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News The Future of Wood & Panel Working … by Giben New In The UK – Brio With Sliding & Folding Door Hardware Precision Veneer Cutting Homag Improves Productivity For the Sash Window Workshop P&J Joinery, First To Install The Weinig Cube Biesse WinLine – All in One Machinery The Weeke BHX 050 Processing Centre The Homag Venture 316 Processing Centre Auditoria Installs Morbidelli 10-13 Brilliant Kündig Sander At Dee Valley Joinery 14-21 Vollmer Launches New Innovations 30 Stefani EdgeBander From SCM 6+33 Aisle-Master – Indoors, Outdoors and For Doors 39-43 The Buck Stops With Alphacam 40-41 FIRA Report Shows The Economic Impact of Biomass 44 Working With Design – Immediate Response for DIMA

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NEWS Latest New Financial Agreement Underlines FINSA Commitment to UK FINSA UK and Barclays Corporate have signed a multi-million pound (GBP) finance facility that will open up additional recourses to fund FINSA’s medium and long term development strategy and commitment to the UK market.

Manuel Castineira, Financial Controller of FINSA UK, said: “The FINSA Group celebrates this agreement with Barclays Corporate that will undoubtedly strengthen our commitment to all our customers in the UK now and in the future.” FINSA UK is the sales, marketing and logistics facility for the multi-national Spanish FINSA wood-based panel products group with over 15 factories worldwide employing more than 3,000 people. FINSA UK is based at Birkenhead on Merseyside in the north west of England where they operate extensive warehousing and distribution facilities as well as the main sales headquarters. The new financial arrangement is announced against the background of FINSA UK recently announcing a 9% increase in turnover during 2011. These figures reflect the success of FINSA UK’s introduction of specialised wood-based board and panel products that have been taken up by a wide range of broad spectrum board users as well as specialist and niche areas of the market. For further information: Tel: 0151 651 2400 Email:

Didac Secures £250,000 Employers in the wood and merchanting sectors are being urged to take advantage of the £250,000 funding secured by Didac Ltd, the industry-training specialist.

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Didac has won the funding from the Skills Funding Agency to deliver qualifications in the woodworking, distribution and builders merchants sectors in England. It covers apprenticeship programmes in Team Leading, Warehous and Storage, Customer Service, Business Administration and Management Performances. The programme typically lasts up to nine months and is delivered at the workplace. For further information: Tel: 0117 904 9377

Makita Celebrates 40 Years In UK With Power Tool Market Leadership

distributor, said: “Striebig reduced its prices for a limited period last year, but with the continued strength of the Swiss franc it has decided to make a permanent 10 per cent cut to its list prices. “The price reduction will benefit UK woodworkers who, in these challenging economic times, would like to improve their sizing facilities by investing in a Striebig saw, recognised as the global market leader.” Striebig offers a four-strong machine series, catering for all sizing needs. It includes the entry-level Compact; the Standard; the Evolution; and the high-tech Control vertical sawing centre. Each series is available in nine standard sizes with an extensive selection of options available to improve the saws’ effectiveness still further. Machines can also be built in special sizes and fitted with specialist equipment to suit individual requirements.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the UK sales office of power tool manufacturer Makita. More than 450 different tools are now available including mains powered machines. Makita is the biggest power tool manufacturer in the UK.

For further information contact T.M. Machinery Sales: Tel: 0116 271 7155 Email:

Tel: 01908 211678

Surface Design Show Success Surface Design Show 2012 took place at the Business Design Centre in London February 7-9. Over 3,600 architects, interior designers and specifiers visited the show on what was a highly bespoke inspirational event for surface materials. 101 exhibitors displayed the very latest surface solutions.

Price Drop For Striebig Vertical Panel Saws Prices of Striebig vertical panel saws have been cut by 10 per cent. The reduction applies to all new Striebig machines as well as to saw accessories. Matt Pearce, Sales Director of T.M. Machinery Sales, Striebig’s exclusive UK

Diary Dates 2012 DON’T MISS IT!

Technodomus April 20th – 24th Pesaro (Italy)

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

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

W12 October 7th – 10th NEC (Birmingham)

IWF August 22nd – 25th Atlanta (USA)

Sicam October 17th – 20th Pardenone (Italy)

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PEOPLE Colin Simmons Retires From SCM After 25 years selling woodworking machinery, Colin Simmons has retired from SCM Group (UK) Limited. Mr Simmons was SCM's Sales Manager responsible for selling solid wood machinery including planer moulders, tenoners, CNC window machinery and production lines in the UK and Ireland. Mr Simmons was instrumental in growing SCM's market share and reputation for quality woodworking machinery, supplying a considerable number of machines to many of the UK's leading joinery, mouldings and timber processing companies. Mr Simmons was at SCM for 15 years, preceded by 11 years as Sales Director at Sedgwick Woodworking Machinery. He trained as an electrical apprentice at English Electric, followed by a career at Brook Compton Motors. In retirement, Mr Simmons will continue with his hobbies of caravanning, martial arts (he is a 5th Dan in Karate), completing the renovation of his Sprite car and decorating as well as spending more time with his family.

Kevin Lovell - Sales Manager, Weinig UK Kevin Lovell has been appointed as Sales Manager of Michael Weinig (UK) Ltd from the start of January 2012, responsible for the Weinig division product sales. Kevin has been working within the woodworking machinery industry for 23 years and returns to Weinig UK after 12 years, during which he expanded his experience with panel processing machinery, wide belt sanders and classical machines. The Weinig Group range of products has significantly expanded in the last few years and Kevin is relishing the opportunity to get to grips with the Raimann, Dimter and Grecon ranges as well as the new developments Weinig has pioneered within their market leading range. Mindful of the tough economic realities facing everyone currently, the focus on excellent quality entry level machines throughout the group, such as the Weinig Cube four-sided planer and straightening machine, Raimann UniRip Multi Rip Machine, and the Dimter UniCut Cross Cut Saw, suggest an exciting future. In the best tradition of returning characters, Kevin say’s “It’s great to be back”.

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NIGEL ELMES New Area Manager for Holz-Her Weinig UK has appointed their first Area Manager, Nigel Elmes, for Holz-Her products. He will be specifically responsible for the complete range of Holz-Her machine sales in the South of England, and will report to Paul Nightingale. This is the first step taken by Weinig UK to grow their representation and sales across the whole of the UK. Nigel has a vast knowledge of the panel industry and spent virtually all his life time experience in it, having started as a CNC machine operator, progressed to programming on numerous applications, and worked as a senior sales and production engineer – for well known UK furniture companies. Nigel has always respected and admired top quality German engineering and is delighted to represent Holz-Her in the Weinig UK organisation. “It was an easy decision to make. I look forward to an exciting future”, says Nigel.

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PROFILE The Future of Wood and Panel Working ... by Giben Giben, of course, is a well-known and respected Italian saw maker. There are Giben beam saws in panel shops up and down the country; because that’s what Giben do: they make panel saws ... don’t they? Well sit tight ... Giben now do rather more than that: they have been developing technologies and forming alliances that will herald significant changes in the way we do things. This focuses on the way panels are cut, the way they’re shaped and finished, and the way panel-working factories are structured. Piergiorgio Benuzzi, son of founder Gino, is CEO at Giben and runs the 250employee business alongside managing director Giuseppe Riva. However, the world remains largely ignorant of what this partnership is achieving at a time when many other Eurozone production-machine makers are struggling. Giben hasn’t informed world markets on its corporate progress for a number of reasons, the principal one being: they haven’t had time! Giben has formed a Special Products Division that is working flat out to equip new panel-processing factories in China; they have 14 contracts under their corporate belt already and the 15th is all over the Bologna shop floor as we speak. But these are not just panel-cutting shops — these are turnkey factory and warehouse design-

In the 21st century, Giben has become a global leader in panel-cutting machines with technology way ahead of the market and with new models like the superb Prisma 6000.

and-installation projects that are coming in at around 50 million euros apiece and are focused on robotics, logistics and lasers and much more. Management has rearranged Giben the saw maker into three new divisions: Cut to Size, Edging and CNC. The roots of the first are obvious; the second and third speak of strategic alliances. Edging relates to the Giben-funded technology development mission of long-time British edgebanding specialists Ellwood, once well known on the UK stage but lately focused 100 per cent on the strategic requirements of Giben.

A first obvious step in diversification for a panel-sizing organisation like Giben is strategic alliances with companies like Ellwood, who have a strong history in panel edge finishing.ahead of the market and with new models like the superb Prisma 6000.

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CNC, however, is a different story. Represented over many years in UK by David Thompson Rowland at RW Machines Ltd., Scandinavian CNC specialists Anderson are among global leaders in their field and have now entered a strategic alliance with Giben to produce CNC products badged under the name GIBEN Anderson ... but there’s more to it than that. David TR, representing Giben in Italy and Anderson in Sweden, was a big supporter of the new growth path, of course. In addition to commissioning a new manufacturing base in Brazil, there are major panel processing technology advances in the second decade of the new millennium; concepts that are likely to take the Italian manufacturer further ahead of the global panel-sizing arena. These include developments like the new PM (Pinze Mobil) System for positioning moving panel grippers and integrating them within a high-technology automation environment for maximum flexibility and precision. There is also TetraMatic, a new fourblade saw set-up to cut composites in packs up to 220mm thick (310mm by special order) to generate big production increases, reduce labour costs and thereby to

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PROFILE maximise the bottom line. And there is also and edgebandings Giben’s MR Rotation device: the simplest, altogether? That’s the most effective way to address the first and current panel finishing second rotation functions of in-line board proposition from packs. Giben; like Lasernest, But perhaps the most arresting award Giben’s new CoJet UV Giben carried off in recent times was the digital inkjet printer is a Novelty Symposium Award at Ligna in 2011 TRUE (Giben’s own for its Lasernest technology. This award, at emphasis) flatbed the world’s leading biennial exhibition in system which, with Hanover, was for an innovation to cut by laser high-level cost not just composite boards and other organic efficiencies is, they say, materials, like timber, at a variety of levels, but like printing your own also plastics, thermoplastics, carbon fibres, money. Next step: CNC machining, of course. Giben has entered a strategic alliance with Scandinavian specialist Anderson — to the delight of UK distributor metals, and other man-made materials; David Thompson Rowland at RW Machines. Lasernest was judged the most innovative Oh, were it that development of the industry for 2011. simple... Lasernest was developed by Giben Special Products Division, whose research Taking gloss into opto-electronics and alternative laser finishing of panels as sources — gas, semi-conductor, and solid an example, CoJet or liquid state — has resulted in laser allows the application of cutting innovations with major potential a sealing base coat onto not just for wood and panels, but also for which a high gloss medical and a range of other industrial lacquer can be quickly sectors. Even the basic version of Lasernest and evenly applied for a represents cutting speeds on high-precision deep, lustrous finish in ball-screw carriages of 11m/min; but the a wide range of colours. new Ecotech version running on linear Photographic or A sample of ink jet printing direct to a panel surface with CoJet. motors will silently achieve much higher computer-generated speeds. It also means no more tooling or images can also be created at a resolution of under two euros per square metre. To dust waste - and all at a fraction of the 1440dpi for high-quality graphics complete the picture, embossing heads operating cost. Lasernest cutters are even reproduction. will simultaneously create real woodgrain retro-fittable on CNC layouts at costs that Again, a wide range of materials can be reproductions on perfect printed surfaces start as low as £12,000. printed: acrylics, plastics, glass, metals, and Giben’s Graphics Division is Nor is Lasernest just for panel sizing; ceramics and foam-based materials, but promising a new machine launch in Lasernest will also profile edges and cut a wood and wood-based panels are judged an Atlanta later this year that will top the wide range of complex and intricate shapes ideal focus. A 100mm head clearance 40mtrs2 per hour mark. for an equally wide range of applications allows printing of materials nominally up This is futuristic stuff and change, in from handicrafts to interior to that thickness at speeds panel working as in other sectors, takes furnishing and fit-out, all up to 28.2 mtrs2 per hour time. So until Giben gets around to with a complete absence of for a sensational four colour changing the world, it is still producing material stress or finish - up to six or seven what it says is the world’s best and most deformation - no more colours can actually be technically advanced panel saws in the vacuum clamping needed applied using from four to Prisma, Icon and Sigma ranges with which with laser either. And to ten print heads (and more to address, shall we say, more traditional think this all came about in than 500 delivery nozzles) markets. Oh, and don’t forget: there is also the quest for an alternative across a substrate area now Giben Edge and GIBEN Anderson way to make scoring cuts on measuring 2650 x CNC - and it’s all available in the UK from wood-based panels! 1250mm. David Thompson Rowland at RW Machines This is all explosive stuff CoJet can be run in-line in Bicester. for wood and panel with a Lasernest system processors, but hey, hold producing doors with For further information: the front page: there’s square or rounded edges Tel: 01869 244943 CEO Piergiorgio is the son of more! How would it be to do and corners, printed on the Email: founder Gino Benuzzi, from whose away with a need for buy-in surface and/or around the name comes the company decorative surface finishes acronym: Giben edges for an ink cost of See our website and interactive magazine

