisation. This means that many materials for furniture making can be ordered from a single source, saving time and money.

“With passion and dedication, the experts in edging at Ostermann do everything they can to provide a suitable solution for the board’s narrow surface as quickly as possible –from the moment the first boards are available on the market”
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Q&A David Phillips, MD of Camco

Based in Co Antrim, Camco has more than 20 years of experience as a trusted supplier of edgebanding. Camco holds more than 3000 décors, with an impressive portfolio encompassing veneer edging, ABS, paintable edging and lacquered veneer edging. Here, we speak to Camco’s MD, David Phillips, to hear more about some significant developments for the business ...

Could you tell us more about recent developments at Camco?

In 2023, we invested in a new slitting line to provide a better service to our valued customer base. It’s proven to be a great success as we can slit any width and ship the next day nationwide.

As this service became more popular, we saw a massive increase in orders and quickly ran out of space, prompting our decision to move to a larger building in order to facilitate the jumbo roll stock. In December we moved into a new 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse and are now installing our second slitting line.

How will the new facilities and equipment enhance Camco’s offering?

Our new warehouse is not only 12000 sq. ft., but it also offers a new storage system that is nine metres high, providing over 2000 pallet spaces. This allows us to carry more stock to fulfil the increase in order intake.

With two slitting lines, we can now increase the output of special sizes on a next-day basis, and we also offer a recoiling service for customers that require small quantity rolls.

Our website now offers a full colourmatching tool, so customers can quickly find an edge-to-board match.

What are you currently observing when it comes to industry trends/ demand for edgebanding, and how is Camco particularly well-equipped to cater for this? In recent times, we have seen a lot of customers requiring edging to match paint colours. With our new colour matching service, we are able to provide customers with edging to match most paints, such as Farrow & Ball, Deluxe and many more.

As well as this, we also offer digital printed edgebanding which enables us to print any decor on the ABS. No other UK company offers this service that we are aware of.

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“In December we moved into a new 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse and are now installing our second slitting line”
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Manufacturer and supplier of ABS / PVC & Veneer Edgebanding material




We have an extensive range with over 3000 decors matching all main board suppliers as well as door manufacturers and paint colours.



Slitting Edgeband to any size is available on site as well as pre-glueing to order.


We carry both 1mm and 2mm off the shelf and can deliver the next day across the UK and Ireland.



Our website hosts its own decor finder which is a fantastic tool that lets you find an edge to board match within seconds.




We offer a wide range of veneer edging from local and foreign tree species, as well as fine-line veneers of various thicknesses and widths – fleece-backed, sanded and upon request, brushed and lacquered. We offer only the highest quality veneer supplied in rolls.

CAMCO Edging can meet requirements of large and small manufacturers

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Q&A Jason Varey, MD at VWM

With over four decades of experience and expertise in the supply of woodworking machinery, VWM is a safe choice when it comes to edgebanding equipment. Here, VWM’s managing director, Jason Varey, tells us more about the company’s edgebanding offer ...

Could you describe your business and its edgebanding specialties?

Our Lange range has been with us since 2007, but we as a company have been involved with edgebanders since 1998.

Our typical customer base for these machines is kitchen and bedroom manufacturers. Machines we supplied back in 2009 are still going strong, with customers also adding second machines since that date.

We have two very experienced engineers who concentrate solely on edgebanding machines. This is key as they are a very difficult machine to understand, so experience is everything.

What are the key considerations concerning edgebanding technology?

I would say the key considerations are:

• Types of edgebanding and different applications. Mainly in the flat panel industry, using 0.8 and 2mm edging material.

• Types of machines. We have a great range of products available from entry

level up to our L motion series with CNC setting.

• Performance levels. The performance of an edgebander can be compromised by a poor supply network. For example, wet compressed air and poor dust extraction. Upon anyone requesting a quote for a machine, the first question we ask is “What supplies do you have?” If these are good, then the next is an operator who understands the machine. If you have these elements correct, then you will ensure the best performance.

• Ancillary equipment (cleaners etc). We offer a wide range of “bolt-on” products, such as cleaning stations on entry and exit and standalone glue pot cleaning stations for all our machines.

“We have two very experienced engineers who concentrate solely on edgebanding machines. This is key as they are a very difficult machine to understand, so experience is everything”

Could you tell us more about the range of machines you can offer and their capabilities?

We have a wide range of machines available to us with a wide range of capabilities, but the L Motion is a machine that takes you to the next level, as everything is set through the screen and not by hand.

How would you describe your lead times, installation, training and after-sales support?

We stock our best-selling B90KFE, along with its smaller brother, but mainly lead times are four weeks and installation can be completed in two days with full operator training given.

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Stick to “innovability” – choose your adhesives responsibly

The furniture industry has seen a clear shift towards sustainability and environmental topics. Important drivers have been new legal regulations and frameworks, but also initiatives of big players from within the industry itself who continuously push for sustainable solutions and processes for their products.

This is when the use of adhesives has moved into focus, with a revision of current practices throughout the different processes and applications. One main goal is to reduce the overall volume of adhesives to reduce the impact of transport, production and all aspects directly related to volume and weight.

For foiling and edgebanding applications the polyurethane hotmelt adhesive is an ideal solution. With a lower grammage (glue weight) in application, it also features an extraordinary resistance to heat, vapour and solvents that conceivably outperforms other hotmelts like EVA or polyolefin-based adhesives.

This shift to reduced glue volumes came along with a noticeable quality improvement. This phenomenon is today known under the term “innovability”:

developing innovative solutions to promote sustainability that, in the best case, lead to even better products and results.

With regards to hotmelt PUR adhesives, Italian glue manufacturer, TAKA, has picked up the innovability approach and worked on the further improvement of sustainability aspects. The outcome has been two complete product lines that respond to different needs as requested by the market.

TAKA has launched a range of bio-based PUR adhesives that are already today in compliance with the industry’s roadmap and goals up to the year 2030. TAKA is committed to selecting bio-based content only from suppliers who have the same goals of sustainable growth, as well as traceability and transparency of raw materials.

The formulation of bio-based PUR adhesives includes a significant content of renewable raw materials while improving process efficiency and adhesive properties. These new products have been successfully introduced, especially in edgebanding processes and the lamination of wood-based profiles and panels.

The second product range focuses on occupational safety and health protection.

“TAKA has launched a range of bio-based PUR adhesives that are already today in compliance with the industry’s roadmap and goals up to the year 2030”

TAKA has grouped these new products under the name “low emission systems” (LESS), as they feature a reduced content of free isocyanate monomers of less than 0.1%.


These adhesives are “hazard-free”, and users are not subject to the mandatory training course for the safe handling of products containing diisocyanates. No compromises were made in terms of product properties during development. On the contrary, in some cases TAKA managed to obtain superior product characteristics. The need for sustainable solutions will only increase, bringing those companies that adapt and innovate in the sense of innovability to the fore. Companies will need to adapt their processes to meet new industry standards, meaning that it’s essential to trust in strong partners that not only provide innovative solutions, but also share the same sustainability values.

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Here at VWM we have complete edgebander solutions to suit all pockets and di erent production needs our Lange series of edgebander o er something for all types of furniture manufacturing.


The B85 series o ers a compact edgebander for the Medium sized workshop, but gives you options of pre-milling, corner rounding, panel cleaning, radius, glue scraping and bu ng.


The B90 series o ers a compact edgebander for the Larger sized workshop, but gives you options of pre-milling, corner rounding, faster feed rates, panel cleaning and options of radius, glue scraping and bu ng, it can also give options of dual glue pots for PUR and EVA.


The B80 series o ers a compact edgebander for the smaller workshop, but gives you options of pre-milling, panel cleaning and options of radius or glue scraping stations.


The B92 L-Motion series o ers a compact edgebander for the high production manufacturing unit it gives CNC position for all movements saving set up times when changing tape sizes which is a time saver for “just in time” production runs.

The machine has options of pre-milling, corner rounding, faster feed rates, panel cleaning and options of radius, glue scraping and bu ng, it can also give options of dual glue pots for PUR and EVA. T 01282 870077 F 01282 870088 E VWM Ltd, Lodgeholme, Skipton Road, Trawden, Nr. Colne, Lancashire, BB8 8RA

Industrial ventilation & recycling – creating value from waste

With the expansion of a range of production services carried out onsite, a scenic construction company based in London contacted Fercell to explore their options for implementing an LEV and recycling system.

