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175,000ft2 reasons to choose Decorative Panels The final pieces of the installation jigsaw are being put in place at Decorative Panels’ vast new components facility. Sawing systems, fully automated edgebanding lines, and the most advanced through feed drilling cells are all installed and fully operational. Computer controlled materials handling systems, high bay board and pallet racking, as well as automatic packing lines are all in place.

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State of the art brand new production facility Increased production capabilities enables faster turn around and competitive pricing Knowledgeable, experienced staff to assist from concept to completion

Huge volumes of kitchen and bedroom carcase and fascia panels are being produced. With capacity of over 500,000 panels per week the facility is one of the most efficient in Europe.

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News Finsa FR MD Selected For Dubai Int’l Terminal Welcome to W12 Starbank Panel Products Continues to Grow With Homag UK New SCM Profiset Planer Moulder Range Brio – Top Gear For Bi-folding Doors Stairplan Grow With Weinig Technology Vollmer Launches Fully Automatic Sharpening Machines German Machine Company KUPER Open Their UK Office AXYZ Selexx CNC – Market Leader For Nesting Applications Finsa For Diversity in Veneered Board Products A unique Focus On Solid Surface Ostermann Delivers Edgings in 24 Hours

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NEWS Latest Introducing FIRA Specifier Services FIRA Specifier Services adds a new area of expertise to the existing range of furniture services supplied by FIRA International. Specifier Services encompasses an online Specifiers’ Guide providing free information to support anyone specifying, developing or reviewing tenders for non-domestic and contract furniture. It was developed following the receipt of many comments from those within the furniture industry regarding problems selecting furniture for nondomestic settings. The FIRA Specifier Services website, is now live and is providing visitors with clear, concise and accurate information on how to specify furniture, whilst also highlighting the aspects that need to be considered to ensure that furniture is fit for its intended purpose.

International Timber Launches New Product for Windows and Doors International Timber, the UK’s leading importer and supplier of timber products, has expanded its already extensive range with the launch of Accoya Face Laminated Components for windows and doors. This high performing, cost effective window and door product is brought to the UK through an exclusive agreement between Accsys Plc, NFP Europe and International Timber. For more information on Accoya Face Laminated Components please visit

Change in company management at MARTIN Ottobeuren, July 2012. Uwe Schiemann has taken office as new managing director at the machinery manufacturer Otto Martin. 50 year-old Uwe Schiemann is the successor of Rolf-G. Krupezki who is going to leave the company. For more than 90 years now

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Martin has been producing high-end woodworking machinery. The Martin family associates thanked RolfG. Krupezki for his successful commitment to the company for nearly four years.

Proskills Aligns to New Business Model Proskills has completed a restructure of the organisation following a board meeting. A leaner Proskills has a new business plan and will continue as the Standards Setting Organisation and National Skills Academy for 8 industries in then process and manufacturing sectors. Proskills will be working very closely with the key trade associations to ensure the needs of the industry are met and Helen Hewitt will continue as the industry lead for wood and timber industries. The latest information about developments can be found at

Schattdecor takes new PMD 42 printing press into operation in Tarnowo Podgórne, Poland On 21 May, 2012, Schattdecor took a new printing press into operation at its plant in Tarnowo Podgórne/Poland, thus gaining a further, variable-width printing line that can be added to according to requirements. The foundations and assembly work on the new machine – which bears the in-house codename PMD 42 – began last November. The variable-width press can be retrofitted with further print and lacquer top-coating units and is the technically most advanced printing line both within the Schattdecor group and the decor printing branch. In the past year Schattdecor produced over 91,000 tons of decor paper on a total of 32 printing presses. For further information: Tel: +49/(0)8031/ 275-2779 Fax: +49/(0)8031/ 275-2200 Email:

43 Thousand People At Xylexpo 2012: The Biennial Exhibition “Holds On Strong” Figures were actually up to expectations: 43,295 visitors, 15.9 percent less than in 2010. These figures indicate a substantial endurance of the biennial international exhibition of wood and furniture technology and supplies, in face of an economic situation that is still very complicated, also for the 515 exhibitors, including 177 foreign companies from 34 countries, who attended the Milan show. The reduction of visitor figures was absolutely “inherent” to the critical economic situation and it was largely compensated by the excellent quality of visitors. According to exhibitors, such quality was instrumental to starting promising deals and establishing a good number of new contacts, that will ultimately translate into sales opportunities.

W12 Is Your Key To 2012 Sales W12 is the UK national exhibition of machinery, materials and components for the joinery and furniture manufacturing industries. Two exhibitions co-locate at W12. Working With Wood shows technology whilst Working With Design showcases materials and components. See page 4 for further information

Diary Dates 2012 DON’T MISS IT!

7-10 October 2012 - NEC Birmingham, UK.

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REPORT FINSA FR MD Selected For Dubai International Terminal 3 Extension As part of massive expansion program at the Dubai International Airport, FINSA’s FR MDF board – Fibrapan FR Class B - has been specified for crucial aspects of the construction program. The US$ 7.8 billion expansion program will boost the airport capacity from 60 million to 90 million passengers per year by 2018. FINSA are the Spanish-based multinational manufacturer of specialist woodbased board products and in the UK have operated a large sales and service division situated at Birkenhead on Merseyside from where they distribute nationwide. The Fibrapan Class B FR MDF conforms to all new European (and USA) standards and has been successfully sold in the UK for some time. The dockside warehouses of FINSA UK hold significant stock for short delivery times. FINSA are recognized leaders in the production of this particular board type and the only manufacturer able to offer thicknesses that range from 3mm through to 60mm. The international stature of the FINSA Group, along with the exceptional quality of their product, is recognized by the awarding of this contract to supply the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 expansion project.

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W12 – So Much More As the two W12 shows really start to shape up for the final run into the early October dates, visitors can expect so much more than just another exhibition. Judging by the level of new products and information being readied for presentation at both Working with Wood and Working with Design, visitors can look forward to a dynamic experience that includes a high level interchange of ideas and discussion with experts on a face to face basis. W12 is an event at which to plan and lay the foundations for a successful business future…tough times call for lateral thinking, innovation and diversification. On the machinery front look for inventiveness and above all flexibility to get much, much more out of your manufacturing process. The materials, components and software that will be on display at Working with Design promises to offer a

Magi-Cut Version 9 at W12 Magi-Cut Software Ltd will promote Version 9 of its modular software package at W12 Working with Design in October. This new look version includes a host of innovative and useful features which all go towards keeping Magi-Cut at the forefront of optimisation and production software for the woodworking industry. New features include faster optimisation for multiple core computers, a dashboard and charting facility to graphically represent data and faster navigation throughout the software via a pop-up toolbar. The ability to directly interface with Excel spreadsheets has been included with the facility to import XLS and XLSX files for parts, boards, and product requirements but also to export run summaries to these formats as well. User defined calculated fields in run summaries give operators greater capability to customise reports and charts. With the inclusion of improved facilities for network operations and built in web links these and many other features all go to make Version 9 an essential part of any furniture manufacturer's working environment. Magi-Cut will also be demonstrating its seamless interface to the Arti-CAD Design software package, and to the EQ Software Business Management system.

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Vertical Panel Saws From Striebig At W12 A top-of-the range Striebig vertical panel saw plus an entry-level model will be demonstrated by T.M. Machinery Sales. The fully-automatic Control 5216 fitted with a scoring blade will feature Striebig’s optional Electronic Positioning System (EPS) on both the horizontal and vertical axes. This allows for the automatic positioning of both the length stop and saw head, increasing the saw’s productivity by delivering automatic repeat strip and upper trim cutting. Fitted as standard is Striebig’s user-friendly “touch and saw” operating system, providing easy and convenient control through a touch screen panel that operates all of the machine’s functions. Also on show will be a Compact 4164 model, a manually operated all-rounder that brings Striebig’s renowned quality within the reach of the smallest business. Striebig saws can be wall-mounted or freestanding. They can cut practically all wood-based sheet materials as well as timber, plaster board, plastics, composites and aluminium panels. They guarantee impressive dust limit values well below 1mg/m3.

Dedicated Seminar And Presentation Area a W12 The organisers of W12 have introduced two dedicated areas for exhibitors to use for new product presentations, press conferences and short seminars. The uptake since announcing this facility has been enthusiastic to say the least. Visitors will benefit from a full program of new product knowledge that will not be available in this format and diversity anywhere else. Keep a note of dates and times of interest to you and W12 will be updating the schedule on the website – See our website and interactive magazine


Than An Exhibition! unique level of choice with new ideas and products that will help you to differentiate and raise the level of final product performance. This will be reflected by the level of interest in the Design in Manufacturing Awards (DIMA) which is already showing some amazing entries. A sure indicator of how both shows are progressing is the rapid uptake for slots in the recently announced presentation area for seminars. Product launches and press conferences. Such has been the response that the organisers have expanded the idea two such facilities – one in each exhibition area. The W12 website contains updated information on all issues and is the place to visit to get your preregistration in early. October 7 – 10 at the NEC will be a very exciting double event that cannot be missed!

EDP To Show New Innovation And Developments At W12 EDP – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of décor foils, edgings and decorative fittings will be bringing new developments and designs to W12 Working with Design for introduction to this market. From leading German foil manufacturer KP comes an exciting new practical development in 3D PET high gloss foils. A new formulation for the latest Pentadecor foils for membrane pressing offers greatly enhanced performance allowing further sophisticated pressing of complex 3D shapes with faster changeover times and no change of machinery, tooling or settings required. KP say that the huge success of the newly formulated PET films means that they will confidently be replacing their full production with the new product and EDP customers now stand to benefit from this significantly increased performance. EDP will also be showing exciting creations from Italian design house Cosma in terms of the latest handles and trims. These include spectacular full width pulls that totally transform a standard MFC door into main visual feature on the furniture – essentially an art form in itself. EDP’s Terry Willett says that everything on display at W12 will be on the basis of new product allowing the UK’s furniture designers to open up new boundaries in individual style and product differentiation.

Hranipex To Build On The “W” Brand Hranipex will be exhibiting at W12 whilst celebrating a year of rapid expansion for the company, whereas the W10 event helped to establish the name in the UK and build lasting relationships with its business partners this years event see’s the company with a brand new subsidiary in the UK just minutes from the venue of the 2012 event in Birmingham. For company Hranipex the expansion has been as quick as it has been successful and look forward to meeting customers from the UK this year. Hranipex appreciates the need to match a board quickly and has decors to match all the most reputable board manufacturers such as Finsa, Sonae, Formica, Senoplast and Kronospans new Touch collection to Eggers ZOOM 2012 range Hranipex can cover all its customers board matching requirements. With over 700 ABS decors in stock in its UK warehouse in thicknesses from 0.45mm to 3.0mm there is an edge to fit every customer’s requirements and with 24 hrs delivery there is no need to be left waiting for your product to arrive – Hranipex feels that it has become UK furniture manufacturers holding warehouse of choice and says that there’s no better forum at which to present their ideas. Products and services than W12 Working with Design.

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Biesse: Future technology today Biesse previews two NEW machines coming later this year! When people in the woodworking industry the world over think about machinery, innovation and advanced technology there is always one company that stands out, that company is the Biesse Group. With nearly 50 years in the industry, the Biesse group is made up of brands that everyone knows Bre.Ma, Selco, RBO, VIET and Biesse Rover, thought to be the most well-known and best selling wood CNC machine in the world. The Biesse Group has thousands of customers all over the world from Brazil to Britain. Biesse’s continued dedication to innovation and R&D means the company is bringing new technology to the market each year, currently the company holds over 200 patents for technology giving customers technology that no one else can offer. Biesse launched several new products at the recent Technodomus show in Italy, which were well received by the industry. Soon Biesse will be launching two new machines come the autumn and we can exclusively preview them to the UK market below. Biesse will be launching a new pod and rail CNC machine called the Rover BG, this machine is targeted at the mid-range level to be positioned between the existing Rover A and

Rover C range and will take advantage of a new generation of software developed by Biesse. The Rover BG will be a truly multi-purpose CNC, suitable for not only panel processing but the processing of doors, windows and stairs, thanks to its optional convertible bed that will be able to take the Rover BG from a pod and rail CNC to a flat bed. The new rover BG will have a mobile gantry structure offering excellent levels of stability, the bed will be able to be configured into a multi-zone for easy loading and unloading while the machine continues to work. Biesse’s second new machine this Autumn will be the UNILINE, part of Biesse’s continued dedication to its solid wood range of machines. The UniLine is ideally suited to the production of standard and special windows, and because of its design it is extremely safe for operators, in fact the machine can be left to run itself for up to an hour, before an operator will need to go back to the machine. This is thanks to the UniLine’s automatic loading, unloading and positioning of pieces, up to 16 pieces can be accommodated on the loading and unloading table before an operator needs to

UniLine – ideally suited for the production of standard and special windows

reload the machine and unload the finished pieces. Because Biesse understands that tooling is such an important part of any solid wood machine the UniLine comes with a 22position onboard chain magazine or an optional additional 44-position flexistore magazine.

Both of these machines will soon be available from Biesse Group UK and will come with the Biesse’s 5 year Total Care package, which offers Biesse’s manufacturers warranty for 5 years or 10,00 hours and full servicing for the same period of time which comes with all new Biesse machinery as standard.

For more information please contact Biesse Group UK: Tel: 01327 300 366 The Rover BG multi-purpose CNC machining centre

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SCM - The Very Best Machinery Made In Italy The SCM Group is an industrial group which is the market leader in the creation, production and distribution of technologically advanced solutions to process a vast range of materials (wood, glass, stone, plastic, metals and composite materials), with specialist brands for specific technologies and centres of excellence that are experts in manufacturing industrial components. The Group has been present on all 5 continents for more than 50 years, with the UK operation based adjacent to the M1 Motorway near Nottingham, operating for over 30 years. In recent years, manufacturing of the complete range of machinery has been undertaken by 2 distinct divisions - Industrial and Premium. The Industrial Division, starting with an effective analysis of customers exact requirements, supplies advanced processing

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solutions and services with a highly technological content for the wood and panel processing industries. The division operates with two business units, Furniture and Housing, which manage a team of product sales managers and specialists in the various technologies. The Furniture Unit provides process solutions and services for the furniture industry, with brand names such as Gabbiani (panel sizing), Morbidelli (boring and routing), REM (hardware insertion),

Sterfani (edge banding), DMC (Sanding), Superfici (finishing), Sergiani (pressing systems) and Mahros (automation and handling solutions), The Housing Unit provides processing solutions and services for house building and wooden components, such as doors, windows, stairs, chairs, tables, flooring, roofing, walls and furniture for boats. Brand names include SCM (moulding, tenoning, profiling, CNC routing including 5-axis machining and boring), Routech (5axis routing on very large frames, timber sections and SIP manufacturing), Celaschi (squaring and profiling0, DMC (sanding),

SCM PRATIX Z2 CNC machining centre

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MINIMAX C26 GENIUS combined machine

Superfici (finishing) and Sergiani (pressing). The Premium Division designs and manufactures machines and services intended for woodworking and panel processing factories that make bespoke products from wood and various types of fibre panels. Distribution is normally through a network of selected dealers. Premium machines are configured to offer SCM's customers innovative technological solutions, are easy to use, providing high performance, reliability, easy to install and operator friendly, with numerous software and programming packages available with the CNC machines. There are 2 brands within the Premium Division - SCM and Minimax. SCM offers

the widest range of machines for machining solid wood and panels, from classical woodworking machines up to CNC Machining Centres. SCM's objective is for their customers to start with simple, basic machines, but as the company grows, the SCM Group becomes a partner and supplies all future needs in terms of machinery, systems and servicing. The Minimax brand offers professional, classical machines that are sturdy, compact and user friendly, especially where manufacturing floor space is limited. Lasting top quality and reliability provide the smaller manufacturer with classical machines, in single or 3-phase electrics, from universal combined machines to single-function machines, with safety being

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the highest priority even to the less experienced operator. The customer care division offers the support and spare parts management service to customers so that they can get the most out of SCM Group solutions, creating a long lasting partnership. The division operates through two structures: SCM Group service (installation and support services) and SCM Group spare parts (spare parts management).

