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Leitz apply for the German Culture Award

The annual Jazz Lights have been for many years an established and highly regarded part of the German and international jazz and blues scene. Due to this cultural commitment, Leitz was invited to apply for the German Culture Award in the category "Big companies".
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Leitz at the ALUMINIUM 2018

At the ALUMINIUM trade fair in Düsseldorf from 9 to 11 October 2018, Leitz, as a manufacturer of precision tools and tooling systems, will be presenting its innovations in the field of aluminium processing, in Hall 9, Stand H11.
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Focus on the success of our customers

Even the best quality tools only deliver their optimal performance if they are regularly maintained by experts. They must be resharpened and serviced as fast as accurately as possible in order to be ready for use again in a very short time. With particular expertise in regrinding services, as a world market leader, Leitz Tooling stands for absolute process orientation, close customer relationships and innovative solutions and ideas. Under the principle of “Solutions in new dimensions“ Leitz not only describes its fields of expertise, but also the benefits that customers derive from them every day.
read more


Successful trade fair appearance of Leitz at the Holz-Handwerk 2018

Leitz successfully exhibited at the Holz-Handwerk trade fair in Nuremberg from 21 to 24 March 2018. Under the motto „Solutions in new dimensions“, the world market leader from Oberkochen presented forward-looking service concepts and innovations for the woodworking and wood processing industries. The stand was very well attended on all days and attracted many customers and other interested parties. Management and shareholders spoke of a successful trade fair and expect good follow-up business going forwards.
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Leitz Lexicon Edition 7 – Revised and available

Basically revised in terms of content and with a new design, Leitz publishes the Leitz Lexicon in the seventh edition by end of this year.
read more


Book project „Of a good family“

As a family company with more than 140 years of company’s history, the Leitz GmbH & Co.KG was honoured to present themselves currently in the prestigious book project “Of a good family” of the Zeit publishing house.
read more


Leitz wins the WOOD-TEC Award in Czechia

On the WOOD-TEC exhibition in Brünn, Leitz got an award for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade. The WOOD-TEC is the most important meeting place for ex-perts of the wood- and furniture industry in Czechia and Slovakia. Under the pat-ronage of EUMABOIS, the exhibition already took place for the 15th time. On four trade fair days, more than 11,000 visitors came to the exhibition site, 319 companies from 18 countries presented themselves.
read more


Leitz wins the AWFS® Visionary Award in Las Vegas

The BrillianceCut circular sawblade won the “Visionary Award” on the inter-national trade fair for wood processing and furniture production in North America. The new development from Oberkochen convinced in the tooling category. The award has been accepted by the daughter company Leitz Tool-ing Systems LP from Grand Rapids, USA.
read more


Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
read more


Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
read more


Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible

Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
read more


Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award

Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
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19.11.2018

Leitz apply for the German Culture Award


The annual Jazz Lights have been for many years an established and highly regarded part of the German and international jazz and blues scene. Due to this cultural commitment, Leitz was invited to apply for the German Culture Award in the category "Big companies".
German Culture Award

Since 2006, the cultural federation of the German Economy in the BDI (The Voice of German Industry), in cooperation with the Handelsblatt and ZDF (Second German Television), has been awarding the German Cultural Promotion Prize, which is unique in Germany, in appreciation of the cultural commitment of companies and foundations close to business. This year's competition entries can be found on following homepage:

https://www.kulturkreis.eu/kulturfoerderpreis/deutscher-kulturfoerderpreis-2018-bewerber#n-7079





26.09.2018

Leitz at the ALUMINIUM 2018


At the ALUMINIUM trade fair in Düsseldorf from 9 to 11 October 2018, Leitz, as a manufacturer of precision tools and tooling systems, will be presenting its innovations in the field of aluminium processing, in Hall 9, Stand H11.
Already years ago, the leading tool expert for woodworking expanded its material competences and since then has offered tools for processing aluminium, composite materials, plastics and insulating materials.  In these fields of competence, Leitz also has achieved a good reputation in the course of time as a reliable and innovative tool manufacturer with a full range of tools on the world market.

Leitz will be presenting the following tool highlights at the ALUMINIUM 2018 in Düsseldorf:

•    WhisperCut Prismatic Cutter for sustainable and efficient processing of aluminium composite panels
With this tool, V-shaped or rectangular grooves can be cut in to fold or bend Aluminum composite panels. Lightweight construction, low noise emission and multiple resharpenability are the top features of this new tool generation.