The system needed to encompass a variety of LEV (local exhaust ventilation) processes, including the extraction of weld fume, a spray extraction facility and a dust booth for the capture of any dust particulate created during various woodworking applications.

With a large proportion of product created using wood, the client was also keen to consider the possibilities of recycling their wood waste and, furthermore, utilising the output to provide a resource for biomass heating.

LEV installation

The installation incorporated a broad suite of local exhaust ventilation solutions, consisting of dust extraction, with a CAP4 dust booth, weld fume, with MEF-500 suction fan set and ASA-3 extraction

arms, spray extraction with a purpose-built finishing room equipped with services extraction and product drying room. In addition, each LEV system benefits from noise mitigation facilities.

The system allows the client to carry out, more productively, a variety of construction activities safely and effectively.

Dust extraction

Installation of the dust booth allows for the immediate removal of any dust clouds for a mix of process operations, including sanding, grinding and welding operations.

As a standalone solution, it is equipped with aluminised polyester filter cartridges and a pulse-jet compressed air filter cleaning system, to deposit any dust collected in removable collection trays located at the base of the booth for easy emptying and disposal. The integral

suction fan ensures complete face velocity across the full width of the booth.

Eminently flexible, the CAP-series of booths are available in a range of sizes, from varied construction materials, filter media and control functions.

Fercell was able to determine the ideal size and specification required to meet the customers’ requirements.

“Recycling the client’s wood waste not only reduced their disposal costs, but created a valuable resource to be utilised to reduce their operating costs through the colder months”
Finishing room – spray wall
Finishing room

Weld and cutting fumes

To provide optimum ventilation for the metal fabrication process, a series of ASA-3 extractions were installed.

Perfect for the removal of grinding dust, cutting and welding fumes for metalworking, each arm consists of five friction joints, with a wall bracket able to rotate 180°, making them extremely easy to position to the desired location.

The various suction arms are connected to the backward-bladed, self-cleaning impeller equipped, MEF-500 energy-saving fan by a centralised galvanised suction ducting system.

The MEF fan is enclosed within a BHseries soundbox, which not only offers additional protection from environmental factors, but reduces the sound output levels by approximately 10 - 15 db(A), while the electric motor is cooled with air pulled through a low-level grid in the base of the soundbox.

Spray extraction

A designated area for specialised finishing and coatings required the installation of a spray extraction system.

The solution consisted of a combination, including dedicated finishing and drying rooms, separated and connected by a series of full-height, sliding access doors.

The finishing room is serviced by multipoint dry filtration, mounted within a spray wall, ideal for increased paint spraying extraction capacity, providing a perfect

space for product finishing processes to take place.

The dry filtration media used is ecofriendly, manufactured from heavy-weight pleated card, which is flame-retardant and easily disposable, designed for the capture and containment of overspray from spray finishing applications.

The filters are formed of a concertina, two-part, construction works with inertia separation, with any spray particles passing through a tortuous route and sticking to the media in holding pockets of the air stream.

The drying room enclosure is fully sealed for isolation from the main production areas, ensuring a controlled, clean working space. To prevent cross-contamination of processes, the room is both internally and externally controlled by balanced or positive air pressure, regulated with makeup air drawn through efficient filtration from the main production area.

Shredding for Biomass

Recycling the client’s wood waste not only reduced their disposal costs, but created a valuable resource to be utilised to reduce their operating costs through the colder months. The properties of wood make it easy to break down and reduce in size through the process of crushing.

The solution, the PY1300 pre-breaker, processes wood waste into small parts (<A5) which can then be easily hand-fed

into the CA-S Warm Burning Space Heater.

The PY1300 is a pre-crusher ideal for breaking down bulky material into manageable-sized pieces. Any wood waste is broken down using an over-sized screw flight, which can reduce waste by up to 80%.

Material is loaded into the PY hopper where it is automatically processed and discharged into an appropriate container, for storage until ready to use. The PY1300 senses when there’s no material and will automatically switch itself off, providing an energy-efficient solution.

With waste wood product ideal for conversion into biofuel, crushed wood output can be placed directly into the CA-S 600, 180kW, wood burning, space heater. The heater is designed to work with a mixture of fuels, including chipboard, MDF, hardwoods, softwoods, pallets, wood offcuts and wood briquettes.

The hand-fed warm air heater offers a flexible, robust solution for wood waste disposal and commercial heating through the combustion of solid fuel, in this case, wood chips. By operating the heater, the client not only reduces their waste, but also reduces their carbon footprint.

Fercell provides complete industrial recycling and size reduction systems and industrial ventilation solutions. For further information, contact Fercell on 01622 791414 or email

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Space heater

Ecogate® saver for Planova

Dust and fume extraction specialist, Extractly Ltd, has recently completed the installation of a new extraction system, incorporating Ecogate® energy-saving technology, at Planova UK’s manufacturing facility in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Founded in Denmark, in 1964, Planova has grown to be a world-leading provider of specialist shop fitting solutions and shelving systems, transforming retail spaces and reinforcing market branding for a host of blue-chip clients. Today the business is delivering turnkey project solutions to customers across four continents and, in 2020, Planova (UK) Ltd amalgamated with Leeds-based Bartuf Ltd; making it a part of the global Planova group.

Production capabilities at Planova’s production centre in Leeds, formerly Bartuf’s headquarters, have been enhanced over recent months with the company’s investment in a fully-equipped

timber processing department, and Ian Rayner, Extractly’s National Sales Manager, was invited to submit proposals for appropriate dust extraction equipment to meet the expected demand.

“With only a few machines requiring extraction, and a clear, modern factory space to work with, system design was by no means over-complicated,” says Ian, “but, what was obvious to me straight away was the potential energy and cost-savings we could provide for Planova by incorporating Ecogate® ‘on-demand’ energy-saving extraction technology.”

By their very nature, the diverse joinery commissions undertaken at Planova require bespoke machining, and this new dust extraction installation provides a perfect illustration of how Ecogate® technology can offer significant benefits to any woodworking operation; however large or small.

As Ian Rayner explained: “There were

“In a traditional system, a 30kW fan, running continually at full power would typically consume around 60,000kW of electricity per year – with Ecogate® installed, we predict the effective payback period for Planova’s investment will be less than three years”
A section of Planova’s clean, modern joinery shop in Leeds, West Yorkshire The 20,000m3/hr capacity LBR-B SmartFilter with steel collection bins
30kW main fan draws dust-laden air from the highspeed machinery, through the Nordfab QF ductwork system, via the non-return explosion isolation valve, and into the filter unit

a couple of key factors we had to take into consideration with the installation at Planova. The company was naturally keen to get underway with production as soon as possible, but not all of the new woodworking machines could be delivered on the same lead times, and delays with the provision of a new 415-volt 3-phase connection from the electricity grid, which was required to power the new 30kW main fan and associated electrical control gear, was also having a knock-on effect with a commissioning date for the new extraction system.

However, Extractly was able to offer Planova a temporary extraction solution. “Ian Rayner arranged for a multi-filter bagging unit to be made available to us, on loan for several months, until we had everything in place and ready for the new system to be installed,” says Jonathan Richards, Operational Director at Planova. “Having the bagging unit in place allowed for machine utilisation, on a staggered basis, as the various pieces of equipment were installed and commissioned, and enabled us to commence production in the new workshop earlier than anticipated.

“Once we were in a position to give them the go-ahead, one of Extractly’s teams of installation engineers, along with the Ecogate technicians, had the new, permanent system up and running within a week.”

Planova’s workshop currently includes a Holzher beam saw and edgebander, along with a couple of CNC machines, and a

second edgebander is due to be installed soon. With all five machines in operation at the same time, a filter unit capable of extracting around 20,000 cubic metres of dust-laden air per hour was going to be required. Extractly supplied and installed an LBR-B 2HJ SmartFilter unit; an advanced, modular, reverse air baghouse, externallysited on a compact footprint of just 2.4m x 2.4m which, if additional capacity is ever required, can be easily extended by simply adding further modules.

