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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: www.Wexhibition.co.uk.

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: www.wexhibition.co.uk.

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: www.wexhibition.co.uk

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: http://www.wexhibition.co.uk/Register.

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: www.Wexhibition.co.uk/Register

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.

For a full exhibitor list and to register for free please visit www.wexhibition.co.uk/exhibitors. For the latest exhibition news follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter and like ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.

TM Machinery At The W Exhibition

July 13, 2018

Stand Number: B810

Leading woodworking machinery and dust extraction supplier, TM Machinery, will be returning to the UK’s only woodworking machinery and materials show, the W Exhibition, this September at the NEC, Birmingham.

As well as debuting a brand new look which is set to launch this summer, TM Machinery will be showcasing its exclusive range of Striebig vertical panel saws and Al-Ko dust extraction systems on stand B810.

Making its first UK appearance at the four-day event, the ‘Standard S’ is the latest addition to the Swiss manufacturer’s vertical panel saw range. Based on the original ‘Standard’ model, the new design is available in two distinctive models – the Standard S TRK1 and TRK2 – and includes an impressive range of built-in features as standard and over 20 additional options and accessories. The stand will also home Striebig’s ‘Control’ and ‘Compact’ models.

Matt Pearce, Managing Director at TM Machinery adds, “Exhibiting at the W Exhibition offers us a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our range of machinery to the industry. Come and experience the benefits for yourself and talk to the experts. Specialists from Striebig and Al-Ko will be on hand throughout the event to answer your questions and talk you through the latest product innovations in TM Machinery’s portfolio.”

Keen to find out more? Watch live demonstrations and talk to the experts on stand B810.

For more information on the complete woodworking machinery range offered by TM Machinery Sales Ltd and its servicing division, TM Services & Spares Ltd., visit https://tmmachinery.co.uk/product_category/striebig-vertical-panel-saws/ or call 0116 271 7155. For the latest news, find TM Machinery on LinkedIn or follow @TM_Machinery on Twitter.

The W Exhibition & Elements To Feature A New Education Zone

July 12, 2018

From the 30th September to 3rd October 2018, the NEC will open its doors to the UK’s only furniture manufacturing show, the W Exhibition, and components show, Elements. This year, as well as an impressive exhibitor line-up that will see over 250 of the biggest names exhibiting at the two trade events, both shows will continue their pledge to help champion the industry’s future by introducing a brand new Education Zone.

Situated in Hall 6, the Education Zone has been designed to support and advise visitors on the latest legislation, health & safety, productivity, careers, education and apprenticeships within the furniture industry. Experts from the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) and Didac Training College will be on hand to help visitors navigate their way around key issues and important changes within the industry and take part in one-to-one drop-in sessions and daily workshops that are open to all.

BWF’s Iain Mcllwee says, “Exhibitions really are a physical manifestation of a trade association, a melting pot for ideas and networking and also, if we use them well, an opportunity to project the sector. For the BWF, the Education Zone is the ideal platform for us to promote the importance of health and safety and productivity in the workplace. The accident rate in this sector is high and we want to use the interactive area to help tackle this issue. We’ll also be on hand to help companies improve efficiencies. Every business is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when running a successful business but our team will be there to advise, help and shape ideas to help the industry grow.”

Jon Gibson, Managing Director at Didac Limited adds, “The introduction of the Education Zone is the perfect opportunity for us to educate employers on the benefits of training and the funding available to students. We all know that finding the right person with the right skills is important but, where do you find them? We want to show the industry the many paths available to them and how a solution is often simpler than you think. If you’re looking for a new employee or you’re keen to progress in the manufacturing sector, come and talk to our team and find out more.”

Event Director Lisa Campagnola comments, “The Education Zone will give visitors an opportunity to invest in the industry’s future. We want to deliver a strong message at the show and offer our support to businesses and individuals – regardless of their age or background –that are looking to progress in the furniture sector. Thanks to the support of leading trade associations and training providers, we are in a great position to engage with the industry and help employers and trainees reach their full potential.”

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 www.wexhibition.co.uk or follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter and like ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.

New Chair For BSI FW/0 Furniture Standards Committee

June 20, 2018

Phil Reynolds, Director of the Furniture Industry Research Association and General Manager at FIRA International, has been confirmed as the Chair of the FW/0 furniture standards committee. This is an impartial role and not related to either position at FIRA.