Ill. 1: The Leitz WhisperCut Prismatic Cutterhead for the sustainable and efficient processing of aluminium composite panels. (photo: Leitz)

•    High performance PCD shank cutters for particularly efficient and productive aluminium dry processing
Tools for special aluminium alloys make sizing and pocket cutting possible without reworking.

•    Circular sawblades for every application in aluminium processing 
Sawblade programme for cutting aluminium blocks, -panels, -sheets or –profiles.  Flexibility, quality, efficiency and sustainability. Leitz has the right solution for almost every application.

Leitz offers an application-oriented tool range for aluminium processing and describes this in two catalogues.  One partial catalogue shows general tool solutions for the professional processing of aluminium. The second partial catalogue comprises a particular range of tool solutions for the professional production of windows and front doors made of aluminium and plastic. In addition to products of the standard range, customers can also fall back on numerous options for individual tool designs for special production and material requirements. 


Ill. 2: The Leitz range of tools for the aluminium industry. One partial catalogue shows general tool solutions for the professional processing of aluminium. The second partial catalogue comprises a particular programme of tool solutions for the professional production of windows and front doors made of aluminium and plastic. (photos: Leitz)

The name Leitz stands for practicable and economic solutions worldwide as well as for reliability in demanding processing tasks. As a developer and manufacturer of high-quality tools, Leitz is just as pioneering with its solutions for the aluminium processing industry as it is for the wood and plastics processing industry. Thanks to many years of experience, process optimization is known in Oberkochen as the key to efficient production processes. This is why Leitz always accompanies its customers with all its consulting and development competence and provides additional services, from regrinding service to complete Tool Management. All this enables the creation of optimized workflows with maximal process intelligence.





05.06.2018

Focus on the success of our customers


Even the best quality tools only deliver their optimal performance if they are regularly maintained by experts. They must be resharpened and serviced as fast as accurately as possible in order to be ready for use again in a very short time. With particular expertise in regrinding services, as a world market leader, Leitz Tooling stands for absolute process orientation, close customer relationships and innovative solutions and ideas. Under the principle of “Solutions in new dimensions“ Leitz not only describes its fields of expertise, but also the benefits that customers derive from them every day.
QUALITY
The ultimate goal of Leitz service is that tools are “as new” when they leave the service station. Therefore, every process step is focused on absolute quality and precision. The standards we have developed are uniform worldwide and are systematically certified and fully documented. With this approach, Leitz is in the position to offer its manufacturer-quality tool service in approximately 120 service stations all over the world.


Ill. 1: Leitz technicians can resharpen all types of tools, whilst many standard service providers can be limited to certain types of tools. (photo: Leitz)

Leitz also provides a sophisticated logistics concept. The tools are transported exclusively by qualified Leitz employees who ensure that the right tool is available in the right quantity and quality at the right place, at the right time.


RELIABILITY
Leitz develops its relationships with its customers through its personal pick-up and delivery service. The service employee regularly visits the customers, accepts the tools, returns them reliably and sharpened, and is also available to answer questions at every visit. In addition, transparency and traceability in pricing are two further features that make the Leitz service particularly reliable and customer-oriented.

KNOW-HOW
140 years of company history and highly trained employees make Leitz a unique solution provider. The company’s particularly deep process knowledge and technology know-how in wood and wood-based material processing is dedicated to the service of the customer. For example, consulting services in almost all production areas bring companies with ongoing production up to the latest technology, demonstrate economical machining solutions and optimise processes, all with the aim of increasing customer success.

In order to ensure the continuous qualification and professional development of our own employees with regard to technology and production technology, an ultra-modern service and training centre with strong practical relevance has been created close to Leitz global headquarters in Oberkochen, in Neresheim, Germany. Training courses and further education measures both for our own employees and our customers take place here, covering topics including production and tool technology.


Ill. 2: A Leitz service technician measuring a tool. (photo: Leitz)

PRODUCTIVITY
Represented in 36 countries around the world, Leitz is always in the immediate vicinity of its customers. Each of these countries has their own Leitz service stations, around 50 of which specialise in resharpening diamond tools. This makes Leitz service easily accessible and quick to respond to customers’ needs.

