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First-ever Ligna conference 19 November, 2015
The first-ever Ligna conference will make its debut at the Hannover Exhibition Center’s Robotation Academy from May 3-4, 2016 – one year out from the next Ligna fair.
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Overseas traded hardwood chip 14% below peak four years ago
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Prices for hardwood chips traded overseas have been in steady decline since November 2011. In less than four years, the FOEX hardwood chip price index (PIX-HCG) has fallen almost 14% to reach US$178.34 per oven-dry metric ton (odmt) in July 2015.
China launches wood product quality campaign
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 In 2014 China reported more than 50,000 wood product manufacturing and trading enterprises in China employing around 10 million workers and generating an output of RMB1 trillion. The consumption of timber by these enterprises exceeds 520 million m3 and the value of exports reached US$75.9bn in 2014. However, the sector suffers from a poor image due to quality scandals.
Italian machinery orders increase by 7%
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 In the July-September 2015 period, Italian woodworking technology recorded another growth of orders, with an optimistic business climate for the third consecutive quarter.
Sabah wood product exports fell 9.5%
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 In the first eight months of this year wood product exports from Sabah, Malaysia, fell around 9.5% from the same period in 2014, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).
Wood reuse, recycling options in online directory
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 A new online directory outlines reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products in North America.
Norbord reports Q3 Adjusted EBITDA of US$30m
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Norbord Inc has reported Adjusted EBITDA of US$30m in the Q3, 2015 compared to US$19m in both the Q2, 2015 and Q3, 2014. The increase versus the two comparative periods is primarily due to higher shipment volumes and a number of cost improvements.
Martinsons to expand production of CLT
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Martinsons, based in Sweden, is expanding its production line for the manufacture of construction components in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). This will triple the company’s capacity and enable the manufacture of storey-high panels, which will provide benefits for many construction projects. The investment will be implemented in Bygdsiljum and is estimated to cost approximately SEK80m (US$9m).
Solenis named one of ‘America’s Safest Companies’
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals has been named one of ‘America’s Safest Companies’ by EHS Today magazine.
Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek will merge to create a US$23bn world premier US timber sector
Thursday, November 12, 2015 The deal was announced on Sunday with details of a definitive agreement to create the “world’s premier timber, land and forest products company” with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the US.
Kebony raises €19m to build second factory in Belgium
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, has raised NOK177.5m (€19.05m) to fund a second European factory.

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