Under the direction of the British Standards Institution’s Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, FW/0 is responsible for the development and maintenance of British Standards relating to furniture. The committee also have the responsibility of formulating policy and providing guidance to other groups which participate in the work of CEN/TC 207 – Furniture and ISO/136 – Furniture, both of which are responsible for standardisation.

In his new role as Chair, Phil will be responsible for leading the committee in its formal deliberations with the objective of establishing a consensus on all matters, and ensuing a UK viewpoint is established on European and international standardisation within the Committee’s remit.

Speaking on his appointment, Phil Reynolds said “It’s very flattering to be appointed Chair of FW/0. I’ve worked as part of this committee for a number of years and see great value in their work, especially when it comes to representing the UK view on the international standards stage.

“I would urge all from across the furniture industry to take note when we have standards out for consultation as it’s by having this feedback and can really support them and make sure views are taken into consideration.”

See https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50120807 for further details on the work of FW/0, including details of standards out for proposal, standards published and also withdrawn.

Blum To Exhibit At Elements And The W Exhibition

April 17, 2018

Leading fittings manufacturer, Blum, has announced its attendance at this year’s Elements and the W Exhibition. Taking place from the 30th September – 3rd October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham, the leading supplier of KBB components and assembly devices will be focusing its attention on showcasing its technical services and support for manufacturers, whilst offering visitors an exciting interactive experience at the show.

Blum will also be joining forces with the show’s organisers to drive the importance of education and apprenticeships and help to promote young talent in the furniture manufacturing industry during the four-day event.

Lisa Robinson, Marketing Manager at Blum adds, “We have decided to take a dedicated stand showing our wide range of services and jigs that are aimed at the manufacturers and fitters of kitchens. The last W Exhibition we did was extremely successful, offering us a great opportunity to engage with our customers and we have no doubt that this one will follow suit.”

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director of Elements and The W Exhibition adds, “We are delighted to have Blum on board and look forward to welcoming them into Elements and the W Exhibition. We agree wholeheartedly with Blum that providing a unique, all-round experience for our visitors is the way forward and this is exciting for both the shows and the furniture manufacturing industry. With 90% of space already booked, I am confident that Blum will be part of a fantastic event this autumn.”

The W Exhibition and Elements will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC Birmingham and is free to attend for trade professionals. For more information please visit www.wexhibition.co.uk.

Help For Heroes Confirmed As The W Exhibition & Elements Charity Partner

February 27, 2018

Help for Heroes has been announced as the official charity partner for the furniture and joinery manufacturing show, the W Exhibition, and co-located furniture components show, Elements, for a second consecutive year. Following the success of the 2016 show, which saw the charity forge strong relationships with exhibitors and visitors from the woodworking sector, Help for Heroes will once again take part in the four-day event held from the 30th September – 3rd October 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham.

“For us, taking part in shows like the W Exhibition and Elements is about raising awareness for a worthy cause,” explains Dean Williams, Central England Regional Manager for Help for Heroes. “Many people still don’t know the relationship we have with the woodworking sector and how their time, skills and funding could change the lives of many ex-servicemen and women that, as a result of serving their country, have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses. Exhibitions like this offer us a great opportunity to educate visitors on our woodworking shops and recovery centres, whilst also helping us to engage with potential employers who could aid the future careers of our beneficiaries. They also give us a platform to find willing volunteers and companies that can help us to inspire and support our cause.”

As well as promoting its #TheForceForGood campaign at the show, which asks visitors to offer their expertise and time to make a real difference to the cause, the charity will also be taking part in active fundraising throughout the exhibition (with the help of the Heroes Bear) and showcase the skills and talents of its beneficiaries on a new, interactive stand.

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director for the W Exhibition and Elements adds, “2016 was the first time that Help for Heroes took part in the show, and I’m really looking forward to welcoming them back in September. We are extremely focused on supporting the growth of the furniture manufacturing industry and promoting talent in the sector. By partnering with Help for Heroes, not only are we supporting a great cause, with money being raised that will go towards funding workshops and recovery centres across the UK, but we are also introducing talented people to the industry and showing them where a career in woodworking could take them. It’s a really exciting opportunity for all involved.”

Keen to find out how you can help? Find out more about the charity by visiting www.helpforheroes.org.uk or for the latest exhibition news visit www.wexhibition.co.uk or follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter and like ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.