12 June 2019



The year 2018 was really good for wood and furniture industry technologies. The final figures processed by the Studies Office of Acimall, the Confindustria member association that represents industry companies, have driven up previous forecasts: 2018 closed with domestic production at 2.514 billion euro, up by 10.6 percent from the previous year. Definitely a significant result, the best in the past ten years, net of inflation, achieved with a first semester that was very positive on both the domestic and the export side, followed by a second half that basically maintained the same levels of June. Also in 2018, the industry reaffirmed its propensity to cross-border sales, achieving an export value of 1.721 billion euro (plus 8.2 percent over 2017) mostly in the European markets, accounting for approximately 70 percent of total export, and in North America, mainly the United States. The sales trend in the domestic market was excellent, very close to 800 million euro, 16.4 percent more than in 2017...(read more)




Eight leading European woodworking machinery manufacturers have formed a working group to define a common language, that enables a seamless communication between machines of different brands. The framework for a new standard, called “P&W, Plug & Work”, is launched at Ligna 2019. This project is specific for the woodworking industry and is based upon the “Opc Ua Standard” (Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture), promoted by the Opc Foundation, an international non-profit organization. Under the roof of Eumabois and Vdma, the P&W working group is currently defining a standardized semantic architecture specially for the woodworking industry. The plan is to finalize this ambitious and challenging project in early 2020..(read more)




Deutsche Messe is further expanding its portfolio of international shows by joining forces with Indonesia’s leading event for woodworking machinery and components, the Ifmac show in Jakarta. Launched in 2012, it is held in parallel with Woodmac every autumn at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran exhibition center and is organized by the Indonesian tradeshow company Wakeni. Ifmac is supported by the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia and by several local and international industry associations, including the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (Eumabois). The 8th edition of Ifmac this year will take place from 9 to 12 October...(read more)




“A lot of people, much interest: many visits from India and South America, markets in which we are engaged with dedication. Excellent feedback also from the United States, with orders signed during the show… in short, once again the world has found a meeting point at Ligna“. This is the first reaction by Stefano Mauri, co-owner of Giardina Group with his brother Riccardo, to the 2019 edition of Ligna, which ended last May 31st. Excimer technologies drew a lot of attention on the booth of the Italian manufacturer: “… this technology will certainly be important in the coming years both in roller and spray coating processes; along with digital printing, a field in which we will be able to deliver more already in the coming weeks, thanks to an important cooperation that has been going on now for some time and will be formalized shortly ”, Mr.Mauri concluded...(read more)




The Hexagon S.A Group, through its own HMI (Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence) division, has decided to acquire the “Vero Software” brand, including inside the Alphacam system. From the beginning of 2019 the Alphacam product, distributed in Italy by Licom Systems, has undergone new and important technical implementations already available since the “2019 R1” version and further upgrades in the “2020” version. In addition, Hexagon has begun to act internally and at marketing level to find synergies between its own production of 3D scanners, measurement systems and reverse engineering and the Alphacam software for programming Cnc machines...(read more)




Panguaneta, a well-known reality of the “made in Italy” for the poplar plywood sector, has obtained the certification of the Energy management system according to the 50001 standard from the international organization Dnv-Gl. It's the protocol regarding the energy savings to which the company has chosen to adhere with the aim of reducing energy consumption and making its processes more efficient, in the context of the adaptation of the production systems currently in progress in their Sabbioneta-based plant. The development of the “Sge” system involved an in-depth internal investigation to map the processes and the relevant identification − following a careful analysis of the data − of specific opportunities for improvement...(read more)