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News TM Machinery Takes On Viet Sanders Biesse’s First 20 Years In The UK Holz-Her’s New Machining Centre & Storage System Homag Equipment To Double Productivity at Enfield Doors CNC Routing Upgrades With Larger Format AXYZ Machine AXYZ Expands Its Online Routing Support Facility Saw Service Celebrates 40 years With Vollmer Machine Tools Print Finishing Panels – Serious Investment Potential Decorpanel Chooses Homag For Quality and Reliability Stefani Solution HD On Special Promotion Striebig Vertical Saw Proves Popular at Family Joinery SCM Sigma Prima Beam Saw For Entry Level Manufacturers Veba Classical Machines From CD UK Brilliant Finishing for Cabinet Maker IDS Offers Pioneering New Range of Compact Density Fibreboard Kronospan’s FOR(U)M Is A Reality Be Inspired! Decorative Panels Launch New Brochures & Websites See our website and interactive magazine

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NEWS Latest BWF Launches First CPD Scheme In UK For The Joinery And Woodworking Industry The first CPD (continuing professional development) scheme for the joinery and woodworking industry was launched at W12 (October 2012) by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). Run by the BWF’s Woodworking Industry Training Forum (WITForum), the CPD programme offers all those working within the joinery and woodworking industry the opportunity to develop new skills and to gain recognition for training and personal development. For further information:

Sign Up For FIRA’s New EU Timber Regulation Awareness Course On 3rd March 2013, a new EU Timber Regulation, which will affect the entire furniture supply chain, comes into force. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) was initiated due to increasing concerns over unsustainable forest management practices and illegal logging. Studies have suggested that approximately 20% of timber and timber products, entering the European market, originate from an illegal source (WWF 2012: government_barometer/the_eu_timber_fo otprint/eu_wood_imports/). Essentially, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) prohibits the sale of illegally harvested timber and wooden products such as certain items of furniture on to the European market. The Regulation defines companies who first place timber and timber products on the European market as ‘Operators’ and requires them to implement a robust, due diligence system in order to identify, manage and mitigate the risk of sourcing illegally harvested timber or timber products. The EUTR also establishes obligations for ‘Traders’, who

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buy and sell timber and timber products within the European market, to maintain sufficient records to enable supply chain traceability. FIRA plans to hold a series of training sessions, aimed at those within the UK furniture industry. These courses will cover important issues such as: • The roles of organisations within the furniture supply chain • Obligations of ‘Operators’ and ‘Traders’ • Measures and procedures for performing satisfactory due diligence • Maintaining records and other documentation for supply chain traceability • Responsible timber purchasing best practice • The roles of ‘Monitoring Organisations’ and ‘Competent Authorities’ • The role of Chain of Custody certification schemes FIRA’s one-day EU Timber Regulation Awareness course is specifically designed for importers, compliance managers, quality managers and procurement. Upcoming EU Timber Regulation Awareness course dates • 24 January 2013 • 14 February 2013 For further information, or to register a place on the course, contact James Bell: Tel: 01438 777 602 Email: Book online at

FIRA And UK Trade And Investment Successfully Launch Furniture Export Hub The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) have successfully launched the FIRA Furniture Export Hub, an online reference hub for those within the furniture industry looking to export products or expertise to overseas markets. For further information: Tel: 01438 777700 Email:

James Latham Becomes Preferred Sheet Material Supplier To Travis Perkins Leading independent timber importer and distributor James Latham, has become one of only two preferred suppliers of non-core sheet materials to national builders’ merchant, Travis Perkins. With over 600 branches nationwide, Travis Perkins is one of the UK’s biggest suppliers to the building and construction industry and the move has cemented twelve months of negotiations. James Latham has also been working with Travis Perkins to develop an added value, mandated sheet material range which will be stocked at twenty one of their UK-wide branches. James Latham will supply eleven of these branches with another distributor supplying the remaining ten. The range will include 8 x 4 Woodgrain MFMDF as well as FSC veneered Oak and Walnut MDF. For further information: Tel: 0116 2573415 Email:

Surface Design Show Shapes Up For A Great Event In 2013 The Surface Design Show takes place from 5-7 February 2013 at the Business Design Centre in London. It is the only UK event to focus exclusively on innovative and inspirational interior and exterior surface solutions. Over 4000 architects, interior designers and specifiers are expected to attend the highly bespoke event for surface materials. With over 100 exhibitors displaying the very latest surface solutions, Surface Design Show is now firmly recognised as the event for this sector. For further information: Tel: 020 7886 3000

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INDUSTRY NEWS T.M. Machinery Takes on Viet Wide Belt Sander Range T.M. Machinery Sales, best known as UK agents for the Striebig range of vertical panel saws, have entered into a distribution agreement with Biesse UK to sell, service and provide spare parts for the artisan range of Viet S1 and S2 wide belt sanders. The move will give Viet, which became part of the Biesse Group in 2011, access to the large number of small and medium size manufacturers who make up T.M Machinery’s core customer base. This is an important market sector for the Viet range. Matthew Pearce, a director of T.M. Machinery, said: “The agreement with Biesse makes excellent sense. Viet has been synonymous with high quality wide belt sanding and materials finishing since 1953 and leads the market in technological development. “We will be able to give Biesse access to small and medium size manufacturers, while our service division, T.M. Services, has extensive experience of servicing, refurbishing and providing spare parts for wide belt sanders.” Steve Bulmer, managing director MD of

Biesse UK said: “Viet’s attention to design detail and build quality has made it a market leader in wide belt sanding, with some 380 machines already sold in the UK and Ireland. “Our agreement with T.M. Machinery will allow us entry to a market sector in which they are specialists, while their service division’s long involvement with wide belt sanders will give existing and potential Viet users added confidence.” Biesse UK and T.M. Machinery are holding a joint workshop exhibition, a hands-on event giving customers the opportunity to experience the Viet range at first hand and speak to sanding experts. The event will be held at Biesse’s Daventry Tech Centre from February 26 to March 1. On show will be the versatile Viet S1 and S2 models. The S1 machine will feature a combination head with two rollers for calibration and pre-sanding plus a full electronic sanding pad followed by a Tynex brush for maximum finishing capability. It also features inverter control of the abrasive belt and conveyor belt speeds for maximum flexibility. Touch screen controls are provided for operator ease and speed of use. The Viet S2 is a highly sophisticated machine, described as the ultimate in surface finishing. The machine on show combines a fully electronic cross belt sanding head followed by a combination head with roller and electronic segmented pad for delicate finishing, and a further electronic segmented pad head for final finishing. Belt blowers, finishing brushes and turbo panel cleaners are incorporated

Two of many possible VIET S2 configurations, all tailored for customer’s specific requirements

for the complete panel finishing solution. Program storage and retrieval along with intuitive controls are provided via the use of a 15” touch screen. The Italian manufacturer leads the market in technological development in wide belt sanding and has many patents, ensuring its machines continue to rise to the challenge of the ever-more demanding requirements of material finishing. Recent accolades include the Sequoia Awards for Technological Development, given for Viet’s patented HP (high performance) pad at the Atlanta Show in 2011. For those unable to attend the February workshop event, Viet demonstration machines will continue to be available at Biesse UK’s Daventry Tech Centre. Open days Tuesday February 26 to March 1.

To register for the workshop or to obtain further information: Biesse Tel: 01327 300366 Email: or T.M. Machinery Sales Tel: 0116 271 7155 Email:

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PROFILE Biesse’s First 20 Years In The UK – Promoting Innovation Steve Bulmer MD of Biesse UK looks back to when Biesse Group set up in the UK. “20 years ago Biesse Group UK Ltd started trading in January 1993; within a few weeks we had sold a “BIESSE ROVER 335”, to Moores Furniture Group Ltd based in Wetherby. 20 years on, this machine is still installed and working alongside a number of other Biesse group machines; the latest being a “Biesse Skipper 130” installed in the early part of 2012. We estimate that to date, the Rover 335 at Moores has probably processed in excess of 3,000,000 panels! Not a bad investment. The average price of a machine from Biesse back in 1993 was approx. £65,000; which in today’s terms would be £106,000; but in reality because of the improvements in manufacture, design and standardisation across the broad portfolio and the huge investment Biesse SPA has made in its plant in Pesaro, our average machine price in 2013 is still £65,000; even though we produce machines closer to £40,000 for processing Kitchen carcases and doors! (*BiesseFact – a tailor made Biesse CNC can come off our production line every 2 hours) So what else has changed in 20 years? Well for a start I had hair then! But seriously Biesse UK started with three employees, of whom two are still here, me

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and John; our turnover in the first year was approximately £2 million, while in 2012 we finished the year close to £20 Million turnover with 37 employees. The Biesse Group Spa has been in business for more than 40 years now, while present in the UK with the subsidiary for the last 20 of those and things have changed dramatically during that time; but innovation has always been at the forefront of the Biesse mission, in fact you could say we are game changers, not just the machines, because that’s not the whole story, but let’s start there; When you think of Beam saws of today, “Selco” were the company that set the scene with the ground breaking WN series. New on a market which was already crowded, they launched the first fully CNC beam saw. Today we are still setting the standards, moving high technology concepts into everyday life, with the introduction of the “Twin Pusher” onto even the smallest of our range the “SEKTOR” Series. This really starts to bring “oneoff” production back to the beam saw.

