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Get the Edge At Brandt, we are the edging specialist in the Homag Group and the world market leader in edgebanding with more than 50 years of engineering experience. Whether your needs are for an entry level compact edgebander, a volume workhorse machine or a highly automated, quick changeover concept for flexible batch production, we have the solution. Flexible payment options are available on all Brandt machines through Homag Finance. So, if you want to eliminate unnecessary risk from your business whilst enjoying the security and peace of mind of partnering with the woodworking industry’s global market leader, give Homag UK a call now on 01332 856410. Brandt – quality without compromise.

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News Working With Wood Is Important For All Manufacturers W12 Working With Design Innovation Awards Competition The New Holzma 4 Series Saws ABI (UK) Ltd Achieve Better Flexibility With Schelling Up Your Sawing Game With A Striebig Idess Retail Install Gabbiani Beam Saw From SCM Biesse’s SELCO WN7 Series Twin Pusher Pressing Ahead – The Italian Way AMS Re-Launch Famous Bursgreen Brand in UK Market The Neville Johnson Group Nests With Homag In-Excess Equip New Factory With SCM Machinery Makita Expands Dust Extraction Vacuum Range Finsa For Thick Lightweight Veneered Boards Schattdecor At ZOW Westag & Getalit – The Focus Is On Individuality Two New Decofoils From David Clouting

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NEWS Latest Rehau Invests £775,000 In UK Edgeband Production REHAU has announced a £775,000 investment in its edgeband production facility at Amlwch on Anglesey. A major extension will be built to house new set up and recycling equipment which will help to deliver greener products in higher volumes. The new facility will store, prepare and recycle the paints used in the application of colours and patterns to the edgeband and will also regrind the waste and offcuts which can be reintroduced into the extrusion process without any visual or functional detriment to product quality.

Amlwich factory where a major expansion is planned

Allison Tucker, the Business Team Leader responsible for REHAU’s furniture edgebands, said: “This investment will give us the space we need to service the growing demand from customers for REHAU edgeband produced in the UK “It is also a statement of intent which demonstrates not only our ongoing commitment to UK manufacturing but also our determination to deliver products which are greener than ever.” REHAU’s Amlwch facility produces 70% of the edgeband which REHAU supplies into the UK market and recently received a global award for its success in implementing lean manufacturing techniques. For further information: Tel: 01989 762671 Email:

Rotodecor Shares Sold Effective 31 December 2011, Schattdecor sold its remaining shares in the machine building company Rotodecor GmbH as intended. This places the Bad Salzuflen firm

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in the sole ownership of the Schmid family, enabling it to now act on the market as a completely independent entity.

These four businesses will therefore present their sustainability programmes in person to the next meeting of judges on 30 March 2012 after which the outright winner will be selected.


Schattdecor: Satisfying year-end results for 2011 Divestment of remaining shares in Rotodecor

Numerous, Top-Quality Registrations For Sicam 2012 Already at the end of last October's edition, numerous registrations were received from exhibitors who will participate in the SICAM project again in 2012, and registrations have increased even more in the two months following the event. The forecast for SICAM 2012 is to fill out the exhibiting spaces of the Pordenone Trade Fair District well in advance with respect to previous years. "The indications we are receiving," reveals Carlo Giobbi, the organiser of the event, "suggest a Trade fair that will provide even more stimuli than usual.

There was an error in the November issue of PJP on Pages 10-11 “Torgwegge – The Doorway to Profitable Manufacturing.” The address for J&C O’Meara was inadvertently printed on the contact information. The correct information should have been for HOMAG UK Tel: 01332 856500 PJP apologise to both HOMAG UK and J&C O’MEARA for this error.

Diary Dates 2012 DON’T MISS IT!

Sustainability Award 2012 Shortlist Announced For The Furniture Makers’ First Sustainability Award Entries for the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’ recently launched annual Sustainability Award closed on November 25. The judges were impressed by the extremely high standard of entries submitted and they are pleased to announce that the following British furniture manufacturers have been shortlisted for the Award: • Orangebox, office furniture • Premiere Kitchens, kitchen furniture • Senator International, office furniture • Symphony Group, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture

ZOW Feb 6th – 9th Bad Salzuflen (Germany)

IWF August 22nd – 25th Atlanta (USA)

Surface Design Show Feb 7th – 9th Business Design Centre (Islington, London)

Timber Expo September 25th – 26th Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

Technodomus April 20th – 24th Pesaro (Italy)

W12 October 7th – 10th NEC (Birmingham)

Xylexpo May 8th – 12th Rho/Pero (Italy)

Sicam October 17th – 20th Pardenone (Italy)

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Working with Wood is Important for all Manufacturers Talking to both signed –up exhibitors and manufacturers planning to visit W12 Working with Wood and the parallel Working with Design shows, there is already a sense of anticipation and even impatience to get into 2012 and get things moving. The W10 show underlined the strength of the ‘W’ events in times of economic uncertainty. Despite the 2010 backdrop buyers came to seek out new suppliers – able to offer cost reductions or increased breadth of product and market. W12 looks set again to provide its well-established landmark boost to the market. One trend or theme that constantly crops up in discussions is the need for Working with Wood to offer the broadest possible range of machinery, solutions and systems. Kitchen and furniture manufacturers tell the W12 team that the upper end of the market is holding up well and in Ireland the economic forecast is for growth of one per cent. Very often this sector is served by the smaller, niche but highly skilled specialists – not companies that would necessarily be investing in large, high volume production equipment. These companies come to W12 Working with Wood to seek out the latest high-tech

Griggio Sliding Table Saw

but smaller solutions that will offer their operations new advantages in flexibility, operating cost reductions and improvements in final product quality. Alongside the very larges stands of the big industrial machinery suppliers – who, by the way, also offer a wide range of entry level options – visitors will find the best shop window for the smaller manufacturer. Two such exhibitors are the Axminster Power Tool Centre and the Hoffmann Machine Company. Axminster Power Tool Centre has taken on the UK agency for the top quality range

With Griggio as our new partner we are able to offer a

good range of modern machines complementing our own Axminster Industrial Series” - Andy Cross, Head of Trade & Commercial Sales, Axminster Power Tool Centre

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of Italian manufactured Griggio machines for the small to medium sized workshop. Andy Cross, Head of Trade & Commercial Sales at Axminster says that in the continuing tough economic situation many companies are moving away from highly specified and over-priced machinery and instead are investing in good solid products that do the job. Hoffmann has traditionally had one of the busiest stands at all the past “W” exhibitions. This buzz of activity is generated by Hoffmann’s famous dovetail key jointing system which is so versatile and solution-providing that it is used in the most diverse cabinet and joinery applications and in industries beyond. Small businesses across Britain using the Hoffmann system will more often than not tell you they first saw it demonstrated at W6, 8 or 10! Another fast changing section that affects all manufacturers is that of energy and wood waste disposal. W12 Working with

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EVENTS Wood will be the definitive event at which to explore and understand the fast moving technology and legislation that affects everyone. Mawera, Ranheat and Inventair are just three of the specialists who will be meeting with the industry in October. It becomes more important to make a date at the NEC from October 7 – 10 all the time!

LATEST EXHIBITOR SIGN-UPS Allwood Machinery (Essex) Ltd Stanley Bostitch UK Ltd Fire Safety International Stakapal Ltd IMA UK Ltd Busch UK Ltd Advanced Machinery Services Ltd Charvo Ltd ITW Finishing Systems Ltd KLAES UK Ltd For further information: Tel: 01629 530998 Email: Hoffman dovetail key jointing system


Over the years, the show has proven to be an effective window for SCM Group products. At each event, the SCM Group has had the opportunity to display its new technologies and solutions, always accompanied by the traditional Italian flare and hospitality. UK customers have shown over the years to appreciate the innovations and price-quality ratio offered by the SCM Group companies, so we feel that the investment required in participating in W12 is money well spent, and also in the interest of the UK woodworking Gabriele de Col Managing Director, community. We look forward to SCM Group UK Ltd meeting all our existing customers once again in Birmingham, and offer them those solutions that have made them grow with us over the many years of the SCM Group's presence on the UK market. Also, we want to take the opportunity to meet new customers and demonstrate the very latest products the SCM Group can offer them to improve their production processes." - Gabriele de Col, Managing Director, SCM Group UK Ltd

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W12 Working with Design Moves ahead with Innovative Awards Competition As W12 Working with Design continues to attract enormous interest and expand, the W12 team have been hugely encouraged by the way in which signed-up exhibitors and interested participants have bought into the concept of why design is so crucially important in the manufacturing process and success of the final product.

John Legg Editorial Director, Gearing Media Group

Eddie Chu Commercial Manager, Stoneham Kitchens plc

Sue Calver Project Manager Furniture Research Association (FIRA)

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As a direct result, the organisers Huddlestone Events have launched a prestigious Awards competition that will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts. The Design in Manufacturing Awards will be claimed by the best judged entry that fulfil a number of criteria but principally the central concept of design being the core success of a manufactured product that can be commercially brought to market. This will include individuality of the product, its inherent quality and performance and any edge that gives it a commercial advantage while offering the final user tangible benefits. In essence, a design that sets a finished product apart from the rest. Entry forms and full details will be sent out to all exhibitors in due course and the judging will take place before the exhibition takes place. The Design in Manufacturing Awards will be presented to the winning entrants at the W12 Working with Design exhibition at the NEC from October 7-10 2012.

