W Exhibition Show Overview – 2018

W Exhibition 2018- Joinery & Furniture Manufacturing Show Overview

A Short Overview of the w18 Joinery & Furniture Manufacturing Show

The W Exhibition is the UK’s leading dedicated trade exhibition for the Joinery & Furniture industry, showcasing the latest in product development and innovative technology – all under one roof.

With the opportunity to see running woodwork machinery together with components and materials from over 200 exhibitors, W18 offers joiners & furniture manufacturers the opportunity to experience everything the industry has to offer.

W Exhibition & Elements

W Exhibition & Elements 2018, often referred to as W18, consisted of dual events; W Exhibition and Elements.


With over 200 exhibitors across the show, there was plenty to see, do and experience. Big names from the woodworking machinery and technology market such as Biesse, Felder and SCM had on display working cnc machines, automated finishing systems and functional software solutions.

Co-located within the 3 large halls of the NEC in Birmingham, was the Elements show. Elements, which launched in 2016, is the only components show in the UK and features the very latest in hardware, ironmongery and surface finishing products for joinery manufacturers, furniture production and interior design markets.


The W18 Exhibition was a great event in which visitors were able to experience all of the new and innovative technology on offer to the joinery and furniture industry. Well-known brands in the components and finishing sectors such as Tensor, Mirka, Trend, Q-Wood (Quantum Profiles) and Stonebridge (DJH Group) had an extensive range of their latest products on display. Live demonstrations, product samples and excellent networking opportunities meant that no-one left the show empty handed.

Innovation highlights include the new Novastar and Iridium abrasives from Mirka, a new range of ‘healthy’ non-MeCL adhesives from Tensor, new Rose Gold finished cabinet hardware by M.Marcus Heritage Brass, and new “Monkey Tail” style and Matt Black exterior hardware range from Stonebridge Architectural Ironmongery.

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W18 Exhibition
W18 Exhibition
W18 Exhibition - Machinery
W18 Exhibition – Machinery
W18 Exhibition - CNC
W18 Exhibition – CNC
W18 Exhibition - Mirka Abrasives
W18 Exhibition – Mirka Abrasives
W18 Exhibition - Novastar Sanding Discs
W18 Exhibition – Novastar Sanding Discs
W18 Exhibition - Tensor
W18 Exhibition – Tensor
W18 Exhibition - Rubio Monocoat
W18 Exhibition – Rubio Monocoat

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Toolfix Set to Exhibit at ‘FIT Show 2017’ (23-25 May)

FIT Show (NEC, Birmingham) 23-25 May

Toolfix Set to Exhibit at ‘FIT Show 2017’

Visit us on stand H54 at the FIT Show – NEC, Birmingham 23-25 May 2017

The FIT Show has grown to become one of the most acknowledged showcases for hardware and components specified by the UK window, door and conservatory industry. Moving to one of Europe’s leading exhibition and event centres for 2017, the NEC offers the capability to put on one of the largest events of its kind; where visitors can meet existing and new suppliers face-to-face; check out products, systems and services in real time.

Visitors to the Toolfix stand at FIT Show – H54 in Hall 7 – can see the latest developments in a comprehensive offering of hardware and fittings for the joinery & construction industry. Joiners, Builders, Fabricators and Installers can also pick up a tailored catalogue to suit their trade, whether it be specific to Site Supplies or the recently launched Joinery Supplies Catalogue. With a company focus on technical knowledge and industry expertise, a team of expert advisers will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Sales & Marketing Manager, Nigel Burt, says “we chose to exhibit at The FIT Show this year to enable us to showcase our ever increasing range of window and door hardware. With over 63,000 different product lines available – we can’t bring everything with us to the show – but what we can do is to communicate our strong focus on the ability to provide a fast and reliable solution for an essential range of products from leading brands in the industry, delivered next day throughout the UK.”

Exhibiting on stand H54 in Hall 7, Toolfix will feature some of the latest innovations in high-performance sliding, bi-fold and lift & slide door systems. Highlighting the impressive Imago Lift & Slide system  from Italian hardware manufacturers AGB, which combines the natural beauty of wood with the latest in sliding door technology to rival even the best aluminium systems; offering minimalist style and superior performance favoured by modern home design.

In addition to this, Toolfix are also key distributors to many brands who will also be exhibiting at the show including; Titon ventilation, Winkhaus locking systems, ERA security, Clear Amber glazing systems, Soudal adhesives and Makita power tools.

