There are many wood related trade shows around the world. You could possibly spend an entire year away from home and business and not even see them all. Australian machinery and equipment suppliers concentrate on the local AWISA show; Ligna for furniture and Fensterbau for joinery. Several machinery importers have listed Fensterbau as the major event for solid wood machinery, especially for windows and doors so Supplier Magazine will be there this year to see what it’s all about. We’ll feature this show in our June print edition along with a stop-press item in the April E-News.

Fensterbau is held in conjunction with Holz-Handwerk so it’s a very worthwhile visit for solid wood manufacturers. Holz-Handwerk will showcase the latest trends and equipment in solid woodworking and is potentially more attractive than Ligna for companies working with solid wood.

In 2014 key themes of energy efficiency, sustainability, automation and design were supported by the world’s biggest machinery manufacturers. No doubt “Industry 4.0” will feature this year.

The 2014 fairs saw record numbers of visitors with the main interests being machines, components, hardware and structural profiles. All the major Australian players will be there including Weinig, Homag, SCM (Gabbett), Biesse, Felder and products from the Wood Tech group. While several importers are more well-known for their panel machines, all offer a wide range of professional solid-wood machines. Aluminium windows are also well-covered by our Australian machinery partners.

New equipment promoted in advance of the fair includes Homag’s powerProfiler BMB800/900 new generation of window processing machines. This machine features new gripping and clamping technology with options for profile design and has the ability to process straight and curved elements and doors.

Weinig’s new generation Powermat 700 planing and moulding machine will make its debut in Nuremberg. The window version represents a great solution for window manufacturers for planing scantlings, removing blank glazing beads and profiling beads. PowerCom controls allow the machine to be integrated into the entire production process so the parts lists can be forwarded to the machine for processing.

Biesse has announced that they are increasing their exhibition space by 30% and will display a range of Rover A, B and C models and the Winline One custom window and door machine for small to medium manufacturers.