Regular, monitored sharpening and repair ensures that tools are used optimally over the entire product life-cycle. This provides not only unparalleled machining quality, but enables the maximum life of the tool to be achieved.

FLEXIBILITY
‘Leitz Tool Management’ is the solution for greater process reliability and tool availability, as Leitz takes care of the selection, scheduling, procurement, provisioning and stocking of the tools. ‘Complete Care’ includes complete tool management for the customer, including tool service and continuous process engineering. Invoicing is based on flexible payment models such as square or linear meters or the number of products produced.

EFFICIENCY
Each year, around 15 million tools are serviced by Leitz worldwide. This is only possible with our own lean and result-oriented processes. The latest electronic recording systems via smartphone or tablet ensure efficient further analysis of customer production requirements and transparent work steps.

SUSTAINABILITY
Measuring cutting edges down to a few hundredths of millimeter can determine exactly how much must be removed from the cutting material to return the tool to a sharp cutting edge. Our processing follows the principle, “as much as necessary and as little as possible”. Too much removal reduces tool life unnecessarily, and too little removal is to the detriment of the cutting edge. In addition, our largely paperless production and service administration ensure that valuable resources are handled carefully.


Ill. 3: LeitzXPress: Industry 4.0. Customer and tool service at the push of a button. (photo: Leitz)

LeitzXPress – SERVICE AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON
Leitz not only offers smart tools which control processes, but also smart service concepts. In Germany, LeitzXPress is currently being tested; a device with which customers can reach their responsible service employee at the push of a button. Immediately after LeitzXPress is activated, a notification is sent to the consultant who will contact the customer within one hour to answer any questions the customer has about specific tasks, offer solutions to optimise processes, or arrange a site visit. This type of personal customer service is unique in the industry and with this concept, once again Leitz demonstrates its focus on the success of its customers.





09.04.2018

Successful trade fair appearance of Leitz at the Holz-Handwerk 2018


Leitz successfully exhibited at the Holz-Handwerk trade fair in Nuremberg from 21 to 24 March 2018. Under the motto „Solutions in new dimensions“, the world market leader from Oberkochen presented forward-looking service concepts and innovations for the woodworking and wood processing industries. The stand was very well attended on all days and attracted many customers and other interested parties. Management and shareholders spoke of a successful trade fair and expect good follow-up business going forwards.
Oberkochen / Nuremberg, April 9th, 2018
One focus at this year’s Holz-Handwerk was the regrinding service. In recent years, Leitz has succeeded in establishing an unrivalled proximity to customers with its global network of highly qualified service points and pick-up and delivery service for all tools. The new service concept “LeitzXPress” was presented for the first time in Nuremberg. By pressing the LeitzXPress button, the customer triggers a process, at the end of which a direct contact is established with the relevant technical consultant. In less than an hour, the customer will be called back personally to discuss the reason for the contact or to make an appointment for a visit.


Ill. 1: Leitz exhibition stand at the Holz-Handwerk 2018. (Picture: Leitz)

Furthermore, the range of tools for window and door production from Leitz was shown at the Holz-Handwerk 2018 stand in order to address visitors to the Fensterbau Frontale trade fair, which took place in parallel at the Nuremberg exhibition grounds. Here Leitz showcased two new products: The ClimaTrend Style window system which can be produced extremely economically and to meet high market requirements with regard to design and functionality together with the Patio Inowa sliding door and window systems which were developed in cooperation with RoTo and other well-known project partners. This is a unique system worldwide that sets new standards in terms of ease of use and at the same time offers manufacturers all the possibilities of modern production technology and process design.


Ill. 2: LeitzXPress: Industry 4.0 to touch and with immediate benefit. (Picture: Leitz)

In addition, Leitz also presented the latest tool highlights from Oberkochen. ProfilCut Q Premium, a profile tool system, enables the highest cutting speeds in the industry. The new cutterhead system ProfilCut Q with throwaway knives, sets new standards as a pioneer in machining. Furthermore, the new ranges of circular sawblades, tool solutions for panel sizing and noise-optimized HeliCut copyshaping cutterhead were presented.


