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Carpenters' guild of the Altenkirchen district

Corona control ordinance and general decrees of the districts

The current Corona Control Ordinance Rhineland-Palatinate and the general decrees of the districts of Altenkirchen, Neuwied and Westerwaldkreis are listed below.
State of Rhineland-Palatinate:
The currently valid 18th Corona Control Ordinance Rhineland-Palatinate (as of April 10, 2021) with attachments can be accessed using the link below.

The last general decrees issued by the Altenkirchen district administration to combat the corona pandemic can be downloaded from the links below.
Source: Kreis-altenkirchen.de
General rulings on contact-reducing measures will come into force on March 18, 2020
The current general decree aims to reduce contact between people and thus prevent the spread of the virus. The general decree applies to events, meetings or business.
https://www.kreis-neuwied.de/kv_neuwied/Home/Aktuelles/Archiv/Wichtige%20Hinweise/2020/1.%20Quartal/Allgemeinverf%C3%BCgung/Allgemeinverf%C3%BCgung%20Corona%20%C3%96 public % 20Facilities% 20Assemblies% 20RZ% 20Version.pdf

Source: Kreis-neuwied.de

Westerwaldkreis must extend the general ruling
The general decree in the Westerwaldkreis, valid from April 12th, which had to be issued due to the 100 incidence and the requirements of the state RLP, will be extended. It can be viewed on the home page.
Explanation: After the 7-day incidence of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Westerwaldkreis had risen to over 100 on three consecutive days around March 20, the state ordered additional regulations for the 18th Corona Control Ordinance (18th CoBeLVO) required. The supplementary regulations were summarized in a general decree that District Administrator Schwickert had issued with effect from March 25, 2021, midnight.
Since the incidence in the Westerwaldkreis is currently still above 100, the district is obliged to extend the previous general decree of the Westerwaldkreis up to and including May 4th in accordance with the Rhineland-Palatinate Corona Control Ordinance.

Source: westerwaldkreis.de

A day of superlatives

In an extraordinary year, a unique journeyman's piece wins the overall victory in an impressive show of talent in the joinery and joinery trade. This can hardly be increased, but it can be multiplied by 23. Because exactly as many unique journeyman's pieces were in the finals of the federal design competition "Die Gute Form 2020".

For a good third of them, today's virtual award ceremony had one of the coveted prizes up its sleeve in addition to recognition from an entire industry. Jonas Heise from North Rhine-Westphalia made it to the top of the podium. With a "highly aesthetic kinematic furniture sculpture that is outstanding in every respect", he convinced the jury of his thesis. Heise, who was trained at Reichenberg & Weiss in Neukirchen-Vluyn, can look forward to prize money of 1,500 euros and a professional hand machine from Festool as the winner of the federal design competition.

Further here:

Source: tischler-schreiner.de

Machinery Directive: appropriate handling

Anyone who brings machines or incomplete machines onto the market in the European Economic Area is subject to the so-called Machinery Directive, which regulates a uniform level of protection for accident prevention.

This also applies to joiners and joiners and their products that are not only operated by muscle power, such as electrically operated furniture. Because in principle, every distributor must guarantee the basic safety and health protection requirements with regard to the design and construction of his product in accordance with the Machinery Directive.

Carpenter Schreiner Germany achieved a breakthrough in a joint campaign with other associations and achieved that the terms "complete machine" (category 1) and "incomplete machine" (category 2) were introduced in the EU guideline for the machinery directive.

The great advantage for joiners and joiners is that in category 1 all necessary documents and tests are created and made available by the manufacturer or supplier of the motorized drive. Carpenters and joiners, as producers of the overall product, automatically meet all the relevant health and safety requirements if the components have been installed in accordance with the manufacturer's assembly instructions. In plain language this means that anyone who continues to install electrically operated fittings from well-known manufacturers as intended is on the safe side. Because in addition to the clarification in the guidelines, Tischler Schreiner Germany was also able to ensure that these same manufacturers of fittings deliver their electronically operated products as a complete machine. The situation is different if such fittings are used for purposes other than intended, i.e. if, for example, the electric sliding door fitting is installed elsewhere and thus given a new function.

