There has been a gradual move towards the use of capital equipment from Asian countries.
This can be attributed to the significant advances made to the technology by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from these countries over the years. China, for example, has made significant strides in the overall quality and presentation of its woodworking machines.
In some instances, they are robust enough to handle the demands of high-production lines, also making them very appealing to large-scale producers.
Their straight-forward design, devoid of all the extra “bells and whistles” that drive up the costs of the machines and complicate their operation and maintenance, is an added advantage.
However, one of the biggest benefits these machines offer the South African woodworker is their affordability at a time when the low value of the Rand has had a significant negative impact on the cost of imported capital equipment.
Read more about the latest newcomer to the South African cut-and-edge market in the May 2016 edition of Wood Southern Africa & Timber Times.