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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.”

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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.”

Alpi Wins Elements Of Innovation Award

October 2, 2018

Alpi’s first finished panel collection, the ALPI-On, has won a Gold Award at the Elements of Innovation Awards at this year’s woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, the W Exhibition and furniture components show, Elements.

Created to offer the design market a new and inspiring take on surface design, the leading decorative surfaces producer, known for its use of reconstituted wood veneer, has created the new 12-strong collection with the contract market in mind. Designed to be an interior facing material, each panel features different grains, colours and depths to reflect the beauty of natural wood. They are also clad on both sides and can have a varnished, brushed or smooth finish.
On winning the award, Alpi SpA’s Pier Luigi Corti says, “To win an Elements of Innovation Award is a great honour for our company. The whole team have worked hard to create this new collection and every design within the range offers a unique and appealing aesthetic. We’re confident the market will respond positively to our latest designs and explore the possibilities they offer.”

Independent Judge and acting CEO of the British Woodworking Federation, Helen Hewitt says, “I chose Alpi because of the creative nature of the new collection. My background in wallpaper design has opened by eyes to how spaces can be connected by patterns, surfaces and colour. I immediately migrated towards these designs because of their unique colour range and vivid textures. I can clearly see this being used in the interiors and hotel sector. It’s truly inspiring.”
Independent Judge, Paul Lighterness adds, “We live in a visual world and to me, this product is visually striking. It stood out because of its contrasting colours and exciting patina. It’s pushed the boundaries of design and that is what innovation is all about.”

The award-winning product can be found in the Elements of Innovation Zone in hall 6 and on Alpi’s Elements stand: P305.

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BWF Awards Shortlist Announced At The W Exhibition

October 2, 2018

The 2018 British Woodworking Federation Awards shortlist has been announced at today’s woodworking machinery and materials show, The W Exhibition and furniture components show, Elements.

Now in its 10th year, the awards have been designed to celebrate the ‘best of the best’ in woodworking and to give people in the industry an opportunity to recognise technical innovation, excellence, process efficiencies and the high level of health and safety achieved in the woodworking sector. The BWF are also honouring rising stars with a special award dedicated to apprentices or trainees working in the industry.
The shortlisted names were announced by Helen Hewitt, acting CEO of the British Woodworking Federation. On announcing the awards Helen said, “We had an incredible number of entries this year. They all demonstrated the wealth of talent, outstanding design and craftsmanship on offer. Every one of us is united by our passion for wood. As an industry, we are dedicated to achieving excellence, best practice and growth and to promote the many benefits of using wood for a build or renovation. The BWF Awards are here to celebrate this fact.”

The shortlist for 2018’s British Woodworking Federation Awards:

Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Whitehill):

• TMJ Interiors
• Houghtons of York
• Tompkins Joinery
Product Design in Wood category (sponsored by Teknos):

• Arden Windows
• Coastal Group (Two entries)
The Process Efficiency Award (sponsored by W Exhibition):
• Morland
• Tavener Joinery
• PDS Doorsets
Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac):

• Tavener Joinery
• AJB Group
• Woodbase Joiners
Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award (sponsored by CITB):

• Henry Acres from JT Ward
• James Holligan from Woodland of Kingston
• Samuel Orchard from J Dixons and Sons

Helen adds, “It’s a pleasure and privilege to see all the inspirational work that has been submitted for the awards this year and to learn more about the people who are driving this industry forward. I’d also like to thank our kind sponsors for their support. This enables us to raise the profile of UK woodworking and give the recognition businesses and individuals deserve. I’m very much looking forward to announcing the winners in November.”

The winners will be announced at the BWF Annual Dinner on Friday 23rd November 2018 at Stationers’ Hall, London.

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New To Elements: Pre-Book Your One-To-One Appointment With The Experts

September 26, 2018

For the first time ever, visitors to the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements, will be able to pre-book one-to-one sessions with leading industry experts online before arriving at the show.

