News in Furniture Journal

ZOW 2017 Cancelled

November 22, 2016

The Kölnmesse has enhanced its presence in the furniture supplies industry by taking over ZOW. It will now offer two platforms for the industry covering international and regional markets equally. As a result, ZOW 2017 has been cancelled and will shift towards a biennial cycle with ZOW 2018 (February 6-8) being the trade fair’s next edition. “The furniture supply industry requires fresh trade fair concepts that fit the individual needs of regional, national and global markets,” explains Gerald Böse, CEO of the Kölnmesse. “In my opinion there is no other event capable of giving as important economic and innovative impetus to the industry as Interzum and ZOW. With this acquisition Kölnmesse further expands its position as leading exhibition organiser for furniture and interior design.”

BFM Reveals Results Of Trade Survey

November 21, 2016

Growth in employment and an anticipated good performance by exporters within the next four months are forecast in the latest British Furniture Manufacturers’ (BFM) state of trade report.

The survey, which took place in the four month period to October (and since the Brexit decision), also forecast that new order intake and output are expected to improve in the coming months, as the sector enters a traditionally busy period.

However, the report also revealed that business confidence turned negative following the referendum vote, as did output levels and new order intake.

It also showed that manufacturers have seen raw material cost increases ranging between 2.5-15%, with 5% being the average for board and 7% for timber, foam, fabric, leather, veneers and fittings, with further price rises predicted.

Factory gate rates are also increasing as many firms react to material cost hikes, ranging between 3-10%.

Said Mike Dimond, the BFM’s employment and membership affairs director: “While the Brexit vote was clearly followed by a period of uncertainty, our report also has a number of positive findings, particularly among exporters. The traditionally busy build up to Christmas appears unaffected although it is clear that the rising cost of raw materials is starting to be reflected in the end cost to consumers.”

Colin Singleton Jnr joins Alfa Foils Limited

November 16, 2016

Colin Singleton Jnr has joined ALFA FOILS Limited as Sales Director. Colin is working with Georg Styr (MD) in further developing the UK market for Alfatherm decorative PVC foils for the furniture market, Alfaprofile exterior grade foils as well as AECore, the new Alfatherm PVC Laminate.

Colin has 15 years’ experience in the UK furniture market and gained extensive market knowledge during his time with the Kronospan Group and SONAE Industria.

Alfa Foils is the Importer, Stockist and Distributor for Alfatherm of Italy, one of the largest producers of decorative PVC (vinyl) in Europe.

Kirolite Appoints New Managing Director

October 19, 2016

High-end wood joinery and solid surface manufacturer Kirolite Ltd has appointed Paul Waite as Managing Director.

Waite, 51, joins from Johnson Service Group with 20 years management experience of production, logistics, customer service and engineering within the service industry.

He said: “My main focus is to grow an already successful business. Currently we’re looking at modern manufacturing techniques, service delivery and customer engagement as ways to maximise our resources and deliver the highest quality products with a service to match.”

Dorset-based Kirolite manufactures luxury furniture and fittings in wood and solid surface for the marine, commercial property, residential property and retail sectors.

Former MD Bonnie Randall remains on the board as Finance Director.

Francis Dalton celebrates 60 years in the industry

October 17, 2016

Francis Dalton, director of woodworking machinery supplier, Daltons Wadkin, is celebrating 60 years in the woodworking industry. To mark this impressive milestone, Francis was presented with a celebratory cake at this year’s machinery and materials exhibition, W16.

Founded in 1901, Francis is the third generation to run Daltons Wadkin and his experience in the sector has seen his company grow and evolve to become the international player we know and respect today. The company’s extensive portfolio includes 18 machinery brands including Salvador, Elcon, Altendorf, Stenner, Sedgwick, Kimla and its very own in-house range, Wadkin. The company has also recently acquired exclusivity of Spanish CNC brand, Cehisa, in the UK.

On receiving the cake Francis says, “It was a great surprise. The Dalton name has been in the industry for over 100 years and it is fantastic to be recognised for the hard work and investment both myself and the team have put in.”

Lisa Campagnola, Events Director adds, “It’s important for us to recognise a huge achievement such as this. This year, W16 has focused heavily on promoting the importance of apprenticeships and recruitment in the woodworking sector. Thanks to people like Francis paving the way, the future has never looked brighter for the woodworking industry.”

Celebrations For JJ Smith At W16

October 17, 2016

This year’s woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, W16, marked a series of milestones for JJ Smith employees. The family-run woodworking machinery supplier, which is now in its third generation, presented three members of staff with a long-standing service award to celebrate their continually commitment to the business.

Kevin McGlone and Alan Reid, who are both celebrating 40th year with the business this year, were first to receive thanks for Managing Director, Martin Smith. “I never thought I’d be celebrating 40 years of service when I started at the company in 1976,” explains Alan. “It’s a huge achievement and I’m very proud to be part of the team.” Kevin adds, “It certainly doesn’t feel like we’ve been with the company for 40 years. I think I’ve got another 40 years left in me.”

