Baiersbronn is best known for its fine dining, with a collection of Michelin stars to rival Ursa Major, but wood connoisseurs are also well catered for in this little town in the heart of the Black Forest. The district of Klosterreichenbach is home to KALLFASS GmbH, founded in 1949. Like so many family businesses started after the war, KALLFASS has gone from strength to strength and is now a leading supplier of flexible cutting, stacking and sorting systems. At LIGNA 2019, the company is unveiling its new CLT press for the production of large panels.

The large presses for the fully automated production of box beam elements that KALLFASS delivered to best wood Schneider in 2017 represented its initial move into press technology. In technical terms, the product - a combination of CLT panels and parallel laminated timber ribs - is the ideal solution for large, self-supporting ceiling spans using the minimum of material yet providing maximum stability. The level of demand - including from international customers who are keen to obtain everything from a single source - and the excellent long-term prospects of CLT ultimately led KALLFASS to make large panel presses part of its portfolio in 2018. The new press was developed above all with customer requirements in mind, including the fully automated production of cross-glued wood panels. Thanks to a modular, stand-alone segmental design, it makes no difference whether the layers are made up of boards or pre-glued panels.