Contaminated air enters the filter through an inlet where larger dust particles drop out of the airstream, and finer particles are captured by an array of highly efficient SUPERBAG filters which allow cleaned air to pass through and vent to atmosphere. As the captured dust accumulates on the filter bags, two 1.1kW regeneration fans blow air in the reverse direction to dislodge the dust; allowing it to drop into the lower hopper section from where it’s collected in

steel dust bins located below the hopper.

“As this is a completely new extraction system, Planova have no previous electricity bills to compare and calculate the savings achieved with Ecogate® installed, but energy usage is continuously monitored, and data gathered by the Ecogate® greenBOX® Nxt controller automatically calculates the ongoing savings being made when compared to energy consumption with the fan running at full power, all day, every day,” says Ian Rayner. “In a traditional system, a 30kW fan, running continually at full power would typically consume around 60,000kW of electricity per year – with Ecogate® installed, we predict the effective payback period for Planova’s investment will be less than three years.”

Since Ecogate® technology controls the extraction, the main fan will run ‘ondemand’, in real-time, at the exact speed necessary to maintain optimum extraction; for Planova, this also means that no excess energy will be consumed prior to installation of the second edgebander … but the system is ready to connect and deliver efficient extraction from day one.

In conclusion, Jonathan Richards had nothing but praise for the part Extractly played in getting the new department set up: “We couldn’t have got the joinery shop up and running as quickly as we did without the temporary extraction they provided and now, with everything working efficiently, I can definitely say that Ecogate® does exactly what it says on the tin!”

01924 520462

Ecogate® motorised dampers open and close automatically as machines come on and off line
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Planova’s Production Manager, Mark Keenan, checks current energy usage

New Bulldog wood shredders – taking a big bite from the cost of wood waste disposal

Wood shredders have been an essential machine for furniture factory operators for many years, however it has never been more important to safely and efficiently dispose of factory offcuts and wood waste than it is today. With increased focus from HSE and UK Insurers on how waste wood is handled and disposed of safely, and ever-increasing costs for skip disposal, the Bulldog BD Range shredder is designed to save you money whilst streamlining your waste handling process. Shredding wood waste also allows for recycling of the material into energy, animal bedding and other useful products.

Additionally, the environmental cost of sending joinery waste to landfill can no longer be ignored. It is imperative for all UK businesses to invest in machinery to handle their waste and reduce their carbon footprint. Bulldog Wood Shredders passionately believes that every skip avoided is an important step towards Net Zero for UK manufacturing.

Previously, joinery factories have largely relied upon imported and expensive European wood shredders due to a lack of high-quality British innovation for these machines. Bulldog Wood Shredders have been designed and developed in the United Kingdom by a highly experienced team of engineers who have specialised in machinery and plant for the woodworking sector over many years and have been designed for ultra-high efficiency with a sturdy and robust design.

What can be shredded through a Bulldog wood shredder?

Bulldog Wood Shredders are designed to process a wide range of mixed materials that are commonly found in furniture and joinery production, such as:

• chipboard


• softwood

• hardwood

• plywood




• waste wood

• pallets

“Bulldog Wood Shredders have been designed and developed in the United Kingdom by a highly experienced team of engineers...”

Why Bulldog shredders?

Each and every Bulldog shredder in the BD Range is crafted in Britain to save money on waste handling. To save money and discuss your waste requirements with the experienced Bulldog team, get in touch via its website.

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ELIMINATE WOOD SKIPS AND FACTORY HEATING COSTS Use your waste wood as fuel in a Talbott’s heater Talbott’s offer a wide range of energy efficiency solutions to suit all factory sizes and budgets.
production of furniture and joinery creates waste offcuts and extracted sawdust as a by-product of the manufacturing process.
over 45 years, Talbott’s customers have been using this waste as a fuel to heat their factories and workshops. With the costs of wood skips and fossil fuel heating continuing to rise, there has never been a better time to invest in a waste wood solutiondesigned by Talbott’s to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. Talbott’s Biomass Energy Systems, Unit 13, Walton Industrial Estate, Beacon Road, Stone ST15 0NN (+44) 01785 813 772 Talbott’s systems available for 2,000sqft up to 200,000sqft premises Contact Talbott’s today on 01785 813 772 for a free energy efficiency consultation.

Ductec increases efficiency at Boardtek with new extraction system

Ductec is a friendly, family-run company based in West Yorkshire, specialising in the design, supply, installation and servicing of dust and fume extraction systems for clients across the UK, Ireland, and Europe.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry and achieving ISO9001, the team at Ductec has gained a reputation for delivering exceptional service, technical expertise, and innovative solutions in various industries, including wood waste, metal cutting, food production, and textiles.

“We love what we do and are extremely proud of our work and team,” says Joanne Munns, Director of Ductec. “The advice we give is based on what is required, not what someone might want to sell you. We aren’t salespeople; we’re engineers who look at the whole picture before we work out a solution that’s best for our clients.”

Ductec’s installation teams complete jobs with the minimum amount of disruption to ongoing business activities. The company is committed to the safety of employees, clients, and third-party stakeholders, as evidenced by its CHAS and SafeContractor accreditations.

Boardtek Ltd, based in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialised primed panels, and flexible and profiled MDF boarding to the building industry.

Paul Thompson, the operations director,

sought advice from Ductec to replace Boardtek’s existing extraction system as part of its sustainability journey.

As an existing customer, Ductec understood their needs, objectives, production processes, and future plans, and designed an energy-efficient, ATEXcompliant negative extraction system capable of achieving 75,000m3/hr.

Cascading fans within the extraction unit save energy by utilising the pneumatic slide dampers fitted to each machine. Pressure control switches monitor the pressure in the main duct to control the speeds of the fans to achieve the volumes required on demand.

The cleaning system is a reverse air pulse that is differential pressure-controlled to activate when required to relieve the filter socks. Level indicators monitor the silo and dumpsters to ensure maximum efficiency at all times.

“We aren’t salespeople; we’re engineers who look at the whole picture before we work out a solution that’s best for our clients”

Waste drops through a rotary valve into a transport fan system that feeds a wood waste burner to heat water within the factory heating system.

The installation was carried out with minimal downtime to production, while remote access to the control panel via an Ethernet cable allows for timely resolution of any issues.

Boardtek now has the ability to cope with its ever-increasing workload, saving thousands of pounds in production losses it had previously faced due to the inadequacies of its old system.

“I have dealt with many extraction companies, and none have been able to give the service and support that we have received from Ductec,” says Paul. “We’re over the moon with the extraction system –it does exactly what we need and more.” Contact Ductec for free advice and help with any dust and extraction issues. 01924 478550

Boardtek after installation Boardtek before installation
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Boardtek during installation

Grate Expectations

Chris Franklin MD at Ranheat Engineering – a leading UK manufacturer of wood combustion equipment – continues his series of articles for Furniture and Joinery Production. This issue, he looks at how different types of industrial wood waste need a different approach as to how they burn in a wood combustion system.

Not all types of wood waste burn in the same way; it depends on the make-up of the material being burned. With the everincreasing use of man-made boards in the UK woodworking industry, the makeup of wood waste can vary from fine dusts through to solid chips from a wood chipper.

Industrial users using wood waste to heat their factories are already governed by strict rules, but it is expected that these rules will change with the emission levels lowered. The strict emission limits that apply to systems over 90kgs/hour wood consumption do not apply below the 90kg limit.

Ranheat, over the last 40 years, have developed a series of combustion systems from simple retorts to complex step and moving grates designed to meet the wide variety of wood wastes they are presented with.

The simplest “fixed “retorts have no moving parts and are generally refractory lined. Whichever system is chosen, the air distribution within the combustion system is important. Primary air is needed during combustion to get the wood waste burning, while in the burning process wood gasses are given off. These gases are mixed with secondary air at a higher level, and these then ignite and burn at high temperatures.

As well as considering the production of these secondary combustion gasses, we must also consider the make-up of the gasses produced. This is caused by the chemical reaction between the constituent parts of the combustion process. We have Carbon present in the fuel itself and also Nitrogen in the fuel. We also have air, which contains Nitrogen and Oxygen. During the combustion process, complex chemical reactions are taking place and the production of compounds or gasses is also produced.

The Government, through the Environmental Permitting Note 5/1 (18), sets limit to these analytes. When a combustion system is tested annually by an independent laboratory as part of a part B permit, tests are taken of all the analytes. There are some simple rules that Ranheat follow, and they refer to them as the “3 T’s” – Temperature, Time and Turbulence. The air and the gases mixing in a hot environment must be hot enough, be in the combustion zone long enough (often referred to as residence time) and, finally, mixed together well enough.