Designed to simplify the booking process and help visitors to engage with the right people at a time that suits them, the simple online booking form (which can be found at allows visitors to choose a date, time and subject area they would like advice on before stepping foot in the NEC.

One-to-one sessions will take place in the show’s Education Zone – situated in hall 6 – and will home experts from the furniture design and manufacturing industry. The Education Zone will be open throughout the four-day event, offering information and advice on the following areas:

– Apprenticeships and Training

– Productivity

– Health & Safety

– Technical Advice

Open to all, group workshops will also take place in the Education Zone by the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and Didac Training College. A complete timetable of events will be available in the Education Zone from Sunday 30th September.

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director says, “The Education Zone is making its debut at Elements 2018 and we couldn’t be more excited about the line-up. Designed to support and advise visitors on key issues in the industry, we want Elements and its sister show, the W Exhibition, to be a driving force behind the industry’s future and support both experienced professionals and those new to the industry. We want people to utilise this area as much as possible and take advantage of what is on offer. We hope that by launching an online booking portal and being transparent about what our experts can offer, visitors will be able to plan a visit to our Education Zone into their day. We have several specialists taking part in the one-to-one sessions and group workshops with a wealth of experience. Now is the time to benefit from their knowledge of the industry.”

To pre-book a one-to-one appointment or for more information on the Education Zone please visit:

Elements will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham and will be co-located with the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition. To register for your FREE ticket simply visit the shows website and join over 8,000 industry professionals:

Plan Your Machinery Demonstrations At The W Exhibition

September 25, 2018

Are you visiting the UK’s only woodworking and materials show, the W Exhibition, to experience the very latest machinery first hand? Taking place from the 30th September – 3rd October at the NEC in Birmingham, the four-day event will feature over 200 exhibitors and span over 20,500 square metres.

We don’t want you to miss a thing. That’s why we’ve added a list of machinery demonstrations taking place at the show on our website. Simply scroll down the page to see the stand, make and model being demonstrated before arriving at the exhibition. It makes planning your time at the show quick and easy. View the complete machinery demonstrations list here:

The W Exhibition will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham and will be co-located with furniture components show, Elements. To register for your FREE ticket simply visit the shows website and join over 8,000 industry professionals at the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show:

Making Your Time Count At The W Exhibition & Elements Show

September 25, 2018

Seasoned trade show visitors will tell you, turning a visit to a trade show into a success starts with setting out clear objectives and planning your time, but if you’re short on time, or this is your first trade show experience, here are a few hints that will help you make the most of your visit to the W Exhibition and Elements this September…

Get to grips with the floor plan:

Pre-planning the stands you want to visit and the order you want to see them in will save you valuable time if you do this before you start to tour the halls. Grab a quick coffee on arrival and take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the floor plan, prioritise the stands you want to visit and orientate yourself before heading off. It’s also worth leaving some free time in your day to explore stands not on your priority list and to visit the show’s brand new interactive areas.

Pre-book your machinery demonstrations:

Keen to see a specific machine in action? Machinery and product demonstrations are readily available at the show but if you’re looking for a one-to-one demonstration with a specific machinery specialist or engineer, you can pre-book your demonstration on the show’s website before the exhibition opens its doors. Just fill in the online form and we’ll do the rest.

Think about what you want from a machinery demonstration:

Even the most experienced buyers can get wowed by the latest technology but don’t forget to ask the right questions to make sure the product and seller are a good fit for your business. Does your potential supplier have service engineers on the road, or offer a direct link with specialists in the factory where the machine was made who can provide instant help if a breakdown occurs? Are spare parts readily available in the UK, or at short notice from overseas? Is a warranty available that covers unforseen stoppages, or does it come with a predictive maintenance system that alerts you to potential breakdowns? What training is provided and is this included in the installation package? Experts are on hand to help you make an informed decision, so don’t hold back.