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MADE IN ITALY Busellato Develop More Simple, Intuitive Controls On Entry-Level CNC Work-Centres A new CNC work centre from Busellato called Easy Jet is aimed at entry level users; the tooling bank is positioned on the right side of the work table for easier access. This is a machine designed for operational simplicity and carries a pre-set tool that allows automatic optimisation of cut depth on vertical spindles, which is of major significance for part nesting operations. Easy Jet shares the depth cut optimsation tooling with a new boring automat from Busellato called Thesix which also carries the same simple, intuitive touch screen controls that eliminate depth boring errors. A portable console with a seven inch colour touch screen simplifies start up operations and also, says Busellato, simplifies use of the machines overall. The compact nature of the touch screen console also increases visibility of the working area overall. CNC workcentres by Busellato have iconic status in the UK wood and panel sector for the manufacture of architectural and furniture components; the Italian specialist has been active in CNC research and development since the 1970s. The range has been largely redesigned in the recent past to better address the needs of the current generation of smaller independent panel and

Jet Master is the enduring brand of Busellato with technology on the latest models well ahead of the market across Europe.

joinery shops - many options have been reengineered, according to Ian Brown at IWM, UK distributor International Wood Machines Ltd. Busellato’s Jet Star 5 is another entry-level CNC offering very simple configuration of a highly flexible 2486 x 1256 mm component nesting table plus new automatic tool presetting for full optimisation of cutting depths. Technical pre-launch research for the Jet Star 5 led to the development of some important new features for improved working of timber and panels on what is now the latest generation of CNC workcentre systems, all of which can now be now equipped with full automatic panel

handling at both infeed and outfeed stages. Jet Optima by Busellato has traditionally been the big-selling model in the UK and now features a re-designed machine frame to further reduce overall dimensions in today’s smaller factories and craftsman workshops. Control cabinets of the new models are integrated within the frames of the machine to reduce footprint. And new QinX operating software introduces full 5xaxis working on entry-level machines; the very versatile Jet Optima has effectively been reborn for the production of doors, windows and furniture components on today’s smaller and more agile joinery shop-floors. The latest Jet Optima C21 can now be equipped with new 5 x position fixed tool changers on one side of the machine in addition to the 10 x position auto changer on the beam, plus additional double tool changer positions for bigger and heavier work-pieces. Increased tool storage makes the Jet Optima C21 quicker and easier to reset and to switch more quickly from door panels to window frames in today’s busy batch working environment. The JET Concept is the result of Busellato’s thirty plus years of experience manufacturing CNC workcentres on which both heads and work beds can be configured precisely according to specific customer needs and to give maximum

A range of vacuum cups or clamping systems is available for both narrow or thick wood components.

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MADE IN ITALY Jet Optima carries 5 x position fixed tool changers on one side of the machine in addition to a 10 x position auto changer.

devices and software applications allows easy and productive use of this workcentre, guaranteeing very high quality of finish when machining solid wood components. IMC panel supports allow the bed configuration to be quickly changed according to the work to be processed with moveable supports, complete with vacuum and compressed air circuits for management of the devices deployed, guarantee precision and durability. The wide range of accessories available allows working with either vacuum cups or clamping systems for both narrow or thick wood components. Jet Master is the brand that has been going strong for furniture components in wood since the 1970s and technology development on the latest models has also remained well ahead of the market across Europe. Ongoing research and development at Busellato guarantees efficiency and a long working life with a huge catalogue of accessories, including vacuum cups and clamping systems that cover production across a huge range of components.

Jet Star 5 is an entry-level CNC machine with simple configuration of a highly flexible 2486 x 1256 mm panel nesting table.

working flexibility for very wide ranging applications. A huge spread of dedicated

Easy Jet is entry CNC with the tooling bank positioned on the right hand side of the work table for easier access.

For further information: Tel: 07944 108747; E-mail: Two tool-holders includee one with 16 positions and a BT rotating tool-holder with 10 positions.

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MADE IN ITALY Giben Edging Into UK Marketplace With RW Machines Italian saw makers Giben are expanding their wood-based panel working scope in Bologna with a strategic alliance alongside edgebander specialist Elwood. Newly formed brand Giben Edge will bring new and exclusive, high performance edge finishing technology to the UK marketplace through distributor RW Machines of Bicester with the new KS and KG series of machines. Says RW’s David Thompson Rowland: “these new edgebanders are solidly built, very fast and highly adaptable; their key strengths for the UK marketplace will be speed and dependability. Giben have built their new K series to ‘industrial’ standards: these are automatic edgebanders designed for high speed application of the widest range of finishing materials in both in roll and strip forms.” Robotics technology plays a significant role, raising standards on edge finishing: four corners can be processed simultaneously and robotic scrapers engage individually or in parallel, depending on the corner radii specified.

Easy to use touch screen displays will benefit Giben Edge users.

The undersides of these single sided machines also show advanced thinking on the deployment of additional finishing

options - easily-cleaned open spaces with all operating options housed in a cabinet at the end of the machine for easy access. Each

One of Giben’s K Series of machines on display at the Bolgna factory.

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Well engineered placement of finishing options simplifies placement of additions.

station can be selected and programmed individually or in groups and all settings are easily stored using a graphics display tablet that is simple, clear and concise. Giben Edge’s new edge finishing systems are impressive; they are fast moving and infinitely precise, bringing operating speeds up to 25 metres per minute and reducing gaps between workpieces to a minimal 500mm. A wide range of edge finishing materials can also be deployed; automatic multi-roll feed systems carry PVC edgings of 0.4mm up to 4mm in thickness and strip fed solid wood lippings up to 15mm for panels up to 70mm in thickness and strip widths down to 140mm. Agile robotics help to ensure precise, finely finished results. The day’s work can be electronically planned quickly and easily using batch processing down to single workpieces, all on a simple electronic touch screen panel. It adds up to high speed adaptability and operational precision on machines engineered and built to very high standards for trouble-free working, whether in-line or strategically sited. A broad range of edge finishing options

covers all current panel finishing needs from pre-milling through end and flush trimming combinations, automatic profiling and glue scraping right up to sand and buff fine finishing. Less widely used finishing options are also available including edge moulding, hot air application blowers and individual multifunction edge finishing stations. In addition to new edge finishing techniques from Giben comes Cojet printing of panel faces and edges using inkjet technology as an alternative to paper, wood veneer and vinyl sheet. Inkjet brings computer generated hi-resolution graphics to finishing, alongside deep, lustrous glosses in a huge range of colours. Application rates have jumped to in excess of 40mtrs2 per hour for 2012 and the versatility of print finishing can be applied to acrylics, plastics, glass, metals, ceramics and foam-based materials as well as to wood and wood-based panels. Alongside finishing automation from Giben Edge, the parent company has also been developing fully automatic feed, processing and return logistics for single operator management of edge finishing

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component lines. During the past five years, Giben has won major award recognition for new panel handling and logistics technology at prime exhibition events and venues including Ligna and Atlanta, as well, of course, as Italy’s own Xylexpo. Giben’s aim, says David Thompson Rowlands, is to extend the capability reach of the Bologna organisation from its current position of panel sizing preeminence through the broader surface working and edge finishing fields. Giben Special Projects Division is also extending manufacturing reach from Europe, via their Brazilian subsidiary, across the rest of the world - and to China in particular, where more than a dozen turn-key factory projects have been completed, all of them at costs running into the multi-billions of Euros.

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MAKOR’s Latest Innovation for Edge Sealing on Chipboard and MDF Panels MAKOR is proud to present its latest innovation related to panel processing technology. Patented by MAKOR, a special application head for GEMINI has been developed to seal edges of chipboard panels using UV fillers, a preliminary operation that paves the way towards revolutionary new frontiers in panel processing. For clients producing laminated furniture boards, the sealing of chipboard edges allows the wrapping process to fit smoothly on edges previously cut on beamsaw and machined on CNC routers. With the foils becoming thinner and thinner while improving their appeal and finish, the MAKOR solution is the real groundwork for a perfect wrapping quality. At the same time, the UV sealing of chipboard edges is also addressed to clients that want to produce lacquered panels using melamine laminated boards. So far, these clients had to stick to MDF because of the higher density that made it possible to somehow prepare the edges for coating. Instead, with this new system designed by MAKOR, clients can now seriously evaluate the possibility to replace MDF with chipboard panels, with obvious results in terms of reduced final costs for their product. GEMINI was first developed by MAKOR to coat edges of MDF panels thanks to a sequence of operations in line: pre-sanding – UV coating – UV drying – denibbing. The vacuum coating head is able to apply UV with 100% solid content, therefore allowing a total absence of product waste and zero emissions in the atmosphere. The special applicator, patented by Makor, can apply important quantities of product in the most accurate way, even on very profiled and round edges. This new method to prepare panel edges for lacquering operations has proven highly

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The GEMINI has been developed to seal edges of chipboard panels by using UV filters

revolutionary. In the last few years, most of the major producers of panels for the furniture industry in Italy and Europe have changed their way of thinking in regards to edge treating and installed GEMINI by MAKOR, which has allowed them to reduce stocks and to drastically cut their delivery times. TECNOLEGNO - Edge Sanding Solidity of the machines, reliability of the transport system and high quality of the sanding groups have always been the trademark of TECNOLEGNO, making its undisputed leadership position in the processing and sanding of edges widely acknowledged. In the last few years the company has widened further its range of equipment, once again proving the capability to adapt to market demand. Beyond the installation of several unilateral edge sanding machines, which still represent the core business of

the company, TECNOLEGNO has lately worked on many projects involving polishing of high-gloss edges, double-end machines for sizing and squaring panels, customised CN sanders for window profiles. In relation to edge coating and sealing operations, a few dedicated groups have been studied and developed to complete the wide range of sanding solutions. A clear example of this dedication to finding always new solutions for the edge is the sanding belt mod. NAS which has been developed to sand the corners of panels and therefore remove yet again another manual operation.

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Italian CNC manufacturers, Masterwood, have been supplying machines into the UK and Ireland for over 25 years, many of these are still in use today. Masterwood are able to offer a wide range of machines, and dedicated software, to meet all types of manufacturing challenges, from “one off’s” to large production, and using a wide range of materials including timbers, boards, plastics, composites, trespa, corian, and more. Twenty-Five years of Development and Technology from Masterwood for YOU.

3, 4 & 5 Axis Machines & Software for solid timber Masterwood Stair, MasterWindow, MasterSlidingSash, MasterDoor

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Machines & Software for drilling work MasterCabinet (Furniture)

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Machines & Software for panel work MasterNesting, MasterWoodWave (Decorative Panels)

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Machines for mortising work Machines for larger production work

OMB1 Es2b

Panels, Doors, Windows, Louvers

Project Door

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MADE IN ITALY Locatelli Macchine SRL – Turning Excellence This family run specialist Italian manufacturer established in 1927 has the unrivalled reputation for equipment of substancial construction, technical excellance and reliability expected of a company of such long standing. These are precision, automatic machines developed over several generations by the small family owned concern, Locatelli Macchine of Alme, Italy. The demand for turned wood products continues to increase, due to consumer awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of turned quality wood products. The achievement of such quality and high rate of production is only possible by the use of equipment of substantial initial cost and technology and Locatelli fulfill this requirement. Locatelli manufacture the standard single spindle range Multimatic CC-Copia and Multimatic SE-CC hydro-copy lathes with programmable logic control with up to 70 working programme cycles. The fully programmable CNC controlled Multimatic CNC version V1 and version V3 available with rotating turret tool holder, the CNC

machines are supplied 45 but with a maximum with dedicated CADlength of 60mm and CAM software specifically maximum diameter of designed for wood turning 35mm. (Computer Hardware not Ringmatik a special supplied). hydro-pneumatic Other Locatelli automatic machine for machines include the the manufacture of multispindle hydroround wooden rings pneumatic turning and with an external diameter of sanding machine OMK 300, 35 to 95mm. Fully automatic OMK 300TL and the OMK pneumatic control of all movements 300 + UF.150/220 with hydraulic speed Locatelli OMKCCTL multispindle hydro- control. automatic Transfer unit pneumatic turning and sanding machine for machining the turned Orientalmatik an wooden workpieces. automatic mutispindle Ariete 3 an automatic through feed lathe sanding machine with six operating with hydraulically powered centering collet stations with oscillating twin belt sanding for the production of knobs, finials, egg belts and coarse and fine brush back cups and small round wooden items. sanding for turned wooden workpieces. Miniariete 45 automatic hydraulic end turning lathe with hopper feeder for round timber stock, designed for high volume For further details and information on production of small turnings with a Locatelli machinery please contact maximum diameter of 45mm. Holztechnik Machinery Services Ltd: Miniariete 35 automatic hydro-pneumatic Tel: 01423 359234 Fax: 01423 359235 end turning lathe for the turning of minute round woodpieces similar to the Miniariete

CNC Technology from M.Z. Project M.Z. Project of Italy are a manufacturers of specialist machinery for the Woodworking Industry to include: Rip Saw systems, Cross cut saw systems Hydraulic linear copy bandsaws, Special band saw for cutting lamellas (veneers) and the new CNC Pluris Bandsaw system. The MZ C.N.C. 025 Hopper Bandsaw is an automatic C.N.C. (Computerised Numerical Controlled) Linear Bandsaw machine. This machine is ideally suited to the manufacturing and processing of component parts for furniture, upholstery frames, and table and chair components. The linear movement of the table, the saw blade twisting and the material positioning are controlled by a machine programme through the CNC controller. Combining CNC Technology with the traditional time proven bandsaw design has enabled MZ Project to design and build a bandsaw which is simple to programme and operate. This machine provides the ability to saw difficult shaped parts with higher speeds and continued accuracy, these features enable faster cutting with the possibility of a higher yield than the normal type of bandsaw operation. The machine is fitted with the NUM