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WHAT’S NEW New In The UK – Brio With Sliding & Folding Door Hardware New in the UK is the global brand leader BRIO with a full range of architectural sliding & folding door hardware for both domestic and commercial sites and applications. Headed up by General Manager Dave Newton – Brio RMD (UK) will be based in a new purpose built site in Newcastle where it will manufacture and hold extensive stock levels. “We will be manufacturing to order for our customers as well as holding high levels of stock to ensure product availability at all time.” says Mr Newton “We are targeting the architect, joinery manufacturing and patio door marketplaces and are currently in advance discussions with a variety of strategically placed stockists.” “We are aiming to show that our range of design-engineered products deliver high performance whatever the extremes of UK climatic conditions. Our sliding and folding door hardware is made to last and carries a variety of approvals which either meet or exceed national and international standards,” adds Mr Newton. Brio products being launched include the Weatherfold 4s – this is a new generation of the Weatherfold Coastal Elite product, which has been available in the UK for a number of years now. Brio Weatherfold 4s has been designed to be secure – with added security features, as well as a new height adjustment system for easy installation. Weatherfold 4s is acknowledged to be a leading hardware model for Bi-folding doors in Timber, Aluminium and Aluclad materials. Another Brio product is Timberoll – this is a traditional system for straight sliding timber patio type doors. It’s a simple, well engineered bottom rolling system which offers a cost effective alternative to lift and slide systems, and

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Brio RMD (UK) General Manager Dave Newton (centre) and his team will be manufacturing to order as well as holding high levels of stock

incorporates the Brio interlocker product for an effective weather seal. Single Run from Brio is a well engineered top hung system available in a number of weight capacities. It is suitable for internal and external applications in both Domestic and Commercial developments. The Single Run range features Single Run 100 Zero Clearance, which allows minimal gaps between the door panel and hardware, therefore offering a pleasing aesthetic finish. Brio employs the highest possible quality materials in their manufacturing processes and a large majority of the range features 316 & 304 Stainless Steel as standard, thus offering peace of mind against even in the most extreme environments. Brio UK also offers a full 10 year warranty on all products.

“We are offering the UK a comprehensive range of products. We are a company focused on bringing adventurous ideas to life, converting the conceptual thoughts of our customers into exciting reality. We are a solutions company and a leader in design and quality,” concludes Dave Newton.

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Precision Veneer Cutting For cabinet makers working with natural wood veneers, achieving a cleanly-cut, square veneer edge, prior to splicing, is critical to the successful production of high quality veneered panels. The LANGZAUNER LZ 5/2 series of veneer saws represent the ultimate precision veneer cutting solution. Combining sawing and milling in a single, quality-engineered machine, they provide efficient chamfer-free cutting of veneers; achieving accurate and clean square-edge joints, every time. The milling and saw carriage move together in forward and reverse; the saw cutting slightly oversize on the forward stroke and the milling head machining a perfect edge on the return stroke. With the ability to cut single leaves or packs up to

40mm in a single pass, as well as performing cross-cutting operations, the LZ 5/2 saws are extremely versatile. The LANGZAUNER LZ 5/2 series comprises three models, all of which are available in a choice of four cutting lengths from 3,050mm to 4,500mm. The saws are simple to operate, extremely reliable and easy to maintain – the only consumables required are saw blades and disposable tips for the milling head which are quick and easy to change. Starting with the manually-fed LZ 5/2 model, the series continues with the LZ 5/2E; providing electromotive auto-feed, automatic saw blade adjustment and size correction. Top of the range is the LZ 5/2A veneer saw, incorporating all the features of the LZ 5/2E, but with the addition of a fullyautomatic sequence controller, moveable

front support table and enclosed safety covers. It has a 200mm saw blade which runs at 10,000 rpm, and a 40mm capacity milling head. Other features include: variable speed feed; pneumatic lifting & lowering of the saw and milling units, which travel on hardened and ground precision guides; automatic saw blade adjustment; and pneumatic pressure beam, including compensating gear rack. LANGZAUNER veneer saws, hydraulic hot plate presses, edge sanders and pad sanders are sold in the UK through exclusive distributor CD (UK) Ltd.

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The Langzauner LZ 5/2 series come in a choice of cutting lengths from 3,050mm to 4,500mm

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INSTALLATION Stenner Resaw for Ramsay Timber Lancashire based specialist timber importers and machinists Ramsay Timber Ltd approached Daltons Wadkin towards the end of last year regarding the proposed purchase of a new resawing machine. Daltons Wadkin are main UK distributors for Tiverton based Stenner products and Sales Director Andy Walsh was quick to recognize Ramsay’s need for a machine which would easily meet their expectations regarding capacity and performance whilst at the same time provide the latest technological advances where health and safety and control systems etc are concerned. Andy said “It quickly became evident during my conversation with Graham Ramsay that the Stenner ST100R would fit the bill ideally. The machine does not require a floor pit, incorporates a powerful 20 HP motor and takes sawblades up to 4� wide. We have


supplied large numbers of these machines throughout the UK and Ireland and their track record in service is exceptional. We were delighted to receive the order and the new machine is already in operation at Ramsay Timber’s Wigan headquarters.� Ramsay Timber, a family run business like Daltons Wadkin, have been established for almost 30 years and have a reputation as one of the leading suppliers of high quality timber products in the north west. They pride themselves in offering a service which they claim is second to none and carry extensive stocks of top quality hardwood and softwood. Their machine shop enables them to offer prompt and high quality preparation of both standard sections and profiles and bespoke specifications. Ramsay run a fleet of vehicles enabling them to operate not only in the north west but notably also the north east, north Wales, Cumbria and the Midlands.

Stenner ST100R Resaw supplied by Daltons Wadkin and in operation at Ramsay Timber Ltd’s Wigan mill.

Further details regarding Stenner products can be obtained from the Daltons Wadkin website ( or by contacting the sales team: Tel: 0115 986 5201.

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Introducing Brio architectural door & window hardware - from the innovators that brought ÂŽ you the industry acclaimed Weather fold series.

Like the new Weather fold 4s; a feature packed exterior door folding system that sets the next benchmark in door hardware technology.

With manufacturing facilities now open in the UK, Brio delivers a state-of-the-art hardware range built on decades of experience and world leading design.

It’s just one of the many reasons architects insist on Brio Weather fold - the original, often imitated, never surpassed. So for your next project, open up new doors of creative freedom with Brio, where ideas unfold.




Homag Improves Productivity for The Sash Window Workshop Based in Bracknell, The Sash Window Workshop provides customers with beautifully made, thermally efficient windows and doors that will work perfectly for 20 years or more. Excellence and attention to detail are watchwords for the business and managing director, Richard Dollar, is always looking for ways to improve the company’s quality and efficiency. It was this motivation that led him to invest in a 5-axis CNC processing centre and a sander from Homag UK. “Since we started the business in 1994,” explains Richard, “we have always employed experienced craftsmen. Our joiners are true professionals and turn out exceptional work. They are, however,

however, we were so impressed by the Homag machine we saw at one of our suppliers that we were confident enough to focus on Homag from the outset. This confidence was confirmed when we went out to Germany to meet the Homag engineers and see their production facility. “You cannot fail to be impressed with the set up over there. The quality of engineering and the calibre of the people are

Bütfering SWT 124 Sander

Homag BOF 211 CNC Processing Centre

limited by time and so we wanted to introduce machinery that would produce the more routine products, thus freeing up time to enable the joiners to concentrate on more complex elements of our work. “Normally we would research the market thoroughly before making such a significant investment. On this occasion,

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for us. Although we had the money to buy the equipment outright, we didn’t want to tie up valuable funds which we could employ elsewhere to help support further expansion. “To this end, the Homag Finance team put together a great package for the equipment, offering us the chance to buy the Homag BOF 211 6 metre long CNC machine they demonstrated at the W10

absolutely first class. As is the service you get from Homag UK; from day one the Homag team went out of its way to make life easy

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show. Naturally, this came at an attractive price and, along with the Bütfering SWT 124 sander, made the whole deal very beneficial for our business. “Since the machines have been installed they have made a real difference to our business, speeding up production and improving the already high level of quality which is the hallmark of our business. “Whilst Homag’s easy to use woodWOP software can totally control the operation of the machine. At the front end, however, we prefer to use a specialist window industry software that we have used in the business for the last 15 years or so. This software links directly into woodWOP giving us the

best of both worlds and enabling us to machine window components very efficiently and accurately. “The clamping system that Homag installed on the router is perfect for holding our solid wood window components in multiples. The routine parts are now produced quicker and to a better standard than before, allowing our joiners to concentrate on the complex elements of each job. “Throughout the process, I have been impressed with everyone at Homag UK. Not once have they let us down; they do what they say they are going to do and are always friendly, helpful and very

professional in everything they undertake. I can’t recommend them highly enough and would urge anybody considering a 5-axis CNC machine or sander to talk to them first,” concludes Richard.

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Windows produced by The Sash Window Workshop

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P & J Joinery, First to Install The Weinig Cube The Weinig Cube, new 4-sided straightening planer, recently demonstrated in the Weinig showroom at Abingdon, has been installed at P & J Joinery, Manor Farm, Chinnor, Oxfordshire. Several orders were placed after the in-house exhibition and interest has continued to increase. Many more Cube planers have now been installed in UK companies, but P & J Joinery is the first installation. P & J Joinery are a successful small company comprising three people and the owner, Philip Nixey. The business is thriving and is looking to invest in the latest technology to increase efficiency. They put their continuous success over 23 years down to the bespoke, personal, and flexible

The preview software on the Cube mirrors the laser settings on the workpiece - green for width and red for depth.

Looking inside the Cube with hood open.

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INSTALLATION service they provide. The Company are prepared to machine any type of components for their customers – builders and private clients and give a complete joinery service for windows, doors, staircases, kitchen and bedroom furniture manufacture. They use traditional standard machines in their workshop and also used their Weinig Profimat 22N, very successfully for 22 years. So the new features on the Weinig Cube make it the ideal addition to the workshop, to keep up with the latest technology and to grow their business. Said Philip Nixey, Owner, “We chose Weinig because of the reliable German engineering we experienced on the Profimat and the prompt service backup we received over many years. The Cube provides many of the extra benefits we needed to attract more business. It is easy to use, fast, and more precise. We particularly needed its 260 x 160 mm specification, and were highly impressed by

its versatility, and saving in set-up time. In fact, the Cube also has numerous other practical new features such as: providing an energy saving of 60% in dust extraction, simple and fast knife changes on its ‘EasyLock’ system, and safer feeding of short pieces.” The Cube reinvents the planing operation. It is very fast, highly accurate and easy to use as never before, being equipped with new technology laser measuring and automatic adjustment for width and height. It is particularly suitable for smaller companies and those that currently use standard machines and traditional methods of 4-sided planing. It does not have to be run all day long to be profitable – as it is so productive, efficient and attractively priced. The Cube is very compact and is ideal where space in the workshop is tight. And it can easily be relocated by using hand– operated lift equipment. It does not require time consuming adjustments and

eliminates set-up error due to its part recognition technology. The operator has the added advantage of being able to adjust the machine dimensions whilst spindles are running. Using Weinig’s simple ‘EasyLock’ knife change system, downtime is reduced dramatically. “Since we installed the Cube in our factory”, said Philip Nixey, “We have had numerous benefits in time saving with downtime being kept to a minimum, which has made us more versatile and productive, providing increased capacity to take on more work and be more competitive. We were delighted with the installation, which went very smoothly”.

