#019 / 1999

Biesse backing BCIT

Wood products training centre opens June 4, 1999 at BCIT

A partnership between Biesse Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will create a new advanced woodworking training facility to serve the needs of BC students and industry. Officially opening June 4, 1999, the Biesse Training Centre at BCIT comprises a 4,000 sq. ft. workshop, provided by BCIT, equipped with nine state-of-the-art woodworking machines provided by Biesse Canada. The equipment includes two CNC machining centres, panel saw, drilling/dowelling machine, edgebander, and case clamp.

Dave Stimson, BCIT Chief Instructor in Joinery, told furniturelink that BCIT has full access to the Centre for its apprenticeship and industry-specific programs and will be expanding the range of courses offered to take full advantage of Biesse Canada's new technology.


Western Canada sales representative for Biesse Canada, Mitch Brennan, explained that the facility's equipment will be constantly upgraded as new machines become available. He predicts the upgrades will happen on a yearly basis or even sooner, depending on the technology.

After the official opening at 10 am Friday, June 4, there will be an open house until 6.00 pm which will be repeated Saturday, June 5, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Activities will include equipment/software demonstrations and displays of tooling and hardware. A "work cell" demonstration will be run three times a day to demonstrate how several machines can be integrated for efficient production.

If you are interested in attending the open house, contact Biesse at 604.588.1754 or BCIT at 604.432.8989.

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