Paul Parker was also presented with an award for 25 years of service. Paul says, “I started on a trainee scheme in the late 80’s. The team took me under their wing and I’ve never looked back. Here’s to many more years to come.”

Martin Smith, Managing Director adds, “JJ Smith is a family business and it’s our mission to continue training and investing in the next generation. Our long-term commitment to our employees can be seen here today. We’re proud to have such loyal staff working within our team and it’s fitting to mark their career milestones on our W16 stand. Well done team.”

Felder’s Silent-Power Cutter Block Wins W16’s Elements Of Innovation Award

October 6, 2016

Felder UK has won the very first W16 Elements of Innovation Award at this year’s woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, W16. Sponsored by machinery and components distributor, Ney Ltd, the machinery giant won one of the coveted awards for its revolutionary Silent-Power Cutter Block.

Truly innovative in its design, Felder’s winning product reduces the noise emissions by 10db when compared to a conventional system. But the innovations don’t stop there. Thanks to its specially developed, four-sided tungsten carbide blades, not only goes it guarantee a tear free planing finish on every type of wood, the life of the blade has also been proven to last up to 20 times longer than high-speed steel. The uniquely shaped blades also ensure a much smaller chip size, allowing for the extraction bag to be changed far less frequently. This helps to save the operator time in emptying the extractor and reduces the cost for bags, whilst its shear cutting action has the added benefit of reduced electrical consumption.

Independent Judge, John Legg adds, “The Elements of Innovation Awards have been set up to shine a light on the most innovative new products from exhibitors at its show. On the technical side of things, I was looking for something that was dynamically progressive and offered broad appeal. Felder’s Silent-Power Cutter Block is an innovative evolution of spiral cutter block technology.”

On winning the award, Matthew Applegarth, Managing Director of Felder UK adds, “We are very pleased to be a winner of the W16 Elements of Innovation Awards. We are continually investing in our products and an award such as this proves it’s been a success. It’s important that the industry see we’re investing in the future and continually striving to be the best.”

Bristol Apprentice Reaches Final Of W16’s W Challenge

September 30, 2016

Bristol-based woodworking apprentice, Liam Martin, 19, has reached the final of national woodworking competition, The W Challenge. Currently completing his Level 3 apprenticeship training with furniture joinery, Traditional Woodworks Ltd, the talented student will be competing against three finalists to win the coveted ‘W Challenge’ title at the Birmingham NEC from the 2nd – 5th October.    

Liam, who has been working with wood since the age of 11 says, “I’ve always been interested in joinery and I have fond memories of helping my grandad make furniture in his garage. To be a finalist in a national woodworking competition is a great feeling and I’m excited to be given an opportunity to showcase the talents I’ve learnt during my apprenticeship.”

The final, which has been organised by training provider, Didac, will be run alongside woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, W16, and see Liam create a unique piece of furniture over a four-day period. Liam explains, “The brief will be kept top-secret until we arrive at the NEC on Sunday. The short time frame will be pretty challenging but I’m keen to show the judges my technical skills under pressure. It will be a great experience and I’m excited to take part.”

Jon Gibson, Managing Director of Didac adds, “Didac is committed to promoting the importance of apprenticeships in the woodworking industry and it’s great to see local businesses and national exhibitions like W16 work together to help promote the woodworking sector and encourage students and young adults to work in the industry. I wish Liam and the other finalists the very best of luck.” 

The W Challenge is taking place alongside woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, W16, at the NEC Birmingham from the 2nd-5th October. To book your free ticket please visit or follow @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on twitter for the latest news. 

W16 & Elements Digital Show Guide Available Now

September 27, 2016

With only five days to go until this year’s woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, W16, and co-located furniture and joinery suppliers show, Elements, it’s time to get planning your visit.

Available to view online now, the W16 and Elements digital show guide is the easiest way to plan your visit before you arrive. Featuring up-to-the-minute visitor information – including opening times, registration advice and travel options – a product locator list and an overview of the brand new visitor zones, the no-nonsense guide allows you to hit the ground running and make your trip count.

To view your digital show guide please click here:

Pre-Book Your W16 Machinery Demonstrations

September 27, 2016

Are you visiting the UK’s only woodworking and materials show, W16, to experience brand new machinery first hand? For the first time ever, you can book your machinery demonstrations in advance.

With over 200 stands on show and 11,000sqm to cover, the online booking system allows you to plan your visit before you arrive. The online reference point highlights the company name, product and stand number of each machinery demonstration, allowing you to target specific manufacturers or machines you’d like to see in action at the four-day event. Simply fill out the online form and book your demonstration – it really is that simple.

Limited numbers are available so pre-booking is essential. Book your demonstration by visiting

W16 and its co-located furniture and joinery supplier show, Elements will be taking place from the 2nd – 5th October 2016 at the NEC Birmingham. Still haven’t booked your free ticket? Time is running out. Register online at or follow @Elements_Expo and @W_Exhibition on Twitter for the latest exhibition news.