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Designed with purpose Exhibit materials and components to the furniture and joinery industries

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The New Holzma 4 Series Saws Cut Through Technical Boundaries Holzma, the world market leading manufacturer of horizontal beam saws has taken another big step forward with its new 4 Series. This latest innovative generation of saws, presented for the first time in Homag City at Ligna 2011, offers a great return on investment, is easy to use and provides significant savings. Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director of Homag UK explains, “In order to suit all applications, Holzma offers saws from entry level to high volume demand. Following on from the successful launch of Holzma’s 3 Series in 2010, this year the company has introduced the completely revamped and

Holzma HPL 430

significantly improved 4 Series. “In total, there are five saws in the range: The HPP 410 and HPP 430 front loading saws, the HPL 410 and HPL 430 with rear lift table and through feeding concept and the HKL angular system.

ecoPlus – Saving Money and the Environment “Many of the successful features of the 3 Series form the foundation for the new 4 Series. A key feature is the energy-saving ecoPlus system which was developed to reduce operating costs and permit energy savings of up to 30 percent. “One of the central components of ecoPlus is the standby function; this switches the machine to an energy-saving mode either automatically or by pressing the green ecoPlus button. As soon as this ‘hibernation’ mode is entered, the machine immediately interrupts normal operation, switches off all energy consuming units and deactivates extraction saving money and reducing carbon emissions. By simply pushing the green button again, the machine is back into full operation.”

Features and Benefits of the 4 Series Further advances to the design of the 4 Series significantly improve performance. Holzma 4 Series Postforming Saw

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PROFILE achieved by means of an additional clamp which works independently to the standard program fence clamps. The advantages of Power Concept include up to 40% higher output, significantly shorter cutting cycles and improved material flow. It also delivers high material throughput, lower costs per cut and simultaneous feeding and cutting as the Power Concept clamp positions the last strip at the cutting line while the main program fence feeds the next book of panels from the lift table (HPL).

Optimisation Software

Holzma 4 Series Monitor

Simon continues, “A completely redesigned saw carriage only raises the saw blades into the cut and not the whole motor assembly. This is very energy efficient as it requires significantly less compressed air, speeds up the process and increases productivity. “The patented ‘shark’s fin’ side aligning device remains an integral part of Holzma’s saw carriage and this feature alone can reduce cycle times by up to 25% compared to traditional overhead side aligning cylinders. “A major advantage of Holzma’s shark’s fin is that it sits inside the saw carriage allowing it to side align boards up to the entire cutting width of the machine. In addition, the shark’s fin protrudes through the machine table, meaning even very thin boards and laminates can be side aligned accurately. “Holzma’s two fingered clamps feature throughout the 4 series allowing accurate positioning and clamping of small and large components. The contact pressure of the clamps is dependent on the height of the books; the higher the book, the greater the pressure. The clamping pressure can also be easily adjusted to suit each type of material so that every panel is handled correctly and carefully. “With the ever increasing diversity of materials, such as pressure-sensitive lightweight boards, composite boards and plastic sheets, there is a need for specific technology to handle them. Holzma has

bundled the technologies to deal with these materials into their Soft Touch package. The company also offers equally innovative package solutions for scratch-sensitive materials including high gloss components. “Another new feature is the window in the pressure beam. This sounds very simple but is actually a significant improvement that gives the operator a clear view of the processes inside the machine, making the 4 Series even safer and less restricted.”

Optional Extras for the 4 Series Additional units can significantly enhance performance of the 4 Series and are available for any of the models. “One of the most useful additions and yet another technical innovation from Holzma,” claims Simon, “is the in line automatic label application system. This sits inside the cut line and automatically labels panels as they are cut, not only providing quicker application and accurate positioning, but also requiring less intervention from the operator and therefore delivering increased efficiency. “There’s also the optional ‘postforming saw’. This unit acts as an additional axis ensuring perfect cuts on postformed panels or pre-edgebanded strip parts of up to 90mm in thickness.” The optional Power Concept feature allows the machine to cut strips with different crosscut lengths together. This is

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In order to provide the operator with a high level of machine control, Holzma supply the 4 series machine with their tried and tested CADmatic 4. Simon again, “Easy to understand and use, this control software allows even inexperienced operators to quickly get to grips with it. “This package truly enhances the performance, flexibility and efficiency of the saws. It features, touch screen functionality, a large 19” TFT colour monitor, 3D graphics with real time operator guidance, error messages with video assistance, online diagnostics and the ability to work in harmony with Magicut optimisation software as well as other third party software. “The 4 Series is ideal for companies that process panel material on a large scale. Impressive saw blade projection and high speed are features of all the models, ensuring volume throughput for a relatively low cost. The 4 series is a real work horse product that is typical of the Holzma brand. Finally, the icing on the cake is that all Holzma saws can be linked to our timeefficient board storage systems. These systems provide precise automated stock control thus saving time and cost,” concludes Simon. Both a Holzma saw and a Bargstedt storage system are permanently on show at the Homag UK showroom in Castle Donington, Derby. All customers are welcome to visit to see the machinery.

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ABI (UK) Ltd Achieve Better Flexibility, Speed and Accuracy with Schelling ABI (UK) Ltd operate from a 16-acre site in East Yorkshire where they manufacture high quality, British made holiday and leisure homes. With a rich heritage dating back to 1971, ABI has established itself as one of the premier bands within the holiday and leisure homes sector. An important part of ABI’s continuing success has been its choice of highly reliable machinery including the latest Schelling fh 4 cut-to-size saw. The philosophy of ABI has been to invest in machinery that can deliver its commitment to excellent holiday home design, whilst encompassing every individual taste, budget and season. The build-quality success of ABI has been achieved in part with the help from the latest technology from Schelling. It is important however not to forget the contribution made by the individual craftsman, the hand built nature only adds to the appeal of the ABI brand. With 36 different models which have an extensive range of internal door and surface finishes, ABI’s production process required a versatile machine with the ability to cut a variety of material. The solution was the fh 4 because it delivered the flexibility to change from medium density fibre board to plywood panels at the drop of a hat. As Chris Patterson, the Factory Manager, commented: “It is important to have a sawing system which is adaptable to changing customer needs, particularly with regard to board dimensions and board surface quality.” ABI’s investment in the Schelling fh 4 means it now has capacity for both small and large batch production and equally for fast throughput of large orders. According to Chris Patterson: “The fh 4 is perfect in

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both scenarios.” This is because many operations on the fh 4 are automated as standard. For example, integrated sensors automatically detect the material book height and adjust the saw projection height followed by the pressure beam which adjusts itself to the size of the material as well as the book height. So when ABI change material they don’t have to adjust

anything, the fh 4 does it all automatically. This automation means the fh 4 always works with the correct surface pressure, because too much pressure can reduce cutting quality. The four-day working shift pattern was perhaps the biggest reason for choosing the fh 4. Basically the fh 4 has the advantage of automatically adjusting the saw travel and saw stroke speed resulting in shorter cycle times which means it can saw more

material in a shorter time – this means the fh 4 can achieve higher production figures in a single day shift. According to Chris, dimensional cutting accuracy was very high on ABI’s wish list of requirements. “However so too was the investment value, so when we learnt the fh 4 had the same standard features as the fh 6, such as double aligners, we knew we had to invest in the fh 4.” Double aligners, one on either side of the saw line remain on the material even during cutting to provide dimensional angular accuracy. With an alignment range of 40mm to 2200mm this was ideal because ABI knew the fh 4 could deliver high cutting accuracy even with the narrowest strips. This commitment to technological features may have something to do with the fact that Schelling are the only specialist cut-to-size saw producer in the World. Chris Patterson, commented, “the fh 4 has definitely helped us be more flexible when planning our weekly production demands.” For further information: Tel: 01937 586340 Email:

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PROFILE Up Your Sawing Game with a Striebig The popular Standard – the original heavyweight, tried and tested over decades is the perfect saw for companies of all sizes. The fully-automatic Control offers an optional Electronic Positioning System (EPS) on both axes for the automatic positioning of both the length stop and saw head. This increases the saws’ productivity by delivering automatic repeat strip and upper trim cutting. Latest standard features include a lasersupported display for totally accurate horizontal cuts, another industry ‘first’ for Striebig. There’s also a cutting list input function, provided via a USB memory stick. Numerous procedures are carried out at the press of a button, including locking and releasing the beam saw, setting the horizontal cutting height, plunging and swivelling the motor, locking the support rollers during sawing and fine saw blade adjustment. Where high levels of panel throughput are needed, the Control and the Evolution offer an optional 100mm cutting depth instead of the previous 80mm. The Evolution has many similar features to the Control, making it one of the most advanced manual panel saws available. Both series feature as standard Striebig’s user-friendly “touch and saw” operating system. This delivers easy and convenient machine control through a touch screen panel that operates all of the machine’s functions. Striebig machines, which can be wallmounted or freestanding, cut practically all woodbased sheet materials as well as timber, plaster board, plastics and aluminium panels. They guarantee impressive dust limit values well below 1mg/m3. A huge range of accessories enables users to further extend the performance of the saws The highly efficient Striebig Compact is the ideal entry-level vertical panel saw. and to adapt them to

Woodworkers wishing to streamline their sawing processes his year should take a look at the Compact series of entry-level vertical panel saws from the world leader, Striebig. The space-saving Compact enables small and medium sized businesses to move into the world of precision and quality vertical panel sawing at a sensible price. Whether you choose a machine with a manual or automatic feed, the Compact series is characterized by flexibility and cost-effective use. There are nine cut size versions available, from 3100 mm x 1544mm up to 5350mm x 2200mm, all with a cutting depth of 60mm. They feature central support and small parts support over the entire length of the saw, making the cutting of small work pieces much easier. All nine models are now available in Compact AV versions incorporating an automatic cut cycle facility, to make them even more productive. This feature was previously only to be found on Striebig’s more expensive models. With manual feeding of the saw unit eliminated, the operator’s job is made much easier, giving him time to prepare the next sawing job. As well as the Compact, Striebig offers the Standard, the Evolution, and the hightech Control vertical sawing centre, also all available in nine standard sizes.

