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Issue 363 | May 2024

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Welcome to our May edition! The team has returned from a successful and energising trip to Telford for the inaugural Furniture Components Expo. No one is ever quite sure what to expect from the first iteration of a show, especially given the current climate in which people are rightly protective of their budgets and investments. However, both the presentation of the show itself, and the quality of leads received by exhibitors were widely lauded. There was a feeling that the more specific focus of the event generated a diversified audience and alternative nature of enquiry that made it eminently worthwhile.

It’s a pleasure to see homegrown exhibitions succeed, and we look forward with great interest to watching the show grow, and hopefully prosper, into 2025 and beyond. Make sure to check back next issue for our full review.

Anticipation is growing, too, for the upcoming Materials & Finishes Show in Birmingham later this month. It will be fantastic to welcome back the furniture and joinery trade’s main UK event, complete with its fresh new team, look and concept. Find out more about what you can expect in our sizeable preview, beginning on page 20.

Elsewhere this issue, explore how Biesse’s Rover A Edge 1632 has instigated a marked improvement in efficiency and finishing quality, along with dramatic reductions in waste, for Kent-based Gopak; read about the impact Fercell’s complete turnkey installation has had upon the operations of a luxury yacht manufacturer; and explore how a HOMAG CABTEQ S-250 press has proven a worthwhile investment for specialist kitchen furniture manufacturer, Kent Home Improvements.

Our product focus this issue spans the latest developments and launches within the Sanding Technology and Abrasives, CNC Machinery & Tooling, as well as Fittings, Materials & Components sectors.

Finally, we look forward to seeing many of you at the Materials & Finishes Show in just a few weeks. We welcome you to come and find us on Stand H76 – the full team will be in attendance, and we’d love to catch up and hear your news!


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The Furniture Makers’ Company to launch new Apprentice Award

The Furniture Makers’ Company is launching an Apprentice Award this spring to recognise the exceptional work of apprentices in the furniture sector.

Launching in April, the Apprentice Award is open to current apprentices studying at level 2 or level 3 or those who have completed their apprenticeship within the last 12 months.

Applicants will need to demonstrate excellence in craftsmanship, a good knowledge of the chosen materials and their properties, a well-considered approach to the making processes, initiative and keenness to learn, and the values of their organisation in their day-to-day work.

Applications will be shortlisted by a panel of experts, with successful candidates being invited to exhibit their piece at the 2024 Young Furniture Makers

Exhibition, where the final judging will happen. The winner of the prize will be announced at the exhibition’s award ceremony, which takes place in the evening of the event being held on Wednesday 2nd October at Furniture Makers’ Hall and the Dutch Church, London. The deadline for submissions is

Friday 14th June.

The winner will receive a certificate and recognition from the industry’s preeminent organisation plus a cash prize for the winner and two runners-up. To submit an application, apply online: YFMApprenticeAward2024

Pietro Gheller named new Director of SCM Wood Division

Pietro Gheller, formerly Product & Markets Director of SCM Wood Division, has taken over the running of the division, assuming the position previously held by Luigi De

Vito, who continues as General Manager of SCM Group.

Pietro has held numerous strategic consulting positions, adopting managerial responsibility in sales, commercial marketing and the supply chain, working for important commercial organisations and multinationals in Italy and abroad in the fastmoving consumer goods, durable goods and industrial machinery sectors.

In 2019, he joined SCM Group as Sales & Markets Director in the Wood Division. Under his commercial guidance, SCM increased its direct presence on key markets


strengthens leadership team with three key appointments

Specialist surface materials distributor, IDS, has announced the appointment of three key executives to its leadership team, bolstering the company’s capabilities in sales, marketing and finance.

Tariq Ahmad joins IDS as Sales Director, bringing over 30 years of sales experience in the construction industry.

Chris Coxon has been appointed to the role of Marketing and Commercial Director, having demonstrated a wealth of experience and strong track record in senior marketing roles over the past 15 years.

Stefanie Wright has been welcomed as IDS’ new Finance Director, bringing extensive expertise in the logistics and distribution sectors.

with new branches opening in Turkey, India, Southeast Asia and the Balkans, as well as establishing strategic commercial partnerships.

In 2022, he was appointed SCM’s Product & Markets Director, taking charge of the business units and of the different technologies which make up the group’s vast range of products.

Since 11th April 2024, he has been Director of the Wood Division, taking charge of SCM’s industrial and customer care departments, together with the technology and commercial development departments.

Tariq Ahmad Chris Coxon Stefanie Wright


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Three future carpenters are Screwfix trade apprentice finalists

Aspiring carpenters Matthew Rutherford from Bangor, County Down, Alice NergerJones from Devizes and Lewis George from Neath, have secured their places in the final of the coveted Screwfix Trade Apprentice award.

From over 1,800 initial applications, just 10 apprentices have made the grade and are heading to the two-day event in London next month.

As well as competing for this prestigious award, which aims to highlight the hard work and

dedication of trade apprentices across the UK and Ireland, the trio are studying towards future qualifications.

Matthew, 19, is focused

Timber import volumes fall at the start of 2024, latest figures show

Timber import volumes started 2024 around 6% lower than in January 2023, down by around 45,000m3, according to the latest TDUK statistics. This reduction was made up of very different levels of performance in the first month of the year. Softwood, hardwood and plywood imports were all lower than in January 2023, but particleboard, engineered wood, OSB and MDF products all saw imports increase slightly at the start of this year. For softwoods, a 9% reduction in volumes from Sweden was the largest contributor to the 9.6% drop, with import values also 15% lower in January 2024 than they were in January 2023.

This fall was caused by the volume decline, coupled with a 5.6% fall in the average price of a basket of softwood products, down from £256m3 to £241m3

Hardwood imports experienced a 13.8% fall, largely due to tropical hardwood imports being down by around 3,000m3 In contrast, volumes of temperate hardwoods increased by 2%, with imports from the USA, Croatia and Romania accounting for most of this growth. Overall plywood imports were also down 6%, though hardwood plywood volumes rose 36%, mostly due to a near 18,000m3 increase from China.

Substantial increases in particleboard imports from Belgium, Portugal and Spain helped account for the sector’s 3.4% growth, while OSB and MDF imports were up 6% and 4.1% respectively. Finally, a 12.8% growth in engineered wood product import volumes rounds out the varied January 2024 results.

on becoming a professional carpenter. Currently studying Carpentry and Joinery at South Eastern Regional College in Newtownards.


Manufacturer and supplier of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture, Woodland Kitchens, has agreed a deal to acquire Dundee headquartered JTC Furniture Group. The company was founded as a kitchen showroom in 1987 by Brian McCloskey and is currently run by his son, Connor. Dundee-based JTC is a manufacturer and supplier of fitted furniture, with a particular specialism in the social housing and student accommodation markets.

EGGER Group’s Ulrich Bühler begins retirement

After 24 years of extraordinary commitment, EGGER Group’s Ulrich Bühler is beginning his well-deserved retirement. As a member of the EGGER Group Management, the highest management body of the wood-based material manufacturer, Ulrich Bühler played a key role in shaping the fortunes of the company. In this role, he spent 16 years in charge of EGGER Group’s global activities in sales, marketing, product management and communication. His retirement at the end of April 2024 marks the start of a new chapter

Alice, 24, is currently studying Joinery at Wiltshire College in Chippenham and is the only female apprentice studying joinery at her college, as well as the first female employee at Forest To Home where she works.

Lewis, 25, who is currently studying Level 3 Site Carpentry at Llansamlet College, works with sustainability in mind and plans to use his platform to promote more environmentally friendly practices in carpentry.


March saw Polish enterprise wages rise by 12% YoY, according to THINK. The high growth may reflect the significant minimal wage increase in 2024, and tight labour market conditions. Labour demand has gradually deteriorated, particularly in manufacturing (notably in furniture production). Companies now face decreasing margins and increasing competition from Asia, while export demand from Poland’s key trading partners is still relatively weak.

for him. The Egger family and the entire EGGER Group would like to extend to Ulrich Bühler their sincere thanks and highest appreciation for his achievements.



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Record-breaking admission ceremony as 20 people join Furniture Makers


On 12th January, Core Products commenced proceedings against each of FW Style, IQ GB (UK), Furnished With Style and their directors, alleging, among other things, that the defendants’ Enkel Furniture range infringed Core’s original design rights in four items of its successful Augusta product range. The proceedings were initially defended, the defendants alleging independent origination of the Enkel range, but were ultimately compromised on terms that remain confidential between the parties, save that the Enkel range of products has been withdrawn from sale, states Taylors Solicitors, which specialises in all aspects of commercial law.

STARK Group A/S appoints Thomas Ahle as new Group CFO

STARK Group has appointed Thomas Ahle as its new Group Chief Financial Officer. He joins STARK Group from Danish Crown, a global leader in food production. Thomas Ahle has more than 20 years of international financial experience, including work in Germany, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

Prior to Danish Crown, Thomas Ahle held positions in companies such as Cadbury Plc., Lantmännen, and Refresco, which produces beverages and provide complete end-to-end solutions from sourcing to logistics for some of the largest soft drink brands in Europe, the USA, and Australia.

“I look forward to working closely with Thomas Ahle,” says Group CEO, Søren P. Olesen. “In a short time, we have gone from being a Nordic company to Europe’s largest retailer and distributor of building materials. With Thomas joining our team, we are confident that we can sustain our growth trajectory and leverage our strengths to the fullest.

A record 20 people working in the UK furniture and furnishing industry have been admitted as freemen of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company.

The new freemen, who represent all sectors from the wider trade, were admitted at a ceremony at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London, on Tuesday 9th April.

The admission ceremony was presided over by Amanda Waring, Master of The Furniture

Makers’ Company, along with Brian Ahern, senior warden; and Debbie Johnson, junior warden. As part of the ceremony, the 20 new freemen declared their support to the Company and signed a declaration.

After the ceremony, the new freemen joined other members at the Company’s annual general meeting, known as Common Hall, before a drinks reception. membership/

BFM report highlights £1.6bn reduction in furniture trade deficit

Furniture imports dropped 13.9% in 2023, reducing the UK’s furniture trade deficit by £1.6bn compared to 2022.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has released its International Trade Review 2024 – a detailed report into the balance of trade for the furniture industry.

The report examines the balance of total imports and exports, with breakdown figures for upholstery, other finished seats and chairs, kitchens, wooden bedroom furniture, wooden dining and living room furniture, as well as mattresses.

“This report delves into data exclusively commissioned for BFM and provides valuable insights into the balance

of trade for the furniture industry,” says BFM MD, Phil Spademan. “Last year, the value of imported furniture sales fell by £1.6 billion. This was driven partly by a reduction in imports of all general furniture sectors apart from mattresses.

“Overall, imports dipped by 13.9% with non-EU countries recording a fall in values of near 23% while EU imports fell by 2.8%. China dominated imports showed consistently low prices per kg for all product sectors compared to other imports.

“However, total furniture exports from the UK increased by 13.4% with a rise of 11.5% recorded for non-EU countries and a 15.2% increase in exports to the EU.”




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Deanestor contributes to new world class centre in Glasgow

Deanestor, one of the UK’s leading fitout specialists, has delivered its first project in the tertiary education sector – providing fitted furniture for the Clarice Pears Building which houses the University of Glasgow’s School of Health and Wellbeing.

Built by Multiplex and designed by AtkinsRéalis, the £50m facility on the University’s Gilmorehill Campus brings together five academic teams from different locations across Glasgow. Deanestor fitted out 42 rooms across five storeys,

manufacturing more than 700 items of fitted furniture and joinery which included the main reception desk in the entrance atrium, purposedesigned tables and benching to level 1, informal booth seating to encourage social interaction and quiet study, storage solutions, kitchenettes, and worktops.

The choice of natural materials for the interior included extensive use of wood finishes to help promote a sense of naturalness and calm in the building.

Cyncly appoints Anand Krishnan as Chief Executive Officer

Cyncly, a leading global provider of software and content solutions that help make amazing spaces for living, has announced the appointment of Anand Krishnan as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Anand’s appointment is the product of a diligent selection process led by the company’s Board of Directors following David Tombre’s decision to retire from his leadership role at Cyncly.

Anand comes to Cyncly with a proven track record


of leading innovative, customer-focused B2B software companies. He most recently served as CEO of IBS Software, which enables travel companies to run mission-critical operations. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Canonical and Microsoft, creating organisations that deliver pioneering technology matched to market needs.

“I am excited to join Cyncly and build upon the progress the company has achieved under David’s leadership,” says Anand. “Cyncly is in a unique position to help businesses in the spaces-forliving industry deliver amazing consumer experiences, more efficiently and profitably. I look forward to working with team members across the organization to leverage our leading technology and deep understanding of the industry to achieve Cyncly’s potential for our customers, employees and industry partners.”

This investment supports Modus’ international growth plans and expands Teknion’s portfolio of social and collaborative products. The partnership unites two brands each with a distinct design heritage and strong sustainability drive. Canadian manufacturer Teknion has a history of carefully building strategic partnerships that diversify its product offerings and draw on the unique strengths of its partners. Modus is the first British manufacturer to become a Teknion partner and its manufacturing facility in Somerset enables Teknion to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its products for the UK and European markets.

First response support on health and safety for BFM members

A strategic new partnership will provide members of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) with free access to a ‘first responder’ helpline offering guidance and support relating to accidents or HSE interventions.

BFM has joined forces with Didac – specialists in training, health and safety in the woodworking, furniture and warehousing sectors – to offer the ‘triage’ helpline for free, with discounted rates for members requiring other services.

The helpline will be available via BFM, and members will be able to set out their query and receive guidance and support. If additional support

is needed, the Didac team will either quote for work to be done or suggest a referral if they do not offer the service required.

“We’re delighted to welcome Didac as an Associate Member of the BFM and pleased that this new partnership will offer our members support on health and safety and training from specialists in the furniture and warehousing sectors,” says BFM MD, Phil Spademan.

“As well as providing the free helpline - which we anticipate will be a valuable resource for BFM members – Didac is also offering discounted rates on other services.”




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Sleepeezee donates £32,000 to the British Heart Foundation

Sleepeezee, a leading name in luxury bedding solutions, has announced a charitable contribution of £32,000 to the British Heart Foundation, stemming from the proceeds of its Travelodge Dreamer mattress sales in 2023. Through its partnership, Sleepeezee has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to supporting heart health initiatives, underscoring their mission to improve lives through quality sleep and wellness.

For each Travelodge Dreamer mattress sold, Sleepeezee has pledged to donate £20 to the British Heart Foundation, making a significant commitment to advancing cardiovascular health research and awareness.

“We are thrilled to announce our donation of

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Furniture retail professional David Tracey is lacing up his walking boots once again in May to hike the famed West Highland Way in Scotland to raise £3,000 for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company. David will be setting off on the 96-mile walk that has a combined elevation of 10,500 feet on 8th May 2024, aiming to complete the trek in seven days. David has worked in the furnishing industry for 40-plus years in senior and director level roles in companies including Dreams, Wickes, Harveys, Hygena, MFI, Moores Furniture Group and Wesley Barrell. He will be joined on the walk by Steve Atkinson and Doug McEwan.

Timber Development UK announces new conference

Timber Development UK has announced a new conference focused on a low carbon transformation of the built environment using timber. Set to take place on 26th June 2024, the UK Timber Design Conference will bring together disruptors and market leaders to discuss how we can create systemic change, usher in a net zero future, and break down the barriers to timber in construction.

IDS celebrates one year without Lost Time Accidents

Surface materials distributor, IDS, has announced a significant milestone in its Health and Safety record: a full 12 months without any Lost Time Accidents (LTAs). Lost Time Accidents are classed as any work-related injury that causes an individual to lose 24 hours of work following the day of the accident.

From the halls of Hamilton House in London, over 200 delegates from right across the timber supply chain – including leading developers, local authorities, insurers, engineers, architects, contractors and more – will be inspiring a new wave of timber design.

Supported by Swedish Wood and Built by Nature, this conference will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in designing or building with wood.

“Maintaining this safety record is no small feat in a distribution business with over 400 employees, spanning 12 regional sites, with up to 80 vehicles on the road daily, and over 12,000 product lines to stock and distribute,” comments Colin Cunningham, UK National EHS Manager at IDS. “An LTA can arise from seemingly minor incidents, so to have had zero incidents in a whole year demonstrates a tremendous effort and collaboration of everyone in ensuring the safety of all staff.” IDS takes a proactive approach to health and safety by regularly assessing workplace hazards, implementing preventive measures and providing comprehensive training to employees. Clear policies and guidelines have been established, with a strong commitment to safety evident at all levels of the organisation.


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Following an eight year absence, the furniture and joinery trade’s main event makes a welcome return, with a new name, a new organiser team and fresh impetus to deliver a new, evolved kind of event for our industry …


Re-energised event with a broader exhibitor spectrum and impressive live content

Taking place from 19th-22nd May at the NEC in halls 6 and 20, the Materials & Finishes Show 2024 organiser, Montgomery Group, has been researching and developing a more engaging event with lots more to offer the visitor than was previously the case.

Visitors will notice that a few key exhibitors will not be in attendance this year, but this has been somewhat mitigated by a strong number of new exhibitors providing alternative suppliers for visitors to discover – and that’s exactly what visitors are looking for, potentially great suppliers they haven’t met yet.

The line-up may be missing a few machinery brands, but there are over 150 exhibitors – many of them new to the event – showing many hundreds of brands across machinery, equipment, tooling, materials and finishes, fitting and components. This is the biggest

gathering of suppliers for our industry, the only place where visitors can readily compare suppliers side-by-side and make better, more informed decisions about their potential supply chain partners.

Event organiser David Todd and his team have worked hard to ‘build on the legacy of the W Exhibition and develop a platform that reflects the UK woodworking industry both now and in the future.’ The first fruits of this labour are the Demo Zone – an area with live demonstrations from machinery, fittings and finishes suppliers, and a Certified CPD Learning Programme – featuring over 20 hours of CPD-certified seminars and panels.

These two introductions look to be very wise inclusions, adding substance and interest for visitors. I expect both these ideas to be well-supported and hopefully built upon for the next event in 2026.

Materials & Finishes Show 2024

Opening Times

Sunday 19th May

10:00 -17:00

Monday 20th May

10:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 21st May 10:00 - 20:00

Wednesday 22nd May 10:00 - 16:00


Materials & Finishes Show takes place in Halls 6 & 20, The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT


Join the conversation – make sure you are following Materials & Finishes Show on X, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok to see live posts from exhibitors, fellow visitors and the Materials & Finishes Show team. Share your experiences from the event by @mentioning Materials & Finishes Show in your posts and using the hashtags #MaterialsFinishes24 and #MAFS24 to see your highlights.


Another important development which exhibitors and visitors will hopefully engage with is the social part of the event. Other shows I attend take this very seriously, and they reap the rewards in terms of stronger visitor numbers and better engagement.

From the exhibitor’s point of view, using social media is a complementary way to highlight your presence and connect with existing and potential visitors.

Using the Using the hashtags, #MaterialsFinishes24 and #MAFS24 now, during and after the event will amplify your message and highlight your visibility. Visitors will be made aware of, and possibly

react to this, and it also broadens the appeal of the event generally encouraging those who are still deciding whether to attend, or have never been before.