Biesse’s Rover 335 CNC machining centre

was the first CNC drilling machine to process two panels simultaneously with zero set up time; now a format embraced by other machine manufacturers. While imitation is the best form of flattery, they are yet to match the simplicity and reliability of the Biesse patents used in this type of machine. The “UNIWIN” is another game changer, bringing a complete window factory into one machine, and making windows component by component in a truly batch one process. The “STREAM” edgebanding machine with a unique patented gluing section addressing known industry issues with glue application. Ask us why it was the bestselling doublesided edgebander in the UK in 2012. “BREMA” the first vertical through feed Biesse’s Skipper 130 nc processing centre, again ideal flexible boring machine for batch-one production and with an Selco haven’t stopped unrivalled ability for the automated there, with the Twin insertion of hardware. Pusher now evolving “VIET” premium sanders with game into the “Multi changing patents for finish and lacquer Pusher” for our sanding. Consider that Viet have been angle plants, this making high gloss polishing system since brings even greater 1953, shows the kind of expertise that is benefits of increased available at this award winning company. productivity with (See page 3) complex patterns. This is just a short list that quickly came The “SKIPPER” to mind, but the list goes on and on! Steve Bulmer left, in 1995

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So high quality and innovation comes as standard with Biesse products, when you then build in exceptional price/performance ratio, it is no wonder that more than 60% of our business each year comes from customers with existing Biesse products. Having been with the Biesse subsidiary since day one, it’s nice to look back with nostalgia over the 20 years, but let’s be blunt what’s of interest for us all is the future. We all have to face that we live in difficult trading conditions, where consumers have a huge choice of where to buy products and services. What excites me is this is great news for us all; we are all demanding value for money products with great customer service; that’s why everything we do here is with you in our focus. We ask what you want, listen and are striving every day to provide this. Proof that we are moving in the right direction is the increase in orders since incorporating our “TOTAL CARE” program. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a customer care package created by

Biesse incorporating a 5-year warranty & a 5-year service program on all Biesse machines. We also help you to tie up a few of the loose ends you don’t want to think about when buying a machine. Such as organising the crane and offloading. There are many companies with Biesse machines still working after many years of service just like Moores Furniture, which demonstrate the reliability of our machines and our confidence to offer a 5 year warranty as standard on all new Biesse machines, so feel free to ask more about Total Care. So what do you think? • Does innovation improve productivity? • Would a more reliable machine improve your margins? • Is performance at least as important as the price?

If you would answer “YES” to any of these questions then it’s likely you already do business with Biesse; if not, you should be giving us call now. Don’t be mistaken we are not perfect and we are certainly not arrogant, we do still sometimes get it wrong; but it’s how we react when something goes wrong, we are decisive and proactive to your needs. We have not yet met the standards we are setting ourselves, but we are changing the nature of machinery supply for the better in the UK market. We still stock more spares that any other machinery supplier in the UK, approximately £2.5 million! Ask us what it means for you? Like I said earlier “innovation has always been at the forefront of the Biesse mission”. We innovate and it’s good news for you. “

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The Selco SEKTOR 450 panel sizing centre

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Holz-Her’s New Machining Centre and Storage System S & I Manufacturing of Corby, Northamptonshire, has recently installed another two new innovative Holz-Her machines – ProMaster 7223, CNC machining centre, and a Cut 6120 Dynamic beam saw, linked to a Barbaric 14 stack position CSF storage system. It’s an indication of their trust in Holz-Her technology and backup service over several years. With 60 working hours a week averaged over the last 10 years from their existing Holz-Her CNC’s and edgebanders, it is no wonder the decision to invest again in Holz-Her was reached, especially coupled with the highly regarded Weinig service. S & I Manufacturing is a very successful and highly reputed bespoke contractor, particularly focusing on top quality shopfitting. The company was established 21 years ago and has 20 employees, and operate from modern premises in Corby. They believe in providing personal, prompt and flexible customer service, and aim to deliver high quality, precision products – for which

Paul Nightingale (left), Holz-Her Sales Manager with Area Manager, Lee Gibson.

they have gained customer repute. The Company address the requirements of contract shopfitting services, point of sales displays, library and educational furniture. They work with major design houses, local authorities and large retailers and they have a growing customer list. Their belief in delivering quality and precision, bespoke products is proven by their large continuous investment in the best brands of German engineered flexible panel machines. They see it as the guaranteed way to achieve customer satisfaction. With the Holz-Her ProHolz-Her Pro-Master 7223 CNC machining centre recently installed at S & I Master, for instance, Manufacturing. the new technology

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bristles with innovative and unique features: higher processing rates; providing the ability to respond more quickly to customer orders; extraordinary precision to guarantee product finish; concentration on practical requirements for companies requiring a high degree of flexible manufacturing of all shapes and sizes they wish; and much more. The Pro-Master has a Vario table offering fully automatic table positioning. The Vario head is a 5-axis automatic positioning aggregate, uniquely capable of automatic tool changing. These features return super fast, simplified setup and production. The new Cut 6120 beam saw is linked to a Barbaric 14-pack CSF storage system. The new CNC storage system has been a step-up in efficiency. As the panel leaves the beam saw, a bar code label is applied which is then swiped by a corresponding bar code reader at the machine - within seconds the machine will set itself and run the program automatically.

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Greater efficiency and productivity growth is also achieved by the Barbaric CSF Chaotic Storage System integration with the Holz-Her 6120 Dynamic beam saw. All in-store and out-of-store panels are managed and optimised, resulting in a three-fold increase in productivity, far easier and more accurate stock management, and vastly improved waste optimisation of each panel. Says MD, Ian Huggins, “Holz-Her’s optimisation software is the best I’ve used, it has been a ‘Godsend’, and impacts positively to the whole production process, saving money and increasing productivity at the same time”. Up to 65% of a panel cutting process can be taken up by panel handling. The advanced technology Barbaric system removes this down time. It is capable of reading the complete cutting job list and facilitates the loading of the beam saw in the most productive manner for maximum efficiency. For example, should the beam saw need to cut in book heights, the Barbaric will stack a book behind the pusher arm whilst the beam saw is cutting. Once the beam saw has completed its current job, the pusher arm will lift and collect the awaiting book. Whilst this is happening, the

The Barbaric 14-pack CSF storage system.

Barbaric will continue to optimise its storage area for the next job. As soon as the pusher arm has cleared the loading area it will start loading the next job. In essence, the saw never has to wait for panel loading, returning up to three times greater productivity. Should the panel stock run low the

CSF system will send an email to advise more panels need to be ordered. Even when the factory is closed, the Barbaric will analyse the job list and organise the most efficient way for the following day’s production. “The system has streamlined the operation at S & I and made panel production much more efficient and price competitive”, says Ian Huggins, “and the Weinig brand name has helped massively to increase continued confidence in our investment, guarantees a prompt after-sales service, provides technical solutions, and decreases downtime”.

For further information: Tel: 01235 557600 Email: The newly installed Holz-Her Cut beam saw linked to the Barbaric storage system.

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HOMAG Equipment to Double Productivity for Enfield Doors Speciality door manufacturer Enfield Doors prides itself on delivering exceptional and consistent quality, both in service and product delivered for its entire range of fire resistant doors. When recent business growth proved the need for the introduction of new woodworking machinery, the company expected the same values and service from its chosen supplier. Nigel Sill, managing director of Enfield Doors, explains the process, “We are a very traditional company who, in the past, have always tried to use British suppliers and manufacturers. Recently, business has bloomed, we have been producing and receiving orders for more door sets than ever before. It became clear, therefore, that we needed to be much more productive and efficient. Essentially, this boiled down to investing in advanced machinery which would give us an edge over our competitors.”

Partnering with the best in the market “Working with fire resistant doors is not the same as working with your average kitchen door. Our doors

can weigh anything up to around 100 kilos each and so we have to invest in heavy duty machines. They must be well engineered – cheaper lightweight equipment just won’t stand the test of time in our work environment. “Having been in this industry for a long time it’s not a surprise that we already knew of HOMAG. They have a trusted name and a good reputation for providing robust machines that can cope with heavy use day in day out. After studying the machinery on the market, we became more and more confident that if anyone could help us, HOMAG could. “After making an initial enquiry with HOMAG, we travelled to one of their customers’ sites to see the machines we were considering in action. This was a valuable trip for us, not only to get a better understanding of the equipment, but also to discover first-hand what it was like to deal with HOMAG UK. “Following this, we went to HOMAG UK’s headquarters in Castle Donington where we saw the machines in action again and discussed our options with our local salesman, Roger Wilks and their showroom technicians. The two machines we were evaluating were the HOMAG Venture

316 five axis CNC processing centre and a HOMAG KAL 310 edgebander with a PUR adhesive system. “Their sales advice was very good, they understood exactly what we wanted. It was very clear that not only did they know what they were talking about, but also that they understood our business. “Sophisticated machinery comes with lots of options and there were quite a few permutations available to us. They helped us to decide which ones we would need without trying to sell us things that we wouldn’t – this helped build a real trust between us.”