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Power CNC Controller, this controller allows with two pneumatic clamping units and has the machine to run simultaneously in three a 0-40 M/min forward moving speed and axis and once the machine programme 60 M/min return speed. The X and Y axis has been made and table guides are mounted to high downloaded to the MZ precision profiled Bandsaw the machine linear guide rails and is ready to run and bearings with start production. The precision rack and NUM controller will pinion system driven work together with by NUM Digital most available Servomotors. The Saw programming software systems blade twisting is on the market and as an option controlled by through M Z Project offer the the C axis on a ALPHACAM M.Z. Project Pluris CNC linear bandsaw system rotating saw guide programming carriage with software. This software precision bearings allows the importing of DXF files generated and saw guides. Larger size machines can by AUTOCAD or other CAD software also be manufactured to customer’s specific programmes or “profiles” generated by a specification. Digitizer or Microscribe plotting systems with standard I.S.O. Programming for machine programme for work-piece profiles. The machine is fitted with a 7.5KW or 11KW drive motor allowing a maximum For further details and information on MZ cutting height up to150 mm with a Project machinery contact Holztechnik maximum cutting angle of +/- 90°, the Machinery Services Ltd: Tel: 01423 359234 machine will work to a minimum radius of Fax: 01423 359235 45 mm and a 350 mm maximum depth of curve. The automatic feeding table is fitted See our website and interactive magazine

WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEW William Hughes Uses CNC Technology to Make a Better Spiral Spring William Hughes Ltd, announces that it has extended its range of springs to include spiral springs. Unlike other manufacturers who use soft wire which is then hardened and tempered to give the required characteristics, William Hughes uses CNC technology to process spring hard wire into the required shape. The spring is then stress relieved and finished - resulting in a spring that is faster to produce, has a lower cost, looks better and has better performance characteristics. Spiral springs - or clock springs as they are sometimes inaccurately known - are a type of torsion spring. The use of profiled or square wire, allows high performance parts to be engineered for applications in awkward or confined spaces. Typical applications include the electrical and automotive industries, for example seat folding mechanisms. The difference between a spiral spring and a clock spring is that a spiral spring has a few coils that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch each other generally delivering less than one full rotation whereas a clock spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which can also be made by


William Hughes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has many coils, usually fitting into a confined casing. William Hughes is a leading manufacturer of springs, bent wire-forms and assemblies and the introduction of spiral springs takes full advantage of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience, wire bending skills and state of the art wire forming machinery. CNC technology means that tooling for new springs can be manufactured more quickly and at a lower cost. Even small batch quantities can be quickly and economically produced for prototyping or low production runs. Solving problems for its customers is a key attribute of William Hughes, making full use of the extensive design and engineering facilities available at its Stalbridge, Dorset factory. When a solution is agreed with the customer, William Hughes will manufacture high quality parts using its large capacity production plant, which is one of the most sophisticated in the world. The William Hughes product range includes compression, tension and torsion springs in many bespoke configurations, wire forms, PCB test points and spring

Spiral springs custom-made by William Hughes Ltd

wire. Stringent quality checks to ISO 9001:2008, TS 16949 and AS 9100, combined with the latest design, production and distribution techniques ensure continuity of supply, rapid delivery and competitive prices across the range. For further details, contact: Tel: 01963 363377 Fax: 01963 363640 Email:

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Starbank Panel Products Continues to Grow With HOMAG UK Established in 1976 by the Darbyshire family, Starbank Panel Products specialises in high pressure laminate fabrication, postforming, CNC component manufacture and solid surface fabrication for a variety of industries across the UK. Its products are used in an array of applications including the manufacture of healthcare, office and educational furniture components, washroom cubicles, ducting systems, vanity units, laboratory components, shop fitting, kitchen worktops and fire doors. Starbank fabricates precision panels manufactured from a range of core materials which can be faced with highpressure laminates from any of the main

laminate manufacturers. “Our mission is to become the UK's preferred laminate fabrication supplier,” explains Starbank’s managing director, Phil Darbyshire. He continues, “We want to be regarded as a dynamic, forward thinking and technologically advanced company that remains focused on the goals of continuous improvement and complete customer satisfaction. “To achieve this we believe it is absolutely essential to invest in the latest and best machinery available. Our preferred policy is to replace machines every five to eight years because we want to have the most advanced and efficient machines on the market. “In our opinion, in the woodworking

The compact and versatile WEEKE BHX 055 CNC processing centre

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industry, one company stands head and shoulders above the competition and that company is the HOMAG Group. As a consequence, we’ve invested heavily in equipment from them for almost 20 years now and currently have 18 machines working hard in our factory. “Not only does HOMAG provide reliable, extremely well built, technically advanced machinery, but its machinery is also superbly supported by HOMAG UK in terms of service and back up.” Improved efficiency and quality “Our latest investments include the HOMAG KAL 526 double sided edgebander and the WEEKE BHX 055 CNC processing centre. The KAL 526 was bought to replace an ageing edgebander and this new machine has taken our performance to a higher level. “It uses PUR adhesive rather than traditional hot melt which gives superior bond strength and improved heat resistance, resulting in a better bond quality overall. This allows us to pursue more customers requiring hardwood lippings and laminates rather than just tape edging. “The KAL 526 was specified with turning devices at both the in feed and out feed ends of the machine which has enabled us to halve the number of operators needed to run the machine efficiently, even when manufacturing large panels up to 3200mm. Material is fed to the machine much easier and large panels are turned quickly and effortlessly with just one person at each end. “This has allowed us to redeploy the resultant ‘spare’ staff members more effectively elsewhere. And, with strong sales running some 40% up on last year, that is a real benefit. Now we can make

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Homag KAL 526. The new edgbanding standard

absolutely certain that all our staff are employed exactly where we need them most. “The WEEKE BHX 055 was bought to address an increasingly important issue within the business. In the manufacturing process we have a mix of high and low volume orders. Whilst, as a percentage of sales, the split is about 50:50, in terms of the number of jobs going through the plant there’s a much higher quantity of low volume orders. “To avoid tying up the high volume machinery with low volume orders we invested in the compact BHX 055 which is far more efficient at handling lower volume work. It really works a treat for us with small batch jobs and has freed up time on the bigger machines for high volume work. Inclusive warranty for peace of mind “Our commitment to continuous improvement means we have a lot of

money tied up in equipment and because of that we want to make sure that machinery is maintained in the best possible condition. As a consequence, all our machines have been covered by a 12 month service contract that guarantees they will be serviced three times a year by qualified HOMAG engineers. “For the new HOMAG KAL 526 and the WEEKE BHX 055, however, we decided to go one step further, opting for a five year all inclusive warranty covering parts and labour. Investing in these contracts means we know exactly how much each machine will cost us to run over the next five years. “We’ll have no unpleasant surprises and the machinery will be maintained in tip top condition. That level of peace of mind is very important to us and allows us to plan for the future with confidence and accuracy. A partnership of trust and commitment “From our point of view the partnership

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with HOMAG is a very strong one. In a supplier customer relationship there are always going to be issues; anyone in business who thinks otherwise is just being naïve. The important thing is how those issues are dealt with. “The great thing with HOMAG is they seem to work with you rather than against you and that makes for a truly positive business relationship. From the service and parts, to the sales and training departments everyone at HOMAG UK is always willing to help whether it’s in normal business hours, evenings or the weekends, they’ll do whatever they can to get a situation resolved,” concludes Phil Darbyshire.

For more details or to arrange a demonstration on any of the HOMAG Group machinery call HOMAG UK: Tel: 01332 856410 Email:

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New SCM Profiset Planer Moulder Range The working space in a workshop is never enough to get through all of the orders and machining required, particularly in a highly flexible and varied market such as the current one. Therefore, SCM have developed a new Planer Moulder range that is capable of being located and working in a small or confined space, but offering maximum ergonomics for the operator and providing a top quality finish for every type of timber machined. At the moment there are 2 models of Profiset :The Profiset 40 is the new automatic planer moulder which makes compactness and ergonomics its strong points. A 4spindle automatic planer and throughfeed moulder with a 10mm profiling capacity by means of vertical spindles. The Profiset 40 comes as standard equipped with an idle roller in the outfeed table to guarantee effective feed of the timber and an improved finish. Equipped with a pre-straightening system through the reference engraver placed on the inferior planer spindle. The electronic version of the machine is even more dynamic due to a single push-

Technical data Profiset Min./max. working width (finished section) Min./max. working height (finished section) Feed speed Feed speed (inverter as option) Spindles speed Axial adjustment of spindles with respect to the worktable button for sequential automatic starting of the motors, automatic management of the working sections and feed speed control. The Profiset 60 version is designed to be very sturdy with up to 6 spindles available. The new feed system using Cardan joints and gearboxes is the technological heart of this machine providing higher productivity and even better finish to the timber. Distinctive features include pneumatic pressure on the feed rollers and the inverter for continuous speed control guaranteeing a powerful, efficient and linear feeding. Equipped with a pre-straightening

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system through the reference engraver placed on the inferior planer spindle. Perfect feeding thanks to the manual pump for table lubrication and to the inferior idle roller placed on the outfeed table as standard features. Possibility to preset the profiling on the top horizontal spindle (option). Available in four different configurations to meet all moulding needs - with four or five spindles, or with four or five spindles each with a universal shaft. For further information: Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

New SCM PROFISET 60 Planer/Moulder

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Brio: Top Gear For Bi-Folding And Sliding Doors As the trend for bi-folding and sliding doors continues to grow, fabricators will need durable, quality hardware that offers innovative solutions and in-built longevity, writes David Newton of Brio UK, the leading door hardware manufacturer The current trend to merge interior and exterior spaces by the means of bi-folding and sliding doors and windows is gathering pace so the necessity for fabricators to source hardware they can safely ‘fit and forget’ has never been more important. The use of sliding and bi-folding door solutions offers flexible options, adding pizzazz to both domestic and commercial properties and every fabricator knows that door hardware needs to be aesthetically pleasing, durable and reasonably priced. They also know that architects and specifiers are always going to demand products that tick many boxes but in the main will be looking for a product that looks good while giving years of trouble free use. Therefore it is essential that these heavy and expensive doors are fitted with hardware that is up to the job. Spending a little more on a quality product with a long guarantee and life expectancy is the most cost effective option in the long term. Often substandard product contains a lot of plastic components and these can have an adverse effect on the life expectancy of the product, which can lead to expensive remedial work in the medium and long term. Brio, across its comprehensive Weatherfold 4s and Timberoll ranges, can offer exterior folding and sliding door and window furniture that guarantees fabricators the quality, reliability and builtin longevity fabricators are looking for. Brio's recently launched Weatherfold 4s secure exterior folding door and window furniture has been warmly welcomed as a long looked for solution for composite clad

doors. Weatherfold 4s easily handles panels up to 150kg, creating openings up to 4m high and 19.6m wide. Up to eight equal size panels can fold seamlessly in each direction. Brio Weatherfold 4s also has inward or outward opening functionality and is suitable for timber, aluminium and Timber Clad Aluminium doors. There are now four panel weight capacities available: 50kg, 75kg, 100kg and 150kg. Brio Weatherfold 4s is a complete system that includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel, seals, and locking and flush bolt options. The Brio Weatherfold 4s hardware is made of stainless steel construction that has been passivated for durability and is available in a choice of up to four premium finishes, Satin stainless, Polished Stainless, PVD Brass and PVD Black. And, because security has to be an integral part of any folding or sliding door system, Brio has adopted a total package approach, with locking solutions an integral part of the door and window hardware it produces and which have been developed to offer a high level of durability and security for folding and sliding timber, aluminium and composite door systems across its Weatherfold range. For all-timber sliding doors, Brio Timberoll bottom rolling hardware offers the best solution for exterior doors up to 300kg. All Brio Timberoll hardware offers quiet fingertip control through the combination of track profile, stainless steel bogies, precision bearings and nylon tyred wheels on a choice of aluminium, bronze or brass bottom rails. The full stainless steel construction of the bogie rollers and stainless steel bearings ensures that exterior Timberoll systems excel even in corrosion prone coastal areas. Brio is confident that fabricators will appreciate the breadth of the Brio range and the quality of its construction as it continually moves ahead to design, develop and improving its product. Brio offers

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David Newton – General Manager Brio RMD (UK)

Brio’s recently launched Weatherfold 4s secure exterior folding door & window furniture

products that are flexible in use and will readily adapt its hardware to work with various materials thereby allowing the fabricator the freedom to undertake work across a wide range of budget levels. Brio is always looking to offer the right solution for the task and is happy to work with fabricators from the ideas stage through to the project’s fulfilment. Brio has a dedicated external sales force available for one to one consultation and a full technical advice and support service. Brio also offers a full quotation service – Quickquote – which not only gives the price but also full specification and advice on finished door sizes that can be passed on to the customer. Along with its commitment to producing quality product, this service is just part of the Brio service aimed at taking a lot of the pain out of the process for the fabricator.

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Stairplan Grow With Weinig Technology Stairplan are a family owned business who specialise in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of purpose made timber staircases and joinery components. They are based in modern premises in Telford, Shropshire, and have over 30 years of experience and expertise in the joinery trade to offer customers. The company has invested heavily in high technology Weinig machinery to ensure a quick response to orders and to guarantee the highest quality of products. The directors of Stairplan, Graham Thomas (MD) and Lee Thomas, provide a personal service and have invested in flexible processing machinery to give customers a fully comprehensive bespoke range of all joinery products. However, they mainly focus on the design and manufacture of staircases and components, for example: handrails, spindles, newels, purpose made flat pack stairs, wreath

Examples of Stairplan’s new design staircases.

Graham Thomas, MD, of Stairplan (right) with Nick Whatton, Weinig’s local representative, at the Powermat 500, 10,000 rpm, planer/moulder.

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handrails, space saver staircases and stair balustrades – where they have built an excellent reputation. Says Graham Thomas, “We pride ourselves in manufacturing the finest quality staircases available in the UK and use German engineered joinery machines from Weinig to guarantee this. Prompt delivery can be counted on by the use of reliable processing machines, with a back up service second to none. We offer an express service and the convenience of an online store, and you can follow us on Twitter”. The Weinig machines installed in Stairplan’s factory comprise: a Raimann Unirip; Raimann Flexirip; Dimter OptiCut S50; Rondamat 960 profile grinder and top of the range Powermat 500 planer/moulder. Weinig regard this range of machines as the best investment a joinery manufacturer could make for optimum joinery production efficiency. The new Raimann UniRip multiripping machine is the ideal replacement for

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The new Raimann UniRip, first shown at Ligna 2011, featuring the QuickFix saw shaft and Safety Plus.

standard conventional machines and the aged PU straight line edger. It is profitable even if it is not used everyday, because of its many production advantages and benefits. It ensures faster throughput; is easy to use and quick to set up; it cuts perfectly straight with a high quality finish ready for moulding; saves timber and increases yield. Standard features include: a prism-guided

chain, a ‘Quickfix’ multi blade arbor, a 22Kw (30hp) motor, and a motorised height adjustment for the arbor and pressure unit. The maximum cutting height is 110 mm and cutting width is 310 mm. These features minimize ‘downtime’ and maximize throughput. The FlexiRip, also a machine from Raimann the specialists in width

optimizing machines, is a highly flexible ripping centre growing in popular use. It is used by a wide range of small, mediumsized and large UK companies, for cutting to width planks and providing fast setting for bespoke components, high precision and ‘single-man’ operation. The Dimter OptiCut S50 is a flexible, fast, CNC optimising push feed cross-cut saw, with a facility for defecting. It is at least four times more productive than conventional saws, recovering half the number of operators. Maximum timber yield is achieved with optimising, simultaneously. It can also be fitted with a label printer to identify cut components for ease of recognition in assembly. The Powermat 500 is a planer/moulder with a revolutionary tooling concept and numerous options to suit the products any company makes. It takes users onto a superior production performance level, compared to conventional moulders. Tool holders with up to 10,000 rpm provide 66% extra productivity whilst maintaining an excellent surface finish. Set up time is almost instant and, by using PowerLock tooling technology coupled with Weinig’s Memory System, profile accuracy and repeatability is guaranteed. PowerLock tools or conventional cutterheads can be used which offers many flexible and practical solutions to profile production. Weinig tool room facilities are key to achieving maximum production efficiency. The Rondamat 960 top of the range profile grinder is distinguished by its precision, with a tolerance of 0.005mm. Designed around Weinig’s experience, a complete range of customised packages, tailored to meet individual customers’ requirements is available – for example, the Rondamat 960 can be equipped for the production of router bits, carbide knives, joint stone profiling, for automatic grinding of planer knives in the cutter head, and for creating templates.

