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Wren Kitchens Offers Job To Kingstown Furniture Staff

March 14, 2019

Wren Kitchens, the UK’s number one kitchen retailer, is offering support to staff at Kingstown Furniture, in Hull, which is reported to have closed suddenly today (March 13), putting 280 jobs at risk.

Wren, which employs over 2,000 staff locally, says it has vacancies at its three state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Barton-upon-Humber, Scunthorpe and Howden, and for office staff at its Barton-upon-Humber headquarters.

Wren Kitchens has vacancies for Kingstown Furniture staff, who may have lost their jobs, in the following roles:

  • Machine operators
  • Electrical and mechanical engineers
  • Other manufacturing roles
  • Delivery drivers
  • Head office roles
  • Administrative roles

They should send details of any positions that interest them, with a covering letter and CV, to

A Wren Kitchens spokesperson said:

“We have plenty of existing opportunities and are prepared to create new positions for staff who may be losing their jobs at Kingstown, which is a well-established business that employs talented people. We feel it is important to keep manufacturing alive and help the Humber region.

“Wren is continuing to expand, creating 17 new showrooms nationwide in 2019, and manufacturing and delivering around 2000 kitchens a week, so we are always looking to recruit good people. Last year, Wren Kitchens was named the second-best place to work in the UK by, the world’s largest jobs website. We are a passionate family-run business and proud of our record as an employer”.

Filtermist International adds DCS Group to its portfolio

February 11, 2019

Industrial air filtration and extraction specialist Filtermist International is delighted to announce that it has successfully completed the acquisition of the Yorkshire-based DCS Group of Companies.

The DCS Group, which has a site in Dewsbury and one in Wetherby, collectively acts as a designer, supplier, installer and commissioner of fume and dust extraction systems.

This is the largest acquisition to date for Filtermist which is based in Telford, Shropshire and part of the Swedish Absolent Group. Previous acquisitions include customised air movement and air pollution control systems specialist Multi-Fan Systems in 2016 and dust filtration systems manufacturer Dustcheck Ltd in 2017.

Founded over 30 years ago, the DCS Group now consists of a number of specialist enterprises including DCS Limited which has an established reputation for providing quality dust extraction systems for customers in a number of industries, including pharmaceutical and woodworking – two key markets identified by Absolent Group as offering substantial potential for global growth.

“This latest deal is designed to significantly enhance Absolent Group’s presence in the dust and fume extraction market,” comments Filtermist International CEO, James Stansfield. “We have extremely ambitious targets over the next five years and increasing our presence in all of our market sectors is a key strategic objective. We will be combining the strengths of all Filtermist International companies to offer all of our customers a complete solution for air extraction and filtration.

“From initial recommendations and project management services, to equipment manufacture and supply, installation, commissioning and after-sales support – we offer a full turn-key service for customers that need to ensure the air is free from a wide range of contaminants.

“Traditionally Filtermist has been known for its oil mist extraction capabilities – the acquisitions we have made so far mean that as a company we are now able to offer dust and fume extraction, VOC abatement, odour control, solvent recovery and more.”

The DCS business assets also include Ecogate Limited and Gallito Limited which between them manufacture a range of industry-associated products including FastClip ducting and microprocessor-controlled extraction optimisation systems designed to improve extraction efficiency.

DCS’s service offering is currently limited to the UK, however, bringing these products into the Absolent Group provides an opportunity to expand the brands’ presence to overseas markets, utilising the global experience of Absolent Group’s worldwide distributor and subsidiary network whilst creating valuable synergies within the group.

In the UK, project teams comprising individuals from all Absolent Group companies work together to offer a single source solution for customers looking to benefit from cleaner, safer and more productive working environments.

Filtermist International was supported by PKF Cooper Parry and Legal Clarity during negotiations, whilst the sellers were advised by the Camlee Group.

With a consolidated turnover of £11.4 million during 2018, DCS Group will be integrated and consolidated into Absolent Group with immediate effect.

Absolent Group currently includes Filtermist International Ltd, Absolent AB, Avani Environmental International Inc., Bristol T&G International GmbH, Dustcheck Ltd and Multi-Fan Systems Ltd in its portfolio. Services offered include oil mist, smoke and fume extraction, dust control, VOC abatement, production waste extraction and industrial ventilation.