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CNC MACHINING CENTRES Biesse’s WinLine: All In One machinery Technology for the Joinery Industry Biesse Group is the world’s largest producer of CNC machines in the World, manufacturing machines designed for the working of wood, Glass & Stone, plastics and advanced materials. The company has consistently been at the forefront of Technology, holding over 200 technology patents across its range of machinery and parts, it is this passion and drive for technology advancement by the Biesse Group that benefits its customers. In recent years Biesse have invested heavily into technology for the joinery sector and the working of solid wood. Biesse’s range of ‘WinLine’ machines are made up of three machines specifically designed for the production of windows and doors. Biesse’s range of machines for joinery applications are positioned as the brand itself is, as its customers Technology Solutions Provider, all of the WinLine machines offer complete process machining of both standard and special fixtures on the same installation and complete cycle machining without intervention from an operator. The Rover C WMS (Windows Manufacturing System) features a fully integrated automatic loading/unloading system that operates in ‘REAL Time’, this

innovative machine offers top of the range performance with its advanced working head and Electronic Positioning System (EPS) working table. Additional features of the Rover C WMS include a glazing bead fixing system and chain tool changer capable of carrying 22 tools; this can be upgraded to a 44 position Uniwin complete window production

tool store Uniwin HP WMS multicentre

called the FlexiStore. The UniWin HP is a muticentre that Biesse says is capable of meeting the needs of customers that demand maximum productivity with minimum labour. The UniWin HP can be setup and left running to reach extremely high levels of production with thanks to its six operating units and two beklt tool changers with places for 22 tools ensuring maximum capability. The Biesse UniProf completes the WinLine range, the multicentre is a production centre that offers complete flexibility and maximum productivity. Manufactured by integrating the UniWin

HP with the profiling multicentre WinProf, the UniProf is able to ensure the highest quality and precision possible. To support the WinLine range Biesse UK have appointed a specialist Applications Engineer, Chris Riley, who will be carrying out detailed studies of Biesse’s joinery customers upon request, this enables Biesse to offer exactly the right product to achieve its customer’s production needs. Chris, who joined Biesse towards the end of 2011, has many years experience specialising in machinery for joinery applications and will spend time with customers studying their product range and tooling needs, compiling this into a complete report to specify the ideal machine able to manufacture the customers’ range of products. To further support its customers Biesse Group UK have recently launched 5 Year’s Total Care, a 5 year manufacturer warranty and service programme that comes as standard with all new machinery. Total Care enables customers to have complete peace of mind knowing that they have a completely fixed cost for their Biesse machinery.

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The Weeke BHX 050 Processing Centre – A Powerhouse with Homag’s New eSolution Software Concept The Weeke BHX 050 Optimat is a compact throughfeed drilling processing centre with an equally trim price tag from the Homag Group. It is the perfect drilling solution for all businesses whether small, medium or large. Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director of Homag UK explains, “The BHX 050 is an ideal CNC machining centre for producers of furniture whether it’s for the kitchen, bedroom or office. The unique advantage to the BHX 050 is that it is packed with all the features of a conventional CNC but, in taking up less than 5m2, it’s small enough to fit comfortably in any production facility. What’s more, with a price tag to suit, it is within reach of most producers. “This reliable 3-axis processing centre is equipped for all drilling needs. It can drill on five sides and is capable of grooving and routing at fast throughput rates whilst, at the same time, keeping energy bills down due to its low energy usage.” Highly Flexible The versatile BHX 050 is capable of

Weeke BHX 050 control screen

processing panels as small as 200 x 70 x 12mm up to panels as big as 2500 x 850 x 60mm with an option to increase this working length to 3050mm. Simon continues, “This machine can process any type of wood panel and is most commonly used for chipboard or MDF. We have, however, had situations where even demanding materials such as Trespa are being handled by this robust machine.” Capable of using a range of drills from 3mm – 35mm in diameter, the BHX 050 is supplied with a starter kit providing a variety of high quality drill bits and cutters to get the machine straight into production. A Real Time-Saver “With smaller machines it’s generally expected that processing time will become extended,” Simon continues, “however, the Weeke BHX 050 can match the rapid processing times of much larger machines.

Customers that have seen the BHX 050 put through its paces have been nothing but impressed by its capability. “Once the programming has been done, the set-up takes just seconds; it only requires the push of a pedal and press of a button to get it started. A really productive feature on the BHX 050 is the panel holding system. There are no vacuum pod or beam positions to worry about, the machine automatically positions the panel clamp correctly to suit each panel. All the operator has to do is load the parts – simple and efficient.” Packed with Typical Weeke Features “Although the BHX 050 is classed as an entry level machine, it comes with the usual features expected from a Weeke machine no compromises have been made on build quality or safety. “The machine features large transparent doors so the operator can see inside, to keep an eye on the process. With the operator in mind, these doors open fully to provide easy access to the heart of the machine for simple toolchanging. The inbuilt safety switches stop the machine from being started whilst the door is open.

The Weeke BHX 050 Optimat processing centre

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“A recent development is the installation of pressure adjustment dials that enable the operator to control how much pressure is applied by the clamps to the wood in order to make sure that they do not cause any damage to the surfaces. This is particularly useful for companies wanting to process honeycomb panels or those with sensitive surfaces. “The BHX 050 maintains the full functionality of a CNC point to point machine whilst saving a great deal of space. The throughfeed concept, impressive panel size capacity and low price mean that it truly is a smart investment.” Optimisation with eSolution CAD|CAM “To give the BHX 050 an added boost, it can be optimised with Homag’s eSolution woodCAD|CAM,” explains Simon. “This new software delivers parametric furniture design in 3D and provides a direct link to the machine technology. “Immediately following the design process, production drawings and bills of

material can be created at the click of a mouse with design data automatically forwarded to Weeke BHX 050 machine. This means they are directly actuated with all the necessary parameters such as tool selection, drilling pattern, speed feed rate or approach strategy. “Regardless of whether you are working with dimensionally variable carcass furniture or complex furnishing items, such as counters, bars or reception desks, assemblies are generated in 3D complete with all their connections, processing operations and hardware. “At the same time, woodCAD|CAM creates drawings in a two or threedimensional view, including all crosssections and details for easy communication with architects and developers. “The system encompasses an integrated order and project management capability. This means planning and design data is calculated directly with material and production costs which can be read out in

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various forms, such as a manufacturing cost calculation or a quotation template. “Not only is this software the modern way to produce furniture, it is also the only way forward if you want to remain competitive. WoodCAD|CAM is an extremely cost effective product and due to its modular design, customers only need purchase the parts relevant to their business. Combined with the Weeke BHX 050, they are a real powerhouse and this duo will give furniture manufacturers a real edge,” concludes Simon.

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CNC ROUTERS AXYZ Introduces Latest Pacer High-Performance CNC Router Leading supplier of high-performance CNC routing, engraving and cutting solutions, AXYZ International has launched its latest Pacer series of machines. Available in a choice of three sizes (1524 x 2438, 1524 x 3048 and 2159 x 3048mm) to meet different production requirements and the most popular sheet formats, the machines embody all of the attributes of earlier systems sold under the Pacer power brand in terms of strength of build, ease of use, quality of cut and optimum reliability. They also represent an ideal upgrade path for owners of these systems now requiring a higher performance and higher productivity solution but at a very realistic price. Key design features include a heavy-duty solid steel base and gantry with a substrate

clearance capability of at a feed rate of up to 25m/min virtually all 150mm (expandable up materials commonly to 400mm), helical in use in the general rack and pinion drive woodworking, system with directfurniture production, drive servomotors joinery and panel and ball screw control processing sectors. These on the Z-axis for include all non-ferrous metals, smoother and backlash-free plastics and their derivatives, solid and motion and the latest sevenparticle wood substrates, The new PACER 4008 CNC segment A2MC machine aluminium composite router from AXYZ International controller with Ethernet materials and laminates. connectivity and 4Gb onboard memory. Full on-site training and after-sales These are supplemented with a wide range technical support are provided by the AXYZ of optional additional production tools, International team of technical engineers. including a seven- or 21-station automatic tool change system, twin or triple cutting For further information: heads, the latest AXYZ AVS Camera Tel: 01902 375600 Registration System and a misting unit. The routers will effectively cut and profile

C R Onsrud Introduce Their 5-Axis Range C R Onsrud one of the leading American manufacturers of CNC routing machines continue to expand and improve their high quality range of CNC routers. Offering a comprehensive choice from entry level 3-axis moving gantry up to 5-axis with moving and fixed gantry with single or split tables. A recent addition to the 5-axis range is the S-Series. Designed to be a more cost effective CNC machining solution the SSeries features a welded steel frame that is heat treated, stress relieved and normalised to give the stability, rigidity and performance usually associated with higher cost machines. The single table design provides a small footprint and for those applications that do not require the extra mass and rigidity of a cast iron bridge or the extra flexibility and high productivity of twin tables. The range is offered with 12HP-2000 RPM spindle and table sizes from 5 x 5 (1550 x 1550) up to 5 x 12 (1550 x 3700). Z axis clearance up to 41in (1040mm)

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ensures the range is suitable for a wide range of trimming operations in composite, thermoformed plastics, mould making or any similar application where cycle time and cut quality are important. Building on their long history, C R Onsrud has an enviable reputation for manufacturing high quality machines designed to provide maximum productivity and long life. The introduction of increasingly complex materials in aerospace, automotive, medical and other manufacturing sectors has provided the stimulus for C R Onsrud to develop the 5-axis Hybrid Mill which brings all the best production features and benefits of the CNC Router and CNC Machine Tool into one design. Quality and technology ensure C R Onsrud maintain their status as a leading manufacturer. With over 2000 installation worldwide C R Onsrud are looking confidently ahead.

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Weather fold 4s - a new era unfolds

The next chapter in Brio’s highly acclaimed Weather foldŽ series unfolds. Introducing new Weather fold 4s, a 4th generation state-of-the-art door hardware system made right here in the UK. This feature packed system sets a new benchmark in door hardware design and innovation that no other product can match. Handling panels up to a massive 150kg with

ease, Weather fold 4s also comes in a wider range of hinge options and colours than any other hardware system on the market. No wonder so many architects insist on Brio Weather fold - the original, often imitated, never surpassed. So for your next project, open up new doors of creative freedom with Brio, where ideas unfold.




