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January 2019


Record revenue for Wemhöner
28 January 2019 Wemhöner Surface Technologies closed 2018 with the highest annual revenue in the company’s history to date. Revenue exceeded €100m and was 10% up on the previous year.

Organiser hails success of Domotex 2019
28 January 2019 Domotex, the leading showcase for floorcoverings recorded a slight dip in attendance during the January 11-14 show, attributing this to “market concentration”.

Schattdecor acquires US Coating Company
14 January 2019 Wood based panels surfacing giant The Schattdecor Group has finalised the purchase of US Coating Company, of South Carolina.

Tricoya agreement could open way for modified wood panels in SE Asia
10 January 2019 Accsys, the company behind Accoya modified wood, has announced that its subsidiary, Tricoya Technologies Limited (TTL), has entered into an agreement with PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) to potentially build an integrated acetic anhydride and Tricoya wood elements production plant in Malaysia.

December 2018


Formica Group to be sold to Broadview Holding
18 December 2018 Formica Group is to be sold by its New Zealand owners Fletcher Building Ltd to Broadview Holding BV (‘Broadview’) for US$840m.

EPF signs landmark formaldehyde agreement for worker protection
07 December 2018 The European Panel Federation (EPF) has signed a landmark agreement on enhanced protection in respect of formaldehyde for workers in the wood-based panels manufacturing industry.

November 2018


HPVA Laboratories award certification to Husky Plywood manufacturing facility in Quebec
01 November 2018 HPVA Laboratories has awarded EPA TSCA Title VI Certification for Formaldehyde Emissions to the Husky Plywood hardwood plywood manufacturing facility in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec. Husky's hardwood plywood products are certified to meet all requirements established in the EPA's (US Environmental Protection Agency) TSCA Title VI 40 CFR Part 770 Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products regulation and may now carry the ‘CARB TPC-8’ certification label.

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings completes acquisition of industrial wood pellet production facility
01 November 2018 Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc has closed the previously announced acquisition of a 70% interest in an industrial wood pellet production facility located in Aliceville, Alabama from the Westervelt Company.

Uwe Wagner to join the Pallmann management team
01 November 2018 Pallmann Maschinenfabrik in Zweibrücken has strengthened its management team after the retirement of Hartmut Pallmann. The management of the size reduction specialist within the Siempelkamp Group is, as of 1 January 2019, represented by Uwe Wagner in addition to Stefan Wissing.

October 2018


Uniboard launches three new exclusive finishes in Quebec
29 October 2018 Uniboard, the North American leader in engineered wood products and the creator of the synchronised (EIR) texture technology in North America, has launched 18 new designs and three new textures.

Ecuador triples woodworking machinery imports with Homag main supplier
25 October 2018 Ecuadorian imports of European woodworking machinery reached US$3.66m in the first seven months of 2018, more than tripling machinery imports in the same period of 2017.

Italian capacity listing change required in particleboard survey
23 October 2018 Since publishing our Particleboard Survey Part 1 in the last issue (October/November 2018), we have been advised of a change required to the Italian capacity listing.

Emerging suppliers now fill the gap replacing Chinese hardwood plywood to US
23 October 2018 US hardwood plywood imports from China have plunged this year after massive anti-dumping and countervailing duties took effect in early January, says a Random Lengths International report.

Boise Cascade to acquire wholesale distributor Arling Lumber
23 October 2018 Boise Cascade Co has announced agreement to acquire Arling Lumber, Inc, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Arling is a third generation, family-owned and operated wholesale distributor of lumber, plywood, OSB, and engineered wood products.

Design award for new Dieffenbacher knife ring flaker which has “archtectonic quality”
23 October 2018 The MRZ knife ring flaker is the first collaborative design project of Dieffenbacher’s Wood Business Unit and the Tübingen design firm defortec. Previously, defortec and Dieffenbacher’s Composites Business Unit successfully collaborated on the design of Fibercon, Fiberforge and Fiberpress products.

Spectroscope-based moisture measurement APOS and Fagus-GreCon agree on strategic cooperation
15 October 2018 APOS GmbH ('APOS') in Wedel and Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH & Co KG ('Fagus-GreCon') in Alfeld have agreed on strategic cooperation for the spectroscope-based measuring systems. Besides the collaboration for the market development, this cooperation also includes joint activities in terms of service and support.

Siemens intensifies collaboration with SME to implement Industry 4.0
15 October 2018 For the implementation of Industry 4.0, Siemens is relying on even more intensive collaboration with small to medium-sized companies.

CPA’s revised Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Standard raises the bar
15 October 2018 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) Autumn Meeting and Material, Technology & Design Symposium concluded with a record high number of attendees.

Weinig Holz-Her to open West Coast campus in US
15 October 2018 Weinig Holz-Her USA, a leader in both solid wood and panel processing equipment, is to open of Weinig Holz-Her Expo West in southern California.

Brazil's wood based product exports increased by 34.4% in August
15 October 2018 In August 2018, Brazilian exports of wood based products increased 34.4% in value compared to August 2017, from US$238.6m to US$320.6m, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).