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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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Sebastian Conran returns as guest presenter to Young Furniture Makers exhibition

September 5, 2018

Internationally acclaimed product and furniture designer Sebastian Conran is to return to present the awards at the Young Furniture Makers exhibition in October. Organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Young Furniture Makers exhibition is a vibrant, one-day show of furniture designed and made by some of the UK’s most talented, upcoming young designers from GCSE students to post graduates.

Around 90 pieces will be on display at this year’s event, sponsored by Axminster Tools & Machinery, Harveys Furniture, Bensons for Beds, and The Furniture Ombudsman, which is taking place on 10 October (1.00pm-9.00pm) at the Dutch Church and Furniture Makers’ Hall in Austin Friars, London. Hayden Davies, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, will officially welcome guests from across the furnishing and design sector at 7.00pm before guest of honour Sebastian Conran presents this year’s prizes.

Sebastian Conran, CEO of Sebastian Conran Associates, said: “The 2017 show was really outstanding, displaying some great new talent and a general intelligence that demonstrated not only a practical understanding into use of materials, finishes and fabrication methods; but also an excellent insight into current and future trends. I saw a lot of very professional work that might have a lot of commercial potential, but also fresh thinking in an industry that is experiencing significant change.”

Debbie Johnson, Young Furniture Makers chairman, said: “The Young Furniture Makers exhibition brings together all elements of The Furniture Makers’ Company’s wide education output, the culmination being a tremendous celebration of incredibly talented young designers who want to build long and successful careers in the industry. We are absolutely delighted to welcome back Sebastian Conran for the second year as our guest of honour.” To register to attend the exhibition, please go to

Leitz Tooling announces new ISO 9001: 2015 quality management systems standard certification

September 5, 2018

Leitz Tooling UK achieved ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard Certification following its audit last year. By meeting the rigorous criteria for this standard, Leitz affirms its ability to consistently deliver an effective quality management system and drive continuous improvements to its services and internal processes. This internationally recognised certification is a true testament to Leitz’s dedication to the highest levels of quality management and customer satisfaction, which is at the heart of everything Leitz does.

ISO consultant Peter O’Reilly said, “ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard is designed to be a powerful business improvement tool. The newest update was revised to ensure that the standard continued to serve the business community and maintain its relevance in today’s marketplace. Leitz achieved transition to the new version of the standard with zero non-conformance. With previous ISO 9001:2008 certificates becoming invalid this September (2018), they are setting a benchmark for their industry.”

Overall operational efficiency as a result of the Certification will be regularly audited by BSI, the business standards company, to ensure that the standard is maintained.

Leitz Tooling UK managing director Simon Liddell said, “We are proud to be an early adopter of the updated standard within our industry and that our continued hard work has been recognised. It provides further proof that we are serious about service and high quality we always strive to deliver for our customers.”

Customers are increasingly seeing ISO 9001:2015 as a prerequisite, as it shows commitment to professionalism and identifies an organised company structure with effective processes in place. Using suppliers accredited with ISO 9001:2015 helps businesses ensure consistent and good quality products and services, which in turn, returns many business benefits.

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New Show Partners For The W Exhibition & Elements

September 3, 2018

The W Exhibition and Elements event organiser; Angus Montgomery, is continuing to strengthen its partnerships in the furniture design and manufacturing industry with the introduction of new show partners for 2018.

In a bid to represent the whole industry and emulate the success of 2016, new associations and training institutes, including The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET), British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) and the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), will be joining forces with existing show partners to help promote the importance of education in the furniture industry and take an active role in the show’s brand new Education Zone.

Continuing their pledge to champion the industry of tomorrow, the W Exhibition and Elements will also be partnering with Didac Training College and the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for a second time. With a clear focus on the ageing workforce and skills shortage in the industry, they will be offering visitors the tools they need to tackle these issues, whilst promoting qualifications and structured training courses in the sector. The biennial event will also be working closely with The National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) and Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) to showcase the breadth of careers available to young adults.

The show’s official charity partner, Help for Heroes, completes the new line-up as it will continue to raise awareness and funding for their recovery centres in the UK. Offering a wide range of services, the centres give ex-servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses, an opportunity to learn and develop the necessary skills needed to begin a career in the woodworking industry.

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director adds, “By working with the industry to create the W Exhibition and Elements, we have the ability to create a show that holds real value. As a combined force, both shows offer a solid platform to promote the industry and the vast number of opportunities it holds for talented individuals. We want to create a lasting legacy and support the sector. By working closely with industry professionals and our visitors, we’re confident the W Exhibition and Elements will continue to be a driving force in the furniture industry.”

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

Judges Confirmed For 2018’s Elements Of Innovation Awards

August 21, 2018

The Elements of Innovation Awards are back for 2018. Taking place during the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements and woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition. The awards will see pioneering product entries from the show’s exhibitors shortlisted to be in with the chance of winning a prestigious Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

The independent judging panel – who have been chosen to represent key areas of the furniture design and manufacturing industry – will be made up of members from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’, the Institute of Carpenters, Buckinghamshire New University, the British Woodworking Federation and joinery and interior fit-out company, Edmont Ltd.

