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Monday, June 12, 2017

LIGNA 2017 Wood-Mizer report

With many new products to debut to the worldwide wood industry, LIGNA 2017 was very important for Wood-Mizer, and the world’s largest woodworking show did not disappoint – resulting in the best LIGNA experience for Wood-Mizer in the last 10 years.

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At LIGNA 2017, Wood-Mizer debuted several new products, the TITAN wideband sawmilling range, a new version of the popular WB2000 sawmill, a new line of twin-rail LX sawmills for professional sawmillers, plus a firewood processor and pallet dismantler. These new products were in addition to the traditional stationary and mobile sawmills on display, and a multihead HR700 resaw with a merry-go-round cant return system.

Wood-Mizer’s large range of sawmill blades and blade maintenance equipment was represented, and new blade technologies such as the new VORTEX sawdust removal blade were demonstrated on the HR700 resaw and new LX450 sawmill.

Wood-Mizer TOOLS – a product range of circular sawblades, frame saw blades, planer knives, wideband sawblades and more - was originally debuted at LIGNA 2015, and after two years of growth, the TOOLS brand made an even stronger impression with an expanded booth space.

Wood-Mizer staff at the stand averaged 25 people covering at least 7 languages, in order to communicate with the range of international visitors. The diversity of new and popular products at the stand resulted in a steady stream of visitors throughout the week. Groups from Ukraine, Iran, Chile, France, Latvia, South Africa, Mexico, Myanmar and other countries made dedicated stops at Wood-Mizer’s stand to see the new products. Wood-Mizer staff agreed that the quantity and quality of the inquiries were the best in years.

Wood-Mizer President & CEO Richard Vivers was present at LIGNA 2017, and his comments provide an inside look at the company’s new products and vision -

“We’ve been coming to LIGNA since I can remember. And this year at LIGNA we’re showcasing several new products. Over the years, we’ve been working hard to develop and release new products and expand our offering. The biggest change (and I mean that literally) that customers are seeing from Wood-Mizer at LIGNA 2017 is the TITAN family of products which we’re introducing this year – an industrial sawmilling range of equipment including wideband sawmills and also circular saw multirips and edgers.

“The release of the TITAN range of sawmilling products is aimed at the established sawmilling industry and also to meet the demands from our existing customers who have grown with us as we have grown. Many of them are wanting to go into much higher throughput industrial sawmilling.

“Compared to 5 or ten years ago, Wood-Mizer has grown a lot in terms of our product range and our geographic distribution of product. The thing that has stayed the same though, is our attitude to doing business and the culture that we try to uphold in the corporation.” 

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