GRASS wins award for Kinvaro T-Slim

Congratulations to GRASS for being honoured with a Red Dot Award in “Product Design” for it’s new, completely innovative movement mechanism Kinvaro T-Slim, made in Germany.

Press Release Here

Tafisa Completes Multi-Million-Dollar Upgrade to its Line Number 1

New cutting-edge technology to maximize product quality and consistency


Lac-Mégantic, Quebec – April 23, 2020 – Tafisa Canada, a leading particleboard and TFL decorative panel manufacturer, has announced the completion of a major investment to modernize its Line 1 continuous particleboard press, giving customers access to products of excellent quality and reinforcing Tafisa’s leading industry position.

“Our commitment to operational excellence and high-quality products has been part of our corporate fabric since day one,” said Tafisa CEO Louis Brassard in making the announcement. “This latest investment brings our Line 1 particleboard press to the most advanced, state-of-the-art industry standards, delivering a wide range of benefits to our customers.”

The $23-million modernization project saw the complete refurbishment of the company’s original press, responsible for producing high-quality particleboard panels used in the company’s trendsetting thermally fused laminate (TFL) line of decorative panels. In collaboration with Siempelkamp, the effort involved specialized contractors on site at the company’s Lac-Mégantic plant over a nine-week period. The project began in February and was nearing completion when government authorities declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the project was able to proceed at a reduced rate following the implementation of strict and exceptional sanitary measures to ensure a safe environment for workers and employees.

Line 1 was one of the first original continuous presses to be installed in North America, and over the last 28 years, produced superior products that completely transformed the industry, Brassard said. “Our treasured Line 1 was in need of a major refurbishment in order to prepare itself for the coming decades of operations,” he explained.

The new continuous press features the latest technologies available, enabling Tafisa to prepare for a potential capacity increase to Line 1. This investment will provide for more consistent physical properties, better surface characteristics and more precise control over panel thickness, Brassard explained. “With this investment in the latest technology, our customers will get a more consistent product that in turn will allow them to gain efficiencies in their internal processes,” he said.

The project consisted of removing every component of the press, leaving only the structure of the original frame and replacing the heating platens as well as hydraulic, electronic and mechanical components. This latest investment by Tafisa comes on the heels of the installation of new rotary screens and a gas extraction system on the same particleboard Line 1.

“We’re proud to consistently provide the best value products to our customers while maintaining our position as a North American leader in the wood-based panel market,” Brassard said, making a point of especially congratulating the teams involved in the project, which was delivered in an unusual period that required the implementation of unprecedented safety and hygiene measures. “With this new press, we’re solidly positioned for the growth ahead as we continue to deliver the world’s leading particleboard and decorative surfaces products.”


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Tafisa has a solid reputation for developing trend-setting designs and offering unmatched quality in particleboard and TFL decorative panel manufacturing. Founded in 1992, Tafisa has a proven track record for being attuned to market trends, offering a production capacity that is second to none and excellent customer service. The company continuously invests every year to not only improve its operational excellence but to also ensure that all of its manufacturing processes adhere to the strictest of industry, training, production and environmental standards.


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US gets affirmative vote on unfair trade of Chinese imports of cabinets

American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance has been successful in having tariffs applied to Chinese imports. Full press release here.

CKCA’s response:

The hard work of the AKCA has come to fruition.

Starting last Fall, the CKCA began research in Canada on this issue and was preparing a response.

The CKCA Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 26 to review the findings.

At this time, due to the current health crisis of COVID-19, which is a game changer for all industries with unknown economic fall outs, we will not be responding to this issue until we have come through the pandemic which is currently presenting unprecedented change for our industry.

See data below.

Note: The survey data in the second slide was conducted at the beginning of 2020 and was based on a national response rate. It is presented as an indication only at this time because the response rate to the survey was low.

Richelieu Trends and Innovations

CKCA Member Richelieu brings you more information to help with Design and Installation.               


Bring Nature into your designs! Bringing natural elements, such as wood and stone, into interiors remains one of the easiest ways to add texture to a space.  Richelieu takes you through a variety of different finishes, colors, patterns and applications.  Read full article. 

How to Plan a Lighting Installation Layout for a Kitchen in a Few Easy Steps! The ideal time to plan kitchen lighting is during a remodel, however it is possible to revamp it at any time thanks to Richelieu’s easy plug-and-play system. This article covers the layout installation for a kitchen, but can be applied to any project.

Revolutionary New PWR Drive® Wood Screws from Richelieu



Montreal—Renowned for providing comprehensive functional hardware solutions to cabinetmakers and woodworkers, Richelieu introduces three new revolutionary wood screws under the brand PWR DRIVE that have been specially designed for woodworkers and cabinet makers. HYBRID, CAB and WMX PREMIUM wood screws offer a perfect finish every time with no pre-drilling required.

These innovative screws feature a self-drilling point to avoid wood splitting. They are suitable for solid wood, hardwood, MDF and particle board. Use these screws to save time and achieve the perfect finish every time.

Access all the details and the full press release here