New Hardware Makes Life Easier While Looking Good

Awareness of customer needs, and innovation to meet those needs. That’s what’s happening in the hardware world, and it’s an understatement to say the top suppliers are excited about their new offerings, many of which were introduced at Interzum 2015. From colorful aluminum boxes to better performing runners to improved soft-close systems, the new offerings are making life easier and homes more beautiful for customers around the world. Here’s a sampling of the finest new hardware on the market.

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Policy-makers Must Consider Side Effects of Using Woody Biomass for Energy

From my standpoint, one of the most interesting discussions at the Composite Panel Association’s spring meeting centered on the growing use of woody biomass for pellets that are increasingly being burned for energy.

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Countertops 2015

Strong and stable. Timelessly beautiful. Safe and easy.  These are among key elements and attributes of today’s newest and best countertops as described by the companies that make them. Countertops are integral components in the function and style of kitchens and bathrooms. Selecting the right materials ensures that a project fulfills a consumer’s needs and dreams. Following is a small sample of the exciting and varied options that are bringing strength, beauty, convenience and more to today’s kitchens and baths.

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At mHouse and S&P Symposium, You’ll Like What You See

Ask anyone to describe their preference for interior furnishings, and you’re likely to hear, “I’ll tell you what I like when I see it.”

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Surface & Panel Opens New Doors for Longtime Editor and News Executive

Creating great publications and helping move a business forward are what I’ve been doing for decades. Now, I’m stepping in to do those things for Bedford Falls Communications and Surface & Panel magazine. It’s a great fit.

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Surface Design Guide 2014

Each year, Surface & Panel magazine asks the industry’s leading decorative surfacing companies to share their latest designs and material advances. The resulting Surface Design Guide is a showcase of the trends and technologies that are shaping the marketplace. Beyond beautiful, this guide is intended to inspire specifiers and fabricators alike to understand what resources are available to create the best possible solutions.

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mHouse Project

My son-in-law is a psychiatrist. My daughter is a clinical psychologist. Between them I get plenty of analysis, whether I like it or not. At dinner a few weeks ago I was explaining the progress of the mHouse Project, the stress, the challenges and the surprises we faced, but also the enjoyment of seeing it all come together. I told my son-in-law that I often wake up at 4:00 am and think I am crazy for embarking on such an aggressive and risky project.

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Great Possibilities

Advanced manufacturing engineer Jame Earle recently said to me, ”What is great about young engineers is that they do not yet know what is impossible. So they do not create and solve to preconceived limits.” Earle works with Local Motors (page 28), a company dedicated to using digital technology and micro-factories to bring new vehicle designs to market more quickly, inexpensively and efficiently.

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mHouse Rising

The team behind Surface & Panel magazine has a fanatical dedication to create a beautifully designed magazine with interesting, compelling editorial. This dedication is owed not only to the readers, but also to the advertisers Surface & Panel is privileged to serve. We at Surface & Panel don’t take this task lightly and try our best to continually improve. We know we are only as good as our last issue.

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For the Right to Be Heard

Surface & Panel magazine focuses exclusively on the global secondary panel processing industry. Uniting materials, technology and design is our mantra. Panel processing is the largest and fastest growing processing system in the world. It was once considered a vertical niche in the woodworking arena, but now dominates worldwide. 

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