For further information: Tel: 01235 557600 Email: Examples of Stairplan’s new design staircases.

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TOOLING Vollmer Launches Fully Automatic Sharpening Machines As the grinding aggregate cannot be As the market leading specialist in swivelled, an impeccably high level of grinding and eroding machines, Vollmer has now launched its new fully rigidity and accuracy is guaranteed. Launched alongside the CM300, the new automatic CM300 and CMF300 CMF300 has been developed for grinding sharpening machines for carbide-tipped the sides in flat face grinding procedures. circular saw blades. Suitable for Machining both sides of the tungsten sharpening the edges of circular saw carbide tip simultaneously by utilising the blade teeth on tooth faces, tops and the flat face of the diamond cup wheel, the sides, the two new innovations can CMF300 achieves excellent stock removal machine in one clamping operation to with straight tooth sides for extra strength. ensure remarkable precision and Whilst grinding, the sides are measured performance. automatically and an acoustic measuring With nine CNC-controlled axes and the device is used for accurate adjustment. As Vollmer ND460 handling system, the the CMF300 automatically defines the exciting new machines are capable of grinding point and controls the complete machining around the clock regardless of grinding path, adjustment time and effort blade geometries. for the operator are significantly reduced. Manufacturers of carbide-tipped circular With its measuring unit and sound saw blades for metal machining will measuring device, the CMF300 measures undoubtedly be impressed by the CM300 the complete tooth geometry and CMF300 that can be extremely quickly and used to sharpen carbideprecisely to improve machine tipped circular saw blades up set-up times. Further to a diameter of 1440mm. enhancing ease of use and Guaranteeing precision to automation, the CMF300 the micron is the result of the automatically determines the nine CNC-controlled axes grinding point at the cup of and automatic tooth the grinding wheel as well as measurement. Every saw providing automatic grinding blade is automatically path recognition/control. brought into the exact With the machining of radial grinding position, regardless angles by path processing of the diameter. The Vollmer CMF300 sharpening and CNC controlled setting integrated measuring sensor circular saw blades of tangential angles, the records all data such as CMF300 delivers remarkable precision and cutting width, steel blade thickness or flexibility that is encompassed into a user cutting angle. The machines then measure friendly automated interface that is the grinding wheel, in order to compensate presented in a familiar Windows based for wear during sharpening. control system. For the machining of tooth faces and In essence, the tried and tested Windowstooth tops, the new CM300 can machine the based Vollmer operator interface facilitates complete tooth geometry of the tooth tops and tooth faces of carbide-tipped circular saw the control of the sharpening machine, as grinding programmes are already integrated blades in one clamping operation. Two as standard. Only a small amount of data grinding spindles with an output of 2200 must be entered to start the sharpening watts can each accept various grinding process. In addition, new sharpening wheels, this is due to the new automatic tool management. The high mass of the grinding programmes can be created during machining. The automated handling system unit and the rigidity of the grinding spindles ND460 has loading carriages that can be enable circular saw blades to be sharpened moved with normal fork lift trucks and are precisely to the micron. The tooth geometry also suitable for the transport of saws in the of the cutting edges is automatically production process of the circular saw. measured and various fibres and bevel The loading carriages of the handling grinding angles are ground in one setting. system hold up to 50 saw blades with a With two main grinding spindles, the diameter up to a maximum of 1440mm. grinding wheels for machining chip When changing the carriages, the robot breakers, clearance angles and chip surfaces stops, but the grinding process is not are mounted onto powerful main spindles.

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Vollmer CM300 in operation

Vollmer CM300

interrupted. This is ideal for automatic machining overnight and at weekends. As with all Vollmer machine tools, the CM300 & CMF300 are supported by the company's expanded service concept for sharpening machines. This concept incorporates everything from consultation and financing to start-up and training, maintenance and servicing as well as upgrades and software, Vollmer services cover all phases of the machine lifecycle. This comprehensive package is available with all machines to ensure the end user has confidence and peace of mind with its Vollmer investment.

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Holzma Cuts Costs for Shape Furniture With 14 employees and a turnover of nearly £ million, Shape Furniture operates out of a 10,000 sq.ft. facility in Besthorpe near Norwich. The company always provides great service and creative solutions for its clients, whether working on a new fit-out, a refurbishment, acting as a main contractor or as a supplier. Shape’s goal is to complete every job efficiently and to the highest quality possible. To accomplish this, the company continually invests in stateof-the-art equipment and talented staff. “At Shape, we’re always trying to do what we do better,” claims Matthew Jeckells, Shape’s Managing Director. He continues, “We strive to be more efficient so we can pass on these savings to our clients whilst growing our business. “Since day one, we have invested in computer controlled woodworking machinery to ensure precision, flexibility and quality in everything we produce. This approach has been extremely successful for us, however, going forward we wanted to free up production capacity on the CNCs and felt that a beam saw would enable us to do just that.” The Benefits of Dealing Direct with the Manufacturer “Previously, we had always bought machines from agents, but a couple of issues led us down the path of dealing direct with the manufacturers. Firstly, service and support are key factors for us. We felt that by buying the machine direct from the manufacturer it would give us peace of mind and better aftercare. “Secondly, as machines get more technologically advanced, our belief was that advice straight from the horse’s mouth, so to

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Quality bespoke products from Shape Furniture

speak, would be more accurate and relevant. And that’s exactly what happened when we began talking to HOMAG. Initially, we were interested in a basic beam saw that would take the load off our CNC machines, freeing up production and improving the throughput of work in the factory.

“When we explained to the HOMAG team exactly what we wanted the machine to do and how it would fit into the somewhat tight confines of our production line, they immediately recommended the Holzma HPP 250 Easy2Feed model. “Whilst, on the face of it, this was a

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Holzma Beam Saw with Easy2Feed System

higher priced option, it negated the need for us to buy a separate crane or lifting system to load the large panels onto the saw. As a consequence, this more expensive machine actually saved us money. “Now we can drive straight up to the rear of the saw with a forklift, load the boards onto the Easy2Feed scissor lift table integrated in the back machine. The board is then cut on the saw and we move the sized panels directly onto the CNC machines for the next process. “The Easy2Feed lift can deal with panel sizes up to 3100 x 2200 mm. It therefore eliminates the health and safety issues we faced previously when having to manually lift large, heavy boards.” Clear Commercial Benefits “The beam saw has met all our expectations. It has speeded up our production processes and given us better

yield from materials. Previously we were cutting primarily for ease of production, now we’re able to cut for efficiency first and foremost. “In terms of the allocation of labour, one man can now handle tasks that previously required two or three operators. This has enabled us to deploy our staff where they are most productive, further reducing costs. “The cut quality of the saw is excellent and will allow us to introduce a new carcass range into the business to complement our range of vinyl pressed doors. It will also enable us to do more service work for other customers. These new strings to our bow will generate additional revenue streams to the business. “The system is easy to use and all our operators find the CADmatic 4.0 software very user friendly with its clear graphics and simple controls. Once trained by the HOMAG engineer, even

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our most junior craftsman has no problems operating the machine. “We have been very impressed with the service we have received from HOMAG UK. Their sales consultant, Charles Smith, is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, as are all the team in the UK and Germany. We have developed a strong, professional relationship with HOMAG and I would certainly recommend them to any company looking to take its business to the next level,” concludes Matthew.

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Genisis ncorporating a comprehensive range of sliding table panel saws, starting with the compact Genisis XC with 1,900mm sliding table and 1,000mm rip fence and the unbeatable Genisis P32 with 3,200mm sliding table to the Genisis X3 Plus with touch screen control and motorised movements to the blade raise, lower, tilt and movement of the 1500mm rip fence. All machines have the renowned easy glide multi chamber sliding table and are ruggedly constructed for long term accuracy and reliability. These machines are ideally suited for those looking for a market leading panel saw whilst offering true value for money.

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UK Agent – J & C O’Meara Ltd Unit 4 Falcon Place Burscough Lancs L40 8RT

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Giben - ICON con by Giben requires half the manpower to output the cut panel volume on an extremely compact footprint. Icon is another panel sizing revolution from global panel sizing market leaders Giben. By eliminating secondary rotational feeding of strips for cross cutting, panel throughput on Giben’s Icon 2 can be increased by 50% with manpower reduced to a bare minimum. On Giben’s Icon panel sae. The cross pusher automatically moves strips to the cutting line so that length and cross cuts are made simultaneously, freeing up the operator and doubling throughput speed.


MANUFACTURER: GIBEN INTERNATION S.p.A. UK Agent: RW Machines Rowood House Murdock Road Bicester Oxon OX26 4PP

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Giben - Zero anel saw makers Giben won the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® at the IWF show in Atlanta for their new ZERO Active Drive system that was judged the top innovation for wood based panel and plastics processing machines from 125 entries world wide. ZERO Active Drive is the world’s only panel cutting system without motors, cables and saw carriage cable tracks. It’s Giben’s view of panel sizing for the future, combining key features like speed, efficiency, accuracy, economy, reliability, low noise, safety and innovation – all in a single machine. Zero is a high-quality ‘entry level’ system featuring innovation design technology that makes it easier to use, requires very low maintenance and keeps running costs extremely low. ZERO Active Drive carries six international patents that demonstrate Giben’s huge technological commitment as the world’s leading panel sizing specialist.


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Gabbiani - Galaxy T3 he Gabbiani Galaxy T3 is a top quality panel sizing centre with optimised machine cycles, a clean precision cut, and is reliable, strong and fully customisable to individual manufacturer's requirements. High quality standards make the Galaxy T3 an innovative, high-tech solution. Advanced technology with an innovative saw blade carriage with electronic lifting and feeding on THK guides. Pusher feed on THK guides with high speed, straight-line precision that lasts over time. A powered side aligner ensures a drastic reduction in cycle times. Available in varying sizes from 3200 x 1850mm up to 5600 x 2440mm, blade projection 110 / 127mm, 15 - 18KW main motor power, saw carriage max feed speed 150metres/min, pusher speed 75metres/min. Flexcut 1/s and 1/d are new devices for transforming a single beam saw into an Angular Plant. Consisting of a mobile grippers unit whose stroke is completely independent of the main pusher. They make both rip and cross cuts during the same machining cycle allowing an increase of productivity of up to 40% and a space saving up to 20%. MANUFACTURER: SCM GROUP Spa Tel:0115 9770044 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Fax:0115 9770946 Blenheim House EmaiI: Camberley Road Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8UW


SCM Group - SI Class Panel Saws anual or programmable circular panel saws with 300 / 350 / 400 / 450 or 550mm diameter blades to cut various heights depending upon the model selected. The very best solution for every application when cutting panels of any type with a 3200 x 3200mm squaring capacity. Advantages include maximum cut quality guaranteed over time due to the sliding table structure with special ground-arch steel guides that can carry loads four times higher. Maximum torsional rigidity and total absence of vibration providing perfect cuts with the closed loop structure of the saw unit which ensures perfect alignment of the blades during tilted and difficult cuts. Maximum support for the panel for both angled and tilted cuts with the "Full support" frame available with the programmable version. Ease of use in all operations due to the dedicated gear box that is fully dust protected providing a smooth and direct transmission. Every minimal hand wheel movement corresponds to a precise adjustment of the saw blades.


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SCM Group - Verticut 60 Panel Saw he new SCM Verticut 60 Panel Saw is a versatile machine capable of working in a limited production space that smartly combines sturdiness and smoothness so that this superior machine now rivals other manufacturer's models. Sturdy and with the performance of much larger machines, this saw suits all cutting requirements. The VERTICUT 60 is available in two versions, one manual and one automatic with continuous action, having working dimensions of 4300mm for horizontal width cutting and 2080mm height cutting. Both versions fully benefit from the 2200mm vertical cutting height with a working thickness of 60mm to meet the most diverse machining needs. The standard kit includes linear recirculating ball screw guides for horizontal and vertical sliding, minimising operator effort on all moving units for improved smoothness during cutting. An independent scoring saw blade guaranteeing optimum cutting quality on all types of surface. Automatically movable supporting surface making horizontal cutting safe and immediate without colliding with the worktable supporting elements and a sliding support for narrow work pieces provides total support for cutting narrow strips.


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Intelligent Features Increase Productivity For Triesse Ltd Founded over 35 years ago as a supplier of wood based panel products, Triesse has expanded to become one of the UK's leading independent specialist wood based panel processors and veneered, laminated board manufacturers. An important part of Triesse’s growth and continuing success has been its choice of highly reliable production machinery including their latest investment in the Schelling ah8 cut-to-size plant. David Colman, Managing Director of Triesse Ltd, explained that ‘manufacturing today has become increasingly competitive. Production processes have to be squeezed for every last pound per hour and for one more component per shift. Better production machinery is one of the few remaining areas where significant gains can be made. So, to maintain our manufacturing leadership, we purchased the latest ah8 cut-to-size plant technology from Schelling UK Ltd’. Achieving a high degree of automation is becoming even more vital to guarantee a continuous flow of material in a modern manufacturing facility. Born out of this philosophy comes Schelling’s automatic internal turning device which allows for head cut patterns without any interruption to the production flow. Once the head cut is made, the feeder pushes the head cut out and pulls the rest of the board back over the turning device. Furthermore the buffer between the rip cut and cross cut angular transfer increases the capacity immensely as both saws can cut simultaneously while strips are prepared for both saws. The advantages identified by Triesse include shorter cycle times, reduced manual handling and better utilisation of material. Just to push productivity even further, a separate push-off carriage simultaneously loads the rip-cut saw to keep production continuously moving. The whole of the Schelling ah8 is characterised by numerous automatically monitored functions all designed to provide optimal productivity. Triesse want the best possible solution for fast throughput of larger orders while at the same time retaining the option of small batch production, both with the highest dimensional cutting accuracy. Assisted by automatic cutting speed which is adjustable according to the book height both these options were easily achieved. With the aid of innovative technology such as double strip aligners and a powerful 32kW motor performance, the ah8 cut-to-size plant is ideal for both production scenarios, in short: an all-rounder in the industrial field. Against a background of keen competition the importance of organising the sawing operation was vital to achieving the production targets set by Triesse. Schelling’s design and engineering department made it possible and customised the ah8 plant to fit into the space provided; crucially without leaving out any production material buffer zones which ensure every movement is optimised.