In order to facilitate the implementation of the guidelines for the Machinery Directive, Tischler Schreiner Germany has developed a manual that is available online for member companies.

Further here:

Source: tischler-schreiner.de

Carpenters' guild of the Altenkirchen district conducts acquittal

Even if the circumstances did not make a festive setting possible this year, the carpenters' guild of the Altenkirchen district paid tribute to the management of their successful examiners. In compliance with the stipulated hygiene regulations, the journeyman's letters were handed over to the Betzdorf-Kirchen vocational school in the presence of Chief Master Wolfgang Becker, Altenkirchen, and members of the examination board. Felix Boll from Kundert (in brackets the training company Edgar Leonhardt, master carpenter, Scheuerfeld) and Georg Wiszniewsky, Wahlrod (Markus Löhr, master carpenter, Höchstenbach) were honored for special achievements.

A decision with groundbreaking potential

With the position paper "Craft and Standardization" adopted by the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH) in mid-May, the central body takes on an important strategic mediating role in standardization work. The declared aim is to align norms and standardization processes more closely to the needs of the skilled trades and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Tischler Schreiner Germany welcomes this indispensable step and hopes it will send a signal to politicians and competitors. "One of the most outstanding strengths of the joinery and joinery trade is manual production," explains TSD President Thomas Radermacher. "It is based on centuries of experience and tradition. It is therefore an important part of our cultural identity," continues the publicly appointed and sworn expert. Preserving this wealth of experience in the context of modern developments in a future-proof manner is one of the tasks of appropriate standardization work.

Ralf Spiekers is someone who has been dealing with this challenge full-time for a good 20 years. The qualified wood engineer knows the importance of cross-trade coordination. "With its breadth and depth of production, the carpentry and joinery trade is one of the most versatile branches of all." The density of rules and standards is immense and can hardly be mastered without high professional qualifications and relevant professional experience.

"In addition, there are a large number of standards that affect the joinery trade, at least indirectly. This is exactly where the challenge lies," explains Spiekers. Even small adjustments, unchecked and discussed, could have devastating effects on the industry. The minimal adjustment of a limit value - experience shows - could, for example, turn entire production processes upside down and even declare existing machines to be "precious scrap" from one day to the next. "We're talking about companies in 2020. Even smaller companies can quickly add up to several hundred thousand euros," calculates technology expert Spiekers.

Early support is the key
The great opportunity of the ZDH decision lies above all in the increased opportunities to make yourself heard, adds Radermacher: "When it comes to economic interests or political participation, the ZDH clearly plays in the top league. That is why we have been for a long time a concern that this influence can also be asserted in questions of standardization. " The position paper is now an important first step in this direction. The task now is to set up the appropriate structures. After all, the goals are ambitious. Proposals and demands to the federal government, the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the European Commission were already formulated with the paper - as a starting point for the discussion process that began with the responsible institutions. "It would be a great help for us trade associations if the ZDH gains influence on the cross-trade cross-sectional standards," concludes standards expert Spiekers. Because whether sustainability certificates, occupational safety or environmental protection issues - in all these areas an early overarching technical support is necessary in order not to experience any nasty surprises with the later trade-specific regulations.

Berlin, June 10, 2020

Source: tischler-schreiner.de

Everything for the community

The coronavirus and the resulting containment measures have dealt a severe blow to the carpentry and joinery trade. Entire sectors of the industry - such as trade fair, hotel or shop fitting - have collapsed completely. Even companies that were little affected by the initial restrictions will feel the consequences of the current weak demand. TSD President Thomas Radermacher and TSD General Manager Martin Paukner give insights into what the political associations are currently advising so that the economy gets back on its feet as soon as possible.

"In spite of all adversities, our carpentry and joinery businesses have done bravely, have remained creative and optimistic even with severe financial losses and have used the good tools such as short-time work and emergency aid to secure their own livelihood and that of their employees," explains TSD -President Thomas Radermacher. "Now we need planning security, stability and investment incentives to return to normal as soon as possible after the opening steps." This goal can be achieved through an effective economic stimulus program, "in which the economic and social benefit comes first," explains TSD Managing Director Martin Paukner and therefore considers an economic stimulus package for companies to be indispensable.