A clockwork installation “The machines arrived exactly on time in early spring 2012. Obviously, we had to clear a space in our factory, but other than that there was very little disruption to our work. HOMAG’s engineering experts worked around us and the installation went like clockwork without the loss of any significant production time. “Four of our staff went on a training course at HOMAG UK to learn how to operate the machinery to its maximum. They came back feeling well informed and ready to make the most of our new equipment.”

Attracting new business “Since having HOMAG equipment in our factory we have been able to confidently

Homag Venture 316 processing centre

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Homag Venture 316 lock casing routing.

quote for work with larger construction companies. Previously, we couldn’t approach them, because we just didn’t have the capacity. Now we can now carry out orders in much less time and to a higher quality. Originally we had to create the door sets by hand, with the Venture 316 we can make them in a fraction of the time it used to take and with a better quality finish. “The five axis head on the Venture 316

works really well for us. It's extremely powerful and allows us to run the machine at high speeds without any issues which has dramatically reduced our processing time. HOMAG's woodWOP software makes the machine easy to operate whether it’s for large or one off orders. “When it came to edgebanding, our doors used to be done via traditional lipping machines. The KAL 310 now handles our

larger orders in a quicker and more effective way to a much higher standard of finish. The PUR adhesive system supplied by HOMAG provides a fantastic bond between the door edge and the lipping with an almost invisible glue line. The units on the machine are more than capable of coping with our heavy duty application. “With our new equipment, we are confident we will be able to double our production rate whilst maintaining exceptional quality standards. Once this is achieved we estimate the equipment will have paid for itself in under three years. “Overall we’ve been delighted with HOMAG. The service from them has been very efficient and we are more than pleased with the machines. In particular we are impressed with how much thought has gone into their design. HOMAG’s engineers really know about wood and understand what works best in a factory environment. Whoever designed them, I admire,” concludes Sill. For further information: Tel: 01332 856500 Email:

Homag KAL 310 edgebander

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CNC ROUTERS CNC Routing Upgrades with LargerFormat AXYZ Machine West Midlands-based CNC Routing Limited has added a purpose-built large-format router from AXYZ International to complement and extend the production capabilities of the AXYZ 4010 and 6010 machines already installed. The AXYZ 8010 now in operation has an impressive 2635mm processing width that is capable of handling over-size eight feed-wide and similarly awkward sheet sizes with a superior cut finish considered by this company not to be achievable with other smaller routing solutions. Established in 2005, CNC Routing has experienced rapid growth and commensurate profitability in the ensuing years, occupying five rather than the original one production unit and employing 20 people in place of the original three. Today, the company offers customers an allembracing service capability encompassing

simultaneously by the three AXYZ routers now installed. CNC Routing’s co-director Julian Howl commented: ‘Since installation in August of this year, the 8010 machine has performed with consummate ease and has helped reduce daily production time from 24 to 16 hours whilst providing output that equates to the capacity of four machines rather than the three currently installed.’ The AXYZ 8010 router in operation at CNC Routing has a number of additional production enhancements. These include two carriages on the gantry, servo motors, the latest AXYZ helical rack and pinion drive system that employs multiple ‘teeth’ to spread the work load and consequently significantly reduces machine wear and an expanded 21-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility. According to Julian Howl, ‘the drive motors in particular give a superior cutting capability to that achievable with other machines’. AXYZ International has the capacity to build

customised machines in specific sizes, tooling configurations and material holddown options. Sizes of the customised machines range from 1524mm (width) x 1219mm (length) in the 4000 Series up to 2635mm (width) x 15m (length) in the 8000 Series. All of the routers come with a host of both standard and optional production enhancements, including as standard the latest AXYZ A2MC machine control system, the AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum material alignment and precise cutting and the enlarged multistation ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility. Co-director at CNC Routing, Greg McPhail added: ‘The fact that we now have three AXYZ routers operating reflects the confidence we have in both the machines and the knowledge base of the AXYZ team that ensured the smooth installation of the latest router with minimal disruption to our production. We are a company that is “AXYZ through and through” and it is our intention to purchase another 8010 machine in 2013.’

The AXYZ 6030 ATC CNC router installed at CNC Routing Ltd

in-house design, manufacturing, assembly and peripheral facilities like edge banding and spraying. At CNC Routing, the AXYZ 8010 router is used primarily for long-run work involving difficult or Jumbo-sized panels that hitherto were unable to be processed by companies with their own in-house routing and cutting facilities. Materials processed range from plywood and composite woods to acrylic that can be cut

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For further information on AXYZ large-format routing solutions: Tel: 01902 375600 For more information on the services provided by CNC Routing Tel: 01562 712068

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AXYZ Expands Its Online Routing Support Facility Leading supplier of highperformance routing, cutting and engraving solutions to the furniture production, industrial woodworking, joinery and panel processing industries, AXYZ International has expanded its CNCRoutershop division. The stock of CNC routing tools, consumables and accessories held by this division, all of which are available on next-day delivery was already one of the largest and most competitively priced available. Now, following wider sourcing of additional products from leading quality suppliers in the UK and Continental Europe, the division can meet the requirements not only of AXYZ machine owners but also those companies which have other machines in operation, regardless of their make or source of supply. In addition, the division

is now advertising online a range of used routing systems that will appeal to those companies wishing to engage with routing, cutting and engraving technology but cannot at present invest in new machinery. Furthermore, for companies where the volume and nature of the work undertaken may now require higher productivity levels, improved quality or more flexible programming that cannot effectively be met by the routing technology already installed, the expanded capabilities of the AXYZ CNCRoutershop division can now provide a much wider choice of tooling, consumables and machine upgrade options that could avoid the need for companies to make such an investment, particularly in view of the current economic climate. Supporting the expanded division is a raft of service support facilities. These include 24-hour online ordering and technical advice, wall charts to assist tooling specification and to determine the correct cutting speeds for specific materials and, as required, printed catalogues. The AXYZ International team of specialist engineers lends further support by providing tailored

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solutions to keep machines running continuously and to avoid potentially damaging and costly breakdowns. Standard or bespoke training courses that are conducted either at the customer’s own facility or at the AXYZ Training Centre complete the CNCRoutershop division offering.

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CNC router tooling is available for next day delivery

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TOOLING & MAINTENANCE Saw Service Celebrates 40 Years of Success With Vollmer Machine Tools When Thames Valley was established by two friends in 1973 to service bandsaw blades, circular saws and plate saws, their 'quality' philosophy entailed the acquisition of Vollmer manual hand grinding machines. Despite approaching 40 years of age, these machines are still in operation, a clear indication of the build quality and relevance to the modern day business. As a saw service and supplier of quality saws and tooling to many industries it is imperative that Thames Valley Saw Service invests in the most up to date and highest specification machinery available to maintain its position and continued growth in the marketplace. Over the years new machinery has been predominantly supplied by Vollmer machine tools. With over 35 years service at Thames Valley Saw Service, Workshop Director Mr Nigel Muttram discusses the evolution of the company and industry in general: "Since I have been at Thames Valley Saw Service, the landscape of the industry has changed beyond recognition. We used to have a fume filled workshop with staff manually grinding cutters, bandsaws and circular saw blades day in, day out. To move with the times, we have invested in automated machine tools that can process our saw blades. With the evolution of materials and the demand for ever faster cycle times from the saw blades; the saw blade tips and geometries have changed drastically." To emphasise this point, Mr Muttram highlights the company's position as the UK's only distributer for the full range of Kanefusa products: "As a supplier and service agent for the high quality range of Japanese manufactured Kanefusa tools for the wood and metal industries, we have to be capable of machining all geometries on all their cutting tools and saw blades. As Kanefusa develops new geometries to improve the performance of their saw blades, we have to be capable of re-grinding these geometries. So, when Kanefusa developed its 3DX, 6DX and 10DX range of TCT blades

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with 3, 6 and 10 different tooth geometries on each blade, our Vollmer CHD270 was more than up to the task of grinding the complicated multiple geometries." Since the Drayton based company's inception, it has always invested in high quality machine tools and the 21 employee business now has a complement of Vollmer machines that includes a CX100 for sharpening carbide tipped saws, an ND230 robot loaded CHD270 and a CHD250 for re-sharpening industrial application TCT saws with more demanding geometries, plus a KRD710 for processing HSS saw blades. The acquisition of the KRD710 in 2000, signaled the end of the manual machining era for Thames Valley and its first step Work envelope of CX100 whilst machining small TCT blade. toward automated CNC resharpening. As Mr Muttram recalls: "We had wheels in one machine, the CHD250 seven old Vollmer manual grinders for removed the two previous machines, and in sharpening HSS saws. They became doing so, improved productivity and redundant following the arrival of the workflow by eliminating excessive set-ups. KRD710 as it improved the quality whilst The benefits were more far fetching as Mr providing productivity beyond that of our Muttram states: "The CHD250 benefits were seven older machines combined. By taking certainly worth the investment. Beside these old machines out, we also had improved workflow and productivity, the considerably more floor space and our staff CHD gives us advanced programming, so we could be freed up to conduct alternate tasks." can deliver improved tooth geometries to the The arrival of the KRD710 also enabled customer. Furthermore, the enclosed unit Thames Valley Saw Service to machine a made a significant difference to the HSS blade in 10 minutes whereas the workshop environment that was previously previous time with the manual machine was filled with coolant mist. This has benefitted 25 minutes per blade, the set-up times were the visual impact of the workshop and offers also drastically reduced along with the a cleaner working environment. benefits of wet grinding and CBN wheels to An additional two CHP machines were generate a very accurate tooth geometry and removed in 2006 for the arrival of a Vollmer consistency in the quality of sharpening. CX100. Purchased specifically for sharpening The success of the KRD710 paved the way small TCT saws to maximum diameter of for further Vollmer investments and in 2004, 500mm in small batches, the CX100 offers Thames Valley Saw Service acquired its first rapid turnaround times with fast set-ups. large Vollmer machine, a CHD250. The This enables Thames Valley Saw Service to CHD250 replaced two ageing Vollmer CHP service up to 400 TCT blades each week for machines, one was tasked with grinding the customers with low frequency, one-off face of tipped saw blades whilst the second orders. was grinding the tops. With two grinding The company's reward for providing saw

