by William Sampson
email@example.com WOODWORKING INDUSTRY FORECAST
Industry leaders positive about 2019
Across the woodworking industry, influential professionals offer predictions
for the year ahead.
Much of the woodworking industry still feels the sting of the Great Reces- sion, but are enjoying
the ongoing economic recovery that has
buoyed their businesses.
Looking ahead, we asked influential
woodworking figures to look into their
crystal balls to predict what’s ahead for
the new year.
Most are optimistic that business
trends will continue on a positive path.
But their thoughts aren’t just an up or
down forecast. We also asked them to be
more specific about their own segments
of the industry and to suggest what they
see as trends to watch in the coming
Paul Roza: More versatile machines
are a trend to watch
As National Sales Manager of Benz Inc,
a manufacturer of aggregate tooling for
CNC machines, Paul Roza looks at the
picture from a technological perspective.
He’s optimistic about 2019.
“I believe that the increased level of
business activity that we have seen in our
industry throughout 2018 will continue
through the first half of 2019 – at minimum,” he said.
“Fortunately for us the products we
sell help customers to make their existing machines more versatile,” he said.
“With the increased business that our
Peter Tuenker: Automation as the
customers have experienced we hope to
continue to provide products that will
make them more productive and more
Roza suggest we should watch out
for increased activity in the world of
electronic monitoring of machines and
answer to shortage of labor
As managing director of IMA Schelling
Group USA, Peter Tuenker has been
influential in driving the increase of
technology in major woodworking manu-
facturing operations. He’s bullish on the
economy going into 2019.
“The economic indicators are still
very encouraging,” he said.
“The housing market is still strong,
consumer spending has not slowed
down significantly since households still
seem to have the disposable income to
buy furniture or upgrade their homes,”
“We at the IMA Schelling Group go
into 2019 with a solid order backlog,
and we are already looking at 2020 since
we are still dealing with longer than de-
sired delivery times from our factories
in Austria and Germany.”
Tuenker says that optimistic outlook
extends to his busy customers and his
colleagues in Europe.
“The trend to automate processes in
the panel processing industry continues at a rapid pace,” he said. “We are
currently in the process of installing
multiple large scale batch-size one systems at companies across our industry.
The commercial and residential cabinet
manufacturers are experiencing aggres-
sive growth and they are facing huge
labor shortages. The automation is often
the only answer.”
One trend he is watching is the
increasing alignment of design tastes
between North America and Europe.
“We see more and more contemporary designs making their way to
North America especially from Europe
Paul Roza, National Sales Manager, Benz Inc. Peter Tuenker, Managing Director, IMA
Schelling Group USA