Ill. 3: The Leitz ClimaTrend Style system combines modern design with maximal functionality and allows production under absolutely economic aspects. (Picture: Leitz)

The trade fair double, Holz-Handwerk and Fensterbau Frontale takes place every two years in the Exhibition Centre of Nuremberg. According to the organizer, more than 110,000 visitors came to the exhibition grounds.



06.12.2017

Leitz Lexicon Edition 7 – Revised and available


Basically revised in terms of content and with a new design, Leitz publishes the Leitz Lexicon in the seventh edition by end of this year.
For the first time in its history, the Leitz Lexicon is not published in bound form but as a ring binder with corresponding individual chapters on various product sectors. It is available in German and English language.


Ill. 1: The Leitz Lexicon Edition 7, revised and as a ring binder and with removable individual chapters. (photo: Leitz)

The new Leitz Lexicon, with a wealth of technological information, a clear structure and its high level of clarity, is the top reference work of the Leitz full product range.  Referring to the handling and the optimized overview of the product sectors and individual chapters, it mainly meets customer requirements and consequently is far more user-friendly. Moreover, about 1,700 new products and product variants have been added to the seventh edition of the Leitz Lexicon.
 
In the chapter “Sawing”, the product programme mainly has been designed as per customer requirements in sectors such as noise reduction, life time increase, larger resharpening areas and improved cutting quality. The objective of the optimized or partly newly developed products always is to obtain the highest level of efficiency referring the processing of various working materials. 

In the chapter “Panel processing”, the WhisperCut jointing cutter programme considerably has been expanded by the inclusion of further dimensions. Also newly added are tools of the EdgeExpert design, the compact hogger DT PLUS
presented on the Ligna as well as crosscut sawblades of the “LowNoise” design. Adjustable edge processing tools for quick profile change are completing the standard programme. The clear presentation of the respective processes in the panel processing is outstanding. The schedules are of great help to find the correct tool for the respective use. 

The chapter “Planing and Profiling” has been revised by the inclusion of the HeliPlan planerhead system for the use in high speed planing units as well as Hydro planerheads with exchangeable sleeve and coated tool body.
Also the programme in the chapter “Manual feed” has been user-orientedly revised and completed by the product highlights HeliCut and ProfilCut Q.  Moreover, the complete system model range ProfilCut Q, including the diamond tipped version, has been added to the chapter “Profile tooling systems” as an expansion to the existing systems. 
In the chapter “Routing”, the structure has been redesigned. In the tool sector, the programme has been expanded by additional diamond shank cutters. Furthermore, all application recommendations have been revised and updated in this sector.

Since the first edition in the 1980s, the Leitz Lexicon in the meantime is the standard reference work in the tool industry and in processing industries of solid wood, wood derived materials and plastics. The chapter “User encyclopedia” includes a lot of valuable information and cutting knowledge, materials science, machine knowhow or process-oriented use of tools. Therefore, the Leitz Lexicon is a renowned teaching material at vocational and technical schools for apprenticeship and further training. On the Leitz Homepage the individual chapters are also available in electronic version for downloading.





06.12.2017

Book project „Of a good family“


As a family company with more than 140 years of company’s history, the Leitz GmbH & Co.KG was honoured to present themselves currently in the prestigious book project “Of a good family” of the Zeit publishing house.
The selection for the „more than 100 exemplary German family companies“ – this is also the subtitle – was a long and intensive process for the editor and the publishing house. In the thorough selection process, medium-sized family companies from across Germany were very carefully selected and only admitted to take part by an explicit invitation. All the more, Leitz is pleased to be included in the book, which is limited to 5,000 copies and produced in a very high quality. Together with other participating companies, Leitz stands for stability, innovative strength and social responsibility. „These companies represent the entire spectrum of German family companies“, as per the statement of the publishing house.


Ill. 1: The owners, Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher and Monika Brucklacher together with Dr. Florian Langenscheidt during the book presentation. (photo: Andreas Henn)

The book volume about German family companies, which is a standard work in the meantime, already is published in the third revised edition and has been created in cooperation with the Family Companies Foundation, the Berenberg Bank and the Obermark GmbH. It is published by the publicist Dr. Florian Langenscheidt and the well-known Zeit publishing group.