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Evolution and Control models feature a userfriendly “touch and saw” operating system to deliver easy machine control.

individual business needs. These include a scoring saw to prevent laminate panel edges from tearing out, ensuring a neat cut ready to be glued. The saws can also be built in special sizes and fitted with specialist equipment to suit individual requirements. Striebig is continuing to introduce enhancements to its product range. One recent example is the tool database for the Control and Evolution models. Data from the saw, profile cutter and grooving tool can be stored in this high-performance software module. The tool database is easy to use via the touch screen panel, while a connection to the electronic positioning system (EPS) ensures a high degree of flexibility and excellent repeat accuracy for panel cutting. Prices for Striebig machines are extremely competitive, with strong customer demand being helped by the Swiss manufacturer’s decision to hold price levels for the third year in a row. For further information: Tel: 0116 271 7155 Fax: 0116 271 5862 Email:

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Idess Retail Install Gabbiani Beam Saw From SCM Idess Retail are a forward thinking company delivering quality solutions within the retail, commercial and leisure markets, based in Harlow, Essex. Idess, formally Essanby and CIL, have a strong 30 year history in manufacturing, supplying and installing shop fittings to retail stores, high street banking and leisure environments. The Idess facilities and manufacturing plant are spread over 50,000 sq. feet and contain traditional craftmanship and handcrafts, but also include many CNC machines in the machine shop. The company has a policy of continuous updating and adding to their machinery portfolio, installing the latest technology to improve quality, reducing delivery times and keeping ahead of their competitors. Production Manager, Tim Harper, comments "With an existing beam saw and a wall saw, we were experiencing capacity issues, so we decided to install an additional beam saw as our business is

SCM Gabbiani Galaxy T3 Beam Saw at Idess Retail

continuously on the increase, and we are currently working 24/7. As we already have

Panel stack lift table on Gabbiani Beam Saw at Idess Retail

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3 - Morbidelli CNC Machining Centres, we contacted SCM UK and other potential suppliers, to obtain proposals and specifications for machines to suit our exact requirements, but also with additional options to speed up our panel production output. We also moved our board storage area to make space for a new beam saw." Mike Lee, SCM Group UK's Area Sales Manager, visited Idess, then took Tim Harper to Gabbiani's factory in Rimini, for demonstrations and detailed technical discussions. After viewing the Gabbiani and SCM Groups impressive facilities, an order was placed for a Gabbiani Galaxy T3 110A 45 machine and it was delivered and installed in August this year. The Galaxy has a 4500mm cutting width capacity and has a rear panel lifting and feeding system, fed by powered rollers that is loaded with a pack of board by fork lift. One or more panels to be cut are automatically pushed off the board stack by pushers on the saw's rip fence, that runs on THK guides, and on to the saws rear table,

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PC and Label printer on Gabbiani Beam Saw at Idess Retail

then pushed against aligning stops located in the table. Clamps on the rip fence firmly grip the panel(s) as the aligning stops disappear, then trim and successive rip cuts are carried out. The rear table is fitted with large diameter nylon wheels that reduce friction on the panels, eliminating chipping and damage. The cut panels are fed onto a series of front air flotation tables that can be easily positioned to suit the operator. As the rip fence and clamps retract to the rear of the machine, the panels are easily turned through 90 degrees for subsequent trimming and cross cutting. An automatic side aligner, with a 1200mm stroke, pushes the panels against the cross cut fence ensuring the panels are perfectly square. The Galaxy has a pressure beam with a new mechanical design providing a higher,

more uniform pressure on the panels, with optimum extraction of shavings and sawdust and with easy maintenance. Also included is an innovative saw blade carriage with electronic lifting running on THK guides. The optimised blade stroke and pressure beam stroke reducing any unnecessary movements that cost valuable production time. The saw carriage and blade run on prismatic guides. Maximum rigidity and perpendicular movement of the blade with respect to the stack of panels gives a drastic reduction of friction and wearing on the materials at even the highest running speeds. Electronic setting of the scoring blade is fast and the exact adjustment of the scoring blade is by means of motors, electronically driven, according to the values set by the operator with the PC. The main saw motor

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is 25HP for powerful cutting of the most difficult materials, with a 110mm blade projection. The saw carriage speed is up to 165 metres/min and the pusher speed is 95 - 120 metres /min. A label printer is located by the programming station, that enables the operator to add a label to each cut panel for further identification later in the production process, including the use of bar codes. The Galaxy's PLC takes care of the running of all the machine devices. The management software WINCUT, operating in a Windows environment, has been especially developed by Gabbiani, taking into account all of the end user’s work demands and requirements and enables user-friendly management of the machine. Optimisation software is installed on the machine. The operator directly enters the dimensions and required number of pieces for each panel. The optimiser supplies the cut table list and displays it on the screen. Maximum number of lines per programme is 30, maximum number of pieces per line is 500 with 4 controlled cut levels. Cutting pattern optimisation is according to the operator’s needs, with cutting pattern export via floppy disk or network. Cutting cycle with three-dimensional simulation. Production report obtained with the number of produced panels and strips, number of used panel sheets, waste percentage, job execution time, machine cost per hour and panel unit price, stock and off-cuts management are all provided. Tim Harper concludes "The previous level of excellent service we have received from SCM UK with our 3 Morbidelli's certainly played a big part in our decision making process for the new beam saw. The machine was installed without any problems and training of our operators took place immediately, and if we required any further assistance, SCM were there to help us, so SCM will certainly feature in our future machinery spending plans."

For further information: Idess Retail: Tel: 01279 400140 SCM Group (UK) Ltd: Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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Biesse’s SELCO WN 7 Series with twin pusher can increase production by 40% For those manufacturers who want the best results from their machinery SELCO’s WN 7 Series offers unbeatable performance matched by innovative design which results in a reliable, accurate and fast panel-sizing centre. The WN7 Series has been engineered from the ground up and developed using the Biesse Group’s most advanced and innovative technology solutions to improve both production efficiency and quality. Every component of the WN7 Series has been designed to be more precise, produce a better finish and work faster offering a machine that is capable of outperforming any other. The SELCO WN7 Series is made up of the 710, 730 and 750 across the range of these machines there are a total of four patents, meaning when you buy a WN7 Series you’re investing in technology that is unavailable from any other brand. You can further choose from two patented saw blade change systems, both of which are patented, the “Quick change”, which is manual and the robotic saw blade tool changer which is able to automatically replace a saw blade in a matter of seconds. The Selco range is easily controlled with an intuitive control panel within easy reach

WN750 double pusher

of the operator, furthermore the Selco range can be easily operated and programmed using Biesse’s own OSI (Open Selco Interface) which also allows for users to see simulations of the cutting process. Additional optional software is also available, OptiPlanning, enables users to optimise cutting patterns to reduce cutting times and material waste. The WN7 Series truly comes into its own when paired with a turning station and twin pusher, which enables it to position the material after rip cutting and perform

cross cuts while loading and rotating the next batch of panels. Once the saw has aligned the panels it will then perform both cross cuts and rip cuts simultaneously resulting in a massive 40% increase in productivity over a standard panel saw.

For more information: Tel: 01327 300366 WNT 750 turning station

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Pressing Ahead – The Italian Way As a company, we have always looked to the future and endeavoured to keep ahead of customer demand and be prepared to cater for the ever changing needs of today’s manufacturers as well as being fully aware of the changing and often volatile industry for which we have been part of for the last 21 years. For some time we have been aware of a need in the market for quality European made pressing machines, both for traditional veneering onto flat boards and also for veneering and laminating onto curved structures and furniture such as cabinetry doors. When choosing new products and forming partnerships with new suppliers, we don't just look at how they can benefit us, but how they can benefit our customers, hence tending to deal with the smaller more 'hands on' companies that can offer the flexibility of catering for individual requirements, are technically at the forefront with their product range and where we are dealing with a small number of people rather than being passed from

department to department when answers are needed in a hurry. Two such companies are OMC and Omniforme Presse. OMC are a company with in excess of 20 years experience in the design, development and construction of all types of pressing machines from cold to single and multi daylight platten presses, to through feed laminating, automatic membrane and even combination presses.

