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Makor & Larson Juhl: a new step , to jointly go forward …..

Larson Juhl, world’s leader in framing products, manufacturing and distributing all over USA and worldwide, along its long history has always been referring to Makor Group whenever needing technology and production solutions. Recently, the premier American picture frame facility in Ashland, Wisconsin, has decided to implement  an automatic handling of  the complete painting department (already based on  Makor machines).

The choice went to Makor again,  re-confirmed as the most qualified and reliable partner together with its distributor for USA , Stiles Machinery, leader in woodworking equipment quality brands hand out. The joint team (Larson Juhl , Makor and Stiles) made an engineering study for the best and optimized material  flow aimed to  reduce man-power cost and increase quality.

This study has taken to the installation of 15 new stacking/de-stacking machines and 2 complimentary feeding tables plus some minor modifications.


With extreme pleasure we report the comment of Brad Laporte, Larson Juhl VP of Operations :  “ Larson-Juhl has long been committed to providing the highest quality and the most innovative products in the industry.  The addition of this equipment will substantially support our on-going efforts to improve product quality, reduce lead times, control costs, and provide the best customer service available. My thanks to Makor for their assistance in our ongoing efforts to improve our business.”







Realized for sanding and denibbing of panels and kitchen cabinets. It processes pieces with flat base and
shaped upper profile, both in wood and MDF. The machine removes the wooden fibres that come out
after the raw milling process or after the application of one coat of base coat. The project features various
configurations to match all customers’ needs.



When the productivity gets  the excellence

On 10th  July 2015 we received this e-mail. We just report literally:


I am sending you our record with our Makor line in 8 Hour shift operation.

1 green row means 1 hour full production, red means machine stop.

Operator did no pause for lunch brake, just 4,5 min for start up and 9 min cleaning after shift.

67 396 rm of production!! Is that normal??


This letter came by Mr. Virko Lepmets of Combiwood Group Estonia, that is member of the board with Mr. Arvo Türner and Mr. Janek Antipin . This young but very expert team of managers grew up in the profiles for building businness around Baltics and Scandinavia, and now their company group is leading the market.

When we received this nice message we had the idea to deepen and spread the comments by means of an interview.

Makor- Congratulation Virko for the great performance! Are you aware you achieved an average of 140mt production speed along a full shift?

Combiwood - Yes I do. We believe it’s a unique record, despite we are familiar to such figures in the everyday production life of that line. I  would say that in general, the technical availability of all Makor lines we own (the last one is the fourth) is fantastic, operators like to use them, it became a funny and profitable game to let them compete to perform new records.

M-    It’s really good to hear that!. Can you describe more what is behind the definition “profitable”?

C-      The market of profiles for building in Nothern Europe is in a good shape, since related not only to new buildings market, but also to houses renovation.Up to about 10 years ago the production was mostly quite close to destination of use of final products. The target of Combiwood since the real beginning, was to become more and more attractive in a larger area by means of quality and price products. The main instrument to control prices is to produce large volumes. In other words, more we produce better we can compete and gain new market shares.

 M-   By the growth of your company it’s evident you have been right with such strategy. What do you expect in the future, will it be the same scenario? 

 C-      We believe that our expertise degreed along several years could enlarge even more the area of sales opportunities, so we look with interest to new markets.

M-   Nice to hear it. What about the production efficiency, what sort of improvements would you like to focus on in the near future?

C-      At the moment, we believe that too many human resources are dedicated to the repairing of wooden defects, pine nodes and finger joint gaps. We look forward to Makor automatic solutions meeting such basic production need.

M-   That’s great, Virko!! Now you can get happy quite soon thanks to Makor since, as you know, we recently developped very high technologies oriented to meet such expectations. Let’s keep that apart today, coming back to the painting line, is there anything you are considering to do more than this?

C-      Of course, we have no limits to eventual higher speed achievements. Anyhow, we can say that we are really very satisfied, since the line is running in a stable way, along the time; the operation use is friendly; normally, Makor support is not required but in case, we know we can rely on their staff for a good help, so again we are already very satisfied.

M-   Thank you so much, Virko,  for your feed-back and for this interview! As you know, we trust Combiwood team very much, and let me say sincerely that a good line needs a good driver, and for sure you are a very fast one!

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