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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 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 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 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

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 or for the latest exhibition news visit or follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter and like ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.

Staying One Click Ahead With Elements

February 19, 2018

Are you one of the 39 million people* that use social media in the UK to help stay connected? If the answer is yes, then why not get social with Elements?

From the 30th September to 3rd October 2018, the UK’s only dedicated furniture components exhibition, Elements, will take place at the NEC, Birmingham and we want to help you make the most of your visit.

Immerse yourself in the latest furniture production and interior design trends and innovations on Element’s very own Instagram page and keep up to date with exhibition updates, highlights and industry news on Twitter. You can also learn more about the impressive exhibitor line-up and product launches before anyone else and gain useful visitor information on the lead up to the four-day event. Plus, with live social media updates throughout the show, you won’t miss a thing.

So what are you waiting for? Stay one click ahead with the UK’s only dedicated furniture components show, Elements.

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Elements will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information and to register your attendance for free, please visit


Thousands Of Visitors At SCM’s Digital & Smart Open House

February 9, 2018

Over 2,500 visitors, including customers and distributors from all five continents, were welcomed at the event which took place from January 25 to 27 at the SCM Rimini Headquarters. It was the first such event to be dedicated to the new woodworking industry trends in the digital age. Visitors were most curious to see SCM’s Digital Hub and all the latest developments in production technology.

Industry professionals arrived at the SCM Headquarters in Rimini from all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. From January 25 to 27 more than 2,500 visitors attended the Scm Digital Days, the Italian giant’s 2018 Open House. Record numbers that confirm once again the Group’s world leadership position among providers of secondary woodworking solutions.

The event focused on new production technologies that are based on digital developments and Industry 4.0 concepts, which companies in our industry have been adopting in recent years. Most popular with visitors were; the Scm Technology Center, where more than fifty operating solutions were on display, and the Digital Hub, the event’s true and proper command centre, offering live demonstration of the latest developments in digital, smart, connected and integrated production processes. Hundreds of industry professionals flocked to the Hub to experience for themselves the immersive augmented reality wearing the SCM-designed smart glasses, which allows company service technicians to offer remote and interactive assistance to customers. A thousand visitors attended demonstrations of SCM software applications (in Italian, English and German). And a preview of an IoT (Internet of Things) network was a major success during this three-day event among representatives of companies that seek to adopt the “Factory 4.0” principles.

The “Work Simple. Work Digital.” slogan was the event’s catchphrase, its underlying concept and the common thread in the entire display of a series of technological and digital innovations, which had been developed in order to make daily work of industry professionals simpler and easier, all based on a high level of expertise and know-how. Indeed, the vision that has inspired and driven SCM has always been focused on tying technical development to the practical needs of its end users through a systemic study of and intent listening to their real situations and needs. And today, large factories as well as small workshops seek to employ optimised custom integrated production lines, that is, to meet the individual requirements of each task without sacrificing the advantages of industrial production. All these concepts make up the driving force behind SCM’s technological innovations, its development of digital instruments which make every production phase ever more customisable.

The Maestro Digital Systems are an SCM project that is a prime example of this intent. It embraces all the latest woodworking tools and digital developments.”The Digital Days were an opportunity to experience live and first-hand the true benefits offered by the Maestro Digital Systems,” says Luigi De Vito, Scm Wood Division and Group Sales & Marketing Director. “It is an ambitious project. A sign of the times, certainly, but also of a corporate commitment and spirit, that is of SCM, which has always been at the service of each and every woodworking operator and followed the real needs of the target market. Change is underway. And SCM is dictating its pace, having presented to thousands of visitors who attended this event machines and applications that had been designed to employ all the latest technological trends and anticipate future ones, sharing the new arguments that drive the current evolution of our industry and turn them into common assets.”