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TOOLING & MAINTENANCE blades of impeccable quality, has been an exceptional level of growth over the last 10 years. As well as employing Vollmer grinding centres, Thames Valley Saw Service has invested in alternate machine tools with particular technical attributes over the last decade. As Mr Muttram continues: "Despite the exceptional quality, service and longevity of the Vollmer machines, we have on occasions acquired machines from alternate suppliers. In hindsight, this has proven a mistake. Some of our machines were acquired over Vollmer on price, but you get what you pay for, and the quality and reliability of lesser machines had an impact on our business. As we were going through a period of growth, a machine we believed would be an integral part of our business became extremely unreliable and this was compounded by poor service support." The result was Thames Valley Saw Services acquisition of a Vollmer CHD270 with a three station ND230 robotic loading system in 2007 to replace a competitor machine. As Mr Muttram recalls: "We had the previous machine for nine years and in that period, it proved expensive to repair, unreliable, unproductive and time consuming to set-up. It would only hold certain saw blade bore sizes, which resulted in additional setting times or the transfer of blades to other machines. With regards to productivity, the automatic loader could only hold 20 saw blades, so we could only machine 20 blades unmanned overnight." From the offset, the Vollmer CHD270 eliminated all these issues. The machine

The Vollmer CHD250 at Thames Valley Saw Service

could cope easily with any bore size. The reliability has been exceptional and the ND230 robotic loader has a capacity for up to 100 blades, resulting in overnight productivity increasing five-fold. "The technology behind the CHD270 is outstanding. It has two touch probes for automatic measurement of each tooth. The probes measure the diameter, kerf and the face of the blades. By measuring the face and gullet, the probe tells the machine how far the wheel has to go into each gullet. This removes any possibility of grinding thin air beyond the carbide tip, which results in improved cycle times."

"With automatic wheel compensation that continually measures the grinding wheels, our consistency and quality has improved. Furthermore, the Vollmer is a more rigid machine with a heavier base and this has improved the surface finishes of our blades. From a productivity standpoint, the Vollmer is at least 20% faster than our previous grinding centre. On average, we are machining a 300mm diameter TCT blade with 96 teeth in 17 minutes. Despite the machine being capable of machining at higher speeds, this consumes more grinding wheels, more power and puts unnecessary stress on the machine. The high level of automation with the CHD270 enables an operator to spend an hour each evening loading and programming the machine and then starting the next shift with a robotic loader with 80 to 100 completed TCT blades. With this remarkable automation, there is little need to push the cycle times to shave seconds of a blade. This method also ensures our blades are finished to a remarkably high standard. I would like to add that it’s not only the investment in machinery over the years that has aided our growth but also the loyal, dedicated and highly skilled workforce here at Thames Valley Saw Service,� concludes Mr Muttram. For further information: Tel: 0115 949 1040 Email:

Workshop Director, Nigel Muttram, operating robot loaded Vollmer CHD270

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Print Finishing Panels - Serious Investment Potential The revolutionary CoJet 2612 industrial inkjet printer made its UK exhibition debut on the RW Machines stand at last year’s W12. Enabling high definition flatbed printing of anything from woodgrains to colour photo images or complex graphic artworks onto a wide range of flat 8 ft x 4 ft panels. CoJet will also print batches or random smaller panel components - like cabinet doors, for example. CoJet not only prints with inks that are warranted UV stable for eight years, it can even add texture to the printed surface. The generously proportioned table (2600 x 1200mm printable area) takes individual workpieces up to 500 kilos in weight and CoJet 2612 will also print several different

CoJet will print any image on any substrate - including curves; inks are stored for use in pull-out drawertrays beneath the work table.

Print heads will accommodate a workpiece thickness of 100mm.

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designs bi-directionally at a single pass and with a print definition of 720dpi. A new 1440dpi ultra high speed printing option was also launched at the last Atlanta exhibition; for comparison, the images on this page were printed at or below 300dpi using a coarser screen. The inkjet heads will return to overprint an image up to eight times, building a surface with real depth and covering around 20sq metres per hour in normal production mode. The resulting image of a natural woodgrain like oak, or other deeppored timbers, is convincing to both eye and touch. And in addition to wood-based panels, CoJet will also print onto almost any other material - metal, ceramics, glass, foam boards, acrylics and even concrete. A well engineered UV lamp system to both sides of the print head means inks cure almost immediately making CoJet a seriously productive machine for any manufacturer requiring just-in-time, custom-designed dĂŠcors. The table of the machine will handle materials of up to 100mm in thickness and will even print down into routered patterns, such as on

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PROFILE under the work table and are delivered to the print heads individually by suction via straws. The curable inks are pre-packaged to avoid any need for manual pouring and all are non-volatile organic compounds, all of them entirely environment friendly. Automatic pop-up pins on the machine bed enable simple repeat positioning of even irregular shaped workpieces for top quality print in the custom interiors arena and also for use in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and shopfitting sectors - output is limited only by the imagination. High resolution imaging coupled with high speed, six colour printing puts CoJet firmly into the ‘wise investment’ category, says David Thompson Rowland. CoJet is available at RW Machines in Bicester whose highly regarded team of service engineers will be fully supporting CoJet for service, spares and inks.

MDF door blanks. Powerful multi-zoom vacuum clamps will secure even very heavy or uneven media for a top quality printed result. Automatic adjustment accommodates materials of varying or uneven thickness and quick-drying inks help to raise productivity. Twin motors and a syncronous servo make for high precision printing on a flat-bed table using six colour

print delivery with two additional colours also optionally available. Inks are stored for use on the machine in individual plastic containers in pullout drawer-trays

Workpieces are electronically positioned using a pop-up pin system

Tel: 01869 244943 Email: Only imagination limits the printing scope of CoJet.

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Decorpanel Chooses HOMAG for Quality and Reliability Specialist distributors and converters of wood based panel products, Decorpanel, was in need of reliable machinery to cope with its continuing rapid business growth. The company required quality machinery capable of high throughput rates for long periods of time. Based in Tyne and Wear, Decorpanel operates an 80,000 sq. ft. facility employing 55 people. The company supplies wood based panels to blue chip customers such as DFS, Egger, Marks and Spencer, Premier Inn and New Look. Ian Ling, managing director of Decorpanel explains, “Originally we had Italian machines in our factory, however, they proved to be unreliable. Over time we found they were causing us more problems and it just wasn’t a good experience. “Our business had grown rapidly and was showing no signs of slowing down. It became clear to us that in order to keep pace with this growth we could no longer

HOLZMA HPP 380 – a highly productive workhorse

rely on our old machines. We needed to upgrade and make serious investments in reliable, technically advanced equipment.”

Investing in a quality manufacturer “John Shepherd, a HOMAG UK representative, had been paying us visits for a while. We had established a good working relationship with him as he sold us one of our press machines some time ago. “In 1993, during discussions regarding the possibility of investing in a new saw, John was really helpful. He understood the needs of our business and was extremely knowledgeable about HOMAG equipment. This meant, when it came to suggesting machines that were right for our company, he knew exactly which models were capable of keeping up with our ever increasing production demands.

“He recommended we looked at a new saw from HOLZMA, a HOMAG Group company. After seeing the saw in operation we agreed that it was the right solution for us and invested in the HOLZMA HPP 380/43/43. The installation process ran smoothly and we were up and running in no time at all. The HOLZMA immediately impressed us with its speed, accuracy and overall performance.”

Investing in the HOMAG Group “As our business continued to grow, we recognised a need for more technically advanced and reliable edgebanders. Initially, we invested in second hand machines however, it soon became clear that they couldn’t handle our high levels of productivity. To address the problem we bought another low cost brand of edgebander, but unfortunately this ended

Precise cuts on the HOLZMA HPP 380

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HOMAG edgebander with LIGMATECH return system

up causing us nothing but problems too. At this point we realised we needed to bite the bullet and invest in a top quality brand and so, once again, I called John Shepherd for his advice. “After careful consideration, we purchased two BRANDT edgebanders from HOMAG UK to handle our edging work. These were incredibly reliable and they produced a better quality of finish in less time than our old machines. Investing in the market leading brand gave us the reassurance that regular breakdowns would be a thing of the past.