Also included in the OMC range are a series of 'Airtec' models which allow the wrapping of a laminate around a routed panel typically used in the manufacture of vinyl laminate doors for kitchen and bedroom doors. Omniforme Presse offer a range of static membrane presses also known as vacuum presses which are of a quality and robust construction and have the option of an overhead heating chamber to reduce curing times which also increases productivity. Included in the range is a model with 2 working surfaces which can easily be tilted through 180 degrees so that as one side is loaded and pressed, the other is in a heated chamber in the lower half of the machine to assist the curing process.

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Sergiani Gs Presses from SCM Impact On UK Market Since the leading Italian press manufacturer, Sergiani Leopida Presses, was acquired by the SCM Group, their subsidiary, SCM UK, have seen a dramatic increase in orders and installations within the UK. Sergiani presses are well known for their quality, sturdiness and reliability, the result of continuous technological innovation and research over many years, being the first Italian company to manufacture presses over 60 years ago. Presses of all types are manufactured to suit individual customer's requirements, with different levels of automation and production capacity. One of the most popular range of Sergiani presses is the model GS. It can be supplied with single or multi-daylight specification, with numerous platen dimensions and different types of platens with various heating mediums. The main frame of the GS press has been engineered with a high safety coefficient to guarantee the highest level of rigidity and sturdiness in each pressing cycle. The press

frame consists of an upper beam, the base, the mobile platen and the longitudinal bars, and are all machined on CNC Machining Centres for maximum accuracy, then assembled on a precision template. Once welded, the hydraulic pressure cylinders are normalised to eliminate any possible internal tensions. The main steel ram is chromed with a thick layer and rectified. All gaskets are high resistant to guarantee long life and a perfect seal. Before assembly an attentive and precise quality control system verifies all dimensional tolerances. The cylinders are mounted in the press and float to compensate for thermal expansion, and are equipped with special long flanges that guarantee an efficient guiding of the ram, even at its maximum stroke. The hydraulic group consists of a double pump and an electric motor immersed in the hydraulic oil for optimum cooling. For better maintenance and greater control, all the groups are contained in a single unit high and low pressure pumps, oil filter,

SCM Sergiani multi-daylight Hot Platin Press – model GS

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valve and the maximum pressure valve. A variety of platens are available, including assembled steel platens, solid steel platens and electrically heated platens. The assembled steel platens are made of tubular steel welded on a template then tested to guarantee the sealing of the heating liquid. An insulating panel gives great thermal efficiency and the platen is covered by an aluminium sheet to give a high quality, flat surface and an optimal distribution of heat to the veneered panels. Solid steel platens are machined with great precision on NC machining centres. The channels for the heating liquid are executed to optimised calculations to ensure the very best transfer of heat to the platen surface. With a high level of surface finish to the platens, they are protected by a sheet of Mylar appropriately tensioned. Mylar is easily interchangeable and replaced and guarantees the cleanliness of the platen surface over time and an excellent finish to the veneered panels. Sergiani also offers electrically heated platens with the very best quality on the market today, including built-in resistors that guarantee uniformity of temperature up to 120deg C across the whole platen area, reduced power consumption and elevated thermal efficiency. A number of methods are used to heat the platens including from the customer's own heating system, with feed and return collectors via flexible pipes. A biomass boiler can be fed with coal and/or wood waste, and includes a water circulation pump, connection pipes between the press and the boiler and an expansion tank. An electric boiler for heating water can reach temperatures of 90deg C with expansion tank, circulation pump, safety valves, control and emergency thermostats , air drain valves and power switchboard. With an electric boiler and diathermic oil heating medium, temperatures up to 120deg C are obtainable and with

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equipment as the water boiler. Built-in electrical resistors can also reach 120deg C, simply connect to the electric supply. The conveniently located control panel includes a display with dedicated software to offer the operator simple and immediate use of the GS presses. A number of parameters can be set up, controlled, recalled and modified according to the variety of work to be pressed. Includes setting of the pressure of the hydraulic circuit related to the specific pressure to be achieved on the panel, the working temperature related to the type of veneering, timing of the pressing cycle, setting of the start up of the boiler, when fitted, before work begins to save production time, and the setting of the daylight opening. Standard platen dimensions vary between 2500 x 1300mm and 3500 x 1300mm with total thrust from 70 to 160 Tons. The daylight opening is 400mm, but can be varied according to the panel thicknesses, with intermediate platens fitted to increase the number of panels being veneered in each production cycle. However, should any customer require any special sizes or requirements, SCM Sergiani can quote upon request. Safety to the operator is a major consideration, with double-action timed push button operation for the movement of the platen. An emergency cord is positioned around the whole perimeter of the press so

that the movement of the platen(s) can be halted in any position.

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Sergiani Hot Platen Press – Model G5

SCM Sergiani Press with high frequency unit for curved doors

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Joos – Pressing Quality into Production Joos presses have been a guarantor for quality and durability for around 100 years. With a range of models for every woodworking challenge, Joos continually invests in research and development to maintain its portfolio at the cutting edge of technology. As the sole agents for Joos presses in the British market, Homag UK runs a comprehensive sales and service operation. “The Homag Group,” explains Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director for the UK company, “has created a union of brands that lead the field in their chosen specialties. “In partnering with Joos, we in the UK are continuing this philosophy of only dealing with the best the market has to offer. There is no doubt that Joos presses are world-class; they deliver a raft of benefits for small, mid

and large sized companies in the woodworking industry.”

BEU 70 Hydraulic Press The BEU 70 is a cost effective, single daylight heated press designed to cope with most standard customer

Joos BEU 70 Hydraulic Press

requirements. As with nearly all Joos presses, they are available with electric and fluid medium

Joos DLP 150 with Wide Loading Device

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PROFILE Joos VAK 3015 Vacuum Press

heating platens. Perfect for applying veneers and laminates onto boards, these hydraulic machines can be specified in a variety of sizes.

DLP 150 Throughfeed Press With a pedigree extending more than 20 years, the Joos DLP series sets the standard for throughfeed presses. Simon Brooks again, “The DLP 150 is both economical and ecological, two key benefits in today’s cost conscious, environmentally aware world. “The DLP150 is ideal for mid to large sized companies looking for reliable performance. Being a throughfeed machine, the continuous working process delivers significant time and energy savings. Featuring state of the art heating technology, the DLP150 has accurate control devices to ensure safe and cost effective production. “It is the perfect machine for mid - large veneering or door manufacturing businesses wanting to increase their

productivity whilst maintaining the highest levels of quality.”

boasts a vacuum pump and vacuum tank for rapid evacuation of the pressing area.”

VAK 3015 Vacuum Press

A Solid Investment

Used to bond parts together in 3D form, vacuum presses enable companies to create items such as curved kitchen doors or Corian® components. “As with all Joos presses,” claims Simon Brooks, “the range of vacuum models features the same solid design, proven technology and economic processing for which the brand is renowned. “Easy to operate, the VAK 3015 can be used for laminating existing shaped parts and manufacturing wooden shaped parts by means of the cold press method. It can also be used to form pre-heated thermoplastic parts such as acrylic-glass or mineral plastic material. “The machine’s vacuum suction device guarantees secure frame locking and safe one-man operation. With a special aluminium profile featuring a multiple perforated working area, the VAK 3015

“Robustly engineered and specifically designed for the woodworking arena, Joos presses continue to set new standards. If you would like to see a demonstration of a Joos press call our Castle Donington offices on 01332 856410. Once you have seen a Joos press in action, you will understand why it is an investment that will pay dividends over and over again,” concludes Simon.

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PROFILE Affordable Vacuum Presses from CD (UK) CD (UK), national distributors of Corian速, along with machinery and power tools for fabricating solid surface materials, has extended its machinery range to include vacuumforming presses from leading Dutch manufacturer, HABRU. Habru specialises in the development and manufacture of vacuum-forming presses constructed in aluminium. They are extremely solid and durable units, using a combination of powerful vacuum and membrane pressing, onto pre-made jigs, to form curved or 3-dimensional shapes in solid surface material, wood, veneer, laminate or plastics. Designed for simplicity of operation, Habru vacuum-forming presses require only a standard 240-volt single-phase power supply and, thanks to their lightweight aluminium construction and fitted castors, can be moved easily around the workshop. Affordably priced, these well-proven presses are available

in a range of eight standard table sizes, ranging from 1000 x 1000mm to 3650 x 1800mm, and offer an economical alternative to heavy-duty static vacuum presses. Habru vacuum-forming presses achieve an even vacuum force of around 100,000 N/m2, across the entire table area, with a membrane stretch of between 400% and 800% depending on choice of membrane media. Features include: special sealing and clamping of membrane; integrated, corrosion-free vacuum tank; vacuum reduction valve for pressure adjustment; and an operating panel with running-time adjustment and auto switch-off. Every Habru vacuum forming press is tailored to the specific needs of the customer and can be specified with a choice of membrane; silicon, natural rubber or polyurethane. Silicone is the preferred choice for pre-heated work, natural rubber for wood construction and polyurethane for non-heated forming. High-quality Rietschle

vacuum pumps are fitted as standard, with the option of oil-lubricated or oil-free to suit the type of work being undertaken. An oilfree pump reduces pressure levels by around 85% making it best suited to veneer, wood and laminate. However, an oillubricated pump achieves nearly 100% pressure reduction which is ideal for solid surface and plastics. CD (UK) is the exclusive distributor for Habru vacuum presses in the UK and also represents a number of other leading machinery manufacturers through its Machinery Division. For further technical information contact Eric Whorne on 07817 217600.

