tion technique, one base raw material
and a limited product range.
In Danville, Lindquist says that
wood product flow begins at the
sawmill, then goes to either component or board production. From there,
material goes into solid wood furniture, board and frame products, or
composite panel furniture. Then on to
a distributor and the Ikea store.
“By using cost-effective constructions, Ikea has been able to produce
affordable products,” he says.
Lindquist explains that Ikea’s
over-tag, or advantages, include strength
in sandwich construction, kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, kitchen fronts,
solid wood products and veneered
First plant and four lines
In the operation itself, major
equipment suppliers include Homag
and Stiles Machinery Inc., Burkle,
Schelling, Biesse, Cefla, and Akzo
For the press line, Schelling supplied a large panel saw to cut panels.
Burkle supplied the whole layup and
pressing lines for the HDF, particleboard stiles and honeycomb for making lightweight panels. A Paul saw is
ripping particleboard strips into rails.
Honeycomb core material is brought
from Europe in a collapsed condition.
Lightweight panels are taken from
press line and moved to the edgebanding area, which includes Homag
edgebanding equipment, Holzma
Powerline and Weeke machining
center, along with Bargstadt handling
The Cefla print line includes
surface treatment, Biesse RBO panel
handling machine, Costa & Grissom
sander with Sorbini ovens, and Costa
& Grissom Serie S sander.
A woodgrain finish is applied in
several steps using Akzo Nobel finishes. White, birch, black-brown and
solid black can be applied.
The packaging line was assembled
by Ligmatech and includes Ligmatech Profiline VRF 120 machines and
Kallfass shrink wrap line. Products are
packed flat in boxes.
In addition, a foil line is being
completed that includes a Profiline
Why Danville won
➤ Distance to Ikea retail stores
➤ Availability of labor
➤ Sustainable supply of raw
➤ Availability of industry
KAL620 and Friz equipment. Foil
would be applied on some items
instead of finishing. Lindquist says that
another print line and press line could
also be added. (A new line for Besta
products includes a Schelling saw,
press line, and then foil.)
“Swedwood is willing and able to
tear out a perfectly good machine line,
and put in a new better version of that
machine line to drive cost out of the
product,” Raymond says.
Ikea’s time horizon is generally a
“They have very long-range goals,”
Mayo says. “They’re not afraid to do
some things that may not have a quick