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Markus Freuis Managing Director of Schelling UK Ltd, explained, ‘that no two plants are ever the same’. Each cut-to-size plant is designed according to the customer’s wishes and adapted to their requirements and space conditions. Solid conceptualisation combined with well thought-out details ensures a future-proof and highly profitable investment. At Triesse we knew that material loading and handling were essential performance characteristics which would increase the efficiency of the cut-to-size plant. This is why the plant was designed with the option of thin loading and many more additional features to ensure flexibility and help increased productivity. Schelling’s goal is to give each customer what they want and more. Of particular importance to Triesse is the ability to cut an extensive range of dimensions, materials and thicknesses. Because the ah8 plant is fully automated it has the flexibility to change from one material to another at the drop of a hat with the accuracy and capacity required by a volume producer. The whole sawing process is orchestrated by the latest control software (MCS Evolution). This allows the operator to see a real-time simulation of the whole machine working – which features clear operator guidance, with moving graphics on a large 22” TFT screen. This real time visualisation helps reduce operating errors, leaving more time for the operator to focus on production. Key to the increased efficiency is the High Performance Optimisation software (HPO) which delivers measurable performance improvements to the material production yield, utilisation of material and overall cutting time. This concentrated bundle of software and modern technology delivers measurable improvements and actually helps run the machine without any big interference from the operator. To summarize David, explained, ‘working together with Schelling the aim was to generate a cutting philosophy that delivered quality improvements, cost reductions, capacity increases, space benefits and a reduction in manual handling: we have achieved everything and more and are ready for tomorrows business’. For further information: Tel: 01937 586340 Email:

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SAWS ANOTHER SALVADOR FROM DALTONS WADKIN P Shipston and Sons install new Crosscutting System Lancashire based P Shipston and Sons have increased their production capacity with the installation of a new Salvador Superpush S200 Optimising Crosscut Saw. The old established family business which supplies components to the furniture industry needed to improve capacity and performance in order to increase their output. The company, currently run by Peter Shipston, his three sons Kristian, Keiron and Karl and his daughter Kirsty, have approximately 30 employees with factories in both Lancashire and Yorkshire. When Kristian Shipston approached Daltons Wadkin earlier in the year Sales Director Andy Walsh was able to recommend the Salvador equipment for which the company are sole UK distributors and a model was selected to suit Shipston’s requirements providing optimizing and a 4200 mm infeed

capacity. Andy commented “It was obvious from the beginning that we had the right machine to suit this requirement. Salvador are a quality range of high speed machines from Italy and in addition to supplying the equipment, delivering, installing and commissioning we were also able to arrange a visit by a Salvador engineer who met Mr Shipston on site and was able to discuss the merits of the machine and in Kristian Shipston with the new Salvador Superpush S200 Optimising Crosscut supplied and installed by Daltons Wadkin particular its ability to meet their requirements.” Daltons Wadkin have installed Salvador Further information concerning Salvador machines in many parts of the UK and are Crosscutting Systems can be obtained by visiting the Daltons Wadkin website at experiencing if anything an increasing or by demand for what is becoming a well contacting the Daltons Wadkin sales team accepted and indeed sought after brand. on 0115 986 5201.

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Compact Cuts it for Northwest Panel Suppliers All three branches of a leading Northwest chain of independent sheet material suppliers now use Striebig Compact vertical panel saws following two recent purchases. Timber and sheet material importers G E Robinson, of Salford, and associate company Garstang Timber and Building Supplies, of Preston, have bought Compact 4164 models to handle all their sheet material sizing. The Compact replaced an elderly beam saw at Salford. At Preston, it has delivered added efficiency and convenience for customers as panel sizing was previously carried out on a dimension saw in the saw mill. Both saws, supplied by Striebig’s UK agent, T.M. Machinery Sales, are fitted with a 400mm strip cutter accessory for fast and accurate repeat cuts. A third group company, Makerfield Timber and Building Supplies of Wigan, has been using a Compact since 2007. They are used to size a variety of woodbased panels including MDF, plywood, OSB and hardboard, ranging in thickness from 3.2 to 25mm All three businesses are part of Northern Ireland-based Haldane Fisher, a long-time Striebig user. As well as featuring at three of its outlets in the Province, a Compact model has been used at its Douglas, Isle of Man branch since 2005. The Compact 4164 is the smallest machine in Striebig’s nine-strong entrylevel series with a cutting range of 3100 x 1644mm (10 ft x 5 ft) and a maximum depth of cut of 60mm. It features automatic moving backing support and with a powerful 3.9kW motor, and has exceptionally efficient integral TRK dust extraction that surpasses current European health and

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A customer’s panel is sized on the new Striebig Compact at G E Robinson’s Salford branch.

safety legislation. Based on a single, fully welded sawing frame, the Compact is built to give decades of reliable service whilst maintaining cutting precision. A wide range of accessories enable users to extend the functionality and performance of the machine and to adapt it to meet individual requirements. Paul Kavanagh, operations director at G E Robinson, said: “Our parent company in Northern Ireland has been using Striebig saws for a number of years and recommended that we also do so. “Before buying the two latest machines I did check out competitive makes and came to the conclusion that in the Compact we had the right animal for the job. It’s flexible, accurate, sturdily built and efficient, as well as being a valuable space saver.” He added that it was also now far easier and quicker for operators to load panels on to the Compact than on to the beam

and dimension saws. T.M. Machinery’s sales director Matt Pearce said; “By moving exclusively to Striebig, businesses within the Haldane Fisher group are demonstrating the faith they have in the world’s most respected brand of vertical panel saw.” Striebig Saws will be exhibited by TM Machinery Sales on Stand B245, Hall 8 at the W12 exhibition in October.

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WHAT’S NEW Europe’s Largest Supply Of Used Woodworking Machinery Opens Office In The UK German machine company KUPER open their UK office Best known for the KUPER range of veneering machinery KUPER are probably the largest supplier of new and used woodworking machinery in Europe. With a turnover in excess of £70 million and a current stock level of £10 million KUPER now offer their range through Ian Croft at CROFT Machinery. Ian has over 25 years experience of working with KUPER and having ventured into other industries recently has taken up the opportunity offered by KUPER to open a sales office in the UK. “We will handle all sales and marketing for KUPER offering UK customers access to the world’s best and most complete range of quality used machinery, an unbelievable stock over 3000 machines” adds Ian Croft “Anyone looking for used machinery in UK will find the KUPER stock amazing,

I’ve never seen anything like it, machines are put into the warehouse cleaned, catalogued and entered onto the website, row upon row of really high quality machines” All machines are available “as is”, checked and tested with warranty or fully rebuilt with full manufacturer style warranty. Machinery that is not up to current legislation is sold complete with safety upgrades as standard. Machinery that may not be the exact specification the customer needs can be modified and upgraded using genuine parts from the manufacturers, such as HOMAG, Schelling, Heeseman, Biesse, IMA to name but a few. With the current economic climate the benefits to the UK market are obvious, good modern machines available in stock at substantial cost savings backed by the

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KUPER company and with a UK office for all the assistance required pre and post sale. For further information: Tel: 01954 212 294 Mobile: 07795 112 120 Email:

Makita Launches First Cordless Slimline Biscuit Jointer ·

Compact, lightweight and easy-grip slimline body · 100mm diameter, 4mm thick, 6-tooth blade · Adjustable fence with three presets The introduction of the first cordless biscuit jointer to the comprehensive Makita range is another ‘first’ for the brand. The new Makita BPJ180 LXT biscuit jointer is available in 18v or 14.4v versions with the powerful, quick-charge Makita Lithium-ion battery cells. The BPJ180 and 140 feature the slimline body first recognised on the cordless angle grinders. This narrow diameter body provides comfortable, easyto-grip manoeuvrability making the tool highly flexible for use in on-site operations. The wide front handle gives ideal control over this lightweight machine that weighs just 3.2kgs. With a 100mm diameter x 4mm, 6-tooth blade, the six stage depth adjustment is

selected by the convenient knob at the side of the cutting head. The blade will run up to 10,000rpm. The angle guide can be raised or lowered with the fine adjustment of the rack and pinion mechanism and the angle adjustable fence can be locked in any position between 0° and 90° with positive stops at 0°, 45° and 90°. Operator safety is paramount in all Makita machines and the new BPJ180 and BBPJ140 cordless biscuit jointers have a shaft lock facility for easy blade changing where the blade cover can be opened just by loosening the clamp screws. An anti-restart function kicks in should the blade overload protector cut the current to protect the motor. The machine will not restart until it

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has been switched off correctly at the trigger switch and reset. A warning lamp also The New MAKITA indicates if the BPJ180LXT biscuit jointer machine has stopped through overload and also requires the safety procedure to be completed before the jointer will restart. The new Makita BPJ tools are delivered with dust-bag, fast charger and batteries. The dust extraction nozzle can be rotated to couple with Makita vacuum units and a body only version in each voltage is available for operators who already have a quantity of Makita Li-ion batteries. Visit for more information about the full range of Makita professional power tools, news, reviews and stories.

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CNC ROUTERS AXYZ Router Cuts it Fine at Minster Joinery A company renowned for its high-class furniture, specialist joinery and fine cabinet making, Dorset-based Minster Joinery has been able to speed up important parts of its production and further enhance the quality of output following installation of an AXYZ 4004 router supplied by AXYZ International. The company operates in the upper five percent sector of the market, with many quality-conscious clients established primarily in prestigious locations in London and the Home Counties but also at similar sites overseas. Established in 1984 as a virtual one-man operation, Minster Joinery has evolved rapidly due to its reputation as a manufacturer of superbly constructed and architecturally sensitive wood-based solutions that it has supplied to a number of highquality projects, a recent example of which is this elegant staircase installed at a Grade 1 Arts & Crafts building in Chelsea. During the ensuing years, the company has continued to provide the same high level of quality and reliability to an expanding selective customer base that demands finished products that have both grace and style. Today, the company employs 11 skilled craftsmen and has a turnover in excess of £1 million. The AXYZ 4004 router installed at Minster Joinery is part of the 4000 Series of routers from AXYZ International much favoured by companies operating within the general woodworking, furniture production,

panel processing and joinery industries. The routers will process materials in excess of four feet wide by any length and feature a standard six-inch gantry clearance to enable thicker materials to be handled effectively. At the heart of the AXYZ routers’ outstanding production capabilities is the AXYZ A2MC Advanced Control System that provides high-speed data processing and unmatched motion control. The AXYZ 4000 Series can be supplied with a host of optional machine enhancements, a most notable recent addition being a new helical rack and pinion drive system. Unlike conventional rack and pinion systems, this new facility operates through multiple gear teeth that greatly decreases wear due to a more even distribution of the work load and significantly increases This elegant staircase installed at the Grade I Listed Arts & Crafts building in Chelsea was built with the aid of the AZYZ 4004 CNC router feed rates to enable smoother, quieter and more accurate cutting under the most demanding use the router to cut out the formers needed conditions. for curved or shaped veneer work and for At Minster Joinery, the AXYZ 4004 router inlaid veneers of wood and metal featuring, is used for many different applications. for example, silver and mother-of-pearl.’ In Founder and Managing Director of the addition to these more specialist applications, company, Martin Stones commented: ‘We the router is used for more general work such as hinge sinking, shelf holes and any repetitive requirements. Martin Stones added: ‘Now that we have got to grips with how far we can push the AXYZ router we have been able to greatly speed up important parts of our production. We have been very pleased with the machine’s performance and for the excellent service provided by AXYZ International.’

For further information on AZYZ routing solutions: Tel: 01902 375600 For more information on the services provided by Minster Joinery: Tel: 01308 485740 The AXYZ 4004 CNC router installed at Minster Joinery

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CNC ROUTERS Anderson Selexx CNC - Market Leader For Precision Pro Nesting Applications Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Selexx CNC work centres are available in the UK from longstanding distributor RW Machines Ltd. of Bicester and are deployed across the UK to adress wide-ranging pro-nesting applications on wood-based panels. The Andi HSK tool holder and eight-position automatic carousel tool changer are standard on all Selexx models and an optional auto-pusher can virtually double machine productivity by instantly transporting completed nests of panel components out of the working area to allow immediate reloading of the next machining cycle. Selexx is designed and built for demanding CNC situations where a reliable yet affordable, performance-oriented machining centre solution is needed. The Anderson Selexx series offers uncompromising quality teamed up with features that are uncommon in machines in this price range. And the small footprint of Selexx make this the ideal CNC solution on even the smallest shop

floor, boosting production and lowering manufacturing costs. Anderson Selexx Pro XL has a worktable area of 3700 x 2150mm and processing speeds in the X axis on the latest machine configurations are 50m/min with 40m/m in the Y axis, all on a full rack and pinion ball screw system. An 8xtool indexing carousel addresses CW/CCW as standard with a vacuum pump clamping system that guarantees absolute work-piece stability under full processing conditions. High precision linear guide rails are deployed by Anderson and the rack and pinion drive on the Y-axis is induction hardened for added precision; each side has independent servo drives with zero backlash characteristics on all axes and a

tool measuring touch-off device that makes for easy tool calibration. The phenolic table top of the Selexx series allows a range of hold-down possibilities for wood based panel components from spoil-board jigs to vacuum pods and the automatic drilling head has full-table coverage. The standard Andi 7.5 Kw router spindle with HSK 63F toolholder supports rotation speeds up to 24,000 rpm; invertercontrolled, grease lubricated ceramic bearings are maintenance free. The indexing rotation carousel tool changer travels with the router spindle, saving on time and excessive wear and Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal air cooling system is designed for added durability; high spindle rotation speeds feature automatic override controls. Up to six locator pins in the table of the Selexx series promote easy part positioning; the tool changer and sensors are dust protected and tool holders are cleaned off by air jets before each tool change operation. Brass alloy tool clamps promote added security and durability and the nine vertical drill bits, with rotation speeds of 4,800 rpm, are individually programmable; the rack and pinion drive is induction hardened. Anderson CNC routers are well proven world-wide across all high production component manufacturing sectors. In addition to furniture and woodbased panel parts production, Andi Selexx is also widely used in the aerospace industry and in plastic and composite materials processing; users globally record better productivity, improved part quality and increased cost savings.