Ill. 2: The book project with linen cover and gold lettering is of very high quality. (photo: Andreas Henn)



14.11.2017

Leitz wins the WOOD-TEC Award in Czechia


Oberkochen/Brünn, Czechia, 14.11.2017 
On the WOOD-TEC exhibition in Brünn, Leitz got an award for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade. The WOOD-TEC is the most important meeting place for ex-perts of the wood- and furniture industry in Czechia and Slovakia. Under the pat-ronage of EUMABOIS, the exhibition already took place for the 15th time. On four trade fair days, more than 11,000 visitors came to the exhibition site, 319 companies from 18 countries presented themselves.


Ill. 1: Peter Husenica, Leitz Managing Director for Czechia and Slovakia, accepts the WOOD-TEC Award. (Picture: Leitz)

This year a new contest started with the aim putting the innovations, presented on the fair, in the spotlight. The registered exhibits have been evaluated in two categories by two separate expert juries. Leitz was awarded for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade in the category of machines, assets, tools and accessory. The new development from Oberkochen provides very smooth cutting surfaces as well as absolutely nick-free cutting edges when processing acrylic glass, Corian® and many other materials. Trimming, grinding, polishing – up to now three working steps have been obligatory. Now, grinding after trimming can be eliminated, making the production process more efficient thus saving a lot of time and money for the users. Already in July 2017, Leitz got the Visionary Award on the AWFS in Las Vegas for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade.


Ill. 2: The WOOD-TEC AWARD 2017. (Picture: Leitz)


Ill. 3: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular sawblade in use. (Picture: Leitz)



23.08.2017

Leitz wins the AWFS® Visionary Award in Las Vegas


The BrillianceCut circular sawblade won the “Visionary Award” on the inter-national trade fair for wood processing and furniture production in North America. The new development from Oberkochen convinced in the tooling category. The award has been accepted by the daughter company Leitz Tool-ing Systems LP from Grand Rapids, USA.
Oberkochen, August 23, 2017 – Every two years, the „AWFS® Visionary New Product Award“ appreciates creative, innovative and environmentally friendly prod-uct developments. Experts from various sectors of  wood processing and furniture industry inclusively professional final users, carpenters and company owners form the independent jury selecting the presented products in the following categories: Production methods, practicality, innovation and user friendlyness.


Ill. 1: The AWFS® Visionary Award together with the awarded Leitz BrillianceCut circular sawblade. (Picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular sawblade has been awarded in the tool category. During the processing of acrylic glass, Corian® and many other materials, it supplies very smooth surfaces as well as absolutely nick-free cutting edges. Cutting to size, grind-ing, polishing – up to now three working steps were obligatory. Grinding after cutting to size now can be omitted making the production process more efficient and saves the users time and money.


Ill. 2: Managing Director Mike Lind and Regional Sales Manager Mark Alster, both from Leitz USA, accept the award together with Sales Manager Edmund Mahler and Product Manager Markus Schneider. (Picture: Leitz)

The AWFS® takes place every two years in the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year approximately 12,300 registered visitors and 683 exhibiting companies from 67 nations were present. The leading suppliers for the wood- and furniture industry pre-sented wood processing machines, tool solutions, wooden elements, furniture com-ponents, floor coverings, connecting elements and further products relevant for this industry.


Ill. 3: BrillianceCut in use. (Picture: Leitz)





14.02.2017

Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
To fulfill this important role, it is necessary that the tool be able to identify itself with regard to its dimensional and operational characteristics. This on-board data includes basic elements regarding operational safety, and parameters for optimal processing efficiency.
The increasing complexity of CNC machines and production lines, along with the expanding variety of materials to be processed, confronts manufacturers with many challenges. Intelligent tools can help by providing important operational parameters for various raw materials. Information such as tool geometry, maximum RPM, direction of rotation, setting dimensions, feed rates in combination with RPM and correction data are programmed into the tool.


Ill. 1: Tool with QR Code (picture: Leitz)

Based on the data provided, a machine can set appropriate processing parameters. Feedback about the application allows in a learning system to register lifetime and critical operating conditions and to further optimize future production. Additional benefits from this link include improved operational safety, trouble-free resetting of tools and simulation of machining processes. This also results in quality improvement and increased energy efficiency, as the tools are always used in the rated range leading to stable and efficient production processes on the tool side.
Intelligent tools help to optimize production, as well as provide the basis to improve the total value-chain around the tool.
Tools become a knowledge base and consequently form the central communication unit of a standardized data structure (application data, critical values, history, process cycles, etc.).


