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European woodworking growth driven by North America

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The event was hosted by Symop, the association of French manufacturers of instrumental technology. Twelve countries participated (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey). Portugal, Russia and Slovakia were absent.

President Ambrogio Delachi opened the meeting by addressing the current market situation. “According to the statistics by Acimall’s studies office, which will be published in the Eumabois industry report, European production of woodworking machinery and tools increased by 9.6 percent in 2014. This adds to the impression that partial 2015 figures are even more encouraging and that the light at the end of the crisis tunnel is finally approaching. The happiest news comes from North American markets, which are literally pulling the export of European technology. Also partial results in South America are good, while Australia can be definitely considered a significant output market for our industry.”

Delachi pointed out that it wasn’t all positive, however. “The international scenario still offers several doubts and question marks. First of all in Russia, traditionally a big consumer of European equipment, great difficulties endure, and companies who rely on this big country are confronted with serious problems on how to continue their normal industrial activity.”

He also said that China’s issues will affect us all.

“Recently, signals from China have also been all but positive; the Yuan devaluation has caused uncertainty on the markets, as this is a structural measure that, in view of the importance of China, will have long-term macroeconomic effects in all industries, including machinery and plants where we are in the forefront.”

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December 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Registration now open for Europe’s IMM interior design expo

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1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries will demonstrate their products at the upcoming IMM show in Cologne, Germany.

Visit the leading furniture and interiors show in Europe, imm cologne / LivingInteriors, January 18-24, 2016.

IMM provides a holistic interior design experience anchoring the theme of life and living in its brand core. A total of 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries will present their market-ready products and latest collections.

Register here.

For more information, visit www.imm-cologne-special.com or contact the Koelnmesse Chicago office at 773-326-9926.

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December 4, 2015 at 7:00 am

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JB Cutting completes office renovation

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M1/DTW designed JB Cutting’s corporate headquarters in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

JB Cutting’s corporate headquarters in Mount Clemens, Michigan underwent a $300,000 total renovation project to convert the 3,000 sq. ft. combined office and break room into an open office by re-imagining the layout and diminishing some of the under-utilized break room.  The project was designed by M1/DTW, a Detroit-based design studio.

JB Cutting has worked with M1/DTW on several projects, including its award-winning 6 Salon design in Birmingham, Michigan (named “Salon of the Year” in 2014).  In addition to its trademark use of “Skid-Guard,” a high-density overlaid plywood, M1/DTW specified Snow and Moonlight, along with colors out of JB Cutting’s Benchmark Collection of 3DL doors, drawer fronts and accessories.

The interior design features cubicle work stations for each office worker, with production management and procurement located in their own work area on the opposite side of a shared kitchenette.  A glass-enclosed conference room is at the center of the office and includes a new 50” flat screen for PowerPoint presentations or shared screen sessions.  The renovation was undertaken to facilitate work flow and to give each employee their own space.

JB Cutting President Debra Behring, said “I could not be happier with the design and new layout!  Although this project entailed years of planning, it was well worth it.”

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December 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Osborne Wood sets new shipping record

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The company specializes in wood components for both the trade as well as consumers, including items such as island posts and table legs.

During the week of Nov. 6, Osborne experienced a record breaking week.

With shipping numbers at their highest in company history, Osborne employees successfully completed shipments for 1,199 boxes.

While offering same-day shipping as a competitive advantage, many of the boxes leaving the Osborne facility were from orders placed within the same business day.

Osborne CEO Leon Osborne expresses the importance of customer service, including fast and efficient shipping options.

“As a company we are committed to a partnership for success by providing superior customer service and world class innovation through forward thinking and a culture of caring,” Osborne said.

“This monumental achievement not only marks a successful week in the Osborne books, but a time of growth as well,” he said.

See the full story here: http://www.thetoccoarecord.com/news/osborne-wood-sets-new-shipping-record.

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December 3, 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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November 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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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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A.R.E. l POPAI names board members at first meeting

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At the A.R.E. | POPAI Industry Summit being held this week at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, the association officially announced the officers and board of directors for the combined association that merged on October 1.

The board held its first meeting during the annual meeting, with all 12 board members present.

2016 A.R.E. l POPAI Officers

  • Bob Rosean, TJ Hale, Chairman
  • Bob Zanotti, Process Retail Group, Vice Chairman
  • Joel Katterhagen, Synsor, Treasurer
  • David Abramson, Rapid Displays, Immediate Past Chairman

2016 A.R.E. l POPAI Board of Directors

  • Nicki Albrecht, VIDpro Inc.
  • Bruce Barteldt, Little Bill Benson, Extrude-A-Trim Inc.
  • Harry Cunningham, Vera Bradley
  • Louis Dorado, Walgreens
  • Lisa Fekete, Modern Woodcrafts
  • Jerrold Fox, Bish Creative Display
  • Robert Frackelton, Reeve Store Equipment
  • Denis Gibney, Frito-Lay
  • Brad Green, The Integer Group
  • Tony Mancini, Global Visual Group
  • Pierre-Alain Weill, WeillRobert PLV

Chief Operating Officer

  • Todd Dittman

“I would like to welcome all of our new board members and say thank you to those who served on former boards for POPAI and A.R.E. for their dedicated service,” said A.R.E. l POPAI CEO Todd Dittman. “The merger of these two organizations marks an exciting time for members from both associations. Our new combined board brings energy and enthusiasm to their roles, and everyone is ready to take our association to the next level.”

 

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November 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

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