Woodworking Network Wood Industry Almanac 2016

In This Issue

Lumber Liquidators Tops Woodworking Network Stories of 2015

Unlike past years, when the housing market dominated the news, in 2015 legal issues took center stage. Dominating all media channels throughout the year were the tribulations faced by Lumber Liquidators. The flooring manufacturer is dealing with allegations that some of its laminated lumber imported from China was mislabeled as CARB-compliant, a fact made public in a 60 Minutes’ expose.

Wood Industry 4.0 Has Dominated Technology Trends in 2015

Technology for Batch One wood products manufacturing is finally catching up with what custom woodworkers and cabinetmakers have been doing for years. Now it’s possible to do it on a factory production-line — right down to one-off edgebands of varying thicknesses, and robotic hand sanders.

Woodworking Network Editor's Choice Highlights of 2015

Woodworking Network Editor's Choice highlighted projects in 2015 ranged from unique and innovative to cool and inspiring. Top picks include a cocoon-like design for office furniture, a 50,000-year old Kauri table and a kinetic wave cabinet.

Wood Industry Education Resources

Numerous colleges and universities across North America offer degree programs in wood manufacturing and technology, and from design to construction.

WOOD 100 firms: A complete list

An annual program since 1990, the WOOD 100 pays tribute to the achievements of secondary wood products manufacturers. The list below recognizes the production and custom woodworking companies that, throughout the years (indicated) have shared their strategies for success. To read more on the WOOD 100, click here.   #: 5-Acre: 17

Meet the Elite: Wood Industry Market Leaders

Since 2009, Woodworking Network has paid tribute to market leaders in the wood products industry that have made an impact — not only at their own companies, but also on the industry as a whole. Represented are persons from all segments of the secondary woodworking industry, including: residential furniture, contract/office furniture, cabinets, closets/home storage, store fixture, architectural woodwork, window and door, and wood components.

Woodworking Industry Infographic: Forest to Finished Product

A look at the various industry segments that manufacture wood products: kitchen & bath cabinetry, contract furniture, residential furniture, architectural woodwork, closets & home storage, wood components, flooring, windows & doors and industrial wood products (railways, ties, pallets, etc.).
By Aly Kelly

2016 Almanac Market Segments: Contract Furniture

The U.S. office furniture industry is expected to grow 4.0% to $10.2 billion, and to hit $10.4 billion in 2016, according to the latest industry projections from IHS Global Insight/Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn.

2016 Almanac Market Segments: Flooring

Overall flooring sales grew 6% last year, to $21.83 billion, with the hardwood market accounting for $3.35 billion and laminate flooring $935 million, according to Catalina Research.