The final products will be shortlisted by the judges before the event, and will be available to view in the show’s dedicated Elements of Innovation Zone. The awards will be presented to the winners on Monday 1st October at 3pm. The presentation is open to all visitors and will offer the audience a unique opportunity to see the best products new to the market and talk to the winners about their award-winning products.

So, who’s who on the judging panel?

Helen Hewitt, British Woodworking Federation:

A textile designer by trade, Helen Hewitt is a self-proclaimed creative design junky with a scrupulous eye for detail. Transferring her skills into the manufacturing sector more than 15 years ago, Hewitt is now acting CEO of the British Woodworking Federation. Hewitt brings a wealth of experience in both design and manufacturing to the judging panel and with a clear passion for encouraging young talent and empowering originality, she wants the awards to be a platform to inspire the industry and celebrate its achievements.

Hewitt adds, “There is something very special about being part of something that champions the industry. I have a great respect for people that can create something from nothing. It’s a real skill and one that needs to be recognised. Being a judge at the Elements of Innovation Awards is about honoring this achievement and giving both the company and the individuals the recognition they deserve. I’m excited to see how each entry has gone though the production process – from the initial concept to the final product – and to see the final product first hand.”

Gary Smith, Institute of Carpenters:

With almost 40 years of experience in the furniture production sector, Gary Smith is no stranger to the world of design and manufacturing. Following a lengthy career as a carpenter and machinery programmer, Smith now specialises in commercial CAD design, working on a whole host of well-known shop fronts including Chanel and Patek Philippe. A board member of the Institute of Carpenters and a true advocate for the industry, Smith brings a great understanding of the complete manufacturing cycle to the judging panel.

Smith adds, “I have a great interest in how things are made. I have been attending the W Exhibition for may years and for me, it has always been a hive of activity. To be asked to join the judging line-up is a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in an area I have great enthusiasm for and to put the latest innovations to the test.”

Paul Lighterness, Buckinghamshire New University:

Paul Lighterness studied at the Royal College of Art and spent 15 years working in product design. From 3D model making to product visualisation, Lighterness’ creative skills and passion to inspire talent led him to his current role as Kitchen Design Course Leader at Buckinghamshire New University. The course, which was the first Kitchen Design course in the UK, works closely with the industry and has gained huge support from the likes of Blum, ArtiCAD and many other industry leaders.

Lighterness adds, “I’ve always had a great interest in design and innovation. I’m a firm believer in pushing the boundaries of design and adapting traditional techniques to create new and exciting products. To be part of the judging process means that I can gauge a true understanding of the design process, whilst appreciating the work and craftsmanship that goes into each entry.”

Hayden Davies, The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’:

Former CEO of FIRA (the Furniture Industry Research Association) and Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’, Hayden Davies has had an active role in the furniture industry for over 20 years. With a degree in Civil Engineering – which he gained from the University of Birmingham – Hayden has become a successful entrepreneur and an advocate for education and excellence in the furniture industry.

Davies adds, “Supporting innovation and encouraging talent goes right to the heart of what the Furniture Maker’s Company does. I believe if our industry is to survive and prosper in the modern, global world, innovation must play a critical role and we need to shout about our achievements. We should encourage innovation and celebrate its success wherever possible. I believe my time as CEO of FIRA gave me a broad experience of the furniture industry and the disciplines of impartiality, integrity and independence that I will endeavor to bring to the judging panel.”

Luke Parry, Production Manager at Edmont Joinery:

Starting his career as an apprentice in the joinery and construction industry, Luke Parry’s natural interest and honed skills have seen him work on a range of projects from period home restoration to bespoke, cutting edge furniture design. Bringing a sense of practical application to the judging panel, Parry is not averse to testing unique products before they are put into production and, with experience in a wide range of manufacturing techniques, he appreciates the knowledge and commitment it takes to develop a groundbreaking product.

Parry adds, “We are an industry that relies on highly skilled individuals and because of this, we need to reward talent wherever possible. Innovation can sound like a buzz word but pioneering techniques and original product design can make a huge difference to our industry and the way we create and design furniture. It’s not easy to develop a really good product that offers a wealth of benefits to its user, so we need to recognise and reward the people and companies behind the ideas.”

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:

Elements Has The Edge

August 19, 2018

Keeping up to date with the latest edging, surface materials and décors and accessories can be tricky. We all know that design trends move at a rate of knots and for many, staying informed is a time consuming exercise. But, there is another way to keep abreast of the latest developments: The Elements show.
With more than 10 months to the next edition of Interzum, Elements is your next – and nearest – opportunity to see the latest innovations to enter the furniture design and manufacturing market. We speak to Elements’ Event Organiser, Lisa Campagnola to find out more.

“Elements is about bringing the very latest products to your doorstep. The industry is diverse and we know how quickly the market has to adapt to meet demand. That’s why we’re offering visitors a unique opportunity to see, touch and experience the very latest designs all under one roof.