The HOMAG Experience “Experiencing HOMAG’s aftersales service and owning our first HOLZMA saw made us realise how important it was to partner with a reliable and trustworthy company, one we could continue to invest with into the future. We now have a total of six different HOLZMA saws, each of which has been carefully chosen in conjunction with HOMAG UK, to carry out specific functions in our production process. “Recently, with our production demands continuing to grow, we decided to upgrade one of the BRANDT edgebanders to a more technically advanced machine. HOMAG UK were really helpful in working with us to specify a new HOMAG edgebander coupled to a LIGMATECH return system

all at an attractive price. “Along with our HOLZMA saws and BRANDT and HOMAG edgebanders we’ve invested in a WEEKE CNC router. We’ve had this machine for a long time now and it really does prove how reliable HOMAG Group equipment is. It has a high throughput and despite the fact we work it for long hours, it continues to produce top quality results day in, day out.”

Excellent service from a trustworthy company “With each machine we have purchased from HOMAG, we have experienced a slick installation process carried out with typical German efficiency. As with any technical installation, there is always the chance of the odd hiccup, but on the rare occasion such issues have occurred, HOMAG has always handled these promptly and professionally. “The level of after sales service and support we receive from HOMAG is exactly what you’d expect from a global market leader. Not surprisingly, with the number of machines we have, a HOMAG engineer is on site regularly whether it’s to carry out twice yearly machine services or in response to a call out. The good thing is, if we ever have an issue with another machine whilst they’re on site, they will always take a look for us and fix it quickly, keeping machine downtime to a minimum.

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“We find HOMAG an extremely professional company to deal with. Consequently, if someone asks me for advice on woodworking machinery, I’ll almost certainly send them to HOMAG. Although their machines aren’t the cheapest on the market, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. They know our business well and when it comes to the technical specification of bed sizes, drilling configurations and other such important details, we trust them to give us honest, accurate advice. “At the rate we work our equipment we need the extra quality and support that you get from HOMAG. For us, it’s good technologically advanced machinery at a sensible price. We believe their machines are the best out there and, of course, they come with a comprehensive support package. Overall it makes total sense for us to continue down the HOMAG route and we certainly plan to do so,” concludes Ling.

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Stefani Solution HD on Special Promotion SCM Group (UK)'s Industrial Division have the Stefani Solution HD Edge Bander on a special promotion price for a limited period after selling a number of machines in 2012. Area Manager, Ian McCarthy comments "We are delighted that Stefani have recognised our efforts and rewarded us with a special price to continue sales of this excellent machine from the World's leading edge bander manufacturer." The Solution HD edge banding solution is perfect for small and medium-sized businesses requiring an edge bander to take them to the highest level of production and designed for intensive use during any working shift. With its reduced dimensions and user-friendly nature, it's perfectly suited for both the specialist manufacturer or a large-scale industrial requirement. The customer can select from a wide and versatile range of set-ups and specifications, selecting the model most suited to both their current and future

production requirements, which means they can plan the very best investment for guaranteeing fast returns. Solution HD offers the opportunity to install edge banding technology developed on top quality products, but now in reduced overall dimensions, with a heavy duty frame and operational units taken from the top level of Stefani machines. The method of operating is flexible, with one or more types of glue, changed manually or via the touch screen, for both traditional and evolving edge bandings. Intuitive programming with a 17" touch screen provides a realistic 3D preview of the machining operation on the operator interface, with its exclusive “what to do” rather than “how to do it” operating logic, making the machine start-up simple and fast, thereby reducing production times. One panel batch production with easy control of the working units. Solution HD is equipped with EPP – ECO POWER PACK, which allows a notable saving of power and materials.

The ED-SYSTEM extraction system is an effective chip and dust evacuation with lower power consumption and improved cleaning of the operating units and the machine. Feed speed is 25metres/min or 30metres/min with the 'S' version. All types of edging materials can be applied including 2/3mm ABS/PVC and laminate in strip or roll form, thin PVC and melamine in roll form and solid wood lippings up to 22mm thickness. Panels up to 3200mm long and 1200mm wide can be easily accommodated.

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Stefani Solution HD single sided edge bander

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SCM's New Entry Level Edge Bander SCM's model K230 EVO is very easy to use and with all inclusive and necessary equipment provided, due to its advanced technological solutions designed to ensure optimal panel finishing. It is the perfect edge bander for companies beginning and requiring professional edge banding solutions immediately after purchase. Many advantages include cutting and radius of the edge banding with a 2-motors end cutting unit, for the best quality finishing of panels even with thick solid wood lippings with a straight cut or chamfering with thin edge bandings. The best quality finish of the edge is due to the “Megaline” feed belt (an SCM patent) which allows the panel feed without the

typical pulse generated by the pinion of a traditional feed track. The RT-V Panel Edge Trimming Group provides a perfect edge joint line with a panel edge surface without any imperfections before the gluing process. Utilises 2 motors with opposite rotation and with large diameter tools (100 mm). Panel edge trimming up to 3 mm thickness. Error free machining and optimal visualisation of the information offered with the “Orion One Plus” control unit with 4” display allowing easy selection of the main machine functions. Diagnosis of any machine malfunctions is provided. Versatility is due to the 3 positions of the RK Trimming Group, which allows simple machining changeover from thin edges to

thick edges and solid wood lippings. Reliability with the use of the high frequency operating motors.

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SCM K230 single-sided edge bander

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Striebig Vertical Saw Proves Popular at Family Joinery After postponing the purchase of a Striebig vertical panel saw due to the recession, a Gloucestershire joinery is now talking full advantage of its benefits. The Compact 4164 bought by R.A. White & Sons of Stonehouse replaced a second-hand vertical panel saw acquired several years ago. The family-run kitchen and bespoke joinery manufacturer was established in 1971 by Bob White. He runs the company with the help of his sons, Chris and Mark, both joiners. Over a 40 year period White’s has built up an enviable reputation for making high-quality work – ranging from kitchens to shop fittings – for domestic and commercial clients. “I was going to replace the old saw about four years ago,” said Bob White. “I knew of Striebig’s reputation from what I had read in the trade press and heard from colleagues in the business, so I gave them a call.” Striebig’s exclusive UK agent, T.M. Machinery Sales, then sent someone along to talk to Mr White. “After learning exactly what we needed to do with the saw, the type and size of sheets we cut and our budget, he suggested the most appropriate model and size of

machine for our needs.” After being all set to buy the Compact model that had been recommended, the recession hit and the purchase was put on hold. “Now that business is much better I thought the time was now right to go ahead, so I phoned T.M. to place the order. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had all my details on file from their visit over four years ago.” Their Compact 4164 cuts mainly standard size plywood, MFC and MDF panels, as well as kitchen worktops, up to 30mm thick. “It’s a brilliant saw which is spot on when it comes to cutting completely square every time,” said Mr White. “It’s well built with a nicely balanced saw head that can be changed from horizontal to vertical in seconds, and its built-in extraction means there is now far less dust in the air.” His son Chris is also a big fan. “We do an incredible amount of work on the Striebig, sizing panels for everything from kitchen to shop fittings, as well as sawing worktops we produce for builders. “I particularly like the way the saw blade does not cut into the machine’s backing

Striebig saws can cut most sheet material

panels, and the totally accurate cut we get every time.” Everyone at R.A. White has been impressed with the friendliness and high level of professionalism shown by T.M. Machinery’s staff. Said Bob White: “Right from my first telephone enquiry up to when the engineer installed the machine and carried out the training, nothing has been too much for them. They are great people to deal with.” Striebig’s Compact 4164 is one of nine models in the Compact series with a cutting range from 3100 x 1644mm up to 5350 x 2200mm. They are all based on a single, fully welded sawing frame to give decades of reliable service whilst maintaining cutting precision. The saws can be wall-mounted or freestanding. They can cut practically all woodbased sheet materials as well as timber, plaster board, plastics, composites and aluminium panels. They guarantee impressive dust limit values well below 1mg/m3.

For further information: Tel: 0116 271 7155 Email: The Striebig Compact vertical panel saw bought by R.A. White & Sons

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SCM Sigma Prima Beam Saw for Entry Level Panel Manufacturers The Sigma Prima Automatic Panel Beam Saw is the perfect solution for small and medium-size companies requiring the cutting and breakdown of all types of panels including chipboard, MDF, MFC, plywood, etc., with a perfect cut finish. Blade projection on the Prima 50 and 67 is 50 and 67mm respectively, with a 3300, 3800 and 4300mm rip cutting capacity and a choice of 2100, 3200, 3800 and 4300mm cutting depths. A variable saw carriage speed of 6 to 30metres/min., and 24metres/min. for the rear pusher and clamps. Long-life high performance and quality is due to the use of THK guides instead of round bars for the raising and lowering of the saw carriage and the base derived from

the top of the range models. Strong “H� shaped beams and rack and pinion for the rear pusher movement with very high positioning precision due to the reading system utilising a magnetic band. The automatic side aligner, included as standard, slides on THK guides ensuring maximum precision when cross cutting panels, therefore reducing cutting times. The saw carriage, driven by rack and pinion, ensures top finishing quality and long-life performance, which are typical features of much larger industrial machines. Waste reduction is ensured by special openings in the pressure beam, which eliminates all interferences with the panel grippers and ensures that the entire panel is utilised. Two rack and pinion systems

connected by a torsion bar ensure that the vertical pressure beam movements are perfectly aligned. The beam saw is controlled by the latest PC/PLC control system, with several Software options available, such as Wincut (PC/PLC operator's interface) and graphic editor, Cutty (first level cutting optimiser program), 3D Simulator, label printing, Ottimo Perfect Cut (optimiser defined to be used in the office) etc.