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Solid surface materials, wood, veneer, laminate or plastics can be efficiently formed using the Habru membrane vacuum press.

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PROFILE Weinig Expands Plant In China Tauberbischofsheim. Weinig AG continues to invest in China. In Yantai, Shandong province, the world leader for machines and facilities for solid wood processing is expanding the production area of the plant by around 800 m2 to a total of 12,000 m2. The new assembly hall was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by the members of the board at Weinig who had come especially from Tauberbischofsheim. In future Unicontrol 6 window machines will be produced there. This classic angle system for artisan production of window frames has been in Weinig's range in Germany for many years. The new production facility in Yantai is intended solely for the domestic market in China. The expansion of the range with the window machine is Weinig's response to the strong growth experienced by the wood processing industry in China. The manufacturer is very confident for the

future. "Our Chinese customers value engineering from Germany", the Chairman of the Board, Wolfgang Pöschl, emphasizes. "The Unicontrol 6 will be assembled in Yantai according to German standards of quality to satisfy the increasing demands of the Chinese market." The main factory in Official inauguration of the new assembly hall: Tauberbischofsheim will make a A Chinese tribute for the Board at Weinig significant contribution to the market drive in China. Numerous precision Weinig has had its own plant in China parts such as the cutter spindles for the since 1995. Following successful machines will be supplied from Germany. development in recent years, the "This means that the expansion of the plant construction of the new assembly hall in Yantai will not compete in any way with marks the third large investment project. the production facility in Tauberbischofsheim; on the contrary, it For further information: strengthens its position," Pöschl explains. Tel: +49 (0) 93 41/86-0 Email: Weinig's premium products will continues to be made in Germany without exception.

AXYZ Expands Its CNCRoutershop Division The CNCRoutershop, a division of AXYZ International, has been upgraded and expanded to appeal to a much wider range of users of routing, engraving and cutting machines. Hitherto, this consumables, tooling and after-sales support facility was designed primarily to serve the interests of AXYZ machine owners but has now been extended to include other leading brands. The stock of CNC routing tools, consumables and accessories held by this division, all of which are available on nextday delivery, was already one of the largest and most competitively priced available. Now, following wider sourcing of additional products from leading quality suppliers in the UK and Continental Europe, the division can accommodate the

requirements of virtually every routing and engraving specialist company, regardless of the make of machine installed. Furthermore, for companies where the volume and nature of the work undertaken may now require higher productivity, improved quality or more flexible programming which cannot effectively be met by the routing technology installed, the expanded capabilities of AXYZ CNCRoutershop division can now provide a much wider choice of tooling, consumables and machine upgrade options that could avoid the need for companies to invest in new machinery during the current economic downturn. Heading the division is Operations Manager Nikki Griffiths who commented: ‘We intend to build on the already successful CNCRoutershop brand and deliver a much wider choice of tooling and consumables options, machine upgrades and training facilities at unbeatable prices. We have created a team of highly skilled

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and factory-trained specialist engineers and technical support personnel who will enable the division to deliver an even better service and provide market-leading solutions at very competitive prices.’ Supporting the expanded division is a raft of service facilities. These include 24-hour online ordering and technical help, wall charts to assist tooling selection and to determine the correct cutting speeds for specific materials and, as required, printed catalogues. The AXYZ team of specialist engineers lend further support by providing tailored solutions to keep machines running continuously and to avoid potentially damaging and costly breakdowns. Standard or bespoke training courses, conducted either on-site or at the AXYZ training centre, complete the CNCRoutershop offering. For further information: Tel: 01902 375600

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AMS Re-Launches Famous Bursgreen Brand In UK Market

Leicester based Advanced Machinery Services (AMS) has re-launched the Bursgreen woodworking machinery brand into the UK market. Bursgreen, made famous in the latter part of the 20th Century, was a watchword for quality in classic machinery. The relaunch has been made possible by a partnership between AMS, who own the intellectual property rights for the Bursgreen name, and Rojek, the long established and highly respected woodworking machine manufacturer in the Czech Republic. Competitively priced, the machines will be badged ‘Bursgreen by Rojek’. The offering will include three key product groups: the KDR range designed for hobbyists and disposable onsite applications; the Euro Series 7 range for semi-professional or small workshops and the Industry Series professional range designed for medium to large woodworking facilities. “Since we acquired the intellectual property rights for the Bursgreen brand in 2010 we’ve been looking for a suitable partner to work with,”

explains Steve Foster a director and founder of AMS. He continues, “We identified a gap in the market for well engineered value through a distributor; Bursgreen spindle moulder product supported by first however, it was class service and backup. With this business predominantly a tool distributor and as model in mind we began a rigorous search such was focused on the semi-professional for the right partner. Groundwork included market, not the mainstream woodworking extensive market research which took us sector. As a consequence, the industry in around the globe visiting a host of this country has not been made aware of manufacturing plants in our search for the full extent of machinery available in exactly the right partner. Rojek’s range. Now we are the sole UK “When we went out to visit the Rojek distributor, this will change as our focus facility in the Czech Republic it was will be firmly on the woodworking industry. immediately clear that we were dealing with “As part of our due diligence, we also a professional manufacturer that has a spoke to companies in the UK who already respected heritage in the woodworking own Rojek machines and it was gratifying to industry. The company has been designing find that they are delighted with the quality and manufacturing quality classic and performance of the equipment. Everyone machines since 1921 and has an enviable we spoke to confirmed what superb track record. They do everything in-house, machines they are and how cost effective they from design and development through to have proved to be,” claims Foster. manufacturing and marketing. Unique 18 Month Standard Warranty and “Rojek machines Guaranteed 24hr Service Support were already One of the issues with manufacturers can available in the UK be the limited warranty and service support they provide. Most manufacturers give a 12 month warranty with new machines but once this period passes service can often be an issue, as Steve McGloin, cofounder and director of AMS explains, “The majority of companies selling woodworking machines into the UK market are sales based operations and they have very little interest in the service side of the business. Bursgreen panel saw

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Bursgreen planer

“This is where we at AMS come into our own. Our core business is service support; it’s our passion and the very foundation of our business. From the outset, the Bursgreen by Rojek range of machines will benefit from our first class service support. New machines will come with an 18 month standard warranty which can be extended up to five years dependent on the machine type. “Our nationwide network of service engineers is being trained on the new range, with engineers going out to the Rojek factory for a two week period to get thorough training on the entire range. We provide customers with complete peace of mind; in the event of a fault, we guarantee the onsite attendance of a service engineer within 24 hours of the call alerting us of the issue. “A dedicated hotline has been set up for technical support and we have invested heavily in a comprehensive spare parts inventory to back-up the service operation. With the investment we have made into this project we are one hundred percent confident that customers will experience a level of service support unequalled in the industry,” enthuses McGloin. Experienced Nationwide Distributor Network The Bursgreen by Rojek range will be

sold via a nationwide network of distributors. AMS has already signed up three distributors: SW Woodwork Machinery in the north east, Dennis Price Woodworking in Yorkshire and Grovewood Machinery in Hampshire. Steve McGloin again, “We want to have professionals handling the sales of the machines so, as service specialists, we felt it was important to set up a distributor sales network that we could work alongside to provide a single point UK support system. “We are currently in negotiation with several reputable distributors and are looking for additional like-minded companies to complete our network. Ultimately, we expect to have a network of around 12 distributors across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.” A Long-term Commitment for the Future AMS is fully committed to the success of this new venture as Steve Foster explains, “Since 2007 we have established a strong track record as a provider of first class service support in the UK woodworking industry. Our strategy going forward is to shore this up with a growing machine sales operation, taking advantage of the famous Bursgreen brand. This partnership with Rojek is absolutely key to the future of our business and we are investing heavily to

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ensure its success. “For starters, we have doubled our stand space at this year’s W12 woodworking show at the NEC in October. The increased space will allow us to show the full range of Bursgreen equipment. We will also be exhibiting at the Timber Expo in September at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. “To underline our long-term commitment, we have commissioned a new purpose built facility in Leicestershire that will be open at the end of this year. It will house our head office, showroom and training operations on one state of the art site at Skeffington Mill. “The entire AMS team is really excited by the launch of the Bursgreen by Rojek range and we are eagerly looking forward to working with our network of distributors. To ensure the success of this groundbreaking venture, we have set the pricing of the machines very competitively, a factor we feel is vital in these challenging economic times.” concludes Foster.