Another welcome addition to the show is the Materials & Finishes Show Bar. This is an informal setting to meet clients and colleagues. And look out for some familiar faces including Robin Clevett, Tibby Singh, Alastair Johnson and Derek Barrett – just some of the online content creators the organiser has been working with for this year’s show.

Furniture & Joinery will of course be exhibiting at the show once again with our full team in attendance: editor Gemma

Lochhead, publisher John Legg, the advertising team of Lisa Williams and Jodie Griffin, videographer Noel M Yeo and conference and marketing manager, Sophie Legg. Please make time to come and get to know us better! See you on Stand H76.

Otherwise, choose good footwear and spend a day or two identifying new options, meeting new potential suppliers, learning and cross-referencing with others, networking and generally being inspired – all of this and more under one roof at Materials & Finishes Show 2024. This is your show. www.materialsandfinishes

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Extractly cuts costs for DoorCo Manufacturing

Extractly, one of the leading Dust & Fume LEV Extraction companies within the UK, will exhibit at the upcoming show on Stand K31. Below, we explore Extractly’s fundamental role in DoorCo’s latest development plans, with the supply and installation of an energysaving, Ecogate-controlled, dust extraction system at the company’s new manufacturing facility in Thorne, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

With a head office and existing manufacturing facilities in Macclesfield, Cheshire, DoorCo Ltd is already acknowledged as a leading independent manufacturer and supplier of high-quality composite doors in the UK. At Thorne, with close to 7,500m2 of space available to develop its manufacturing capacity into the future, DoorCo has made a significant

“It’s the ability to accurately monitor demand and continually vary fan speed that achieves the energy savings”

investment in state-of-the-art production machinery for its new premium door brand, which combines a machined timber core with a thermoplastic skin.

The new facility is initially opening its doors with two high-performance Biesse machining centres, but DoorCo already has plans in place to double capacity as the site develops. Extractly Ltd services and maintains the extraction systems at DoorCo’s Macclesfield facility, and last year installed a new filter unit to serve the composite door manufacturing area. With an air flow capacity of 35,000m3/hour, to remove fibreglass and PVC waste created by three CNC machines, a beam saw, and an edgebander, the extraction is controlled and optimised by an energy-saving Ecogate® system.

Following on from the successful installation at Macclesfield, Extractly’s sales director, Jake Oldfield, was invited to put forward a proposal for the provision of a new extraction system at the Thorne facility. “We were very pleased to be awarded the contract to install the system at Macclesfield, and delighted to be able to follow that up with a further installation at the new Thorne facility,”

Jake acknowledged. “DoorCo is an innovative company, with a reputation for producing the highest quality products, and we are proud to be recognised as a supplier of equipment that meets their high standards.

“Thorne was a blank canvas, but it was imperative that the system should be designed to be powerful enough, and

30,000m3/hr capacity LBR-C 3+1 filter unit with 37kW main fan The new Biesse machining centres undergoing pre-production set up and testing

easily expandable, to match DoorCo’s manufacturing growth projections. The system also had to be as economical to run with just two machines in operation as it would be with four or more machines – and without any compromise on extraction power.”

Unquestionably, the key to the success of Extractly’s latest installation for DoorCo is once again the inclusion of energy-saving Ecogate® ‘on-demand’ extraction optimisation technology. With two CNC machines in continuous operation, the system needed to have an extraction capacity of around 8,000m3/ hour. However, to future-proof the system, Extractly proposed a filter unit capable of handling a minimum of 16,000m3/hour, powered by a 37kW main fan.

“Ordinarily, this would be like a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut”, explains William Kenyon, Extractly’s technical director and specialist Ecogate® engineer. “In a traditional system, the extraction fan would operate at full power, all day, every day, and a 37kW fan would typically consume around 70,000kW of electricity per year. At DoorCo, however, the predicted electricity consumption is calculated to be substantially lower than this; even when more machines are added, and output is doubled.”

With Ecogate® technology controlling the extraction system, the fan will only operate when machining is in progress.

The Ecogate® greenBOX controller continuously monitors machine usage and adjusts fan speed accordingly, in realtime, to match every change in extraction

demand. The fan will always run at the minimum speed necessary to provide the exact extraction required to remove woodwaste from the workstations and to maintain transport velocities through the system to ensure no dust can settle in the ductwork.

“It’s the ability to accurately monitor demand and continually vary fan speed that achieves the energy savings,” explains William Kenyon, “along with some help from the laws of physics!”

Ecogate® technology takes advantage of the ‘Fan Affinity Laws’ which, when applied to an extraction system design, can substantially reduce energy consumption. Fan speed increases and decreases in proportion with the extraction volume demanded, but the

change in energy required to power the fan varies by the cube of the speed change; effectively, just a 10% reduction in fan speed will reduce electricity consumption by approximately 27%, and a reduction of 20% in fan speed can save almost 50% on the cost of electricity. On average, Ecogate® installations around the world are saving manufacturers up to 68% off their electricity bills.

Head of Operations at DoorCo, Mark Towers, concludes: “Our business has always invested in ‘the best equipment for the job’ and, at Doorco, a reliable, efficient dust extraction system is as important to us as the latest CNC machining centres we’ve installed at our Thorne factory, and I can’t fault the efficiency of the system Extractly has installed for us.”

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Ecogate® motorised dampers open and close automatically as machines come on or off-line DoorCo’s Head of Operations, Mark Towers, reviews system data on the Ecogate® greenBOX Nxt Rotary valve delivers collected waste pressurefree from the filter unit


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AES Group Machinery UK Ltd to have strong presence on Stands N20 and N40

The AES Group will have a headline presence at the forthcoming Materials & Finishes Show. With one of the largest stands, the company will take the opportunity to promote its brand awareness and product range further.

Following the launch of AES Group Machinery UK Ltd and its highly successful Open House event in March 2024, AES will show its strength and presence by having a commanding stand at the exhibition. The core strength of the AES Group is not only its vast range of products but also the technical know-how and traditional heavy construction of all its machines, which are built to work even in the most demanding environments.

AES has a strong portfolio of panel processing machines and, for outright volume producers, its series of beam saws can be supplied to cut up to 6 x 18mm boards in a single operation. The machines can be supplied for front, side or rear loading depending on the customer’s factory design and workflow requirements.

The range of AES CNC nesting machines is something to behold. The range starts with the industrial AES Flexa Pro, which has been in high demand amongst the UK’s kitchen manufacturers. The most popular has been the ‘jumbo’ size machine, which is equipped with a 9Kw router head, twin 250m3 vacuum pumps and 12-position automatic tool changer with auto tool offset.

The newly launched AES Super Nova brings a new sleek look, having an enclosed gantry with LED status light panels. This machine has face drilling and is available as a competitively priced through feed line machine. For the heavier user looking to have a machine working between one and two shifts, the AES

“The core strength of the AES Group is not only its vast range of products but also the technical know-how and traditional heavy construction of all its machines”

Extreme Ultra is an excellent choice and has a further list of options, including auto labelling. The flagship of the AES nesting machine range is the heavy-duty AES Raptor Ultra, designed for continual use 24/7 and with a further list of options including three-, four- or five-axis. All nesting machines are available in various bed sizes from the 1325 (8 x 4) machines to the 2157 (2100 x 5700mm) huge capacity machine.

AES also produces a series of pod and rail style machines which are a popular choice amongst modular and office furniture manufacturers, as well as producers of fire doors. The standard industrial AES Vega Pro series offers a robust, reliable and accurate solution for small to medium-sized manufacturers. The AES Vega Ultra series is designed for heavy-duty and continual use. Both the ‘Pro’ and ‘Ultra’ series are available as three-, four- or five-axis machines and, with bed sizes up to 6m, are an ideal choice for manufacturers of staircases.

The Vega Ultra ‘Fire Door’ spec machine has been a popular choice amongst the UK’s manufacturers of fire doors and has a double-sided 5.5Kw horizontal router head for machining the locks and hinges on door blanks.

Another benefit of the AES machines is that they are ‘software neutral’, i.e. they are not dependent on manufacturers’ ’inhouse’ software. Consequently, machines can be supplied with Alphacam, NC Hops

or Pegasus as standard, or for customers already using other CAD-CAM packages such as Solidworks, they can be supplied without any software and integrated to work accordingly. For those looking for a seamless solution from design through to nesting with auto labelling, both Cabinet Vision and Microvellum offer all-encompassing ‘screen to machine’ manufacturing solutions, all of which can be easily adopted onto the AES machines. CNC drilling machines are becoming a standard piece of equipment for many cabinet makers. They can not only benefit from the fast and accurate assembly of carcass, but if the machine is equipped with a router head, can benefit from a whole range of manufacturing possibilities from engraving and pocketing to shaping. They can also use different fixings from the likes of Lamello or Intelligent Fixings. The AES Sirius and Go! 1300 machines are available as CNC drilling machines or can have the option of a router head and automatic tool changer. As standard, the machines have 10 face drills, a grooving saw and horizontal drills, allowing drilling to all four edges and the face of the panel. Whether you are looking to start manufacturing, need to improve your efficiency or looking to increase the quality and volume of your product line, AES will welcome you to stands N20 and N40 at the Materials and Finishes Show. 0800 083 8844


Is your business growing or slowing?

Is your business growing or slowing?

Even the most successful companies can face obstacles that can hinder or prevent growth but ultimately, it’s how you navigate your way through these minefields that can have the biggest impact on your business. But, when faced with an overwhelming number of routes to take, where do you start?

CAD+T has launched its own, independent consultancy brand. For over 30 years, the Austrian software developer has worked closely with furniture manufacturers to guide, support and develop new corporate practises and future-proof businesses across Europe. The introduction of its new consultancy brand takes it a step further, offering a fully comprehensive project management service that can help new and existing businesses restructure their entire production processes.

“Consultancy has always played a part in what we do,” says Martina Schwarz, CEO of CAD+T. “After all, we need to learn about a company and its practises before we are able to design the necessary software or specify the required hardware. However, we’ve never been in a position to help companies design and implement a brand new business plan or project manage an entire business strategy until now.”

The process begins with a free digital check that offers both sides a better understanding of each other and an opportunity to discuss the specialist

support needed. Martina explains, “We begin every job with a blank piece of paper and three questions: Where is the company now? Where does it want to be? And, how can we get the results it wants in the short, mid and long term?”

She continues, “It’s the team’s job to identify areas of weakness and strength, develop strategies and successfully implement new process, work flows, structures and systems. It might even involve the sourcing of new machinery, hardware and software from other providers (not just CAD+T) or recruit, train and develop new staff.”

The length of each project can vary, from a matter of weeks to years, depending on the level of investment required. “That’s

“It’s the team’s job to identify areas of weakness and strength, develop strategies and successfully implement new process, work flows, structures and systems”

why we have a long-term commitment to our clients,” says Martina. “We work closely with them to complete each stage of the plan and overcome the operational, technical and human challenges we may face along the way. We also work closely with them to secure international funding and national and regional grants wherever possible.

“During COVID, we helped a number of customers when their backs were against the wall. Now, we’re facing a new challenge. In Germany alone, 40% of manufacturing companies will be entering their next generation in the next five years. This could mean a wave of uncertainty and disruption or for those ahead of the curve and already implementing a new approach to business, it could mean a competitive edge over the competition. If you’re looking to future-proof your business and take advantage of a changing market, we’d love to hear from you.”

For more information, contact CAD+T or meet the team on stand H70 at the Materials & Surfaces Show.

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Asset finance – your next option for funding?

Asset finance is, for many firms, a form of funding that they might have used for many years. For others, it’s not something they know much about. In this article, Close Brothers Asset Finance takes a closer look at the different products and provides an understanding of why it could be the perfect option when considering your next purchase.

In short, asset finance is an alternative form of funding used by businesses to obtain the equipment they need to grow or access much-needed cash. Asset finance makes the otherwise unaffordable affordable because it gives businesses access to the equipment they need without incurring the cash flow disadvantage of an outright purchase.

Agreements can also be customised to the business’s needs, with flexibility on both the term and repayment schedule.

Various products come under the broad umbrella of asset finance, with one of the key ones being Refinancing or capital release, as it’s also known. This is a

proven way to make your assets work for you and release cash back into the business.

It works by the finance company purchasing the asset and financing it back to you, with repayments calculated in line with the income the asset is expected to generate. At the end of the refinance term, you own the asset.

This offers several benefits to a business that just needs a cash injection, whether it’s for investment in additional business critical assets or to use in other areas of the business, including unexpected bills and invoices, salaries, VAT payments and diversification – the uses are almost endless.

Funders can also look to take over a finance agreement with another provider and extend the term, ultimately reducing monthly payments and easing the pressure on cash flow.

Other examples of asset finance products are:

• Hire Purchase (HP) allows you to

“In this article, Close Brothers Asset Finance takes a closer look at the different products and provides an understanding of why asset finance could be the perfect option when considering your next purchase”

buy the equipment on credit. The finance company purchases the asset on your behalf and owns the asset until the final instalment is paid, at which point you are given the option to buy it.

• Finance lease: The full value of the equipment is repaid to the finance company, plus interest, over the lease period. At the end of the term, you can choose to: continue to use the asset by entering a secondary rental period; sell the asset and keep a portion of the income from the sale, or return it.

• Operating lease: Similar to a Finance Lease, an Operating Lease allows you to rent the asset from the asset funder while you need it. The key difference between the two is that an Operating Lease is only for part of the asset’s useful life. This means you pay a reduced rental because the cost is based on the difference between the asset’s original purchase price and its residual value at the end of the agreement.

For more information or to discuss your needs, visit Close Brothers on Stand Q56 at the upcoming Materials & Finishes Show.

Very simply, it allows businesses of all sizes to get the equipment, vehicles and machinery they need. All without having to pay the full price upfront. What is Asset Finance? We understand the industries we work with and we offer a choice of finance options that best suit your needs. Contact us today Products and services are subject to eligibility, status, terms and conditions and availability. All lending is subject to status and our lending criteria. The right to decline any application is reserved. Close Brothers Asset Finance is a trading style of Close Brothers Limited. Close Brothers Limited is registered in England and Wales (Company Number 00195626) and its registered office is 10 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4FT. Visit us at Stand Q56

Find innovative hardware solutions from Coastal Group on Stand H40

One of the UK’s leading external door and window hardware manufacturers and suppliers will be unveiling a range of exciting new products at the Materials and Finishes Show. Coastal Group, specialising in high-quality durable hardware, has supplied solid stainless steel products to joiners, architects and composite door manufacturers for over twenty years.

“We’re excited to connect with fellow joinery professionals, industry experts and other suppliers at the event to exchange ideas and forge new partnerships,” says Coastal Group’s Managing Director, Loren Jenner.

As part of its presence at the Materials and Finishes Show, Coastal Group will be revealing an impressive and highly anticipated collection of hardware solutions, including:

Innovative door and window hardware

Visitors can explore the extensive range of handles, locks, hinges, thresholds, knockers and letter plates in a range of finishes, guaranteed to elevate any joinery project.

Time-saving tools

Attendees will learn how to streamline their workflow, increase efficiency and discover the latest advancements in joinery tools and equipment, from cuttingedge glazing solutions to bespoke tooling.

Sliding door systems

Staff on the Coastal Group stand (H40) will be available to talk to joiners about the versatility, durability and effortless operation offered by the latest sliding door systems.

The hardware on display will demonstrate the functionality and highlight the benefits. Find everything you need to measure, order and install with the Coastal team’s extensive range of fitting guides, expert know-how and technical drawings.

“We’ve been working hard to pull together an amazing experience for customers and the trade at the Show,” continues Coastal Group’s Loren Jenner. “We are thrilled to showcase

“Visitors can explore the extensive range of handles, locks, hinges, thresholds, knockers and letter plates in a range of finishes, guaranteed to elevate any joinery project”

and get feedback on some of our latest innovations. The event presents a unique opportunity for joiners to discover cuttingedge products and gain valuable insights.”

Among the staff on the Coastal Group stand will be experienced joiners, employed by Coastal to offer technical expertise to the trade.

“We look forward to joining the conversation and working towards staying ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving world of joinery,” concludes Loren.

Coastal Group is exhibiting on Stand H40 from 19th-22nd May 2024.



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Our pioneering product range of multidirectional, articulated and pedestrian forklifts, straddle carriers and container loaders allows you to manoeuvre long loads safely, reduce aisle widths and increase the amount of space available for storage.

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Explore Ostermann’s expansive edging range

Ostermann is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Materials & Finishes Show, where it will present the company’s service, diversity and speed on its large stand – C20, in Hall 6. Due to the new exhibition concept, Ostermann has decided on a much larger stand than in previous years. It’s a good thing too, as Ostermann is looking forward to presenting as many new products and services as possible to trade fair visitors, in addition to giving them plentiful ideas for future projects.

“The diversity in the Ostermann range offers a solution for almost every application in private and commercial furniture construction”

A new assortment of fittings has expanded the Ostermann range. In order to maintain an overview despite the diversity, the Ostermann experts have come up with a special concept – a tour

through different living spaces, past many pieces of furniture that each reveal individual solutions. A new, large edging wall with the latest innovations is also waiting for its grand appearance.

Sibu Design Boards The Ostermann experts have put together a selection of coordinated furniture edgings in spring colours

New edgings for new collections

The trade fair will be a valuable opportunity for Ostermann to present its perfectly matching edgings to the board suppliers’ current collections.

First and foremost, the edgings for the new Egger Decorative Collection 24+. Then there are new edgings for the Polyrey, Formica, Abet Laminati and Resopal collections on display. The main trend among the new collections is extremely matt surface finishes, of which there is an increasing number to be seen on both decor and plain boards. With their new Perfect Matt finish, Ostermann offers the equivalent for the edging.

New edging materials and ideas

Besides linoleum edgings, Ostermann’s new PP edgings will also be on show for the first time. In addition, you can find out more about the new customised decor edgings. With these, customers can design a decor themselves and receive their created edging in the required dimension.

Through the hallway and into the kitchen

The diversity in the Ostermann range offers a solution for almost every application in private and commercial furniture construction: surfaces, furniture fronts, drawers, lights ... When walking through different rooms, said diversity can be discovered on selected furniture. You can even see a flight of stairs including staircase lighting and cabinet solutions underneath the stairs.

The kitchen is another highlight. Here you can see edgings to surfaces from the new collections, but also numerous applications with the new Hettich fittings.

New – drawers & hinges from Hettich

Since the end of 2023, Ostermann UK has also been supplying Hettich’s innovative drawer systems and hinges, and can now support its customers even better in the construction of their furniture. A new catalogue was sent out in January. At the Materials & Finishes Show, trade fair visitors can personally take a look at selected products on classic applications in the kitchen and, of course, receive advice from the trade fair team on request.

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Industry-leading products from FEN UK on Stand K30

FEN UK will be showcasing the new TornadoPLUS edgebander connected to a TranscompactPLUS panel return mechanism, enabling one operator to efficiently run the machine. The perfect edge is achieved with PUR application and Brushtec finishing.

The new PacifcPLUS edgebander will also be on display, demonstrating a top finish is possible, all with a short machine length of only 5.5m.