In the Digital Hub, the stand set up at the centre of the SCM Technology Center, visitors could attend live demonstrations of the new Maestro Digital Systems platform and instruments: Eye-M, the Maestro eye on the world, is the next-generation multifunction and multi-touch operator panel, with a 21.5″ screen, which introduces the mobile-device feel and approach to the industrial production environment; Maestro Smartech, the innovative remote assistance and maintenance system which employs augmented reality glasses so you can have an SCM technician at your side while experimenting with the future wearable technology; Maestro Suite, the powerful software collection with applications for any type of machining and production processes; Maestro Xplore, a simulation system for integrated cells and lines based on the use of the Oculus 3D virtual reality viewer, a breakthrough in the quest to fully know every detail so as to be able to optimise a production programme; Maestro Datalink, the highly innovative IoT (Internet of Things) tools platform which enables the collection of machine data for later analysis. These systems are guided by the Smart Factory concept, aiming to monitor and improve production processes in order to provide a reliable predictive maintenance, which predicts when extraordinary maintenance is required and thus minimises production idle times.

The digital evolution of production systems requires new skills and the ability to follow day by day the ever-evolving industrial culture. One has to be prepared, in short, to face the new frontiers. Plenty of industrial insights were offered during the packed programme of meetings at the SCM Arena during the Digital Days: Tech Talks that focused on trends, strategies and success stories and headed by SCM experts and special guests from leading companies. Among these, the IFT Rosenheim Institute, regarded as one of the highest technical and scientific authorities on the subject of windows, doors and façades, which led discussions centred on the Smart Home and on the future smartphone-controlled windows; Lignum Consulting, a consulting firm at the forefront of the wood and furniture industries, which described the new Industry 4.0 and the Connected Factory technological frontiers; representing SCM, Christian Terfruechte explained “production methods and technology in the digital age”, whereas Albin Siegert described the new challenges faced by machine producers of taller and taller wood high-rise buildings.

On display at the Scm Technology Center were new solutions for every type of industrial production processes – from furniture and boat building to windows and doors and to wood construction – and the most reliable woodworking machinery to offer them. A fit companion for all the various types of production processes, with their specific requirements, is the powerful Maestro Suite, a complete software collection shown at the Digital Days in its latest version with its hugely improved performance, open systems that allow all types of connection and full control over machine operations, while making operators’ work easy and intuitive. Examples include the new Optimiser for beam saws, which cuts calculation times by 80% and machining waste by 40-50%. Highly successful was also the Maestro Watch supervising system which operates independently lines of integrated cells.

SCM Engineering
On display at an exclusive stand during the Digital Days were SCM systems of cells, equipment and production lines for the flexible production industry. They were shown here with the innovative 3D virtual reality exploration system, Maestro Xplore. Practically, all customers who took part in the event at the SCM Rimini Headquarters could see System 1, a high-productivity integrated line for manufacturing windows and door, processing up to seven workpieces a minute. On this front, SCM, known for its commitment to research and development of advanced solutions, has been selected as partner by a high-tech highly demanding market in such a country as Sweden.

Machining and Drilling Centres
Attracting great interest during the event was the all-new SCM drilling-milling solution: the new Morbidelli M220 machining centre with a dual drilling head for simultaneous drilling of several panels, offering a considerable reduction in cycle times.

Another major attraction was “Five Ways to Make a Cabinet”, the best of the Morbidelli line in a live demonstration, covering the various methods for building a box. Among the models shown were those based on the All-in-One technology, such as the new Morbidelli P200 machining centre, standing out for its innovative edge-banding unit, which processes panels up to 800 mm thick, and for its exclusive HE-POD suction cups, which allow the use of larger worktables thanks to alternate lifting of panels.

Solid-Wood Machining Centres and Technology
On display were also high-tech SCM solutions for the finest machining of noble solid wood, with a multitude of applications for the production of windows and doors, stairs, chairs, design objects and solid-wood furniture components.

Another attention grabber was the Balestrini line, including the Balestrini Power, a collection of highly precise, productive and flexible 5-axis machining centres, equipped to meet the increasingly more demanding and diverse requirements of the woodworking industry, and the Balestrini PICO OM, the CNC tenoning, mortising, end-milling and drilling machine. Software applications play an important role also in this machine, with the Smart Pro Suite, a fast, intuitive and flexible system that allows operators to programme and manage processes also remotely.

