Weinig sold 38 machines at its InTech in-house exhibition at Tauberbischofsheim, Germany.

The event attracted about 1,200 people from 30 countries, with further follow-up business expected.

The company demonstrated cutting to size equipment and production technology for finished parts for the construction and interior design industries on around 2,500m² of exhibition space.

Demonstration included structure planing at 100m/min, low-energy motor generation and tailor-made solutions for customers, including a Powermat 1000 for a Belgian customer which has allowed it to produce competitively even as a one-man operation in a demanding market.

Weinig also demonstrated a window production system with intelligent parts identification. This included an OptiCut cross-cut saw importing a cutting list from a Conturex, before cutting out the marked defects. Workpieces were then fed into a Powermat for pre-planing, with each processed part identified automatically by the addition of a bar code label.

Bar codes are read again in the Conturex and workpiece edges are fully processed on six sides in one run and then fed into the frame press in the correct sequence.

Weinig said it was optimistic about business prospects for the future.

“Wood as a CO2 neutral material is attractive and for us as a full-line provider for solid wood processing the outlook for next year is good, with the leading trade fair Ligna in May as the culmination,” said Klaus Müller, Weinig’s head of marketing and communication.

“The first indicators for business picking up are already on the horizon. The number of direct orders at the in-house exhibition was thoroughly satisfactory.”