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December 2019


Dieffenbacher’s recycling business seeing rapid growth
11 December 2019 Dieffenbacher has reported rapid growth in its new Recycling Business Unit.

Fibreboard developments covered at Amsterdam conference
09 December 2019 Fibreboard industry developments were shared at the AWA International Fibreboard Industry Conference in Amsterdam.

Thailand’s Metro orders new Siempelkamp forming and press line
06 December 2019 Leading Thailand wood-based panel producer Metro has confirmed an order for a new forming and press line for an MDF plant at the Kanchanburi site.

November 2019


Norbord posts lower quarterly earnings
01 November 2019 Global wood-based panels producer Norbord has posted significantly lower earnings than a year ago due mainly to the drop off of North American OSB prices.

October 2019


Planning success for Kronospan Chirk OSB line
28 October 2019 Kronospan has moved a step closer to manufacturing OSB in the UK with the granting of planning permission for a new line at Chirk.

Third Siempelkamp order for Dongwha in Vietnam
24 October 2019 Siempelkamp says it supplied the longest MDF press in Asia for a second time, with the supply of a 47m long press to Dongwha in Vietnam.

European wood flooring consumption presents mixed picture in 2019
24 October 2019 Wooden floor markets in France, Germany and Spain registered slight improvements during the first half of 2019, according to the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP).

August 2019


MDF import substitution is advancing in Mexico with three plants now fully operational
05 August 2019 The three new MDF plants installed in Mexico by Proteak, Duraplay and Masisa - now Arauco - since 2016 are now fully operational and the process of import substitution of MDF panels in the Mexican market has advanced.

Hardwoods Distribution completes overhaul of its import plywood supply chain
05 August 2019 Hardwoods Distribution Inc (HDI) has completed an overhaul of its import plywood supply chain, transitioning US operations supply options away from China, diversifying the origins of its flagship brand, Dragon Ply.

Egger particleboard plant in Biskupiec, Poland starts production
05 August 2019 Egger’s state-of-the-art particleboard production plant in Biskupiec, Poland has commenced operation. It is the Egger Group’s 19th plant in the world, with a capacity of 650,000m3 of particleboard representing an investment of €440m.

Ecuadorian particleboard exports grow 7% in first five months of 2019
05 August 2019 With a 7.0% growth in the first five months of 2019, Ecuadorian medium density particleboard (MDP) exports exceeded US$51m.

Colombian imports of particleboard up 13% to US$43.5m
05 August 2019 In the first five months of the year Colombian imports of medium density particleboard (MDP) reached US$43.5m.

Coillte establishes a new not for profit entity, Coillte Nature
01 August 2019 Coillte, manufacturer of Medite Smartply, has established a new not for profit entity, Coillte Nature, which will focus on the environment and recreational forests.

CalPlant I rice straw MDF plant to start operations in Q3, 2019
01 August 2019 When construction is completed in Q3, 2019, CalPlant I will be the world’s first commercial-scale producer of rice straw-based MDF supplying approximately 140 million ft2 of no-added-formaldehyde MDF to the building products industry.

Arclin acquires Surteco treating facility for TFL papers
01 August 2019 Arclin, the chemistry-based manufacturer of engineered products has completed the acquisition of Surteco’s North America decorative paper treating facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

2019 North American composite panel industry map now available
01 August 2019 The Composite Panel Association’s 2019 North American composite panel industry map is available for purchase as a print-ready high-resolution PDF.

“Urgent need for a clear line on formaldehyde limits”: Paolo Fantoni, chair of EPF
01 August 2019 “We urgently need to harmonise the compulsory parameters for formaldehyde in panels within the EU, both to regulate the importation of products from elsewhere, and to avoid creating hurdles within the community itself.”

July 2019


Norbord’s High Level, Alberto OSB mill resumes production
08 July 2019 Norbord Inc reports that its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta resumed production the first week of June after the evacuation order for the town of High Level was lifted.

New HCOS high-capacity oscillating screen for dry flake screening in particleboard production
08 July 2019 Building on its experience with oscillating screens for particleboard production Dieffenbacher has developed the new HCOS high-capacity oscillating screen for more throughput with less investment. The HCOS is developed specifically for producing high volumes.

Multimillion-pound sale of North Shields’ Formica is completed
08 July 2019 A multimillion-pound deal to sell North Shields’ Formica Group to a Dutch company has been completed.