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WOODWASTE Biomass Campaign Comes to Downing Street Leading furniture industry representatives have today gone to 10 Downing Street to present a petition to the Prime Minister over their concerns about the impact of biomass subsidies on wood prices. This represents the latest phase in a campaign being co-ordinated by FIRA and the British Furniture Confederation (BFC). Many of the industry’s top company executives have put their names to the petition that highlights the extraordinary increase in the cost of wood, its prime raw material, as a consequence of woody biomass subsidies paid to energy producers. Stephen McPartland MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, who took BFC representatives to 10 Downing Street said: “The industry supports well over 100,000 jobs and is a sector full of industrious small enterprises employing highly skilled staff. Current woody biomass subsidies are a significant cause of rising wood prices which are

damaging British furniture businesses.” DECC’s subsidies encourage energy companies to burn wood which is creating an unsustainable bubble in the timber market. Prices are rocketing and demand is growing so fast that the forestry sector has no chance to ever get near to meeting it. Energy producers are simply out-paying manufacturers and this will lead to the collapse of the mainstream British furniture manufacturing base, unless the subsidies are significantly reduced or removed, especially for the burning of newly grown trees. The furniture industry, which generates £7.3 billion of GDP (almost 3 per cent of Britain’s manufacturing output), is calling for the Government to call a halt to these subsidies now and seeks a comprehensive review as to their impact on industry

sectors such as furniture. “We are not look for any advantage ourselves – only a level playing field for all those in the market wanting to create value, whether products or energy, from wood,” said British Furniture Confederation chairman Paul von der Heyde. “At the moment there is an imbalance with the subsidy granted to the power generation industry.” For further information:

F O R A C L E A N E R E N V I R O N M E N TA L F U T U R E At Dust Pollution Systems, we have been busy systemizing spot extraction in the industrial working environments. Our systems cover all aspects and working methods from the small, mobile dust extractors to large turnkey stationary industrial installations.



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Abrahams & Carlisle’s Big Move Dust Control Systems Ltd has re-housed and upgraded an existing dust plant for leading interior fit-out specialists Abrahams & Carlisle Ltd. The Bradford-based company, now in its 60th year, prides itself on offering a high quality interior fit-out service, to both Private and Public Sectors, including the Entertainment, Hotel and Leisure industry. The business employs around 80 apprentice-trained joiners who work on general and specialist projects across the country which vary in value from £1000 to £4 million. It’s very much a family business with Garry Abrahams and his cousin Tony operating as joint managing directors. Both are grandsons of Douglas Abrahams who, together with Clifford Carlisle, founded the company in 1952. And the family line continues with both Garry and Tony’s sons, Ryan and Ben, employed in the business. The company recently moved its factory to a former warehouse facility, adjacent to the site that the firm has occupied for more than 40 years. The new location, with 34,000 sq. ft. of ground floor space, was the ideal site for the company to relocate to from their old premises which occupied three floors in two separate buildings. Garry Abrahams says: “The move presented us with the opportunity to develop plans to streamline production processes and to create an all-round energy efficient operation. We asked Dust Control Systems to reappraise our dust extraction requirements whilst utilising as much of

our existing dust plant as possible. We already knew of their energy saving credentials and were keen to pursue this avenue by upgrading the system to achieve new levels of efficiency. DCS presented an extremely convincing proposal and worked closely with us over the six week fit-out period, helping with the overall layout of the shops, positioning of machines, and also managing to install all dust extraction spigots in advance of the re-installation of machines. We always considered them to be the best in the business and the professional way in which they handled this project ensured they lived up to their reputation and our expectations” Melvyn Bathgate, sales director at DCS, says: “We were able to extend and modify the existing modular filter to comply with the latest ATEX European Directive and rehouse it on elevated steelwork to feed into a skip in the new yard. The entire extraction system was relocated and upgraded, including the addition of an air return system which will return air back into the factory during the winter months. In addition, the project involved the installation of a new 37kW main fanset and

Upgraded and extended modular filter plant provides an air volume of 20,000m3/h.

an energy-saving DCS Dynamic Drive System whereby auto-dampers are fitted to most of the woodworking machines. As the dampers open and close the Dynamic Drive detects any change in volume requirement and adjusts the fan speed accordingly – providing the optimum extraction volume, only when it’s needed.” “We are delighted with the new facility”, said Garry Abrahams. “It ticks all the boxes and DCS played an important role in helping us achieve a smooth transition. We now have a highly effective dust extraction system which is saving us a significant amount of money. This, together with our biomass boiler which burns all our wood waste, and a low energy lighting system installed throughout the site, we are all extremely proud of our energy conserving achievements.

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WOODWASTE 100% Safe Waste Disposal with Dustraction At Scenex Sets & Staging Limited Dustraction has completed an extraction project for a client whose own working standards set some fairly high job specifiction standards. In addition to extraction efficiency of non-standard waste materials under unusually difficult space constraints for a customer whose own clients include the likes of Landrover Freelander, Jaguar Cars, HBOS, Royal Mail, TNT and O2, standards are understandably high. All of these big brands are seeking, through national exhibitions and regional stage show events, many on a global scale, to reinforce their own corporate brands and trading visibility. Dustraction’s customer Scenex Sets & Staging Ltd. has installed a new Morbidelli CNC work centre in order to take control of a lot of work that they had traditionally outsourced and they have invested in a new machine with a bigger work table than many of their suppliers which allows them to target physically larger work. The Morbidelli now on the Leicester shop floor at Scenex carries a work table of 3.6 mtrs x 2.2mtrs; in addition to being a bigger table, the Morbidelli is sited under a mezzanine floor and limited height dictated that the extraction hood be carried on a cattinery wire - a cable and jockey wheel - to achieve enough height and mobility for the extraction inlet.

Steve Matuska reports that Scenex are coarse ripping big volumes of MDF with large-diameter blades for the construction of staging in support of a variety of complex graphics and arresting visual displays. Client Nick O’ Brien says: “we work fast and precision is vital against deadlines that must always be adhered to. “Our clients often don’t know the extent of their own itineraries until what Dustraction fabricated a highly flexible cattinery wire, or cable-and-jockeywheel arrangement, to carry the extraction hood on the Morbidelli. feels like moments before the show hits the road,” says Nick. “We doesn’t matter how cleverly you schedule frequently work all night to bring vital lastthe work under any one job ticket, minute displays into the display picture something always happens to throw best overall!” laid plans out of gear!” MDF is the favoured substrate for its However, a Dustrax No. 27 tubular fabric strength in support of a wide range of sock-type woodwaste filter was installed visual graphics and sensory displays with an automatic shaker mechanism to without buckling under the stresses and dislodge dust caking to the interiors of the strains they impose. Working MDF, as filter tubes. A 3xsection filter comprising anyone with experience of it knows, more than fifty such tubular filters was generates a lot of dust and also, cut coarsely installed plus two Dustrax fansets to handle using big-diameter blades, it also generates dust waste and also to collect the heavier a huge volume of much heavier chip waste. weight chip material. The waste then drops At the Scenex factory, Dustraction into the high capacity bulker bags mounted planned their layout to service all machines below the hopper outside the building, on the shop floor and which in turn can be ecologically sealed for with all running land fill disposal. together at any one time Dustraction’s Steve Matuska said of the in an effort to keep up Scenex contract: “most of the specification with last minute panic standards applying to this job are common demands. And flow to many of our installations. But to be gauges are also installed planning from the outset to ensure that the on each extraction hood very highest standards of operation and to maintain a visual reliability must apply at all levels - like, check on air flows, as is nothing must ever go wrong - EVER ... adds now required by the an extra frisson to the work! Health & Safety Executive. Nick O’Brien says, “In For further information: Tel: 0116 271 3212 our line of business, last Fax: 0116 271 3215 minute panics are the Email: name of the game. It

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Shavings Into Savings A mould-making factory in Stoke on Trent is making and saving money since purchasing a briquetting machine from Gross UK and a wood waste heater from Wood Waste Technology. Since 2008, Stoke on Trent company SPB Moulds has made patterns for metal casting, and supplies foundries across the UK. Whilst looking at ways to reduce business costs, the team spotted an opportunity in the market to supply sustainable alternative fuel, and now receives additional revenue from selling briquettes made from its wood waste. MD of SPB Moulds, Simon Bowers explains, “When we needed to move into a larger factory we hated the thought of having to actually pay for heating, considering the waste we were generating, so looked into what wood waste heaters were available”. A client recommended heaters from Wood Waste Technology, as they had one and were impressed with the excellent manufacturing quality and superb customer service. Following the high commendation, Simon spoke with Kurt Cockroft, MD at Wood Waste Technology who helped Simon choose an appropriate model of heater for the business. A WT5 45kw (150,000btu/hr) was ordered, and installed by Wood Waste Technology’s experienced engineers ready

for SPB Mould’s staff to move into the new unit. The company is delighted to say that it still pays no heating bills, as the wood waste heater keeps the new 4000 square foot workshop and its twelve staff warm throughout the cold winter months. Delighted with the benefits of the new heater, Simon and the team identified an opportunity to utilise the shavings and sawdust generated during manufacture, so looked at investing in a briquette machine. Having experienced excellent after sales service from Wood Waste Technology on the wood burner, Simon was keen to buy a solution recommended by Kurt, so contacted him for information about Gross UK’s range of briquetting machines. SPB Moulds purchased a Genius 2/50 briquetting machine and is now using ALL its wood waste to save and make money. The company has slashed its skip bills, and only needs to hire a skip around once a quarter. Not only is the business now more environmentally friendly, the team also helps other local businesses by taking their wood shavings away for free to process through its briquetting machine. SPB Moulds is currently producing around 700 to 800 kilos of briquettes a week, which is estimated to bring an additional £15,000 of revenue into the business this year, and more in future years as extra wood waste is obtained from other businesses.

Currently the company is only supplying the wholesale market with briquettes, but soon hopes to obtain more shavings so it can also start selling to the general public. During the summer months, SPB Moulds is stockpiling all the briquettes produced, to help with supply when demand is high over winter. Simon concludes, “It’s just win-win for us. We can’t put a figure on how much we’re saving on heating bills as we’ve never paid them, but we’ve estimated we’re saving at least £200 a month on skip charges, plus have created an additional growing revenue stream for the business by selling the briquettes. We’re over the moon with the return on investment we’re getting, and would recommend more joinery businesses take a look at the opportunities that are out there to save and make money from wood waste.” Managing Director of Wood Waste Technology and Gross UK, Kurt Cockroft says, “We have a wide range of products that can help businesses save money on waste disposal, eliminate or reduce heating bills and transform wood waste into cash. By taking time to find out about clients requirements, we can recommend the best solution. We are delighted that SPB Moulds is benefitting from both investments.” Gross UK supplies a wide range of economical and heavy duty dependable German shredders and briquetters, which come in various sizes and specifications to enable businesses to buy a machine suitable to requirements. Wood Waste Technology offers a full range of wood waste heaters, from small hand fired units to larger fully automatic systems, and offers site survey and design, as well as manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance. The company also services all types of wood waste heaters and supplies genuine spares up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers.

For more information on how you can save or make money by using your wood waste, just call 01785 250400 or visit or The GENIUS 2/50 briquetting machine supplied by Woodwaste Technology

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SANDERS Wadkin Re-Enter Sander Market A range of Wadkin Wide Belt Sanders is once again available incorporating machines from 630 to 1300 mm capacity and with single, double or triple belts. The machines which are heavily engineered and incorporate a high quality of finish are manufactured for Wadkin in the Czech Republic and UK and Ireland distributors Daltons Wadkin are enthusiastic not only about the opportunity to put the Wadkin Sanders back into the marketplace but also the superior build quality of the equipment. Francis Dalton commented “These Sanders are built to last, every component is engineered with strength and durability in mind, the control systems are easy to read and user-friendly and the performance compares very well with many much more expensive machines.” The 3 Series, which is the lower priced option in spite of its heavy construction, incorporates electronic measuring of the table position with digital display and automatic tracking to the conveyor feed and

sanding belt. The basic model incorporates a single combination head and is available with a number of options including variable speeds to both the feed and the sanding belt, infeed/ outfeed table extensions and choice of contact rollers, ie steel or various shore hardness rubber. The heavier duty 5 Series incorporates the same features as the above but is available with additional options including vacuum table, pneumatic time pads, segmented electronic pads with NC control, air jets for belt cleaning, longer sanding belts and increased table traverse. Daltons Wadkin currently have examples of both models in their Nottingham showrooms. These are available for demonstration by appointment and Sales Director Andy Walsh says “We expect these Sanders to make considerable in-roads where the UK joinery and panel markets are concerned. It’s great to have a Wadkin Sander available

once again and you only have to look at the machines to be convinced of their quality.”

Wadkin 5 Series Wide Belt Sander.

Further details regarding the products offered by Daltons Wadkin can be obtained at or by contacting the Daltons Wadkin sales team on 0115 986 5201.

Boere Launches New Website Boere Machinefabriek B.V. - the specialist Dutch company manufacturing wide belt sanding technology - now has a new website at The Boere website is designed to detail the company's fundamental design and manufacturing philosophies and

working methods: Quality in sanding solutions. Boere delivers custom-made wide belt sanders and customer-orientated solutions for many sanding applications. Visitors to the website will get a good impression of the many and sometimes unusual products which can be machined by Boere sanders. The site has a 'service & maintenance' page showing the various aspects of Boere's after-sales service. It is all illustrated with pictures. The page titled 'news' contains regularly updated information on wide belt sanding as does the page detailing occasional Boere machines. Boere regularly trades in their own used wide belt

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sanders after which they will be extensively serviced and, in some cases, reconditioned. These machines are listed on the website with a short description and picture which can be enlarged on visitors' monitors by clicking on the machine. The all important 'contact' page allows visitors to the site to easily contact Boere direct with comments, questions or orders via e-mail.

More information on the Boere’s customer-led sanding machines can be obtained at Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery Ltd. Tel: 01706.873344 Fax 01706.873388 Email:

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SANDERS SCM's Top of the Range Wide Belt Sander SCM's Sandya 16S is at the top end of the extensive range of SCM Wide Belt Sanders. The Sandya 16S is capable of calibrating and sanding solid wood components and panels, sanding and finishing veneered panels and also painted or lacquered panels. Sandya 16S has been designed for the more modern and dynamic woodworking and panel processing businesses looking for a calibrating and finishing wide belt sander that can be configured to suit all of its' exact sanding requirements. There are numerous standard versions available, all can be equipped with a crossways sanding belt at the infeed or a planer head in the first position. “Plus” type sanding pads are also fitted as standard with sectional pads available for fine finishing. This machine is available with a wide range

of rollers with diameters of 160, 200, 250 and 320mm. A unique grooved steel roller with a 200mm diameter is the ideal solution for calibrating with large-scale chip removal even on wood with a differentiated grain and knotted solid wood. There is a complete range of optional units available including oscillating blowers, panel cleaning systems, outfeed buffing units, vacuum hold down for thin or delicate panels, floating pressure shoes, independent motors, electronic positioner for the table, etc. There are six standard versions available with 2 or 3 main longitudinal operating units with a 2620mm long sanding belt length for longer sanding belt life. Two machine widths offered are 1100 and 1350 mm. A planer unit can be fitted in the first position for high level of calibration such as glued laminated panels.

A complete range of options is available for the worktable and the pressure units. Sandya 16S is able to provide customised solutions to meet all sanding and machining demands, as only large industrial sanding machines can do. It is a high performance machine with motor powers up to 22KW. The Sandya 16S can be fitted with the “HCC” (High Compensation Capacity) electronic sectional pad designed to compensate for large variations in work piece thickness. This will also handle even the most difficult job such as sanding panelled doors or machining several badly calibrated work pieces at the same time. A line of sensors at the machine infeed detects the panel shape and transmits this information to the electronic controller. The controller activates the corresponding sections of the pad and regulates the feed belt speed accordingly. Control units include the 'Logic SC' that is simple and intuitive to use. The electronic pushbutton panel of the Logic SC controller lets the operator set all machining parameters in sequence. Then only a single button has to be pressed to start. You can also save four different working programs, to rapidly retrieve the machine settings most often used. 'Logic TS' electronic control unit is powerful and reliable and is fitted with a touch screen making all machine functions quick and easy to operate. 'Logic 50' can manage and control an electronic sectional pad in addition to pads and rollers for machines with adjustable feed speed.

