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Chronicle Furwa Furnierkanten GmbH and Veneer Edges in Continuous Rolls

Furwa was founded by Mr. Armin Wiblishauser at the beginning of 1974.
Mr. Wiblishauser derived from a family who has been in the woodworking business for generations. After having studied woodworking technology, he worked for different companies before he became the technical director of the family-owned bedroom furniture production plant “WIWA”. He knew the technical demands for veneer edges exactly when he invented veneer edges in continuous rolls!

1972Olympic Games in Munich and last Apollo Mission
Veneer edges in continuous rolls do not exist yet.
1973Mr. Wiblishauser develops the first veneer edges in continuous rolls.
1974FURWA is founded - the production of reconstituted veneer rolls starts.
1976The regular series production of veneer edges in continuous rolls starts.
23.12.1977FURWA Furnierkanten GmbH is founded
30.05.1978and is registered.
1979FURWA Furnierkanten GmbH moves to its present location.
1984The company PWG is co-founded by Mr. Wiblishauser in order to pre-coat fleece for the fleece lamination process with PVAc adhesive onto veneers.

First lacquering plant for veneer rolls - Building of a new veneer warehouse.
1993Master roll production starts in the Czech Republic. The production area is doubled due to the construction of a new building. Production area, warehouse area as well as the administration area have grown to over 4,500 sqm.
1994FURWA develops the Minolta electronic veneer grading system including quality management and cost management in co-operation with a partner.

Production of thick veneer edges 1 – 3 mm is introduced.
1995Development and integration of an electronic colour control system for veneers into the veneer grading system.
1998The first UV lacquering plant has a serial output of > than 2,000 sqm per shift.
1999Production start of highly-flexible surfaces with hydro lacquers.
2000Installation of a paternoster shelf system for storing up to 120,000 sqm veneer master rolls with each single roll being directly accessible.
2001Development of a new fleece lamination for the automotive industry which is resistant to boiling water and long-term UV resistant. (Even wavy and indefinably shaped figured veneers are laminated, flattened and subsequently sanded thinly.)
2002The series production for the automotive industry is established (veneer treatment for the production of dashboards, steering wheels, ashtray lids, etc.).
2003Washable veneers are introduced at the show „Interzum“.
2004A new combined UV lacquering unit is put into operation:
Now highly-flexible lacquers and top surfaces are offered even more inexpensively.
2005“Veneer D4 for D3” for the automotive industry and thick veneer edges 1 – 3 mm partially lead to a production at full capacity of 7 days in 3-shifts.
2006A new press line with a pressing area of 8m x 1m is put into operation.
Thick veneer edges reach a production output of more than 50%.
2007The Cedarsole is launched on the market and offers effective protection against foot odour on a purely biological basis.
2008Development of special edges for frameless honeycomb boards as face veneer edges for an application without supporting edge or as supporting edge for the BAZ.
2009Homag/Ligna: Furwa's supporting edges are approached on the BAZ by means of 100 mm frameless honeycomb boards and a radius of 30 mm. Successful FSC Certification (SCS-COC-002225)

Production start of flexible veneer sheets in widths up to 640 mm. Finished lacquered 3D veneer is produced for the skiing industry.
2010PP-Wood-Priming Edge 2 mm with wood fibres extruded is introduced. Thick veneer edges for laser or plasma activation are marketably pre-coated. Cell phone covers for iPhones are produced with Furwa’s pre-finished lacquered 3D intarsia veneer by means of rear injection process. Precision lasered special veneers of FURWA upvalue light switch elements.

Armin Wiblishauser, the founder of our company and inventor of the continuous veneer roll, passed away on December 01st, 2010.

2011Furwa Furnierkanten GmbH is sold to Blazic d.o.o., Ljubljana, Slovenia in March 2011 with effect as of January 01st, 2011.
2012Wooden Glasses are produced with FURWA special veneer

FURWA flexibilizes melamine resin priming edges for the door rebate.
2013FURWA develops almost flame-resistant edges for aircraft interiors on behalf of Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg.
2014Start of the finish foil treatment for highly-flexible usage.
2015The fully-glued mini joint is introduced to the veneer roll production.
2017The electronic veneer grading system introduced in 1994 is exchanged for a modern Kleistronik Optimizing and Measuring Imager.

A new chip silo is established, and the exhaust technique is updated to the latest technology. By that the partly necessary additional oil firing is no longer required.
2018Start of the serial production of veneer sheets to produce real wood customer cards and key cards. As well as FURWA developed the technique for wood cards with RFID-inlay
2019Development of flame-retardant veneer edges, thick veneer edges and wrapping veneers.

FURWA Furnierkanten GmbH in numbers:
Production output 2018 : 13 Mio. sqm continuous veneer rolls and special treatments
Employees 2018: 35
Turnover 2018: approx. 4.7 Mio €
Exports 2018: approx. 76 %

After a record turnover of 8 Mio. €uro in 2000 and subsequent ups and downs, one of the best results in the history of FURWA could be achieved in 2007 with a turnover of 7.78 Mio. €uro. Then the general crisis led to a considerable decrease in turnover. Since 2013 FURWA has again accomplished turnover growths and delivers edges to all 5 continents.