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May 2019


World’s tallest wooden building completed in Norway
30 May 2019 The Mjösa Tower has officially opened in Brumunddal, Norway, taking over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building reaches up to a height of 85.4m and the building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsä Wood’s fast, light and green Kerto LVL products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building.

US imports of Vietnamese hardwood plywood surge as prices plummet
30 May 2019 US imports of hardwood plywood from Vietnam and Indonesia increased as imports from China fell by 50,000 to 100,000m3/month. Vietnam's export volume rose by 25,000km3/month but their prices into the US dropped below the world average for the first time.

Uniboard announces C$18m plant expansion
30 May 2019 Uniboard has announced a C$18m investment to expand and modernise its plant in Mont Laurier, Quebec. The enhancements will include improvements to reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase MDF production capacity.

Truck-receiving systems for Egger’s new mill in North Carolina
30 May 2019 Bruks Siwertell, a global leader in bulk handling and wood processing solutions, has announced an agreement to supply two automated truck-receiving and storage systems for Egger Wood Products’ state-of-the-art particleboard manufacturing facility, currently under construction in Linwood, North Carolina. All Bruks’ systems are planned for commissioning towards the end of 2019.

Setra reports Q1 operating profit of SEK83m (US$9m)
30 May 2019 Setra, one of Sweden’s largest wood products companies, has reported an operating profit of SEK83m (US$9m) for Q1, 2019.

MEDITE SMARTPLY announces its next generation OSB4 panel
30 May 2019 MEDITE SMARTPLY, producers of a versatile range of MDF and OSB building products, has recently announced its next generation OSB4 panel SMARTPLY ULTIMA.

Hettich Group sales exceed €1bn
30 May 2019 The Hettich group of companies, one of the world's largest manufacturers of furniture fittings, with headquarters in Kirchlengern, generated sales of €1.059bn in 2018. This represents an increase of 8.6% over 2017 at €975m.

Brazil’s wood based panel exports rose 4%
30 May 2019 2018 was a record year for the planted forest sector in Brazil and the trade balance advanced 28% due to an increase in exports of pulp, wood based panels and paper, according to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Boise Cascade reports Q1 sales of US$1bn
30 May 2019 Boise Cascade, one of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America, reports net income of US$11.4m on sales of US$1bn for Q1 ended March 31, 2019.

22 million tons of wood pellets shipped globally
30 May 2019 Global trade of wood pellets jumped more than 21% year-over-year in 2018 when a new record of 22.3 million tons was shipped, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The five major pellet-exporting countries (the US, Canada, Vietnam, Latvia, and Russia) have remained the top exporters for over five years. They accounted for about 69% of the world’s export volume in 2018.

Sonae Arauco launches 3D fibreboard
16 May 2019 International wood-based panels manufacturer Sonae Arauco has launched a 3D fibreboard to challenge bendable plywood products.

April 2019


Schattdecor acquires impregnation company with two production lines
29 April 2019 The Schattdecor Group has finalised the purchase of Vasatech Sdn Bhd, an impregnation company with two production lines.

Roseburg reorganises structure of its commercial organisation
29 April 2019 Roseburg Forest Products has announced a restructuring of its commercial organisation under senior vice president – chief commercial officer Ashlee Cribb.

Raute receives €12m from Plyterra in Russia
29 April 2019 Raute Corporation has received orders worth over €212m from CJSC Plyterra in Russia. The orders consist of veneer drying and patching lines and plywood lay-up and overlaying lines to be delivered to Plyterra’s birch plywood mill located in Umet, Zubovo-Polyanskiy region in Mordovia.

Polymer Solutions Group expands portfolio with acquisition of PUR Polymerics
29 April 2019 Polymer Solutions Group (PSG), a leading manufacturer of specialty polymers and additives has acquired PUR Polymerics line of engineered wood release agents.

Pfleiderer plants rely on Siempelkamp
29 April 2019 Wood based panel manufacturer Pfleiderer has opted to rely on Siempelkamp's Prod-IQ MES-system for all its plants in Germany and Poland.

Metsä Wood upgrades lines at its Pärnu mill in Estonia
24 April 2019 Upgraded production lines at Metsä Wood’s Pärnu birch plywood mill in Estonia have been put into operation with the workforce now increased to 170. Metsä Wood, part of the Metsä Group is one of the leading European producers of engineered wood products.

Kastamonu receives CE certificate for its MDF boards
24 April 2019 Kastamonu has received the CE certificate for MDF boards in the range of thicknesses up to 30mm, which confirms compliance of the products with leading European standards (EN standards).

Japan’s plywood imports down 9% in January
24 April 2019 Year-on-year, the volume of Japan’s January 2019 imports of plywood were down 9%, but compared to the volume of imports in December there was a steep rise in January imports due mainly to a 34% rise in shipments from Malaysia (68,000m3 in December 2018 to 91,200m3 in January 2019), reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

Brazil’s wood based panel exports rose 4%
24 April 2019 2018 was a record year for the planted forest sector in Brazil and the trade balance advanced 28% due to an increase in exports of pulp, wood based panels and paper, according to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).