SCM wide belt sander Model SANDYA 16S

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SANDERS New S600 Wide Belt Sander from SCM The very latest Wide Belt Sander from SCM is compact and versatile. The Sandya S600 range has been designed to meet the sanding requirements of all woodworking and panel processing manufacturers who require calibration of solid wood and panels prior to veneering. The completely reworked and ergonomic design, together with a larger base, can house a series of optional devices that make the S600

even easier to use and ensures an improved level of finishing quality. Superior technical features, the wide range of the standard specification and the many numerous options available make the new Sandya S600 Wide Belt Sanding machine unique in its market segment, capable of meeting the challenge of all types of wood, veneer and panel sanding. With 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 S600 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. Some of the Sandya S600 features include very wide worktables of 1100 and 1350mm width, and powerful motors with 11KW as standard, but up to 18.5KW is available for the most demanding work. The large diameter of the operating rollers -140mm in calibration and 250mm in finish sanding, are some of the largest available on this category of machine on the market, ensuring an improved finish quality and a longer life of the sanding belts. For ease of use, SCM Sandya's Logic Control units are available. The Logic Controls are powerful and reliable, providing the setting of all sanding operations, and it can save 4 of the most commonly used working programs to guarantee very fast setting up times between jobs.

SCM wide belt sander Model SANDYA S600 RCS 110

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The New BÜTFERING 200 Series – perfect for the UK market BÜTFERING has recently unveiled the new SWT 200 Series of wide belt sanding machines which HOMAG UK believes is perfect for the UK market. The range includes single, twin and triple headed machines, all with a standard working width of 1350mm. Designed as a good ‘all-rounder’ for solid wood, veneer and lacquer sanding, the 200 Series offers a choice between models with segmented pad technology or those featuring a simpler ‘rise and fall air cushion pad’. “We’re really excited about this new range from BÜTFERING,” enthuses Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director at HOMAG UK. He continues, “The 200 Series is just perfect for the UK market where many of our customers are looking for a true all-rounder that delivers exceptional quality.” A major strength of the new BÜTFERING SWT 200 Series is its constant passline design. This enables more convenient processing of longer or heavier parts, along with the use of fixed height in-feed and out-feed support tables. The abrasive belt length is 2150mm in all 200 Series models, making it more convenient to handle when regular belt changes are required. The length also fits logically within the total BÜTFERING range – 100 Series uses a 1900mm belt and machines from the 300 series upwards use 2620mm belts. The combi-head is used in all models; here the abrasive belt follows a triangular path. It runs around both a contact roller and pad allowing the choice to use either tool as needed. With twin or triple head machines the combi-head is the second or third head respectively, being preceded by either one or two contact rollers. All models in the SWT 200 Series use a touchscreen control and start, according to the program selected, at the press of a single button. Operating heads are driven

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The new 200 series range includes single, twin and triple headed machines

independently to give versatility in operation and the use of Poly V-belt drives gives vibration free running that translates

into improved sanding results. Machines are available with or without a vacuum table, but all models come with a

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SANDERS perforated feed belt to allow for this option. If a motor driven fan is required at a later date, this is easy to retro-fit, sitting conveniently inside the machine frame to minimise floor space and reduce noise. For veneer and lacquer sanding it is necessary to reduce the abrasive belt cutting speed and so a frequency invertor drive is an option on all segmented pad models. In a similar way, sanding belt and part cleaning

systems can be installed, along with different brush types dependent upon application. Variable feed speed is a standard. “The 200 Series will be produced in BÜTFERING’s German factory which, later this year, will benefit from a new production hall shared with the Group’s CNC specialist WEEKE. It is really encouraging to see HOMAG Group companies investing in new facilities and

it’s even more encouraging for us that they are designing and producing equipment that takes into account the specialist needs of the UK market,” concludes Brooks. For further in formation: Tel: 01332 856500 Fax: 01332 856400 Email:

The new Bütfering SWT200 series of wide belt sanding machines from Homag UK

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LONGPRÉ Furniture LONGPRÉ Furniture is so pleased with its first Kündig sander, purchased in 2006, that when the expanding company required an additional sander in 2010, Longpré had no hesitation about acquiring another, almost identical, Kündig sander. Longpré Furniture is a design-led company, which has its roots in the fine art of English cabinet making. Founded in 1990 by cabinet maker, Paul Longpré, the company’s reputation has gone from strength to strength so that now, over 20 years later, Longpré has established itself as one of the top furniture making companies in the country. The thirty-strong team follows the traditional practices of all bespoke cabinet making workshops, where craftsmanship remains central to the overall production process. Longpré has an international client-base of design professionals and private clients, and a commission can range from an individual piece of furniture to the refurbishment of a luxury penthouse, yacht or flagship commercial property; and the craftsmen work in a variety of materials, including glass, leather, fabric and metal, alongside wood. The quality of the work produced demands the highest standard of machinery and equipment. In 2006 the company found that its existing sander “just didn’t do the job. It couldn’t sand veneers and, with the company growing as well, we needed something a lot more modern.” Longpré carefully evaluated three makes of sanders, including seeking out personal recommendations. “We spoke to other companies and other people, and they recommended the Kündig sander. We

arranged to go and see some in action and were impressed,” said James Couper, Production Manager. As well as the quality of work produced, a significant advantage was the Kündig’s user-friendliness. “We looked at a couple of other brands and they were fiddly to use. The Kündig is very user friendly, and everyone picks it up very quickly.” The model purchased by Longpré in 2006 was a Kündig Duplex (now called Premium)-2 1350 RE-L, with a first calibrating roller followed by a second electronic segmental sanding pad for veneers and lacquer. Additional equipment for the lacquer sanding was the variable speed to the abrasive and belt cleaning blowers, which are action controlled to reduce air consumption, along with a vacuum conveyor to ensure the workpiece is held firmly in place whilst denibbing. In 2010, the company expanded, opening a second workshop. James says that when selecting a sander for this facility, “We already knew how good a Kündig was, as the sander had been very reliable and did everything we wanted, so we didn’t bother to look anywhere else at all.” James adds that the two sanders are “virtually identical: the first one has a vacuum bed and the second one has not, and that is the only difference.” He is very happy with both sanders. When asked about the advantages the Kündig sander had brought the company, James highlighted the time saving, the quality of the finish and the reliability. He says, “You have no issue with it messing up the work, which is important when using expensive materials. Due to its consistent calibration, it is very precise. What it says

Shutters and a brown oak door manufactured by Longpré Furniture using the Kündig sander.

on the screen is what the piece of wood will come out as, you don’t need to check it all the time.” The sanders are serviced once a year by engineers from Kündig UK, a relationship that works very well, James told PW&SS. James is also very pleased with the back up and support he receives from Carl O’Meara of Kündig UK. “If there ever is a problem, it is usually a user problem, but he is always very helpful. An engineer will come down and set it all up and go through the procedure with the operator, and if there are any further problems, they are very helpful on the phone.” While the sanders are used principally on solid wood, they also work on veneered panels and MDF. James said: “We use them for virtually everything that is flat and needs sanding: frames, doors and individual pieces of wood, for example. They are constantly in use and very reliable.” Having received a recommendation of the Kündig sander from several companies, James says he would be very happy to recommend both the sander and the service Carl O’Meara has provided to others. For further information: Tel 0845 833 0565 Email:

The Duplex and Premium sanders at Longpré Furniture are almost identical in their specifications.

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WHAT’S NEW With InnoTech, the drawer is the draw With a choice of materials, drawer side designs and numerous formats, Hettich’s InnoTech has proved to be the drawer system of choice for kitchen designers who prioritize individuality for their customers. Thanks to rigorously tested stainless-steel ball bearing runners, up to 70 kg load capacity, and German build values, the quality of InnoTech is a given, while push-to-open or Easys electromechanical opening and integrated softclose features ensure ease-of-use. But it is the options available that really set the system apart. InnoTech can be specified in a white, silver or the increasingly popular anthracite finish. TopSides and DesignSides are powerful yet simple design options for pot and pan drawers. TopSides in steel, plastic or glass are simply clipped in between the railing and the frame, adding stylish storage space inside the drawer, whereas a totally bespoke look can be created by using DesignSide instead of a railing. With partial or full-extension runners, InnoTech comes in a standard 470mm drawer depth to make the most of UK cabinet sizes, but different depths are available for bedroom and bathroom applications. “This is German engineering for the kitchen at its best,” said Hettich UK managing director Tim Leedham. “The details and quality behind the cabinet fascia are becoming increasingly important in kitchen specification, and with this in mind, InnoTech is a fantastic sales tool.” For further information: Tel: 0161 872 9552 Email:

International Timber Launches New Product for Windows and Doors International Timber, the UK’s leading importer and supplier of timber products, has expanded its already extensive range with the launch of Accoya Face Laminated Components for windows and doors. This high performing, cost effective window and door product is brought to the UK through an exclusive agreement between Accsys Plc, NFP Europe and International Timber. Accoya Face Laminated Components is a sustainably sourced manufactured product developed using a non-toxic modification process. It is a high performing, efficient alternative to tropical hardwoods and has a Class 1 durability rating on the weather facing elements. Due to its dimensional

stability it can be used in windows and doors with less chance of them jamming in humid conditions. The Accoya wood is laminated to the external weather face of the engineered Redwood components, ensuring a contemporary smooth finish which can withstand the elements. It also means the timber is competitively priced due to the reduced amount of Accoya needed. As with all International Timber products it comes with leading environmental credentials from both FSC and PEFC, and is 100 per cent recyclable. Tony Miles, managing director for International Timber, said: “Accoya Face Laminated Components is another great addition to our product offer and is a great

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alternative to tropical hardwoods for window frames and doors. Also, due to the way the timber has been treated, maintenance intervals are significantly increased which saves both time and money for the end user.” Accoya Face Laminated Components has also successfully passed stringent delamination and dimensional stability tests and is resistant to UV rays, rot and insects, making it a long-lasting and competitively priced solution for joinery professionals.

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FINSA For Diversity In Veneered Board Products In the UK FINSA are able to offer the greatest range and diversity of specialised veneered board products This includes their Iberpan 400 lightweight MDF board in thicknesses up to 60mm and available in 8ft x 4ft and 10ft x 4ft sheets with a wide spectrum choice of veneer species. Interesting options are their Multi Specie Veneer service which allows designers to mix different species of real wood veneers giving fascinating contrasts for the growing demand from the hospitality interiors sector and also for corporate furniture and interiors. Another increasingly popular veneers surface held in stock at FINSA’s Birkenhead distribution centre is the Bleach Oak Veneer – a beautiful surface that gives a White Oak effect as an alternative to re-constituted veneer and offers a surface that offers the tradition of Oak but without the strong grain and colour variation for a more consistent appearance. Highly desirable and currently in vogue is the Segato Veneer which gives a sawn cut effect across the grain – this look is highly effective in public environments and the latest favourite for up-market shop and retail display areas. Tinted veneers is another area of choice offered by FINSA which gives what is known as the fume effect to create fashionable hues and colours while further heightening the natural grains. Cedar Lebanon and Eucalyptas as species work well with this process while offering the customer a better value and sustainable option. Another unique substrate only from FINSA is the Superpan board which, when veneered, offers a superior surface quality, improved strength and machinability while offering better value at the same time. Another alternative from FINSA UK’s portfolio is being able to offer re-constituted which give amazingly consistent colour and structure from quantities from 5 sheets to

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5,000 sheets. All of this service and availability is the result of FINSA being a multi-national woodbased sheet material manufacturer which operates a specialist Veneer division at one of their factories in northern Spain. The veneers are sourced worldwide and meticulously matched, stitched and packaged for lamination to core board products. The range of species and patterns is extensive and FINSA deal with individual customers on special projects and bespoke requirements. So, in the UK, FINSA is adept at supplying its customers with veneers of the most demanding criteria, be it width of crowns, no natural defects, sequence matched, book matched, slip matched, mismatched, wide leaves, thin leaves or other desired effects. FINSA UK will work with individual customers to deliver each project to perfection. Finally one more special board option on which to carry beautiful veneered surfaces is their FinLight product which is available in thicknesses ranging from 36mm up to 61mm. The requirement for this type of product is coming mainly from the healthy reproduction furniture sector, office furniture manufacturers as well as the burgeoning leisure interior sector for hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs. All of these now recognise the huge advantage of a beautiful and superior surface finish for large thick pieces with a significant decrease in weight. FinLight is a light panel consisting of thin MDF faces with a 300kg/m core. It accepts standard handling cutting and edging processes and will accept any industry standard fittings while retaining excellent screw holding properties. In the UK FINSA have sales and distribution headquarters at Birkenhead on Merseyside from where they service the UK market and hold stocks of all veneered board products.

Superpan Veneer

Iberpan 400 Veneer

Cherry Veneer MDF in office interior

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BOARDS &PROFILE PANELS Norbord Supports Fantastic Lakehouse Community Project Norbord is supporting the community and the arts by donating panel products to the Lakehouse development in London. The materials, which were used to create the set of the theatrical show, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Me Bum Bum Trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, included Norbordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18mm Caberwood Light MDF and 22mm chipboard. The Lakehouse development provides homeless people with training for specific trades and the development of vital skills. Mick Feleppa of Jewson, who supplied the product, says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lakehouse is a fantastic community project and a great example of the supply chain working together to get under-privileged people back to workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Norbordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Light MDF is considerably


lighter than Standard MDF. It has all the versatile qualities of its heavier stablemates and will perform as well in nearly all applications. Board for board, MDF Light consumes less raw material than heavier MDF products and, is consequently, less expensive.

Norbord is supporting the community and the arts by donating panel products to the Lakehouse development in London. The materials, which were used to create the set of the theatrical show, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Me Bum Bum Trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, included Norbordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18mm Caberwood Light MDF and 22mm chipboard. The Lakehouse development provides homeless people with training for specific trades and the development of vital skills.

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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.