First and foremost, it should promote technology-neutral investments. Customers should be able to decide for themselves which purchases they want to use their subsidy for: "There are many opportunities for sustainable and climate-friendly investments, which are offered in particular by the carpentry and joinery trade, but also other industries. A car scrapping bonus would not be my first thought "This is how Paukner describes the approach. The municipalities and public clients would also play a central role." Understandably, people are insecure and therefore not very willing to invest, "continues Paukner. That is why public contracts are all the more important now just a bit of normality, but also modernization and ecological progress in terms of German climate protection goals.

Under no circumstances should the companies be slowed down by additional burdens in this sensitive phase. If the crisis taught us one thing, Radermacher added, it was this: "Suddenly, official decisions were made quickly and unbureaucratically." So if economic efficiency is to be regained, this can only happen if the public administration is fully operational and regulatory burdens are reduced to a minimum.

Craft companies are still dependent on measures to secure liquidity. "In particular, companies with fewer than ten employees have so far hardly been able to benefit from the emergency aid," clarifies Paukner. But it is precisely this important sector of medium-sized companies that needs special protection, adds Radermacher: "Ultimately, it will be the backbone on the way to economic stability in Germany." The qualification and training burden that is shouldered in this area alone is enormous. Nevertheless, too little is happening at the moment to stabilize the training and education structures. Above all, this does not do justice to the numerous small and medium-sized companies as employers and thus important regional economic factors.

Everyone does what they can
In the difficult times of the corona crisis, the guild organization of the carpentry and joinery trade relies not only on political advice but above all on maximum help from the community. For months, numerous consultants have been working on continuously updating all the important topics and assistance relating to the joinery and carpentry trade in a specially created online overview. "Everything that the companies now need to know has been summarized, evaluated and processed there," explains Radermacher. "An immense effort by our community, which is necessary so that our companies can fully concentrate on their own company."

Berlin, June 2, 2020

Source: tischler-schreiner.de

On the occasion of the Corona crisis, our craft businesses recorded unprecedented slumps with serious consequences for liquidity, employment and the number of companies. Many skilled trades, however, are performing central, systemically relevant activities these days: be it in the area of ​​hygiene and health, basic food supplies or in the area of ​​technical emergency services and mobility.

In the past two weeks, the guild, the association and the Chamber of Crafts have provided you with a wealth of information. We bundle questions and information that currently arise for craft businesses and craft organizations in connection with the Corona crisis. Refer to the information below:

Central Association of German Crafts: https://www.zdh.de/themen-a-z/coronavirus/

We are happy to provide you with further information:

Questions about personnel matters, short-time work, loans, grants, guarantees and liquidity:

Elisabeth Schubert
Tel. 02602 1005-11 or 0151-51087631

Michael Braun
Tel. 02602 1005-25 or 0151-54760979

Questions about journeyman's examination, examination procedure, use of the examination board

Fred Coachman
Tel. 02631 946413

Kerstin Görldt
Tel. 02631 946410

Tax bonuses introduced

Climate-friendly renovation of buildings is to be promoted more strongly: The Federal Government has created incentives for energy-efficient building renovation through the amendment of the Income Tax Act.

By changing the Income Tax Act, the federal government has created incentives for energy-efficient building renovation. To this end, last December the Income Tax Act was supplemented by the paragraph "Tax reduction for energy measures in buildings used for own residential purposes". This title should be taken literally. Accordingly, only individual measures in the respective calendar year are funded if the buildings in question were used exclusively for their own residential purposes. This also includes condominiums. For joiners and joiners as well as their customers, the renewal of windows and external doors is of particular interest.

