Good vibes on WMS show floor

Visitors from nine provinces and two territories, as well as 34 of the U.S. states, attended the three-day Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS) held this fall at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. According to show organizer Woodworking Network of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the WMS 2017 show had attendance up 12 percent over the last edition in 2015. Preliminary figures show […]

2017 Reader Survey: Social media gets an “F”

Thank you to all of those who took part in our 2017 Reader Survey. We loaded up on social media questions to gauge your level of participation on these digital platforms. Judging from the feedback, responses showed a large degree of ambivalence. While most of you do have a social media account for your businesses, a whopping 37 percent do […]

SawStop to be acquired by TTS Tooltechnic Systems

Tualatin, Or.-based SawStop has announced that it has been acquired by TTS Tooltechnic Systems, a third-generation family-owned company based in Wendlingen, Germany. The TTS group of companies includes Festool, Tanos, Cleantec and others, and employs more than 2,500 people around the globe. The acquisition is expected to be completed in July 2017. SawStop’s current management […]

ITC ruling: Bosch Reaxx saws excluded from U.S.

The SawStop table saw infringement case has reached a new threshold. Effective immediately, the Presidential review period for the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) cease and desist order has expired, and the ITC order is in force: The ITC order directs Customs to exclude Bosch Reaxx table saws, and components for those saws, including cartridges, […]

ITC issues Bosch cease and desist order

On January 27th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ordered Customs to exclude Bosch Reaxx table saws, and cartridges for those saws, from entering the U.S., and the ITC issued an order to Robert Bosch Tool Corporation saying Bosch must “cease and desist from conducting any of the following activities in the United States: importing, […]

Hettich ranks in Germany’s top 500 family businesses

The Foundation for Family Businesses in Germany has named the cabinet hardware manufacturer Hettich Group as a top 500 family business for its outstanding business achievements. As an economically and politically independent initiative of family businesses, the Foundation encourages dialogue among family business owners, supports research activities and institutions focusing on this type of business and […]

IWF 2016 experiences double digit growth

The organizer of the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, Ga., has announced that over 16,000 attended in 2016 compared to 14,400 in 2014. This was in combination with double digit growth in attendance, exhibit space, and the number of exhibitors, it added. Over 90 countries, including neighbouring Canada, and 49 U.S. states, sent personnel […]

Ruling by ITC finds SawStop patents infringed

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has made an initial ruling against Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany and its subsidiary Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for patent infringement of saws and parts produced and sold by Sawstop. In September, ITC administrative law judge Thomas Pender confirmed that the Bosch Reaxx saw infringes patents related to SawStop’s […]

Hettich Canada makes sweeping changes

Over the last few months, Hettich Canada has made a number of changes, starting with moving its Montreal division to a new location with a new showroom. The company celebrated with a recent open house, bringing in customers view the changes. In addition to a larger warehouse to accommodate its growing business, Hettich has added […]

IWF 2016 Challengers Award winners

Winners of the 2016 Challengers’ Distinguished Achievement Award announced during the International Woodworking Fair were selected from a field of 21 finalists. The seven winners include two hardware items, one cutting tool, and four machine technologies: • Bacci America of Charlotte, N.C., won for its fully-automatic CNC shaping and sanding machine for cabinet door outside […]