Tens of thousands of Australian men and women work with wood. These include carpenters and joiners; cabinetmakers; boat builders; musical instrument makers and those in the primary forestry processing industries. On this page you will find some of the latest news about this vital industry sector.

Biesse Group turns 50 this year and Giancarlo Selci, founder of the group said “We have decided to dedicate our 50 year anniversary celebrations to the future, through a programme of activities which will be rolled out throughout 2019, the details of which will be clarified over the course of the year. More specifically, “Future in Tour” will launch in January, a programme of celebratory events to mark the company’s birthday with our customers throughout the world, beginning in Pesaro in January at the Biesse Group Headquarters and ending in Russia in December 2019, after a total of 18 events in 15 countries. The programme also includes three Grand Openings to inaugurate new Campus sites in various locations across the globe including Sydney Australia, as well as a very special edition of LIGNA 2019.

In a move that is set to strengthen the industry, the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia Ltd (FIAA) and the Cabinet Makers and Designers Association (CMDA) of Victoria announced in November last year their upcoming merger. The new association will be known as the Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA). ACFA represent members from the furnishing, cabinetmaking, kitchen and joinery industries. The association speaks as a united voice to the community, consumers and all levels of Government to ensure the best interests are at the forefront of decisions being made across Australian Standards, licensing structure, insurance and regulation.

Kaeser Compressors Australia has announced that it has been accredited as an Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) by the Australian Border Force. Amongst a number of benefits, this will expedite the customs clearance process for compressed air equipment arriving in Australia from Kaeser’s state-of-the-art production facility in Germany. For the end user this will mean reduced delivery times. The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme is a voluntary trade facilitation initiative implemented by the Australian Border Force (ABF). It recognises businesses with a secure supply chain and compliant trade practices, rewarding these accredited businesses with a range of trade facilitation benefits.

Pictured: Biesse founder Giancarlo Selci (left) with Supplier Magazine’s Phil Ashley