Flexible edgebanding solutions are available, from entry-level to a complete automatic line for industrial use. Austrian quality and reliability for edgebanding at its best.

All machines feature the Combimelt glue application system that offers the lowest running costs and maintenance.

“FEN UK will be showcasing the new TornadoPLUS edgebander connected to a TranscompactPLUS panel return mechanism, enabling one operator to efficiently run the machine”

For CNC drilling and routing, the Gannomat Protec as well as the Index 130 Logic drilling, doweling and gluing machine can be seen in operation and staff will be available to demonstrate the benefit of accuracy with this solution when constructing cabinets.

For strong and efficient cabinet assembly using glue and dowel construction, a cabinet clamp is required, and the very handy Concept Easy and bigger Concept Eco cabinet clamp are both on show.

Make sure to see the Selecta handheld glue and dowelling machine, which can be used for window manufacturing, as well as cabinet assembly.

FEN UK recommends the use of quality adhesives from specialist manufacturer, Kleiberit. Staff will be demonstrating the new non-hazardous 605 STP, which is liquid applied and a D4 adhesive. Used successfully during the assembly of woodworking components exposed to high loads and moisture, FEN UK’s customers have had great success when using Accoya and even ceramics and

other building materials.

Those looking for a reliable supplier for PUR adhesives should make sure to discuss their requirements with the technical staff on hand and ask for a free quote.

LCM panel cleaning products will also be on show, such as the new Brushtec system for edgebanders of all sizes. It turns buffing around to a new solution that is far more effective than ever before. See the LCM iClou non-hazardous panel cleaning agents, which are replacing the legacy systems fitted to edgebanding machines of old. These provide a better finish and are lower consumption and non-hazardous.

A glue pot cleaning station and maintenance stand, as well as glue pot storage systems from the well-known Dry-Box to a vacuum box solution, will be on display and can be supplied for most makes of edgebanding machines. Just ask what is available for your machine and technical staff will provide you with a free quote.

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Discover the unlimited design flexibility of HANEX® on Stand E20

The unlimited design flexibility of HANEX® enables you to create beautiful, durable, and aesthetically pleasing surfaces in any residential and commercial setting.

Applications include any vertical or horizontal surface in kitchens, bathrooms, airports, hospitals, food preparation facilities, retail outlets, schools, universities, stadiums, offices, exhibition stands & public buildings.

Hanex Solid Surfaces offers the versatility of wood in terms of workability, using familiar tools and machinery. Its ranges include Venato Marble, concrete and finishes that mimic quartz. Hanex is a silica-free material and has an EPD

& HPD as well as SKA rating for offices and can be used for various residential applications.

Find Hanex Solid Surfaces on Stand E20 at the Materials & Finishes Show this May.

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Catch Hranipex at the Materials and Finishes Show

After the huge success of kbb, Hranipex is excited to do it all over again at the Materials and Finishes Show on stand F20. The flagship product on Hranipex’s stand will be its edge banding, which has been proudly manufactured at the company’s headquarters in the Czech Republic for over three decades.

Demonstrations will be carried out on the stand, allowing visitors to compare HraniFix Smart and HraniFix Premium contact adhesives, alongside the renowned HraniClean 01 and HraniClean 08 to highlight the usage and benefits of these products in their workshop.

Hranipex prides itself on its customercentric approach and continually seeks ways to simplify tasks for furniture manufacturers and joiners. In line with this commitment, it is thrilled to showcase its latest innovation – HraniClean Soft Line. This cleaning solution is ideal for cleaning furniture surfaces – whether laminated, high gloss or matt – or glasses and mirrors in households for everyday use.

Demonstrations will be carried out to ensure that visitors can witness the benefits of the new HraniClean Soft Line solution firsthand.

Furniture fittings range, RIEX, has shaken up the industry, with demand increasing due to the reliable, cost-effective and inclusive designs available. RIEX has


redefined standards and become the go-to choice for discerning customers seeking quality and affordability. John Penny from Joinery Penny Joinery will be joining Hranipex again at the show to highlight the benefits of RIEX from joinerto-joiner.

flagship product on Hranipex’s stand will be its edge banding, which has been proudly manufactured at the company’s headquarters in the Czech Republic for over three decades”

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the RIEX brand firsthand, including the LED Lighting systems. These provide a cost-effective and simple solution for installing furniture lighting designs – an important part of every interior. RIEX lighting can be controlled by sensors on the furniture doors, movement, or by remote control. Hranipex offers the popular LED strips in many options, including power transformers and other accessories, especially in the increasingly popular 24V version, as well as in the standard 12V version.

On the stand will also be an assortment of RiexTouch handles and knobs from five popular collections – Erebos Line, Forest Line, Horizon Line, Monastic Line and Stylucia Line. Each collection is a testament to the RIEX dedication to simplicity and beauty, with every handle designed as a work of art. From sleek modernity to classic elegance, there‘s a handle to suit every taste.

Those looking for a one-stop shop for all their components, adhesives and edge bands should make sure to stop by Hranipex on Stand F20 in Hall 20 this May. 0121 767 9180


Pioneering solutions from Lamello on Stand D20

Swiss wood and panel fixings specialist, Lamello, will be exhibiting at the UK’s only woodworking machinery and components show, the Materials & Finishes Show, this May.

Taking centre stage on Lamello’s interactive stand will be the Cabineo 12 and Cabineo 8 M6. These are one-piece connectors that are quick and easy to install into a drilled or routed shape and require no edge drilling, making them suitable for use on simple three-axis and nesting machines. They also require no dowel holes, which means fewer drill holes per connector and a high clamping force so you can wave goodbye to long curing times, the pre-installation of screws and dowels and wobbly joints.

In addition to this, visitors will also be able to see Lamello’s new Cabineo X cabinet connector and shelf support –used in combination with the Cabineo 12, Cabineo 8 and the metric Cabineo 8 M6 screw – and extended P-System range. The new Clamex S-20 detachable furniture connector – which is based on

“Thanks to our new partnership with AES UK, we’re also able to demonstrate our CNC fixings live at the show on several CNC routers for the first time”

the universally known 4mm installation principle – is one of them. With its thin design and strong joining force, the connector opens up completely new dimensions in wood joining technology, offering a unique solution to creating precise and near-invisible furniture joints quickly and easily into material as thin as 8mm.

Plus, by working alongside its latest CNC partner, AES UK, Lamello’s innovative CNC connector range will also be available to view in action throughout the show.

“We are excited to be taking part in the re-branded Materials & Finishes Show,” says Shaye Chatfield, Lamello UK’s Sales Manager. “Previous woodworking shows at the NEC have proved an invaluable platform for us to present our joining solutions to the industry. And now, thanks to our new partnership with AES UK, we’re also able to demonstrate our CNC fixings live at the show on several CNC routers for the first time – showcasing our vast options and benefits available to both small and large-scale furniture manufacturers. We look forward to welcoming you on stand D20.”


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Workshop 4.0: The innovative ConnectControl technology from MARTIN

ConnectControl is the umbrella term for the cloud-based, patented control concept that characterises the latest generation of sliding table saws and spindle moulders from MARTIN. This award-winning MARTIN invention provides users with a uniquely designed, highly powerful control concept that not only opens completely new horizons for machine operation, but also unlocks the entire world of modern data exchange.

New horizons for your workshop

The state-of-the-art technology to operate classic woodworking machines is dominated by electronic controls that are permanently connected to the machine. There is no possibility for multifunctional use of the existing control electronics. These controls are only connected to the Internet in special cases, mainly for maintenance purposes.

With the ConnectControl control concept, MARTIN considers the increasing digitalisation of the work environment, which has also found its way into classic woodworking shops. A central cornerstone here is communication.

Modern companies and their employees increasingly work with electronic work documents, i.e. tablets, both because the tablet carries all relevant work documents, and because it is a central tool of modern communication.

“This award-winning MARTIN invention provides users with a uniquely designed, highly powerful control concept that not only opens completely new horizons for machine operation, but also unlocks the entire world of modern data exchange”

Smart operation

It made sense to take this development further and use the tablet as an extended machine control system. With the tablet or the corresponding app, users have access to extensive extensions of the essential machine operation, which run on the 7” screen that is permanently installed on the machine. In addition, access to centrally managed data in the company, such as order data or tool information, is ensured via the tablet or the associated cloud application.

Of course, every machine equipped with ConnectControl can be operated without a docked tablet and an online connection, but then communication to the “outside” is not possible.

Mobile extension

The intelligent combination of a mobile tablet and a 7” touch screen permanently installed on the machine enables the multi-level operating concept to provide efficient electronic support for the operator directly at the machine.

The tablet also ensures communication between machine and work preparation,

as well as between machine and construction site. The tablet as the employee’s central work device guarantees that work processes are perfectly organised, even if changes occur that come into the company from outside. An example of this is a change of plan at short notice by a client, which flows seamlessly to the machine by using modern communication technology. Neither outdated work instructions nor outdated drawings need to be exchanged; everyone has the latest status directly at hand at all times.

Award-winning technology of tomorrow already exists today at MARTIN

The ConnectControl control concept has already won two awards. Firstly, the innovative design of the control structure was honoured with the German Design Award 2022. Secondly, the innovations realised in this concept have also been honoured with the German Innovation Award 2022.

Tomorrow’s technology exists today at MARTIN Image by Otto Martin Maschinenbau Workshop 4.0: The innovative ConnectControl technology from MARTIN Image by Otto Martin Maschinenbau






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More power from Mirka as it debuts new tools

The Materials and Finishes show will mark the UK show debut of the new Mirka® DEROS II and Mirka® DEOS II, with live demonstrations on stand F58. Providing the user with up to 20 per cent more power to handle the demands of a multitude of applications, these products ensure the consistent high-quality finish that has become a hallmark of the Mirka® DEROS and DEOS tool lines.

The Mirka® DEROS II and Mirka® DEOS II are powered by an upgraded electric motor that delivers more sanding power to make light work of demanding jobs and heavy applications. They also feature a new visible LED speed indicator that makes it even easier for the operator to adjust the sanding speed.

The new tools will be supported by Mirka’s robotic sanding heads, which the Mirka® AIOS 353CV will spearhead. This sanding head has been engineered for robotic applications to ensure consistent quality. Its rectangular design makes it suitable for industrial processes such as shaker door manufacturing, where a rectangular sanding solution is required

“The Mirka® DEROS II and Mirka® DEOS II are powered by an upgraded electric motor that delivers more sanding power to make light work of demanding jobs and heavy applications”

to reach the edges of the door and a highquality finish is required.

The precision of the tool helps drive up productivity as well as the quality of the finish, while the compact design makes the heads ideal for confined spaces and detail work. In addition, the tools can be fitted to low-payload robot arms and come with a standardised ISO 9409-1-806-M8 flange that can also be customised with an adapter. The robotic sanding heads can also be adapted to work with Universal Robots collaborative solutions using a special UR installation kit that includes the Mirka tool, the motor drive cabinet, cabling and the required UR adaptor flange.

Alongside the tools, the abrasives will be led by Ultimax® Ligno, the new abrasive designed specifically for wood sanding applications. It combines innovation with robust consideration for the environment. The production method reduces energy consumption as the process for curing the glue is more efficient. It also has superior adhesion with VOC-free resin, ensuring a safer and healthier choice for users and the environment.

With its ceramic mixed with Blue Fired Alox grains, the abrasive’s surface channels serve as pathways to direct the smooth movement of wood fibres to extraction holes, preventing clogging and enhancing sanding quality. It accelerates sanding operations by maintaining the cleanliness of abrasive grains for uninterrupted cutting and prevents the

formation of a ‘blanket’ of dust between the grains and the sanded surface. The abrasive also uses a specially developed latex-impregnated paper to improve flexibility and adhesion and to control edgewear, extending its lifespan. The abrasive features a Multifit™ hole pattern which eliminates the requirement for precise alignment, as it is always correctly fitted to match the dust extraction holes.

Mirka’s wide belt experts will also be on hand to discuss the breadth of the wide belt product portfolio, which will be spearheaded by the innovative Ultimax® range. Ultimax® has been designed for sanding and finishing veneers and hardwood surfaces such as oak and beech and its Selective Coating™ Technology creates a higher specific sanding pressure for faster stock removal, better performance and with no deterioration in finish. The combination of this innovative technology and the special abrasive grains increases the product’s life span and reduces materials per job.


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

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REHAU extends its range in edgebands & surfaces at Materials and Finishes Show

REHAU Interior Solutions will be participating in the Materials & Finishes Show in May 2024. Here, the company will be majoring on its expertise in edgebands and will take the opportunity to showcase exciting new ranges on Stand C48.

Products from the full range of edgebands and surfaces from one of the biggest players in the market will be on display. The company is especially excited to showcase, as part of its expertise in edgebands, new ranges coordinating with the major players in the surfaces market.

One range of particular interest this year, designed by Egger, is the Egger Decorative 24+ collection, which addresses the current focus on natural materials and sustainability. As edgeband specialists, REHAU offers solutions for perfect coordination with all the market-leading surface providers.

For example, RAUKANTEX Noble matt complements the panels from Egger’s Perfect Sense Matt range and the TM12 Perfect Sense Omnipore Matt. There are also matching edgebands for the new ST40 surface.

These edgebands are supplied with REHAU’s Scratch Protect lacquer which, as the name suggests, is resistant to scratches and fingerprints and can be processed without a protective film. The

“REHAU has the perfect edgeband to match, with hundreds of edgeband options available from stock in Manchester, with no minimum order quantity and available in standard dimensions and next-day delivery”

lacquer has an anti-sheen effect, which ensures that the edge does not shine even at a shallow angle.

Further new ranges provide matching edgebands for the new 2024 FALCO surfaces collection. REHAU edgebands can now be paired up with FALCO’s new and attractive selection of design panels, Swiss Krono. The new BE.SAFE board collection offers active triple protection against viruses/bacteria/fungi.

Various edgeband designs have been included in the RAUKANTEX Express Collection 9 to match the collection, Fundermax – the Essential collection, which comprises a total of 213 decorative designs – 74 of which are brand new –and 15 textures, focusing on maximum decor choice and efficiency.

REHAU has the perfect edgeband to match, with hundreds of edgeband options available from stock in Manchester, with no minimum order quantity and available in standard dimensions and next-day delivery. Find the perfect edgeband and order samples through the online tool from REHAU: interior.rehau/edgebandsearch

“Visitors to our stand at the Show will see how we are ‘Enabling Exceptional Design’ for our customers,” says Scott Williams, REHAU Sales Manager. “We are proud that we are able to partner with the leading players in the market to enable our customers to develop their own exceptional designs for their projects.”

REHAU will also be promoting its impressive customer services at the show, including the new Surface Select tool, which has been launched this year and is designed to help customers find the perfect decor for their project. Surface Select can be found at: surface-select

More information on products and services from REHAU Interior Solutions can be found on the company’s recently launched website for the UK market. This is packed full of inspirational photography and ideas for the furniture industry and its customers, while presenting a modern and clean feel, maximising the use of video and leading edge online technologies.


The Sames Cyclomix® Evo for precision and paint savings

Sames has replaced its range of dosing/ mixing machines with a unique reference – the Cyclomix® Evo. Protected by two patents, it is distinguished by its precision and productivity. Beta tests have also shown up to 10% paint savings.

Sames previously had three 2K and 3K dosing/mixing references – the Cyclomix® Micro, Multi and Expert. These have been replaced by a single machine – the Cyclomix® Evo. The user specifies the basic module: number of paint circuits, colour changer blocks, flow meters, regulators, etc. Simply add modules to increase capacity.

Perfect dosing and mixing, no untimely stops

The range has been simplified but optimised, and Sames has taken particular care with its basic functions. The dosing is perfect whatever the flow rate thanks to a new patented injection system. The mixing is done with vortex technology, which ensures a homogeneous distribution of the catalyst. The user can work without being interrupted by alarms due to incorrect dosing and does not have to rework parts that would present an aspect defect. This guarantees high productivity, especially since the control interface is simple: it only takes two minutes to learn how to use it.

Fewer lost volumes during colour changes

Another advantage, confirmed by some 20 beta tests, is that paint savings are on

target, reaching up to 10% for frequent colour changes.

These savings result from the reduction of interior volumes and the elimination of retention zones, but also from the addition of a “paint optimisation” function that reduces the volumes lost during colour changes. Finally, for 3K paints, a patented

“The dosing is perfect whatever the flow rate thanks to a new patented injection system”

potlife management system divides by five the volume lost in case of production stoppage.


management of production waste

For waste management, an additional module automatically collects and separates paint mixtures, reusable solvents, and soiled solvents. The associated taxes and reprocessing costs are reduced accordingly.

From May 19th-22nd, visitors at Sames’ booth at the Materials & Finishes Show in Birmingham (Hall 20, Stand H51) can see the Cyclomix® Evo and learn more about this innovation.

Cyclomix® Evo is now available, at a price close to that of the previous range. Compatible with the paint lines of competing brands, it will be enriched next year with other high value-added functions.



With the Cyclomix® Evo solution, you are guaranteed to get the best out of your production tool with:


with an accuracy of +/- 1%, thanks to a patented injection system for all types of products (for waterborne, solvent-based, acid, epoxy, polyurethane paints, etc.).


Real time supervision via a Smartphone app with piloting control of the machine,

• Notification in case of alarm,

• Monitoring of production and maintenance data to optimize your production.

by the management of 2 independent circuits: rinsing and priming is possible during production. An intuitive interface that requires only 2 minutes of training which can evolve according to your needs by adding new features throughout the life of your Cyclomix® Evo.


of mixed paint and used solvents thanks to the «paint optimization» function with optional collection of mixed paint, dirty solvents. Reusable solvents can be used a second time to dispose of the mixed paint. contact:
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The Insert Company to exhibit its diverse portfolio

Based in the heart of the West Midlands in the UK, The Insert Company supplies high-quality brass, zinc alloy, steel and stainless steel threaded inserts, fastenings and connectors suitable for all applications in wood, metal and plastic.

The company will exhibit its high-quality portfolio from Stand F50, showcasing its capabilities across a wide range of industry sectors, from furniture assembly to the manufacture of moulded plastic components.

“We’re looking forward to seeing old and new faces at the show – it will be great to have everyone back together after such a long time,” says Kevin Broome, Director of The Insert Company.

The Insert Company has the ability to have parts made and finishes to

customers’ specifications, including turned metal parts, metal presswork and plated finishes. All its inserts are manufactured from the highest quality materials and conform to all industry standards.

The company’s expansive product portfolio makes The Insert Company a valuable one-stop shop, with some of its latest launches including self-anchoring inserts, euro and security screws.

Established in 2003, The Insert Company has extensive experience within the fastenings industry, with far-reaching knowledge of manufacturers and suppliers, and can find any part at a competitive price.

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“Established in 2003, The Insert Company has extensive experience within the fastenings industry, with farreaching knowledge of manufacturers and suppliers, and can find any part at a competitive price”

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TM Machinery to showcase its cutting-edge range on Stands Q51 and Q61

Leading woodworking machinery and dust extraction supplier, TM Machinery, will be exhibiting at the UK’s only woodworking machinery and components show, the Materials & Finishes Show, this May.

