Newsletter January 2020


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Gilbert is pleased to present our first 2020 newsletter. We hope you enjoy the read!



Gilbert begins 2020 with POWER!

Gilbert has begun 2020 POWERFULLY with five new Planer sales in Alabama, South and North Carolina, Quebec and all the way to New Zealand!

We look forward to fourteen new planer start-ups this year, nine of them being in Southeastern USA!

We thank all our valuable customers for their trust and eagerly await to surpass all performance expectations!



Gain productivity with the GRIP System

Eacom, Elk Lake, Ontario, Canada

At Gilbert, we constantly work on improving our equipment and offer many different upgrades. These improved solutions will increase planer productivity while producing high quality lumber finish.

Last august, the Eacom Elk Lake team added a new Gilbert GRIP System to their Gilbert Planer (which had originally been installed in 2005).

Designed to boost production, increase efficiency and feed boards with state-of-the-art traction, the GRIP system has proven to be a profitable investment for the Elk Lake mill. Among the many benefits listed were consistent gap reduction, smoother production flow and greater board control.

Scott Atchison, Eacom's Planermill Specialist says: ''the Grip system was an easy in-house mechanical and electrical install for our site. The components were basically bolt on replacement on our Gilbert planer with minimal welding and was easily completed during a three day long weekend. Since install our site has seen improvements in efficiency and fbm/hr while maintaining the same speeds. The Grip system has met our site expectations and was able to reduce gap and provide a consistent steady feed with reduced planer jams. Our Elk Lake mill is very happy with the product and the price point with the system on track for meeting or exceeding our projected payback of 9 months. ''

Using the highest quality components available on the market, the GRIP system is built to automatically control position and force applied on the board with the pineapples and planer top rolls. It significantly improves feeding and auto-adjusts for boards with thick and thin variations. Customers have gained over 5% productivity on all products.

Since our first installation in British Columbia, Gilbert has retrofitted twelve planers with its new Grip system.

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Gilbert in Europe!

Following our participation in the Ligna Fair in Hanover Germany, Gilbert is pleased to see its European market grow. Our sales manager, Heidi Danbrook, has recently travelled to central Europe to meet with several potential customers, visit current ones and meet with new sales representatives for the European market.

In February, we will be participating in the Eurobois Fair in Lyon with our new French sales partner, André Technologie.

A New installation in Germany! 

In November and December 2019, Gilbert’s service team was busy installing a new Gilbert High-Speed Planer at Mercer Timber in Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Deutschland. This planer model is designed to run up to 1200 meters per minute, 4000 FPM!

We are proud to be a contributing factor towards the success of Mercer Timber and truly appreciate working with their fantastic team.


New State-Of-The-Art Investment

Due to high production demands and increasing sale orders, in the summer of 2019 Gilbert invested six million dollars towards a second fully automated warehouse. Our first automated warehouse system was installed in 2007.

The new automated warehouse operates in full robotic mode. Three new CNC machines attached to it share the same tool house, all managed by one robot.

Continual innovation allows us to reach our goal: to offer the best equipment on the market within competitive delivery times.


Gilbert is proud to announce its USA factory & warehouse

In 2018, Gilbert opened a second factory in the USA. Our goal is to serve all our USA customers efficiently. Parts can be returned at this location for faster service and no custom paperwork to do. Many parts are stocked at this warehouse for rapid delivery within the USA!

Customer service is our Priority!

Contact us:                                                                                Adress:

Parts : 1-418-275-5041 #2283                                                 1713 Industrial Pkwy, Ste

Emergency: 1-418-630-1362                                                   102 Lyndonville, VT 05851

Service 24/7: 1-418-637-0024                                                  USA


Feel free to contact our sales team for more information:

Heidi Danbrook, Sales Manager                                                    Sylvain Lefebvre, Senior Sales Engineer

418-275-5041 # 2231                                                                    418-275-5041 # 2223                                        


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From moulding and glulam applications to high speed planer mills, Gilbert has the right model of planer for every mill.

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