Trend Machinery & Cutting Tools Ltd was demonstrating its new Cabinet Door System (CDS) and, according to the company’s industrial tooling manager Ian Small, there had been "tremendous interest from joinery companies, kitchen manufacturers – across the board".

The system is based on Trend’s successful Modular Window System (MWS), which was launched in 2008, and is designed so that nine different profile sets and four panel groove thicknesses – which translates to up to 36 different door configurations – can be produced with just one setting of the spindle moulder.

Trend has also introduced the TSM50 spindle moulder with a flush mounted sliding table for the CDS to run on.

The reduction in time-consuming and costly set-up times afforded by the CDS means that the system is ideal for operators in the RMI market, And, Mr Small added that, along with the MWS, which is already used by around 200 companies throughout the UK, it was also the "perfect solution for joineries when the construction upturn comes".

Joinerysoft gives JMS 4 previews
Sneak previews of Joinerysoft’s new JMS 4 software were well-received by customers in workshops conducted by the company’s managing director, Alan Turner, at W12.

Existing joinery manufacturer customers were shown how the latest version can provide cross-sections, cut-outs and 3D imaging, while JMS Pro is an all-encompassing software package providing additional features such as ERP, tracking jobs, diaries and built-in CRM to track customer requirements.

One customer, Nigel Foster of Phase One Joinery, said the ability to generate cross-sections automatically would make his life easier in not having to manually draw them for building control.

Joinerysoft marketing manager Kirstin Turner said the company had taken bigger stand space this year, complete with Joinerysoft’s trademark purple livery, and included an adjacent workshop space for one-to-one meetings with customers.

Striebig displays little and large
The next new product launch from Striebig of Switzerland will be at Ligna, said Matt Pearce, sales director of TM Machinery Sales, Striebig’s sole UK agent.

The vertical panel saw manufacturer takes a considered approach to new product launches, he said, allowing models to run for several years, which helps the trade in spare parts to build up.

Two of Striebig’s vertical panel saws were on show, one entry level and the other at the top of the range.

"Several companies do entry level versions but we’re the only ones with a high-spec one as well," said Mr Pearce.

And, he added, while the recession had dented sales for the basic models, those at the top end of the scale hadn’t really been affected.

"Enquiries are still higher on the entry level models but they are easier to convert into sales at the top end," said Mr Pearce.

The number and strength of those enquiries was better at W12 than in the show two years ago, he said.