Hitachi Koki is now renamed
HiKoki India

Hitachi Koki, the leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, recently announced its aggressive business plans for India. Now rebranded as “HiKoki”, the company’s India arm has been operating since 1996 and is the largest and fastest growing subsidiary

in Asia (after Japan). HiKoki India has registered a steady compounded annual growth rate of 16% since its inception. It is aiming to scale up its dealer count from 600 to 1,000 by the year 2020.HiKoki is widely known in all segments for its technologically advanced, reliable and low maintenance tools.
During fiscal 2017-18, HiKokiis launching a new technology in India, Multi-Volt tools, which are affordable, user-friendly,cordless and suited for the do-it-yourself segment too.
According toMr. Dattatraya Joshi, Executive Director of HiKoki India, “The power tools market is estimated at Rs4,000 crore and is growing rapidly at 7%, per annum. There is a growing demand for quality and world-class tools which can enable India to compete globally.”
HiKoki Indiaalready boasts of leading customers in automobile, construction and fabrication sectors. About 20% of its revenues in India are generated by the furniture manufacturing industry.
It also exports tools to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal; and exports select components to other HiKoki subsidiaries in Malaysia and Japan.
For details, look up the November-December 2018 issue of WoodNews.

IWST launches Diploma course
with Biesse’s help

Biesse India celebrated its partnership with the Institute of Wood Science & Technology (IWST) in Bengaluru recently with the launch of a one year Diploma in Advanced Woodworking. This programme has been designed for future operators, technicians and supervisors in furniture

manufacturing factories, to impart relevant training in line with industry requirements.
The course launched by the Italian Consul General in India, Ms StefaniaConstanza. Also present on the occasion were Mr Amar Joshi, Deputy Secretary General of IICCI, and Mr Surendra Kumar, Director of IWST.The Biesse India team was represented by Mr Sayeed Ahmed (CEO), Mr Stefano Bottene (Sales & Marketing Director), and Mr GianlucaDolciotti (Assistant Director).
The course is affiliated with the Furniture & Fittings Skill Council (FFSC), under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Well-known brands of the woodworking industry in India – including Pidilite (glues), Leitz (tooling) andRehau (edges) –have evinced keen interest in this programme by organizing expert lectures and workshops and by contributing their product samples for students to practice.
Biesse has signed a memorandum with IWST for a period of 5 years under which it will provide the infrastructure: machines, systems, software, maintenance of existing equipment and finance to sustain the project.
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Finnish wood is best for
interiors, exteriors

When used in the right way, wood is a long-lasting and functional material for external cladding. In Finland, there are examples of houses with more than 100-year-old exterior cladding, which are still in excellent condition.

In addition to Finland, also in Alpine countries there are traditions to use Finnish wood for external claddings as the quality is seen superior to other options. Popular choices for exterior cladding are spruce, heart wood of pine and thermally modified pine or spruce.
Recommended thickness of exterior cladding varies between 23-28 mm. The thicker the cladding the better it can balance the moisture content, which is dependent on changes in weather.
Wood from Finland offers industrially primed exterior cladding as an excellent choice because the surface material is protected from rain and UV radiation from the very beginning. Wooden exterior claddings are easy to maintain with correctly implemented and well-timed maintenance.
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Kurl-on to expand its
furniture portfolio

Kurl-on, India’s largest selling mattress brand, plans to invest Rs.200 crore in innovation and technology to double its portfolio with the launch of more than 125 new products in the next 2 years. Earlier this year it launched a range of sofas, and plans to expand its retail presence across the country to 2,000 stores by the year

2020. Its exclusive brand outlets, ‘Kurl-on Homes’ and ‘Home Komfort by Kurl-on’ will add another 600 and 100 outlets respectively.
The retail expansion will enable Kurl-on to consolidate its growth and emerge as a serious player in the larger home furniture and furnishings segment. It is setting up two more plants in Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Guwahati (Assam), to cater to the increased projected demand for its mattresses.
Riding on a growing market for home furniture and comfort products, this growth strategy will help it transition from the largely unorganised mattress market and establish itself as a national market leader in the larger home comfort space.

Caple introduces new
warranty on Festool

The Mumbai-based Caple Industrial Solutions recently raised the service standard bar in India with the launch of ‘Service All Inclusive’ 36-monthwarranty. If any tool sold by Caple develops a fault, it will be repaired free of charge, including labour.

Caple’sall-inclusive package guarantees professional repairs and ensures machinesare ready to use again in no time. It also offers a 10-year replacement guarantee for machine parts.
However, the warranty does not apply for damage to consumable materials and accessories, improper usage, damage caused by the use of non-original accessories or spare parts. More information and the service terms and conditions can be found at

CenturyPly launches premier
range of doors

CenturyPly, the front-runner in the Indian plywood and laminate industry, recently launched its premium panel moulded door variants, ‘White Primered’ and ‘Melamine’. These eco-friendly doors are designed to elicit an instant appeal to the consumers with their unmatched

opulence. These high-density, fiber-skin doors come with larger hardwood frames that provide higher strength and ensure durability. Bonded with CenturyPly’s patented Glue Line internal protection, the doors are completely resistant against borer and termites.
Manufactured using eco-friendly panels, these doors come with a warranty of 5 years and provides more product sustenance. These doors effectively consume less wood and adds towards a more sustainable environment. For details read the Nov-Dec 2018 issue of WoodNews.

Another Dieffenbacher plant
for Ecuador's Novopan

Novopan del Ecuador, the leading producer of medium density particleboard (MDP) in Ecuador, will increase its production capacity in Quito with a new plant from Dieffenbacher. The supply includes a forming station with conveyor system that begins at the glue

blenders, a forming line with prepress, an 8-foot-wide by 20.5-metre-long CPS+ press system, a raw board handling system and a stack and transfer system.
Dieffenbacher subsidiary Maier will contribute its wood yard and chipping technology. Novopan has ordered the storage cross chain and rectifying conveyor for feeding of logs as well as a chain bed conveyor for loading slab bundles, which is followed by a special cleaning section.
Maier will also deliver a vibration dosing table to be loaded with short-piece wood assortments; a drum chipper feeding belt conveyor with metal detector; and waste belt conveyors.
The Novopan plant is Dieffenbacher’s sixth new plant in Latin America. Other projects include three plants in Mexico and two in Brazil.

Panasonic ‘lights up’
human emotions

At the London Design Biennale in September this year, Panasonic showcased its Kasa initiative from its design studio in Kyoto, Japan. Developed by Panasonic to influence behavioural patterns, Kasa is an experiential exploration into the future relationship between people and objects.

Panasonic, which is celebrating 100 years of design excellence this year, says Kasa is a set of delicate lights, which reacts to the behaviour of the user, with the object descending into darkness when approached or handled aggressively. Through reinforcing positive actions and discouraging negative ones, Panasonic hopes to promote a transition towards a new relationship between people and objects.
The collection of objects (lights) was developed through a series of collaborations with the Kyoto-based craftsmen, to gain a deeper understanding of the manufacturing industry’s origins and subsequently develop new categories of design.