The stand area covered by the Homag group was so big that it was almost difficult to know where to look first. But once visitors got their bearings, most migrated to the Workshop Online. This featured a range of machines from various group manufacturers (Brandt, Butfering, Holzma, Homag, Ligmatech, Schuler and Weeke) linked to create a “modern production scenario”.

Homag aimed to highlight that its technology now provides “almost complete coverage of woodworking needs faced by the modern joinery and panel processor”.

The other key message from the company was that it is filtering down advanced technology developed for top-end machines to entry level models so that “customers can easily move from one machine level to the next”.

This was highlighted by the juxtaposition of the top-end Weeke Optimat BOF 524 gantry router, which is designed for nested production and can “produce an entire kitchen unit in one cut”, and its smaller, but still sophisticated brother the Optimat BHP 200.

Holzma beam saws were also shown in various variants, from the top end Profiline HPP380, which can operate totally automatically, to the HP350, which may not be as high-powered but features the same software control system.

Other debuts included Butfering’s 1-3 belt wide-belt SCO Diamond sanders with combination unit/contact rollers for calibration and sanding pad for fine and transverse sanding and its new ‘3D’ brush sander.

In addition Homag unveiled its new “combination of a processing centre and edge bander”, the Venture 20, and jointly developed by the Weeke and Homag teams were three new models in the Venture CNC machine series, which offer “optimisation versatility” for joinery operators and cabinet shops.