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The Neville Johnson Group Nests with Homag In 1986 Neville Johnson began creating innovative fitted furniture for the home. Since then the company has become the natural choice for high quality bespoke furniture concepts, embracing new ideas in traditional furniture design. With a turnover around £30 million, the Neville Johnson Group Limited now operates three divisions – bespoke fitted furniture, staircases and kitchen furniture. The business is 100 percent committed to customer satisfaction and has invested in state-of-the-art machinery to achieve what it refers to as ‘the Neville Johnson difference’. The company believes that perfectly handcrafted, fitted furniture should also be affordable and to achieve this it recognised the need to invest in woodworking machinery that minimises material wastage and delivers the maximum production efficiencies available. “Following a management buyout in 2006,” explains Neville Johnson’s operating director, Jeff Forrester, “we set out a very clear operating strategy. Our approach was to invest in robust, reliable woodworking equipment that would enable us to

Neville Johnson Avalon Home Office

deliver quality bespoke furniture at very competitive prices. “As all our work is for bespoke furniture that we design, manufacture and install for the customer, we wanted the production process to keep all the work pieces for a particular job together. That led us to look at

nesting machines. At the time, these combination machines were relatively new to the UK market, but we were convinced that they were the best solution for our needs. “We looked at a number of the leading players’ equipment, but the brand that stood out head and shoulders above the competition was Homag. As a

Brandt 780 edgebander

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Weeke BHP 210 CNC machine

Group, they could offer us everything we needed from their specialist brands and, more importantly, all their machines are extremely reliable, technologically advanced and consistently produce high quality results. “The Weeke factory invited us over to Germany to see the nesting machines in action and I must say it is was a very impressive setup. They also arranged for us to visit a company in Ireland to witness the machines operating in a commercial environment. “Although the investment was a considerable one – top quality machinery doesn’t come cheap – we were convinced that two Weeke BHP 210 CNC nesting machines, two Brandt 780 edgebanders with Ligmatech ZHR 15 return systems and a Bütfering SCO 213 CC sander formed the perfect package for our business. “Previously, we had separate machines – saws, routers and edgebanders. Now, with the CNC nesting machines, each piece of a customer’s job is sawn, routed, drilled and labelled with the customer’s name on it before it comes off the machine. Then the complete job goes to be edgebanded and sanded. This gives us much better control over customers’ orders, as each job is kept together throughout the production process.”

Service With a Smile “It has been a pleasure dealing with Homag,” continues Forrester, “From the outset, the teams at Homag UK and in Germany have gone out of their way to make sure we have got the solution we need. “The installation and training were superbly organised and because the

machines and software are so easy to operate it has really helped our business. In the past, we have struggled to find the calibre of staff who could cope with the complexities of similar machinery but now, with the Homag equipment, anyone can be trained up to operate it successfully so we no longer have a skills shortage.”

us to do worktops on line. Traditionally, the production of worktops is usually a very laborious process, but with the new Weeke CNC machine it is easy and again optimises the use of the wood.”

Great Return on Investment Key Benefits Jeff Forrester then went on to explain the major benefits the Homag machinery has bought to the business. “Unlike some of our competitors, we don’t make product from stock. “All our work is bespoke and the pieces that comprise each job are made as required. We also offer customers a very fast turn round on work and so it is imperative that we can produce all the pieces for a job at the same time. “The Weeke CNC nesting machines have been absolutely essential in giving us the ability to achieve this and because the sawing, routing and drilling are now all done on one machine, we have been able to reduce labour costs as well. “Another big advantage has been the optimisation of the material. The software works out the optimum usage of each sheet of wood before it is cut on the nesting machines. This eliminates a huge amount of wastage and keeps our raw material costs low. “The equipment has also enabled us to do more complex jobs. In fact we have just purchased a third Weeke nesting machine with an automatic feed, position and discharge system. This new model allows

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“We look to get a return on investment within two years,” continues Forrester, “And the equipment from Homag has easily achieved this target. We continue to work closely with Homag to develop the machines and our facility is often used by them as a reference site, so it is a partnership that works to our mutual benefit. “A lot of Homag’s competitors will offer you a better price, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for. Since we’ve installed the Homag equipment we have never had a major problem or issue with any of the machines. That level of reliability is absolutely vital for our business,” concludes Forrester.

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In-Excess Equip New Factory with SCM Machinery In-Excess retail stores provide an everchanging shopping experience for the consumer, supplying quality household, DIY, hardware, tools, timber and garden products at discount prices, with product lines continually changing depending upon availability. With 5 outlets in Salisbury, Christchurch, Ringwood, Southampton and Parkstone, consumers visit the In-Excess premises on a regular basis to view the latest products available, their experience assisted by having a cafe and tea shop on site. It is rare for consumers to visit and leave without making a purchase. Owner, Carl Chambers, decided 12 months ago to examine the possibility of manufacturing doors and garden related products in-house rather than buying them in from a number of sources, so he

approached SCM's local Distributor, Mike Martin, of MJM Woodworking Machinery. After initial discussions, it was decided to visit the SCM Group's manufacturing plants in Rimini, Italy, not only to see how all the SCM machines were made, but also see classical and CNC machines demonstrated in SCM's impressive new showroom. Very happy with their visit to SCM, Carl Chambers placed orders for a number of SCM machines, including a L'Invincible SI 6000 Sliding Table Panel Saw, a TI 155 EP Class Spindle Moulder, a TEN 220 Single End Tenoner, an FS 520 Class Planer Thicknesser, a Sandya 5S Wide Belt Sander and a Tecnomax S600P Band Saw. A week later, an SCM Pratix Z2 CNC Machining Centre was demonstrated and ordered on SCM's stand at the W10 Exhibition at the NEC.

Mike Martin demonstrating SCM Spindle Moulder T1155EP Class

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Carl Chambers commented: "We were very pleased with our visit to the SCM Group factories in Rimini and we could see at first hand their excellent manufacturing facilities including CNC Machining Centres, Foundry and Assembly Lines. Placing an order for a number of machines made us confident that we were putting our faith in a substantial company that would supply, install and look after our machines after a considerable investment in our new factory unit in Salisbury." The L'Invincible SI 6000 is a top of the range panel saw and has blade tilting and a 3200 x 3200mm squaring capacity, with a generous 140mm cutting height. Fitted with the "Vanguard" control system and Windows XP, all on an overhead control panel, direct control of the main and scoring saw lifting, tilting, blade rotation speed (an inverter fitted) with a 999 program capacity of the controlled axes. Programming of sequential cuts within a program is possible and full graphic assistance for the operator is included. A controlled axis programmable parallel fence with 1500mm capacity sliding on 2 THK guides at a speed up to 25metres/min. is included. A full support mobile frame enables angular cutting with micro adjustment with an LCD readout display. The squaring fence has 3 LCD readouts for the stop positions using wireless technology. Electronic scoring saw adjustment using motor powered adjustment of both the horizontal and vertical positions was specified. The TI 155 EP Class Spindle Moulder with tilting spindle and HSK 63 rapid tool changer, has the "Easy" electronic control system installed with an overhead panel for controlling 2 to 8 axes, with a 300 program storage capacity, enabling lifting and tilting of the spindle to be carried out simply and fast. The "Flex" fence control provides

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INSTALLATION automatic adjustments of the entire fence with reference to the tool diameter and the infeed fence for the removal of the required amount of timber. Aluminium fences combined with the "Fast" section table with automatic adjustment managed from the "Easy" controller and an inverter for spindle speeds of 900 to 12,000rpm, reverse spindle rotation, a glazing bead unit and the HSK 63 rapid tool change system, ensures the TI 155 EP Class is fully fitted with all the devices to provide fast and simple programming for the operators between the variety of jobs that will be undertaken at In-Excess. The Sandya 5-S Wide Belt Sander, with 1350mm working width, has 2 rollers, 140 and 220mm diameter, each with its own 15 HP motor, the first roller with SCM's helicoidal grooved steel roller for maximum stock removal. Electronic positioning of the work table, with on/off pneumatic selector for each roller, again ensures rapid setting up between jobs. The TEN 220 Class Tenoner has ISO 40 rapid tool change system fitted, providing a 350mm maximum tool diameter with a 7.5 KW motor. The saw unit carries a 400mm diameter blade, 3 KW motor and has a revolver with 5 stops. The rotating chip breaker has capacity for 5 profiles. A push

button provides locking and unlocking on the carriage for the pneumatic presser. The Pratix Z2 - 27 CNC Machining Centre has a 2750 x 1300mm working area and a 7.5 KW Routing Head with both a Rapid 8 Automatic Tool Changer and a TR 10 Rack Tool Changer, and with a vectorial speed of 60metres/min.. Manufacturing MDF kitchen doors, ready to paint, radiator panels and back panels will be carried out as In-Excess can also supply handles, hinges and associated products from their own retail outlets. The machine has the capability of Nesting panels and doors from a fullsize sheet using the aluminium multi-functional work table and high volume vacuum system. Joinery Shop Manager, John O'Neill, is very pleased with all the new SCM machines installed, commenting: "The machines, especially the spindle moulder and panel saw, are very easy and fast to set up using their CNC controls, so we can move from one job to the next in no time at all, as programs can be re-called or

SCM wide belt sander model Sandya 55 at In-Excess

amended within seconds." The new 3,000 square foot factory is in a new unit on the In-Excess site and headquarters just outside Salisbury and has a new dust extraction system fitted and a power up-grade installed for all the new machines. Carl Chambers concluded: "We are very pleased with our investment in SCM machinery and the service and back-up provided by Mike Martin and SCM UK. The machines are all high specification for fast set-up times between jobs, and therefore we are in a great position to take full advantage of the up-turn in the market when it arrives."

