Wood-Mizer responds to woodworkers’ dreams at the DREMA trade fair, Poznan, Poland, 29 March - 1 April 2011
Every spring, Poland’s international DREMA exhibition in Poznan exhibits a wealth of innovative woodworking techniques and technologies. This year’s event at the end of March was a success for the company.
Indeed, this trade fair is a significant event in the business cycle of thin kerf sawing pioneer,Wood-Mizer.
“Our presence at this show is a long-term tradition”, explains Robert Baginski, commercial director of Wood-Mizer Industries in Kolo, central Poland.
“We have participated in DREMA since our European company was established in 1990 by our American founders.
“Our European headquarters and manufacturing facility recruits the finest of Polish engineers. That’s why it is important for us to demonstrate the fruits of their endeavours in their own country”, adds Mr Baginski.
Furthermore, the company has thousands of customers operating its sawmills in Poland and their comments based on considerable experience proved invaluable. Such local intelligence helps Wood-Mizer continuously to develop products to market needs.
This year DREMA preceded the Ligna messe in Hannover, Germany, generally regarded as the Mecca of woodworkers and attracting professionals worldwide. This made DREMA particularly important to Wood-Mizer since it unveiled dramatic technical innovations there.
For example, a new WM1000 industrial sawmill ‘opened’ the green series of industrial scale Wood-Mizer band sawmills. The WM1000 design distinguishes itself from the traditional Wood-Mizer in many ways, encapsulated
by several facts and figures: - The WM1000 sawmill can cut in half a 1.7 metres diameter log, - The WM1000 cutting head is sufficiently big for the operator to accompany it along the bed whilst sawing, - The one-metre wheel diameter and band blade on the WM1000 is more than nine metres long and 50mm-70mm wide.
The new industrial WM1000 mill is destined for large log cutting. These logs are still cheap because prior to the WM1000 there was no affordable and sustainable technology to convert them.
Development of the WM1000 mill is a part of Wood-Mizer’s strategy of expansion into Asian and African markets. Last year ood-Mizer established a branch office in Singapore and opened several dealers and distributors in India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos and other countries in the region. This is already bringing good results with Wood-Mizer’s Asian sales growing three times in 2010!
Also at Poznan, Wood-Mizer presented a series of initiatives for small timber processing businesses. These involved an electrically powered LT20 sawmill, a small HR115 single head resaw for pallet production entry levels, as well as a petrol engine powered, single blade edger called the EG50.
Wood-Mizer’s range of band saw blades including the widely used DoubleHard and SilverTip series and a new Stellite tipped RazorTip blade were shown at DREMA together with an industrial sharpener and setter. Increasingly, these blades are used by operators of non-Wood-Mizer band sawmills too.
Wood-Mizer exhibited these novelties in a stand-alone, open air glass pavilion in which Wood-Mizer guests and visitors could feel comfortable regardless of weather.