Representing not one but two industryleading brands at the four-day event, the Leicester-based machinery distributor

will be showcasing its exclusive range of cutting-edge filtration systems and dust extractor units from AL-KO. This will include the versatile Power Unit range, and a selection of Striebig vertical panel saws – from the market-leading Compact model to the best-selling Control.

Live demonstrations will be taking place throughout the event, whilst TM’s product

“The Leicester-based machinery distributor will be showcasing its exclusive range of cuttingedge filtration systems and dust extractor units from AL-KO”

specialists will be on hand to talk through the latest innovations and technology to benefit the furniture manufacturing industry. From advice on dust extraction legislation to the latest advancements in optimisation software, this is visitors’ opportunity to ask the experts.

“It’s been six years since the UK hosted a national trade show for the woodworking industry,” says Matt Pearce, Managing Director at TM Machinery.

“Events like this offer a great platform for us to present the latest innovations from our exclusive brands and connect woodworking professionals with our experienced product specialists. Save the date and meet the team on stand Q51 and Q61.”

Keen to find out more? Watch live demonstrations and talk to the experts on stand Q51 and Q61.

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AXYZ to showcase innovative woodworking solutions at MAFS

AXYZ, a leading provider of CNC router solutions, will showcase one of its flagship products, the AXYZ WOODWORKER, at Stand K25. This cutting-edge CNC router offers features designed to streamline woodworking processes, enhance productivity and deliver exceptional results. With its advanced technology and user-friendly interface, it empowers users to bring their creative visions to life.

Key features of the AXYZ WOODWORKER CNC Router include:

Versatile process areas: a wide variety of process areas can accommodate all standard sheet sizes, with a remarkable 254mm (10”) high gantry clearance. This flexibility makes it easy to use with accessories such as vacuum pods or a rotary axis device.

Exceptional performance: equipped with powerful direct servo drives and helical racks, the WOODWORKER delivers outstanding performance, high-speed cutting, and impeccable finishes across a wide range of wood types.

Multiple spindle configurations: the

WOODWORKER offers a choice of a single 5, 10 or 15HP HSD spindle, allowing users to tailor their setup to match specific production requirements.

Efficient tool changing: with a selection of 7, 10, 14 or 21-position automatic tool changers, the WOODWORKER ensures fast and efficient tool changes.

Advanced dust collection: the router features a high-volume 4” dust collection system, complemented by an oversized dust boot, high-flow manifold, and hose management system. This comprehensive setup effectively collects both large chips and fine dust.

Automated label printing: the WOODWORKER offers an optional AXYZ Automated Label Printer (ALP), simplifying the identification of parts during the final assembly process. This integrated solution streamlines operations and enhances overall efficiency.

Rotary axis equipment: for machining complex parts requiring 360° rotation, the WOODWORKER offers optional rotary axis equipment. This feature expands the router’s capabilities and enables the

production of intricate and precise parts.

The AXYZ WOODWORKER represents the pinnacle of CNC router technology, and the company looks forward to demonstrating its capabilities to attendees at Stand K25. In addition, AXYZ will have dedicated staff from CNCSHOP on-site to provide guidance, and offer insights into maximising the potential of CNC woodworking solutions.

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Explore the breadth of Machinery Services’ portfolio on Stand P70

Machinery Services UK is looking forward to welcoming new and past clients at the upcoming Materials & Finishes Show. This will be the first time that the company has had its full range of machines from its two suppliers, Turanlar and Global Vacuum Presses, on one stand. As a specialist within the panel and door manufacturing sectors with its range of edging, cutting, and forming machinery, Machinery Services believes it will have something for everyone at the show.

One of the machines on show will be the company’s most popular edgebanding machine, the T-EB 601N and the T-PF 280 Throughfeed Postforming machine from its supplier, Turanlar, for whom Machinery Services is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland, as well as other Turanlar equipment.

“This will be the first time that the company has had its full range of machines from its two suppliers, Turanlar and Global Vacuum Presses, on one stand”

These machines have been used by some of the largest laminate fabricators and manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. Machinery Services is excited to have them on display again, along with demonstrations, to showcase the impressive specifications of these affordable, high-quality machines. From Machinery Services’ range of machines supplied by Global Vacuum Presses, the latest Thermoforming and Thermofoiling machinery will be on display for the first time together at a UK Exhibition.


“From Machinery Services’ range of machines supplied by Global Vacuum Presses, the latest Thermoforming and Thermofoiling machinery will be on display for the first time together at a UK Exhibition”

For any small/medium-sized kitchen/ furniture manufacturers, the opportunity to view the TS-F-2513 Thermofoiling machine is one not to be missed. This will be the first appearance of this machine at one of these exhibitions and, as the exclusive distributor of Global Vacuum Presses full portfolio of machinery,

Machinery Services is confident it will have something for everyone.

As Machinery Services has always done in the past, it will be offering special discounts for any orders placed at the actual show and within a certain timeframe after.

As a family business, Machinery

Services is proud to represent these brands and, with a combined 100+ years of manufacturing between Machinery Services UK, Turanlar and Global Vacuum Presses, believes it has the experience, knowledge and support to help visitors with any of their manufacturing needs.

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Leading Vertongen machines

MWM is set to showcase a selection of machinery from Vertongen at the show, for whom MWM has just been named UK sole agency.

MWM’s managing director, Gavin Cooper, is delighted that his company has been awarded the principal agency for the Belgian brand’s expansive range in the UK, and looks forward to taking the opportunity to showcase some of the machines at the exhibition.

Vertongen is widely known as a leading manufacturer of CNC machinery designed for the production of kitchen cabinetry, in addition to door and window production. The woodworking machinery specialist has a very impressive heritage, and will next year celebrate 125 years in the business.

Today, Vertongen specialises in CNC automated woodworking machinery, with considerable experience in the manufacture of single-end tenoners and profiles moulders designed for the production of wooden windows and doors.

The business also has expert knowledge in the production of five-piece kitchen door machinery. Amongst the current

“The woodworking machinery specialist has a very impressive heritage, and will next year celebrate 125 years in the business”

collection of machines available from Vertongen is the Pentho Compact 3 universal tenoner. This features a noisereducing cut-off saw, two tenon heads and a vertical Prolock spindle adjusted to an accuracy of 0.1mm.

All movements on the machine are manual adjustable, with a 7in touch panel for starting motors in your own language. Total table swivelling is +60 deg/ - 60deg, while the digital length fence is 2.4m with a single swivelling backstop.

Vertongen’s profile machines, meanwhile, are specially designed for throughfeed profiling components. The profiling of different parts is facilitated without the need for tool changing.

The technologically advanced Profil Compact 2 moulder, for example, is produced with two spindles without top bearing. The first spindle can be made to

jump in and out to avoid breakout during storm profiling. Both spindles can turn to the left or right.

Other key features include automatic storm-proof cycles and the ability to install all tools for a single product type. There is an easy tool changeover device for different products.

Vertongen offers a complete solution for the production of complete windows and doors, which can be manufactured on an industrial scale with the utmost precision and efficiency.

The PenPro Control is a fully CNCcontrolled combination of the Pentro Control and the Profit Control. It only requires a single operator and has a production capacity of over 400 parts/ shift.

When it comes to kitchen cabinet door production, Vertongen’s machines save on both space on the factory floor and time. Each individual machine covers a different step of the production process, and each is operated by a different person. Both the PenPro Compact kitchen machine and the accompanying Shaper Sizer only require a single operator.

Now, each of these high-performance Belgian-manufactured machines can be purchased through Leicester-based MWM. Gavin Cooper and his team will be on hand to demonstrate them either at the company’s extensive showroom facility, or at the upcoming Materials & Finishes Show where Vertongen will exhibit on stand K52, OAV will exhibit on stand K40 and Martin will exhibit on stand M33. 0116 289 3469


Nordfab to highlight importance of dust extraction systems on Stand L78

In order to safeguard the well-being of craftsmen and maintain a clean and efficient workspace, it’s crucial to invest in a dust extraction system. Nordfab will exhibit at the Materials & Finishes Show on Stand L78, demonstrating the manifold benefits of its innovative ducting components.

Understanding the risks

While it may appear harmless, wood dust can lead to a host of health problems when inhaled regularly. Respiratory issues, including coughing wheezing, and shortness of breath, are common among those exposed to high levels of wood dust. Moreover, prolonged exposure can worsen existing respiratory conditions, leading to chronic health complications.

Protecting worker health

Installing a dust extraction system is not merely a matter of regulatory compliance; it’s a proactive step towards protecting the health and well-being of craftsmen. By capturing wood dust at its source, these systems minimise airborne particles.

Promoting workplace safety

Accumulated dust can obscure visibility, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries. Moreover, fine dust particles are combustible, presenting a fire hazard in environments with inadequate dust control measures. By implementing a dust extraction system, joineries mitigate these risks, fostering a safer work environment for all.

Enhancing productivity and efficiency

A clean workspace is essential for optimal productivity

and efficiency in furniture joineries. Dust accumulation not only impedes visibility but also hampers machinery performance and maintenance. Over time, it can lead to equipment breakdowns and costly repairs. By investing in a dust extraction system, joinery owners ensure uninterrupted workflow, prolong machinery lifespan, and minimise downtime to enhance productivity.

Choosing the right system

When selecting a dust extraction system for a furniture joinery, the system should be tailored to the specific processes and machinery used within the workshop, ensuring efficient dust capture and extraction.

Nordfab, a leading manufacturer of ducting components for dust extraction systems, offers a range of innovative solutions designed to capture and remove dust particles from the air.

Nordfab’s Quick-Fit ducting system features modular components that are easy to install and reconfigure when new machineries have to be added to the floorplan. Nordfab offers specialised products for wood applications, such as manifolds to connect to many of the major woodworking machine models, and a dropout box to stop large woodchips in the airstream.

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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.


most applications

Quick-Fit components are adaptable to existing ductwork.

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British-made castors & components from Guy-Raymond

Guy-Raymond is excited to be involved with the relaunched Materials & Finishes Show. Its friendly and knowledgeable team will be on Stand C52 ready to help visitors with their furniture castor and component needs.

Guy-Raymond is proud to have been producing in the UK since 1948. From its 60,000 square foot factory in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, it manufactures a wide range of products, from furniture castors, glides and adjusters through to tube ends and inserts.

Guy-Raymond continues to be a family-run business and plays a valuable role in the local community, employing over 70 local people, and supporting local good causes. All this while exporting to many countries throughout the world.

The team looks forward to meeting visitors at the show, and welcomes them to Stand C52.

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Is yield the be all and end all for cutting optimisation?

Whether your business manufactures furniture from concept to sale – be that for kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or office – or supplies panel products such as kitchen and bedroom doors to the fitted furniture industry, the production process centres around producing a series of cut parts from stock material. Cutting optimisation systems have been integral in such production planning for many years; replacing the timeconsuming and often inaccurate manual calculation of cutting plans.

Whilst all optimisers available on the market are proud of their maximum yield/ minimum wastage solutions, including SECANT – should this really be all that is

of concern when optimising production?

Financial gains through savings in material can be rapidly lost through additional processing time at the saw. This could be due to inefficient use of the full cutting capacity of the saw, or through overly complicated patterns containing multiple turns and recuts.

With a sleek new design and userfriendly interface, SECANT version 8 is designed to help you reduce waste and improve efficiency. With its state-of-theart cutting optimiser, you can generate

solutions tailored to balance material yield against production time – a balance which may vary depending on the cost of material being cut, the lead time for the product, or the capacity of the factory at any time. With SECANT you can rest assured that you’ll be working at maximum capacity, saving both time and money.

Find out more at the Materials & Finishes Show, where SECANT will be exhibiting on Stand M68.


High-quality UK-made sanding brushes from Unosand

Unosand supplies brush sanding and structuring solutions to the woodworking industry, making sanding brushes in the UK for any make of machine with fast lead times. The company will exhibit at the Materials & Finishes Show this May, on Stand F75.

Approaching its 20th year in the industry, Unosand has developed relationships with some of the leading manufacturers of brush sanding machinery, supplying machines from Loewer, Houfek and Salida to suit an array of budgets.

German machinery manufacturer, Loewer, has been offering top-quality engineering since 1861. Its range-topping Discmaster planetary machines sand from all angles to achieve a first-class finish on kitchen doors and other profiled pieces.

Loewer’s Leistomat range of machines sand and de-nib window components, automatically adjusting for different profiles and avoiding damage to the leading edge. The soft disc attachments cut the fibres flat, helping to avoid raised grain with water-based paint.

Unosand offers structuring machines

from Houfek for giving timber an aged, weathered effect. The Twingo range of machines is available with up to six heads and is ideal for structuring flooring, cladding and even beams up to 300mm high.

Unosand is excited to offer new machinery from Salida, including its Rotary Brush belt machine for excellent results on kitchen doors, with a high specification at an economical price. For edge sanding, Salida’s through feed edge sander speeds up the often difficult and

time-consuming edge sanding of MDF and solid wood kitchen doors.

Custom hubs and discs can be made for CNC sanding and Unosand’s very own range of multi sand machines are the perfect partner for robotic sanding. Made in the UK with high-quality, precisionengineered components, the versatile Multi 140 and 280 machines are an economical and useful addition to any sized workshop.

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This May will see the return of Xylexpo, the biennial international exhibition of woodworking technology and components for the furniture industry. Established in 1968, the event is widely respected for its high-quality content and audience, offering a complete overview of the woodworking business and illustrating the evolution of the market towards sustainability and digital transformation.

Xylexpo will conceivably be the starting point for the innovation cycle of the 2024-2026 period, previewing the latest solutions to a highly qualified audience between 21st-24th.

FieraMilano-Rho will be host to many key players of technology, who will leverage the opportunity to be under the spotlight in a challenging landscape. The show strikes a fine balance between illustrating

the excellence of “Made in Italy”, while also being open to solutions, technologies, tools and equipment from international exhibitors.

Just some of the many product categories represented at the show are 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.

The XIA Xylexpo Innovation Awards will be another highlight, with a focus on sustainability and digital transformation this year.

The award will feature four categories –solid wood processing, panel processing, finishing and tools and equipment.


SCM’s Smart&Human evolution at Xylexpo

SCM is preparing for the up-and-coming edition of Xylexpo with a full programme of technological and digital innovations. Visitors will have a chance to explore the technologies, software and digital services which best suit their production needs in a completely new fashion, with state-of-the-art multimedia and immersive tools which will project Xylexpo visitors even further into the future of woodworking and into the heart of SCM’s complete and limitless production range.

“A Smart&Human evolution” which will focus on everything new within automated, integrated and complete processes, designed to meet the new production challenges within every field of application: furnishings and kitchens, windows and doors, flooring, timber construction, surface treatment, nautical and caravan industry, and joinery. Integrated and advanced machines and systems will be showcased for each sector, with the additional integration of Cms – an SCM Group company –technologies to machine materials like glass, stone, metal, plastic and composites.

Solutions will be aimed at making processes more sustainable and efficient, even in batch-1 production, and at achieving bespoke products with outstanding quality and level of design.

Plenty of space will also be reserved for software and digital services designed to accompany the client at each stage of the production process.

The new digital services enabled by the IoT Maestro connect platform – also available in the new mobile version – will be on display. The continuous exchange of information from the machine to the cloud means SCM can provide clients with rapid access to answers and specific

“Another important new entry will be the opening of the new SCMSuperfici Technology Center in Villasanta (MB), which can be visited during the trade fair, just 30 minutes from Rho-Milano”

advice which will assist the operators and maintenance workers with their challenges, autonomy demands, carrying out of maintenance, and programming the machine and software.

On the subject of which, a fully operational version of SCM’s Digital Control Room will be reproduced, offering the chance to discover how the data is processed to provide proactive and advisory assistance services, with the aim of guaranteeing the client’s production continuity.

Also making its début is SCM’s new MES, with even better performance levels and fully adaptable to the client’s needs. Some of the main advantages include easy configuration of the interfaces and the possibility of integrating with software and third-party digital services already provided by the client.

The new eye-M console, found on all of SCM’s machines, brings the bonus of ergonomics and ease of use to make the operator’s work easier and offers modular programming and improved calculation power.

The common advantages of a large number of the groups’ new software include reduced expenditure and less material waste, coupled with greater efficiency.

With regard to CNC machining centres and drilling machines, SCM will present Maestro Lab for CAD/CAM programming both for the office and for machinery. Intuitive and dynamic, this software transforms an idea into a finished product, thanks to intelligent and technologically advanced programming functions and more than 150 built-in apps.

Maestro active beam&wall, the CNC machining centres used in timber construction, is the latest addition. It is HMI software for simple, fast and all-round control, complete with new 3D visualisation functions and advanced management, as well as a completely new graphic interface and aligned with that of state-of-the-art software.

For the beam saw, Maestro optiwise is the new cutting optimiser for the gabbiani panel saws. Developed for programming production in the office, the software

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allows for the automatic generation of cutting diagrams identifying the best solution in terms of scraps, time and costs based on the parameters selected by the user.

Also on show will be the Maestro stackwise, a state-of-the-art solution designed to increase efficiency and productivity. The system uses state-ofthe-art algorithms to analyse and optimise piece stacking during the made-tomeasure cutting process, ensuring that they are strategically placed to achieve maximum efficiency, reducing scraps to a minimum and maximising return.

New entries also for edge banding with Maestro edgestore manager for the centralised management of client’s edges, which allows their consumption to constantly be kept under control and their location in the warehouse, as well as sharing information with the software and the company management systems.

Another important new entry will be the opening of the new SCM-Superfici Technology Center in Villasanta (MB), which can be visited during the trade fair, just 30 minutes from Rho-Milano. These spaces have been extended and modernised to offer a wider range of technologies: not just the Superfici solutions for finishing and the SCM ones for sanding and pressing, but also other group technologies, to complete the clients’ processes.


Automation systems

One of the highlights is set to be the Beam saw cell for batch 1, which is made up of flexstore elr automatic storage, for better logistics of semi-machined pieces; singleblade gabbiani g2 panel saw complete with, among other things, automatic panel labelling; articulated robot to automate the cutting and off-loading operations,

“Solutions will be aimed at making processes more sustainable and efficient, even in batch-1 production, and at achieving bespoke products with outstanding quality and level of design”

reducing the need for human supervision. Another highlight will be the Beam saw and nesting cell for batch 1 with flexstore hp automatic magazine and robot for unloading finished pieces, small pieces and discarded pieces. The Gabbiani p80 beam saw and morbidelli x200 nesting machining centre are integrated into the automatic magazine that ensures storage, panel labelling and direct loading onto the worktable of both machines, to protect the more delicate surfaces.

Cargo is earmarked for panel and door machining, a patented system for loading and unloading which can be integrated with morbidelli m200 and accord 500/600 CNC machining centres. The fully automated cell does not require any supervision by an operator and the brand is proud to claim that it is “the only one on the market to continually load and unload pieces in masked time, while the machine performs drilling and routing operations”.

The morbidelli cx220 drilling and dowelling flexible cell with robot can be used to create every kind of furniture element more efficiently, even with pieces that differ greatly from one another. The cell produces one panel per minute and up to more than 400 panels per shift with an operator in just 50 m2.