Take advantage of show incentives:

There are always deals to be done at trade shows and the W Exhibition and Elements are no exceptions. If you’ve already done your homework and know exactly what you’re looking for, watch out for special offers and exclusive show promotions that could benefit your business and save you money. But remember, these are only available during the show, so it’s best to act quickly if you don’t want to miss out.

Visit our drop-in clinics & workshops:

Looking for advice and support on the latest legislation, health & safety, productivity, careers, education or apprenticeships? Then take advantage of the show’s confidential one-to-one drop-in sessions and group workshops and let our experts help you navigate your way around the industry’s rules and regulations. Book a time that suits your and view the workshop timetable in our Education Zone. You can find it in hall 6!

Support the industry:

Embrace design and innovation in the furniture industry with the show’s Elements of Innovation Zone and the Elements of Innovation Awards. Open to visitors, you can see the shortlisted products in the dedicated Elements of Innovation Zone and you’ll be able to watch the announcement of the winners on Monday 1st October at 3pm in the Hranipex bar.

The W Exhibition and Elements will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information please visit or follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter and like ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.

Finalists Announced For Elements Of Innovation Award

September 25, 2018

Finalists for this year’s Elements of Innovation Awards have been announced. Taking place during the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements and woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition, 20 of the most ground-breaking products to enter the British furniture design and manufacturing industry have been shortlisted and are now in with the chance of winning a prestigious Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

The independent judging panel, made up of five well-known industry professionals, will now have to whittle down the shortlisted entries even further in a bid to cement the worthy winners. Acting CEO of the British Woodworking Federation and judge on the panel says, “We’re looking for products that break the mould and have the potential to change the way the industry works. The judges are looking to support innovation and recognise the skills needed and processes undergone to create the end result. This means it’s equally as important for us to empower originality and encourage talent in the industry.”

On being shortlisted, OVVO’s Brendan Phillips says, “We are extremely happy to have our brand new OVVO Drawer Slide Connector shortlisted for an Elements of Innovation Award. We will be launching the new connector system at the show, so it’s fantastic that the benefits of the product are being recognised by the industry.”

Shortlisted for its Cabineo system, Lamello’s Shaye Chatfield says, “The W Exhibition and Elements are the biggest shows of their kind in the UK and we were keen to present our innovations to the judging panel. It’s a great achievement for our Cabineo system to be shortlisted and we’re looking forward to finding out the winner.”

Ostermann’s Stephen Parson says, “Many people associate Ostermann with edging but being shortlisted for an Elements of Innovation Award has highlighted our continual development and research into surface coverings. We’re particularly proud of our Almwiese Decorative panels. The scented surface is made of alpine grass and flowers, which gives commercial or private interiors a rare, natural and relaxing atmosphere. It’s great that unique concepts such as this are being acknowledged in the sector.”

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director adds, “This year has seen the largest number of products being submitted for the Elements of Innovation Awards and the calibre of entries has surpassed all expectations. The judges certainly have their work cut out as they look to recognise and reward the people and companies behind these unique concepts.”

Winners will be announced at the show on Monday 1st October at 3pm, with an awards presentation being held at the show’s Hranipex Bar. Open to all visitors, it will offer the audience a unique opportunity to see the complete line-up for themselves and talk to the winners about their award-winning products.

The Elements of Innovation Award Showcase will highlight the latest design innovations on the market and promote newly launched products from exhibitors live at the show, whilst offering visitors an opportunity to meet the manufacturers first-hand.


Qwood (Quantum Profile Systems Ltd) for their product: Qwood Rain Deflector
OVVO Ltd for their product: OVVO Drawer Slide Connector
Coastal Specialist Ironmongery Ltd for their product: LP410 DuraTique Sleeved Letter Plate
Ostermann UK Ltd for their product: Almwiese Decorative panels
Intelligent Fixings Limited for their product: Peanut 1
R&B Industrial Ltd for their product: SmartAIR®
ALPI Spa for their product: ALPI-On
TECE DEKOR for their product: 3in1 PMMA Edgebanding
Teknos GBI for their product: Platin 4545
Axminster Tools & Machinery for their product: UJK Technology Parf Super Dog
Lamello AG for their product: Cabineo
CP Tooling & Machinery Ltd for their product:BUP Vortex Plus Dust Extraction System
Biesse for their product: Viet Opera R + Robot
HOMAG UK for their product: intelliGuide
T.O.P. srl for their product: NEW PROXIMA
RW Machines Limited for their product: Anderson Linear GS-510
Global Vacuum Presses by Nabuurs Developing S.L. for their product: GD-PS (Global DUO Thermoforming Station)
Maggi Technology for their product: GT800