The Homag Venture 316 processing centre - a true all-rounder A heavy-duty machine frame, stable moving gantry and five-axis technology with the DRIVE5C spindle make the new Homag Venture 316 a premium quality yet truly affordable CNC processing centre. Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director for Homag UK explains, “The 316 is an extremely versatile CNC router that is perfect for general joinery, the door and stair market and for companies looking to get into five axis machining. It can be freely configured to suit individual requirements and has a good choice of table lengths from 3,300mm to 6,000mm for different applications. “The new DRIVE5C five-axis routing spindle means that one spindle now does the job of a whole array of traditional units including routing, profiling, drilling, sawing and horizontal trimming unit to name but a few.” Tailored to fit your specific requirements “With a range of packages and options to choose from, the Venture 316 really can be tailored to fit your specific needs. There’s a

Homag Venture 316 lock case routing

choice of high-speed drilling heads with up to 17 vertical spindles, leading to fewer drilling cycles. “To improve set up time, you can choose

the optional LED displays which make the positioning of vacuum cups and consoles fast and simple. This option can save up to 70 percent of preparation time as it allows

The Homag Venture 316 processing centre

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5-axis machining of curved kitchen door on Homag Venture 316

correct cup placing at a glance. “In addition a 14 or 18-slot plate changer increases the number of tools and units which can be directly accessed, thus reducing set-up times further. A saw blade with a diameter of up to 350mm can also be accommodated,” Simon adds. All inclusive high-end features “The Homag Venture 316 comes with high end equipment above and beyond that expected for this level of machine,” Simon continues. “Features include safety zone technology which enables dynamic alternating field sizes. This means that if you’re processing longer parts on one side of the machine, it’s still possible to prepare and position a shorter part on the other side, therefore saving time and increasing productivity. “The 316 features fluid cooled trimming spindles with hybrid bearings which offer a long service life. A really smart feature across the Homag CNC range is the intelligent vibration sensor system which detects tool imbalance and protects the

spindle from overload or damage.” For consistent drilling depth even on hard materials, the 316 has a drilling head with spindle locking mechanism. This patented system provides precision drilling depth every time. Spindle speeds range from 1,500 – 7,500 rpm for high feed rates and short drilling cycles of approximately 1.5 seconds. Equipped to meet future challenges “When investing in the 316, you are making a decision that protects you now and in the future. The machine is designed to grow with your business step by step. A wide range of optional extras guarantee this flexibility. “Various optional clamps, fixtures and vacuum pods are available to meet all machining requirements. The powerClamp is a really helpful option that clamps straight and curved parts through pneumatics rather than the machines vacuum system. This permits much higher clamping forces which are ideal for securing solid wood components.

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“PowerClamps are perfect for arched windows, door frames, narrow strips and frame parts. For uprights and newel posts a special horizontal clamping device is offered to securely clamp them in position. “The optional corner notching unit is perfect for the production of right-angled, splinter-free, sharp-edged recesses where space is restricted, such as door apertures or sink cut-outs in kitchen worktops. “With low energy consumption due to the ecoPlus system and long machine service life, the Venture 316 is an extremely cost effective machine,” concludes Simon. “And, of course, with Homag Finance’s excellent range of finance options, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits that this machine delivers immediately.”

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CNC MACHINING CENTRES Auditoria Installs Morbidelli Combined CNC Router and Edge Bander Machining Centre Auditoria Services Limited are one of the leading UK manufacturers of retractable platforms, telescopic seating, theatre seating and lecture theatre seating systems. Their products are found in audience venues as varied as corporate head offices, traditional theatres through to sports centres and state of the art cinemas. Many of their fixed, removable and fold-down seating can be matched with Auditoria's telescopic seating with designs and specifications to meet clients’ exact requirements. Auditoria Services Limited have recently expanded their factory space, buying the unit next door to accommodate a powder coating plant. Keeping abreast of the latest manufacturing techniques their factory also uses up-to-date welding equipment, CNC fabric cutting machinery, additional CNC woodworking equipment and panel saws. A Weima WL4 Shredder and a Weima C150 Briquette press allow them to convert waste

Morbidelli Universal HPL Edge CNC Machining Centre at Auditoria

Application 2mm Edging Material on Mobidelli at Auditoria

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timber into briquette blocks that are used on domestic fires. A large proportion of Auditoria’s work is as a preferred supplier to many of the UK’s leading developers along with Universities, Schools and Colleges throughout the UK. Their writing ledges, tables and under arm foldaway tablets for use in this sector are manufactured to meet the very demanding nature of today's educational environment whilst keeping a close eye on style and quality of finish. Previously, all panels manufactured by Auditoria were made out of MDF that required edge shaping, sanding and spray finishing but the final result often needed hand finishing on site. Auditoria's Managing Director, John Penistone Senior, comments "We wanted a better method to edge all our straight and curved panels and to be able to offer our customers a wider range of colours on both surfaces and edges. Because of the large dimensions of

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Tool Changer and Rollford magazine on Morbidelli at Auditoria

some of our panels, small contour edge banders and trimming machines were not an option, and as we already had an SCM Sliding Table Panel Saw, we contacted SCM Group UK in Nottingham, to see what they could offer." After discussing their requirements with SCM UK's Area Sales Manager, Ian McCarthy, Auditoria were quoted a Morbidelli CNC Combined Routing and Edge Banding Machining Centre, model Universal HPL Edge, and after demonstrations, an order was placed for delivery in the Spring of 2011, just before Auditoria's busy production period. The Universal HPL Edge has a heavyduty construction with a highly rigid closed structure and a mobile upright that ensures the machining unit has a balanced support, is stable and is resistant to the most severe machining conditions for high performance and precision. On it are mounted an 8.5 KW routing head with a Rapid 18-position rear mounted automatic tool changer, a 26-spindle vertical and horizontal drilling unit and edge banding equipment, with movement in the 'X' and 'Z' axes on prismatic guides with recirculating ball screws. The machine has a 4900 x 1850mm

table with 2 working areas for pendulum machining, and with 12 aluminium support bars on which a range of differently dimensioned vacuum cups can be quickly located to accept the loading of tops and panels for machining. Digital displays on each support bar for rapid positioning of the bars in 'X' axis and the vacuum cups in 'Y' axis allow for very fast setting up times. A new, removable, aluminium solid work table has been supplied that will enable the nesting of panels, as and when required, to be carried out. This table is in 3 sections for ease of loading on to the machine, and it will be mounted on the lower vacuum cups, each section having its own high volume vacuum feed from the vacuum manifold and 2 - 250mc/hour vacuum pumps. The edge gluing unit optimises the glue consumption and improves quality. The 5 Kg capacity glue tank, easily removable to change glue or colour, is equipped with a sensor to ensure it is continually being topped up with new glue, thus maintaining its adhesive qualities. The edging materials are automatically fed to the edge banding unit from a magazine that has a capacity of 6 different edgings or colours that can be selected individually and fed automatically to the

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application head. Auditoria use 2mm thick PVC edging. Heating lamps keep the edging flexible when rounding sharp corners. Sensors measure the exact length of edging to be applied and the length is automatically cut with an integrated saw unit with an 8 degree angle, ensuring an exact and perfect joint without any overlapping of the edging material. Trimming of the top and bottom edges is performed by a special combined trimming and scraping unit facility fed from the tool changer, therefore saving changeover times, the tools automatically adjusting themselves for panel thicknesses of 16mm up to 60mm. Programming is carried out by the Morbidelli's machine operators using Genio CAD/CAM supplied by SCM. General Manager, John Penistone Junior, concludes "We are very impressed with the Morbidelli and the installation by SCM's engineers. As this was very new technology to us, we had a few initial hic-cups, but from then on, and with the help of SCM engineers, especially Andy McKenzie, the machine has provided us with all our straight and curved panels with a very high degree of finish quality that our customers are impressed with, and we can now offer them whatever they want in terms of shapes and colours."

For further information: Auditoria Services: Tel: 01709 543345 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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Makita Introduce Three New Woodworking Tools • • • • •

New Class Leading Table-Mitre Saw With 52mm Cut Cuts 52mm deep, 200mm wide 45° left and 52° right bevel angles Cast aluminium table 19.5kg total weight

Makita introduces the new LH1200FL table-mitre saw with 305mm diameter blade. This provides the table saw with 52mm depth of cut and the mitre saw capable of bevel angles to 45° to the left and mitre angles to 45° to the left and to 52° to the right. Powered by a 1,650 watt motor that will run up to 4,000rpm, the new LH1200FL has a wealth of features including a rigid cast aluminium table for premium accuracy; TCT saw blade, table guide rule, set plate, triangular rule, laser guide and a four LED job lights. Weighing just 19.5kg, allowing easy transport to site, the new Makita LH1200FL has a full complement of safety features including “soft-start” initial motor run-up mode, anti-restart switch, requiring the operator to reset the machine should it automatically be switched off in operation and electric blade brake which slows blade movement immediately the power is cut. Supplied with push stick, blade-cover and dust bag, which can be used in either table saw or mitre saw modes the new Makita LH1200FL table mitre saw has twin ports for connection to dust extraction vacuum and is available in 240v or 110v modes. • NEW SLIM-LINE BISCUIT JOINTER • 100mm blade diameter 4mm thick • 700 watt motor 11,000rpm • Compact and lightweight at 2.5kg Makita’s new PJ7000 biscuit jointer features the slim-line easy-to-grip motor housing from the very popular GA angle grinder machines. By reducing the body diameter, accurate control of this tool is enhanced, stability improved in operation

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and overall tool weight reduced to just 2.5kg. The new Makita PJ7000 biscuit jointer is powered by a 700 watt motor that will run the 100mm diameter blade up to 11,000rpm. The 4mm thick blade with six cutting teeth will cut up to 22mm deep and is controlled by a tumble switch on the body side. This machine has six pre-set cutting depths, and an easily adjustable angle frame with positive stops at 0°, 45° and 90°. With the machine disconnected from the 110v or 240v mains supply, the drive shaft can be locked for easy blade changes. The blade cover can be quickly opened by the finger grip clays screws. The PJ7000 biscuit jointer comes with a useful dust bag but the rotatable connector makes for easy connection to a dust extractor vacuum. This robust and accurate tool is ideal for all cabinet joinery tasks. • FIRST COMBINATION ROUTERTRIMMER • 6mm and 8mm collet capacity • Aluminium body housing for durability and accuracy • One-hand trimmer operation The new Makita RT0700C is the first combination router-trimmer in the Makita range and has been introduced to meet the tradesman’s requirement for a machine that will handle core routing tasks such as apertures in worktops and edge trimming of all sheet and panel materials. By offering

one rugged 710watt motor drive assembly and three alternative trimming, tilt and plunge bases, a multi-task tool has been perfected. The 710 watt motor will provide a shaft speed from 10,000 up to 30,000rpm with a variable speed control dial at the top of the motor body with the convenient on/off rocker switch also on the motor housing. The RT0700C features the Makita soft-start system which allows the motor to spin up to operating revolutions without the torque loading. The flat top of the motor housing aids machine control for accuracy and enables the tool to be balanced safely for bit changing where the shaft lock is also an essential element. Both 6mm (1/4”) and 8mm (3/8”) collets can be used. The plunge base provides up to 35mm of plunge whilst the trimmer base can plunge up to 40mm. The aluminium body-housing limits the tool weight to just 1.8kg and provides high durability and premium accuracy for this versatile combination router/trimmer. These new tools join Makita’s everexpanding inventory of innovative solutions for professional woodworkers.

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Salvador Crosscut for Somerset Bed Manufacturers Relyon Limited based at Wellington in Somerset are the latest UK company to choose a Salvador Crosscutting System to update and speed up their manufacturing process. The Superpush S200 Optimising Machine was supplied by UK distributors Daltons Wadkin and installed and commissioned by the Daltons Wadkin team last November. Sales Director Andy Walsh who negotiated the sale commented “The Salvador Superpush System represents real value for money and it is a high performance piece of kit. We have installed a number of these machines in various parts of the UK and demand seems to be on the increase. We were delighted to be able to meet the requirements of a high profile

manufacturer like Relyon and I am sure the equipment will give them many years of excellent service.� Relyon became a public company in 1966 and became known as Relyon Group PLC and due to an acquisition in 2001 by Steinhoff International Holdings Limited their market presence has been further strengthened as the UK arm of a truly international organization. The Relyon bed division has won a number of awards for the quality of their work and their products are distributed widely throughout the UK.