“In 2016, we welcomed exhibitors from the UK, Europe and China. This year, we’ve seen an influx of Turkish décor companies exhibiting, as they look to gage interest and test the market. This has been reflected in the number of edgebanding companies we have exhibiting, and it’s an area we’re expecting to see grow further in 2020. Alongside well-known names like Ostermann (who will present edgebands and a collection of Sibu décors designed for the shopfitting market), Hranipex, Merenda and Proadec, we’re welcoming established Turkish brands who are looking to enter the UK market. Design-led and forward-thinking companies like Tece, Portacal, Kalp and Karebant are offering a new dimension to the show and giving visitors an opportunity to meet new-to-the-UK brands that are genuinely different.
“We’ve also seen substantial growth in the number of veneer companies exhibiting this year, which we believe is due, in part, to our continual support of the shopfitting market. As well as Mundy Veneer and DF Richards (Veneers) Ltd, Alpi Spa is set to showcase its new Alpi wood collections, launch Alpi-ON – its first collection of finished panels – and promote a collaboration with the exciting design duo, GamFratesi. This year, we’re working closer than ever with the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) and Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) to engage with the shopfitting market and help them experience the very latest trends to enter the UK.

“In addition to décor exhibitors, Elements will also include adhesive and finishing products from companies like Decora Mouldings, Quin Global, Remmers UK and Rubio Monocoat and hardware, fixtures and fittings from the likes of Costal Group, Blum UK and Crofts & Assinder.
“For 2018, the look and feel of the show has been given its own design-led identity. We are excited to be featuring our Elements of Innovation Zone and Elements of Innovation Awards at the show and introducing our brand new Education Zone, in a bid to champion the industry’s future and promote talent in the furniture manufacturing industry.

Elements will also continue to run alongside the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition, at the NEC, Birmingham this year. Both exhibitions complement each other and by offering free entry to each shows, it allows visitors to experience the complete manufacturing cycle.”
Elements will take 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:

Through The Eyes Of A Shopfitter

August 3, 2018

With over 45 years of experience in creating specialist joinery projects and interior fit-outs, Edmont Ltd is a leader in its field and a returning visitor to the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements. But, how does Edmont Ltd benefit from attending the four-day event and why should other shopfitting outfits consider visiting? We put these questions to Luke Parry, Edmont Ltd’s Production Manager, to find out more…

“It’s important for any business to keep abreast of the market they are in,” begins Luke. “Trends evolve quickly – especially in the furniture and shopfitting industry – and as a result, it’s easy to fall behind if you’re not proactive in your quest to stay informed. This is where events like Elements play a vital role in our industry

“We use Elements to hunt out new innovations and explore different ways to expand our portfolio. This could be through the introduction of new products and materials or by learning about new trends and manufacturing techniques that help us to create new and unique design options for our customers. The fact that the show is also partnered with the woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition, is a bonus for visitors and allows us to broaden our product and market knowledge even further.

“It’s also equally as important for us to understand the benefits associated with these areas. Just because a product is new to the market doesn’t automatically make it the right fit for our business. The exhibition gives us an opportunity to not only see and handle the products for ourselves, but also to talk to the manufacturers about them and gauge what direction the market is heading. This might sound like a simple task but, when would you have an opportunity to do this outside of the show? And, even if the opportunity arose, would you have the time to give it the attention it deserved? I know I wouldn’t.

“When we visit Elements, we go with a purpose: to find new ways to help our business move forward. We research the exhibitors before we go and without fail, we find ourselves talking to new people and gaining valuable contacts. A lot can be said for meeting people face to face. For us, attending exhibitions is still the best way to forge lasting relationships with suppliers and we’ll continue to attend Elements for this very reason.”

Elements 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 woodworking machinery and materials show:

The W Exhibition & Elements: Online Registration Now Open

July 16, 2018

Registration for the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, The W Exhibition, has now opened. To register your attendance, simply fill out the online form to gain free entry into the event:

This year, the four-day exhibition will be held from the 30th September to 3rd October at the NEC, Birmingham and, following on from its success in 2016, will be co-located alongside the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements.

Featuring a brand new Education Zone and over 200 of the industry’s biggest names, The W Exhibition is set to big the biggest show to date. Boasting a blueprint of over 11,000 sqm, visitors to the bi-annual event will be the first to see the latest product launches and innovations to enter the marketplace, whilst also being able to talk to the experts and experience live demonstrations first hand.

Big names including leading machinery giants Biesse, SCM, Felder, Homag, Daltons Wadkin, RW Machines, Schelling, TM Machinery and Weinig will be among the solid exhibitor line-up. Visitors will also have full access to The W Exhibition’s sister show, Elements, which will showcase the very latest furniture trends, design novelties and prototypes for the furniture production and interior design markets. Amongst the 50-strong line-up, leading names including Blum, BA Components, Alpi SpA, Crofts & Assinder, Hranipex, Ostermann and Doellken will be introducing new and unique products to the UK market.

To see the latest innovations for yourself, register for your free visitor badge today and join the industry this September at The W Exhibition.

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