The following key points must be taken into account:

  • The beneficiary building must be more than ten years old.
  • Funding will be given to measures that were completed after December 31, 2019 and before January 1, 2030.
  • Tax deductibility is three years.
  • In this way, the collectively agreed income tax can be reduced by up to 40,000 euros, according to the graduation:
    1st year 7 percent (up to 14,000 euros),
    2nd year 7 percent (up to 14,000 euros),
    3rd year 6 percent (up to 12,000 euros).
  • In the case of measures for which a building permit is required, the start date is the time at which a building application was submitted. Otherwise, knowledge of the competent authority is sufficient; for other measures that do not require approval, the time of the actual start of construction is decisive.
  • The funding can be claimed for several individual measures - for example, both for the renewal of the windows and the heating system - on an eligible object.

In the future, construction supervision by energy consultants who are approved for on-site advice (BAFA), as well as for those consultants who are authorized to issue exhibitions according to Paragraph 21 EnEV, will also be eligible for funding. The collectively agreed income tax is reduced by 50 percent of the expenses for the energy consultant. It should also be emphasized that a tax reduction is only possible if the work was carried out by a specialist company. Only those trades listed in the Energy Refurbishment Ordinance (ESanMV) are considered specialist companies. That already applies to joiners and joiners!

The use of the tax reduction is subject to the following conditions:

  • The taxpayer has received a proper invoice for the expenses.
  • The payment has been made to the account of the service provider.
  • Measures are only funded if they have been carried out by the relevant specialist trade listed in the ESanMV.
  • The respective measure may not be funded at the same time as the craftsman bonus, KfW or BAFA funds (exclusion of double funding).

Source: Tischler Schreiner Germany



Wolf Weingarten is the best young carpenter in Rhineland-Palatinate

The young man from Rheinhessen convinced with his journeyman's pieceTête-À-Tête-Bank ”the expert jury and won the coveted prize for young talent from the regional association of carpenter's guildrhineland-palatinate. In the coming year he will represent Rhineland-Palatinate in the federal decision of DIE GUTE FORM together with Max Rahm, who came in second.The award ceremony took place on Friday, October 11, 2019, in the Forum Mittelrhein in Koblenz.

The annual DIE GUTE FORM competition is aimed at young carpenters who have successfully passed their journeyman's exams. Each carpenter's guild from Rhineland-Palatinate had the opportunity in advance to nominate up to three journeyman's pieces for the state decision DIE GUTE FORM - so a total of 32 participants came together in 2019. In a pre-selection, the competition jury then selected the 14 final pieces, which will then be presented to the public as part of a high-quality exhibition. The winners will then be announced and awarded at the ceremonial opening of the exhibition. The two first-place winners of the state decision will also have the opportunity to present their state at the next federal decision of DIE GUTE FORM, which will take place in 2020 at the International Crafts Fair (IHM) in Munich.

This year Wolf Weingarten (training company: Antike Möbel Metzner, Mainz) took first place with his journeyman's piece “Tête-À-Tête-Bank”. Second came Max Rahm, who had designed a modern secretary (training company: Schreinerei Rahm, Mehlingen). Third place went to Till Heine with his desk (training company: Rainer Schmidt Bau- u. Möbelschreinerei, Wirges). The jury also praised Elena Viandt's “dumb servant” (training company: Scholz joinery, Zornheim) and Tim Schwob's “desk - classic and modern” (training company: Dietrich joinery, Tiefenbach).

Prize money is 500 euros for first place, 350 euros for second place and 200 euros for third place. In addition, the two separate commendations will each be awarded 50 euros.

The three-person jury, consisting of Brigitte Steffen, professor for textile design / material and surface design at Reutlingen University, Johannes Niestrath from Möbel und Ausbildung Magazin dds and Karin Bille, design consultant from the advice center of the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Crafts, was enthusiastic about the Winner's journeyman piece: “The retrospective on frame furniture from the 1950s and 1960s is currently very much in vogue and was humorously interrupted by Wolf Weingarten with the alternating seating position and the sharply drawn body between the two upholstered elements. The look and feel of the chair is also supported by the outstanding workmanship with organically shaped transitions. "

All exhibits of the competition are part of the public exhibition "THE GOOD FORM - Carpenter create their journeyman's piece" in the Forum Mittelrhein in Koblenz and can be viewed there until October 31, 2019.