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BA Clic Components Recognised With FIRA Gold Certification

February 7, 2019

BA Clic Components have achieved the highest FIRA Gold Product Certification for their ClicBox range of kitchen cabinets. The new certification is for Level H, or Heavy Domestic Use, based around BS 6222-2:2009+A1:2017. Domestic kitchen equipment. Fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars. Performance requirements and test methods.

The newest certification follows on from previous FIRA International certification in early 2018 when the ClicBox kitchen cabinet range achieved Level G, or General Domestic Use. Level H is defined for heavy use and is the highest cabinet accreditation for furniture cabinet construction, workmanship and fitness. This level is often included in large domestic construction contract projects whereby the cabinets will be subject to heavy use and where users are not expected to exercise care.

Speaking on the additional conformity, Howard James, Testing Operations Manager, at FIRA International said “Going up to Level H meant that the ClicBox kitchen cabinet range was assessed against specified durability levels through rigorous tests conducted by our team of structural experts at FIRA International. The base and wall cabinets were subject to separate tests to assess their strength, durability and safety, as they are often used in demanding environments.”

Commenting on attaining the highest level of FIRA Gold certification, Nick Corlett, CEO at BA Clic Components, said “We are delighted that our ClicBox kitchen cabinet range has been independently or we say certified and awarded Level H. This gives BA another reason to reassure our customers that our ClicBox cabinets are among the best in the industry, not only being audited by impartial experts but certified for their quality.”

ClicBox cabinets has a unique patented design that allows the cabinet components to ‘click’ together when assembling very quickly. This not only negates the need for tools and screws but also makes for very sturdy construction in the kitchen fitting sector.

Nick also said “When we received FIRA Gold for Level G we were eager to push the ClicBox cabinet range further and look at achieving Level H. We felt confident that it would withstand the additional testing conducted by FIRA International. This has now been demonstrated by the most trusted third party certification organisation in our industry, which we are very proud to hold. This prestigious certification sets the benchmark high and for other cabinet manufacturers to follow.”

Alongside BA Clic Components there are also a further 42 organisations from across the furniture supply chain who hold a FIRA Gold certification for products (including bathroom, bedroom, components, kitchen, office, upholstery and worktop products) and 13 organisations who hold FIRA Gold for their installation services.

Details on how to become a FIRA Gold holder are available from, which also includes a full list of current holders.

David Caulfield

January 29, 2019

It is with great sadness to announce that David Caulfield, Sales & Marketing Director at BA, passed away this morning (29/01/2019) after a short illness. David was a passionate advocate for life, he was naturally talented with great business vision and was highly respected in the KBB industry. His contribution to BA for over 12 years cannot be underestimated locally, nationally and internationally. For those who met him personally he was an unbelievable force with a vivid personality to match.

Since his diagnosis of a brain tumour 91 days ago, David’s steely determination to win his fight against cancer had many avid followers eagerly awaiting his daily insight on his emotional journey. Through his good days and bad days David’s overriding wish was for us all to take stock of life, get the right work balance and spend time enjoying it to the fullest.

David you were a mentor, a work colleague, a comedian, a leader and most of all a friend.

Rest in peace.

Day 91 #youreincharge DC

Press Release Correction From The W Exhibition

January 18, 2019

On the 15th October 2018, an article entitled ‘Help For Heroes Raises Over £1,200 At The W Exhibition & Elements’ was distributed to the trade press on behalf of the W Exhibition and Elements event organiser, Montgomery.

The article, which included references to several companies that helped the charity raise funds during the woodworking machine and materials show in October 2018, incorrectly referred to Masterwood GB Ltd as Masterwood UK.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for this mistake and confirm that Masterwood GB Ltd supported Help for Heroes at the event by raffling off a giant dinosaur. This, along with bucket collections and visitor donations to the charity’s Band of Brother craftsmen, helped the charity raise £1,217 and promote awareness for its #TheForceForGood campaign. All proceeds since the event have gone to Help for Heroes woodworking shops and recovery centres.