For the production of windows and doors, the new version of windorflex will be on show – an automatic and highly technological cell, which has all the solutions to create complete windows and doors, guaranteeing maximum precision, high flexibility and an excellent finishing quality at all times.


The gabbiani p range expands with the new gabbiani p95 and gabbiani pt95 panel saws, designed respectively for batch-1 machining and series production.

Making its début is the stefani m, an industrial edgebander representing a highly competitive investment, with advanced technological solutions for automatic set-up.

The offer of the olimpic edgebanders for artisan businesses is also renewed. At the top of the range is the olimpic 500plus, available with or without axes to machine two different radii.

Also showcasing is the olimpic 500 complete, versatile and compact edgebander, capable of performing different machining work, while always offering high standards of quality.

The entry-level, olimpic 300 will also be there, it too synonymous with excellent quality and versatility for small artisan businesses looking to make their mark on the market.

In the edgebanding sector, SCM will also present new pre-melters, transversal to the stefani and olimpic ranges: innovative glue fusion solutions with versatile devices for EVA and PUR glue.

In terms of drilling, the new solutions on show include the morbidelli pwx500, a highly productive flexible drilling machine for fast, top-quality machining work. It is ideal for connected and integrated production and for achieving highly competitive production standards on medium to high batches.

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highlight will be the Beam saw and nesting cell for batch 1 with flexstore hp automatic magazine and robot for unloading finished pieces, small pieces and discarded pieces”

For sanding, SCM will present its exclusive multi-functional roller unit available on the dmc sd 90 model. This unit allows you to switch from calibrating to sanding unfinished, veneered and painted solid wood panels in a matter of minutes, by simply replacing the rubber covering.

Also on display is the dmc system with a laser unit. This innovative unit can create exclusive works and three-dimensional scoring on parquet, wooden elements, mdf panels to be veneered, fibre cement panels and solid surfaces of any length.

For finishing, Superfici will present state-of-the-art UV processes like an excimer treatment with exclusive excimatt technology for a finish on the most extensive range of finished products and material.

Also being showcased is a UV LED polymerisation system with several UV monochromatic sources which, thanks to Superfici’s patented system, manages to radiate at different wavelengths for greater efficiency.

Space is also made for the robotic sprayer which offers excellent flexibility to machining, while keeping the end product quality level extremely high. In particular, robot maestro for painting windows and doors and robot bravo2, a Cartesian robot for painting panels with two five-axis heads.

Showcasing for assembly work is action e, now available with a new loading and unloading system.

For packaging, the new range of cut c packaging solutions with cardboard will be presented for the production of just-in-time bespoke boxes and the new pack c100 for the automatic closure of pre-punched cardboard boxes using hotmelt glue.

With regards to timber construction, the oikos xs will be on show. This highly versatile machining centre is suitable for companies looking for speed and accuracy, combined with reduced size and limited cost. This solution is ideal for the production of straight beams, prefabricated walls, trusses, roofs and blockhaus, that is, structural elements requiring very fast machining like cutting, and more complex machining like drilling, routing, dovetails and mortises for hardware on pieces that can be a maximum of 16 metres long, 450 mm wide and with a maximum thickness of 240 mm.

The dmc system xl will be presented for the sanding and calibrating of CLT walls, nowadays with three new units: a lower roller unit and upper and lower pad unit to machine both the upper face and the lower one of the CLT panels up to 3700 mm in width and 500 mm thick, and the transversal “piggy back” unit, a solution developed to optimise the machine’s spaces and guarantee as little space as possible being taken up.

The squaring-profiling technology represented by the celaschi models, will be showcased in its different options in all the processes, from the flow cut of “furniture” industry panels to the profiling of inclined parquet; from the machining of insulated material to the tenoning of systems for windows and doors, with the

new celaschi action bilateral tenoner. To complete the panorama of applications for this technology, the “a-step” celaschi p60 interactive model will be available for CNC machining.

Lastly, the spotlight will be turned on the “Blade off” safety system which will be at the centre of the live streaming demo from the new Technology Center in Villasanta. This SCM innovative solution satisfies the purpose of limiting the intrinsic danger of using a circular saw, as much as possible, without putting limitations on the operator’s work and creativity.

SCM will launch the new CNC portable “maker”, a mobile, numerically controlled router capable of automatically creating unique and complex items without taking up space permanently in the laboratory.

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AES UK enjoys fruitful first foray

Successful first open house demonstrates professional commitment and provides an optimal platform for improved customer interaction.

Last autumn, AES Group Machinery UK Ltd was set up as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the fast-growing AES Group to further increase the company’s brand awareness and to emphasise the ongoing commitment to its UK customers. Six months on and AES Group Machinery UK’s superb new showroom facility was the setting for its inaugural in-house event.

The brand new showroom offers an extensive range of AES Group products in a highly professional and modern, yet relaxed environment and gives informed and proven advice to customers looking to improve their methods of manufacturing. At the company’s first open-house event the set-up was very impressive. A ‘mini-exhibition’ with a confident collection of AES machines was augmented by

a number of invited industry suppliers which, combined, provided considerable insight for visitors over the four days, with customers coming from the local area and across the UK.

AES has developed its UK customers at a consistent rate over the last few years and during the opening of their official UK subsidiary, the key figures from the AES Group were present including Group chairman, Mr Ismet Toktas, along with the Export and European sales executives, service managers and engineers who were present to demonstrate the machines working.

Following the company’s first open house event, Carl O’Meara, AES UK’s managing director, reports that the customer feedback has been very positive: “We were somewhat surprised by both the level of interest and encouraging comments received for the duration of the show. I guess that despite AES being a global manufacturer, and having a presence in the UK since 2017, visitors were surprised by the diversity of products, build quality and how they were presented.”

AES UK’s national sales manager, Jeff Green, was also pleased with how the event went. “Our first open house was a great success, allowing customers to see what our AES Group organisation can offer within the UK market. We are now

From left: Mustafa Sahin – AES Group area sales manager, Carl O’Meara – AES UK managing director, Ismet Toktas – AEG Group managing director, Jeff Green – AES UK national sales manager The impressive AES UK showroom in Burscough, Lancashire

in a position where the UK market can be sure that all aspects of their investment in machinery and people will be advised, trained and supported throughout their journey of success by AES UK.

“In my 40 years spent as a manufacturer, I have experienced all kinds of machinery manufacturers and their supporting engineers, and I can say that AES Group UK is by far the most supportive – the customers cannot and should not be just a number in a corporate database.”

AES’ open house event presented a great place to discuss customers’ needs when it comes to purchasing a CNC machine. According to Jeff, among the topics visitors enquired about was the people behind the product. “Here at AES UK, we have a wealth of experience. Our sales staff are from a production background and are therefore fully versed in all aspects of manufacturing and workflow management. Any proposals are always made to at least meet, or more often than not, exceed customer expectations.”

Questions of service were also raised by some: “All new AES machines are complimented with a ‘free-for-life’ remote technical support where the AES technical centre can connect to a machine and offer diagnostics and updates as and when required. We also have employed, UKbased, AES-trained technicians available to carry out all installation, maintenance, service, CAD-CAM programming, training and software development – and we can of course also offer extended warranties,” explained Jeff.

He also answered a point raised by some concerning the availability of AES products: “Due to increased global

demand for our products, in the last two years the AES Group have heavily invested by opening three more manufacturing facilities which will allow them to almost double their production capacity. This will result in shorter delivery times across the range. There will also, of course, be machines held in stock here in the UK ready for immediate delivery.”

Asked what made the AES Group stand out, Jeff was clear: “Firstly, AES are open and honest about where their machines are built and that it does not outsource manufacturing to any other country. In fact, they do quite the opposite and manufacture machines for other companies! AES also still manufactures

Carl O’Meara (right) talking to customers about performance aspects of AES Nova Super CNC Nesting Machine
AES UK national sales manager, Jeff Green, said he was pleased to see both exisiting and potential customers at the first AES UK open house event

its machines to traditional, rugged engineering standards and puts metal into its products to ensure stability and long-term accuracy whilst working at high speeds for optimised production cycles.”

Another example of AES’ integrity is its strong approach to training, a key issue for many. Jeff explained: “Several

customers who visited us pointed out how they had purchased CNC machines from other sources, but hadn’t been trained how to use them, or even given advice on how to ‘drive’ them – I find that quite incredible! Software is a major consideration when it comes to CNC – this is another advantage of the AES machines as they are software-

neutral and can run on pretty much any chosen program.”

And what about the partners who also took part at the open house – what did they feel about the event? “The general feedback was very positive,” said Carl, “with all supporting companies expressing their thanks for being part of the event along with their desire to support us for future events.”

Lauren Barker from respected panel products supplier, Lawcris, said: “We found the exhibition to be a fantastic opportunity to unite forward-thinking companies, creating a hub for like-minded innovators to mingle, exchange ideas, and collaborate in an impressive atmosphere.”

Dominik Whitaker from Intelligent Fixings said: “It was a pleasure to join the AES Group’s launch event in the UK, allowing us to provide visitors with insightful knowledge about the Peanut® and how our furniture connecting technology can be combined with the exciting range of AES Group wood processing machines.”

Shaye Chatfield, Lamello Area Sales manager – International, UK and Ireland said: “Lamello has been working closely with AES in Europe since 2023 so when we were invited to partner with AES UK for

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The AES Extreme Ultra is a heavy duty, high speed machine favailable as either a stand-alone machine or as a fully-automatic nesting line machine with auto loading and offloading

its official launch last month, it seemed like a great opportunity to present the recent collaboration to the UK market.

“Lamello prides itself on working closely with high quality CNC manufacturers and, with new state-of-the-art facilities and a wide range of CNC routers available at different price brackets, the AES range offers us a great platform to showcase our P-System and Cabineo CNC connectors to a new audience. Going forward, Lamello connectors can be demonstrated at AES UK on demand –highlighting the compatibility between the two brands – and will be shown on AES UK’s Material & Finishes Show stand at the NEC this month.

“It just remains to be said that the hard work certainly paid off for Carl and the team and we look forward to working closely with AES as the brand continues to grow.”

Jason Southam, Hranipex’s Technical Product Manager - UK & ROI, said: “I was thoroughly impressed by the innovation and efficiency showcased at the AES UK in-house show at the end of March. It was evident that AES has a full range of top-notch solutions for any kind of panel processing.”

Carl summarised the success of the event and added news of a September date. “As the official launch of the AES Group Machinery Ltd showroom, we really couldn’t have asked for it to be any better. We had both existing and potential new customers visit and the supporting companies were fantastic to work with. From the software to fixtures

and fittings, there was truly something for everyone.

“We are now planning for our stand at the Material & Finishes Show in May at the NEC in Birmingham, as well as our next open house event which will be held on 26-29th September 2024.”

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The AES Nova Super CNC nesting machine is a popular option The AES Nova Super CNC nesting machine is a popular option
Lawcris thought the event provided a ‘fantastic opportunity to unite with forward-thnking companies’

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Kundig’s first-ever UK open house event

In March 2024, Kundig held its first-ever UK open house event and the big question is, was it worth it? The answer is, definitely!

Long-established wide belt and edge sanding machinery manufacturer, Kundig of Switzerland has been supplying its machinery to the UK market since 1996 and over the years has been a regular participant in the UK’s woodworking machinery exhibitions.

Having now moved into more modern and spacious premises, Kundig Ltd decided the time was right to invest in its own open house event, where customers old and new could visit and see the latest developments in wide belt and edge sanding machinery. The open house also allowed customers to have a more in-depth look at the technology behind the machine and for Kundig to present a more personal and dedicated presentation of its machines without the usual hustle and bustle and

distractions of the larger venues.

Customers were invited to either bring or send samples of their products which could be sanded on the day and both Gerald Krebs, Kundig AG’s senior applications engineer and UK’s installation and technical adviser, Matthew Staley, were present to demonstrate and offer guidance on how to achieve the best surface finish.

Kundig has become one of the very few go-to companies when high-end furniture manufacturers want to create exquisite works of art for the more discerning customer. The surface finish is the first impression a potential purchaser of fine furniture will see and if it has a high gloss finish, the surface needs to be perfectly flat, free from distortion and free from

“The surface finish is the first impression a potential purchaser of fine furniture will see and if it has a high gloss finish, the surface needs to be perfectly flat, free from distortion and free from scratch marks”

scratch marks. The Kundig Perfect-2 1350 REd-L was one of the machines on display and demonstrated how easy and accurate it was to generate a high-quality surface even when moving from sanding solid wood, to veneered panels to de-nibbing sprayed boards.


The Kundig Perfect demonstrated was equipped with a calibration roller, followed by a segmented sanding pad with 22mm segments giving a high level of sensitivity, especially required when sanding a sprayed surface. The dedicated sanding pad was also set in the oblique position so there is no need to have an inner belt as the sanding properties totally change by having this shear cutting action.

The big advantage of the Oblique sanding head is that it eliminates the snake-like oscillation marks usually caused by traditional-style straight-line sanding machines. The shear-cutting action also gives a less fibrous surface, whilst also extending the life of the abrasive. The high-specification Kundig Perfect also has a vacuum bed, variable speed to the abrasive, high pressure cleaner to the second belt, LED light pack showing the operator the status of the abrasive and automatic grit setting when changing the abrasive on the calibration roller.

Kundig also took the opportunity to give a special preview of the all-new Kundig Master during this open house event. The new model is based on its highly successful predecessor and, of course, continues with Kundig’s fixed bed design, but now has a 200mm working height as standard. This new model has a standard working width of 1350mm and is available as either a two-belt (Roller and Pad) or a three-belt machine (Roller, Roller and Pad). The pad is available as a standard inflation pad for joinery or as an electronic pad for sanding veneered boards.

The preview machine also showed off the new touch screen control, giving a whole host of new features. The new Master also now comes complete with Kundig’s renowned Enormatic automatic setting function. Not only does the Enormatic allow the automatic setting of the machine, but it also has an auto start function, so for example if sanding doors or large panels, the operator does not

need to return or try and stretch over to the control panel.

Lastly, and by no means least, was the display of the Kundig range of edge sanding machines. The Kundig Uniq is the stand-alone model, but is still generously equipped with features including motorised tilt of the abrasive, motorised raise and lower of the abrasive and programmable oscillation to maximise the use of the 200mm wide sanding belt.

The Kundig Uniq-S has the same features as the Uniq but has an integrated feed system included. The feed has inverter-controlled variable speed and is available with either a single drive belt or two parallel drive belts. The flagship of edge sanding machines was also shown, which is known as the Kundig Flash.

This machine was developed to edge sand sealed or lacquered panels and has an action-controlled sanding pad, cleaner to the abrasive and variable speed control to both the feed and the sanding belt.

“We were surprised at the level of interest and the feedback from companies expressing interest in the Kundig products and we took several orders during the event,” said Kundig. “This open house event allowed us to show more of the Kundig products and that a sander is simply not just a sander.

“Due to the success of this event, Kundig will be hosting another open house event from the 26-29th September 2024.”

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“We were surprised at the level of interest and the feedback from companies expressing interest in the Kundig products and we took several orders during the event”

Wide belt and edge sanding specialist, Kundig UK held its first UK open house event in March, allowing customers to get hands on in a professional yet relaxed environment. Kundig’s Premium and Perfect-2 1350 REd-L wide belt sanders ably demonstrated Swiss quality and performance The Kundig Uniq and Uniq S were both on display

Titus showcases innovative cabinet hardware solutions at kbb Birmingham

kbb Birmingham was a resounding success for Titus, a leading cabinet hardware supplier for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry. The company’s impressive showcase of its latest innovations gained significant attention from customers and fellow suppliers, solidifying Titus’ position as a key player in the market.

One of the standout products at the Titus stand was the T-type PressTo hinge. This innovative hinge features a unique anyway clip that ensures consistent and confident soft-close action, thanks to Titus’ cutting-edge damper technology. The T-type PressTo hinges also have a tool-less hinge cup fixing system, making installation easy for manufacturers and installers. Visitors to the stand were particularly impressed with the ease of use and the smooth, reliable performance of these hinges.

“One of the standout products at the Titus stand was the T-type PressTo hinge. This innovative hinge features a unique anyway clip that ensures consistent and confident soft-close action, thanks to Titus’ cutting-edge damper technology”

Another highlight in the T-type range was the T-type-i 170 hinges, which drew considerable interest from attendees. These hinges allow cabinet doors to open to a full 170 degrees, providing full access to cabinet interiors while maintaining exceptional stability throughout the entire range of motion. This feature is particularly advantageous for kitchen cabinets, where easy access to the contents is vital for functionality and user satisfaction.

Titus also showcased its expertise in drawer systems with the Tekform Tacto drawers. These drawers combine the

company’s engineering know-how in pushto-open and damping systems, resulting in a product that offers both convenience and smooth operation. The Slimline version of the Tekform Tacto doublewall drawers, designed specifically for handleless cabinets, was also on display. These drawers feature an activator that enables easy push opening and reliable soft closing, while maintaining the same components as the standard Tekform Slimline drawers.

Another Titus innovation, the Full Metal Jacket Quickfit TL5 dowel, captured the attention of many visitors for its industryleading pull-out performance in various materials. This product demonstrates Titus’ commitment to developing reliable connector systems that provide a “fit-andforget” solution with unparalleled ease of use. The Quickfit TL5 dowel’s robust

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construction and versatility make it an ideal choice for manufacturers seeking a high-performance connector that can withstand the rigours of daily use.

Titus also introduced the new System 6, a second-generation face-boring connector that offers an improved, highend, modern appearance. This product resonated with customers looking for a distinctive solution to add value and differentiate themselves in the competitive market. The System 6 connector is particularly well-suited for manufacturing environments with limited drilling capabilities, making it an optimal choice for closets and wardrobes that require continuous building of segments in tight spaces or areas with restricted access.

“Titus also introduced the new System 6, a secondgeneration face-boring connector that offers an improved, high-end, modern appearance”

Titus’ PushPlus system for pocket doors was another crowd-pleaser. As the only system currently available that combines push opening and soft closing functions in a single mechanism for wall-pocket sliding doors, PushPlus garnered significant visitor interest. The system’s modular design allows for simple customisation to meet specific application requirements, making it a versatile solution for various pocket door installations.

Suitable for doors weighing up to 100 kg, the PushPlus system ensures that doors fully retract when open and requires only a light push to trigger the smooth, damped closing action. The range offers a wide variety of damping and spring forces, which can be fine-tuned to accurately match customers’ needs. This adaptability and user-friendly operation make the PushPlus system an attractive choice as it enhances the functionality and aesthetics of pocket door installations in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

“It was fantastic to see so many of our valued customers, fellow suppliers, and the wider industry coming together to support kbb,” says Phil Beddoe, UK Managing Director at Titus. “The show provided an excellent platform to showcase our latest innovations and connect with our partners in person. The positive response we received for our new,

updated and existing products was very encouraging. It’s clear that the industry recognises our commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable solutions that meet the market’s evolving needs.”

Titus’ success at kbb Birmingham can be attributed to the company’s focus on innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. By continually developing products that address the specific requirements of the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry, Titus has established itself as a trusted partner for manufacturers and suppliers.