Ill. 2: Tool with DataMatrix Code (picture: Leitz)

This electronic connection allows for:
•    assessment of the tool condition (wear)
•    determination of the remaining tool life – including forecasts about performance  time
•    allocation to the machine – including optimal changing cycles
•    allocation of maintenance parameters
•    tool tracking.


Ill. 3: Tool with Chip RFID (picture: Leitz)

In combination with the suitable Tool Management model, a simplification of the total tool logistics is achieved. This results in an increase of availability, reduction of inventory, increase of process efficiency, development of process know-how and simplified tool programing.


Ill. 4: Tool with Chip NFC (picture: Leitz)

Through increased linking in the production process and along the complete value-chain, tools in the future will play a central role and provide Plug & Play solutions, which optimize manufacturing efficiency on a continuous basis.

The type of tool coding is not playing a mayor role, more important is the clear identification, the collection and the provision of the data.





14.02.2017

Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
Project Background
The total plantation area for oil palms amounts to over 20 million hectares worldwide and is expected to further increase. Oil palm plantations are exclusively planted for palm oil which is used in the food and biochemical industries as well as for energy. Environmental destruction, loss of bio diversity and human rights violations through massive and partly illegal planting of oil palm plantations have been widely reported on.

The present project does not deal with palm oil but with the utilization of an up to date “wasted” raw material – oil palm wood!

When palm oil plantations were originally established, the question what would happen to the biomass, especially the oil palm trunks, after replanting was not in the foreground.

The fact is, oil palm plantations exist and they are gradually being replanted as oil yield decreases significantly after a palm age of 15 to 20 years. Based on a planted area of about 20 mill. ha, an average of 0.8 mill. ha annually would have to be re-planted on a long term basis. As a result, large volumes of the resource oil palm wood will accrue in Asia, Africa and South America. Estimates forecast 100 to 120 million cubic meters of trunks per year.

Presently, oil palm trunks are left to rot, in some cases chipped as fertilizer (with subsequent fungal attack) or even burnt. All three procedures are highly detrimental for the environment due to rapid CO2 emissions.

Furthermore a valuable resource which accrues in any case remains unused with the consequent economic and ecological disadvantages. The main reasons for the non-utilization is that oil palm wood strongly differs from “normal” wood in terms of extreme density distribution within the trunk, the very high contents of water, silicates, sugar and starch. This results in a very different structure and properties of oil palm wood and processing requirements in comparison to “normal” wood species. Botanically, an oil palm is not a tree (dicotyledon) but a grass (monocotyledon).



Ill. 1: Lightweight core panel with a core of oil palm wood and a cover layer of beech veneer (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 2: 3-layer board of oil palm wood (picture: Leitz)

To date, the required knowhow and technology for an efficient use oil palm wood is not available.

However, the use of oil palm trunks can significantly reduce the pressure on natural forests by replacing the timber extracted. In Asia, the ongoing dramatic decrease in available timber from natural forests and relatively small volumes from plantations (e.g. Rubberwood, Aciacia mangium) have already lead to wood shortages. Illegal harvests further aggravate the situation. In the future, without using oil palm wood, population and economic growths will convert Asia into one of the largest importers of wood and wooden products.

At this point, it must be emphasized again that the wood of oil palm trunks never was and never will be the production target of oil palm plantations as revenues from wood fall far below those of oil fruits. Nevertheless, the utilization of an anyhow existing resource is an ecologic and economic imperative.

Project Description
Earlier studies and pilot projects on the utilization of oil palm trunks for products have shown high technical and economic potentials. However, due to the afore mentioned reasons there are no industrial implementations yet.

The overall project objective is the best possible use of timber from unproductive, overaged oil palms for the production of high value-added products, e.g. one-layer and multi-layer panels, blockboards, gluelam in standard dimensions and cross laminated timber (CLT) in Thailand and Malaysia.  The project is to set the ground for a sustainable use of oil palm wood taking into account technical, economic, ecologic and social aspects.