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A Striebig Double Act

January 9, 2019

Independent timber merchant, Bates Timber, has invested in two Standard TRK2 Striebig vertical panel saws in the last 18 months from leading machinery distributor, TM Machinery. Following a move to new premises that saw the Coventry-based company more than double in size and an increased demand for cut-to-size boards, investing in reliable and accurate machinery that would stand the test of time was a top priority for the growing business.

“As an independent timber merchant, we are geared towards offering a great service to our customers,” begins Peter Bates, owner of Bates Timber. “We work with both the trade and the general public, meaning our day-to-day jobs vary massively in size. Our saws could be used to cut a single sheet of MDF or resize several thousand plywood boards for a production job. With such variation in our work, we needed to invest in a bigger and better saw that could offer us more capabilities and help us with an increasing number of orders.”

Having researched the Striebig brand online and experienced live demonstrations of the range at the woodworking machinery and materials show, W16, Peter placed his order and the saw was installed quickly and put to good use immediately in their original unit on Foleshill Road, Coventry. As well as offering Striebig’s unparalleled precision of 0.1 mm, a powerful, high-torque 5.5 kW motor (7.5 hp), a 300/30 mm carbide circular saw blade and integral TRK extraction system, the popular TRK2 model also benefits from an automatically yielding aluminium support frame with plastic supports for simple and controlled cutting.

A year later, Bates Timber purchased new premises on a 1.3 acre site. “We had been in our old unit for over 25 years and we had simply outgrown it. We were at a stage where we would have had to have turned business away if we had stayed put. The new site is more than double the size, as is our brand new machinery shop. Our processes have always run smoothly so it made sense to replicate the old unit and double-up on machinery. After experiencing our first Striebig for 12 months and seeing just how robust it was, I knew another Striebig vertical panel saw would be a sound investment for the business.”

Moving to bigger premises and purchasing a second Striebig vertical panel saw couldn’t have come at a better time for the merchant, as demand for bulk production was steadily increasing. “We found ourselves having to break down the saw when working on jobs that required two or three thousand pieces of MDF or plywood to be cut-to-size at one time in order to service walk-in customers who would want a single sheet re-sized while they waited,” admits Peter. “The introduction of a second Striebig vertical panel saw – this time chosen with a larger bed to work with jumbo sheets – gave us the flexibility to deal with these requests much more efficiently. Now we use both machines concurrently to minimise interruptions and productivity. It’s also given us the resources we need to build on this revenue stream in the future.”

Keen to work with local companies wherever possible, Peter built a solid relationship with TM Machinery’s team. “The service we received from TM Machinery was faultless,” admits Peter. “They offered us sound advice and both machines were delivered, off-loaded and assembled with minimal fuss. I couldn’t fault their knowledge and understanding of both the machinery brand or the industry, and I’d recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a vertical panel saw.” Operational training was given once the machine was fully installed by TM Machinery’s experienced engineers and an annual service plan was put in place in order to maintain the saw’s optimal performance.

Peter adds, “The two Striebig saws were a big up-front investment for us but when you’ve got two machines that you know will continue to perform solidly year-on-year for the next decade, the investment will pay for itself. They also have the performance capabilities to grow with the company and to undertake a wide range of jobs quickly and effectively. I’m a firm believer in the phrase, ‘you get what you pay for’ and in my mind, there isn’t a better example of this than a Striebig.”

The W Exhibition 2020: A Perfect Platform For Your Business

December 20, 2018

Do you work in the furniture design and manufacturing industry? Do you supply carpenters, joiners, shopfitters or designers with the latest machinery, components or materials? Could your business and product range benefit from being exposed to over 9,200 industry professionals? If the answer if yes, isn’t it about time you considered booking your stand at the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition?

September 2020 may seem like a long way off but people are already booking their stands at the biennial show. In fact, 50% of the floor space has already been sold but, with new halls at the NEC for 2020 and 20% more space available, there hasn’t been a better time to confirm your stand space at the W Exhibition 2020.