Salvador Superpush S200 installed at Somerset bed manufacturers Relyon by Daltons Wadkin

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CHD 270 Fully Automatic Top & Face Grinding Machine for economic saw blade sharpening



MONOBLOC DESIGN improves tooth accuracy TOOTH GEOMETRY MEASUREMENT ensures high cutting edge position TWO AXIS COORDINATE FEED for greater manufacturing flexibility HIGH MACHINE SPEEDS 20mm/sec for improved performance OPTIONAL ADDITIONS automatic hollow face & chip breaker ALL IN ONE MACHINING for saw blades 80 - 840mm dia FULL CNC CONTROL for all manned and unmanned working environments

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DUST EXTRACTION EU says OELs on Hardwood Dust Must Come Down ... but is it Enforceable? Steve Matuska at Dustraction reports that the EU is planning possible revisions to Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) which will reduce hardwood dust in the workplace from 5mg/m3 to 3mg/m3 - or possibly even as low as 1mg/m3. This is all part of an EU revision of the Carcinogens & Mutagens Directive and following an 18 month implementation programme, revisions at one level or another could become law in the UK in 2014. Steve’s reaction is that such a regulation would be virtually unenforceable. “The problem”, he believes, “is that the HSE, who will probably head up negotiations on behalf of the UK, are out of touch with reality and don’t have the resources to police any such standards.” “I doubt that equipment supplied by the UK LEV industry is any different to that in France, Belgium ... or anywhere else,” he says. “So the ability to meet an improved OEL standard, here or in mainland Europe, is either based on better work practices and training or different measuring methodology - or is perhaps just the usual paying of lip

service to the law.” Wally Gilder, one of Dustraction’s UK trading partners at Flextraction in Leicester, continues: “A difference between UK and Europe could be that air recirculation is banned in some Euro countries. I would question whether it is known what current working levels actually are in the UK since probably 95% of all installations are never measured - even though it is a requirement for carcinogens. And even if money were made available to subsidise OEL reductions in the UK, what different or better equipment and services are there available?” “So far as I know,” Steve Matuska continues, “there is no way to distinguish between hard and soft wood dust so existing methods to measure

Around 2.5 tons of MDF waste is dealt with by Dustraction per hour at SAM Mouldings in Antrim, eliminating annual energy costs of £230,000 and waste disposal costs of £300,00 - quite apart from earning £35,000 annually in electricity generation. Factory process heating is a by-product

inhalable dust of any kind will come up with different results. In France, I believe, wood and panel processors are subsidised to get down as low as 1mg/m3 while British manufacturers are not - and that too makes for a somewhat uneven playing field. “Perhaps,” he concludes, “the EU have a control system that works better than the existing CoSHH legislation?”

Steve Matuska at Dustraction: do the EU have a control system that works better than the existing CoSHH legislation?

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DUST EXTRACTION Study in Green Extraction at University Design School Dust Control Systems Ltd has installed an energy-saving dust extraction system at Loughborough University’s newly-built Design School building. Renowned for the very highest quality of research and teaching, the Design School undertakes a broad spectrum of design-related programmes ranging from product design to engineering design. The new state-of-the-art building includes design studios, research, teaching and IT laboratories, a lecture theatre/auditorium, offices and meeting rooms, exhibition spaces and two wellequipped prototyping workshops. The two workshops comprise a wood preparation shop, located on the ground floor, and a wood machine shop, housed on the second floor. Equipment in the wood preparation shop is restricted to use by university technical staff and includes a wall saw, dimension saw, crosscut saw, two routers, planer, thicknesser and a grooving machine. Within the machine shop there are a total of 24 woodworking, sanding and finishing machines which are made available to students to utilise in the construction of design prototypes.

The requirement for a dust extraction system was set out by mechanical and electrical contractors, Imtech G&H, and called for an internally-sited filter capable of extracting from all machines on both floors. It was also an essential requirement that the system must provide low-noise operation and be energy-efficient to run. A major constraint placed on the plant’s design and installation was that the filter and fans would have to fit into very limited space on the ground floor. Also, the route for ducting between floors had been established when the building was designed and meant that all main ductwork had to in place ahead of other trades. DCS designed a scheme which centres round a custom-built bag filter that perfectly fits the available space, and features their computerised ECOGATE® energy-saving extraction optimisation system. The high-efficiency bag filter has a capacity of 23,000m3/hr and is fitted with 160 tubular polyester needle-felt filter bags - ideal for collection of many different types of dust. Filter cleaning is by ‘shaker system’ and waste is collected in quick- release bins beneath each filter section. As the filter is housed inside the building it is fitted with

Custom-built DCS bag filter plant fits perfectly into very limited space.

spark detection equipment to prevent the possibility of fire by spark ignition. The system employs two main fansets – 7.5kW for the wood preparation shop and 22kW for the machine shop. Energy saving measures involved the fitting of variable speed drives to each fan, and machines in the workshops were fitted with ECOGATE automatic motorised gates with sensors. The system employs two ECOGATE greenBOX12 controllers in the machine shop and one in the wood preparation workshop. The sensors signal the controller to open or close gates as machines come on line or shut down. The greenBOX12 detects changes in extraction load and adjusts the variable speed fan drive accordingly. The result is a highlyefficient dust extraction system, which operates at reduced noise levels, and provides precise extraction volumes only when needed. It is expected that the ECOGATE ‘on-demand’ system will reduce power usage by around 60% when compared with a traditional fixed-speed system. For more information: Tel: 0800 040 7116 Fax: 01924 482530

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DUST EXTRACTION £20,000 A Year Savings Feels Like Lottery Win For UK Company Point Eight Ltd, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of award winning libraries and commercial interior fit out company, has chosen Wood Waste Technology Ltd to supply and install two wood waste heaters for its West Midlands production facility. Point Eight Ltd has purchased two WT15 wood waste heaters for its factory in Dudley, West Midlands. The units will dispose of all wood off-cuts saving money on skip costs, plus each heater will produce around 145kw/hr (500,000btu/hr) of heat, thereby reducing Point Eight’s factory heating costs throughout the cold winter months. After investigating different wood waste heater options and suppliers, Point Eight’s Managing Director, Andrew Wall, ordered the units from Wood Waste Technology, due to the company’s excellent reputation, outstanding after-sales service and keen prices. Since the wood waste heaters have been

installed, Point Eight has estimated savings of around £13,000 on skip costs and about £7,000 on fuel bills each year. Mr Wall says, “We have been looking for a solution to our wood waste for a while and are delighted to have found this solution to our problem which will deliver such immediate savings. After viewing many different working models on various sites, we heard glowing reports about the robust, heavy duty units produced by Wood Waste Technology. As we visited the manufacturing facility to find out more, we were impressed with the quality of the products and how competitively priced they were against others in the marketplace.” With Point Eight’s factory located in a built-up area, one of Point Eight’s concerns was about pollution from burning wood waste. However, Wood Waste Technology’s WT range is fully certified to be installed in clean air zones without the use of an afterburner, saving around £2500 on the

The installation of two WT15 wood waste heaters at Point Eight Ltd have an estimated saving of around £20,000 a year

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initial purchase cost and around £2000 per annum in running costs compared to competitor units, making the payback period the quickest in the market place today. Installation of the 2 units was expertly managed by Wood Waste Technology’s engineers, who managed to install both units in one day, with no disruption to Point Eight’s production. Point Eight’s Logistics Manager, Paul Bailey explains, “The machines are a real asset to our business. They burn so clean and the workforce is over the moon with the nice warm workshop. I’ve worked out these heaters will pay for themselves in about 12 months, and save the company around £100,000 over 5 years. The savings on gas and skip charges means we’ll be able to buy another CNC machine for the workshop. It feels like we’ve won the lottery!” Managing Director of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt Cockroft comments,”We believe in providing affordable solutions to ever increasing waste and heating charges, and keeping payback periods to a minimum. We also pride ourselves on our outstanding after-sales and service departments, as this is an area of the business that we feel is as important as the initial purchase.” Wood Waste Technology manufactures a wide range of heaters to suit all size companies, from small hand fired units to fully automatic systems. The company handles everything from site survey and design, to manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance, servicing all types of wood waste heaters and supplying genuine spares up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers. For more information on the range of wood waste heaters or briquette and shredding machines: Tel: 01785 250400 or

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‘Business is Stronger at the ‘Posh’ End Of The Market‘ So says director Ed Tremlett at Touchwood Interiors in Clyst St Mary, just outside Exeter, who are currently investing in better manufacturing and management systems and whose order book remains strong with residential and hotel fit-out work at the top end of the market. Among workshop upgrades are a new tubular sock-style of woodwaste extraction filter which has been installed by Dustraction; Ed says it has transformed the work-place and is having a very positive effect on working conditions on the shop floor. “The system we were running with, before Dustraction came in and sorted us out, was coming to the end of its service life; the filter was also inside the workshop so it didn’t perform with anything like the efficiency of current technology - and, of course, it was noisy. Now the filter is externally sited, much more efficient and all the pipe-work and connections are also bang up to date; the overall effect is very positive indeed.” That the shop floor is ‘bang up to date’ is important, says Ed, because Touchwood is aiming at interior designers and architects with furniture and interior fit-out projects that combine traditional drawing with fine cabinet making skills plus state of the art CAD drafting and production techniques. Touchwood is taking quality contracts from design right through manufacturing and on to full project management, so customers like to know who they’re dealing with in shop floor terms when they attend for discussions. In fact, the Exeter company is extremely well-equipped, producing both traditional and contemporary bespoke work of exceptional quality for private residences and hotel contracts throughout the West country, Home Counties and London. Traditional wood machines from Wadkin, Griggio and Stenner – including four sided moulders, planers, thicknessers and spindles - line up alongside up-to-the

A balance of traditional machines and contemporary woodworking skills are producing superb products and interiors at Touchwood.

minute wall saws by Striebig and CNC technology from Homag. Dustraction have also installed one of their downdraught denibbing benches in the finishing shop. To cope with increasing volumes of hardwood dust, Dustraction have installed a No. 27 four section filter unit with the latest bagging base which includes rear inlets to improve distribution of outgoing waste and to counteract unevenness that is the bugbear of all bagging filters. A manual over-ride has also been fitted on the automatic shaker mechanism that dislodges caked waste in the fabric filter tubes so that the new Dustraction set-up can be used to serve the whole of the shop floor, or individual machines as required. Dustraction’s No. 27 filter unit is now sited externally so that noise is no longer an issue; it is also housed in a new acoustic enclosure designed by Dustraction and installed by them for purposes of sound reduction. The whole of the new Touchwood dust installation falls within current Health and Safety requirements, and full COSHH LEV tests will now be

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undertaken on a 14 monthly basis to include all shop floor areas together with Touchwood’s existing spray shop. Dustraction have also tested and either upgraded or replaced all dust gates and ducting connections throughout the manufacturing layout. Ed Tremlett is delighted with the service from Dustraction and also, of course, the improved performance of his woodwaste collection and disposal. “We found Dustraction as helpful and accommodating as we could have wished; the engineers in particular were a delight to work with, responding to special requests and off-plan modifications with the sort of enthusiasm that isn’t often found in this day and age.”

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BOERE he use of Boere wide belt sanding machines is based on sound values such as top-quality production, an extensive delivery programme, deliberating with the client and supplying customised sanders. There is no real standard Boere machine, Boere focuses entirely on the clientʼs requirements and wishes. Whether the client wishes to sand wood, rubber, plastics, lacquers or numerous other materials, they deliver the quality in sanding solutions. Calibrating, presanding, fine finishing, denibbing, sanding instead of planing, planing-sanding, brushing, texturing: everything is possible with Boere’s modular machine concept: from one to six sanding units in various combinations of contact roller, sanding pad, combi unit, brush unit, planing unit, texturing unit, cross grain sanding unit, all with top and bottom operation. Standard working widths vary from 200 to 2400 mm from a simple or comprehensive stand-alone wide belt sander to a complete sanding line.



