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WCMA: your source for components: WCMA members can fill virtually any solid wood or engineered wood component need.

It's one stop shopping at its very best. The Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. makes it easy for buyers to find companies that can produce the wood components they require, whether it be in solid or composite wood. With just one call to the WCMA office or a visit to our Web site--www.woodcomponents.org --you can be linked with a WCMA member company that can produce the exact product to your specifications.

Located throughout the United States and Canada, the more than 150 WCMA member companies produce rough, semi- and fully machined wood component products for the cabinet, furniture, building products, staircase, flooring, millwork, store fixture and related decorative wood product industries. These components include: S2S and S4S dimension blanks, flooring strips, moulding blanks, edge-glued panels, solid and laminated squares, dowels, mouldings, turnings, table and chair parts, cabinet doors and parts, frame stock, staircase parts, interior trim, millwork, engineered wood components and many other specialty wood products. These components are made from a variety of hardwoods, softwoods, laminates and composite wood materials.

By outsourcing these components, wood products manufacturers are able to gain a competitive edge and combat the rising cost of doing business. Reliable, just-in-time delivery of components allows secondary wood product manufacturers to lower their inventories and increase their turnover rates, resulting in higher margins. Purchasing components also helps cabinet, furniture and millwork manufacturers to respond more quickly to changes in the marketplace for new products and designs. Likewise, consumers benefit by having more choices in their customized furniture, cabinets and related goods, AND by having them delivered more quickly.

To meet this increased demand for just-in-time, outsourced components, WCMA members continue to expand their capabilities to provide a wide range of components for a variety of applications with shorter lead times, investments in new technology and equipment are helping WCMA members to meet the growing demand for precision components by improving their productivity levels and making them more competitive with other suppliers.

Other resources offered by the WCMA include trade promotion, information on rules and specifications, market studies and plant tours.

Programs and Events

Trade Promotion: The Wood Components Manufacturers Assn. supports its members through the use of WCMA advertisements placed in annual directory and buyer's guide issues of the major woodworking magazines. The WCMA also exhibits at several woodworking trade shows held throughout the world, with displays highlighting the various products produced by its member companies.

Free copies of the Wood Component Buyer's Guide also are available at these shows to interested component buyers and users who visit the booth. A large number of sales leads are obtained at these trade shows and are passed along to all WCMA members for follow-up.

Wood Technology Expo: The WCMA conducts a Wood Technology Expo each year, designed to encourage more interaction between WCMA Technology Partners and member companies. The Wood Technology Expo is held in conjunction with our Annual Fall Conference & Plant Tour Event.

A select group of manufacturers of woodworking machinery, equipment, software and business solutions exhibit at the Wood Technology Expo. These companies discuss their latest technological developments in the woodworking industry that offer solutions to wood processing challenges for dimension and component manufacturers. Manufacturers of materials handling, gluing equipment, dust collection, fingerjointers, moulders, planers, cut-off and rip saws, touters, tenoners, CNC machinery, dry kilns, optimizing equipment, finishing systems, yield improvement systems, tooling, software and business solutions are represented. Attendees also have a one-on-one opportunity to discuss problems and solutions for their specific companies.

WGMA Rulebook: The WCMA publishes the "Rules and Specifications for Dimension and Woodwork." The Rulebook covers dimension and component grading rules and tolerances and claim procedures for domestic and export trade. It also serves as a guideline for buyers of dimension and component products when specifying component products. In addition, it is a valuable communications link between component buyers and suppliers.

The pocket-sized Rulebook is available for $5.00 per copy, which includes shipping and handling. Interested persons should mail a check to the WCMA office at 741 Butlers Gate, Ste. 100, Marietta, GA 30068.

Industry Research and Market Studies

The WCMA conducts a number of proprietary technical and market studies to help members identify new markets and improve their company's competitive position. These valuable studies are the only ones conducted for the wood components industry and are available to all participating WCMA members free of charge. This gives WCMA members a distinct competitive advantage, the benefits of which are passed along to customers through greater productivity and management efficiencies.

Conducted in January, the WCMA Dimension & Component Market Study keeps members informed of current business conditions and industry trends. Markets for component products have changed significantly over the years. Building products, i.e. interior trim, moulding, millwork, flooring, stair parts, etc., currently represent the largest end-use market for wood components. The kitchen and bath cabinetry industry is a strong second, followed by furniture, decorative/ specialty and industrial wood products.

Cost-of-Doing-Business Surveys allow members to compare their performance with companies of similar size and type and help to identify areas for improvement. This survey collects information on 25 key financial ratios including: profitability; financial, asset, investment and inventory management; worker productivity; and cost management. The last survey revealed that materials represent 54.8% of the cost of component products; direct labor represented 14.5%; factory overhead, 12.3%; and sales, general and administrative expenses accounted for 11.1% of costs. The next Cost-of-Doing-Business Survey will be conducted in July 2007.

REASONS TO OURSOURCE

Most finished wood product manufacturers prefer outsourcing from U.S. and Canadian suppliers. According to the latest outsourcing study conducted by Vance Research Services for the WCMA, more than 90% of North American woodworking professionals purchase their components from U.S. and Canadian suppliers. The top reasons cited for buying components from North American manufacturers include:

* Consistent quality

* Good relationship with supplier

* Better control over costs

* Price

* Shorter lead times

* Lack of equipment

* Ability to add new products

* Quicker, on-time deliveries

* Reduce inventories

* Technical capabilities of supplier

* Wider species of wood and materials

* Less waste

To see the complete results of this outsourcing trend study, visit the WCMA's Web site at www.woodcomponents.org and click on NewsFlash.

FINDING A SUPPLIER

Beginning on page 18 is the WCMA Membership Directory, a handy reference source for locating suppliers for dimension and component products. This section includes a listing of all WCMA member companies, a description of the products they produce, available species of wood and their machining capabilities. This makes it easy for dimension and component buyers to identify those companies that produce the products they need and provides them with contact information.

The WCMA's Member Match[TM] Program was created to "match" component buyers' needs with our members' production capabilities. It is a computerized membership database retrieval system that provides prospective buyers with a list of all WCMA members who can produce the specific component products they need. This computer-generated list is immediately faxed or e-mailed to component buyers so they can contact manufacturers for exact specifications. This service is free of charge to dimension and component buyers and is available by contacting the WCMA office directly or by using the Source Guide on our Web site at www.woodcomponents.org.

By Steve Lawser, CAE

Executive Director

Wood Component

Manufacturers

Association
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