So what’s all the fuss about? Not only is it the only show in the UK that is dedicated to those in the furniture production industry, the four-day event, which is set to occupy almost 24,000 square metres for the next installment, attracts over 9,200 professionals from the furniture design and manufacturing sector and is co-located with the UK’s only furniture components show, Elements. Exhibitors also benefit from great exposure in the trade press and the event organisers work with you to create your very own online portal to promote your stand to visitors on the lead up to the show. Plus, with established show partners like the British Woodworking Federation, British Furniture Manufacturers, FIESTA, the Association of Shopfitters and Didac Training College working with the show organisers to create a show that truly benefits both the exhibitors and visitors, it really is the best platform there is to present your products and prototypes to the industry.

Still not convinced a stand at the W Exhibition is for you? Here’s what some of 2018’s new and longstanding exhibitors had to say about their experience at the most recent show:

Steve McGloin, Joint MD at Advanced Machinery Services:

“We’ve doubled the size of our stand size for 2020 following a very successful show in 2018. This is a big deal for us but we were so happy with the level of sales and enquires we received and the professionalism from the organisers, we were really keen to confirm our attendance in 2020. We appreciate that you have to throw a lot of resources into exhibiting at an exhibition like this and there is a cost element to consider but it exposes you to so many new companies that you would struggle to get in front of day-to-day. For us, it was a very easy decision to return next year.”

Ian Robinson, Joint MD at AFS Biomass:

“Exhibiting at the show has made a huge different to our business. It’s given us a foothold in the industry and the opportunity to gain long term leads. We now have some big projects lined up that have been off the back of our presence at the show. We will be bringing new products into the mix over the next two years, making 2020’s W Exhibition the perfect time to promote our latest products to a wider audience. The show is an essential roadmap in our marketing and has benefited us massively.”

Simon Mitchell MD at Hranipex:

“Exhibiting at the W Exhibition is a perfect opportunity for the furniture production industry to share knowledge, best practice and to show the public just how strong this industry is. Sales are important but exhibiting at the show is about so much more than that. It’s about supporting a British show, the British economy and British manufacturing industry. By working together and showing unity, our industry will flourish.”

Luke Thompson, MD at Intelligent Fixings:

“2018 was the first W Exhibition we exhibited at and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. It surpassed any expectations we had. We’re a very new fixings company and we had originally decided to make 10 million components to start with but we’re now looking at producing between 50 to 80 million components because of the interest we’ve had at this show alone. It’s been unbelievable. It’s safe to safe we’re exhibiting at the next show in 2020 and we have booked a bigger stand!”

Felix Ney, MD of Fen UK:

“It’s a no-brainer for Fen UK to return to the W Exhibition time and again. We always see a strong return on our investment and as a result, we’ve booked a bigger stand for 2020 so we can present even more products to the market. We expect to continue converting our leads from the show into sales for months to come.”

Paul Tipler, UK Sales Manager, Koch Technology:

“There is some uncertainty surrounding Brexit but we see no need to put our exhibition plans on hold because of it. The next show will be our 10th consecutive W Exhibition and with our rewards always covering our costs, why wouldn’t we come back time and again? We don’t have the need to book a big stand but that doesn’t stop us from attracting the right people. It’s the only show directed at our customer-base in the UK and feedback is always positive.”

Back To Black With Lamello

November 9, 2018

Lamello’s unique one-piece cabinet fitting, the Cabineo, is now available in a sleek black finish. First seen at the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition, the new version has been inspired by the growing trend for industrial living and urban interior design.

The Swiss-made furniture connector – which is best known in the market as a more efficient alternative to standard cam and dowel fittings – offers significant advantages during production, transport and installation and has become a firm favourite with furniture designers and manufacturers looking for a quick, reliable and fuss-free wood and panel joining solution.

The nifty design, which was originally launched last year, can be installed into a drilled or routed shape. It also requires no edge drilling, offers faster installation, greater reliability and a higher clamping force when compared with a traditional cam and dowel fitting. Moreover, Cabineo is the ultimate panel fixing for flat pack furniture as it can be fitted prior to packing without risk of damage during transit and makes in-home cabinet assembly extremely simple for joiners and consumers alike.

The new finish – which was shortlisted for an ‘Elements of Innovation Award’ at the W Exhibition – has also been cleverly designed without the need for additional cover caps. This allows each fitting to blend seamlessly into the background when working with dark materials. Alternatively, furniture designers can use the Cabineo’s new metallic cover cap range – which includes silver, nickel and dark steel – to create a unique style statement or to match aluminium or stainless steel fittings.