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HOLZMANN KOS 2600-C olzmann GmbH has long recognised the requirements of woodworking companies and workshops, offering a product range to suite large and small business alike. The Holzmann KOS2600-C is one of a range of edge sanding machines; the tilting sanding head can be adjusted to any angle from 90° to 45°. The machine is equipped with a round sanding table with a separate dust extraction system to ensure a dust free environment. Precision guided rollers with spring mounted belt tensioning to neutralize belt length variations ensure the best sanding results; an independent geared motor drive for sanding belt oscillation together with a graphite coated contact surface minimizes belt friction and prolongs the lifespan of the sanding belts. A full range of wide belt sanders to include the Standard, Spezial and Expert and linishing machines are also available from Holzmann Maschinen


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SCM MODEL SANDYA 600 uperior technical features, the wide range of the standard specification and numerous options available make the new Sandya 600 Wide Belt Sanding machine unique in its market segment, capable of meeting the challenge of all types of timber and panel sanding. A very strong structure of the machine bed and sanding units, a large diameter of calibrating and sanding rollers including a grooved steel roller, an advanced technological control system, the new Sandya 600 wide belt sander demonstrates that SCM is leading the world marketplace with a cutting-edge design philosophy conceived to become a reference point for all automatic sanding machines. In 2 versions with 1100 and 1350mm working widths and 2150mm sanding belt lengths, the RCS model, with 2 sanding belts, has a single Roller followed by a Combined roller / pad unit and is the secret of the flexibility of the Sandya 600. The roller and then the roller / pad can be used either simultaneously or independently of one another, ensuring a wide range of sanding options to provide quality results with all types of sanding. Electronic thickness detector, digital ammeter, Logic controller with memory setting function, elastic and TSE20 electronic sectional pads make the Sandya 600 the perfect sander for every workshop and veneering facility.


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INSTALLATION Brilliant Kündig Sander at Dee Valley Dee Valley Joinery is a manufacturer of quality bespoke timber products, “where custom-made is standard”. Priding itself on being “large enough to cope, yet small enough to care”, Dee Valley Joinery has built a reputation based on manufacturing and supplying a high quality product, where success has largely been based on customer satisfaction. Established in 1987, a highly skilled team of woodworking machinists and joiners operate in the company’s custom built premises in Aberdeen, equipped with some of the most modern machinery and equipment in Scotland. This includes a Kündig Brilliant sander which, according to company proprietor Lennie Georgeson, “works as well today as the day it was installed back in 2006”. Lennie became aware in 2004 that his previous sander was not performing as he would like and began researching alternatives. He originally learned of the Kündig range through reading about it in a trade journal, but he also views trade exhibitions as an important opportunity to see and compare different machines “in the flesh”, as it were. His search for a new sander took him to Holz-Handwerk in Nurmberg in 2004, to Ligna in 2005 and back to Nurmberg in 2006. There he met Carl

Lennie Georgeson of Dee Valley Joinery with the Brilliant Sander

O’Meara, of Kündig UK Ltd, from whom he purchased the Kündig Brilliant sander. Lennie says: “We were looking for new technology, something more user friendly. We had been looking at the Kündig range for a wee while, it seemed to be the best value for money in the market. I had some questions and problems that the people on the Kündig stand could answer and that some of the opposition didn’t want to get involved in. The same people were there from year to year from Kündig, and it gives you confidence. I The Kündig stand at Ligna 2011 displaying the company’s complete range was quite impressed with Kündig, to be honest with you. irregularities on the sanding pad’s graphite “Some of the opposition were suggesting cloth are no longer present. that we needed a three-belt Dee Valley Joinery uses the Kündig sander as most of the Brilliant sander on components products we are sanding for its complete range of gets a water based finish, bespoke joinery projects, and the three-belt sander although Lennie reported was ‘the’ technology for that the company probably water based finishing. sands more stair However, with the components than Brilliant sander using the windows and doors. oblique sanding process, Lennie describes operating at 10 degrees, it can himself as being “much cope equally as well with two more hands on than belts! paperwork. I use the sander Brilliant – inside and out “We are a belt up on the myself every week at some opposition all the time, saving on abrasives point for something. I keep tabs on all my and on running costs compared to a three machines.” belt machine.” He continued: “The Kündig sander is as Oblique sanding is a process developed by good today as it was when we bought it new. Kündig during which the sanding unit There has been no deterioration in the rotates slightly obliquely to the feed belt. Just quality of the job. I am very impressed with like a knife or a plane in a slightly angled the quality of the sander, it is absolutely spot position, the drawn cut of the abrasive belt is on. It is my third sander, and at my age it will more efficient and effortless than a 90be my last and final one.” degree frontal cut, resulting in less pressure Asked if he would recommend the Kündig on the abrasive. As a result, belt clogging and sander to others, Lennie replied: “Oh yes, I belt consumption are reduced, improving the have already recommended it to two or three life of the abrasive while leaving fewer uncut people who have since bought Kündig fibres on the surface. sanders and are quite happy as well. Some Lennie says: “The previous sander had an have been in the trade magazines already!” appetite for eating up belts: the Kündig does Lennie is equally impressed with the not. The quality of the finish has also service he has received from Carl O’Meara of improved.” Kündig UK. All models of Kündig widebelt sanders (Brilliant and Technic) can be fitted with For further information: oblique sanding units. In Kündig’s Tel: 0845 833 0545 experience, it is becoming ever more popular, Email: and, according to the company, many customers report that blemishes caused by

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Vollmer Launches New Innovations At the Xylexpo Exhibition from May 8th to the 12th in Milan, Vollmer will be demonstrating a number of new innovations from Stand C18/D15 in Hall 3. The specialist grinding and eroding machine tool supplier will be highlighting its new CP200 grinding machine plus an automated polishing process for PCD cutting tips on the universal machine QXD200. Further machines on show will include the CL200 sharpening machine for TCT circular saws and the CA 100 machine for sharpening band saw blades. The Vollmer QXD200 machine at Xylexpo will demonstrate its automated polishing process for machining PCD tips on cutting tools. The oscillating polishing is set up by automatic touch in a way that the PCD tip is only machined directly behind the cutting edge. This method considerably reduces the processing time and therefore saves production costs. The new QXD200 clearance surface grinding of TCT circular will enable PCD cutters of consistent saws. As maximum flexibility and accuracy quality to be produced in unmanned and are becoming a pre-requisite in modern automatic modes in high quantities. sharpening shops and saw mills, the new Alongside the QXD, Vollmer will be CL 200 provides this target group with a introducing its innovative new CP200 long awaited solution that is beyond the grinding machine. Equipped with four capabilities and productivity of any CNC controlled grinding competitor offering. axes, multi-processor The recipe for success techniques and integrated with the CL 200 is its software programs, the CP ability to conduct complete 200 is the machine of machining of the hook choice for automatic face angle, clearance angle, top and top machining of and blade body in one carbide-tipped circular saw single clamping. This is blades with different possible with integrated diameters and tooth Vollmer solutions such as geometries. Intuitive the measuring probe that operating facilitates the ensures all data related to quick and easy use of these the saw is measured machines in grinding automatically. This Vollmer CP200 grinding machine shops. The LCD display provides the end user with guides the operator graphically through the improved cycle times, high dimensional programs while the application process of accuracy and automatic detection and one tool runs operator free to create a grinding of tooth sequences including program for yet another tool. newly-replaced or missing teeth. Complementing the CP200 at Xylexpo, For the processing of band saw blades, Vollmer will also be highlighting the Vollmer will be showing the Milan benefits of its market leading CL200 audience its exceptional CA 100 machine sharpening machine for the hook and for sharpening the face and tops of band

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Vollmer QXD200 tool carousel

saw blade teeth. The cam-controlled CA 100 sharpens the complete profile of the band saw blade and it can be configured for wet or dry grinding. Renowned for its sturdy and compact central block based structure, high functionality and excellent cost-performance ratio, the robust design of the CA 100 guarantees an extremely long lifetime coupled with high precision and low maintenance requirement. Innovative technology prolongs the tool life of saws and boosts the productivity for any sawmill. The CA 100 scores highly in day-to-day operation in terms of its simple, uncomplicated operation and excellent accessibility. The saw blades are easy to set up thanks to a straightforward tooth face adjusting mechanism on the outside of the machine. The tooth shape cams can be quickly exchanged with just a few simple adjustments, making it easy to grind different band saw blades. For further details, please visit the Vollmer stand at Xylexpo.

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Brio’s Weatherfold Story Unfolds

Brio's leading Weatherfold exterior folding door and window furniture has long helped architects and designers to seamlessly meld interiors and exteriors in a secure and efficient manner. The ever popular Weatherfold Coastal Elite exterior folding door hardware has recently seen improvements, with particular attention being placed on security and height adjustment. With these changes comes a new name – Weatherfold 4s. Weatherfold 4s consists of four dedicated systems suitable for timber and aluminium doors weighing up to 150kg per panel. It is acknowledged to be a leading hardware model for bi-folding doors in timber, aluminium and Aluclad materials. Weatherfold 4s hardware is suitable for both residential and commercial inward or outward opening applications. The system is ideal for large openings with up to 8 panels folding in each direction achieving a span in excess of 16,000mm, and is capable to accommodating panels up to 1000mm wide, with a maximum door height of up to 3,300mm. It is available

with mortice or non-mortice hinge and with a choice of four colour finishes, from the traditional Satin Stainless and PVD Brass to the contemporary Polished Stainless and PVD Black. Precision bearings achieve a low rolling resistance, while the concealed bottom channel improves aesthetics. The use of cast 316 stainless steel and architectural grade stainless steel components offer high resistance to corrosion, even in harsh coastal environments. In addition to a complete timber folding door system fitted with Weatherfold 4s hardware undergoing endurance testing by a third party accredited laboratory, Brio undergoes extensive salt spray chamber corrosion testing. Windows also fall within the Weatherfold remit, – Weatherfold Window 20 is designed for exterior folding windows in residential or light commercial applications with up to six panels folding in one direction. Each window sash can weigh 20kg by 900mm wide comfortably accommodating a span of 10 metres. This is achieved by a fully integrated bottom guide system hidden

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behind the rebate stop. The guide system not only provides stability for folding up to 12 window sashes, it is weatherproof and surface mounted making it ideal for drainage on window sills. For serveries that open out to exterior dining areas, Brio’s Weatherfold Servery 20 top hung exterior folding servery windows fittings are ideal. As no sill or channel is required, the work surface is left completely unobstructed from one side to the other. Brio's R&D department continues to bring a strong design element to the business, developing and testing ground breaking concepts that continue to be at the forefront of the industry. • In 2010 Brio opened a UK subsidiary based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Brio RMD (UK). Today Brio is represented in over 20 countries and is recognised by architects around the world as a leading design and manufacturing company.