By altering the design of the combustion system and by controlling primary and secondary air, you can affect the chemical composition of the flue gasses.

Experience and Research & Development have led Ranheat to optimal designs for their extensive range of retorts and grates by controlling the location of the introduction of the air (primary air through the material burning) and secondary air above the level of the burning.

The production of oxides of Nitrogen

NOx and Carbon Monoxide CO can be controlled and varied. Particulate or “grit” is a mechanical separation, not a chemical reaction. (Ranheat use ceramic filter filtration systems)

Ranheat also use a system of removable retorts and grates so the combustion system slides into the boiler base which is normally air cooled and brick lined. The cooling air is actually the combustion air. By heating the combustion air, you increase boiler efficiency. Ranheat also use a system of refractory arches to provide radiant heat above the burning fuel charge. Ranheat are constantly working on and improving the grate and retort designs. The use of flue gas recirculation systems mixing some of the flue gases (with 9% Oxygen) back with the combustion air (with 21% Oxygen) to reduce the Oxygen content of the primary combustion air to reduce the amount of NOx produced on the grate and in primary combustion. Whichever Ranheat system you go for, or indeed any wood fired installation using waste wood, still must meet all current regulations. You are still legally required to obtain planning, chimney height approval and permits to enable you to legally burn wood-waste. This can be in the form of an exemption from the EA for up to 50kgs per hour, or a permit for a SWIP or a full part B permit.

Ranheat are on hand to give free assistance with obtaining these permits and permissions.

01604 750005

“Ranheat, over the last 40 years, have developed a series of combustion systems from simple retorts to complex step and moving grates designed to meet the wide variety of wood wastes they are presented with”
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“A wood waste heater is indispensable to our business; we would never want to be without one”

A set-production company has purchased a new wood waste heater to reduce its waste disposal costs and keep its workshop warm during the winter months.

Staged Events Ltd manufactures and installs props and full-set builds from its head office in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Whilst the business tries hard to minimise its wood waste, there is inevitably a large amount created which the team at Staged Events tries to reuse and recycle, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

When the company’s original wood waste heater stopped working, the team didn’t hesitate to order another one. After reading the great reviews about the heaters from

Wood Waste Technology, the company got in touch for a survey and quote, before ordering a WT15 heater.

“Even though our original wood waste heater was old, it still benefited the business massively by helping us reduce our carbon footprint, dispose of waste and heat the workshop,” says Brad Chapman, Director at Staged Events. “So, when it suddenly stopped working, we immediately made moves to replace it as quickly as we could. We started doing some research on the internet for reliable wood waste heaters and came across Wood Waste Technology. A wood waste heater is indispensable to our business, we would

never want to be without one.

“As we work in a cold, old building, the wood waste heater keeps the workshop warm, whilst helping us burn our wood waste to turn it into heat. The difference between the new wood waste heater and the old one we had is unbelievable. We’ve been delighted with both the heater and the service received from Wood Waste Technology. We’d highly recommend them to any businesses that are generating waste wood.”

MD of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt Cockroft says, “We’re delighted that the wood waste heaters are helping Staged Events reduce its waste disposal bills and keep the workshop warm in winter. We have many event and exhibition companies interested in wood waste heaters due to the amount of waste wood these industries naturally create.”

Wood Waste Technology’s years of expertise in wood waste solutions have helped many companies reduce their waste disposal and heating costs. As well as offering site survey, design, manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance for new units, the company also services all types of wood waste heaters and supplies genuine spares “up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers”.

Additionally, Wood Waste Technology is the UK official distributor for Gross Apparatebau GmbH, a German manufacturer of dependable, precision-engineered shredders and briquetters, available in various sizes and specifications to suit all business applications.

01785 250400

“We’ve been delighted with both the heater and the service received from Wood Waste Technology”
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Whatever your LEV demands Extractly will tick all the boxes

When it comes to dust and fume extraction, Extractly delivers the complete package...

From the wide choice of filter types and technologies available, we source the most appropriate and cost-efficient system to meet your requirements and, from initial consultation and design, all the way through to installation and commissioning, we will be with you at every stage of the process.

The wealth of practical experience within the company, together with an extensive range of proven products, allows Extractly to offer extraction systems which are individually tailored to customers’ specific needs.

Whether you need a small mobile extractor, or a high-capacity modular filter unit, an energy-efficient shredder or briquette press, or perhaps a modern spray booth or enclosure… from simply adapting ductwork to suit a new machine installation, to commissioning a complete waste-to-energy system, Extractly’s experienced engineers deliver the optimum solution.

LEV... extractly as it should be Extractly Ltd 01924 520462 Extractly Limited has achieved SafeContractor Accreditation
Extractly is the Master UK Distributor and Installer of the Ecogate® energy-saving system, and an Authorised Dealer and Installer of Nordfab Quick-Fit® ductwork
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The importance of dust collection in furniture joineries

In any joinery, where machinery and processes generate dust and airborne particles, ensuring a clean and safe working environment becomes essential. Dust can pose significant risk to workers’ health and safety, and machineries’ efficiency.

Here, we delve into the crucial role of dust collection in maintaining a clean and safe workspace, while spotlighting the innovative solutions offered by Nordfab in the field of dust extraction ...

The hidden risks of industrial dust

Industrial dust may appear inconspicuous, but its impact can be far-reaching and hazardous. Dust particles generated during various processes, such as cutting, grinding, sanding, and material handling, can be suspended in the air for prolonged periods.

When inhaled, these particles can lead to various health issues, including respiratory diseases, allergies, and even long-term lung damage. Furthermore, dust collection on machinery and surfaces can restrict operational efficiency, causing breakdowns and reducing equipment lifespan.

Maintaining a clean and safe working environment

Effective dust collection is not only a matter of aesthetics but a fundamental aspect of maintaining a safe and

“Nordfab Quick-Fit is a cliptogether ducting system that significantly reduces installation time, minimising operational disruption”

productive working environment. By implementing a robust dust collection system, furniture joineries can:

1. Protect worker health

A comprehensive dust collection system reduces the concentration of airborne particles, safeguarding the respiratory health of employees and minimising the risk of occupational diseases.

2. Improve equipment longevity

Dust collection can cause machinery to overheat, clog, or malfunction. A proper dust extraction solution prevents these issues, extending the lifespan of equipment and minimising downtime.

3. Enhance air quality

Clean air improves indoor air quality, creating a more comfortable and productive workspace. It also reduces the need for frequent cleaning, saving time and resources.

4. Comply with regulations

Many industrial sectors are subject to strict environmental and safety regulations. An effective dust collection system ensures compliance with these standards, avoiding potential legal consequences.

Nordfab’s innovative ducting for dust extraction systems

Nordfab, a global manufacturer of ductwork for dust extraction systems, offers a range of innovative solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of furniture joineries. Its Quick-Fit ducting system is a versatile and efficient method for transporting and removing dust particles.

Three key features of Nordfab’s ducting solution include:

1. Modular design

Nordfab’s Quick-Fit system features modular components that can be easily assembled, disassembled, and reconfigured. This flexibility allows for quick installation and modification to accommodate changing production needs.

2. Minimal downtime

Nordfab Quick-Fit is a clip-together ducting system that significantly reduces installation time, minimising operational disruption. This is a crucial advantage in industries where downtime can translate to substantial financial losses.

3. Energy Efficiency:

Nordfab’s ductwork systems are designed with energy efficiency in mind. These systems consume less energy by optimising airflow and minimising pressure drop while maintaining highperformance dust capture.

The significance of dust collection in furniture joineries cannot be overstated. It is a fundamental element in ensuring the health and safety of workers, as well as the proper functioning of machinery and equipment.

Get in touch for more information about Nordfab’s easy-to-install ductwork used in dust extraction systems.

+44 1132 739 400.

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For 50 years, Nordfab ducting has been used around the world in dust collection application in wood shops. From oneperson shops in home garages, to large manufacturing plants.

Let’s take a closer look on why Nordfab ducting is one of the preferred solutions within the woodworking industry.

Benefits using Quick-Fit ducting

Easy & Fast to install

Quick-Fit ducting systems clip together. No rivets screws, or welding are needed, cutting installation and downtime by more than 45% compared to flanged ductwork installation.


