VIKEN, Sweden -- Valinge has recently signed two major license agreements with leading world players in the furniture business for the use of the their Threespine click furniture technology.
The patented Threespine technology, based on the Valinge 5G locking system, allows fast and easy assembly of furniture completely without using any tools. The technology locks corners, fronts and back panels or drawer bottoms with a simple click, creating never seen before rigid constructions.
Products produced under the recently signed licenses will reach the market in 2017 and are expected to make a significant impact in their respective segments.
”It is clear that the market has started to wake up regarding tool-less (furniture) assembly," said Valinge CEO Niclas Hakansson. "This relates to flat packs as well as for rationalization of factory assembled products".
To meet the increasing demand, Valinge is now making investments in both production equipment and personnel.
"We will have a new Homag furniture profiling line installed within the coming months that will complement our existing profiling machines and our CNC-machines," Niclas Hakansson said. "We have further developed new tongue inserter machines to be able to handle the new demands. We can now, by ourselves or through our partners, offer everything from handheld tongue inserters to in-line high-speed machines suitable for the fastest through-feed machines."
Valinge signed a license agreement with the Chinese furniture manufacturer William Furniture. The new agreement makes the company the first in China to implement Threespine click furniture technology in its products.
William Furniture plans to launch the first piece of furniture, a TV stand, in February 2017. The market launch includes a TV ad campaign in the United States and the company has high hopes that the new products will help increase sales.
"We see great potential in the implementation of Threespine in many of our products. The fact that furniture can be assembled without screws, bolts and plugs will be a great selling point and we have already attracted a lot of interest from the US market," said William Noonan.
William Furniture, established in 2006, is today well known for its modern contemporary bedroom furniture. The company is located in Dongguan City and has approximately 300 employees working in the company’s modernized workshops occupying more than 28,000 square meters.
Valinge has also signed a license agreement with the Swedish bathroom cabinet manufacturer Skanebeslag for the use of Threespine click furniture technology.
Skanebeslag will implement Threespine technology in a new line of bathroom cabinets made of compact laminate with the aim to offer new designs to its customers.
“Threespine technology will enable us to use miter joints which is quite unique for products in compact laminate. In combination with removing all visible screws we will now be able to further improve the design of our cabinets,” said Skånebeslag CEO Mikael Bornéus. ”We are convinced that the new line of cabinets will appeal to architects and interior designers and that, in turn, will help us achieve our goal of continuous growth.”
In addition to improved design, Threespine will enable faster assembly as well as other benefits such as drill-free wall mounting and the possibility to hide transformers and cables.
The family-owned company Skånebeslag has been in the furniture business since 1972 and today supply products to all Nordic countries. The first products with Threespine technology are scheduled to be available in the spring of 2017.
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