For further information: In-Excess: Tel: 01722 412233 SCM Group (UK) Ltd: Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email: Programming SCM Pratix Z2 at In-Excess

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Makita Expands Dust Extraction Vacuum Range for Site Safety 路 路

20 and 35 litre wet/dry models L class approved for masonry, concrete and plaster 路 Powerful 1,100watt motors Makita has introduced further additions to the professional dust extractor vacuum range to meet increasingly stringent dust extraction regulations on-site and in workshop applications. Two new L class approved models with 20 litre and 35 litre container volumes are available. Both are powered by a 1,100watt motor and are available in 240v or 110v modes. The Makita VC2010L and VC3511L dust extractors are equipped with a washable PET filter that gives 3000cm of filtration surface. An integral easy-to-operate manual filter cleaning system is provided. These

powerful extraction units generate a maximum airflow of 3.6m per minute and a maximum vacuum pressure of 18kPa. Both of these new models have a power take-off point enabling them to be coupled to Makita power tools which, when operated automatically starts the dust extraction unit to protect the working environment. Both models feature a fleece filter bag which facilitates the collection of moist debris without damage to the filter. The 3.5 metre-long flexible suction hose has a reliable click-connection system for easy changing of the varied selection of tools and hose extensions. The Inoxcontainers are fitted with four fully floating castors which provide full

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manoeuverability with supreme stability. The lightweight, compact and easily transportable 20 litre unit stands just 500mm high and weighs only 7.3kg, ideal for transporting in the van and into the worksite, whilst the 35 litre model weighs 8.2kg and stands 685mm high. Dust extraction is an increasingly important requirement when power tools are in operation. Makita manufacture a range of harmonised extraction systems delivering safer working environments.

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FINSA Reflect on a Good Year In the UK FINSA UK – part of the multi-national wood-based board product Group – can look back on a satisfactory year of trading against a difficult economic background with turnover figures up by 9% As a positive component to this result FINSA UK reported that bad debts for 2011 represented less than 0.06% of turnover which was the lowest level for 4 years in the UK. FINSA UK Managing Director Rafael Willisch says that in the current climate FINSA were able to offer the market a range of board products that provide specific solutions, were innovative and demonstrated quality and high performance. Included among the high performing products is FINSA’s range of MDF products ranging in thickness from 1.8mm right up to 70mm in Std, MR, FR

and Ultra-light options. FINSA’s lightweight range of products all showed healthy increases in sales for various applications – products like FinLight, GreenPanel and Iberpan 400 were all strong performers. “Our Superpan board has been particularly successful with the market recognising its outstanding qualities and value” he says. FINSA’s worldwide production facilities enable to produce complex board products at price ranges that suit markets at the current time and especially manufacturers looking for products that allow them to add value and diversify. FINSA’s UK facilities at Birkenhead on Merseyside are able to hold significant stocks for immediate delivery anywhere in the UK. Rafael Willisch says that it is this

FINSA’s factory – Santiago de Compostela

type of service as well as the quality and range of products which have led to FINSA UK’s positive results. For further information: Tel: 0151 651 2400 Fax: 0151 651 2405 Email:

Lambsons add ARPA HPL to their Stock List Continuing their product range developments for the furniture manufacturing and interior design markets Lambson Laminates have added the ARPA range of high pressure decorative laminates to their expanding stock list. Commenting on the new product range, Lambsons Commercial Director Tim Russell said: “We have been researching the market for some time and working with manufacturers to find what we believe is the right product range for the UK market. The ARPA range ‘ticks all the boxes’ and provides a solution for the most diverse applications for furniture manufacturers and producers, interior designers or architects – from healthcare to ship yards,

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transport to hospitality, hotels to medicare, retail to kitchens – we have a range of colours, decors and finishes to suit the most creative minds”. With additional specialist processing the product can be made antibacterial and flame retardant – ideal for public places and all applications where a high level of hygiene is important – kitchens, laboratories, sanitary areas etc. Tim concluded: “We have an excellent product that is competitive in all areas of the market and at Lambsons we have a bespoke service for customers – with all size of orders satisfied”. Lambson Laminates supply innovative panel products and components to diverse market sectors throughout the UK and Europe.

For further product information: Tel: 01977 711200

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FINSA for Thick Lightweight Veneered Boards Multi-national wood-based sheet material manufacturer FINSA operates a specialist Veneer division at one of their factories in northern Spain. The veneers are sourced worldwide and meticulously matched, stitched and packaged for lamination to core board products. The range of species and patterns is extensive and FINSA deal with individual customers on special projects and bespoke requirements. One area of growing commercial activity is FINSA’s ability to supply ready to order thick lightweight veneered boards with a solid core. In particular FINSA specify their high performance solid lightweight board FinLight® for this purpose and can offer this veneered product from thicknesses ranging from 4mm through to 50mm. The requirement for this type of product is coming mainly from the healthy reproduction furniture sector, office furniture manufacturers as well as the burgeoning leisure interior sector for hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs. All of these now recognise the huge advantage of

FinLight Veneer Sliding Door

a beautiful and superior surface finish for large thick pieces with a significant

decrease in weight. FinLight® is a light panel consisting of thin MDF faces with a 300kg/m core. It accepts standard handling cutting and edging processes and will accept any industry standard fittings while retaining excellent screw holding properties. With this high performance product as a base, FINSA’s exquisite veneered surfaces can be used to their best effect. In the UK FINSA have sales and distribution headquarters at Birkenhead on Merseyside from where they service the UK market and hold stocks of FinLight® veneered boards in both Walnut and Oak in thicknesses of 4mm and 50mm.

For further information: FINSA UK Tel: 0151 651 2400 Fax: 0151 651 2405 Email: FinLight Contract

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Continuity In Changing Times – Schattdecor At The 2012 ZOW Schattdecor is in line with trends – and one of these is the search for continuity in times as turbulent as at present. Accordingly, "continuity in changing times" is the theme of the company's showing at the upcoming ZOW in Bad Salzuflen, where it will be putting new decors and foil products on display at booth A1 in hall 22.2 this February. The motto "continuity in changing times" also refers to Schattdecor's Pure Essence, Tomorrow's Souvenir and Industrial Heritage trend themes, which it is continuing into the new season. New colour worlds, a new style and form idiom have emerged in the past year, lending the styles a new signature look. All three – each reflecting an enduring interest in old traditions, values and craftsmanship – will be merging and converging to an increasing extent in 2012/13.

pure Essence pure ESSENCE offers simplicity, functionality and concentration on essentials, plus a concern with sustainability, quality and fine materials. The result is a pure, modern aesthetic. A mix of filigree elements and heavy forms is becoming more apparent, with clear lines and fine surfaces create a light and aesthetic effect in this timeless look. A sheer diversity of materials is much in evidence. Surfaces that make a natural or lively impression play a role, with straightgrain pine, ash, elm and subtly rustic inter-pretations of oak predominating. The look of natural stone remains an important at-tribute of the style. The colour concept in pure ESSENCE is as reticent as the muted materials, offering fine, subtle hues in taupe, mud and greyishbrown. White and light grey underscore the subtly sensual style, with greyish powdered pastels setting accentuation in the

harmonious colour palette.

Solino Thanks to its subtle variegation, this stone reproduction has a natural 3D effect. This makes it particularly authentic in impression, plus its balanced hues suit it to a wide range of colourways. Offering contrasts typical of stone, Solino is an attractive decor for worktops, wall panels and cabinet sides and fronts.

Tomorrow's Souvenir Tomorrow's Souvenir shows that the influence of the 50s and 60s is becoming more prevalent in new contemporary design, and has finally arrived in newly expressed form in home furnishings. The result is a style marked by developments in the modern interpretations that have determined the trend so far, as particularly apparent in individual furniture. At the same time a new mix of the old and the

Santana Oak

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Avalon Pine


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newly-interpreted is superseding more conventional arrangements harking back to the 50s and 60s. Small idiosyncratic side tables in unusual combinations of materials, ingeniouslydesigned desks and stylish easy chairs all bear witness to the influence of these mid-century decades. An accomplished mix of modern surface finishes, classical materials and vibrant colours is also much in evidence. Woodgrains tend to be natural in colour, varying from pale, subtly greyed hues to glowing medium browns and shades of dark brown. Accentuation is provided by vibrant yellows, turquoise-blue, white and nuances of grey.

Santana Oak Santana Oak, a very natural-looking and subtly rustic decor, offers fine pores and attractive detailing in the form of tiny knots and elegant long cathedrals. Oak is a top trend theme this year, and the attractive grain of the decor suits it for a wide range of applications.