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SCM beam saw model PRIMA

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VEBA Classical Machines from CD UK CD UK, best known as the national distributor of DuPont™ CORIAN® solid surface materials, has extended its woodworking machinery range to include classical machines from Italian manufacturer VEBA Meccanica Srl. VEBA has been designing and manufacturing classical machines for over 40 years, and the family run business has established a growing reputation as a producer of quality woodworking machinery. All machines are built on site at the VEBA factory in Northern Italy, from where they export around 80% of their production volume. The company limits its range to eight types of classical machines, which comprises: Panel Saws, Band-Saws, Surface Planers, Thicknessers, Combined Planer-Thicknessers, Spindle Moulders, Combined Saw-Spindle Moulders, and Combination Machines which carry out planing, thicknessing, sawing, moulding and mortising. CD UK has been appointed as exclusive UK agent for the competitively priced VEBA machines which will be sold through its machinery division. The classical range complements their existing range which includes specialist machinery from leading

VEBA SQ 3200 Sliding Table Saw with motorised rise & fall, and tilt adjustment of the saw blade.

industry names: ELKOM – Solid surface thermoforming machines; LANGZAUNER – Hot plate veneer presses, veneer saws and 3-edge veneer sanders; and EMC – Widebelt calibrating sanding machines. Eric Whorne, of CD UK’s machinery division, is looking forward to introducing the VEBA range of machinery to the UK market and said: “VEBA products are

extremely well built, with a solid construction, and they feature all the latest operator aids such as digital displays and motorised feeding. VEBA have also thought about maintenance when designing these machines by incorporating good access for servicing.” Of particular interest to panel manufacturers is the SQ series of sliding panel saws which are designed for long term accuracy and reliability. Available in a choice of 2,500mm, 3,200mm and 3,800mm sliding table sizes, they have a variety of options which include motorised rise, fall, and tilt adjustment of the saw blade. For the smaller joinery manufacturer, the classical machines come in a variety of models with a choice of table sizes and optional equipment. A selection from the range of VEBA machines will be on display in CD UK’s impressive showroom and demonstration facility in Leeds.

For further information: Tel: 0113 201 2240 Email: VEBA 110 CF Spindle Moulder with front sliding table.

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PROFILE Award for Combilift’s Exporting Expertise Specialist materials handling manufacturer Combilift has been named the Best Overall Exporter to Germany in the Irish Exporter to Germany Awards, organised by Enterprise Ireland and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Combilift MD Martin McVicar accepted the trophy from Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn TD in a ceremony held recently in Dublin. The awards marked 50 years of Irish export success to Germany and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Ireland’s first trade office in Frankfurt in 1962. The one off award presented to Combilift is the company’s third major accolade this year following the company’s success at the FLTA awards in February for its RT and CB forklift models. Combilift entered the German market in 1999, just a year after the company was established and since then its ever increasing range of 4-way handling solutions has notched up sales in excess of ¤100m to German companies, with a growth rate of 22% being recorded in 2012. Combilift’s success in this “away” market against large mainstream concerns such as Linde and Jungheinrich, as well as a German 4-way

forklift manufacturer, is a major achievement. The company’s strong foothold in this very competitive arena, where emphasis on excellently engineered and solution based products is of uppermost importance, is chiefly down to its ethos of innovation. Combilift’s policy of taking customer feedback on board to develop handling solutions according to specific requirements has gained it blue chip customers such as Liebherr, Thyssen Krupp, Weber Haus, Veka, Schüco and Hagebau, for example. Repeat orders from these companies underline the eminent suitability of the Combilift range for their operations. “Success in Germany - a market which sets the highest possible standards for suppliers – is hard won and requires a truly high-quality offering,” said Ruairi Quinn TD. Combilift is one of the largest employers in the Monaghan area with a workforce of 240 and many of the 60 new employment opportunities which have been created at the HQ and manufacturing facility in the last two years can be attributed to the strength of sales in Germany. What started as a small operation aiming to provide a niche product is now a recognised global brand with a passion for innovation.

L-R: Holger Erdmann, German-Irish Chamber of Commerce; Deirdre McPartlin, Enterprise Ireland Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Martin McVicar, Combilift MD.

For further information: Tel: +353 (0) 47 80500 Germany: 0800 000 5764 Email:

Makita’s First Cordless Sander has Performance of Mains Machine ·

2.8mm orbit, push button 3-speed selection up to 11,000opm · Lithium-ion 14.4v and 18v: 22 minutes recharge time · Low centre of gravity and ergonomic grip design The new Makita BBO180 and BBO140 cordless 125mm random orbit sanders give the same level of performance as AC mains powered models, and being cordless have even greater manoeuvrability. Powered by a quick 22-minute recharge 18v or 14.4v Lithium-ion 3.0Ah battery, these two cordless sanders are a major new addition to the Makita range which boasts over 450 power tools designed for construction professionals. Aesthetically, the Makita BBO140 and BBO180 sanders are compact and stylish. The compact body design puts the top of the machine just 153mm above the sanding surface whilst at the same time the low position of the motor lowers the centre of gravity making these sanders comfortable to use, well balanced and easily controllable with one or two hands. The ergonomic design of the handgrip adds to the comfort and control. The battery is mounted alongside the machine body and is easily

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accessible for changing. Ready to operate these sanders weigh just 1.6 – 1.7kg. Technically, these new Makita sanders bristle with innovations and performance features. High productivity is achieved by the high orbit speeds of up to 11,000 orbits per minute. There are three speed settings which are easily and conveniently selected by a push button control on the front of the handgrip. A choice of 7,000, 9,500 and 11,000opm can be selected. The corresponding sanding stroke rates are 14,000, 19,000 and 22,000spm. The stop button is also located in this convenient forward position and this activates an electronic pad brake. The orbit diameter is 2.8mm. The new Makita Lithium-ion powered cordless sanders have a 123mm pad size to carry 125mm diameter sanding discs from the Makita accessory range. Hook and loop abrasive attachment

is a feature on the BBO140 and BBO180 machines. A high rate of dust extraction is achieved with waste material being extracted through eight holes in the pad and captured through a nozzle that can be set at 12 different angles. Dust is discharged into a dust bag supplied with the machine or alternatively, these cordless sanders can be connected directly to a Makita dust extraction unit to maintain safe, clean and healthy working environments. The Makita abrasive range offers a wide variety of abrasive discs with many alternative grit levels, pads and wool polishing mops.

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Brio: Quality Always Sells It’s a fact that quality always sells and that the best form of recommendation is word of mouth. Without the first you don’t get the latter. Put the two together and you have an unbeatable combination that spells successful business, writes David Newton of Brio UK, one of the leading bi-folding door hardware manufacturers Bi-folding doors are the must-have design feature in both domestic and commercial settings where the craze to let the outside in and the inside out is rapidly gaining momentum. The inhabitants of the British Isles, with our uncertain weather, have embraced the idea with enthusiasm seeing it as a way of enjoying the benefits of outdoor living with the added bonus of being able to easily close out the cold and rain behind secure doors while still enjoying panoramic views. However, the market is fast expanding beyond the domestic setting into the commercial sector where hotels, restaurants and cafes are also benefiting form the current al fresco trend. For manufacturers of doors and windows this trend offers an opportunity to cash in on

the trend with high spec, high end products to satisfy current demand in this luxury niche. In general sliding and folding solutions are also becoming more popular, as they offer flexible options to architects, specifiers and end users on both internal and external applications. Windows and doors are a huge investment and a purchase that should last a long time so it is really important to ensure the best possible quality hardware is sourced, offering peace of mind that the product will stand the test of time. Manufacturers/fabricators should be very wary of buying hardware solely on price as in so many cases this is a false economy. Spending a little more on a quality product with a long product guarantee and life expectancy is often more cost effective in the long term. When selecting hardware it is important to consider the specification of the materials used in its production. 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.

Another important consideration when specifying door and window hardware is security. Doors and windows are the most likely area of attack for any would-be burglar, so it is therefore vital that good security is offered when it comes to door and window hardware. It’s important to choose products that have been tested for years of safe and consistent operation. Product really does need to act the part and not only look good. It is also fundamental that the product is easy to use right down the line from manufacturer/fabricator to the installer and ultimately the end user. Any quality hardware manufacturer will have considered the chain of use when designing their products. The best form of marketing is word of mouth and recommendation. Using good quality components and therefore producing a high standard end product will without doubt lead to more work.

