Innova has built an enviable reputation over the last 10 years as a manufacturer of specialist education, commercial, retail and healthcare environments. Innova prides itself on delivering inspirational designs that work from a turnkey solution – including all FF&E, utilities, lighting and flooring – to the supply of furniture only. Innova provides a hassle-free point of contact for any refurbishment.

Innova’s main area of activity is the design, manufacture and installation of educational furniture and commercial interiors, working with over 600 installations across the UK.

Its specialisms include: panel production in Trespa; timber machining and assembly; veneering, edging and spray finishing; carcass construction; metal work and powder coating; solid-surface fabrication; and experience in Staron, Corian, LG Hi-Macs and thermoforming. The company’s modern production and state-of-the-art CNC technology confirms its commitment to manufacturing and the production of quality furniture components.

Innova chose Biesse for its machinery requirements for a number of reasons. Innova’s founder and MD Pete Smith explains: “In terms of an investment, Biesse’s Total Care package was perhaps the main reason why we initially chose their machines.

“It was a question of signing the paperwork then just sitting back with complete peace of mind. We were previously spending £12,000 a year in maintenance on one machine alone, so to have five years’ servicing included in the deal was a significant factor.” 

Total Care comes as standard with every Biesse machine and commences as soon as the order is signed. Total Care includes a site survey, off-loading, siting, installation, commissioning, training, five years’ planned maintenance and a full five-year (or 10,000 hour) warranty.

“We started with a Rover A and built up from there,” says Pete. “We now have the total capability to use any process in the manufacture of our furniture, which ensures flexibility in meeting our customers’ requirements.

“Software is compatible on all machines, and we now have screen-to-machine ability, which saves an inordinate amount of time. We now have a Rover AG FT nesting cell, Sektor 440 beamsaw, Rover A Edge, Skipper 130 through-feed drilling machine with dowel insertion and an Akron 426.

“It lifted everyone’s ambitions. We’ve increased production by 500% and have managed to win some very prestigious contracts as a result of our investment. One contract in particular is for a global brand, which we won on the strength of our capabilities. We are now much more competitive, not only in terms of cost but more importantly in terms of our overall capability and skill levels.

“We now tend to get it right first time – quality has improved and efficiencies in terms of materials and time are obvious benefits. We’re happy to recommend Biesse and regularly act as a reference.”