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EPA extends compliance dates for formaldehyde emissions 22 June, 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a direct final rule to extend the compliance date for formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products to March 22, 2018, reports the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association.
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Softwood lumber duties dampen outlook for Canada’s wood products
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Following its strongest showing in three years, production growth in Canada’s wood products industry is expected to moderate significantly in 2017 due to the incoming US trade restrictions on Canadian softwood lumber, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Wood Products Manufacturing Industry.
US decision on preliminary antidumping margins on Chinese plywood
Thursday, June 22, 2017 The US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary antidumping margins’ decision on imports of Chinese hardwood plywood into the US, reports the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA). Nearly all Chinese companies will pay antidumping duties of 57% or higher as well as countervailing duties of 9% or more.
Homag Group's Q1 sales revenue climbs 31%
Thursday, June 22, 2017 The Homag Group, a world leader in the manufacture of machinery and systems for the woodworking industry, reports that in Q1, 2017 its sales revenue climbed 31% to €401m (prior year: €306m).
Dieffenbacher introduces 3-D feeding of knife ring flakers
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Inhomogeneous material distribution is a well-known problem of all knife ring flakers currently on the market and the new FlowOptimizer solves the material distribution problem and ensures optimized flake quality while simultaneously reducing operating costs per ton of material produced, explains Dieffenbacher.
MLT Ltd plans to build OSB mill in Sverdlovsk region, Russia
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 MLT Ltd and the government of Sverdlovsk region, Russia have signed a memorandum of cooperation for ‘Creation of high-tech woodworking production in Sverdlovsk region, Russia’.
Latvijas Finieris reports 9% turnover increase in 2016
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 In 2016 the Latvijas Finieris Group reached a turnover of Euro €213.4m (9% increase against 2015) and sold 260,000m3 of birch plywood and this is the best sales result in the company’s history.
Sandvik sells processing business for US$576m to Wallenberg-owned fund
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Sandvik AB, Stockholm, Sweden, has agreed to divest Sandvik Process Systems to Foundation Asset Management AB, an investment firm owned by the Wallenburg family, for US$575.6m. Sandvik Processing Systems manufactures high strength steel press belts for the composite panel industry. The agreement is set to close no later than early 2018.
Dieffenbacher to supply complete MDF plant to Thien Lam Dat in Vietnam
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Vietnam-based Thien Lam Dat JSC and Dieffenbacher have sealed the deal for a complete MDF plant in Bac Giang, about 50km east of Hanoi.
MJB Wood Group acquires Pacific MDF in Arkansas and South Carolina
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 MJB Wood Group Inc headquartered in Irving, Texas has completed an asset purchase of Pacific MDF Products Inc of Arkansas, located in El Dorado AR and Pacific MDF Products Inc of South Carolina, located in Clio SC.
China’s wood based panel exports decreased by 5% in 2016
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 China’s wood based panel exports in 2016 totalled 15 million m3 valued at US$670m, a year-on-year increase of 2% in volume but decrease of 5% in value, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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