Read on for updates on Biesse Group celebrates its successes; Bunnings has a plan; Scm Group initiatives; Australian Cabinet Maker and Designer of the Year Awards; CMDA and the Furniture Cabinet and Joinery Alliance; IKEA’s virtual reality app.

Biesse Group celebrates its successes and its founder Giancarlo Selci

A gala evening was held on 16th April at Pesaro at the premises of the Biesse Group, a leading manufacturer of machinery for the processing of wood, glass, stone and plastic. The guest’s included the Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations Maria Elena Boschi who said: “The Biesse Group is a prime example of innovation and Made in Italy”. The evening also saw the launching of the book “Machine Made” dedicated to Giancarlo Selci.

The Biesse Group has now been in existence for nearly half a century, years marked by tenacity, passion and foresight, resulting in the success of a company that employs around 3,200 people worldwide, with revenues at 31/12/2015 of around EUR 520 million. On 16 April the Pesaro based Group celebrated this important landmark and its founder, Giancarlo Selci, who turned 80 a few months ago.

Bunnings has a plan that could help them stay ahead of the pack

Woolworths’ hardware brand, Masters, appears to be on a low but could be rebranded as Woolworths’ other building brand; Home Timber & Hardware and focus on selling small hardware items. McEwans, a hardware chain Bunnings took over in 1993, used to have stores in shopping centres selling things like hooks to hang pictures or tape for fixing items.

Bunnings may be returning to that old formula by opening small retail stores in shopping centres. Experts think it’s a smart move for Bunnings because it’s tapping into the market of impulsive shoppers who are after convenience. The success of these small stores will also be driven by the high number of people now living in cities, especially in apartment buildings a long way from the large hardware barns in the suburbs. Melbourne University business and economics expert, Dr David Byrne said: “We saw a similar move to this before when petrol stations started to relocate closer to supermarkets”.

The conversion of a former supermarket in a small shopping centre at Indoorooopilly in 2014 was the first for Queensland and there are now 69 smaller format stores across Australia and New Zealand. In Victoria, a Bunnings store is being set up at Ringwood Square Shopping Centre in the eastern suburbs in a space that once housed a Target store, which has relocated to a new development.

Scm Group initiatives at Salon Del Mobile, Milan

The company attended the Salone Satellite with the “Scm Group Special Award” as part of the third Design Award promoted by Riva 1920, and at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in the Acimall exhibition space

Scm Group took part in two major initiatives at the furniture exhibition Salone del Mobile, Milano.

The first saw Scm in the display area of Acimall taking part for the first time in the international furniture exhibition Salone Internazionale del Mobile with the aim of illustrating the contribution of woodworking machines to design, creativity and products “made in Italy”.

The second initiative saw the group amongst the sponsors of the 3rd Design Award “Accendi la tua idea” (Light up your idea) promoted by Riva 1920. During the award ceremony Andrea Aureli, Scm Group CEO, presented the Scm Group Special Award. The award was selected by Maurizio and Davide Riva for its ability to represent the impressive machining effects obtainable with SCM Group’s advanced numeric control technologies.

The initiative again sees Scm Group alongside one of the best established and renowned companies in Italian design, Riva 1920, with which it is linked by a historic partnership. In fact, Scm Group supplies its woodworking technologies, including the Routech Chronos HT machining centre, with which Riva 1920 produces its iconic designer stools and benches. It is a universal machining centre with five interpolating axes, compact but with large machining areas and high workpiece transit zone, specifically designed for producers of curved wooden items.

Australian Cabinet Maker and Designer of the Year Awards

Entry forms are now available for the Australian Cabinet Maker and Designer of the Year Awards to be held 28 July at the MCG Members Dining Room. The categories include Kitchen; Bathroom & Laundry; Commercial Projects; Built in Furniture; Free Standing Furniture and Outdoor/Alfresco projects. Entries close on 3 June and entry forms can be downloaded from the CMDA website at or email for an entry form to be posted to you.

IKEA’s virtual reality app

Ikea just launched an app that allows you to step inside and explore a planned Ikea kitchen. We’re not sure when it will be available in Australia but Ikea is making it possible for customers to interact with their products through virtual reality. The experience is available for free on Steam, an online game platform. However, you’ll need an $800 HTC Vive headset to play and “walk around” the 3D kitchen.

If you do have a headset, you can shrink or increase your height so you get either a one metre child or a two metre high adult. “This could be useful for the user, since walking around the room in someone else’s shoes enables you to discover hidden dangers or possible design solutions,” the company said in a press release. You can also move about the kitchen as if in real life and experience opening and closing drawers. It’s even possible to grab cooking utensils and make a meal. You can also try different colours.


And finally, we extend our apologies for an error in our last newsletter. We reported that Urban supplies aluminium fabrication machinery and of course this is not the case. Urban is in fact Europe’s leading supplier of uPVC window and door machinery (and we knew that). See the Urban website at and learn about the future of Australian windows.