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June 7-8, 2016
WMMA Participation in NAM DC Fly-In*
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September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting*
*Exact Schedule and Details TBA
National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: May 23, 2016
After disappointing manufacturing activity in the first quarter of 2016, the sector rebounded somewhat in April. Read more ...
Global Manufacturing Economic Update - March 10, 2016
The latest NAM quarterly survey found that 56.6 percent of respondents were positive about their own company’s outlook, falling for the fourth straight quarter and down sharply from 91.2 percent in December 2014. Export expectations help to explain much of the deceleration in the economic outlook for the sector. Of those companies that anticipated increased exports over the next 12 months, 75.9 percent were positive in their outlook in this survey.
Congress Passes Tax Package Read more...
Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...
PESARO, Italy - Biesse S.p.A. announced it will acquire CNC equipment maker Uniteam S.p.A., giving the diversified machinery manufacturer entry into the wood construction market. Biesse, which specializes in systems for the woodworking/panel processing, glass, stone and composite material markets, said the acquisition will also help broaden the group's presence in the advanced materials and composites sectors.
Terms of the deal, announced May 19, include a cash investment of $2.35 million (euro $2.1 million) upon signing, plus an earn-out payment up to an $560,000 (euro $500,000) based on achieving prescribed targets. The deal is for 100 percent of the Thiene (VI), Italy-based firm.
Founded in 1991, Uniteam specializes in the design and production of multi-axis work centers for the wood construction sector, interior woodworking including furniture, windows and stairs, and for advanced materials processing with special applications ranging from the automotive sector to the bio-medical, nautical and aerospace sectors.
According to information from Biesse Group, the company currently has approximately 3,300 employees in its main production sites in Pesaro, Alzate Brianza, Bangalore, Dongguan and associates/branch offices in Europe, North America, Latin America the Middle East, Asia and Australia. In North America, Biesse can be reached at (877) 824-3773 or visit Biesse.com.
Leitz Tooling will present the WhisperCut EdgeExpert pre-mill cutterhead system, featuring the industry's first high-shear, field-replaceable, diamond inserts.
Vitap S.p.A. and Atlantic Machinery Corp. introduce a new version of the Point K2, a compact CNC machine that is designed for custom manufacturers and also for flexible, high-production environments.
The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.
Hear what current WMMA members are saying about the valuable benefits and the many rewards of WMMA membership.
The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email Jennifer@wmma.org to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.
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