As the industry continues to evolve, Titus remains at the forefront, driving change and setting new standards for cabinet hardware performance. The company’s strong showing at kbb Birmingham is a testament to its dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions that combine functionality, aesthetics and durability. Titus is in a great position to continue its growth and success in the cabinet hardware market. It offers a wide range of innovative products and is committed to maintaining high quality standards and a customer-focused approach. As a result, Titus is well-equipped to strengthen its partnerships with manufacturers and suppliers, helping it to create cabinet solutions that not only meet but exceed expectations and stand the test of time.

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Grass benefits from significant presence at kbb

Following the success of its previous exhibitions, Grass agreed a double size stand at kbb 2024 to further demonstrate its expanding product range and to further expand on its sales growth in the UK market.

kbb 2024 proved to be a hugely successful exhibition with many more visitors. Grass has always been an innovative manufacturer and continues to push new products and new developments in order to support and enhance existing and potential customers’ furniture with the highest quality premium products.

Trust and reliability are fundamental for any furniture producer, as the movement systems form an integral part of their product offer.

Grass’ lead new product range is the V8 drawer system, with 8mm super slim, elegant sides, five available heights, plus a glass option, to go a step beyond what is currently available in the market. Added to this, the sides are 100% steel, making full recyclability possible. Furthermore, the extra space offers a visual and practical advantage for the consumer.

“Grass’ lead new product range is the V8 drawer system, with 8mm super slim, elegant sides, five available heights, plus a glass option, to go a step beyond what is currently available in the market”

Nova Pro Scala is still the leading double walled system, with its 40KG super smooth runner and five height options, including solid single piece pan drawer height and a unique full glass side that sets the range apart.

At the show, Grass launched the new darker finish Zircon, giving a subtle shimmer on a dark matt surface that is completely on trend with the latest European furniture designs.

Dynaneo was also shown as a brand new economic undermount range

consisting of full extension with 1 or 2D adjustment and single extension with 1D clips. It holds 30KG and also allows for 18mm drawer sides. The full range will be available at the end of the year and will be a perfect solution for all furniture ranges in the KBB sector and beyond.

Grass has a well-established distribution base and a UK stock facility in the Midlands so are well prepared to support any size customer in the UK market.

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Nova Pro Scala. The drawer.

Nova Pro has long been synonymous with double-wall drawers. The quality, stability and smooth operation are still unmatched today. Zircon, the new Anthracite colour with subtly shimmering metallic effect, combines state-of-the-art surface technology with perfect function. The coating process uses solvent-free, energy-saving, low-temperature powder coatings with significantly reduced curing and throughput times. This saves energy, resources and protects the environment. This makes the classic Nova Pro Scala drawer a sustainable design component for all those who value sophisticated furniture design.

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Hranipex debuts at kbb 2024

Exhibiting at kbb 2024 marked a significant milestone for Hranipex, as it was able to showcase its diverse range of offerings to a fresh audience. Amongst the buzz of innovation and industry giants, Hranipex found its stride in captivating attendees with the furniture fittings and components portfolio, which was the first showcase for the company in the UK market.

Hranipex boasts 30 years of experience in the development, production and sale of furniture edging, adhesives and cleaners. The company decided to apply this experience in the creation of a private brand of RIEX furniture fittings and thus build on its existing portfolio of successful and popular products.

The furniture fittings range has been in the UK market since August 2022 and has since gone from strength to strength. The RIEX brand was created to offer Hranipex’s existing and new customers a wider range of products for furniture production, thus facilitating the day-to-day management of their supplier portfolio.

The success of RIEX since Hranipex launched the brand has been phenomenal, with numerous joiners and manufacturers enthusiastically using the RIEX fittings, which include hinges, drawer slides, handles, locks, kitchen storage, LEDs and much more.

Hranipex decided to invite John Penny, an experienced and knowledgeable joiner, down to kbb as a special guest on the company’s stand. Hranipex marketing specialist, Emma Avery explained: ‘’Having John Penny from John Penny Joinery present at kbb served as a live testament of the value of RIEX.

“His firsthand experience and expertise added an invaluable dimension to our presence at kbb. Through live demonstrations and engaging discussions, John effectively showcased the practical benefits and advantages of RIEX, creating a compelling narrative

“The success of RIEX since Hranipex launched the brand has been phenomenal, with numerous joiners and manufacturers enthusiastically using the RIEX fittings”

that resonated deeply within the joinery community.”

On different parts of the stand, visitors could find the complete portfolio on display, including Hranipex’s flagship products, edge banding materials, as well as the popular adhesives and cleaners it offers to work collaboratively and complete your manufacturing.

Live demonstrations of HraniFix Smart and HraniFix Premium were carried out to highlight the power bond from Hranipex’s popular contact adhesives. HraniClean 01 and HraniClean 08 demonstrations also took place, demonstrating how easily they remove the HraniFix glue residue, pencil and permanent marker from either a standard piece of MFC or high gloss sample without causing any damage to the surface.

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Blum wows visitors at kbb 2024 with innovative solutions for flexible and compact spaces

Leading components and fittings manufacturer, Blum, made a huge impact at this year’s kbb show with its three adjacent stands. Demonstrating why being a Blum partner opens up more opportunities for a business than simply buying a hinge or drawer runner, the company highlighted how customers can be inspired with innovative storage solutions for flexible and responsive living spaces.

Embracing the trend for urban living, where compact houses and apartments in cities and built-up areas need intelligent and innovative solutions for onespace living, kitchen and dining, Blum showcased its impressive 22 square metre concept home.

In such a small space, every millimetre matters and visitors were able to see how Blum’s storage solutions make life easier and more ergonomic at the same time. It showed how Blum fittings can be used not only in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom but also in the hallway, home office and utility room, too.

“The Blum stand also made headlines with its new REVEGO pocket system, a highly innovative solution that opens endless design possibilities”

With a hidden door to the bathroom, Blum’s 22 square metre home showed how space can be fully optimised at every level, with the new SPACE STEP providing access to top cupboards, while also containing storage within.

The Blum stand also made headlines with its new REVEGO pocket system, a highly innovative solution that opens endless design possibilities, as demonstrated on the stand with a practical and stylish hidden kitchen and home office, both concealed behind REVEGO pocket doors. Perfect for studio apartments and city living, the kitchen can be completely hidden from view after cooking while home workers can close the door after their working day.

REVEGO from Blum is a smart cabinet solution with fixed pocket widths that can be easily incorporated into plans featuring standard cabinets, making light work of assembly. Available as a single or double door application, it comes with a choice of plinth options and can be produced and pre-assembled by the manufacturer for delivery to the place of installation.

REVEGO uses Blum’s TIP-ON motion technology, so users can open doors with a single touch, then slide them away into the pocket so they disappear from view, while saving space at the same time.

To conceal the kitchen, home office or

laundry room once again, users press the door to release it from the pocket then press again to conceal the area elegantly. This year, kbb also saw Blum showcasing its AMPEROS concept, a safe and systematic solution that enables the easy electrification of furniture. Users can power or charge their devices directly in their Blum drawers, create ambience with atmospheric lighting or have easy access to kitchen appliances with AMPEROS, which is easy to retrofit with no electrical skills required.

Whether used to charge or power mobiles and tablets, hair dryers or hair straighteners, AMPEROS allows for the safe supply of power to Blum drawers or pull-out shelves without any free-hanging or visible cables and, as AMPEROS doesn’t require a drawer back, it’s perfect for coffee machines, food processors, or other small appliances that can be placed on Blum’s pull-out shelf. This locks into place and can hold 40-70kg of weight depending on the runner selected. Blum also presented its services and support, highlighting its technical services, demonstrating a Fitters box for installers and specialist machinery for manufacturers.

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Häfele UK presents suite of solutions at kbb

Häfele UK enjoyed a very successful show, presenting a number of its highquality solutions to the kbb market.

Among the products it showcased was its YO-YO storage solution, designed to improve accessibility to items stored in kitchen wall cabinets.

A pull-down unit clicks into place when in use, offering the homeowner full sight of the items stored, while a soft-close mechanism lifts it gently back into place. Contemporary in style and available from Häfele in an anthracite colourway, its double shelf design has an 8kg load limit.

Häfele UK also presented the latest slide and pivot solution from Hawa – the Concepta III. Balancing functionality and aesthetic, the Hawa Concepta III features recently redeveloped technology which makes it possible to install and adjust

“Balancing functionality and aesthetic, the Hawa Concepta III features recently redeveloped technology which makes it possible to install and adjust slide and pivot doors quicker and easier than ever before”

slide and pivot doors quicker and easier than ever before.

Thanks to a high degree of preassembly, and an in-built intuitive and accessible adjustment system, it is almost as easy to fit as it is to operate. Plus, with the technology hidden inside the panels, it makes for a sleek and modern finish.

Tested for 40,000 cycles and maintenance-free for the entire service

life of the product – equivalent to 25 years – Hawa Concepta III is highly durable and reliable and meets DIN EN 15706 as standard.

Häfele has also further strengthened its suite of sales resources, with an updated Decorative Handles brochure for 2024. Featuring the latest collections, trends and finishes from across the globe, the new brochure is an inspiring visual guide and sales aid for studios and furniture makers to use with their customers.

The striking brochure condenses the company’s range of 1,500 high quality handles into 38 collections of new, trendled and popular products, many of which are available exclusively from Häfele. New additions include Omnia – featuring a captivating combination of concentric detailing and a sleek central slimmed profile – and Palladium, a delicate, art deco inspired design with stepping detail for depth and sophistication. Well-loved designs including Graf, a contemporary textured mesh-like handle, and Crawford, the perfect accompaniment to countrystyle kitchens and shaker doors also feature.

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Gopak throws some shapes on the factory floor with Biesse Rover A Edge

The installation of a new Rover A Edge 1632 at Gopak is proving that Biesse really does have the edge when it comes to the machining and edgebanding of intricate shapes. Since the new routing and edgebanding machine arrived at Gopak’s facility in May, the company has experienced a marked improvement in efficiency and finishing quality, along with dramatic reductions in waste for its Enviro range of tables and benches.

For decades, Gopak has been furnishing business premises, classrooms, canteens, libraries, community centres and other spaces with tables, benches and chairs, made by the skilled manufacturing team at its Kent facility. The firm also makes Enviro tables and benches under licence and in recent years, this range has become increasingly popular with early learning establishments and primary schools. The appeal of this furniture, which comprises an unwelded aluminium frame and a corrugated core board with a laminated surface, lies in its high loadbearing capacity and intricate shape options – daisies, keyholes, triangles and kidney shapes are all possible.

“In younger years education there is increasing emphasis on enhancing the learning experience through the environment,” explains Gopak’s operations director, Damien Hickie.

“The Enviro range is ideal for this, as it offers scope for creating fun, appealing schemes with different themes, shapes and colours. In this context, the Enviro range is contributing an ever-increasing percentage of Gopak’s overall sales, so it was essential that we invested in this area to future-proof growth.”

“We were blown away by what we saw. A Biesse representative explained the Ray Force system and we could see that this was a company at the forefront of machining technology.

That got us thinking”

Edgebanding is the most challenging aspect of manufacturing this type of furniture; a straight line edgebander cannot follow the contours, therefore a shaped edgebander is required. Up until that point, Gopak was relying on a 12-year-old machine, but rework had reached an unacceptably high level.

“The quality of the joins was letting us down. We were having to remove and reapply one in every 20 edgebands because the closure wasn’t correct, which was costing us time and money,” explains Damien.

“Blown away” by Biesse

Gopak visited the W Show at the NEC and admits to being “blown away” by the Rover A Edge on Biesse’s booth. The machine was equipped with Ray Force technology – a cutting-edge solution that uses infrared technology to apply shaped edges on panels without glue.

“We were blown away by what we saw. A Biesse representative explained the Ray Force system and we could see that this was a company at the forefront of machining technology. That got us thinking,” recalls Damien.

Gopak obtained two quotes for comparison and asked both companies to provide samples.

“On some tables, we apply a 32mm edgeband on a 90-degree corner. The

other company struggled to get a good finish on this – the samples they provided weren’t really acceptable, whereas the boards we sent to Biesse came back perfect,” says Damien.

Gopak was also impressed with how the Biesse sales team handled the quotation.

“Usually, machine suppliers give you a price for everything you need plus everything you don’t, and you have to wait ages for the actual quotation. Biesse’s sales team came to our site and we discussed what was required and which options were valuable. They didn’t try and oversell or ‘over-spec’; they recommended a three-axis rather than a five-axis spindle, for example. They ‘built’ the machine specification during the meeting and supplied a quote there and then. That was an important selling point,” says Damien.

This discussion steered Gopak towards a Rover A Edge 1632 edgebanding CNC centre, which is capable of producing shaped, edgebanded panels on a single machine.

Ray Force was pre-enabled on the machine so that Gopak has the option of adding this system at a later date. Gopak also opted for Biesse’s EPS (Electronic Positioning System) on the pod & rail machine, which provided a significant step up in efficiency versus the manual pod placement that was necessary with its incumbent CNC.


Automatic pod placement

The EPS system is regarded as “the market-leading technology for automated table set-up”.

EPS configures the whole working area in as little as 20 seconds, with the positioning of each pod and rail performed automatically by independent servo motors. This allows fast and accurate setup and changeovers that help to improve productivity and reduce operator errors.

“On our other CNC, every time we want to process a different-sized board, the operator has to move the pods manually, which is time-consuming and introduces the risk of human error. With the EPS system, by the time the operator has fetched the next board, the pods have moved into the right position. This massively increases efficiency,” says Damien.

Gopak has also realised efficiency gains through the aggregate head for trimming and scraping, which delivers an immaculate finish so there is no need for secondary hand finishing.

“We were having to hand finish because the trimmer and scraper couldn’t achieve the final finish. This wasn’t ideal from an efficiency or a health & safety perspective. With the Biesse machine, there is no handfinishing requirement and we are getting an improved finish,” says Damien.

In addition, the use of a rounding cutter to remove the excess material on 90-degree corners decreases cycle time.

IoT platform supports reliability

With service support a key priority for Gopak, the preventative maintenance

capabilities and dynamic part ordering system available through Biesse’s SOPHIA IoT platform were a major selling point.

“As we make to order, it is really important that we do not let customers down. With previous machines, we have had breakdowns and had to wait four days for a response. SOPHIA proactively identifies any potential issues rather than waiting until something fails, giving us confidence that the machine is being monitored,” says Damien.

“SOPHIA also incorporates a part ordering system that is directly related to the machine’s serial number, so our maintenance manager can go into the parts system and instantly cost and order any part applicable to our machine model. This makes spare parts ordering so much more streamlined.”

A visit to Biesse’s factory in Pesaro, Italy, for final acceptance tests, reassured Gopak that the decision to invest in the Rover A Edge was the right one.

“The factory ran like clockwork and everyone who worked there just oozed passion,” enthuses Damien.

A top job

A week later, the machine was delivered to Gopak’s premises in Hythe, Kent, and is now up and running, producing tops. As part of the installation, Biesse provided three expert engineers to commission the machine and deliver training.

“This ensured that the router was set up to our exact specification, and that our Enviro team are empowered with an in-depth understanding of how to programme the machine,” says Damien.

The new machine is running alongside Gopak’s existing CNC-edgebander and is already boosting output and reducing waste.

“Producing table and bench tops of perfect quality and finish every time has led to a significant reduction in the number of tops being rejected in the manufacturing process. Previously we were having to rework one in 20. Since installing the Rover A Edge, our scrap analysis has shown the machine has produced no waste whatsoever. We are made up with the quality of the joins.

Having used an alternative edge banding machine for over ten years it is clear that the Biesse Rover A really does have the edge,” concludes Damien. 01327 300366


Kent Home Improvements squares up with HOMAG CABTEQ S-250

Specialist kitchen furniture manufacturer, Kent Home Improvements, was set up in the 1970s. With a turnover of around £2½ million, the company has built a reputation for designing and producing high-quality furniture components for the independent kitchen trade.

“Although the company is over 50 years old, it is only in the last six years that the business has grown exponentially,” enthuses Dan Endicott, general manager at Kent Home Improvements. He continues, “The expansion is down to the investment the new owners (who bought the business in 2017) have made in machinery and staff.

“The latest investment was for a HOMAG CABTEQ S-250 press. The company has been buying HOMAG machinery for over 40 years and has always found its equipment and software to be superb. We believe it is the best in the market and offers outstanding value for money.

“Our old carcass press was dying and we no longer needed such a big press. We wanted a robust, efficient and simple-tooperate carcass press to replace it and so we turned to HOMAG.”

A visit to the HOMAG showroom

“To ensure we invested in the right model, we attended one of HOMAG’s Open House

“The HOMAG CABTEQ S-250 delivers on every front. It’s a reliable, high-performance press that ensures all our cabinets are accurately and squarely aligned”

days at its Castle Donington showroom,” says Dan. “Seeing how easy to operate the CABTEQ presses are, and the perfectly square units they produce, gave us the confidence to place an order for the CABTEQ S-250 model.

“As the last step in production before packaging and delivery, the assembly quality has a significant impact on the end customer’s satisfaction with the product. So, for us, when it comes to building kitchens, cleanly pressed cabinets are a key sign of quality in pre-assembled furniture.

“The HOMAG CABTEQ S-250 delivers on every front. It’s a reliable, highperformance press that ensures all our cabinets are accurately and squarely aligned. Another bonus is you need no prior knowledge to operate the press; it’s simply a question of placing the cabinet in the press and pushing the start button.


“The plates move from their starting position to the pressing position at rapid speed. Then, just prior to connecting with the cabinet, the speed switches automatically to the slower pressing speed. This system minimises the time needed for the pressing process.”

Versatile, powerful and reliable

The CABTEQ S-250 model can handle a diverse range of product sizes – from cabinets (l) 150 x (w) 250 x (h) 150 mm up to (l) 3000 x (w) 900 x (h)1400 mm. With a pressing pressure range from 12-18 kN in both vertical and horizontal planes, the pressing force can be adjusted as required. This is simple to do on the control panel and ensures the pressure is distributed completely evenly on all sides of the cabinet.

Dan Endicott again, “Our new press from HOMAG has speeded up our production process as we no longer have to do any manual clamping. More importantly, perhaps, it has improved the quality of every finished product we manufacture –we can now be certain each cabinet will be

perfectly square.

“Our long-standing relationship with HOMAG is based on trust and service. All the HOMAG people are friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable; they are always there on the end of a phone if we need anything,

and its machinery is reliable and delivers lifetime value for money,” concludes Dan.

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


From production waste to biomass fuel

With plans to implement a waste handling facility, a luxury yacht manufacturer installed a biomass system to generate energy from their production waste. Consisting of mixed wood-based materials, including large sheets of skeletal waste from various CNC machining centres, they were looking to easily and effectively convert their waste into a uniform product, which could be easily transported and used within their biomass system.

Fercell was consulted on the specification of a plant design best suited for their application, which ultimately resulted in Fercell being awarded the contract for a complete turnkey installation.