Everyone’s going, don’t miss it:

The FIT Show 2017

NEC Birmingham   |   Tuesday 23rd May – Thursday 25th May 2017

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Toolfix Launch Tailored Joinery Catalogue Ahead of FIT Show 2017

Toolfix Joinery Supplies Catalogue

Toolfix Launch Tailored Joinery Catalogue Ahead of FIT Show 2017

Toolfix – specialist suppliers to professional businesses within the joinery and construction sector – are pleased to announce the launch of their new 200-page Joinery Supplies Catalogue in time for The FIT Show. Catalogues will be made available throughout the event on stand H54 in Hall 7.

After 30 years’ experience of supporting the joinery and construction trades, Toolfix continue to focus on their strong ability to offer technical knowledge and industry expertise to supply an essential range of products from leading brands in the industry. Suppliers of everything from door and window hardware to workshop consumables, the new catalogue offers Joinery fabricators and installers a comprehensive guide to the Toolfix product range.

Featuring key brands such as Winkhaus multi point door locking systems, Schlegel Aquamac weatherseals, Soudal adhesives, Mirka abrasives and Reisser fixings. Furthermore, Toolfix are at the forefront of new and innovative products in the market such as the Q-Wood composite timber beading range and the latest in hybrid wood oils with Rubio Monocoat.

Sales & Marketing Manager, Nigel Burt, says “Our aim was to consolidate our existing brochures and portray our vast product range in to one easy-to-use catalogue, which is tailored specifically to meet the requirements of professionals in the joinery industry”.

“Many of our customers see us as their trusted trade supply partner; cutting out the hassle of dealing with multiple suppliers to provide a fast and reliable solution for all of the right products, delivered next day throughout the UK.”

Alongside the construction based Site Supplies catalogue released earlier this year, the Toolfix Joinery Supplies catalogue can also be found online at knowledgebase.toolfixservices.com

TOGGLER and SMART at the Coventry Toolfair

Coventry Toolfair 2016 – Toolfix attend with TOGGLER and SMART!

Toolfix attended the Coventry Toolfair on the 22nd and 23rd September 2016. Throughout the show we demonstrated the unique benefits of the TOGGLER range of plasterboard fixings to hundreds of tradesmen alongside the high performance PURPLE range of multi-tool blades from SMART.

Russell Lindsell who was a Toolfix representative at the Toolfair commented:

“The Coventry Toolfair was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase two of our premium product ranges and increase awareness about them. We believe it is important to demonstrate products at exhibitions like this to allow the trade to keep up to date with all the latest changes in the industry.”

Here at Toolfix we are certainly committed to ensuring that you are aware of the best solution for your needs and dedicated to providing it to you with hassle free service. We also took the opportunity to re-launch the Pipe Chamfer Tool at the Coventry Toolfair which is now available from stock.

The TOGGLER range of fixings is available at www.toggler-uk.com and the SMART range is available at www.smartblade-uk.com. Alternatively get in touch with one of our expert advisors and we’ll do everything possible to source the exact product you require.

Tel: 01733 347348

Winkhaus Multipoint Locking for Timber Stable Doors

Winkhaus Multipoint Locking for Stable Doors

Security is an important issue in the home. Insurers usually insist upon the main exterior doors of a property being fitted with a mortice deadlock with at least five levers that conforms to BS3621:2007 or equivalent. Where a homeowner or architect has chosen a wooden double-leaf, dutch door or stable exterior door the issue is complicated by the need for additional key operated security bolts top and bottom, positioned vertically, not against the opposing leaf.

Wooden stable doors are a popular and practical design feature, particularly in rural properties. The top half can be left open allowing plenty of fresh air into the home while the bottom half remains closed. Stable doors lend themselves readily to barn conversions and can finish the country look and feel of a property. However, joinery companies are left with the challenge of producing an attractive product which is also secure.

In the past, stable doors have been considered to be a weak point in home security by insurers because a two leaf door with a horizontal division is not as resistant to external force as a single solid door. Although additional vertical key-operated security bolts can remedy this, a multipoint lock running the length of both leaves would be a more secure and convenient choice.

Until now, multipoint locks have not been a viable choice for joiners looking to deliver high-quality and secure stable doors due to the limitations of the product and difficulty in sourcing them. German lock manufacturer Winkhaus has developed a multipoint lock designed specifically for stable doors, removing the need for additional security bolts and locks. The top and bottom halves of the door can be locked independently or together to ensure security of the home, using hooks, deadlock and rack bolts. The system enables joiners and builders to deliver secure stable doors for their customers, providing quality joinery with the peace of mind offered by secure multipoint locks.

