Skill Councils open to public review

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has invited comments and suggestions from the public on the Sharada Prasad Committee report, constituted to review, rationalise and optimise the functioning of sector skill councils.

The report was submitted to the ministry recently and has been put in the public domain at The National Skill Development Corporation has approved formation of 40 SSCs in different sectors, including furniture and fittings. The Sharada Prasad Committee reviewed the functioning of the SSCs and suggested a roadmap for their harmonious growth so as to ensure effective development of the skilling ecosystem.

MumbaiWood: 50% space sold out

MumbaiWood 2017 (12-14 October) is all set to attract more exhibitors and visitors from across India and abroad. The premier furniture technology show is getting more traction from both the demand and supply sides. Already the organiser, PDA Trade Fairs,

is planning for additional exhibition space at the venue, the Bombay International Convention & Exhibition Centre, in Goregaon.
Read more in the May-June edition of WoodNews.

Bookings open for IndiaWood 2018

IndiaWood 2018 (8-12 March) in Bengaluru is all set to expand exponentially, from 38,000 square metres of exhibition space in its previous edition to 50,000 square metres.

The organiser, PDA Trade Fairs, has already added 17,500 square metres to the existing halls at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. Bookings are open now; and strictly on a 'first come first served' basis. IndiaWood 2018 is set to attract more than 65,000 visitors from all over India, neighbouring countries and from across the globe.
Read more in the May-June edition of WoodNews.

Interzum, Ligna beckon Indians

Exhibitors at Interzum (16-19 May in Cologne, Germany) are rethinking the design of furnishings in this year's edition of the world's biggest trade fair for designs, construction and materials for the interiors industry.

Their objective is to provide great comfort in the smallest of spaces with adaptable furniture and interior concepts. At Ligna (22-26 May in Hanover, Germany) the focus will be on robots as a major growth area, where robotic "colleagues" are increasingly found in woodworking. A host of innovations await visitors, both in the new machine components and automation technology display and in the many other sections of the show.


Securing 'responsible' wood supply

India is the second-largest importer of tropical species, but the regions supplying them are facing the consequences of drastic deforestation on account of unsustainable logging. Wood-dependent industries are under

increasing pressure to both secure supply and avoid adverse environmental and social impacts caused by unsustainable forestry practices. For Indian manufacturers, responsible timber sourcing will be crucial to securing long-term supply, while simultaneously ensuring continued access to markets where regulations underpin sustainable trade. What are our options? Read the May-June issue of WoodNews to find out.

Altendorf's Magis digital saw guide

Developed in-house at Altendorf, the Magis system guides Altendorf machine operators through the requisite steps to complete a pre-prepared cutting plan. It is the first digital, mobile operator guidance system for a sliding table saw.

The Altendorf Magis system consists essentially of software, a tablet and the tablet mount for the sliding table saw. Magis also helps to enhance safety in the workplace and reduces the time required to complete a defined job at the machine. For details read the May-June issue of WoodNews.

In 'Networked Workshop' size doesn't matter

When faced with increasingly demanding customers, rising levels of competition and a lack of skilled personnel, every business needs to find solutions. In the field of joinery and carpentry, the focus has turned to

intelligent production concepts, integrated software solutions and effective organisation. With Homag's vision of a "networked workshop" for the future, it wants to show trade businesses how they can develop further in terms of technology and organisation so that they will be able to offer their products – furniture and other objects made by joiners and carpenters – at an improved quality level and at competitive prices.

Wood houses borrow from Lego fun

Catharhome, a French start-up, has developed an ecological and economical wooden brick named Brikawood. These are wooden bricks which can be built like Lego blocks, without glue, nails or screws!

The principle with these bricks is to produce timber frame walls for any type of architecture and thus enter the chain of sustainable development. They have been designed so as to limit the handling and the energy consumption. Check out the exciting details in the May-June issue of WoodNews.