Other machines on display included: the Accord 25 FX machining centre, for processing linear and arched window frames, with the automated MATIC worktable managed by SCM CNC Maestro software suite; the flexible Accord WD machining cell for processing up to 16 window components without requiring the presence of operators; the Accord 40 FXM machining centre with the 5-axis PRISMA spindle, optimal for both heavy-duty milling and high rotation speed profiling.

Visitors were also struck by the high productivity – some 30 windows per shift – of the solid combination of the Superset NT automated moulding machine and the Windor NT1 angular machining centre, which proves how the combination of the new MOBILE PC electronic controller and traditional manufacturing processes can provide quality, precision, simplicity and great reliability.

Also on view at the Digital Days were the latest expressions of SCM’s vision for the modern edge-banding: machines that are fast, error-free and meet the highest quality standards. Specifically, the new 21.5″ multi-touch machine controller offering a 3D preview of the processed panel, the new Generation “E” spindles designed to provide a solid balance between light machining and the new edge hardness standards; and the new AirFusion device, which helps the hot-air/zero glue line application to increase productivity by +10% and to cut ignition and start-up times by 50%. Great interest was raised by the brand new Stefani KD edgebander, an excellent solution for both small carpentry shops and industrial giants that seek machines for continuous machining of numerous, also diverse, panels. Representatives of small carpentry shops could experience and feel first-hand the enormous potential of Olimpic K 360 HP, a CNC edgebander with an automated set-up for machining type change. The entire Olimpic range was on display at the SCM event with its new upgraded models.

High quality and high processing speed characterised the automated Gabbiani G2 115 single-blade beam saw, with the new Maestro Cut software controller that optimises storage management and material handling.

Greeted with enthusiasm was the Gabbiani G2 which, when integrated with the Flexstore EL storage system, is a peerless precision champ thanks its prismatic slide guides. Also on display was the new HI-TRONIC carriage, which allows you to reach high speeds for increased productivity.

Among the numerous DMC woodworking models, SCM chose to put on display various configurations for every type of processing and type of required finishing: the compact and versatile DMC Eurosystem sander, ideal for producers of hollow-core doors and MDF veneered kitchen cabinet doors; the DMC System T4 for the furniture industry where intensive operation capacity and excellent finishing are required; the DMC System T5 sander, a complete solution for performing creative finishing effects and for personalising products, based on the use of industry-exclusive technology for creating such effects as gouged, saw-cut and structured; finally, the DMC System T4 brushing machine, equipped with the Finesand orbital pad, the ideal solution for superfinishing crossed-grained wooden parts and composite materials.

Among its assembly machines, SCM chose to show the Action P, the electromechanical machine, based on manual loading and unloading, for quick and precise furniture assembly (also with 45° clamping), using brushless motors. The integrated rack and pinion system allows efficient squaring of the assembled product. This solution is designed for small carpentry shops producing up to 60 furniture items per day.

Woodworking machines
For the modern carpenter SCM offers a range of advanced machines, such as the new Minimax SI X circular saw with a tilting blade (+/-46°) and with a programmable and motor-driven movement.

Noteworthy were the latest Minimax edgebanders: The Minimax ME 28T, the most moderately-priced edgebander on the market to come with a rectifier, a device considered standard only in higher-end machines; Minimax ME 40, which can house all the various finishing tools in order to achieve the highest rated productivity among machines for the sector of small carpentry shops.
On view at the renovated Scm Technology Center was also the VF 250 dust extractor, part of the new VF range of compact and slim extractors that may be placed at any kind of workplace. A large space was dedicated to the classic Invincibile line of machines, the products of decades-long experience, technological research and Italian genius.

Woodworking machining centres / squaring machines and tenoners
Using its innovative multimedia system, SCM demonstrated a virtual version of the Group’s machines and technology: from Oikos and Area machining centres to the Celaschi squaring-tenoning machines. Noteworthy were also the Superfici machines, especially the advanced solutions for painting panels, furniture products and windows and doors.

