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Xylexpo 2016 organizers expect successful expo

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Nearly 300 exhibitors have registered for the biennial furniture exhibition, Xylexpo.

Xylexpo 2016, the biennial international furniture and woodworking expo will be held May 24-28 at FieraMilano-Rho in Milan. So far, almost 300 exhibitors have registered with a 22 percent share of international companies.

“We expect at least 500 exhibitors, largely above the 440 result of 2014, while the exhibition area will be much wider than the 26, 176 square meters we covered two years ago,” said Lorenzo Primultini, president of the exhibition. “We are even more optimistic on the visitor side: in 2014 we recorded more than 44,000 accesses in five days, corresponding to 15,250 ‘unique visitors’ this year. Everything seems to suggest that we will do even better.”

“Our optimism is supported by several factors,” Primultini added. “First of all, our exhibition will represent the entire industry. All the leading actors of the industry will be in Milan, with no exception, and this is a major achievement, especially for our industry that in Milan − one of its traditional global capitals − will find all those who offer technology and innovation, make research and work to find new solutions to new problems, day after day. I am not referring only to big groups, to the fact that Barberan, Biesse, Cefla, Homag, Ima, Scm and Weinig are finally back to Milan, all together, but also to so many small and medium businesses from all over the world, which have been able to overcome these tough years with their innovative strength, their capacity to find creative solutions.”

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November 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Stalwart Systems now exclusive distributor for Hanwha Quartz in Southeastern U.S.

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Hanwha Surfaces, the American subsidiary of South Korean-based conglomerate Hanwha L&C | Surfaces, announced it is expanding its relationship with Stalwart Systems. One of the largest distributors of HanStone Quartz nationally, Stalwart Systems’ brand new warehouse will now be the exclusive distributor of HanStone Quartz in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee as well as parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas.  Hanwha L&C has been working closely with Stalwart Systems since the latter’s creation in 2005 and this new partnership signals an exciting time of growth for both companies.

“Due to Stalwart’s excellent reputation for service and promotion in the Chicago area, we are pleased to expand our coverage for HanStone Quartz into the southeast market with the opening of their new national warehouse,” says Bob Paradiso, Hanwha’s VP of sales and marketing.  “Stalwart was one of Hanwha’s first distributors and we are thrilled to continue our partnership as both companies continue to grow.”

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OSHA cites Texas furniture manufacturer for safety violations

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited MooreCo Inc., a Temple, Texas-based furniture manufacturer, for three repeated and six serious violations and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Proposed fines for MooreCo’s health and safety violations total $122,500, reports Staffing Industry Analysts.

According to OSHA, temporary workers assigned to MooreCo Inc. were seriously injured twice in 14 months when inadequately guarded machines pulled them in, removing skin from the wrist up to the shoulder in the most recent incident, and from the wrist down in an earlier incident. As a result of the earlier incident, the employee’s fingertips were also amputated.

See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/OSHA-cites-Texas-manufacturer-Manpower-36041#sthash.ew4yoRNn.dpuf.

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Black Bros. enters purchasing agreement

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Black Bros. Co. of Mendota, Illinois has agreed to purchase the distribution rights for Rapha Membranes from KKA Enterprises of Ontario.

Black Bros. will have exclusive rights to sell and distribute the Rapha Membrane product throughout all of North America. Membrane blankets are an integral part of ThermoLaminators or 3D presses used to manufacture a variety of products including kitchen cabinets, fixtures, table tops, and office furniture.

Kosta Anastasiou, director of KKA Enterprises said “There is a tremendous similarity in our two companies. We feel confident that Black Bros. will continue the high level of service that customers have experienced from KKA Enterprises.”

Matt Carroll, Black Bros. CEO, said “Black Bros. will provide and maintain the quality service that KKA offered for many years.”

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Luxor’s Canadian framing division signs first contract at over $1 million

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Luxor Industrial Corp. has announced that its Canadian framing division, Mill Frame Inc. (MF Inc.) has signed its first contract with Quantum Place Developments Ltd. of Alberta. The contract, for a Raven Rock real estate project located in Canmore, Alberta, is in excess of $1 million.

MF Inc. is the exclusive framer for Quantum Place Development Ltd. In addition to providing framing, MF Inc. will be supplying pre-fabricated wall panels and precision cut engineered wood floor systems for the project commencing in November, 2015.