Quick-Fit ducting is easy to uninstall and relocate as you move machinery or have other changes in work areas, providing one of the lowest life cycle cost of any ducting product.

Fits most applications

Quick-Fit components are adaptable to existing ductwork.

NORDFAB QUICK-FIT DUCTING a perfect solution for any growing joinery
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After months of preparation, the EGGER team is delighted to present its new, rolling collection concept for distributors, designers, architects and fabricators.

EGGER’s new Decorative Collection 24+ is packed with inspiring new introductions and a wide range of digital tools.

The collection has evolved from its last release in 2020, to expand its offer of adaptable interior design solutions that reflect increasingly changing design trends in the post-pandemic market.

“The past four years have been marked by uncertainty. Special market requirements, a dynamic competitive environment and fast-moving trends have pushed us to fully rethink the concept of our Decorative Collection,” says Hubert Höglauer, Head of Product Management and Marketing Furniture and Interior Design for EGGER Group.

With the Decorative Collection 24+, EGGER presents a rolling collection for the first time. This means that it will be

Market launch of Egger’s Decorative Collection 24+

EGGER’s award-winning capsule concept combines design inspiration and material solutions into one compact resource. Built on the ‘capsule wardrobe’ concept, complementary finishes are shown in versatile decor families that allow for a wide variety of combinations, perfect for helping their customers to create new design ideas from select ranges

updated with new decor and texture combinations every two years, which will enhance the existing range.

Aimee Fletcher, EGGER UK’s Design and Product Manager, has expertly pulled from the international range a bespoke collection of 158 finishes that will be available from the UK stock programme, with widespread availability throughout the distributor network and a fast turnaround to streamline project delivery.

This UK stock programme includes 102 new decors and six new textures. Among those are 25 developments in matt surface technology, including award-winning PerfectSense Lacquered Chipboard in solid colour and woodgrain reproductions.

Other new arrivals include 19 innovative material finishes that offer opulent surfaces in natural stones and luxurious metallics.

A consolidated range of 50 Door Size Laminate finishes, nine Coloured Core Laminate options, 39 Worktop

reproductions across two thickness and three formats, 12 Accent Edgings and a matching edging for every finish, completes EGGER UK’s expansive stock offer of more design possibilities for 2024 and beyond.

The new simplicity in decor and texture innovations

The international Decorative Collection 24+ is characterised by a new simplicity, offering a flexibility in design that is

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Aimee Fletcher, EGGER UK’s Design and Product Manager With new texture introduction ST76 Mineral Rough Matt, stones, slate and marble reproductions take on a natural, unfinished feel with a matt appearance, offering new ways to add an element of nature to designs Innovative new texture ST20 Metal Brushed offers impressive realism in metallic reproductions. Strikingly brushed, the finish is available in a range of decors to add a sense of luxury to any design Time for a touch of nature in the Decorative Collection 24+ with new ST40 Feelwood Oakgrain, The matt-in-matt finish of this synchronised pore surface takes woodgrain reproduction closer to the look and feel of true veneer than ever before

reflective of wider social trends and the pace of digitalised life.

Head of EGGER Design and Decor Management Klaus Monhoff tells us: “A feeling of security is often sought with our own four walls, as this is where we can implement the most control over our environment and our lives. Interior trends for the future must therefore be both reliable and adaptable.”

The concept is reflected in new decors. Colour evolves towards muted yet bold shades, and widens to include an elegant spectrum of natural greens and rich reds, as well as developments in the established blue-grey trend. Ever present, neutrals now take on a warmer, more calm appearance for heightened combination opportunities.

Klaus also explains the evolution of woodgrain reproductions towards a redefined simplicity: “Oak is still the most important woodgrain, but it has evolved from a strikingly rustic to a calm and more adaptable variant. Reproductions are no longer given authenticity through cracks and knots, but through texture, such as the new ST40 Feelwood Oakgrain. This latest generation of EGGER synchronised pore surfaces reflects the trend for reserved, matt wood effects, but still has the signature depth to touch.

“Material reproductions also offer simplicity. Instead of abstract designs,

natural looking slate and marble are increasingly found in interior design schemes, commonly as the underpinning feature in frontals and furniture. The texture development ST76 Mineral Rough Matt enhances new finishes, enabling timeless designs. The theme continues with metallics, with new UK texture ST20 Metal Brushed offering a stylishly matt and contemporary reproduction.

“Feedback from customers has been exceptional. ST40, ST76 and ST20 have been firm favourites along with the muted uni-colours that combine well with the other finishes we have on offer. I can’t

wait to see the results of the Decorative Collection 24+ in both private and public spaces across the UK and Ireland.”

With the new Decorative Collection, EGGER is also establishing a new type of decor advice and combination motif: the EGGER Capsule Concept. “We use the capsule concept for the presentation of decors and thus provide recommendations for a wide range of applications, trend themes and combination options,” explains Klaus. These award-winning capsules, provide a high degree of design freedom and flexibility and feature in the swatch and collection launch campaign.

Time for a greener future.

With the Decorative Collection 24+, EGGER leads the way towards an environmentally sustainable future. Internationally, the publicised commitment to achieve NetZero by 2050 is complemented by the UK market’s pledge to plant a tree for every registration of the new Decorative Collection 24+ swatch.

Aimee told us: “The launch of our new collection is a pivotal moment for the furniture and interior design industry. We are providing our customers with the products and finishes they need to create stunning, yet sustainable furniture and interior design over the next few years.”

EGGER is taking the Decorative Collection 24+ on a UK tour in March, contact your local EGGER distributor to find out when the collection will visit their site.

Leading the way in surface innovation, TM12 PerfectSense Omnipore Matt pairs elegant woodgrain reproductions with a matt lacquered finish, which reduces light reflections and gives dark wood reproductions a sophisticated appearance With its comprehensive PerfectSense® portfolio, EGGER offers even more design options in in-demand, velvet matt decors, now including an expanded colour palette and stylish woodgrains. Anti-fingerprint technology makes the surfaces functional and easy to clean

Lamello – engaging with the industry’s future

For over 50 years, Lamello has been a driving force behind the woodworking industry’s future. Already a permanent fixture on the curriculum for many woodworking schools and colleges across mainland Europe, Lamello is now working closer than ever with furniture and joinery colleges in the UK to help grow and nurture the furniture makers of tomorrow.

The Swiss fixings specialist’s longstanding commitment to education has led to a close relationship with the Colchester Institute which, in recent weeks, has seen the college and Lamello join forces to set its furniture and joinery students an employer-set project that centres around Lamello’s award-winning P-system.

“We run an employer-led curriculum,” explains Chris Coe, Area Head of Wood Occupations and Associated Trades at Colchester Institute. “This means we engage with leading companies and associations in the woodworking industry to create a more rounded qualification. Whilst our syllabus is set by the City Of Guilds, how we teach the skills required on the course is in our hands.

“We’ve forged strong relationships with experts in the industry and, as such, experts in the woodworking industry now review our curriculum every year and highlight

areas that may need adding or updating. This allows the course and how it is run to continually evolve and remain relevant and in tune with what the industry actually needs.”

The importance put on employer engagement and industry integration is pivotal to the college’s ongoing success. In recent years, joinery courses have become a growth sector for the college and with a new joinery course set to start at the college’s Braintree campus next September and T-levels starting in Colchester in 2024, welcoming pioneering companies like Lamello to take part in talks and practical demonstrations is another step towards helping and encouraging students on their chosen career paths.

This day-long employer-set project would see Level 3 furniture students use Lamello’s Zeta P2 and P-system fixings – which are loaned to the college during term time – to build an off-set shelving unit. “From adjusting the multifunctional stop square on the Zeta P2 and performing the right depth of cut, to using the correct connectors for the application in the right way, it was designed to put everything they had been taught to the test,” says Chris.

“For us, this level of engagement and enthusiasm from a company as seasoned

“Lamello is now working closer than ever with furniture and joinery colleges in the UK to help grow and nurture the furniture makers of tomorrow”

as Lamello is priceless. It’s clear to see why Lamello is an industry standard across Europe. The concept simply makes sense. The students were engrossed in the whole experience. At the beginning, some students lacked a little confidence but within 30 minutes, the whole class were more than capable of using it. The benefits were clear to see.”

