Hannes and Kurt Prader grew up around wood. Their master carpentry business in South Tyrol is where traditional craftsmanship meets the most modern technology. And
because the family company makes no compromises on quality, it has relied on sliding solutions from Hawa Sliding Solutions right from the beginning.
Barbian, population 1710 , 453 to 2,259 m ASL, is situated in the heart of Europe, says Hannes Prader while looking out his office window. The Trostburg mountain rises in front of the mountain face on the opposite side of the valley, where the A22 Brenner motorway leads through. Huge trucks travel between Modena in the south and the Brenner Pass to mthe north. At the same time, the Prader master carpentry shop is completely surrounded by its main resource: fragrant forests rise from the base of the valley to the tree line.
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While Kurt Prader (35) prefers the fieldwork of mounting and installation, Hannes Prader (41) is happiest working at the office. That’s where all streams come together. The master carpenter likes his tidied up work table. “The table consists of oak wood with a linoleum covering over it,” says Hannes Prader. His current projects are imposing: outfitting a complete apartment from kitchen to bathroom in Brixen, a hotel project in Wolkenstein-Gröden, a residential complex with seven residential units in Villanders. Working at his screen, Hannes Prader designs the made-to-measure furniture and specialized doors. A 3D CAD program generates the blueprints. At the push of a button, he can forward all the data to the adjacent workshop – and place orders for sliding solutions from Hawa Sliding Solutions.
Industry 4.0 in Barbian
State-of-the art machines stand ready at the master carpentry shop. The complement includes a 5-axis CNC lathe and fully automated panel saw. “Industry 4.0 in Barbian!” comments Prader proudly. Stalwart hand tools are always ready and at hand as well: variations of planes, milling machines, drills, ferrules and hammers. 14 master carpenters, journeymen and apprentices make everything imaginable to measure. This includes kitchens, sideboards, libraries, bar stools, bedrooms, beds and wall cladding made of wood. However naturally also front and interior doors, including soundproofed and fire protection doors in a wide range of individual versions. “We are members of the KOBRA regional consortium for fire protection doors, which makes us a sales partner of HAWA Suono,” says Prader. Whether it's architectural hardware or furniture fittings: many designs also integrate folding, pivoting and stackable sliding solutions.