The system, consisting of a 2-metrewide shredder, outfeed conveyor, a series of loading conveyors and an air-handling system was designed to fit within a plant room and operate between the plant room and an externally sited biomass boiler (with storage silo) and an adjacent canopied trailer loading bay.

“Fercell has been delivering industrial size reduction and recycling systems and industrial ventilation systems for over four decades”

Wood shredding & dust extraction

In operation, waste wood is placed in a waste compound in palletised piles, from where it is taken by telehandler and loaded directly into the hopper of the WEIMA WL20 shredder.

Due to the extended length of some of the skeletal waste, the shredder was supplied with a bespoke, oversized hopper with a pivot point designed to feed the material directly into the shredder’s cutters. In addition, due to the requirements to minimise dust emissions from the process, the shredder hopper was equipped with a retractable roof and multiple suction points, which in turn are connected to a centralised ducting system serviced by an F320 compact filtration system.

Along with controlling the fine airborne particles from the process, the F320 filter system is safe for operation in confined spaces classified as potentially explosive with the addition of both ATEX explosion relief panels and an automatic H20 sprinkler system. Collection and removal of the extracted dust is safe and clean thanks to the negatively pressurised collection bins with removable plastic liners.

The WL20 processes material via WEIMA’s preparatory patented ‘V’ rotor through an interchangeable screen, which grades the shred until it’s small enough to pass through. After shredding, the material drops onto a swan-neck belt conveyor equipped with automatic ferrous metal separation, with any tramp

metal removed into a tipping skip at the conveyor head, before the shredded output drops into a series of chainconveyors.

Material transportation

The chain conveyors transport material from the back of the plant room, rising vertically (at 90°) up and across the biomass silo to the canopied truck port. Within the series of chain-conveyors, there are motorised slide dampers which enable material to be directly discharged at specific points, including into the biomass storage silo and along the entire length of an articulated walking-floor trailer.

The fail-safe control system communicates with all parts of the system, making operation and observation of the system straightforward. With the addition of inverter drives, each of the system’s conveyors can be adjusted and fine-tuned to ensure seamless transport of shredded material between the shredder and any of its discharge points.

Fercell has been delivering industrial size reduction and recycling systems and industrial ventilation systems for over four decades. From product, installation and servicing to spares and repairs, Fercell provides complete solutions. Fercell is the UK distributor of WEIMA Maschinenbau GmbH shredding and compaction equipment.

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HOMAG UK expands surface solutions offering with Heesemann and Makor Partnerships

In light of successful partnerships with Heesemann and Makor, HOMAG UK is able to offer a comprehensive range of sanding and spraying solutions to the UK market. The agreement sees all the sanding and spraying machines branded as ‘Heesemann’ and ‘Makor’ respectively, with HOMAG serving as the UK agent.

Two standout models that are available to UK woodworking manufacturers as a result of this agreement are the Heesemann SWT-100 wide-belt sander and the Makor Start One spraying booth. “These machines,” explains HOMAG UK Managing Director, Simon Brooks, “exemplify the quality, precision, and efficiency that customers have come to expect from the HOMAG brand.”

With the equipment of Heesemann and Makor to hand, HOMAG UK is now a one-stop hub for service and support, providing customers with access to the latest in surfacing technology as well as the specialist assistance of all three companies. “Heesemann and Makor have both been great companies to work with,” Simon Brooks continues. “They align with our values and culture, and their co-operation has enabled us to expand our surface solutions offering for new and existing customers.

“It’s a collaboration that brings together the expertise of three industry leaders to deliver top-of-the-line surface solutions to woodworking businesses across the UK.”

“With the equipment of Heesemann and Makor to hand, HOMAG UK is now a one-stop hub for service and support”

Heesemann SWT-100

The Heesemann SWT-100 wide-belt sander is tailored for the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses seeking precise sanding solutions. Offering customer-specific sanding tasks with remarkable precision and speed, the SWT-100 features five pre-defined configurations. Its independently driven units ensure rapid and high-quality sanding results, making it ideal for craftsmen engaged in the manufacture of kitchen, office, and solid wood furniture.

Makor Start One

Designed for companies engaged in small batch production, the Makor Start One is an automatic panel and reciprocating spraying machine. It offers precision and efficiency in spraying operations, accommodating water-based or solventbased paints, as well as glue for veneered components or PVC. The Start One

enhances productivity, facilitates paint savings, ensures coating uniformity, and maintains consistent quality. Featuring a touch screen monitor and electronic bar for reading piece sizes, it simplifies spraying processes while delivering impeccable results.

“HOMAG UK is committed to providing the most advanced woodworking machinery solutions available on the market,” concludes Simon Brooks.

“With the addition of Heesemann and Makor’s specialist machines to our portfolio, we’re even better positioned to meet the diverse needs of our customers.”

For a demonstration or more information on the Heesemann SWT100, the Makor Start One, or any HOMAG machinery and software, contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

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How Mirka makes refining processes easy

Abrasive technology and surface preparation techniques on a variety of surfaces continue to evolve. But one area businesses are considering in 2024 is process refinement, as they investigate ways to increase efficiencies to help reduce production times.

To help businesses streamline their processes, Mirka’s team of experienced technical experts constantly liaise with customers to understand their needs and requirements. Alongside this, they carry out regular audits to see if the business is getting the most out of the products being used, which enables Mirka to showcase where savings can be made, leading to the implementation of an action plan. This plan is designed to show the best practices for the business, which include specific processes for jobs, or the recommendation of certain products based on the surfaces being sanded. The benefits include increased overall efficiency and reduced production times, so customers view the audits as an asset that will help them in the short, medium and long term.

“To help businesses streamline their processes, Mirka’s team of experienced technical experts constantly liaise with customers to understand their needs and requirements”

Another way in which Mirka assists businesses is through a series of training programmes. These programmes are not a one-size-fits-all offering but are customisable based on the business’ needs and requirements and ensure they maximise the efficiencies of the products and abrasives being used. The training can either take place onsite or at Mirka’s training centre in Milton Keynes where everything is covered, starting in the classroom where objectives are set through to the hands-on part in the training centre itself.

This option provides the business with a great opportunity to test various products and tooling fully under the guidance of Mirka’s technical experts. With the on-site training, we find that this option provides us with the opportunity to showcase how our products handle customers’ processes in an environment they are familiar with. It also leads to additional questions being asked and the answers that are provided are used by the staff as and when required on the workshop floor. Overall, what we have found from running the training is that it’s all about the learning and development of skill sets. This means that when customers go back to their business, they have the necessary knowledge and skills to make the most of the tools they are using and can efficiently complete the processes that require the use of Mirka’s products.


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Ostermann presents comprehensive new catalogue

Since autumn 2023, drawers and hinges, as well as other furniture fittings from Hettich, have also been available at Ostermann. The comprehensive new “Technical Planning [TP]” catalogue is now available to present the new range in detail.

With the two catalogues [CD] Creative Design and [PP] Practical Processing, Ostermann has long offered a large portfolio of products for furniture making and interior design. For even more diversity, the company has also been supplying brand fittings from Hettich since last autumn. The products are presented in detail in the new Technical Planning [TP] catalogue. Carpenters/ cabinet makers who have not yet received the catalogue by the end of January can request it free of charge from Ostermann. Alternatively, an online version is available in the download area at www.ostermann. eu.

Everything for the construction and function of furniture

Furniture that was made with dedication to greater functionality will prove all the more valuable to its owner. Therefore, the new catalogue contains all the important technical information you need for the construction and function of your furniture. In addition to carcass connectors, you will find the whole range of drawer systems, hinges and interior fittings for wardrobes.

Hinges for various applications

Sensys hinges from Hettich are regularly awarded international prizes for their design and functionality. They are available with or without Silent System, with or without a self-closing feature and for different opening angles. Furthermore, the catalogue informs about the Intermat hinge series, as well as the guiding hinge Kamat, which was specially developed for tall furniture doors on refrigerators with fixed door connections.

Drawers & pull-outs

By adding Hettich drawers to its range, Ostermann offers customers access to three innovative drawer systems perfectly tailored to craftsmanship applications for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living spaces, and offices. AvanTech You impresses with its slim, straight-edged frame as well as its vast design and creative variety. In addition, Ostermann offers the classic double-walled drawer system ArciTech and the distinctively edged drawer system InnoTech Atira.

An extensive portfolio

As a partner to the trade, Ostermann stocks many innovative brand products from hinges to sliding door fittings

to drawer systems – for customised solutions with the highest functionality and best quality. The Hettich LightTower and items for internal drawer organisation also offer end customers great convenience and additional benefit.

One-stop shop

With the new fittings assortment, customers now have a one-stop shop for everything needed to construct their furniture. All it takes is a phone call or an order in the online shop and items ranging from edgings and fittings to workshop supplies are delivered reliably and quickly from the company’s own warehouse in Droitwich.




An unique trade fair experience awaits you at our stand: discover a variety of living spaces with our products and individual solutions. Of course, we will also be presenting all edgings to the latest collections and interesting live demonstrations.

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Titus – full solutions for cabinet hardware

Reliability, innovation, and technical expertise are vital in cabinet manufacturing. Titus, a leading component manufacturer specialising in the development and production of cabinet hardware and hydraulic dampers, has consistently demonstrated its commitment to these values. It offers an unparalleled range of products and services to support cabinet makers in creating high-quality, durable, and aesthetically pleasing furniture.

Comprehensive product range for every application

Titus offers a wide range of hardware solutions that cater to its customers’ diverse needs. The product portfolio includes connectors, hinges, drawer boxes, and sliding systems, among others. With such an extensive range of products, cabinet manufacturers can source all their hardware requirements from Titus, a single and reliable supplier. This helps streamline procurement processes and ensures consistency in quality across projects.

Titus’ product range is designed to cater to the evolving needs of the industry. Take, for example, the innovative T-type PressTo hinges. These hinges feature a tool-less

cup fixing system that enables quick and easy mounting, along with a unique anyway clip that ensures consistent and reliable soft-close action. The T-type-i 170 hinges go a step further, allowing cabinet doors to open to a full 170 degrees, providing unobstructed access to cabinet interiors while maintaining exceptional stability throughout their operating range.

Titus’ Tekform Slimline Tacto drawers are the perfect choice for those seeking a sleek, modern aesthetic. These double-

wall drawers, designed for handleless cabinets, incorporate an activator that facilitates smooth push opening and reliable soft closing. The slim design optimises storage space without compromising performance, making it ideal for minimalist cabinet designs. When it comes to cabinet construction, the Quickfit TL5 ‘Full Metal Jacket’ cabinet connectors are in a league of their own. These all-metal dowels offer high resistance to pull-out and feature tool-

“With such an extensive range of products, cabinet manufacturers can source all their hardware requirements from Titus, a single and reliable supplier”


free insertion with a uniform 5mm drilling pattern. The Quickfit TL5 dowels create solid, reliable joints that don’t loosen over time, even when repeatedly disassembled and reassembled. Their high tolerance for drilling inaccuracies ensures the longevity and structural integrity of your cabinets.

Uncompromising quality and rigorous testing

Titus’ commitment to quality is evident in every product it manufactures. All Titus products undergo stringent inhouse testing, as well as evaluation by external, independent testing companies. This comprehensive approach ensures that each component meets or exceeds established industry standards, giving you the confidence that the hardware you use is fit for purpose and built to last.

Titus’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities employ the latest technology and adhere to the highest quality control standards. From raw material selection to final product inspection, every step of the manufacturing process is carefully monitored to ensure consistent quality and performance. This attention to detail sets Titus apart and guarantees that your cabinets will stand the test of time.

Expert technical support and guidance

In addition to its exceptional product offerings, Titus provides unparalleled technical support to its customers. The company understands that cabinetmaking requires precision engineering and consistent performance, and even the most well-designed hardware can present challenges during installation or use.

That’s why Titus has a dedicated technical support team comprising experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of the company’s products and their applications.

Titus’ technical support team works closely with cabinet makers to provide guidance on product selection, installation best practices, and troubleshooting. Whether you need assistance choosing the right hardware for your project or require support optimising your manufacturing processes, Titus’ experts are always ready to help. They are committed to ensuring that you have the knowledge and resources you need to achieve optimal results and maintain the highest quality standards in your production.

Trusted partner in furniture and cabinet hardware

Titus is not just a hardware supplier. It is a trusted partner who is invested in your success. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and customer support, Titus enables cabinet manufacturers to create products that exceed expectations and stand the test of time. When you choose Titus, you are not just getting top-quality hardware, but you are also gaining a partner who understands your needs and is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

In today’s highly competitive market, having a reliable and innovative hardware supplier is crucial to staying ahead of the curve. Titus offers a comprehensive range of products, uncompromising quality, and expert technical support, making it the perfect choice for cabinet manufacturers who strive for excellence. By choosing Titus, cabinet manufacturers can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their components are not only fit for purpose but also backed by a company committed to their success every step of the way.


The legacy and the latest –Häfele’s unwavering contribution to connection systems

Certain innovations in the panel fixings market are so ingrained in the history of furniture production that their backstory deserves to be told. And, while that’s the case, manufacturers in the field of connector technologies know they can also never stand still. With continuous demand for processes in the manufacturing industry to become more efficient, any new product that can grant joiners and installers the luxuries of greater time saving, and improved reliability are those which will have the most impact.

Häfele, which manufactures and distributes furniture fittings, lighting, hardware, ironmongery and accessories, has one of the strongest legacies in panel fixings and connector technologies in the construction industry. Having created Minifix, one of the earliest connector systems on the market, its ongoing commitment to innovation and

development has since seen it introduce several evolutionary products that overcome the challenges of the modern tradesperson.

Here, we explore two of its most reputable and renowned solutions, both of which support its customers to speed up the delivery of finished products and projects, while simultaneously improving quality of finish.

The Minifix legacy

A global company, Häfele has long developed and distributed manufacturing and joinery products that are loved and relied on by professionals across the industry. But it is the Minifix which completely revolutionised the world of furniture, and still dominates it today.

In 1954, 31 years after the business was established as a distributor of specialist products for the hardware and tool industry in Aulendorf in Württemberg,

Häfele made its first steps into production. From the outset, its founders had a clear focus – make innovative products based on customer need –which is a mission that serves it as well now as it did seven decades ago.

Fast forward 20 years later, and its emphasis on innovation reached new levels with the set-up of an in-house development department in Germany. From this home in Nagold, Häfele began designing solutions that have had a lasting influence on furniture construction and how we join materials today.

In 1983, the Minifix connector system emerged from the production line for the first time. Using a centric ball principle, it combines a cylindrical eccentric box and cylindrical pin, which work to connect two panels using a clamping force – superior to that of other systems, including cams and pins – to bring the parts of a piece of furniture together.

“Having created Minifix, one of the earliest connector systems on the market, its ongoing commitment to innovation and development has since seen it introduce several evolutionary products that overcome the challenges of the modern tradesperson”

Immediately recognised as a simple mechanism with a highly effective outcome, the Minifix quickly became integral to the daily lives of furniture manufacturers and professional woodworkers the world over. It was sought by those looking to easily assemble furniture without the need for specialist tools, and who also wanted to save time and money compared to alternative options. And over the years that followed, it also paved the way for flatpack, self-assembly furniture, with manufacturers able to provide homeowners with the easy-to-use Minifix alongside the required panels, to construct their own products.

Today, the Minifix is available in more than 30 variations and over 500 million units are produced by Häfele Berlin each year, making it one of the most iconic and influential panel fixings available on the market.

Connection technology continued

A more recent addition to Häfele’s series of functional elements for toolfree furniture construction, the Häfele IXConnect spreading connector SC 8/25 is a one-piece connector that requires no glue, dowels or tools to install.

Simple in design and entirely concealed once complete, the connector has been developed as a patented piece of technology to dramatically improve furniture manufacturing, by offering a simple and efficient ‘plug and push’


To use, installers can push the connectors into an 8mm hole before pushing the panel components together by hand, triggering both bolt components of the connector to synchronously expand in the drill hole. Used for cabinets, small furniture items, and drawers, the connectors feature a fixed concealed connection, which means the panels won’t come apart.

Made for a minimum thickness of 15mm, the IXConnect spreading connector is made from plastic and can be used in MDF and chipboard panels in combination with wooden dowels. The IXConnect spreading connector 8/25 is also covered by a 25-year lifetime guarantee for added peace of mind.

Continually harking back to its focus on designing products for customer need, Häfele has used the success of the Minifix, and its ability to improve manufacturing performance, as a basis for the development of other gamechanging products which will continue to influence the industry for decades to come. Astute in its understanding of the daily needs of joiners and installers across the world today, there is only one question to ask – what will it create next?

The Minifix and IXConnect will be on show on Häfele’s stand (4C16) at the InstallerSHOW, 25th-27th June at the NEC.


Think CNC ... think Masterwood

Since the merger with KDT Machinery, Masterwood has introduced further machines for use in the panel industry. Over the past few years, its range has expanded to include high-speed drilling/routering CNC’s, beam saws, panel saws, and now a selection of edge banders. These new additions are built by KDT in China, before being sent to the Masterwood factory in Rimini, Italy, where they are upgraded to meet CE regulations, and are now being sold around Europe under the Masterwood name.

The latest additions include:

Beam saws: With sheet cutting sizes from 3200 x 3180mm up to 4300 x 4280mm; these are solidly built, fastworking machines, and can be supplied with automatic rear loading systems to maximise space and production.

Panel saws: Having already proven a success with sales and good reviews across Europe, the first panel saws from Masterwood are now available in the UK. These high-specification machines are fully computer-controlled for stop, fence and saw positioning.

High-speed drilling: The TF600 range can work on all six faces of a panel in one sequence, plus drill and router panels from above and below simultaneously. The TF600 KT model with a five-position tool changer is notable for its speed and accuracy.

Edge banders: The most recent developments from the Masterwood/ KDT partnership are the single-sided

“Over the past few years, Masterwood’s range has expanded to include high-speed drilling/routering CNC’s, beam saws, panel saws, and now a selection of edge banders”

automatic edge banders. Solidly built to reduce vibration and increase the quality of the final product, the machines are available in three models, from entry to high production.

Matrix bed CNC’s: The Matrix bed collection starts with the entry 2500 x 1250mm bed, working up to beds of 7500mm in length. These machines are built with a solid frame bed, with the gantries driven on both sides of the matrix bed for added accuracy and reliability. A new edition, known as the Winner HP, has recently been introduced. This special matrix bed is equipped with a high-efficient vacuum system which

allows an MDF baseboard to be fitted and ensures even small components are held firmly in place, while also allowing positioning of vacuum pods anywhere on the baseboard.

Pod & rail CNC’s: These CNC machines can be supplied in all formats for solid timbers, panels, composites, and other materials. This includes long or short beds, cantilever or gantry designs, manual or automatic beds, in three-, four-, or five-axis formats.

Special CNC’s and production lines: A recent introduction of the Teknoline, a CNC for high levels of door frame production, bolsters the innovative machining options Masterwood offers. Other dedicated machines include the 4WIN – for windows, Project Door – for full-size doors, DoorLine – for door locks and hinges, and Teknomat – for window and frame components.

Dedicated Software: All Masterwood’s machines are supplied with the tried and tested MasterWorks Cad/Cam; an easyto-use, but powerful package for most CNC work. This software has had regular upgrades to keep up with current advances and includes options for macros to allow simple setting for items like Lamello jointing systems.