Elements and the W Exhibition will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. To register for your FREE ticket simply visit the shows website and join over 8,000 industry professionals at the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show:

Platts To Highlight Sustainability At The W Exhibition

September 21, 2018

Are you looking for a sustainable way to get rid of your hardwood, MDF or chipboard waste? Notoriously difficult to recycle and costly to use as bio-fuel, Platts is presenting an innovative solution at this year’s W Exhibition that will not only help you dispose of your unwanted wood waste quickly and efficiently but also save you money.

Exhibiting at the woodworking machinery and materials show for the first time this September, the wood waste recycling specialist will be on hand to guide you though their recycling processes – turning thousands of tonnes of Class A, B and C grade waste into environmentally sustainable animal bedding – and highlighting the financial benefits its nationwide handling service can offer your business, whilst helping to maintain your legal and environmental obligations.

Caroline Thedens, Managing Director of Platt’s says, “We are a family-run business with over 40 years of experience in handling wood waste and as a result, we work in a wide range of industries to source the raw material we need to produce quality peoducts. Following a recent seven figure extension and new 24/7 operating hours, we have expanded our storage capacity and we are now in a position to grow our customer base even further. We’re keen to introduce our processes to companies that work with hardwood and promote the importance of sustainability in the sector. The W Exhibition is the perfect place to do this and it gives us an opportunity to show visitors just how much money and time they could save by recycling their bi-product though us.

“We work with a number of leading extraction companies and our experience in the sector means we can create bespoke handling solutions to fit our customer’s needs. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to recycling Class C grade waste. We’re looking forward to challenging people’s perceptions on sustainability in the woodworking sector and showing visitors just how simple we can make it for them.”

To find out more about Platts’ story and to learn how it’s team can help your business, please visit the experts on stand S605.

W Exhibition will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham and will be co-located with furniture components show, Elements. To register for your FREE ticket simply visit the shows website and join over 8,000 industry professionals at the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show:

Restructuring and New Appointments at Titus Group

September 18, 2018

Following five years of strong and consistent growth where the company has more than doubled its revenues, Titus Group has initiated an organisational restructuring programme to reinforce the continuing high growth rates it confidently expects to see in future years. The programme supports key growth strategies, including stronger key account management, further investments in new products in cabinet connectors, concealed hinges and furniture soft closing as well as growth in the sectors of damping and die casting technologies.

As part of this re-organisation programme, Titus Group has announced three important new appointments: Tadej Gosak is appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Europe and Holger Geesmann joins the company as Chief Commercial Officer Europe.

New CEO Titus Europe, Tadej Gosak brings a wealth of management experience from positions that have included General Manager and Sales Director in a number of flourishing consumer and business-to-business, multinational and Slovene companies. His enviable track record includes transforming the fortunes of his previous company, a specialist in hygienic paper products, by guiding it through a successful turnaround and merger. He is tasked with taking responsibility for the European division of Titus Group during a period of investments to realise opportunities in the European strategic markets.

Holger Geesmann has worked in the cabinet hardware sector for the whole of his professional life and, in the last years, has achieved notable success in the post of Sales Director Key Account Management for a major German cabinet hardware specialist. As CCO, Holger takes responsibility for sales, product management and development in a period of strategic expansion and accelerated rate of new product launches. His in-depth product and market knowledge, complemented by his extensive experience in sales management are invaluable assets that will support the development of Titus business in the European furniture and damping industry.

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