DIE GUTE FORM is a competition for young carpenters that is held every year in Rhineland-Palatinate by the state guild association carpenterrhineland-palatinate is aligned. The focus is on the design. This is intended to ensure that the subject of design is increasingly dealt with again in the craft sector. At the same time, the competition is intended to bring the design and creative skills of the carpentry trade into the focus of the public.

All young carpenters with their journeyman's pieces who are no more than 25 years old at the time of the journeyman's examination and whose training companies are members of carpenterrhineland-palatinate are.

More information at www.leben-raum-gestaltung.de.

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Vocational students build their own CNC milling machines

"When 3D printing meets CNC technology, it gets exciting," thought eight prospective wood mechanics and carpenters in the BS HO 17 class at BBS Betzdorf-Kirchen and accepted the offer of a working group to build CNC milling machines with 3D printed ones Share true.

Together with their teachers Thomas Staß and Thomas Bredenbröker, the trainees are currently implementing the “Mostly Printed CNC” concept. The guides of the machine consist of stainless steel tubes, while all other required parts are printed from plastic. Although this process does not result in an industrial-grade router, it is still sufficient to process plywood and aluminum with an accuracy of tenths of a millimeter. In addition, the construction of such a milling machine can be realized with the funds of a trainee remuneration.

The project itself came about by chance. Thomas Bredenbröker had told his class that he was in the process of printing parts for a CNC milling machine on his 3D printer (for the experts: a Prusa i3 Mk3). Then one of his students asked if it was possible to print parts for him too. Now other pupils also began to listen carefully and a few weeks later the new AG was born on a voluntary basis. Since then, the hobbyists have been meeting regularly after the end of the course and creating a total of eight new CNC milling machines, one of which even benefits at the end of school.

But how did they go about it?

First of all, they had to process a full six kilometers of plastic thread into 43 different parts per milling machine. These parts were then screwed together and in some cases provided with roller bearings for the guides. Sensitive and precise work is extremely important, but in the end it is rewarded with an exact run of the milling machine. The drive for this is provided by five stepper motors that are controlled via an Arduino board.

Despite the fact that the working group's available time flies by, the first milling machine is almost ready to be wired. Some very ambitious project participants have even set themselves the goal of getting their milling machine up and running before the start of the summer holidays. We will resolve in a final report whether this plan can actually be implemented.

However, it is already undisputed that at the end of the project the participants not only have their own CNC milling machine, but have also learned a lot about the structure and operation of such a machine. Furthermore, with the help of the CAD program "Vectorworks" learned in the classroom, all workpieces can be designed and then immediately manufactured on the milling machine.


First day of practice for the carpenters at BBS

 If a stool is not just a piece of seating furniture without a backrest, but also a combination of theory, practice and holistic development of skills, then there must be a reason for this functional expansion.

She had this through the premiere of the practice day for the budding carpenters at the BBS Betzdorf-Kirchen. The carpenters' guild of the Altenkirchen district had invited to a special meeting in September last year, in which the focus was on a mutual exchange to optimize carpentry training. In addition to Obermeister Wolfgang Becker, a.o. Numerous other guild representatives from various training companies as well as the teachers of the BBS Betzdorf churches teaching in this segment Thomas Staß, Thomas Bredenbröker and Christoph Ambroziak came to the guild meeting. When asked about improvement, the latter once again put himself in the position of the trainees and wondered what would have helped him in his training at the time in addition to the existing offer. Project-oriented and independent work on specific customer orders under examination conditions were the first ideas for a practical day and formed the basis for further planning.

The project should be implemented at BBS by the end of February. The trainees in their second year of training put their skills to the test across all learning fields. This is how the aforementioned stools were created using manual and mechanical connections. “We worked single-mindedly and concentratedly on the respective workpieces for several hours,” said Christoph Ambroziak, describing his observations during the day. “I am glad that the county's carpenters' guild supports this project. The implementation of such practical days represent the high points of the training towards which one can work. We would like to make these days possible twice for each year group in the course of their teaching, ”added the teacher.

