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April 2020


Egger UK temporarily stops production at Hexham panel mill
07 April 2020 Egger has implemented the controlled shutdown of its Hexham panel products production facility in response to the coronavirus situation.

Japan’s plywood imports fall as domestic production grows
03 April 2020 For the first time in three years the total Japanese plywood supply dipped below 6milliom m3. Domestic production increased but imports fell to lowest in 20 years.

Biesse Group guarantees parts and service following production slowdown
03 April 2020 Reacting to government measures aimed at tackling the coronavirus outbreak, Biesse Group has guaranteed to continue its full range of after sales support and spare parts shipment.

Composite panel industry deals with coronavirus restrictions
01 April 2020 Companies in both the US and Canada have been faced with stay-in-place orders in multiple states and provinces over the past week due to the COVID-19 crisis.

CPA Spring Meeting postponed
01 April 2020 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) is negotiating with the Laguna Cliffs Marriott venue regarding the postponement of the Spring Meeting until 2021.

March 2020


Moralt implements strategy to remain open
27 March 2020 German door blank manufacturer Moralt has been quick to develop a strategy to see it through the coronavirus disruption and it looks to be paying dividends.

Norbord announces reduced operating schedules
26 March 2020 Norbord has announced that it will be reducing production across its North American OSB mills in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on demand.

TFS Launches CPD Training Centre for Builders’ Merchants
17 March 2020 Trade Fabrication Systems (TFS), has opened a training centre at its Warrington manufacturing facility for merchants and sales staff.

Andritz to supply largest pressurised refining system to China
16 March 2020 International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Guangxi Guoxu Group to supply a pressurised refining system, including an S2064M refiner, for their MDF production line.

HDI Announces Acquisition of Diamond Hardwoods
16 March 2020 Hardwoods Distribution has announced that it has bought all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Californian wholesale distributor Diamond Hardwoods.

Wood-based panels organisations remain vigilant over coronavirus
13 March 2020 Wood-based panels representative organisations are remaining vigilant over the COVID-19 coronavirus, with both the North American-based Composite Panel Association (CPA) and European Panel Federation (EPF) making statements in recent days.

Dieffenbacher commences assembly of MDF plants in Algeria
09 March 2020 Assembly is underway on the first continuous wood-based panel plant in North Africa. Panneaux d’Algérie commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply the complete MDF plant in El Tarf, Algeria.

Xylexpo 2020 postponed until later in the year
09 March 2020 The Board of Acimall, the association of Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers, owner of the biennial exhibition, have taken the decision to postpone the 2020 event due to the continuing coronavirus emergency in Italy.

Dorner adds 2200 Series LPZ conveyor to product lineup
09 March 2020 Dorner has expanded its European operations by adding the 2200 Series LPZ (Low Profile Z-Frame) Conveyor to its lineup of conveyor platforms being manufactured in Jülich, Germany.

February 2020


Coronavirus having widespread effect on timber industry
26 February 2020 Timber distributors may be forced to draw up contingency plans for shipments. Major shows and events are being postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Turkey terminates antidumping duties on US and Canada OSB imports
25 February 2020 According to the notice published on 31 January 2020 in the Official Gazette of Turkey, Ministry of Trade of Turkey terminated antidumping duties in force since 2014 on oriented strand board (OSB) originating in the USA and Canada.

Freres Lumber turns panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner
24 February 2020 Freres Lumber is using a 11.25 ton capacity Caldwell Posi-Turner to turn loads at its Mass Plywood Panels facility in Lyons, Oregon. It is designed to rotate bulky and hard to handle objects and is operated beneath the hook of a 15-ton capacity overhead crane to flip panels in the finishing area.

WTT, Tweddle Engineering and MSL join forces to create WTM Group
21 February 2020 The WTM Group will be a project engineering company focussed on marketing, engineering, sourcing and installing small and large wood treatment projects. It will also offer after sales services and involvement in new product developments.

CIFF and CIFM Interzum both postponed due to coronavirus
21 February 2020 The 45th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) and China International Furniture Machinery & Furniture Raw Materials Fair 2020 (CIFM Interzum) due to take place in March in Guangzhou have both been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus problem in the country.

Sonae Arauco presents the new Innovus Collection at EuroShop
20 February 2020 EuroShop took place at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre with around 2,300 exhibitors from 60 nations occupying 16 halls. It is the world's largest retail trade fair with new products relating to shopfitting and interior design amongst many others.