Winkhaus has developed a multipoint lock designed specifically for stable doors

The purpose-made locking system specifically for timber stable doors incorporates two matched locking systems, rather than a mismatched combination of locks. A high-strength centre gearbox reduces the risk of abusive malicious loads and 25 mm throw-plated steel hooks deliver optimum security, ease of operation and weather proofing.

A rack bolt secures the upper and lower leaves of the door while the lower lock also features a roller latch. With the rack bolt engaged and all hooks retracted the door operates as a conventional door. Releasing the rack bolt separates the upper and lower leaves to open the top portion only.

There is a great range of levers to suit the system to suit every taste. Additional door bolts are offered as an optional extra.

Anthony Burt of Toolfix said: “Stable doors are great for homes with children and animals because the top half can be opened to let in plenty of light and fresh air while the bottom half remains shut to provide security and peace of mind. They give a great rustic look and feel to rural properties.

“In the past there have been concerns over the security of stable doors and it was necessary to use different mismatched locks to make them secure enough to meet the requirements of most home insurers. That has now been changed with the introduction of the Winkhaus multipoint locking system for stable doors.

“At Toolfix we stock the full range of Winkhaus products including its stable door system. We can supply locks for heritage projects, traditional designs or ultra-modern interiors. Call us on 08001 613 613 or visit our website www.knowledgebase.toolfixservices.com to find out more.”


We pride ourselves on working closely with you to ensure you get exactly the right components for your project whilst meeting all of your required standards and budgets.

Whatever it is that you are looking for, please get in touch – we are sure to be able to offer you a solution.

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The Durable Versatile Beauty of Solid Pewter Hardware


Pewter – a malleable alloy of tin, copper, lead, antimony or other metals for durability and strength – has been used in the home in the UK since the days of the Roman Empire to create domestic items including cups, spoons, candlesticks, door knobs – in fact almost anything. Since the 17th century pewter has been recognised for its beauty and versatility. It is still used in cutting-edge interior design in 2016 to produce high quality architectural ironmongery and features.

Pewter is a safe, non-toxic material which nowadays contains no lead. It is primarily made from tin (91 to 95 per cent) with up to eight per cent antimony, 2.5 per cent copper and 0.5 per cent bismuth.

Hardware items produced from pewter can be made in a variety of ways including centrifugal casting using silicon moulds, turning on a lathe or by pressing, rolling or hand forming. The surface can be polished, darkened, engraved, etched, stamped or hammered. The surface can also be painted, enameled or decorated.

As interior design, particularly in kitchens, moves away from the stark minimalism of white gloss, natural materials and quality joinery are becoming more sought after. What better way to complement the natural beauty of wood and be on trend in terms of design than by using solid pewter hardware?


Not all pewter hardware is actually made from pewter. Often, an iron or steel cast is ‘finished’ using special powder coatings to give the item the patina of solid pewter. It is important to check this when sourcing pewter hardware.

Solid pewter is low maintenance and will not corrode or rust like cheaper powder-coated alternatives. It is easy to maintain a factory finish by washing with soapy water and buffing dry every three to six months. Pewter’s durability makes it a sound choice for interior and exterior applications where long life and ease of maintenance are required.

will not corrode or rust like cheaper powder-coated alternatives

Anthony Burt of Toolfix said: “Pewter is a durable, high-quality, versatile and beautiful material. All the hardware that we offer is manufactured to the highest European standards and complements any building or refurbishment or architectural project from heritage work to cutting-edge modern interior design.”

Finesse Pewter Hardware has been professionally and independently tested and complies with BS EN ISO 11997-1:2006, a 168-hour cyclic corrosion salt spray test.

“Our range of solid pewter hardware has been designed and manufactured using only the finest lead-free pewter, blending modern production techniques and processes with a unique hand-crafted finish to highlight the natural beauty of pewter. It includes everything from cabinet hardware to door levers – including pewter 92 mm multi-point locking handles – to provide the perfect finishing touches to high quality joinery,” said Anthony Burt.

“We can supply hardware for heritage projects, traditional designs or ultra-modern interiors. Call us on 01733 347348 to find out more.”

Create Longer Lasting Windows with Composite Beading

One of the most important elements of a window frame is one of its smallest – the beading. Beading is used externally and internally on windows to keep the glazing in place. However, beading on timber windows can form a water trap and is often the first component of a window system to rot and fail.

Water ingress can damage both the beading and the main frame of the window itself. At the very least, timber beads will need regular maintenance or replacement – creating both cost and inconvenience.

The simplest and most cost effective solution is to replace the element that is most likely to fail – the beading – with a product that is longer-lasting and more resistant to weathering than ordinary timber.