Due to the overwhelming success of the day, Lamello has agreed to create a new, more challenging brief for a new class of students next year.

“It’s our mission to help future generations get the skills they need for a career in the woodworking sector,” says Lamello UK’s Shaye Chatfield. “Collaborating with forward-thinking colleges like the Colchester Institute and investing our time and resources in helping them learn and grow is extremely worthwhile. I witnessed a lot of creative and talented young people in that classroom, and it was great to see the students get hands-on with Lamello’s products. Putting their newfound practical skills to the test was beneficial to those taking part but it also drives home the importance of our industry and colleges working closely together to teach the right skills for the future. Because, without this, how can we expect the next generation of woodworkers to take off where we left off?”

For more information on Lamello or to find out how Lamello can help your school or college, please visit its website.

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New Year. New machinery line-up

For decades, Leicester-based woodworking machinery distributor, TM Machinery, has been the exclusive distributor of Striebig vertical panel saws and AL-KO dust extraction units. This year, however, the machinery specialist is expanding its portfolio to include two new machinery brands: Panhans and Casolin woodworking machinery.

Powerhouses in their own right, both machinery brands bring their own specialisms to the table. Over the last 100 years, Panhans has evolved to become a globally recognised manufacturer of traditional woodworking machinery. Focused on engineering innovation, each model in its range offers exceptional German build quality and long-lasting performance. Suitable for processing wood, composites and plastics, machines include traditional tilting spindle moulders with multiple modifications, surface planers, sliding table panel saws, bandsaws and drilling machines.

“With the addition of Panhans and Casolin, we strongly believe our portfolio will continue to offer high-quality machinery at the right price point and will allow us to maintain the high standards we’ve worked hard to achieve over the last four decades”

Similarly, Casolin’s 50-year history has made the Italian manufacturer synonymous with designing simple and dependable sliding table saws, thicknesses, spindle moulders and sanders. Built to last and competitively priced, Casolin has become a go-to brand for forward-thinking joinery workshops looking to grow their production capabilities.

“Our goal has never been to be all things to all people,” says Matt Pearce, MD of TM Machinery. “We’ve spent the last 40 years creating a solid reputation in the industry that has been built on the success of two exceptionally strong brands – Striebig and AL-KO. Both fit perfectly into our business model and the UK manufacturing market.

“We see our portfolio as an extension of us,” he adds. “We are a close-knit

team and, just like our machines, we want relationships with our suppliers and customers to stand the test of time. This means that if we don’t believe a machinery brand offers the build quality and performance our customers have come to expect from products sold by TM Machinery, we simply won’t sell them.

“With the addition of Panhans and Casolin, we strongly believe our portfolio will continue to offer high-quality machinery at the right price point and will allow us to maintain the high standards we’ve worked hard to achieve over the last four decades, whilst continuing to grow our product offering in the UK.”

Visit TM Machinery’s website for more information and to view the complete machinery line-up.

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EGGER’s new 24+ decorative range, available from HPP

EGGER’s highly anticipated Decorative Collection 24+ is now available from Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) and will be centre stage when the chipboard manufacturer’s UK promotional roadshow stops off at the firm’s HQ in April.

Described as EGGER’s first rolling collection, set to be updated with new decor and texture combinations every two years, it promises adaptable interior design solutions that reflect evolving design trends in the post-pandemic market.

“This rolling concept allows us to react faster to new trends, influences and product innovations,” comments Hubert Höglauer, head of product management and marketing, furniture and interior design, for EGGER Group. “Despite shorter

“The roadshow will be at HPP’s headquarters in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday, 3rd April”

update cycles, we guarantee that all new introductions will remain in the range for at least four years. This provides planning certainty for our customers.”

HPP, which makes and supplies board, doors, fittings and accessories for fitted furniture, proudly claims that it is the only distributor to offer trade customers the capability to process full panel sheets from the entire EGGER Decorative Collection into made-to-measure doors or cut-tospecification orders.

The roadshow will be at HPP’s headquarters in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday, 3rd April, and the firm is issuing an open invitation for existing customers and any other retailer who would like to learn more about EGGER, the new 24+ collection and HPP to attend.

The day will also feature a street food stall, giveaways and site tours, including HPP’s new inspiration suite – a dedicated space for displays, connecting with customers and suppliers, staff training and holding smallscale versions of the hugely successful HPX trade show.

Aimee Fletcher, EGGER UK’s Design and Product Manager, has curated a bespoke collection of 158 finishes for the UK stock programme, including 102 new decors and six new textures – all available from HPP.

Among those, are 25 developments in matt surface technology, including award-winning PerfectSense lacquered chipboard in solid colour and woodgrain reproductions. Other new arrivals include 19 innovative material finishes that offer opulent surfaces in natural stones and luxurious metallics.

39 worktop reproductions across two thicknesses and three formats, 12 accent edgings and a matching edging for every finish, complete the expansive stock offer.

“We are confident our new Decorative Collection 24+ will set the stage for modernday furniture and interior design,” adds Aimee. “From kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to student accommodation, hotels and retail spaces, our collection is a library of designs that will support customers no matter what they are working on.”

Chris Essex, HPP’s Sales Manager, adds: “We’ve been looking forward to the launch of EGGER’s new 24+ collection for months. EGGER came in and presented to the sales team, who were given taster packs to show to clients and the feedback has been very positive. Now we can go out and sell it for real, we can’t wait!”

To be part of the EGGER roadshow day, book your free ticket here:

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Maestro Lab and Cargo system – the cuttingedge new entries of SCM CNC machining centres

SCM presents Maestro lab, the new CADCAM programming software, and Cargo, the patented automatic system for loading and unloading doors and panels for CNC machining centres.

From a simple idea to its transformation into wood; from the office directly to the machine, these solutions aim to “inspire the mind and empower the hand” in order to increase productivity by making the most common operations as simple as possible.

Maestro lab is a state-of-the-art CAD/ CAM software for both office and machine use. Intuitive and dynamic, it offers an innovative home screen able to guide the operator even before starting programming. This space wants to give a clear view and the best user experience a customer can ask for.

Out of all the technical and design implementations by Maestro lab, the emphasis is on the following essential aspects. First of all, the function of importing and managing Layers, especially considering all those customers using external CAD software to draw.

Additionally, the new geometry tree is essential for individuals who regularly work with a large number of geometries. This tree simplifies the process of identifying and selecting a geometry, while also setting aside a dedicated space for each element inserted into the project.

“Cargo is SCM’s groundbreaking automated system for loading and unloading doors and panels of various sizes”

Another significant feature is the preview and multi-project view. It is now possible to open multiple projects simultaneously, allowing for seamless element copying between programs. This saves time by previewing pieces when selecting a program, reducing programming time.

The machine environment looks different, too: now, equipping the machine worktable is much faster. It is not important to know the exact name of the suction cup of the clamp needed, but how it looks will be more than enough. Last but not least, you can now switch the entire Maestro Lab software to dark mode.

On the other “hand”, Cargo is SCM’s groundbreaking automated system for loading and unloading doors and panels of various sizes. This solution ensures maximum productivity by offering patented pendulum processing, a capability SCM is proud to claim is exclusive in the market. The system’s flexible arm allows continuous loading and unloading while

the machine handles the operations. Cargo is available on the accord 500, accord 600 and Morbidelli m200

This solution is fully automated, transforming the machining centre into an autonomous cell and eliminating the need for continuous operator supervision. It excels in precision positioning, thanks to a pre-alignment system that aligns panels precisely in both X and Y axes, even against mechanical stops on the worktable.

Accessibility is another advantage, as both loading and unloading of the stack can be easily and safely accomplished with a forklift or pallet jack, guided by light signals indicating proper positioning.

Furthermore, Cargo is seamlessly integrated, with programming managed entirely through the Maestro active HMI software.

Users can activate the machining centre without the automatic loading and unloading system with a simple click.

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The importance of operator training in the woodworking industry

In the meticulous world of furniture and joinery production, precision, safety, and efficiency are not just goals but necessities. Daltons Wadkin understands the pivotal role that skilled operators play in achieving these benchmarks. That’s why it offers certificated woodworking machine training courses, designed to empower both new and experienced craftsmen in the industrial and educational sectors.

