UK DISTRIBUTOR UPBEAT AFTER ENQUIRIES REACH RECORD LEVELS
In a post-Brexit business climate Daltons Wadkin were surprised and delighted by the positive nature and sheer number of enquiries received at the show for their range of high profile and high tech equipment.
“A good solid show with an enquiry level we have not seen for several years”, reported MD Francis Dalton. “The secret as far as we are concerned was the variety of market leading brands which we were able to display and demonstrate on two large stands. Five different major lines were demonstrated by our technicians throughout the show focusing on leading technology designed to influence production performance and capacity at every level.”
Leading the way were the by now well established Salvador crosscutting systems involving machines for both straight and angle cutting with automatic programmable cutting and optimisation. W16 was an opportunity to re-emphasise the company’s position as sole UK and Ireland distributor for these highly successful Salvador products which are proving popular with joinery and furniture manufacturers, timber importers and merchants and the timber frame industry.
Cehisa edge banders are a new departure for Daltons Wadkin but three models were demonstrated including the Flexy, the PRO12 and the new Compact laser edge machine. Technicians from Cehisa were present throughout and the machines were continually a centre of interest and activity.
A Kuper XL6 6-head planing and moulding machine was featured and demonstrated and this also created great interest with its advanced pre-set controls and automatic cutterhead and pressure adjustments which enable the operator to set up a job by simply using a touchscreen. Prospective customers well used to the earlier more traditional type of moulding machine were impressed not only by the control system but also the smooth and remarkably quiet performance.
As usual a range of Elcon vertical panel saws were displayed including the unique deep cutting Titan and a large capacity automatic machine with the Elcon Advance clamping system which is designed to ease operation of the machine from a materials handling point of view and provide greater accuracy.
A Kimla BPF1525 CNC router seemed to have a crowd around it throughout the show and provided a focus of attention for onlookers and prospective customers alike.
A CML multi-rip saw, Stenner ST100R resaw and Altendorf sliding table panel saws were amongst other machines on display and a number of orders were taken on the stand.
Daltons Wadkin Sales Director Andy Walsh was delighted with the show, “It was the best show for a decade. We have fantastic leads and the exposure of our brilliant range of products to such a wide audience was as good as it gets.”