Support: Masterwood GB, the UK and Ireland representative for Masterwood Spa, takes great pride in its after-sales customer service.

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Holz-Her UK’s fire door manufacturing event returns for 2024

Fire safety regulations mandated by government and regulatory bodies create a constant demand for fire doors and have been behind the double-digit growth seen in the UK timber fire door manufacturing market over the last 18 months. Not only has there been a growing awareness and concern for fire safety in the wake of events like Grenfell, but the growth of construction across residential, commercial and industrial sectors is also continuing to contribute to the demand for fire doors. But, with market growth comes competition and a heightened need for the very best panel processing machinery. Returning for 2024 by popular demand, Holz-Her UK will be running its Fire Door Manufacturing in-house event from the 14th-16th May. Part of Weinig’s Connect series, the three-day event – taking place at the machinery manufacturer’s stateof-the-art showroom in Abingdon – will focus on the technological advancements of the cutting, edging and machining of door blanks and will feature dedicated demonstrations designed to reflect both small-and large-scale production facilities.

“Returning for 2024 by popular demand, Holz-Her UK will be running its Fire Door Manufacturing in-house event from the 14th-16th May”
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The team will also present solutions to enhance the efficiency and functionality of your manufacturing processes, whilst offering ideas that will offer a high level of flexibility – perfectly suited to ongoing changes in building and fire safety regulations.

“The commitment to safeguarding lives and property from fire incidents has never been more apparent,” says Paul Nightingale, National Sales Manager. “However, without the right production processes in place to meet the UK’s strict performance standards, manufacturers can be held back by cost and time constraints. That’s why we’re dedicating our spring event to helping manufacturers navigate their way through the fire door market. From the initial cutting of door blanks on our Sector 1254 vertical saw and Tectra 6120 Power beam saw and edging solid hardwood lippings up to 15mm using PUR on our Sprint 1329 and Lumina 1596 edgebanders to machining locks, hinges and vision panels on our Evolution 7405 vertical CNC and Epicon 7135 CNC routers, we will be showcasing a range of different methods designed to simplify and enhance your production.”

To register your interest please visit or speak to your local Holz-Her UK representative for more information.

“The three-day event will focus on the technological advancements of the cutting, edging and machining of door blanks and will feature dedicated demonstrations designed to reflect both small-and large-scale production facilities”

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Atlantic Technological University selects HOMAG CENTATEQ P-110 CNC processing centre

The Department of Furniture Design & Technology, School of Design & Creative Arts at The Atlantic Technology University in Connemara is regarded both nationally and internationally as a leading provider of third-level courses in furniture, wood products and teacher education (Design Graphics and Construction).

The campus educates over 240 students a year, studying different degree courses and apprenticeships in its state-of-the-art workshop facilities featuring the most advanced machinery and computer technology.

With links to major furniture design and manufacturing companies around the globe, this allows students to avail of work placement opportunities with leaders in furniture design and manufacture and interior fitout sectors.

Graduates are recognised for their innovative, creative and responsive approach to projects. They frequently win, and are shortlisted for, national and international awards that influence and develop the industry.

“In recent years, along with our undergraduate degree programmes, we have expanded our offering to include teaching apprentices in Wood Manufacturing and Finishing,” explains Paul Leamy, Head of Department of Furniture Design & Technology. He continues, “It is vital that we train all our students on the most advanced technologies available so that when they leave, they have been exposed to the most up-to-date equipment, giving them the best opportunity to gain employment and providing the industry with much-needed talent.”

The process of acquiring a new CNC machine

“As part of our commitment to having the latest machinery, we recognised the need to replace one of our ageing CNC processing centres. When looking to acquire new capital equipment, ATU has

a fair and transparent European-wide tendering process in place which must be strictly adhered to.

“We drew up our required specification for the new CNC processing centre – size, five-axis head, table types, software, cost, etc. – and then we uploaded the invitation to tender on so all interested parties were free to apply.

“Each company that tendered had exactly the same information; they had to demonstrate their machine was compliant with our clearly defined requirements. At the end of the process, it was Electro-Tech (HOMAG UK’s partner in Ireland) that won the tender, with the HOMAG CENTATEQ P-110 CNC.”

CENTATEQ P-110 CNC purchase and installation

“Following Electro-Tech’s successful tender, our procurement department issued them with contracts. The delivery and installation process were handled

“For the first time we can train students on a five-axis CNC which opens up new and exciting possibilities for the students, apprentices and lecturers alike”

superbly by Electro-Tech and HOMAG.

To minimise disruption, we specified that the installation had to take place in the first two weeks of January when the least number of students would be on campus.

“This was adhered to and the whole process went very smoothly, including the online and onsite training of our staff by the installation engineers. For the first time, we can train students on a five-axis CNC which opens up new and exciting possibilities for the students, apprentices and lecturers alike.

“This means that when students graduate from our programmes, they have the very best qualifications and a good level of experience to enable them to pursue a career in the woodworking industry. That is so important to us; it is the fundamental reason we exist,” concludes Paul.

The CENTATEQ P-110 model is used by kitchen, office and solid wood furniture manufacturers, as well as by joinery workshops for the construction of stairs, windows and doors.

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

The HOMAG CENTATEQ P-110 in the ATU Connemara Campus workshop

Unlocking precision in furniture fittings with Shaper Tools

Crafting furniture involves more than just wood and tools; it’s about precision and efficiency. That’s where Shaper Tools steps in, making the installation of hardware a breeze with its innovative solutions.

Shaper Origin isn’t your typical handheld tool. Think of it as a handheld CNC router – a device that brings the precision of computer-controlled cutting to the palm of your hand. With Origin, you can create intricate designs and precise cuts with ease, without needing a bulky, stationary CNC machine or any CAD knowledge. It’s like having a workshop in your palm, empowering craftsmen with unmatched accuracy and flexibility.

Shaper Origin, alongside Plate, the universal template, simplifies hardware installation like never before. Align Plate to your workpiece and let Origin do the rest to install a wide range of hardware, inlay

“With Origin, you can create intricate designs and precise cuts with ease, without needing a bulky, stationary CNC machine or any CAD knowledge”

bow ties, round corners and much more. You can create multiple workspaces with defined grids, correctly placed files and preset cutting depths, for all your repetitive tasks.

Need to install door hinges? Shaper’s Edge mortising adapter for Plate brings even more life to Plate, enabling vertical workholding. Attach to Plate’s base in any one of three positions to provide a

reference face and clamping surface to install door hardware, cut awkward joinery, or utilise Origin in any vertical workholding arrangement you can think of.

Shaper also simplifies finding the right hardware with its digital Hardware Catalogue, saving time and hassle. And if what you need isn’t in the catalogue, Shaper’s Connected Caliper can measure parts and send data directly to Origin or your PC with the touch of a button. In an industry where accuracy and speed are essential, Shaper Tools is a game-changer, making furniture fittings more accessible and efficient for craftsmen of all levels.

Install hardware with digital templates from Shaper’s Hardware Catalogue Edge mortises easily with Plate’s adapter Send precise measurements to Origin and other Bluetooth® devices with the push of a button

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Häfele adds black nickel to Metalla range

Häfele UK has expanded its Metalla collection of hinges with a new black nickel finish. Following the launch of Metalla 310 and its rising popularity, Häfele UK has widened its colour options, giving more choice to furniture makers, joiners and tradespeople – and their customers.

Hafele’s Metalla 310 hinge is the result of three years of global research and development. It has been created with quality and long-term performance firmly in mind, with a lower price point than most other hinges with a similar specification. Initially launched in a nickel finish, Häfele has introduced an on-trend dark option that is available across the entire range, including the most popular 110° and 155° product lines.

“Metalla 310 is quickly proving to be one of our most popular hinges,” says Justin Crofts, Category Manager – Furniture Construction at Häfele UK. “And with dark hardware cementing itself as a mainstay of furniture and interior design, it’s a natural evolution to build on the collection with a sleek, subtle black nickel option.”

Specially designed to give kitchen manufacturers and installers a highquality choice, whatever the application, the Metalla 310 is suitable for standard 110° opening, wide-angle openings, post hinge, and 30 or 45-degree openings. It is also available in a soft-close or a non-softclose variant.

Despite its lower price point, Metalla 310 has been tested to at least 40,000 cycles and 48 hours against corrosion resistance in accordance with FIRA Level H, EN 15570 level 2 / LGA quality certification. It also comes with a 25year guarantee, meaning manufacturers, joiners and installers can be confident they’re providing customers with complete reliability, ease of use and enduring quality.

“Customers who’ve swapped their usual hinge for the Metalla 310 have reported saving up to half of their usual spend, making it one of the most valuable fittings in the toolbox,” Justin continues. “With the addition of Metalla Black Nickel, we’re building on that by combining value and quality with a new dramatic aesthetic.”

Metalla Black Nickel is the latest addition to Hafele’s range of dark ironmongery, hardware and fittings. The manufacturer and distributor also offers dark-coloured drawer systems, sliding door gear, door hinges, and closers as well as black and anthracite cover caps for its awardwinning Free range of flap fitting.

Metalla will be on show on Häfele’s stand (4C16) at the InstallerSHOW, 25th27th June at the NEC.

“Hafele’s Metalla 310 hinge is the result of three years of global research and development”

Only the highest quality from Camco

Camco is a leading manufacturer and supplier of edgebanding material. With a customer-oriented, highly experienced team, the company is continually expanding its range to meet customer demand.

Camco offers over 4000 decors that can be delivered nationwide on a nextday basis. Importantly, Camco is able to colour match to all main board suppliers, as well as matching to paints.

The company’s portfolio of edges includes thick and thin veneer, ABS, PVC & melamine, and all its products are FSC-certified and sourced from Europe to ensure consistent quality.

Camco slits its own materials to any size required, providing its customers the ultimate range of sizes and flexibility, with a digital printing service that can match any decor with short lead times.

Customers can use the company’s helpful online decor finder to quickly find the edge-to-board match at www.camco. uk

CAMCO Veneer Edging is from the highest-grade veneer and is manufactured in Europe. The company offers a wide range of veneer edging from local and foreign tree species, as well as fine-line veneers of various thicknesses and widths, supplied in rolls or strips, preglued

or unglued, fleece-backed, sanded and, upon request, also brushed and lacquered.

CAMCO ABS edgebanding tapes in solid colours

Camco’s collection of solid colour designs encompasses 3000 designs in stock. Customers can choose between solid colour designs of all known manufacturers of enhanced particleboards, from high gloss to the increasingly popular super matte finishes. Upon request, Camco can make any solid colour ABS design identical to the RAL or NCS colour code of a certain surface, with the desired thickness, width and gloss.

ABS edgebanding tapes in wood-grain designs

As part of the collection, you can choose from as many as 500 woodgrain designs of ABS edgebanding tapes from all renowned producers of enhanced particleboards.

Camco is expanding the range of ABS edgebanding tapes depending on the range of new boards available on the market. All designs are available in thicknesses of 2mm and 0.45mm; while the majority of designs are also available with a thickness of 1mm. All standard widths of tapes are available.

Upon request, Camco can make ABS tapes matching the particular board in terms of design and structure.

Slat wall system is the newest addition to HPP’s décor solutions

A slat wall system that first turned heads at the highly successful HPX trade show run by Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) has now gone on sale. Originally popular with shopfitters, slat wall panels have become a favourite with interior designers for use in all sorts of spaces, the aesthetic providing a natural and flexible decorative effect.

HPP’s new range consists of a paperwrapped oak panel and a black one, with other options including natural oak and walnut veneers and a black painted oak veneer.

“It’s another, welcome, addition to our portfolio that means our customers can fulfil every aspect of their order through us,” says HPP Sales Manager, Chris Essex. “Slat walls are very much in vogue at the

“Our innovative interlocking system is highly adaptable and because of its dimensions, our range cuts down on waste – an important factor in the drive to make our industry more sustainable”

moment. It’s a quick and easy way to create an eye-catching finish to cover all kinds of walls.

“Our innovative interlocking system is highly adaptable and because of its dimensions, our range cuts down on waste – an important factor in the drive to make our industry more sustainable.

“But as well as being quick and easy, it’s a very cost-effective way of creating an

effect; the feedback we’ve had on price point has been very favourable and that is being reflected in the sales.”

Another factor adding to its popularity is the size of the panels. The range is made up of 40mm x 90mm panels, smaller than the conventional 1200mm, which means smaller offcuts to complete a run, and easier manoeuvrability for cutting to size and for light switches.


Other unique selling points include:

• Lighter packs for easier handling – HPP’s weigh 30kg compared to 48kg or 56kg from other manufacturers.

• A cavity between the slat wall system and the wall which makes it possible to run cables or insert thermal or acoustic insulation panels.

• 2cm deep staves, or almost 1cm in the minislat option – not achievable with conventional milled and covered panel.

• And since it is a wrapped system, the profiles can be covered with different veneers or foils – on request only.

Based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, with a trade counter in Sheffield, and serving almost the whole of the UK, HPP has built an unrivalled reputation for the quality of its products and customer service over its 34-year history.

The family-owned firm makes and supplies board, doors, fitting and accessories for the fitted furniture industry,

particularly kitchens and bedrooms, and is constantly investing in its plant, processes and ranges to make it the complete onestop shop for retailers and fitters.

The new slat wall range is available now and is also available for nationwide delivery. For more information, visit the HPP website.


Elcon & iVision – winning partners for dust capture

Vertical panel saws offer many advantages over more traditional sliding table saws, but one area that is often flagged as a concern with operators is dust extraction. Manufacturers of wall saws are well aware of the issue, but few have found a workable solution. Enter Elcon.

Elcon, based in the Netherlands, has been producing woodworking machinery for over 75 years and has specialised in vertical panel saw design since 1971. Addressing the issue of dust collection, Elcon has developed a patented and award-winning solution, the LIMPIO system.

As standard, Elcon panel saws have an effective extraction point from the enclosed saw head. The majority of the blade sits within the saw guard during cutting, providing adequate dust removal for most operations. When cutting fibrous or cementitious boards such as MDF, Gypsum or GRP regularly, additional

extraction methods should be considered to minimise operators’ exposure to potentially harmful dust.

For maximum extraction efficiency, the LIMPIO system includes a rear dust capture tray. With its own secondary extraction point that travels directly behind the saw head whether cutting vertically or horizontally. The point of cut is almost totally enclosed, sandwiched, with the machine extracting dust from both sides of the cut. Dust emission values are reduced to less than 0.5 mg/ m3.

The LIMPIO system is only half the solution. A suitable dust extraction system must be coupled to the machine to ensure full efficiency and maximum waste capture. Daltons Wadkin, sole agents for the Elcon in the UK and Ireland, have carried out rigorous testing to find the perfect partner. Italian extraction specialist, iVision, provided the winning


it a step further for true industry 4.0 connectivity, each iVision unit can be centrally monitored from any office PC with a web interface allowing workshop managers to remotely monitor the performance”

solution with its new Wood Line and Extrusion Line units. These high-powered standalone systems can be specified with a range of filter systems for working with all types of materials, producing optimal results.

The iVision ergonomic design with wheeled bins allows waste to be removed safely. Filter monitoring is key to any system. iVision has introduced an optional touchscreen control system that gives a clear visual indicator of the filter performance. Taking it a step further for true industry 4.0 connectivity, each iVision unit can be centrally monitored from any office PC with a web interface allowing workshop managers to remotely monitor the performance.

Contact Daltons Wadkin for more information or to arrange a working demonstration on the Elcon and iVision equipment. 0115 986 5201

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Bags of life left in it

17 years on, and a Ranheat 150kW warm air heater that has been in daily use is still going strong. Chris Franklin, MD at Ranheat Engineering Ltd – a leading UK manufacturer of wood combustion equipment –continues his series of articles exclusively for Furniture and Joinery Production. This issue, he looks at an installation from 2007 that has been 17 years in operation.

For many startup companies, their first extraction system is a simple free-standing bag system connected to the woodworking machinery. There is also the need to keep the premises warm and deciding how to get rid of the dust extracted from the machinery and the offcuts from manufacture.

The answer for many is to install a warm air heater fitted with a bag loader to safely dispose of the dust and heat the premises. Hand-loading

solids into a warm air heater is a very time-consuming process as they need to be loaded four or five times an hour to provide constant heat and to burn cleanly.

The answer to the offcuts is to install a small woodchipper connected to the bag extraction system. This mixes the dust with the granulate and makes a perfect fuel for loading with a bag loader.

The Ranheat system featured has been in daily use for each working day and consumes around 1 ¼ tonnes per week over five days.

The heater is fitted with a summer/winter diverter as standard, so the heat produced in the summer is vented to atmosphere to avoid skip costs during none heating periods.

The company recently installed a bespoke Indusvent superblower external dust extraction system and are looking to replace the long service Ranheat bag-loader

system with a new warm air heater and a 4m diameter 37m3 storage silo. This higher level of automation will allow the system to store the extracted material in the summer and then be able to run the system overnight, so the workshop is kept at a constant temperature.

Ranheat are due to supply all of the equipment later this year, which includes a purpose made steel profiled building to protect the investment.

For further information on all types and sizes of industrial woodburning equipment from 75kW upwards, contact Ranheat. Ranheat also make spares and service and repair other makes of woodburning boilers and heaters.

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Wood waste heater saves company £500 a month on wood waste disposal

A company in Surrey has purchased a wood waste heater from Wood Waste Technology to save money on waste disposal and heating bills. Founded 19 years ago, Deadline TML is a scenic large prop-building company based in Woking.

As the company’s 400 square metre manufacturing base has no heating installed, the business found itself relying on portable electric heaters to warm the factory when the weather turned really cold. However, with increasing energy costs, Director Dave Simmons was keen to find a more cost-effective solution.

The answer appeared when Dave visited a friend’s workshop and saw how that business used a wood waste heater to reduce its operational costs, and Dave was recommended to speak to Wood Waste Technology.

“Investing in a wood waste heater seemed an obvious solution to provide us with free heating to keep our employees warm, whilst also reducing our waste disposal bills,” says Dave. “It was one of those decisions that was just a nobrainer!”

Following a site survey and review, a WT10 heater was purchased and installed by Wood Waste Technology’s experienced engineers. Deadline TML also purchased a summer heat dump for the burner, to allow the company to keep burning its wood waste through the summer months, by sending the heat to atmosphere.

“We love the wood waste heater,” Dave continues. “We just wish we’d bought one sooner! We’re delighted with the savings on waste disposal, as we were spending around £500 a month on skips. Everyone

loves how it warms the workshop for free – it’s nice knowing we won’t have the expense of running portable heaters again in winter.”

Kurt Cockroft, MD at Wood Waste Technology adds: “It’s amazing how many enquiries come through as a result of someone seeing another company’s wood waste heater. We’re always grateful to our customers who recommend us, to help other business owners save money on waste disposal and heating costs.”

Wood Waste Technology’s years of expertise in wood waste solutions have helped many companies reduce their

“Everyone loves how it warms the workshop for free – it’s nice knowing we won’t have the expense of running portable heaters again in winter”

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”.

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Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.