Bridging the gap between requirement and expertise

Daltons Wadkin’s courses cater to a broad spectrum of participants, from machine operators to those involved in maintenance, setting, and even the loading and feeding processes. As a PIABC Quality Assured training provider with over a decade of experience, Daltons Wadkin ensures that each course meticulously aligns with both customer needs and stringent legal mandates.

Why training is non-negotiable

The UK’s Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98) underscores the legal necessity for adequate operator training. Daltons Wadkin not only meets these requirements but offers a pathway to operational excellence, enhancing both safety and productivity across the board.

Refresher training: staying ahead of the curve

The HSE recommends that even the most seasoned operators undergo refresher training every three to five years. Daltons Wadkin’s courses are tailored to address various needs, from changes in legislation to the introduction of new machinery, ensuring that your team remains at the forefront of industry standards and best practices.

Comprehensive training for comprehensive mastery

Daltons Wadkin’s training encompasses individual machine units, covering everything from machine controls and safety devices to maintenance and hazard identification. Its hands-on approach, coupled with detailed training materials,

guarantees a thorough understanding and application of safe, efficient operational techniques.

Why choose Daltons Wadkin?

Daltons Wadkin is proud to call itself the “UK’s longest-standing woodworking machine supplier”, with a legacy built on a foundation of unwavering quality and innovation. Its ‘red team’ of trainers brings over a decade of industry-specific experience, complemented by a rigorous teaching and assessment methodology.

Join the ranks of the skilled

Whether you’re looking to upskill new team members or refresh the expertise of your seasoned operators, Daltons Wadkin is your partner in achieving operational excellence. Its training courses, available both at your premises and its dedicated Nottingham centre, are your gateway to enhanced safety, efficiency, and quality in woodworking.

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“Daltons Wadkin’s courses cater to a broad spectrum of participants, from machine operators to those involved in maintenance, setting, and even the loading and feeding processes”
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Ultimax® Ligno

Designed specifically for wood.

Experience woodworking abrasives like never before with Mirka – where precision engineering meets sector specific innovation. Elevate your woodworking with abrasives crafted exclusively for the wood sector.  Ultimax® Ligno is where innovation meets sustainability. In a world marked by rapid growth and material consumption, we‘re championing a balance between progress and the planet.

For further information or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Customer Services on 01908 866100.

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Mirka’s Galaxy provides optimal finish

With continued growth driving diversification, R & R Joinery director Richard Wardale had an issue to address –that of his staff having to use a wide range of abrasives for the broader variety of jobs the company was now winning.

“The main work we carry out is commercial joinery which includes solid surface, all types of hardwood, veneer, laminates, lacquers and paints – and we also do work for the commercial catering industry for blue chip clients,” says Richard, “in the commercial catering space, we create solid surface worktops and panels for commercial kitchens – with the help of Mirka’s tools and abrasives.

“For the work we carry out, abrasives are a key part of the preparation and finishing process, but there were two specific issues we have faced. The first was the fact that the team was constantly having to change the abrasives on jobs, which reduced the efficiency of the task. The second was the number of abrasives we had in

stock to do the work. To counteract these issues, we upgraded to the Mirka Galaxy abrasive range and doing this has enabled the business to streamline the abrasive portfolio our employees can choose from. This, in turn, has allowed us to save money when purchasing consumables, which we have then reinvested in the business.”

Since making the upgrade, R & R have not looked back, and have noticed two distinct benefits. The first being that Mirka Galaxy’s wide range of grits (p40-p2000) ensures they can choose the right grit for the job at hand. Its versatility also means it is suitable for use on both solid surface and wood, so they do not have to change abrasives depending on the surface.

The second is that Galaxy’s multi-hole design ensures there is less dust being produced and this has made both our employees and customers very happy.

Another key issue is of course the true cost of abrasives. “We decided to fix the issue when we noticed how much we were spending on abrasives,” said Richard. “In the beginning I was not 100% sure if there was an abrasive out there that was hard-wearing enough and could handle the demands of our work.

“This all changed once we did our due diligence and tested Mirka Galaxy on one of the solid surface jobs we were working on. When using it we noticed it was tough and durable and the ceramic grain, which was new to us, provided a consistent cut that was as effective on the first use as it was on the last.

“Like any good business we did our research, we had recommendations from our peers, but as we were already a Mirka customer we sat down with Steven Page from Mirka to explain what we were looking for. He then came to visit us on site and explained that when using Galaxy over other abrasives we would not have to switch from one abrasive to another and that the ceramic grain was an asset when it came to the lifespan of the abrasive.

“The advice Steven gave us was simple – it was to try the product out on a job to find out its capabilities and whether it suited the jobs the team were doing on a day-to-day basis. This allowed us to come to our own conclusions about whether the abrasive was right for us rather than being pigeon-holed to use a specific abrasive.

“We concluded that Mirka was the right partner for our business because the Galaxy abrasive fits our needs and requirements, which are constantly changing based on the jobs we do, and it came in at a price point that made it viable to work with.”

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Two handed operation triggers the saw cycle keeping operators away from the sawing line, while the top vertical clamp with intergrated extraction secures the workpeice.


The high powered saw unit can process solid timber up to 310mm wide and 150mm deep, with easy pneumatic adjustmnet of cutting speed and clamping pressure to suit the workload.


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EGGER Worktop Collection 24+ –simplicity redefined in 25 and 38mm

As interior design continues to evolve, the demand for surfaces that effortlessly combine style with resilience remains a key topic. The EGGER Worktop Collection 24+ has been meticulously crafted to meet the diverse needs of designers, architects, and fabricators, offering a versatile range of high-quality worktops that cater to an array of design preferences.

Developed as part of the International EGGER Decorative Collection 24+, the range comprises 39 carefully chosen decors, in two thicknesses and two profiles. Reproductions in 25mm and 38mm include oak, marble, stone and granite, offering a low maintenance, costeffective alternative to solid surfaces.

The range focuses on authentic decors and textures that offer affordable alternatives to real materials, but with all the added benefits of laminate.

Suitable for kitchens, bathrooms, offices

and retail spaces, there is a finish to suit every interior. As a stylish alternative to tiling, matching upstands and splashbacks are available for all decors, creating a coordinated finish that is easy to maintain. Additionally, matching edging is available for all decors, with 15 worktops featuring matching 18mm Eurodekor Faced Chipboard readily available from UK stock, suitable for door frontals and carcasses.

For those seeking the sleek feel of marble or the authentic texture of stone, there are 12 striking material reproductions in the 25mm square edged range. The Candela Marble decors stand out in particular, developed using a brand new ST76 plate, providing a finish almost indistinguishable from real stone. Available in Light (F243 ST76) and Anthracite (F244 ST76) colourways, they are available in matching Eurodekor Faced Chipboard and Laminate from the UK stock programme, meaning a co-ordinated finish can easily be achieved.

Four decors from EGGER’s popular Feelwood range are available as 38mm

“The range focuses on authentic decors and textures that offer affordable alternatives to real materials, but with all the added benefits of laminate”

square edged worktops. Realistic to the touch, the design and texture perfectly align to produce a surface almost identical to real oak.

EGGER’s standard worktop length is 4100mm, but the 38mm Postformed worktops are also available as 3050mm. Offered in 23 on-trend woodgrain and material decors, this size is optimised for easy transportation and fitting.

As part of EGGER’s commitment to the environment, all worktops are PEFC certified, made using renewable material (88%) and recyclable following use.

Hand-selected by Aimee Fletcher, Product and Design Manager, UK & Ireland, the range is part of a new ‘rolling collection’ concept, meaning new decor and texture combinations will be introduced every two years.

“Development of the range is constant – we need to ensure we are always up to date and now with a rolling collection, we can adapt to trends much faster and always have the right products, exactly when the market needs them,” says Aimee.

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Elevating Craftsmanship to Unprecedented Heights


We are thrilled to announce that Allied Tooling has secured a highly coveted contract partnership with Wren Kitchens. With our precision engineering and cutting-edge craftsmanship, we stand ready to transform Wren’s vision.



We leverage the latest advancements in technology to ensure your project benefits from the most innovative solutions.


With years of experience and a proven track record of excellence, Allied Tooling brings a wealth of expertise to every project.


Our bespoke solutions promise to elevate the quality and functionality of every project.