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INSTALLATION Stefani Edge Bander From SCM Group Installed At Kingfisher Interiors SCM UK has recently installed a top of the range Stefani Automatic SingleSided Edge Bander, model Solution 106, at the new premises of Kingfisher Interiors and their sister company Sunny Kitchens and Bedrooms located in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Running out of space in their previous factory due to increasing production demands, both companies decided to move to larger premises in order to have more production space and a showroom, plus a larger area for installing new machinery, as new and an increasing level of orders were being received for both Kingfisher Interiors and Sunny Kitchens and Bedrooms. Sunny Kitchens and Bedrooms are very well known in the surrounding London and Middlesex areas, but also Birmingham, and obtain all their business by referral and recommendations from existing customers and repeat orders. No advertising is undertaken. Kingfisher Interiors supply shop fitting and commercial work to specifiers and multi-national clients and their business is

Gani Mawji, Kulwinder Dayal and Sunny Dayal in front of Stefani Edge Bander

taking off because of the high level of service they provide their customers, from

Sizing, gluing and softforming area on Stefani Edge Bander at Kingfisher Interiors

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initial enquiry to measuring premises, design, quotation, manufacture and installation by their own staff. Joint Managing Director, Gani Mawji, comments "After our move to larger premises, we realised our existing edge bander was not up to the job as we had just received an order for a large contract. We made several calls to potential edge bander suppliers, finding out that SCM UK had a Stefani machine in stock. We travelled to Nottingham, where SCM's engineer, John Wilson, did an excellent demonstration, so we placed an order there and then." "Two days later, the Stefani Solution was delivered to the Kingfisher Interiors premises with SCM engineer Dan Long on hand to commence immediate installation and commissioning, so we were up and running in no time at all." The Solution - 106 is a very high specification machine running at up to 25metres/min. At the infeed are sizing and moulding units that can shape the edges of panels for the softforming process when required. This is followed by a powerful

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Stefani Solution 106 Edge Bander at Kingfisher Interiors

edge milling unit with twin 4KW motors that machines the vertical edges of panels prior to gluing, with diamond cutters for longevity, providing a perfect edge for gluing, taking out any imperfections when the panel was sawn or damaged in storage. After the panel edge is machined, the edge is glued using the special gluing system. Glue pellets are transferred from a hopper, pre-melted and then transferred to the gluepot where a sensor reads when the glue is down to a level that requires more glue adding, perfect when continuously edging long panels. Edging materials supplied in roll form, 2 or 3mm ABS/PVC or melamine is applied from a vertical multi-position magazine with auto changeover. Solid wood lippings or laminate can also be applied. A series of vertical pressure rollers for applying the edging material follow, or a system of rollers that can be adjusted to any soft-formed shape. An upper edge trimming unit, YU-SP, with blade

inclination cuts the edging material exactly to the front and rear ends of the panels. A top and bottom edge trimming unit followed by an RSU fine finishing trimming unit with quick release motors/cutters enables fast changeover as and when required. For the rounding of the corners of panels with 2 or 3mm ABS/PVC applied, a C1 and C2 corner rounding unit provides an excellent finish. An edge scraping unit precedes a buffing unit and a brightening kit for panel edges. The Solution - 106 has the very latest PC Control System with "Winedge Plus" software to enable fast and easy programming and the re-call of programs to ensure fast setting-up between jobs, the movement of all operating units and height control of the upper pressure beam when the board thickness changes. To enable one man operation of the Stefani, a return conveyor receives the panel at the outfeed of the edge bander and

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returns it to the operator at the infeed, so the second, third and fourth sides can be edged if and as required. Joint Managing Director, Sunny Dayal, concludes "We are very impressed with the Stefani edge bander from SCM UK, who reacted to our urgent requirement for the machine to be delivered, installed and commissioned within 2 days of us placing an order. The machine edges all our carcassing panels and doors and we are sure the Stefani will gives us many years of excellent service backed up by SCM UK's knowledgeable service engineers." For further information: Kingfisher Interiors Tel: 01895 274466 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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Aisle-Master - Indoors, Outdoors and for Doors Distinction Door Solutions is the leading supplier of GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) entrance doors to the UK market. The company has recently taken delivery of two AisleMaster articulated forklift trucks to ensure the seamless handling and storage of its stock of 25,000 door blanks, 80,000 glazing cassettes and other components in its warehousing facility in Barnsley. Following an expansion of the business Distinction Door Solutions opened a new warehouse earlier in the year for the bulk storage of raw materials, doubling the footprint to 80,000 ft . This is located across the yard from the original store which houses finished doors, so any forklifts working on site need to be able to travel easily and quickly between the two buildings to ensure a steady flow of goods. This was not the case until the AisleMasters were brought in as Operations Manager Dennis Bird explains: “The reach trucks we were using were not really up to the demands of outside operation – we had problems with damage to the tyres, and regular breakdowns were seriously impacting on our productivity. When we opened the new facility we realised we had to look at something more robust and reliable to ensure the supply of over 5,000 doors a week to our customers around the country.” Ability Handling has been advising the company on handling and storage issues for around 10 years, and Lee Brown recommended the Aisle-Masters due to the trucks’ versatility to work equally well indoors and out as well as their proven track record of extreme dependability. The reach trucks were withdrawn earlier than scheduled and replaced with two narrow chassis AC electric powered 1.5t capacity 15E Aisle-Master models on a 5 year rental

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Aisle-Master can be customised for individual requirements

contract, resulting in vastly improved operations. The 15E model is a new addition to AisleMaster’s range, and designed for companies handling lighter loads in low bay applications and can also work in block stacking applications. It therefore perfectly suited Distinction Doors’ requirements as the finished product is not overly heavy, is stored to a top beam height of 5500mm, and the raw materials are block stacked. With a chassis width of just over 1m, the trucks are able to work in extremely narrow aisles, but due to the dimension of the doors, which are around 2m in length, more generous aisle space has been allocated for easy manouevering. “The Aisle-Masters are the all-round solution,” says Dennis. “They can offload in the yard, commute easily between the two buildings and give us peace of mind that we can fulfill our customer commitments.” Aisle-Masters have capacities of up to 2.5 tonnes, lift heights of up to 12.5 metres, with a choice of AC electric or LPG power.

The range is designed and built at the dedicated production facility of its parent company Combilift in Monaghan, Ireland, and can be customised for individual requirements. Aisle-Master design engineers also offer a site visit and warehouse layout service and supply free layout proposals illustrating how to maximise the use of available storage space.

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The Buck Stops With Alphacam A wooden buck was an essential factor in the success of a specialist one-off racing car. And the Cambridgeshire woodworking company that produced it says it was a real case of wood ensuring that metal can do its job properly. Andy Mitchell, proprietor of Mitchell Motors in Wiltshire, wanted a unique car in the spirit of a 1950s classic racing car which he could use both on the road and on racing circuits. He came up with the Mitchell Special MK 11, based on a shortened version of the box-section Bristol chassis, but with a new spaceframe of his own design. Once the body shape had been finalised following extensive CAD work, he called on dedicated CNC routing specialists The Cutting Room to create the wooden former for proving out the metalwork. In a bygone racing era, Italian craftsmen at Touring, Zagato and Scaglietti would have painstakingly hand-crafted a full-sized wooden body buck from solid elm to help their metalworkers form the finished bodywork for their cars. But instead of having to hire such skilled specialist workers, Andy Mitchell only had to email his CAD file to The Cutting Room, based at Huntingdon, and within 36 hours they had produced the birchwood ply profiles, using

Alphacam to create the toolpaths. The profiles fitted together to form the rigid 3D former, to which the panel beater could offer up each metal sheet as it came off the wheeling machine to eliminate any uncertainty over whether corners matched, or the wheel arches and door apertures corresponded. A wheeling machine enables a metal craftsman to form double curvature curves from flat sheetmetal. Panels produced this way are expensive, but it has the key advantage that it can flexibly produce different panels using the same machine. It is used wherever low volumes of compound curved panels are required; typically in spaceframe chassis racing cars such as the Mitchell Special, car prototypes, car restoration, coachbuilding and aircraft skin components. To keep costs to a minimum, it was essential that the bodywork was absolutely right first time, and this was where the accuracy of the wooden buck came in. Cutting Room partner Mark Durey says: “Without the buck the car could not have been made to the high standard it was. So the buck had to be absolutely perfect. It’s formed through 2D interlocking cuts, and we had to put in a vertical slice wherever it

The Mitchell Special MK11

was needed, creating a cross hatch. We had to make sure all the joints were correct and that only one edge of the board would touch the metal’s surface smoothly.” Once The Cutting Room had received Andy Mitchell’s CAD file, they used Alphacam to nest the profiles on sheets of birchwood ply and create accurate toolpaths. But Mark Durey says Alphacam’s role did not end there. “We used Alphacam’s tagging facility on some of the smaller parts, raising the cut to hold the components steady, like Airfix parts are held in place. Although we were creating a lot of small parts, tagging effectively makes them one large part, ensuring absolute accuracy and increases the cutting speed.” The profiles were machined on an Anderson Duo – one of The Cutting Room’s three CNC routers; the others being an SCM Record 220 and SCM Routomat 3. Each piece of the plywood assembly was numbered and coded so the buck could be disassembled for storage, or packed flat and transported at minimal cost. The buck also gives an accurate pattern which can be used in the future if the car ever suffers accident damage. When The Cutting Room got their first CNC router they were putting the code in by hand and working out the dimensions on graph paper. “Then I saw how Alphacam would be ideal for putting our toolpaths in, so I bought it straight away. That was about 20 years ago, and I’ve used Alphacam ever since as it’s absolutely the best software for our needs,” says Mark Durey.

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REPORT FIRA Report Shows the Economic and Environmental Impact of Biomass The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) have compiled a report to the Government on its approach to providing energy producers with subsidies for burning Biomass (wood) and how this is pushing up the price of wood which is seriously damaging the competitiveness of most of the furniture industry. On Monday 12 December, the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) and the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) held a meeting at the House of Lords in December to launch the report commissioned by FIRA that focuses on the Renewables Obligation Woody Biomass Subsidy and the detrimental affect it is having on British manufacturing. The launch event enabled FIRA and the BFC to share the report with parliament, and appropriate Ministers and MPs were invited. This report is the outcome of a number of Biomass Summits held at FIRA earlier this year. These events brought together key industry leaders to discuss how government subsidies encouraging power companies to burn wood, are distorting the market for new timber, thereby forcing up prices for the

manufacturing of furniture products. The woody biomass report will now be used to lobby the Government on behalf of the furniture industry. This document outlines a series of recommendations on how the Government can ensure that manufacturers are allowed to continue business without facing the difficulty of coping with rising prices from the woody biomass subsidy distortion. The report also explains how the biomass subsidy is having a negative economic impact within the UK furniture industry. Following the introduction of biomass subsidies, wood prices have risen by 55.1 per cent over the past 5 years, having a significant impact on furniture production margins. With increased costs for furniture production, an increase in jobs losses is also likely. Many manufacturers are based in rural areas where unemployment is already high and there are limited employment opportunities. As a result, if the UK wood panel industry was to disappear, 4,400 jobs would be lost. With increased costs for furniture production, it follows that furniture product

L-R Paul Von der Heyde the Chair of the British Furniture Confederation, Dr Asli Tamer Vestlund FIRA Deputy Technical Manager and Jonny Westbrooke Chief Operating Officer of FIRA

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prices for the consumer will also increase. This is especially poignant as the subsidy paid for burning renewable fuel is paid by consumers through their electricity bill. This means consumers are paying for a renewable energy form which distorts the market perversely against them as both a consumer and also to British manufacturing. Over its life time, burning woody biomass also emits significantly greater CO2 than wood panel manufacturing. The report suggests that the biomass subsidy should not encourage the burning of virgin wood, which could be used productively through its lifecycle, before being burnt for fuel. It encourages that furniture at the end of its lifecycle is burnt for fuel, rather than placed in landfill. Furthermore, the report discusses how biomass stations relying on wood imports from abroad are a threat to the world’s forests and may even increase climatechange emissions. Stephen McPartland MP spoke at the parliamentary launch event, in his capacity as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group. The Chair of the British Furniture Confederation, Paul Von der Heyde also spoke.

For more information on FIRA’s Biomass Report : Tel: 01438 777 700 Email:

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DECORATIVE SURFACES & EDGING The Strength of Oak from David Clouting Ltd The old maxim 'to stand still is to go backwards' can be seen to be clearly understood by David Clouting Ltd, which continues to innovate and keep pace with the latest fashion trends. The most recent example of this is the company's introduction of its Saw Cut versions of Golden Odessa Oak (KUYJ02-T3) and Grey Odessa Oak (KUYJ01-T3) Decofoil designs, clearly displaying the intention to build on its success in recent years by maintaining its leading position through the established practice of constant innovation. David Clouting's Odessa Oak Saw Cut options feature realistic surface texturing which, combined with authentic wood grain reproduction, provides customers with all the benefits of access to cutting edge trends without any of the environmental drawbacks. The fact that no trees have been harvested can be seen as an important environmental factor in using Decofoil. Further supporting the latest introductions, matching PVC and melamine edge banding is also available, in line with

the company's established policy of supporting its designs with essential accessories. Both Golden and Grey Odessa MFC and MDF panels are available from within the Kronospan Fresh 2 range. "Our Odessa Oak range is already selling well, following the launch of Golden and Grey Odessa in a natural wood texture last year," says Tracey Muscroft, David Clouting Ltd UK Sales Manager. "Having further extended the range with more on-trend designs and textures, we are anticipating an enthusiastic response from our customers looking to remain not one, but several steps ahead of their competitors." David Clouting works closely with Korean conglomerate LG, with the decade-long relationship allowing the company to offer its continually expanding product selection. "Our focus is always on quality, but our excellent relationship with LG means we can guarantee our products mean that not only are our designs the best, they're also the most cost effective," says Edward Quant, David

Odessa Oak

Clouting Ltd Commercial Director. "Our latest Odessa Oak options therefore provides our customers with further opportunities to gain new business and generate additional profit."

