Kevin McCalla, vice president of strategic marketing at Northwest Hardwoods says that automation is the biggest trend and he does not expect it to diminish in the woodworking industry.
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"Waterborne finishes are becoming the staple of the woodworking industry," says John Darroch, CEO and President of Apollo Sprayers. "There's way less resistance to waterborne finishes now."
Leo Zirkler, Festool North America's VP Marketing, says his firm is radically altering how power tools work, and how they are used.
"We have always tried to introduce new, disruptive ways of woodworking compared to the traditional ways. One prime example is our Domino System, which has revolutionized joinery. Another example is the Conturo system, which has changed a way of edgebanding in the woodworking segment.
Michael Cash, president of Axalta Coating Systems, says the biggest trends he sees is in the demand of waterborne coatings; higher glosses; different colors, effects, and looks; and polyurethane chemistry.
The functional hardware business, there is growing demand among customers for integration to advanced designed and manufacturing technology is a growing demand, say Shawn Pressley, Marketing Manager for Salice America.
Wood manufacturing firms are adopting smart machinery that communicates and customizes orders, but a worker shortage remains a problem.
Facing the challenge of finding skilled labor, David Spencer, president of Willow Creek Tool asks the question of how to educate employees and give them a future in the industry.
Amanda Conger, executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA), says the biggest trend is zero-edge edgebanding as manufacturers are adopting the technology to meet customer demand even in small- and medium-sized shops.
Shawn Pressley, marketing manager for Salice, says the hardware industry has seen advancements in techology and a rise in the demand for its use.
With high customer demand, Scott Brode, the Midwest regional manager for TigerStop says the process from software design to shipment needs to be faster.