Worldwide, Felder is emerging as a major competitor to the more well-known industrial brands. Previously highly regarded as a supplier of premium solid-wood processing machines, Felder can now provide all of the requirements of a sophisticated manufacturing solution from automated warehousing through all levels of manufacturing.

This year at Holz-Handwerk in Germany; Xylexpo in Milan and AWISA in Sydney we see that Felder is one of the major players and also making their mark down-under. The Holz-Handwerk show in Germany is one of the World’s major trade shows for the furnishing industry and due to the level of interest in the Felder product from Australian manufacturers, Australian representatives are always there. In fact on the first day of the German show Felder had already received some very positive Australian enquiries for their equipment. Stefan Marquart said “We have a big stand here and at AWISA we will have about 500 square metres of exhibition area. We’re looking forward to a big show in Sydney.” Felder’s stand at Xylexpo was smaller but reflected the Milan show’s focus towards panel manufacturing.

At the overseas shows from Felder we saw the new Tempora F400 edge-bander models that bring state-of-the-art premium edge finishing to medium segments of budget, size and performance. Industry 4.0, the self-organized production is currently what everyone talks about, but far from the practice in craft workshops so far was also a Felder topic in Nuremberg. With F4®Solutions the Format-4 presents the intelligent complete solution for all craft businesses that means 4.0 for everyone. F4®Solutions delivers the production data to the existing machines and connects procedures with each other. From the idea and planning with visualization, to cutting, design processing and finally to the finished product with full integration of warehouse management and control through their partnership with barbaric.

Felder Group is investing in Australia and has recently been appointed sponsors of the ‘studio furniture 2018’ exhibition organised by Australian Wood Review and Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Stefan Kremer said “We are very proud to support fine Australian wood working.” Stefan said that AWISA in Sydney was a very big event in the Felder calendar and that Felder executives made their way to Sydney to meet their many customers. Felder had a very big exhibit of high-tech and conventional machines and systems on display. He says of the Felder system “When you are in the Felder World, everything is so much easier.” In Sydney Felder demonstrated the manufacture of European style joinery using conventional spindle moulders. Also on display was a 5-axis pod and rail CNC machine; a H08 CNC nesting machine and edge-banders representing all the sectors of the industry, from entry level to industrial.