24, Apr 2019 -

Wood-Mizer acquires Swedish woodworking machine manufacturer

Wood-Mizer acquires Swedish woodworking machine manufacturer

Wood-Mixer's MP360 four-sided planer moulder
Wood-Mixer's MP360 four-sided planer moulder

Wood-Mizer, the world's leader and proven choice in the sawmill industry has announced that it has acquired the business interests of Swedish woodworking machine manufacturer, MOReTENs AB

The acquisition of MOReTENs will add a full range of 4-sided moulders, planers, table saws, spindle moulders, planer/thicknessers and CNC routers to Wood-Mizer's globally available product range.

The range will be known as the Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range.

Wood-Mizer's initial successes in the thin kerf narrow bandsaw portable sawmilling created the momentum that resulted in new acquisitions, product innovations, expanded ranges into new sectors and fast developing global manufacturing footprint that now includes the USA, Europe and Sweden.

The addition of the Planer Moulder line-up, now gives Wood-Mizer the ability to offer a full range of equipment that can seamlessly convert logs into dried lumber and finally into finished wood products - all backed by Wood-Mizer's expertise and commitment to excellent customer service.

Wood-Mizer's globally available product range
MOReTENs' product range is the result of solid engineering with the company's founder, Bo Mårtensson starting the company over 30 years ago.

 "Throughout our history, Wood-Mizer has been committed to providing the best quality equipment to process logs into finished wood products," said Wood-Mizer President and CEO Richard Vivers.

"The affordable and versatile moulder and planer product lines from MOReTENs have been proven worldwide for decades, and are now backed by the high-quality service and support network customers expect from Wood-Mizer.

"To add to the tradition of excellence and continuity in expertise, Wood-Mizer has asked Bo Mårtensson to join us as the General Director of the MOReTENs factory in Ostersund, Sweden," Richard Vivers continued.

"Many years ago, I was a young engineer with carpentry experience when I started MOReTENs and began building woodworking machinery," said Bo Mårtensson.

"I'm proud to see my products in workshops worldwide. Our incorporation into the wider Wood-Mizer product family will allow us to take our existing products to a much bigger customer base and will also accelerate our capability to introduce new products to meet our customers' needs."

Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range now available in South Africa
Wood-Mizer started with the phased introduction of the Planer Moulder range into its global distribution network in 2018, which will now be known as the Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range.

Wood-Mizer Africa will introduce the Wood-Mizer MP260 and MP360 4-sided moulders to South Africa first, with the rest of the product family following later.  

"We are confident that the Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range introduces a new chapter for Wood-Mizer in affordable, high quality, moulding and planing capacity," Gavin Prowse, Managing Director of Wood-Mizer Africa says.

"New and existing producers now have access to technology that can plane and profile in one pass, which to date fell well outside the budgets of most producers and prevented them from entering the market or improving their production capacity and quality.

"The small footprint of the unit makes it easy to slot into existing layouts and inexpensive to link to support services like dust extraction.

"A full range of planer and profiling knives that slot onto the four individual spindles extends the flexibility that manufacturers now have with the Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range," Gavin Prowse continues.

The Wood-Mizer MP260 four-sided planer/moulder is a versatile, compact machine engineered for professional woodworkers, carpenters, or joiners in the construction trade.

It planes and moulds boards on all four sides in a single pass into a variety of professionally finished products including flooring, planed boards, crown moulding, cabinet trim, panelling, door and window frames, and furniture components.

Key parameters for the unit includes four-sided planning and moulding with a maximum material height / width that can pass through the unit sitting at 230 mm and 410mm. The unit's four cutter heads are driven by 3 kW motors.

The Wood-Mizer MP360 four-sided planer/moulder is a high-production, large capacity machine engineered for professional workshops. It's a further development of the tried and tested Wood-Mizer MP260 planer/moulder.

Its robust design allows for the processing of thicker timber on four sides offering a maximum planning/moulding height of 230 mm and a maximum cutting width of 510 mm.

The unit's four cutter head motors range in size from 3 - 5.5 kW with the feed speed pinned at 3 - 15 m/minute.

For a full rundown on the specifications and options on the Wood-Mizer Planer Moulder range visit www.woodmizerafrica.com

The easy-to-use control panel gives access to all machine functions.

Heights and widths are easily adjusted and has user friendly measurement scales

Infeed speed is also easily adjusted

Taller and wider spindles on the MP360 allows for the planing and moulding of taller and wider timber.

Source: Wood-Mizer Africa

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