Shaye Chatfield, Lamello Area Sales Manager, adds, “The Cabineo has been a strong contender in the wood and panel joining market for over 12 months and Lamello’s new black housing shows the growing popularity of the product in the UK market. The new finish offers even more possibilities to furniture makers looking to create beautiful cabinetry with black or anthracite-coloured interiors and can be applied to a multitude of applications in commercial and residential markets.”

Help For Heroes Raises Over £1,200 At The W Exhibition & Elements

October 19, 2018

The W Exhibition and Elements official charity partner, Help for Heroes, has raised £1,217 at this year’s leading woodworking machinery and materials show and dedicated furniture components show. The charity, which offers support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country, teamed up with the four-day event for a second time to promote awareness for its #TheForceForGood campaign and to raise money for its much needed woodworking shops and recovery centres.

Dean Williams, Central England Area Fundraising Manager for Help for Heroes says, “I’d like to thank everyone for the immense support they gave us during the W Exhibition and Elements. The support received from the event organisers, exhibitors and visitors was overwhelming and together we raised £1,217 in donations. This is thanks to bucket collections and donations from our amazing Band of Brother craftsmen, sales of desk tidies and tool boxes plus raffles at the show. We’ve also had a huge amount of support for our Phoenix House woodshed and we’ve received offers of new tools, equipment and financial support. A special mention should also be given to Axminster Tools & Machinery for their loan of tools and lathes; Didac Training College and Trend for making and selling desk tidies and toolboxes on behalf of Help for Heroes plus Masterwood UK for raffling off a giant dinosaur at the show.”

Dean continues, “When we talk about a ‘force for good’ this is what we mean. Everyone really pulled out all the stops to ensure Help for Heroes were extremely well represented. It really made our recovery team stand out and attracted visitors.”

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director for the W Exhibition and Elements adds, “It has been a great honour to have Help for Heroes as our official charity for a second consecutive show. It’s been a privilege to meet some of the people whose hard work and dedication has made this happen and to promote the amazing success stories that have come from the charity’s wood workshops and recover centres. To raise over £1,200 over four days has been a great achievement and we’re pleased to hear that more companies exhibiting and visiting the W Exhibition and Elements have now stepped forward to help the charity raise money in the future. A big thank you to all that took part.”

The W Exhibition and Elements 2020 will be taking place from 27th – 30th September at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information please visit

Biesse’s Opera R Wins Elements of Innovation Award

October 3, 2018

Leading woodworking machinery manufacturer, Biesse UK, has won the Elements of Innovation Gold Award for its unique Opera R sanding machine at this year’s the W Exhibition and Elements.

Part of the company’s new ‘Automaction’ concept, which brings automated, inter-connected production manufacturing processes to the woodworking industry, the new Opera R has been designed to offer a greater sanding consistency and a higher continuity of output on flat panels and shaker doors.

Controlled via a 15-inch touch screen, the new Opera R has succeeded in reproducing sanding processes that were previously only achievable through manual methods. This has resulted in the elimination of human error, reduced production costs and increased efficiency, leading to greater productivity.

Giacomo Mariotti, Product Area Manager for Biesse says, “This machine is an industry first and we believe it will revolutionise the way the industry works. Automation has huge potential in the woodworking sector but is yet to be fully utilised. We hope our machines will change this.

“The Opera R sanding machine – partnered with a collaborative robot that offloads the doors – offers quality, safety and consistency during the sanding process. It’s simplified the cycle and as a result, the return on investment is almost immediate. It’s a versatile machine – it can be used as a stand alone machine or in a production line – and we have a number of options to accommodate a wide range of applications, including a model that features two robots and two conveyer belts to double productivity.

“We’re offering new solutions to the woodworking industry and it’s fantastic to be recognised by our peers. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation and we will continue to create exceptional solutions that will benefit our customers and help them succeed.”

Independent judge and Course Leader at Buckinghamshire New University, Paul Lighterness adds, “Automation is an exciting area of growth in the woodworking industry and it’s fascinating to see how this kind of technology can increase productivity and efficiencies in the sector. Biesse’s innovative Opera R was a worthy winner.”