For further information: Tel: 0191 229 1224

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INSTALLATION Brilliant Finishing for Cabinet Maker David J Haddock has been a cabinet maker for over 30 years, working on everything from small jewellery boxes to the recently completed library at Wadham College, University of Oxford. He has never advertised, building his success on word of mouth recommendations. David recently invested in a Brilliant-2 1350 REd-L sander which, he says, is “worth its weight in gold”. His existing Taiwanese sander was good, but could only cope with solid timber. With projects on the horizon including the Wadham College library and a marquetry dressing room, David investigated the market for a quality sander that could cope with large quantities of panels. Seeking personal recommendations from his local contacts, David shortlisted two sanders: Kündig, and a German competitor. First, he visited Switzerland to see the Kündig factory and very much liked what he saw: this was followed by a visit to Germany, shortly after which he committed to the German machine, the deciding factors being the large number of extras it offered and a better financial package. Following the delivery of the German machine, David identified three key problems. David reports that it was too complex for the workshop, could not cope with small timber components and, in David’s words, “did not

do the job it was meant to.” He comments: “It was over engineered. It would have been fantastic if we had just been doing panels, but our work is incredibly diverse, including both small timber components and large panels.” With the marquetry dressing room and then the University library coming up fast, David urgently contacted Carl O’Meara of Kündig UK to David Haddock is delighted with the results when lacquer panels are see what was available. sanded on the Brilliant Time was short, so David took what was in stock, a machine with material and a second head, which is an the option of lacquer finishing. David says: “It electronic segmental sanding pad, which can was more money, but it has proved it is worth be used for sanding veneer and, on the its weight in gold. I never would have believed “-L” series, also lacquer. a sander could sand lacquered panels so well!” It also has a vacuum bed, belt blowers for David is delighted with the finish achieved cleaning the abrasive and variable speed to the with the Kündig Brilliant-2 sander which, he abrasive, which is electronic inverter says, is spot on. He continues: “It is so easy to controlled, the segments in the pad are 22 use, any of my lads can use it without really mm. The “1350” in the machine’s title refers thinking about it.” He has found that the to the width of the sanding belt, 1,350 mm. sander has significantly speeded up Although the machine has only been in production in the workshop. place for a few months, it has already proved The Brilliant-2 1350 REd-L sander has a first its worth, having been used in the University contact roller for accurate calibration of the library project, not one but two marquetry dressing rooms, and special projects such as the new inlaid BA logo for Gatwick Airport which took advantage of the ability of the The library at Wadham College, University of Oxford Brilliant to sand lacquered panels. With lacquer sanding, the amount removed can be as little as 0.01 mm. The precision of the Kündig Brilliant range allows a result to be achieved at a depth often invisible to the unaided human eye. When asked if he would recommend the sander, David’s response was: “100%, yes. In fact, I have recommended it to a colleague also looking around at machines, who took delivery of a Kündig sander on Monday. He is a local chap who I work with, and on my recommendation has gone with the Kündig.”

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DUST EXTRACTION Piggyback Dust Control for Integral Surface Designs Dust Control Systems recently commissioned a new dust extraction plant which required its engineers to devise an unusual, yet cost-effective scheme to best fulfil its customers’ needs. Integral Surface Designs Ltd, based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, is a newlyestablished company specialising in the manufacture of acrylic, vinyl-wrapped, and MFC pvc-edged doors. Over £750,000 has been invested in the new venture which is led by Deralam Laminates Ltd, a nationwide distributor of High Pressure Laminates, Kitchen Worktops and Melamine-Faced Products. Investment included the complete refurbishment and fit-out of a 12,000 sq. ft. workshop facility, along with the acquisition of an impressive array of advanced CNCtechnology nesting machines. The machinery was purchased with the aid of funding under the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and financed through NatWest and Lombard. Heading up the new operation is Jeff Green, who has 27 years experience in the woodworking industry, and considerable production management expertise in the manufacture of vinyl doors and wrapped mouldings. The management team also

includes Clare Hartley-Montrone and Diane Williams; both of whom operate at director level, with responsibility for sales of Integral’s extensive range of doors, panels and mouldings. After finding suitable premises, Jeff Green project-managed the refurbishment and sourced the necessary machines and equipment required to design and engineer a range of high quality doors. Jeff was also determined from the outset that the facility should incorporate a Waste-to-Energy system – utilising woodwaste generated during production as a fuel to provide heat for the workshops. “I had no hesitation in contacting both Dust Control Systems and Ranheat Engineering to put forward proposals for dealing with our MDF waste”, says Jeff Green. “I had experience of working with both these companies in the past and they had always performed well.” Working in close co-operation with Ranheat Engineering, DCS engineers devised a filter system that could directly feed the silo of the new 300kW heating system, without the need for costly transfer fans and conveying systems. Melvyn Bathgate, sales director at DCS explains: “We designed the system whereby the filter unit could be mounted on a hopper section and

L to R: Clare Hartley-Montrone, Jeff Green and Diane Williams with one of Integral’s high-gloss doors.

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DCS modular filter and hopper sit perfectly on top of Ranheat 50m3 silo

directly coupled to the 4 metre diameter silo roof. In this way, extracted wood dust and chips could be gravity fed straight into the hopper. It meant that the whole system would only require just one main fan, resulting in considerable cost savings for Integral Surface Designs.” The completed structure, at almost 11 metres high, incorporates a high-efficiency modular filter which is fitted with tubular ‘Superbag’ polyester filter media, and is designed to handle an airflow capacity of 23,000m3/hr. The system provides extraction to a total of nine machines and has enough capacity to accommodate additional machines in the future. In addition to the installation of ducting runs throughout the facility, DCS also supplied and installed a waste wood Shredder and a Dry Back Spray Booth. The robust Schuko shredder is capable of handling MDF, chipboard and hardwood offcuts at a rate of 22-300kg/hr, and the 4.4m wide galvanised spray booth incorporates two axial flow fans and disposable double-layer paper-type filter media.

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WOODWASTE Heaters Save New Business from Winter Bills and Chills A new manufacturing business has prepared for the cold winter months, with two new wood waste heaters from Wood Waste Technology. Manzana Contracts was set up in April 2012, to provide specialist manufacturing services for the leisure, commercial and elite domestic market, from its 20,000 square foot workshop in Huddersfield. Being environmentally conscious, business owners Chris and Gill Heleine spent time researching eco-friendly ways to dispose of their wood off-cuts, liking the idea of converting wood waste into free energy rather than it going to landfill. Having calculated that it was going to cost around £26,000 for the existing gas heaters to warm the workshop for the 12 employees every winter, investing in wood waste heaters no longer just made good environmental sense, but good business sense too – and they started stock-piling their wood waste over the summer in anticipation. Wood Waste Technology was recommended to them by a supplier. Gill

says: “Whilst we appreciated the quality and durability of the heaters, and were pleased they were manufactured by the company in the UK, we also liked Wood Waste Technology’s company values, as they seemed to match our own. Just like us, Kurt Cockroft and Mick Evans believe in good old fashioned quality and service, with a modern approach.” The WT15 heaters were installed by Wood Waste Technology’s specialist team and everyone at Manzana Contracts is thrilled with the outcome. As Gill says: “We’re delighted with both the heaters and the service we’ve received from Wood Waste Technology – they’ve delivered everything they promised. Chris and I are especially affected by the cold as we only moved back to the UK from Minorca last year – but it’s nice to see the guys in their short sleeves, rather than them having to wear their thermals in the workshop!” MD of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt Cockroft says: “Gill and Chris are benefiting from taking an organised approach to their business. By doing the business calculations

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in advance, they’ve been able to save a substantial amount of money on skip bills and heating costs, and they’ll get a good return from their investment.” 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 on-going maintenance. The company also services all types of wood waste heaters and supplies genuine spares up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers. In addition, partner organisation 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. For more information on how you can save or make money by using your wood waste: Tel: 01785 250400

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FINSA – Timbmet Agreement International board manufacturer, FINSA, has reached a distribution agreement with Timbmet in the UK for the FINSA lightweight IBERPAN 400 veneered MDF. With their extensive panel products range, distribution network and regional Depots, Timbmet are one of the largest distributors of veneered boards and IBERPAN 400 in 40mm and 50mm thicknesses will be an important addition to their portfolio. FINSA developed IBERPAN 400 to provide a lightweight solution to problems with the excessive weight of thicker panels. A single component product, it avoids some of the problems that occur with thick panels that combine several materials. It machines

as easily as any standard panels and accepts any normal fixings and fittings, and yet weighs approximately 400kg per cubic metre making it 40% lighter than standard MDF. “IBERPAN 400 is a versatile product offering some great benefits to our customers” comments Timbmet’s Panels Commercial Manager, Paul Thatcher, “We have a great deal of experience in veneered panels and already stock a wide range of Finsa products - IBERPAN 400 is an exciting addition to our range”. Timbmet will stock the most popular veneer species like Oak and Walnut for short lead delivery, while FINSA can supply almost any species – Maple, Sapele, Beech and others – on request.

