Residential furniture makers La-Z-Boy and Nova LifeStyle offered an upbeat forecast during their earning call, but office and contract funriture comglomerate HNI (Hon, Allsteel, etc.) is anticipating a slowdown on the horizon. A new ERP computer system at La-Z-Boy "helped us achieve a 12.1% operating margin," says its CEO.
Though 75 percent of homeowners completed a do-it-yourself project in the past three years, nearly 40 percent of them wish they had never done it. Among the most regretted efforts: Refinishing or reinstalling new hardwood floors, with 42 percent wishing they hadn't done it.
A look at the various industry segments that manufacture wood products: kitchen & bath cabinetry, contract furniture, residential furniture, architectural woodwork, closets & home storage, wood components, flooring, windows & doors and industrial wood products (railways, ties, pallets, etc.).
Woodworking Network Editor's Choice highlighted projects in 2015 ranged from unique and innovative to cool and inspiring. Top picks include a cocoon-like design for office furniture, a 50,000-year old Kauri table and a kinetic wave cabinet.
The grand opening ceremony of the Sudoma sawmill was held on November 14, 2015 in the village of Dedovichi, Pskov region in Russia The Sudoma sawmill manufactures high-quality finish materials: thermo-treated and impregnated timber and profiled goods.
Technology for Batch One wood products manufacturing is finally catching up with what custom woodworkers and cabinetmakers have been doing for years. Now it’s possible to do it on a factory production-line — right down to one-off edgebands of varying thicknesses, and robotic hand sanders.