Scm Group is a technological world leader in processing a wide variety of materials: wood, plastic, glass, stone, metal, and industrial components. The Group companies, operating throughout the world, are reliable partners of leading companies in various market sectors, including the furniture, construction, automotive, aerospace, ship-building and plastic processing industries. Scm Group coordinates, supports and develops a system of industrial excellence in 3 large highly specialised production centres employing more than 3,500 workers and operating in all 5 continents.

GreCon Limited Announces A New Managing Director

February 7, 2018

Jonathan Hamill has been appointed as the new Managing Director, succeeding Robert Kuhfuss who has led the business over the past decade.
The appointment underpins GreCon’s 25-year commitment to the UK & Ireland market and its global market-leading position for measuring technology and fire protection systems.

GreCon makes people and places safer with its preventative spark extinguishing systems which reduce the risk of fires and explosions in filters, silos and other production areas. 

A comprehensive range of measuring systems and scanners are relied upon globally to equip the ‘smart factory’ with rich information to support process control and quality assurance and the transformation to Industry 4.0.

Hamill is an experienced business leader. He has held a number of senior commercial positions, and in his last organisation, led the application to and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade.

Robert Kuhfuss, outgoing Managing Director commented, “Jonathan’s blend of technical and commercial expertise means that I leave GreCon Limited in very capable hands. We have achieved great success in the UK & Ireland market, and I am confident that under Jonathan’s leadership, GreCon will achieve continued growth and an expanded footprint.”

Uwe Kahmann, joint Managing Director of the parent company Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH, commented, “This strategic appointment reaffirms our commitment to the UK & Ireland market. Jonathan brings a solid commercial experience, and track record of driving results. He will play a fundamental role in continuing to grow GreCon Limited across diversified markets, and we will support him by continuing to bring innovative products to market”.

 Hamill said, “I am delighted to join GreCon Limited as its new Managing Director. The company has a tremendous reputation as an innovative market leader. I am looking forward to the challenges presented by my new role and to ensuring GreCon continues to help its customers address their challenges through a comprehensive product portfolio and outstanding customer service. We have a tremendous opportunity to make people and places safer, and factories smarter across the UK & Ireland.”

Q&A with Lisa Campagnola

January 19, 2018

Lisa Campagnola, Event Director for Elements and the W Exhibition, gives us an insight into what we can expect from this year’s shows, as the countdown to September begins…

Q: 2016 was the first year Montgomery Exhibitions ran the W Exhibition. How do you think it differed from previous events?

A: “W16 was a great success with leading furniture manufacturing companies showcasing the latest in machinery, tooling and components across three halls of the NEC. This is a reflection of the continual growth of the woodworking and manufacturing sectors as a whole in the UK following the recession. We also incorporated several new visitor attractions into the show, allowing visitors to be more interactive. Visitors could experience the Elements of Innovation zone, which showcased the very latest products on the market from both W Exhibition and Elements exhibitors. New for 2016, The W Challenge invited apprentices to compete live at the show to win a coveted prize of £500 worth of Felder tooling products. The challenge was part of our emphasis on education, to support the future of the woodworking sector – an area we are looking to continue in 2018.”

Q: 2016 marked the Elements exhibition’s debut. How was this received by exhibitors and visitors? 

A: “When I came on board to manage the W Exhibition, we spoke to the industry at length and as a result, identified a gap in the market which was left by ASFI – a furniture components show that ran alongside the W Exhibition’s predecessor, Woodmex. There was a clear demand for an exhibition that specalised in furniture components, décors, hardware, fixtures and fittings. The Elements exhibition has filled that gap. Since speaking to both visitors and exhibitors following the show’s debut, we are continuing to grow the number of companies exhibiting their products.

Q: From an organiser’s point of view, what areas of the show really stood out for you in 2016? 

A: “We were proud to welcome Help for Heroes as our official charity partner in 2016 and they will be joining us again in 2018. At the show they educated visitors on how woodworking has been incorporated into their rehabilitation centres for ex servicemen and women. From their presence at the W Exhibition, four people have signed up to help the charity on their quest to run more woodworking workshops. It was a fantastic result and we look forward to working with them again this year.