Conservation of resources and tropical forests, climate protection, generation of jobs and income in the resource countries and new market development are objectives pursued by the project. Only plantation holders who have certified a substantial share of their planation areas according to international standards can participate in the project. In the framework of this project a Chain-of-Custody system for oil palm wood which corresponds to that for “normal  wood products is developed. Oil palm wood is not subject to the European Timber Trade Regulation (EUTR), however certificates of origin through the above certification system are possible without difficulty.

For implementing the project, different companies and institutions have joined in the international network “PalmwoodNet” in a multi-stakeholder approach. Members of PalmwoodNet are the five core partners Jowat SE, Detmold; Minda Industrieanlagen GmbH, Minden; Möhringer Anlagenbau GmbH, Wiesentheid;  Leitz GmbH + Co. KG, Oberkochen together with Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG, Kapfenberg/Austria and Palmwood R+D, Freiburg as well as different German universities  and other industry partners who assume specific development and implementation tasks.

Furthermore, a number of project partners including R+D institutions, universities, wood working companies and plantation holders from Malaysia and Thailand have been integrated in the network.

Leitz and Boehlerit work contents are the interpretation of the cutting processing to produce the planned products of oil palm wood referring the suitable working processes and hogging procedures. Among these particularly are the development of suitable cutting materials and tools to achieve the required quality and efficiency of cutting processes.

The PPP-Project „Oil Palm Wood“ sponsored by DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development was officially started in November 2015 under the leadership of the project coordinator Jowat SE.


Ill. 3: Oil palm wood structure with high density (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 4: Example of a door panel: Light core of oil palm wood, hardwood frame and plywood cover layer (picture: Leitz)

Currently, work results and solutions are available from the following areas:
•    Suitable products from oil palm wood
•    Primary and secondary processing techniques, including wood preservation and drying
•    Machines and tools
•    Adhesive technology
•    Ecology and sustainable supply
•    Financial data for assessing performance and competitiveness, etc.

These project results will be presented for the first time to the public at LIGNA fair by the core and associated network partners. Visit Leitz at Ligna 2017 (Hall 15) to learn more about our involvement in the Oil Palm Wood project.





11.10.2016

Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible


Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
Oberkochen, October 11th, 2016 – Trimming, sanding and polishing – three working steps normally necessary for fine finish in acrylic glass (PMMA) or polycarbonate panels (PC) processing. The newly designed Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades drastically reduce the need for extra finishing processes. In the case of processing PMMA and PC break-out is reduced, leaving a fine finish quality. Leitz customers who have tested BrillanceCut have confirmed reduction in the finishing process.


Ill. 1: BrillianceCut - a close-up view (picture: Leitz)

This makes BrillianceCut sawblades the best solution for PMMA and PC specialists. The Leitz engineers in Oberkochen have designed a specific cutting geometry to exactly match these working materials. At Holz-Handwerk 2016 Leitz presented new innovations for circular saw blades – new laser ornaments are now filled with a special damping material. Thus, BrillianceCut belongs to the Leitz Excellent family of tooling: Higher stability and quiet running with high quality of finish.


Ill. 2: BrillianceCut – in practice. (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades supply perfect results, especially with respect to PMMA and PC processing but also in other plastics and compound materials. Leitz customers have also tested the new Leitz circular saw blades with PA, PVC, HPL, Alucobond® as well as with some polymer-bound materials, for example Corian®.


Ill. 3: BrillianceCut - application example (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades are available from stock with diameters of 350, 380, 400 and 450 mm for all standard panel sizing sawing machines. For users working with special machines, Leitz offers special production of this new type of saw blade.





09.12.2016

Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award


Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
The award is based on a study made by the foundation: „The economic importance of family businesses“, which has been updated every two years since 2006 by re-nowned economic research institutes. The study demonstrates that the group of large family businesses contributes disproportionately to growth and employment in our country and generates better development than non-family-run DAX enterprises.

The ranking is based on revenue and employment as well as on types of trades. The Leitz Group is placed 198th with the sector of the largest German family controlled companies and 44th in the state of Baden Württemberg.


Ill. 1: Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of Foundation for Family Businesses handing over the TOP 500 award to the LEITZ owners, Monika Brucklacher (on the right) and Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (picture: Leitz)

Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, main shareholder and chairman of advisory board, thanked her colleagues of the Advisory Board, the Executive Management Board and the Leitz staff: „ All of you have contributed to this success“. Special thanks go to her late father, Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, who shaped the development of the family company for more than 40 years.





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