For further information: Tel: 01376 518037 Fax 01376 500104 Email:

REHAU Launches Brochure Library On CD REHAU is continuing its efforts to become the greenest edgeband manufacturer in the UK with the launch of a new CD brochure library which will massively reduce the amount of paper it prints and stores. The new CD is being sent automatically to all those REHAU customers who previously received printed versions of REHAU brochures and technical literature, but is also available free on request from the company via: 01989 762671 or: The CD contains all of REHAU’s existing brochures in one compact package and serves as a complete guide to REHAU’s edgeband ranges. This includes the vast RAUKANTEX collection in both standard and Express Collections, the innovative Laser Edge range of solutions and new additions such as the grooved RAUKANTEX V-Nut and the RAUKANTEX Designo range of creative finishes. It also features comprehensive information on REHAU’s roller shutter

products designed for the kitchen, bathroom, office, retail and education sectors and has full product and technical brochures on innovative ranges such as the RAUVOLET Vetro-Line glass roller shutters and Acoustic- Line sound absorbing roller shutters and partitions In addition, REHAU’s Outdoor Solutions section is now available on the interactive CD brochure, highlighting the innovative Wood Polymer Composite decking system – RELAZZO. As the Outdoor Solutions range grows, so will the CD’s range of both technical and product information, along with a link to the REHAU website where it will be possible to design your own virtual decking online. The CD will be regularly updated to include the latest developments and finishes and has links to the relevant sections of the REHAU website at and to other useful online sources. Allison Tucker, the Business Team Leader for REHAU’s Furniture products

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Designo edgeband courtesy of Leicht Kuchen

said: “The shift towards paperless brochures is entirely in line with REHAU’s environmental commitments. It reduces printing, postage and potential waste but is also more user-friendly for our customers because our entire brochure library is now at their fingertips.”

For further information: Tel: 01989 762671 Email:

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Working with Design – immediate response for DIMA Right from the off it looks like visitors to W12 Working with Design at the NEC in October will have something special to look forward to. The launch last month of the Design In Manufacturing Awards (DIMA) has had an instant an encouraging response from exhibitors eager to enter show products of distinction, original ideas and concepts that will help their customers to produce solutions of commercial excellence. Exhibition organisers Huddlestone have now posted the details for entries along with entry forms on the W12 website ( The information includes conditions of entry, rules as well as advantages to entrants. As previously publicised the eminent judging panel has been announced and judging will take place in September with the closing date for entries on July 31. In essence there will be one entry allowed per exhibitor and these will take the form of a written product description including all reasons for inclusion in this specific competition. Up to 3 images can accompany each entry and company logo as well. Any queries or clarification should be directed to Matt Long at There are already entries coming in and it seems that exhibitors have taken a good grasp of the DIMA concept. The entries received all display different levels and directions in which their products will make a quantifiable commercial and quality difference to any final product in which they’re included. This takes the form of purely aesthetic originality or a combination of design and performance that will differentiate and enhance the final product. Other entries display functional performance at a superior level and also not so visible advantages like eco-friendly sources of supply where real environmental

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progress can be demonstrated. Trading is difficult in the current climate and any advantages that manufacturers can gain in terms of adding value to and differentiate their product when it comes to taking to market helps to protect margins and also gain new areas for business growth. These are the companies that will emerge from tough times with a distinct lead and lay the foundations for future success. This is what Working with Design and DIMA specifically is all about.

For exhibitors and visitors alike W12 Working with Design – running alongside the W12 Working with Wood – will be a new, refreshing and mutually beneficial experience. Don’t miss it and keep the DIMA entries coming in!

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Active design from EDP at W12 EDP, leading UK supplier of quality foils, veneers, edging and components, will use the occasion of W12 Working with Design in October to introduce a “working” exhibit where visitors can move displays around and experiment with putting different colours, texture, finishes and patterns together. “We don’t want the stand to be merely a shop window” explains EDP’s Terry Willett “it’s important for visitors to become involved with the whole design concept and walk away with something tangible for the future”. EDP say that the entire philosophy of the Working with Design concept as show where cutting edge design can be evaluated and appreciated for its central contribution to manufacturing is what the industry has been looking for. “We will only be showing new innovations and designs on the stand – materials that can take UK manufacturing forwards.” “The introduction of the Design in Manufacturing Awards is very exciting and positive” adds Terry Willett “EDP will definitely be entering this Awards completion.” See our website and interactive magazine

WHAT’S NEW New Flat Laminating Solution For High Gloss Foils The growing trend towards production of high gloss surfaces within the interiors and furniture sectors has placed new requirements on processes and products. Kleiberit, a European leader in hot melt adhesives, has developed a new range of high performance hot melts specifically developed for bonding high gloss foils to wood based panels. The company states that its new technology offers unequalled aesthetic appearance at a competitive cost. The benefits offered when compared with conventional adhesives also include low operating temperature, low coat weights, minimal heat degradation, and excellent bond properties over a wide range of substrates. The foils commonly used are available in different thicknesses and quality, in sheet form, or as rolled material. The foil construction is often in the form of a combination of decorative layers (e.g. ABS, PVC) with a transparent and high gloss top layer (e.g. PMMA). The cost of these high gloss foils increases with thickness, hence there is a growing move within the market towards use of thinner foils. The problem is, the thinner the foil the more difficult it is to achieve a perfectly smooth aesthetic appearance and the more critical is the surface preparation of the wood-based substrate.

In order to give a perfect finish when laminating thin and high gloss foils to flat panels, Kleiberit has developed a special processing solution involving panel, substrate, adhesive and foil. It includes the development of a special range of PUR hot melt adhesives, together with the use of roller bar slot nozzle technology. In the Kleiberit European Technical Center, these processing technologies are available for viewing by interested parties. Product development and customer demonstrations can be conducted in the technical centre by mimicking full-scale production. The specially developed PUR hot melts from Kleiberit have been perfectly

formulated for bonding high gloss foils and they give many benefits including: • Excellent application properties. • Optimal smoothing in the coating process. • Good universal adhesion properties, e.g. to ABS and PVC. • High green strength. • Perfect aesthetic appearance especially with high gloss and thin foils. • Application with roller coater or slot nozzle with roller bar.

For further information: Tel: 01530 836699

Bellissimo’s Five-Piece range: the best yet “I defy anyone to tell this apart from solid timber” says Bellissimo Managing Director Warnock Watson of the company’s new Five-Piece vinyl wrapped kitchen range. Five-Piece, so called because it comprises five separately wrapped elements, rather than a less-authentic single structure, comes in 11 finishes and is made-tomeasure. Curves in six height options are available for all finishes. Five-Piece is based on machined MDF, for the smoothest results. There is a choice of four walnuts, three oaks, two ivories (one solid, the other woodgrain), a beech and “mussel”. “As always, we have chosen everything

from the moulding to the vinyl quality and colours with utmost care, accounting for current trends and marketing predictions. The five-piece style is so important in the UK, but to exploit its potential fully, you need to pick the right finishes and offer the utmost flexibility in sizes and formats. Our new range is the designer’s ideal companion when targeting a huge slice of the British kitchen market.”

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Bellissimo’s new five-piece range comes in eleven finishes

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Huge Interest at ZOW for Decorative Panels Decorative Panels are pleased to announce their most successful ZOW show to date. The reaction to their high gloss range at ZOW has been extremely positive offering exciting prospects for Decorative Panels Lamination. The stand displayed their Specialist Materials, including an extensive high gloss offer and inhouse produced dp-lite, a hollowcore board. Displayed on hanging rails were large samples providing visitors

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to the stand an excellent platform to view products on a ‘look and feel’ basis. Visitors commented on this style of displaying product saying “being able to see a sample this size gives us a much better idea of how our final product could actually look, it allows a much better visualisation.” Attracting particular interest were some new developments on the Senoplast acrylic product. Firstly, a new “hardcote”

system, which Senoplast call TopX was on show and rigorous rubbing with wire wool, proved how fantastically resilient this new product is – certainly more than adequate for counter tops and horizontal surfaces. Secondly, Senoplast have now developed a 0.5mm acrylic product which gives very nearly the same surface finish but which can be offered as a more economical alternative compared to the established thicker product.

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DECORATIVE SURFACES For more information on both of these products contact Decorative Panels Lamination on the details below. Additionally new developments on trend were on show, with the main focus being on attractive ‘super matt’ vinyl finishes. It is widely believed that these designs will grow to be as popular as the high gloss currently is. This is just part of the ever increasing Specialist Materials offer, which includes high gloss acrylic senoplast unicolour designs, a selection of high gloss PVC unicolour designs, high gloss PET woodgrains, a range of PET high scratch resistant papers, matt paint effect PVC designs and 0.3 mm thin laminates, on display at ZOW. Sales Director Stephen Cadwell said “we were amazed at the amount of interest in our products and as well as increasing our UK exposure we were delighted to be able to interest a number of potential Continental clients.”

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FINSA Appoint National Distributor for Superpan TECH P6 FINSA UK has appointed timber and board suppliers Arnold Laver as exclusive distributors for their new generation Superpan TECH P6 high performance board product. The UK division of the multi-national Spanish wood-based board manufacturer has announced the introduction of the super board to give major advantages to the construction and industrial sectors. Superpan TECH P6 is a new patented board that offers structural, performance and sustainability advantages to architects, specifiers and project managers. Superpan TECH P6 is essentially a composite board formed from two MDF faces enclosing a particle board core produced in a patented single process. It offers greater bending strength and traction than standard chipboard and is therefore much more versatile in general construction and structural applications. In particular Superpan TECH P6 is ideal for special partitioning, and industrial flooring for access surfaces, mezzanine decks and shelving in

cantilever and other racking. The P6 classification meets the more stringent building regulations and architects and planners will appreciate the ability to have any side tongue and grooved for easy assembly and installation. Critically in the modern environmentally aware world, Superpan TECH P6 is a highly sustainable product being 100% recyclable and reduces the carbon footprint by acting as a CO2 store. Furthermore full PEFC and FSC certification guarantee that the raw material used to manufacture Superpan TECH P6 comes from sustainable natural sources. Other important considerations for architects and specifiers are the excellent thermal qualities and low formaldehyde emissions (E-Z classification with CARB certification. Superpan TECH P6 also ticks all the boxes for LEED sustainable architectural projects. FINSA UK Managing Director Rafael Willisch said: “We are very excited about introducing Superpan TECH P6 into the UK and our stock holding facilities in Birkenhead

Arnold Laver Director Walker (left) with FINSA UK Managing Director Rafael Willisch

along with the excellent distribution abilities of Arnold Laver, with whom we have worked for many years, will offer the UK construction sector easy and immediate access to this high performance board.” For further information: Tel: 0151 651 2400 Fax: 0151 651 2405 Email:

Norbord’s You Tube Channel Provides Insight Norbord’s new YouTube channel gives viewers the chance to look behind the scenes and learn how the world leader in the engineered wood-based panel industry works. With step-by-step

videos on how OSB is made, to video demonstrations of working with wood panels safely, there is a variety of clips to suit every customer. Norbord has also developed an overview

video highlighting Norbord in Europe. Using images of Caberdek and Sterling OSB, the video demonstrates the environmentally-sustainable ethos of the organisation along with the quality products that Norbord manufactures. To view Norbord’s YouTube channel, click on the following link:

For further information: Tel: 01786 812 921

Norbord’s new YouTube channel gives viewers the chance to look behind the scenes and learn how the world leader in the engineered wood-based panel industry works. With step-by-step videos on how OSB is made, to video demonstrations of working with wood panels safely, there is a variety of clips to suit every customer.

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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 Journal for Engineered Wood

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The Journal for Engineered Wood