“Other partnerships included working with the BWF and Didac College who helped us in our championing of apprenticeships and supporting the industry. We are continuing to work alongside both organisations and we are delighted to announce that the BWF Awards will once again be held in Birmingham to coincide with the W Exhibition 2018.

Q: What feedback did you get from exhibitors and visitors about the 2016 show and how has this influenced your plans for 2018? 

A: “There was a real enthusiasm surrounding the visitor attractions at the last show. The visitor experience is incredibly important to us. We want them to leave the show having seen some amazing products from the leading names in the industry and to feel educated and inspired.

“The W Challenge was particularly well received and we are continuing to emphasise the importance of education and apprenticeships in the woodworking sector this year. We’re also looking to do something a little bit different with The W Challenge making it more interactive for 2018. Elements of Innovation will again return and is an opportunity for visitors to see some of the newest and most exciting products on the market this year.

Q: How do you envisage both shows post 2018 and what would you like to see the exhibitions achieve in years to come? 

A: “I know we have the capability to grow both Elements and the W Exhibition. Elements is becoming more established in the market and because of this, has attracted more companies that may not have been at the show before. As we grow we would like to welcome more international companies to our show. We already work with companies from fourteen countries including Germany, Italy, China, Belgium and Portugal and would like to expand this even more. We would also like to broaden our presence in Ireland and continue to have a strong affinity with the Irish furniture market.”

Q: Why should people visit the W Exhibition and Elements in 2018? 

A: “The W Exhibition and Elements are the only exhibitions in the UK to specialise in furniture manufacturing and design. It is a fantastic opportunity for those that work in the industry to see live demonstrations of machinery, get up close with all the latest furniture manufacturing, joinery and components products and is a unique chance to do face-to-face business with the leading companies in the industry. The free to attend four-day event, which sees both the W Exhibition and Elements taking place alongside one another, is the only time in the UK exhibition calendar that the industry comes together.”

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.

AXYZ To Hold First 2018 Open Day Event In London

December 14, 2017

Leading supplier of routing, cutting, engraving and print finishing systems, AXYZ International will hold its first 2018 Open Day event in north London on 24 January. Having proved a popular and easily accessible venue for previous similar events, the Royal Air Force Museum, situated on the former Hendon Aerodrome site in Grahame Park Way, Edgware, London NW9 5LL, will again be the chosen venue. The event will run from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

The Open Day will provide AXYZ International with the opportunity to formally introduce to existing and potential new customers recently upgraded machines, tooling options and online spare parts, accessories and consumables resources. Application specialists will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions as well as members of the AXYZ International CNCRoutershop division for consultations on product training and technical support requirements.

The main focus of the event will be on the upgraded AXYZ Trident hybrid CNC machine that now offers a faster, stronger and smarter solution by comparison with the original models. This will be supplemented by an AXYZ series router and new productivity options. These include a new kiss-cut knife unit, a new high-speed router spindle and an expanded ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility.

The Trident machine incorporates a triple-head configuration featuring a CNC routing spindle with oscillating and tangential knife-cutting units. These are interchangeable to enable the processing of frequently problematical thin materials like vinyl, cardboard and paper and thicker and heavier materials such as aluminium and other non-ferrous metals, ACM (Aluminium Composite Material), acrylic and foamed boards.
The new 8.7HP, 40,000rpm HDS spindle is said to represent the next step in high-speed machine processing, enabling routing/cutting at two to three times faster than when using a standard spindle and with no compromise on the quality of the edge finish on the materials processed. This makes the HDS spindle ideal for the machining of woods, plastics and non-ferrous metals.

The new kiss-cut knife option expands the functionality of AXYZ CNC routers by enabling the processing of a much wider range of materials. Special adapters will allow the knife to be fitted into most of the commonly used routing/cutting spindles and tangential knife tools.

The new ATC facility will feature a choice of 10 or 14 tool stations and will complement the existing seven- and 21-station options. These have now been upgraded with improved mechanics and drive motors.
To reserve a place at the AXYZ Open Day and for more information, e-mail or telephone Janine Roberts, Marketing Administrator at AXYZ International, on 0115 975 8100.