A robust and cost-effective solution to beading replacement is Q-Wood innovative composite timber beading.

Shop Window Beading

Anthony Burt of Toolfix Joinery and Construction Supplies explains: “Q-Wood profiles reflect the natural appearance and feel of wood while retaining the beneficial properties of a composite. They can be used for interior or exterior applications where weathering and durability is required. They are used widely in the timber window industry to replace traditional timber beading.”

Q-Wood composite timber profiles integrated into windows and doors add beauty and enhance performance. The profiles can be used to secure the glazing in place while enabling suitable ventilation for the double glazing unit.

Composite beads, bars and moulds are replacing traditional timber components to provide an improved solution that increases productivity while reducing labour, waste and ongoing maintenance requirements. They require no moisture extraction, treatment, acclimatising or conditioning. Uniformity means no knots and therefore no labour-intensive inspection and sorting is needed.

The consistency of Q-Wood also means waste can be drastically reduced as it will not bow, splinter, swell, crack or rot. Therefore, only off-cuts will be left over; everything else will be fitted to the window or door. The standard stock profile length is three metres but Q-Wood can also be supplied in a length that best suits the users’ production facilities, by special order subject to quantities, thus helping to reduce waste further.

“Because of the use of wood fibres in Q-Wood, when finished it looks and feels every bit as good as timber but with added benefits. Q-Wood has no gaps to fill or knots to cover. The smooth surface without imperfections creates the perfect ‘canvas’ for paint, ensuring that the finish achieved is excellent,” said Anthony Burt.

Q-Wood profiles are manufactured from sustainably sourced materials and can be produced using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody sourced timber. Using timber in the manufacturing process combines the elements of nature while delivering the performance of a composite.

The profiles maintain form and straightness, do not crack or rot, can be painted and are suitable for both internal and external applications. Profiles can also be supplied in lengths to suit specific production requirements.

Anthony Burt added: “All Q-Wood profiles are produced to the highest quality and every Q-Wood profile that leaves the manufacturing site is guaranteed to be to specification.”

Be Inspired by Corner Windows and Frames

Inspired in part by Frank Lloyd-Wright’s Fallingwater house, modern architects and self-builders are increasingly seeking to re-establish connections with the landscape around them through the innovative use of panoramic glazing in windows and doors.

Using corner windows and corner opening sliding door systems allows builders and designers to take advantage of increased floor space. Their use also reduces the building’s mass and introduces more natural light into interior spaces. As light enters the room from two angles, wide panoramic vistas, landscapes and cityscapes are opened up. This is particularly useful in north-facing spaces where more light can be introduced without the need for artificial lighting, therefore saving on energy costs.

There are a variety of ways that corner frames can be used to reimagine the views projected through the windows, enabling a deeper visual connection with the building’s surroundings. This can be achieved either by surrounding the corner with glass or by breaking up the view with a slim-line metal or timber frame. Because corner glazing is an atypical model, incorporating it into a building design creates a stimulating external and internal visual appearance.

Where ground floor space is at a premium, cornerless opening can be incorporated to save space by connecting two lift and slide door sets at right angles to create the opening.

“There is now a real range of options for architects and self-builders to incorporate ultra-modern, visually stimulating design into their projects by using cornerless windows and sliding door systems”, said Anthony Burt of Peterborough-based joinery suppliers Toolfix Joinery and Construction supplies.

“Housebuilders and developers can be bold in their vision while at the same time ensuring that the building will take advantage of thermally dynamic, sustainable modern glazing which is stunning to look at as well as secure.”

Toolfix is a supplier of Imago high-performance super-slim lift and slide door systems which combine the natural beauty of wood with the latest in sliding door technology to offer the minimalist style and superior performance favored by modern home design.

Imago is the slimmest timber frame lift and slide door system on the UK market, combining stunning wide-span openings with unobstructed views not found in any other system with superb energy efficiency and superior security performance. It enables Toolfix to offer architects, builders and self-build developers the perfect solution for their contemporary building design requirements where style and performance are paramount.

By combining innovative Italian design with precision engineering, Imago Lift & Slide rivals even the best aluminium systems while creating stunning panoramic views that add a greater sense of space to any type of property. Exceptional energy efficiency values and industry-leading thermal and weatherproofing performance ensure the highest possible protection from the worst that the British weather can throw at it. Advanced multi-point locking tested to UK and European standards provides enhanced anti-burglar protection without compromising design.

Anthony Burt added: “In addition to Imago Lift & Slide we also offer a number of window solutions from leading manufacturers including Deventer and Q-Wood to deliver real choice to our customers.”