For further information on IBERPAN 400 or any of Timbmet’s panel products: Tel: 01865 860350/1 FINSA UK Tel: 0151 651 2400 Email:

Caberdek Offers a Floor for all Seasons Used as part of a timber frame system or within traditional masonry construction, suspended timber floors remain the preferred option for first storey and above amongst most volume housebuilders. The most commonly used decking material for these floors is a system of tongue-and-groove particleboard panels of which Norbord’s Caberdek is one of the UK’s leading brands. Made from moisture-resistant P5 grade particleboard, Caberdek has a tough nonslip plastic coating on its upper surface to protect the board from damage or dirt resulting from following trades, such as plastering. The protective film is also capable of protecting boards which are exposed to the elements up to 42 days following installation. Once the building is finished, the film is simply peeled off to reveal a pristine surface ready for carpeting or other floor finishes. Caberdek comprises easy-to-handle 2400mm x 600mm panels produced in thicknesses of 18mm and 22 mm. Suitable for fixing to traditional sawn timber or engineered-timber joists, including metal-

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web joists, Caberdek can be fixed with nails, screws or, for the best results, with Norbord’s own specially-formulated adhesives. Many leading housebuilders now routinely employ the Caberfix Pro Kit, a powerful sealing and fixing system for installing Caberdek flooring. This system consists of Caberfix T&G adhesive, Caberfix Joint&Joist adhesive Used as part of a timber frame system or within traditional and Caberfix Tape. masonry construction, suspended timber floors remain the Caberfix T&G is specially preferred option for first storey and above amongst most volume housebuilders. formulated to produce strong bonds between adjacent panels along the tongue-and-groove joint. Caberfix passage of noise. Joint&Joist is a high-strength polymer Caberfix Tape seals the joints to prevent adhesive which remains flexible after moisture degrading the T&G adhesives. For curing and is designed to fix a Caberdek floors which are likely to be exposed to the floor to the supporting joists. elements during freezing conditions, Replacing mechanical fixings, Caberfix Norbord’s special Xtreme tape is Joint&Joist speeds up installation and recommended. produces a floor which is guaranteed free of squeaks and creaks. Its flexibility also For further information: contributes to noise attenuation, thus Tel: 01786 812 921 aiding in the floor’s conformity with Part E of the Building Regulations governing the

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IDS Offers Pioneering New Range of Compact Density Fibreboard Ever the pace-setter in surface materials, IDS is now offering a dedicated range of Compact Density Fibreboard (CDF) from Kronoswiss. The material opens up new market opportunities for furniture applications. It combines first class performanc e at a more competitive price point and is an ideal product for heavy duty furniture, laboratories and prisons. CDF is the next generation of traditional MDF where, during the manufacturing process, the fibres are mixed with resins and compressed to a far higher level, producing a much denser board. IDS offers

CDF in both melamine or pre-laminated finishes in a choice of 15 decors in plain colours and woodgrains ex-stock for delivery in 48 hours. Customers can also access the full choice of 300 decors with a minimum order quantity of just 10 panels opening up unprecedented design flexibility for furniture manufacturers in a wide range of projects. The panels are available in a sheet size of 2800 x 2070mm. Andy Ransom, Purchasing Manager for Panel Products at IDS says: “CDF is genuine innovation from a manufacturer who is smartly reading the market trends for cost engineering and using manufacturing expertise to push out

the product boundaries. Manufacturing the finished product in a single process drives cost down, while also guaranteeing a high performance panel that’s entirely fit for purpose. The industry hasn’t seen this type of innovation in years and IDS is delighted to be bringing benefits and opportunities to customers in this way.” The new CDF range is available from all 12 of IDS’s branches nationwide.

For further information: Tel: 08457 298 298 Email:

Compact Density Fibreboard from Kronoswiss, distributed by IDS

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Kronospan’s For(u)m is a Reality The For(u)m has made new Kronospan decors a virtual reality after stylists, designers, manufacturers and distributors were brought together to shape future surface trends. Held annually in November and hosted by Kronospan at its Centre for Design Excellence in North Wales, the For(u)m is a design event aimed at inspiring the next generation of surface decors. This year the For(u)m used the digital magic of an augmented reality to allow more than 60 guests over two nights to explore proposed decors across four trend concepts – Iridescent, Undone, Purist and Forager. By viewing what were at first empty spaces using an iPad, the Forum audience discovered virtual rooms where they could change surface designs on a whim. With physical samples of each decor also available to touch and feel, the guests were then asked to vote for their preferred surfaces using the tablet.

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Paul Duddle, product development and marketing manager for Kronospan, says: “It’s our third For(u)m event and arguably our most successful. We’ve had great feedback from guests about the use of virtual reality. It really seemed to help guests interact, explore, mix and choose the different decors in the context of a room environment. “The data collected from our industry guests through the iPad software will give us a vital insight into how the market will receive these decor trends. There ‘on-theground’ expertise will help decide what new decors will feature in Kronospan’s FRESH range, which will give our collection an important commercial edge.” Head of design at Impress, Daniele Merla, also addressed the For(u)m audience about sources of inspiration for the development of future trend concepts and especially emotional responses. Daniele said: “We're not here to tell you

what the next trends are. We're here to share experience, knowledge and ideas. We want to inspire our customers and inspire the market. Products should have an emotional effect and we need to discover the customer’s emotions before we get to any concepts. So, we don't talk about what you do in a kitchen, it's about how you want to feel in the kitchen.” The leading decor designer also drew on the concept of time as an indicator of customer needs and aspirations. Where are people in their lives and experience? Time should drive design and Daniele went on to highlighting two key markets to consider in 2013/14, children growing up and the mature over 60s. The climax to Kronospan’s design team's collective expertise, months of tireless research, thousands of air miles and the outcome of For(u)m will be seen in Kronospan's update of its FRESH collection of surface decors in the spring.

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Be Inspired! – Launching Our New Brochures & Website Nothing stands still at Decorative Panels – hot on the heels of the massive investments the group has made in opening a state of the art new manufacturing facility for Decorative Panels Components comes the latest and most innovative set of marketing and sales literature the company has ever produced. With so much to offer throughout the group it was decided that separate brochures should be produced for each company as well as a technical brochure on the company’s hollowcore product, dp-lite, and two extremely comprehensive and wide ranging swatch guides. The swatch guides are presented under the brands dp-decor and dp-specialist. The decor range comprises the latest paper foil woodgrain, unicolour and fantasy designs that when coupled with the enormous range of substrates available becomes an offer unrivalled in the industry. The dp-specialist swatch includes probably the largest stock gloss offer available in the market. Included in the 200+ designs are high gloss Acrylic Senoplast products, a huge selection from LG of high gloss PVC unicolour, woodgrain, and fantasy designs, high gloss PP unicolour and PET woodgrains, a range

(Above) The 2013 catalogues being displayed on an edgebander

Decorative Panels latest and innovative set of marketing and sales literature

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of PET high scratch resistant gloss papers, matt paint effect PVC designs and over 100 Kaindl laminates. To enable easy storage and retrieval the full brochure set is presented as a boxed set with individual brochures available for specific market segments. Brochures are available to request now by calling 01484 658341or visiting Launched alongside the printed literature

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The full brochure set is presented as a boxed set with individual brochures available for specific market segments

radically simplified, in fact the system is now called â&#x20AC;&#x153; easy as 1 2 3.â&#x20AC;? This system, available through the web or by telephone, sees any decors selected from the swatch guides followed up with A4 samples of the actual material that will be despatched within 24 hours of the initial request. After the customer has received these presentation samples, and is ready to make prototypes, full sized laminated sheet material can be ordered through the same sample hotline number shown in the swatch guides and on the web. From the first browse of the swatch to the receipt of sheet material can take as little as 1 week.

Members of staff promoting the seven new Decorative Panels catalogues for 2013. L-R Philip Dalton (Operations Director), Heidi Smith (Marketing) and Lindsay Booth (Accounts)

packs the new Decorative Panels website sets a benchmark of simplicity of navigation that allows the user access to all aspects of the Group activity as well as a multitude of downloads and video presentations of the Group facilities ( One of the most innovative features

available to designers who use the site will be the dp-lightbox tool. This feature enables users to select decors from the dp-decor and dp-specialist swatches and effectively build a pallet of product to access compatibility in a mix and match environment. The process of sample ordering has been

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Online Auction Sale CNC & Conventional Modern Woodworking Manufacturing Plant previously used by AFI Group Ltd in the Manufacture of Panel Products for the Furniture and Allied Industries Bidding Ends: Tuesday 5th February 2013 at 3.00pm (UK Time) Viewing by Appointment only with the Auctioneer

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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

Dust Control Systems

ATA Engineering Processes

Cades Ltd


WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd Workplace Safety Mechanical Services

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

Machining Centres (CNC) SCM Group Ltd

MFC Panel Products

Power Tools

Throughfeed Drills

CD (UK) Ltd

Routers (CNC) ATA Engineering Processes AXYZ International SCM Group UK Ltd

Routers (CNC - 5 Axis) ATA Engineering Processes

Panel Saws (Beam)

Router Cutters

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

ATA Engineering Processes

Sanders (Speed)

O’Meara, J&C Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Veneer Cutting & Sanding Equipment CD (UK) Ltd

Veneering Equipment Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Wide Belt Sanders, Polishers & Buffing Machines CD (UK) Ltd

Woodworking Machinery Biesse Group UK Weinig Group UK

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Woodworking Tooling & Machinery Ltd

Sanders (Wide Belt)

Woodworking Machinery (New & Used)

Boere Machinefabriek bv

Panel Saws (Sliding Table) SCM Group UK Ltd

ATA Engineering Process Tooltec Ltd

MAKA Machinery UK Ltd

Schelling UK Ltd


Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

VC Industries Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

ITW Industrial Finishing

Kundig Ltd SCM Group UK Ltd

Panel Saws (Vertical)

Solid Surface Processing Equipment


CD (UK) Ltd

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

Wood Burning Equipment WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd



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