For their part, the participating students were surprised at how quickly the hours passed on that day. “Why does he start to saw while I'm still drawing?” Asked one or the other trainee and noticed at the same time how important organization and time management are. In the end, all the prospective carpenters agreed that including such a practical day in the training program made a lot of sense. Above all, the exchange about the different ways to the goal “stool” seemed extraordinarily profitable to them.



Interesting lectures and specialist topics as well as constructive discussions were the focus of this year's joint guild meeting of the carpenters' guilds from the districts of Altenkirchen, Neuwied and Westerwald, which took place in the auditorium of the David-Roentgen-Schule Neuwied. Obermeister Norbert Dinter (Guild Neuwied) welcomed the members on behalf of his colleagues in office, Wolfgang Becker (Guild Altenkirchen) and Siegfried Schmidt (Guild Westerwaldkreis) and thanked them for their appearance. Markus Wunsch, deputy headmaster of the David-Roentgen-Schule Neuwied, also joined the greetings.

Internet - a blessing and a curse

Social media, internet shopping, knowledge portal, etc. The range of benefits and the various possibilities of the internet is overwhelming. The numbers speak for themselves - almost 90% of the German population uses the Internet. Many internet users are certainly also aware that this also involves criminal acts. The effects of cybercrime and how you can protect yourself against it was the subject of Chief Inspector Thomas Budday from the Koblenz Police Department, Central Prevention. In his lecture, Budday dealt with essential areas such as identity theft (phishing), data theft through social engineering, digital blackmail or even the infection of the computer used by the user.

The subject of training was also discussed and discussed very extensively. At the beginning, Jürgen Stein from the Koblenz Chamber of Crafts presented the measure “Avoid dropping out of training”. Mathias Hermann and Udo Anders from the Neuwied Guild Examination Committee presented the “Hamburg Model”. Afterwards, the speakers were available to answer further questions from the meeting participants. Before Dinter closed the guild meeting with thanks to all participants, there was a unanimous vote on the annual accounts and budget.


Window and door recycling: a great service for the environment

In terms of environmental protection, recycling is not only a matter of good form today, it also represents an obligation towards future generations. This also applies to windows and doors: At the end of their useful life, next to nothing is thrown away, because every component is valuable and can be recycled after appropriate work-up.

Windows and doors are made of a wide variety of materials that are very valuable in view of finite resources: plastic, wood and metal and of course glass. All of these fabrics can be recycled in one way or another. For example, plastic is shredded to millimeter size in several steps in a closed recycling cycle, sorted, cleaned and processed almost fully automatically. The end product is a single-variety, high-quality plastic granulate that can be used for new windows and doors and also for building profiles.

The wood of old wood and wood / metal windows goes a different way: According to the Renewable Energy Sources Act, the natural material is a CO2-neutral energy source that can be used in modern biomass heating plants for efficient energy generation. Wood makes up about two thirds of the window, recycling is carried out by specialized waste wood recovery companies. It is estimated that the so-called end-of-life wooden doors and windows in Germany are mostly incinerated with energy recovery.

Metal parts such as frames or fittings are shredded, sorted, cleaned and melted down. New window and door components and construction profiles are then created from the raw material recovered in this way. Like plastic, aluminum follows the path of the closed material cycle. Reusable components are collected, processed and returned to the smelting plant in order to manufacture new window profiles. For this, the old aluminum is shredded and separated from foreign materials. It is then melted down in smelters and cast into extrusion billets that are of excellent material quality. And the glass is not lost either: This creates new window glasses or glass components that are also used in house construction. So you can see: nothing is wasted in window and door construction. Even after decades of use, the many components find a new purpose and thus conserve the earth's scarce resources.

Source: tischler-schreiner.de


The new packaging law

On January 1, 2019, the law on the placing on the market, return and high-quality recycling of packaging (Packaging Act - for short: VerpackG) comes into force and replaces the previously applicable Packaging Ordinance. The goals of the new law are to further increase the recycling of packaging waste, to create more transparency and thus also to ensure compliance with legal regulations.

Which craft businesses does the new packaging law apply to? When will the new regulations come into force?

All craft businesses that pack goods and pass them on to third parties fall under the scope of the Packaging Act.

Further information here:

Source: zdh.de