Technology trends like Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things automate woodworking factories to allow mass customization of furniture, flooring and cabinetry. It's a consumer driven market trend, says Jason Howell, president, Weinig /Holz-Her U.S., Mooresville, North Carolina. The other key issue is a shortage of labor, which automation can help alleviate. 

"The most significant trend right now obviously is following under the headline of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 but more specifically we see a trend toward mass customization," says Howell. "We are definitely looking to enable that for our customers. The demand from the market is really coming from the consumer, who wants less standardized things. That's what we're trying to enable with for our customers, who are listening to their customers -- the the end users." 

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