Industrial Heritage Industrial Heritage comes in an accomplished mix of craftsmanship, tradition and modern design. Clear modern architecture sets the stage for the industrial character of the theme, in which antiques, treasured collector's items and worn-

looking surfaces form attractive contrasts and make for a more homely atmosphere. Old and roughly-worked items no longer characterize the style alone. Contemporary materials and items with traces of machining and visible fittings are increasingly determining the particular appeal of the trend, as exemplified by rough-hewn workta-bles in stark contrast to upmarket brushed steel accessories. Lively, irregularly-textured surfaces typify Industrial Heritage. Decors offering authen-tic vintage character and a slightly used look play an instrumental role, with repro-ductions of oak, ash and rough natural stone predominating. Patterns reminiscent of arts and crafts techniques lend a certain artisan charm. Dark woodgrain hues, black and sombre browns are much in evidence, contrasted by dark shimming blue and the industrial, metallic hues of iron and copper. Neon red accents punctuate the technical atmosphere of this theme.


epitomised by Avalon Pine. This extremely rustic pine decor is lively in effect thanks to details as varied as small knots, fine cracks, traces of wear and mirrored figure markings. The fairly broad planks make an impression of solid wood and result in an expansive feel. At the 2012 ZOW, the market leader in preimpregnated finish foil will also be showcasing Nancy Elm and Sonoma Oak from its foil collection in new trend colourways. Sonoma Oak in particular stands poised to play a determining role in the 2012 decor year. New, highly creative digital ink-jet decors from the 'digital VISIONS by Schattdecor' collection will be rounding off the decor printer's showing at the upcoming ZOW. As the year comes to a close, Schattdecor reports full order books thanks to the growing number of engineered wood and laminate industry customers that are turn-ing to its design and technical expertise for unique and highly distinctive decor pa-pers and surface treatments.

Verzasca Oak Occasional small knots add to the rustic look of this narrow-planked furniture decor. Along with the finely-pored oak texture, the lively swirls of the figuring underscore this impression still further. The Industrial Heritage theme is further

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The ZOW 2012 Trend Barometer The focus is on individuality The materials used for furniture and interior design must become more flexible. In this context, decoration is paramount. For this reason, Westag & Getalit AG shall present, at its exhibition booth, new decorating ideas for the “GetaCore” solid surface and further demonstrates how materials can be customised using digital printing techniques. In addition to direct digital printing, HPL digital printing enjoys special attention. The way in which printed motifs can be used in the field of printed furniture production is demonstrated through the four pieces of furniture with innovative design, manufactured as part of a partnership project, which are displayed in a special exhibition space. In addition to the new decorating styles and possibilities offered by the digital printing techniques, Westag & Getalit AG will also reveal, at the ZOW to be held in

February, an absolute novelty related to the HPL “GetaLit” stratified material. The manufacturer demonstrates, at its booth, how the material can be improved, allowing

The works of four innovative furniture designers are displayed in a special area. For furniture manufacture, they use customised and individualised material produced by Westag & Getalit AG, which capitalises fully on the advantages of digital printing.

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for future new accents in the furniture manufacture sector, as well as in that of interior design. With these new achievements, after pioneering the HPL digital printing field, the manufacturer demonstrates, for the second time, its leading position in setting trends, as far as material evolution is concerned. Another novelty is the presentation concept. A stand with a very open layout, with many communication facilities, invites visitors to get informed on current news and join the dialogue.

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Two New Decofoils From David Clouting Continuing along the innovative lines on which the company was founded, David Clouting Ltd has announced the launch of its latest Decofoil designs. Grey Odessa Oak (UYJ01-Q3M) and African Walnut (YO203-03M) are the latest results of the company's long-term and highly productive relationship with LG Hausys. As is always the case with the company's product launches, the new designs will be supported with complementary products to ensure manufacturers and interior designers can achieve the optimum end result. The two Decofoils will each have matching edge banding, in both PVC and melamine edging, to provide all-round continuity in appearance. Further to this, matching MFC and MDF panels will also be available for both African Walnut and Grey Odessa Oak. The MFC and MDF panels can both be sourced from Kronospan, which has introduced these designs into its Fresh 2 range. Further choice is available within the Grey Odessa Oak range, as this additionally includes a cross-cut saw pattern (UYJ01T3M) in Decofoil.

Grey Odessa Oak

Both designs offer the ideal solution for those seeking authentic woodgrain effects, which continue to represent the height of fashion, while conforming to the increasingly essential element of minimal environmental impact. "We're continuing to update our ranges

on a regular basis to provide innovation and ensure we're at the leading edge of developing trends," says Edward Quant, David Clouting Ltd Commercial Director. "Grey Odessa Oak and African Walnut are the latest in a long line of new developments introduced in recent years." The business has enjoyed a close relationship with Korean conglomerate LG for over 10 years, which Mike Clouting, David Clouting Ltd Managing Director, states will continue to provide benefits for customers: "Our latest launches again perfectly match trends and will provide our customers with the competitive edge they need to stay ahead of the competition. Our association with LG means we are able to lead with the latest trends while offering customers the most competitive prices to ensure they maintain optimum profit margins."

For further information: Tel: 01376 518037 Fax: 01376 500104 African Walnut

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A Little Piece of “Haven” Exciting Design Uses Accoya® Wood for a Sustainable House and Boathouse In Norfolk The Haven project in Horning, Norfolk, is the perfect example of the increasing trend for greener building. The new house and boathouse is a gracefully designed, sustainable replacement to the previous designs, perfectly complementing and enhancing the picturesque waterside village of Horning. Due to the extremely challenging high flood and moisture area of the Norfolk Broads, only Accoya wood would have the necessary long-lasting durability to meet the demands of the project.

A unique design The Accoya wood, supplied by International Timber ltd, was used for cladding decking and screening. Architects, Lambert, Scott and Innes modernised the design by creating a unique, curved, glue laminated rear screen; this was influenced by the marine character of Norfolk and is designed to resemble a traditional wooden boat construction. The Accoya screen was made in The Netherlands and was manufactured by Newham & Abel Ltd. It was coated with merbau – coloured Woodguard coating; the same finish was used for the cladding. The entrance floor of the house is set at 1.3m above ground in order to avoid the flooding that is often prevalent in the area. Accoya wood is the only timber able to face the challenge of being exposed to such conditions without shrinkage and reduced performance. Accoya has been proven to outperform even the best tropical woods in these respects. The distinctive boathouse, also covered in sustainable Accoya wood, is a fantastic addition to this riverside property. It is purposely designed to be set above the water level, allowing any flood water to flow safely through its base. It is a perfect and secure place to store a boat in any weather conditions.

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An Eco-friendly building The house is 60% more efficient than the current building regulations and achieves Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for Energy. The construction has a ground source heat pump producing 9.7kw; this pre-heats the water and underfloor heating installations for even more energy savings. The power for the house is gained from the Photo Voltaic Cells that provide 1.8kw of electricity, which is enough for the general running of the house. A distinctively designed green roof uses green sedum to further decrease the risk of flooding. The sedum absorbs rainwater reducing the amount that will fall to the ground. It also promotes biodiversity by providing a suitable habitat for wildlife. The Haven project demonstrates the versatility and extreme durability of Accoya,

especially in such unconventional conditions. The beauty and flexibility of Accoya wood make this unique design both practical and graceful.

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Panel & Joinery Production lists the major manufacturers and suppliers to the UK woodworking industry under easy-to-find product headings. If you think that your company should be included in this list, please contact us immediately.


To book your entry: Tel/Fax: 020 8366 3331 e-mail:

Brackets (Furniture Fittings)

Panel Handling

Spray Finishing Equipment

Dudley Tool Presswork & Engineering Co. Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

ITW Industrial Finishing

CNC Machinery SCM Group UK Ltd

Dust Control Systems Cades Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Pocket Routers ATA Engineering Processes

James Latham Ltd



WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Workplace Safety Mechanical Services

Routers (CNC)

Edgebanders Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood) SCM Group UK Ltd

Machining Centres (CNC) SCM Group Ltd

Manufacturing Software 20-20 Technologies

MFC Panel Products

ATA Engineering Processes AXYZ International SCM Group UK Ltd

Routers (CNC - 5 Axis) ATA Engineering Processes MAKA Machinery UK Ltd

Router Cutters

VC Industries Ltd

ATA Engineering Processes

Panel Saws (Beam)

Sanders (Speed)

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood) SCM Group UK Ltd Schelling UK Ltd

Timber & Panel Products Distributor

ATA Engineering Process

Throughfeed Drills SCM Group UK Ltd

Veneering Equipment Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Woodworking Machinery Biesse Group UK Weinig Group UK Woodworking Tooling & Machinery Ltd

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Woodworking Machinery (New & Used)

Sanders (Wide Belt) Boere Machinefabriek bv

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Kundig Ltd

Daltons Wadkin

SCM Group UK Ltd

J&C O’Meara

Panel Saws (Sliding Table) SCM Group UK Ltd O’Meara, J&C Ltd

Software AlphaCam

Panel Saws (Vertical) Striebig

Total CadCam Solutions

Wood Burning Equipment Talbott’s Biomass Energy Systems WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

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The new Rover A in its renewed version is a compact and highly perfform orming o machine designed ned fo or the production of furniture, doors, windows and stairs. The 5-axis operating unit enables the machining of panels with complex shapes, es, granting es, quality and precision. A working centre able to meet all productionn needs:: from the artisan to prototype departments of large companies.

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