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Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe find its peak 24 October, 2014
Wood pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up 10% from Q4, 2013 to Q2, 2014, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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Huntsman begins work on 4000 tonne/year Louisiana MDI expansion
Friday, October 24, 2014 Global manufacturer of differentiated chemicals, the Huntsman Corporation has begun preliminary engineering to expand production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) by investment in a new, world scale MDI plant at its Geismar, Louisiana site.
Firefly AB sets new standards
Friday, October 24, 2014 Firefly AB, is claimed to be the first company in the world, to be FM approved for spark detection/extinguishing system with spark detectors detecting hot particles down to ≥250°C (≥482 °F) and for spark detectors detecting down to ≥400°C (≥752 °F) where the symbol ≥ expresses ‘greater than or equal to’.
Peru’s only producer of particleboard intends to expand its reach abroad
Friday, October 24, 2014 Peru’s only producer of particleboard, Tableros Peruanos SA (Tapesa) intends to expand its reach abroad with plans to enter new export markets in neighbouring Ecuador and Chile.
A good year for Siempelkamp
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Siempelkamp reports that 2014 is proving a good year for its order books with regard to wood based panel production plants. Including two new orders from Turkey the company has sold ten plants to date. This has reached the total number of orders received during the previous business year.
Another success for SICAM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Nearly 500 companies exhibited at the sixth edition of SICAM which was held at the Pordenone Fairgrounds from October 14 -17. The International Exhibition of Components, Accessories and Semi-finished Products for the Furniture Industry saw over 17,000 visitors through its doors. Overseas markets represented around 35% of the exhibitors.
Proteak gets further financial backing for its MDF plant in southern Mexico
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Mexican forestry group Proteak has attracted further European financial backing for its plan to build the first world scale MDF manufacturing plant in southern Mexico.
Siempelkamp gets order from Akij Group, Bangladesh
Thursday, October 16, 2014 In March 2014 the Akij Group, Bangladesh, signed a contract for what will be one of the world’s most modern particleboard plants.
Acimall reports 28.7% increase of orders in Q2
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers of woodworking machinery has published figures for the April-June period of this year.
Arauco and SierraPine announce mutual termination of asset purchase agreement
Thursday, October 16, 2014 In January 2014 Arauco announced that its subsidiary, Flakeboard America Limited, had signed an asset purchase agreement with the US company, SierraPine for the acquisition of three industrial panel mills located in the states of California and Oregon.
Duratex profits plunge but company remains optimistic
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Leading Brazilian panel maker Duratex saw its net profit for Q2, 2014 plunged 56.4% due to a weak economy and furniture industry de-stocking prior to the World Cup holidays.

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