Wood Tech Summit Focuses on Best Practices

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 10/02/2013 4:30PM


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Seven of the best and brightest minds of the Canadian woodworking industry will share some of their strategies for success at the Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mississauga, ON.

The full-day program, taking place the day before the opening of the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, will feature discussions on green finishing, RFID inventory systems, robotic work cells, setting up a factory in China, participating in a wood cluster and more. In addition to the educational sessions, the event features a Networking Reception with table top exhibits.

The program is organized by Woodworking Network and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia. Northern Apex, a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID), is a sponsor of Wood Tech Summit.

Wood Tech Summit 2013 The Wood Tech Summit lineup includes:

Achieving Operational Excellence: Sepp Gmeiner, partner of Lignum Consulting, will discuss some of the many ways wood products companies have to differentiate themselves from their competition.

Reaping the Benefits of a Wood Manufacturing Cluster: Adam Hofmann, president of Bogdon and Gross Furniture, will discuss his company’s involvement with the Bluewater Wood Alliance formed in southwestern Ontario in 2011.

How Much Did that Job Really Cost?: Luke Elias, president of Muskoka Cabinet Company, will explain how his mid-size cabinet manufacturing firm has seized on a number of technologies including a durable water-based finish line, RFID technology and ERP tools to help manage quality and costs.

Lights Out Woodworking at Ro-Bois-Tic: Bastien Larouche, owner, Ro-Bois-Tic near Quebec City will update the progress of his robotic nesting line featured on the cover of Wood Products in February.

On-Shore Vs. Off-Shore Manufacturing: Pierre Fournier is in a unique position to address this topic as his company Triangle Kitchen operates manufacturing plants in Dieppe, NB, and in China.

When Opportunity Knocks — Rebuilding a Wood Products Company: After a Devastating Fire: Denis Staples, president of Deslaurier Cabinets, will discuss how he and his partner Jim Deslaurier seized the opportunity to build a leaner and greener manufacturing operation following a destructive New Year’s fire.

Achieving Award-Winning Design: Ann-Marie Snook, vice president of operations for Nienkämper, will address what her company has done to be named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed firms for four years running.

Learn more and register at WoodTechSummit.com.


About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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