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November 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Steelcase looks beyond traditional panel products

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Two Steelcase executives discussed how sustainability can be used as a lens for various initiatives and goals, specifically around wood-based materials, and how research and supplier partnerships assist with innovating around the process and commodity of wood-based materials.

Alicia Crawford, materials chemistry specialist, and Sharon Tracy, principal researcher, materials science, discussed these issues at the International Wood/Fiber-based Panels Conference 2015.

Crawford said that Steelcase buys mostly M3 particleboard, for use in products for corporate, health care and education markets. Steelcase has a wood manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids.

 

Steelcase is seeking to innovate outside of product development, Crawford said, which allows greater creativity. She said that Steelcase is seeing more regulations and increasing specifications from customers. Customers are becoming more educated about what they want.

Tracy described the innovation process at Steelcase, and how materials development can be done ahead of the product development timeline. The company wants to know what it can learn from suppliers.

“Sustainability is our basic lens…for innovation,” Tracy said. The company is looking at the chemistry of the product itself as well as the energy required to make the product.

Steelcase is looking at alternatives to urea formaldehyde, since some customers don’t want any in their panels.

In summary, there is market demand for sustainability, and customers are showing their interest in what is in the product. Steelcase is designing new products with well-being and sustainability in mind, and is exploring new materials to meet custom demand for sustainable materials and products.

And Steelcase is looking beyond traditional particleboard and MDF panels for future products.

The International Wood/Fiber-based Panels Conference 2015 addressed a wide range of issues, including the market for MDF panels, quality concerns, UV finishing. The first-ever conference was held at Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The conference was organized by Alexander Watson Associates, http://www.awa-bv.com, and MDF Yearbook.

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Gensler and Knoll transform gymnasium into office space

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Tableau’s Seattle office has an ecosystem of varied spaces around the open workstation area, including conference rooms, team rooms, training rooms and casual meeting areas, both focused and social. <!–
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Rapidly expanding, the Seattle-based software company Tableau moved to a new location, renovating an old gymnasium building that had been beloved by the neighboring community. In the new space, Tableau sought to create a “developer heaven” that would recruit top software developer talent. To do so, the space had to be flexible, support multiple ways of working, and promote community and collaboration.

Tableau chose Gensler, an office design firm, to undertake the renovation and worked closely with Systems Source, a Knoll dealer with a reputation for supporting designer intent and client requirements. Mindful of community-wide attachment to the building, Gensler preserved pieces of the old while repurposing recognizable aspects, like the basketball court, which was used throughout the space as finishes for walls, staircases and flooring.

To achieve a space that would nurture the brand’s culture and support a range of working styles, the project team zoned the space into quiet and active open plan work areas, and located programmed boundaries between the two zones: private offices and enclosed rooms for teamwork or retreat. The team created visual buffers between spaces, utilizing FilzFelt hanging panels as well as interstitial passages, lined with the floor from the old basketball court. To encourage serendipitious meetings, Gensler located social hubs on each of the building’s three levels along common routes.

Tableau looked to Knoll for the company’s reputation for quality and for a clean, contemporary aesthetic. Additionally, Tableau sought a fence-based system, and Antenna Fence provided the functionality that the company required. Working with Systems Source, the project team selected Antenna Fence across the open plan workstations. Each workstation was designed with two full-frame Antenna privacy screens in fabric and white board to meet the dual needs of focus and brainstorming. The dynamic and ergonomic Generation by Knoll provided seating for multiple work modes, from focus on one employee’s own monitor to quick consultation with neighbors. The compact, modular storage system Template, which works with Antenna Workspaces, was chosen for its ability to double-task at providing storage and defining spaces, and for its plannability across open plan and private office environments.

Tableau views its new space as a success, citing increased employee satisfaction and engagement. The space is both a place where the developers can do focused work in close proximity and where teamwork and collaboration come easily.

See the full Knoll article here: https://www.knoll.com/knollnewsdetail/tableau?trk_msg=AL5R9JQS87EKV4VB96PGGD03Q8&trk_contact=1NC94FSQGJKUVT7NBO1PC7TTR0&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Project+Profile%3a+Tableau&utm_campaign=Tableau+Profile.

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