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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.

Louisiana-Pacific to close Peace Valley OSB facility in Fort St John, Canada
08 July 2019 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) has announced that its Peace Valley facility in Fort St John, British Columbia, will indefinitely curtail production of OSB.

Kadant Carmanah Design launches advanced vision systems for OSB stranding lines
08 July 2019 Kadant Carmanah Design, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc has launched three advanced vision systems designed to help OSB producers increase production rates and improve strand quality in the wood room.

Danzer reports 3.6% drop in sales for 2018
01 July 2019 Danzer, the international hardwood company specialising in wood from temperate forests in the northern hemisphere, reports revenue of €202m in 2018.

A guide to choosing the most suitable CaberWood MDF
01 July 2019 Norbord, manufactuer of engineered wood based panels, has released a handy guide to help tradespeople, architects and specifiers know which product from its MDF portfolio, CaberWood MDF, is the most suitable for their project.

Ceratizit and Grasche extend their working partnership
01 July 2019 Grasche USA has signed an extension dealer agreement which extends the working partnership with the Ceratizit Group in total to 10 years distribution of knives and profile blanks in North America.

Brazil’s wood based product exports decline 19%
01 July 2019 In April 2019, the Brazilian exports of wood based products declined 19% in value compared to April 2018, from US$286.6m to US$232.9m, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

Dieffenbacher: good prospects for all three business units
01 July 2019 Machine and plant manufacturer, Dieffenbacher, reports solid business results over the past 12 months, highlighted by a higher equity ratio, greater internal efficiency and the strong performance of its business units.