CAD+T: fully customised solutions

Those looking for a fully integrated software solution that offers immediate benefits to their operation are well catered to by Austrian CAD/CAM and ERP specialist, CAD+T. The company has developed a unique range of software solutions designed to optimise workflow and increase efficiencies throughout a business.

Whether a small, bespoke craftsman or large-scale furniture manufacturer, CAD+T’s software offering has been created with customisation in mind. Not limited to mainstream furniture manufacturing, its modular construction makes it an extremely flexible option that has the ability to adapt as a company grows or a product range evolves. This

“We do not sell a ‘one size fits all’ software package because each and every one of our customers are unique”

means it can quite easily accommodate a step-by-step implementation process or full end-to-end solution – whatever is needed to elevate a production cycle.

From the initial design stages, which may require fast and flexible planning of all interior requirements, to efficient production set-up and CAD/CAM production data or ongoing procurement and stock management and operational control that offers real-time feedback via RFID, mobile App and QR/Barcode, the software package is created around the customer.

What’s more, each module has the intelligence to run through a single source which automatically transfers accurate data between different departments, making it quick and easy to significantly reduce cycle times, minimise human intervention and remove the threat of human error.

“We do not sell a ‘one size fits all’ software package because each and every one of our customers are unique,” says

Martina Schwarz, CEO of CAD+T. “That’s why our complete range of software solutions are fully customised in order to meet our customer’s needs. Some customers may need only a small design element and automated cutting lists to streamline their production; others might need a complete solution that includes RFID parts control, tracking and invoice management. What we supply depends on what you want to achieve and how you want to do it.

“Plus, as your business changes, so too can your software modules thanks to our dedicated software specialists and simple installation. That’s the beauty of our products.”

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Drawer systems for every home

Titus’ furniture hardware solutions have been improving homes around the world for decades. They increase the quality and facilitate assembly of furniture, giving a significant competitive advantage to manufacturers and improving the consumer experience. One of Titus’ most popular components is the Tekform family of drawers.

The Tekform family of double wall drawers are simple to mount and come with integrated soft closing with a lifelong reliable performance. Tekform Slimline drawers, the second generation of the double wall drawers, have sleek sides and increase the interior drawer space.

The Slimline double-wall drawer has now been upgraded with a new Tacto touch opening system for handleless drawer fronts – an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes, and living rooms.

Tekform Slimline Tacto drawers incorporate runners with an integrated Tacto activator that ensures effortless touch opening. All components remain the same as the standard version, as do drilling and fixing positions. This makes

“The Slimline doublewall drawer has now been upgraded with a new Tacto touch opening system for handleless drawer fronts”

it easy to update and enhance existing designs to offer convenient and reliable opening of drawers with handleless fronts. The installation is simple and precise, further supported by a non-handed Tacto mechanism that is intuitively placed into the correct position without the need of predrilling.

Drawers are fast and easy to assemble, thanks to the EasyFix locking system used for the front-panel connector, which requires only hand insertion and a quarter of a turn with a screwdriver to lock the panel securely in place.

Reliable life-long ‘ConfidentClose’ soft closing is assured by the use of the renowned TITUS single-direction precision engineered hydraulic dampers, which

smoothly slow down the linear movement of the drawer as it reaches the closed position but offer minimal resistance to movement when the drawer is being opened.

Installation of the drawers within the cabinet is fast and straightforward. Extended tolerances in cabinet construction can be accommodated without compromising accurate alignment, smooth and silent operation and excellent stability in the open position. In addition, variations of up to ± 1 mm in bottom panel width size are acceptable.

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Beauty must be protected

Sayerlack. Coatings which protect the most precious houses. And all the others.

From rigorously tested coatings and finishing systems to products tailored to the specific requirements of the customer. Always with the same quality, always with the same care. Sayerlack offers coating professionals a wide range of protective and decorative finishes, long-lasting, of the highest quality and with low environmental impact. The most innovative solutions for the enhancement beauty and protection of all surfaces inside and outside the home.

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Hesse Lignal replaces solvent-based products with sustainable alternatives

Hesse Lignal has reached a milestone in its sustainability strategy. The Hamm surface coating specialist has removed all nitrocellulose lacquers and solvent-based acid-curing lacquers from its range as of 1st January 2024. Customers will instead be able to use sustainable alternative products from Hesse Lignal.

“Our transformation process is moving forward as planned,” says Jens Hesse, Managing Director of Hesse Lignal. “By getting out of the nitro lacquer market, we have now achieved an important interim target in our sustainability strategy.”

Over the past few months, the Hamm family business has switched relevant customers over to more sustainable products, enabling it to stop production and distribution of non-sustainable nitrocellulose lacquers and solvent-based acid-curing lacquers as of 1st January 2024.

It will similarly stop offering some solvent-based additives, colourants, pigment concentrates and their associated thinners.

A world worth living in for future generations

“In Spring 2022 we decided to develop a sustainability strategy to fulfil our responsibility as a future-orientated family business with a history across the generations,” explains Jens. Together with Hans J. Hesse, they represent the third and fourth generation to lead the company. “For our children and grandchildren, we want to contribute to creating a world worth living in by minimising environmental harm and impact on the climate.”

This is why the Hesse Board has decided to replace all solvent-based products with sustainable alternatives by 2030. To achieve this, they are pursuing two objectives: On the one hand, the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is to be reduced, as these can contribute to the formation of ozone in the lower atmosphere and the development of CO2 which is harmful to the climate. On the other, products that contain fossil raw materials are to be replaced by alternatives made from sustainable raw materials.

“We will continue to work consistently and actively on the development of sustainable products, so that all products with a high VOC content and lacquers made from fossil-based raw materials can be replaced with more climate-friendly alternatives by 2030”

Replacing discontinued products with tested alternatives

“Our colleagues in the departments for Research and Development, Product Management and Sales/Distribution have invested a lot of energy and know-how into developing and testing sustainable alternative products,” reveals Jens. “The more sustainable alternatives available today are water-based products, lacquers made from sustainable raw materials, UV lacquers and natural oils.

The Hesse team is actively supporting the transformation process and, amongst other things, is assisting customers in choosing suitable alternative products.

“Restructuring the first part of our range was a big step for us, but we are still far from reaching our ultimate aim,” concludes Jens. “We will continue to work consistently and actively on the development of sustainable products, so that all products with a high VOC content and lacquers made from fossil-based raw materials can be replaced with more climate-friendly alternatives by 2030.”

Businesses working with lacquers can obtain further information on changes to the range and a summary of the alternative products available online at changes.

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Kronospan – half a century of global, green innovation

Kronospan has been manufacturing woodbased panels in the UK for over 50 years. Its Chirk-based site manufactures particle board, medium density fibreboard (MDF), melamine-faced boards and worktops, and the company is proud to claim that it is the “UK’s only manufacturer of laminate flooring”.

Kronospan’s innovation is more than just the boards it makes, it’s also the decors and designs of the melamine faced boards under the Kronodesign brand. Its comprehensive range covers a wide spectrum of products including 154 MF boards, 68 exclusive worktops, 24 Avantgarde products and much more.

Discover Kronospan’s design-leading range of coordinated decorative products, carefully compiled so you can complete any furniture project with quality contemporary boards and matching accessories.

The company’s global collection is produced across three continents and is available from stock through its express program.

The Kronodesign Global Collection carries a great legacy, one of beauty and harmony. A legacy of woodgrain, stone and colour design that promises to not only be both modern and on-trend, but also capable of enduring the test of time. The Global Collection boldly paves its way into furniture and interior design by making hundreds of decors available for designers and architects across the globe, delivering a whole new world of unlimited design possibilities.

Our world inevitably affects our design search. With the aspiration for a fresher and brighter future, our design journey continues. The human desire to live a comfortable life pushes for new design solutions and Kronospan’s drive to deliver those designs will never stop.

As a global manufacturer of wood-based panels, Kronospan understands that it has a responsibility to the environment, using advanced technology to extract the highest possible yield from raw materials whilst having the lowest possible environmental impact.

“Kronospan is proud to deliver products with a negative carbon footprint, generating its own green power and minimising waste”

Kronospan’s products manufactured in the UK are made using timber sourced in the UK, keeping the carbon footprint of its products as low as possible.

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AXYZ has proudly announced its participation at the FESPA Global Expo 2024 in Amsterdam from March 19th to 22nd, where visitors can find the company in Hall 2, at Stand A60.

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