kbb 2020 | Meet the Experts - Chris Kettell

Chris Kettell

Cabinet Components and Fixings is a range of products most commonly used by joiners and furniture makers. Chris Kettell, Product Group Manager, talks to us about the latest solutions in this category, all designed to make assembly and fitting easier, and all available to experience at kbb 2020.


Tell us about your experience and how long you’ve been at Häfele?

“I’ve been at Häfele for four years now, and before this, I worked for Saint-Gobain in various cross channel merchanting and product roles, most notably within the category management team.


What can we look forward to seeing at kbb, Chris?

"We've got a wide range of products on display at kbb. With this category, seeing and using is believing so our customers must have the chance to try and experience things for themselves.


“First up is Häfele IXConnect CC 8/5/30, a claw connector for wooden drawers that can be used without dowels, which will be available from Spring 2020. When combined with IXConnect RPC D 5/24, a rear panel connector, it clamps the rear panel with the side walls. This helps reduce the number of drill holes manufacturers need to make, dramatically cutting down assembly time and allowing for complete precision in the construction of drawers. The IXConnect range is covered by a 25 year Lifetime Guarantee*. Find out more here.


“We’re also showcasing a new furniture knob that can be fitted without pre-drilling, as well as Axilo™ by Häfele, a revolutionary plinth adjusting system that cuts installation time by up to 50%.


“Simple in design, these products dramatically improve the fitting process and make a real day-to-day difference to installers.


“Alongside these new time-saving technologies, visitors can also see an extended range of colourways for our Gola plinths including silver, graphite, bronze, copper and brass.


What else is planned for 2020?

"Our focus on time-saving solutions will continue, with a new range of high-performance woodscrews. Lacerated and self-pointed, these screws make assembly so much easier, saving time and effort.


“We’ll also continue to educate fitters and manufacturers on the benefits of IXConnect, as well as broaden our range of new innovative one-piece connectors.”


Like Chris has said, seeing and using is believing with these products, so come and experience them for yourself at kbb 2020.


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