A Unique Focus on Solid Surface CD (UK) has been the UK distributor of DuPont™ Corian® for over 30 years and in that time has created a national infrastructure of dealers and fabricators. Today, as well as holding large stocks of Corian® material, the company supplies a range of Corian® products, including sinks and basins which are available in most colours. It also has an experienced support team in place to help with fabricating questions and technical issues. In addition, the company has established itself as a leading distributor of specialist tools for solid surface fabrication and, through its machinery division, is able to provide a range of machinery for shaping and forming Corian®. The comprehensive range of professional solid surface fabrication tools includes products from: BETTERLEY – Coving routers and V-Grooving routers, to create coved internal corners and precision mitred joints; OMNI CUBED – High quality clamping tools which provide a quick and effective way to align and seam solid surface joints, including splash-backs;

MAKITA – Professional power-tools for sawing, routing, drilling, together with portable dust extractors; and MIRKA – Compact electric orbital sanders which are ideal for a multitude of sanding and polishing tasks. Major machinery manufacturers represented by CD UK’s Machinery Division include ELKOM, a ELKOM Multitherm Basic Thermoforming Centre combines a preleading name in the heating station and vacuum press in a single unit. development of thermoforming equipment for the efficient operation, they require only 240-volt power forming and shaping of solid surface and supply and can be easily moved around the composites as well as replacement heating workshop. and cooling platen systems for hydraulic High-tech DuPont™ Corian® solid presses. Elkom’s unique, market-leading, surface materials are continuously evolving Multitherm Basic Thermoforming Centre and this was recently confirmed with the combines pre-heating and thermoforming launch of a completely renewed Corian® within one space-saving machine. Colour Palette. The 2012 colour palette, The machinery division also supply which now comprises a total of 72 tones, affordably-priced vacuum-forming presses includes 30 elegant and versatile solid from HABRU – designed for simplicity of colours and is commercially available in the UK from June 2012. A brand new range of marketing materials has also been created to complement the enhanced DuPont™ Corian® palette – the full range of new colours can be viewed at, where downloads also include a 108-page ‘Corian® Tones’ brochure and ‘Corian® Colours for Kitchen Worksurfaces’ brochure.

For further information: Tel: 0113 201 2240 Email: The BETTERLEY AIR-GLIDE Coving Router creates a smooth and attractive transition between a work surface and up-stand.

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Polyrey Is Spot On The Edge! Two brand new laminate ranges offer designers the freedom to achieve highly aesthetic edge details in a wide scope of interior applications. It’s the small details that make all the difference and knowing this Polyrey launched in June two smart new ranges of Monochrom and White Core Compact which offer highly aesthetic edge solutions on laminate products, centred on the classic design colours of black and white. First up is the Monochrom range of 1.2mm laminate that comes in the company’s best-selling N005 Noir black and B070 Blanc Megève white with a choice of no less than five surface textures including new innovations of Roche and Alliage. The laminate offers solid black or white core throughout and when used to laminate products offers the aesthetic benefit of no brown lines on the edges. Next up is White Core Compact combining purity of design with high performance. There are 56 finishes

available, all with the designer premium edge detail of solid white. Polyrey White Core Compact is antibacterial as standard at no additional cost and fire retardant on request. It is available in four thicknesses of 8, 10, 12.5 and 13mm and in a larger than average sheet size of 2600 x 2050mm giving maximum versatility for creative and functional use. Both new ranges are ideal for healthcare, hotels, leisure, retail, education and residential applications, with an extensive scope of uses including shelving, desking, servery counters, partitions, wall panelling and worksurfaces. Polyrey offers industry-leading environmental credentials, with a commitment to delivering all of its panels as PEFC certified and its FSC certification of its factories since 2010 guarantees that all paper used in the production of its HPL comes from renewable sources and that all raw materials used to produce its

Appealing edge finishing can be achieved with Polyrey’s Monochrom and White Core Compact ranges.

paper come from sustainably and For more information, samples or a responsibly managed product forests.presentation: Tel: 01923 202700 Email:

Curves In All The Right Places Hanex solid surfacing offers stand-out design flexibility for kitchens, nowhere better shown than this stunning 3m long elliptical island unit made entirely in S-008 N White. The bespoke unit was designed for a discerning kitchen client whose brief was to make a strong design statement, while combining true functionality. Hanex solid surfacing comes in 12mm thickness and can be cut, shaped, thermoformed and seamlessly jointed offering unparalleled design flexibility over any other worksurface material. It boasts the industry’s highest FR rating and NS51 hygiene certification being non-porous and high performance. Beautifully aesthetic, flexible and functional, the versatile Hanex palette offers 80 finishes including plain colours, sparkling and natural stones and translucent finishes, together with a wide choice of colour matched acrylic sink styles which can be integrally moulded into the surface. Hanex comes in sheets sizes 12mm x 3680 mm x 760mm on all.

Hanex in S-008 N-White solid surfacing in an elliptical island unit showing its design flexibility as a material.

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Dartmoor Makes A Welcome Return To The UK Market James Latham, the country’s leading importer and distributor of timber and wood based panel products, has reintroduced Dartmoor veneered boards to the UK market after an absence of almost seven years. A previously well-known and highly respected real wood veneer brand, Dartmoor was always associated with delivering a high quality, consistent product that made it suitable for many applications. Steve Frommont, Lathams’ product

champion for veneered boards commented, “For many years, customers from a wide range of industries – shop fitting to furniture production – would specify “Dartmoor” veneered boards for their high quality and excellent consistency. The product disappeared from the market when production ceased at the Norbord factory at South Molton in Devon a few years ago, but we are delighted to have brought it back and already it’s been incredibly well received by our customers.”

Lathams are currently in the process of registering the ‘Dartmoor’ brand name as a trademark which demonstrates the long term commitment and support it plans to put behind the brand moving forward. Dartmoor Caberwood MDF is now produced exclusively for James Latham, to its own veneer-grading specification and is available from all nine of James Latham’s panel products’ sites. Dartmoor branded product is available in a wide range of species, thicknesses and sheet sizes.

For more information on Dartmoor and James Latham’s full range of products: Tel: 0116 257 3415 Email:

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DECORATIVE SURFACES & EDGINGS David Clouting Retains Cutting Edge Delivery Never one to stand still, David Clouting Ltdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driving force remains undiminished with the news that the company will be relocating to new offices in Braintree, Essex in May. Its facility in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, will then become a centre of excellence for its edgebanding operations. The address for this is David Clouting Ltd, Unit 4a Shawcross Business Park, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. WF12 7RF. Tel 01924 458333. The company is a major supplier of a comprehensive range of edgebanding options, including melamine, PVC and ABS - matched to melamine boards from leading suppliers including Kronospan, Pfleiderer, Egger, Finsa and Sonae - and real wood veneer. This comprehensive offering is further supported by a range of matching LG vinyls that have been enthusiastically received by the membrane pressing market. The use of in-house hotmelt gluing and slitting machines fully justifies David Clouting Ltdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim to provide a one-stopshop service, ensuring that customers can

choose the edgebanding most suited to their project. For example, its 22mm wide ex stock melamine edgebands boast an extensive selection of plain colours and woodgrains, complemented with embossed options including smooth, textured, ash and woodpore. Whilst these choices are also reflected in its PVC edgeband collection, this is also available in 1mm and 2mm thicknesses, with additional choices including grain or surface print, colour matching and a bespoke service, subject to minimum order quantities. Additional specialist edgebanding is available in the form of PolyKarp edgings, offering thicknesses of up to 3mm and various widths. These can also be sourced in special finishes, including Aluplex (wood veneer layered with real aluminium strips), and a selection of veneers such as cross grain, end grain, three or five ply wood, prelacquered and aluminium. Yet more choice is provided in the form of paper foils, with David Clouting Ltd working with Bausch Linnemann to offer a

range of flat lamination or profile wrapped designs. Edgeband swatches are also available on request from the address above. Customers ordering unglued edgebanding can additionally purchase hotmelt adhesive, which is available ex stock in 25kg bags. The comprehensive edgeband service provided by David Clouting Ltd lends an entirely new meaning to living life on the edge. For further information: Tel: 01376 518037 Fax: 01376 500104

Enter DIMA now The prestigious Design in Manufacturing Awards (DIMA) have already drawn significant interest. Exhibitors at W12 Working with Design should get their entries in as soon as they can despite the 31st July deadline. Entry conditions and guidelines, as well as entry forms, can be sent to Matt Long. The distinguished judging panel will be looking for material, components, concepts that contribute significantly to the originality and commercial success of the final product in which they are involved.

For any queries, contact Matt Long direct. Tel: 01483 274626 Email:

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Ostermann Delivers Edgings In 24 Hours The edging specialist is staking its confidence in growth and a further expansion in the UK. Ostermann’s UK subsidiary, Ostermann UK Ltd opened a new logistics centre in Droitwich, England in March 2012. By moving into this new office and warehousing facility Ostermann is hitting the ground running with huge additions to its service with delivery times of 24 hours throughout the UK.

Service Ostermann style Ostermann is widely acknowledged as a provider of innovative solutions to the furniture manufacturing industry. Over 20 years ago Ostermann was the first company on the market with a Cross-Reference List. Today it is the largest anywhere in Europe. It encompasses some 65 board manufacturers with over 120,000 edging correlations in over 2,000 colours and finishes. The sheer variety of the product range is one of Ostermann’s cornerstones to their service concept. Another factor is that Ostermann keeps stock of just about all of these edgings and is able to despatch them immediately and all of that from lengths of just 1 metre and upwards.

The friendly Ostermann UK team

Ostermann UK is building up strong business relations to enable them to be a reliable day-to-day business partner for furniture manufacturers. With the satisfaction of each and every customer as their objective Ostermann UK regards the continual enhancement of its service in the United Kingdom as a task to be performed every single day. Taking possession of new warehousing facilities in Droitwich is one large step in this direction. Ostermann UK – a story of success Formed to bring the Ostermann philosophy to the United Kingdom. Ostermann UK Ltd has been headed up by Sabine Kinner since it was formed in August 2010, and under her leadership the team is constantly expanding.

“From the very outset I was convinced that the Ostermann standard of service could greatly satisfy many customers in the UK, but the speed of our growth over the last two years is extremely pleasing and makes me proud of my super sales team!”, is how the committed Managing Director sums up the rapid growth of Ostermann UK. In March 2012 she and her team took possession of the office and warehousing facility in Droitwich, some 40 miles from Birmingham and readied themselves for yet more growth. The edging specialist Angie Roddis, Inacio Mankulu, Richard Hands and Elaine Griffiths along with the Sales Representative Stephen Parsons and also warehouse staff Craig Lymer and Antonio Mankulu have 120 m of office space and

A wide range of structured edgings

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DECORATIVE SURFACES & EDGINGS 2000 m of warehousing space with which to work. From this base the edging specialist can draw upon the modern logistics centre in Bocholt, Germany and thanks to the tried and tested logistics processes, is able to guarantee just-in-time delivery. Rigorously aligned towards the needs of tomorrow. Ostermann UK’s new warehousing complex is designed in accordance to the latest state of the art facilities. Alongside the office wing, the total floor space of 2,000 m will in future accommodate a high-bay warehouse, a long parts store and a hazardous goods store. “First and foremost the decisive criteria for moving to a new logistics centre was the satisfaction of our customers.” explains Sabine Kinner before adding, "this expansion in capacity enables us to meet incoming orders not merely with 24 hours but by 9 am the next day in the UK." So British customers can already look forward to even faster delivery times. The central location for the new logistics centre is not only critical for delivery time but also ideal for the Ostermann sales representative Stephen Parsons. From the

new location he happily sets out regularly to introduce customers to our edging range and our mobile handheld edge banding machines. The machine demonstrations are usually carried out on site at the customer or in-house at Ostermann in Droitwich, depending on customer preference. Ostermann’s logistics service – another of our core areas of expertise With a new warehousing capacity exceeding 2,000 pallet bays, Ostermann is massively extending its service to the British market, meaning that customers in the UK can continue to rely on Ostermann’s widely-appreciated delivery service and order their edgings for a next day service. Just a year and a half after establishing Ostermann UK Ltd this step sees Ostermann underline its expertise within the European market. “The new logistics centre represents a significant contribution to securing our UK base and to the development of the region”, says the subsidiary chief Sabine Kinner, who see the new facility as a tremendous

opportunity both for customers and employees. “Because the quantity of incoming orders is continually growing, all workplaces are kitted out with cutting-edge technical equipment.” This is part of Ostermann’s commitment to an efficient order process. “Every day we are working at expanding our range, optimising delivery times and making the order process as customer-friendly as it can be – after all service such as this in the UK is only available from Ostermann,” Mrs. Kinner continues. The innovative company is already one of the leading edging providers in the UK and with its new logistics centre, it is forming a basis upon which to enhance its market position further.

For further information: Tel: 01905 793 550 Email:

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Decorative Panels Latest dp-decor Additions Design innovation has long been recognised by Decorative Panels Lamination as essential in the fast moving and fashion conscious furniture industry. Now continuous development with printing partners has led to the launch of three incredibly realistic new additions to the already extensive dpdecor range. Durham Acacia, Swiss Elm and Kaunas Pine are new woodgrain designs that are indistinguishable from natural wood veneer, a feature of all dpdecor range products; the result is a panel with a warm and tactile feel which

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extends the product usability in to every aspect of furniture design and production. Durham Acacia has a smooth creamy woodgrain that coordinates and compliments natural wood tones which work particularly well with whites and creams. The design is cleverly formatted to be useable in both vertical and horizontal planes lending itself to applications such as wardrobe doors. Swiss Elm is a woodgrain full of character with wonderful detailing. The use of an optical emboss invites you to run your fingers over its tactile surface, while its tonal qualities

blend with earthy unicolours as well as a paler palette. Kaunas Pine, an update of a classic, has mellow warm tones and delicately yet strikingly grained which works well with traditional as well as modern furniture designs, this making it the next generation of this essential core product.

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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


Dudley Tool Presswork & Engineering Co. Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)


CNC Machinery

SCM Group UK Ltd

Spray Finishing Equipment

SCM Group UK Ltd

Pocket Routers

ITW Industrial Finishing

Dust Control Systems

ATA Engineering Processes

Cades Ltd



ATA Engineering Process

WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd Workplace Safety Mechanical Services

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

Machining Centres (CNC)

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Power Tools CD (UK) Ltd

Throughfeed Drills SCM Group UK Ltd

Routers (CNC)

Veneer Cutting & Sanding Equipment

ATA Engineering Processes

CD (UK) Ltd

AXYZ International

Veneering Equipment

SCM Group UK Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Routers (CNC - 5 Axis)

Wide Belt Sanders, Polishers & Buffing Machines

ATA Engineering Processes

CD (UK) Ltd

VC Industries Ltd

MAKA Machinery UK Ltd

Woodworking Machinery

Panel Saws (Beam)

Router Cutters

Biesse Group UK

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

ATA Engineering Processes

SCM Group Ltd

MFC Panel Products

SCM Group UK Ltd Schelling UK Ltd

Sanders (Speed) Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Sanders (Wide Belt) Boere Machinefabriek bv

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

Kundig Ltd SCM Group UK Ltd

Weinig Group UK Woodworking Tooling & Machinery Ltd

Woodworking Machinery (New & Used) Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood) Daltons Wadkin J&C O’Meara

Panel Saws (Vertical)

Solid Surface Processing Equipment


Wood Burning Equipment

CD (UK) Ltd

WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

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an extensive range of ďŹ nishes 3D forming veneers range of High Gloss, Woodgrain and Matt Paint finishes to ensure that kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living and commercial areas can be designed where the product compliments and adds to the visual experience. 2D versions of the vinyls are available for profile wrapping. Applied to MDF, Deco Foil expands the possibilities of furniture design.

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Call today for information on our product range T: +44 (0)1376 518037 E: W: David Clouting Ltd. Unit 650, The Hub, Skyline 120, Avenue West, Braintree, Essex CM77 7AA

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