Weinmann says its increasing marketing activity in the UK and Ireland is a barometer for the growth in timber construction.

Part of the Homag group and a major name in timber frame technology across the Continent, the company has strengthened its UK sales and technical support team.

“Growing demand for sustainable construction and tighter regulations on housing insulation and energy performance is boosting demand for timber building,” said project manager John Britton, who joined Weinmann from the Space 4 modular timber frame business. “There’s a wide range of companies in the sector and our strategy is to offer the full range of technology, from low cost solutions such as manual layout tables, to fully-automated framing stations and turnkey plants.”

Weinmann machines are also modular so users can upgrade as business and the market grows. “Open panel construction is still favoured by much of the industry, but more are looking at closed panel with services and insulation built in.”

At W6, the company focused on its three grades of framing tables, the WEM 100/150/250 and highlighted the ability of its multi-function ‘bridges’ which feature CNC-controlled staplers, drills and routers, if required, to interface with CAD/CAM systems. “Being part of Homag means we have access to the latest in CNC technology and know-how,” said Mr Britton.