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August 2018


Decorative panel producer Tafisa aims two innovations at North America
17 August 2018 Leading decorative panel manufacturer Tafisa Canada will be showcasing two innovations at IWF 2018, the International Woodworking Fair to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, US, August 22-25. The innovations are designed to provide the North American industry, designers and architects with unprecedented selection of high-end affordable products that fill a market gap, says the company.

Upcoming Ligna will keynote digitisation and automation
08 August 2018 ‘Integrated Woodworking - Customised Solutions’ will be the keynote theme at next year’s Ligna trade show, which will run from May 27-31 in Hannover, Germany. Accordingly, Industry 4.0 technologies will feature prominently among the woodworking and timber processing exhibits in halls 11–17 and 25–27, as well as on the open-air site.

Sonae Arauco orders particleboard plant for its Beeskow site in Germany
08 August 2018 The Portuguese-Chilean joint venture Sonae Arauco has made a belated gift to its Beeskow site for its 50th anniversary. Under the project name‚ ‘Beeskow50+’ – the plus stands for the future of the site 100km southeast of Berlin – a state-of-the-art particleboard plant from Dieffenbacher will be built beginning March 2019.

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces acquires Laminate Works Dallas
08 August 2018 Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces acquires Laminate Works DallasWilsonart Engineered Surfaces has purchased Laminate Works Dallas, a division of Laminate Works Inc, a Kansas City based manufacturer of decorative High Pressure Laminate (HPL) panels. According to vice president, sales, Tim Atkinson: “This acquisition supports the continued growth of Wilsonart’s Coordinated Surfaces program with expanded capacity for the manufacture of HPL panels.”

Global wood based panels market to grow sharply by 2025
08 August 2018 The global wood based panel market size is expected to reach US$174.55bn by 2025, registering a 7.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research of San Francisco, California.

Arauco acquires Panolam assets in Oregon, strengthening presence in North America
08 August 2018 Global producer of wood products, Arauco, has purchased Panolam’s industrial assets located in Albany, Oregon. The acquisition continues the expansion of the company’s presence in the North American market.

Brazilian exports of wood based products increase by 23%
08 August 2018 In June 2018 the total value of Brazilian exports of wood based products increased 23% compared to June 2017 from US$213.9m to US$263.6m.

Sonae Indústria profit up 34% mainly due to joint-venture with Arauco
02 August 2018 Leading European wood panel manufacturer, Sonae Indústria, reports a net profit of €18.9m in the first six months of 2018 (6M, 2018), up 34% against the profits of 6M, 2017 and reached €15.1m in Q2, 2018, an improvement of €4.9m and €7.5m when compared to 6M, 2017 and Q2, 2017, respectively.

Uniboard invests C$38.5m to increase capacity and productivity
02 August 2018 Following the successful completion of a C$53m investment in its Val-d’Or, Canada plant in 2017, Uniboard has announced an additional C$38.5m investment for its Val-d’Or plant and is the second phase of a major upgrade project to build a world-class particleboard and thermally fused laminate plant in Val-d’Or.

Egger Group sets new records with sales growth up 12.5%
02 August 2018 The Egger Group has again set new records in its annual results for 2017/2018. The sales increased during the business year 2017/2018 by +12.5% to reach €2.6bn.

Dieffenbacher to supply particleboard plant to Ecuador
02 August 2018 Novopan del Ecuador, producer of medium density particleboard (MDP) in Ecuador, is to increase its production capacity in Quito with a new plant from Dieffenbacher.

July 2018


India’s leading panel manufacturer now offers pre-laminated MDF
12 July 2018 GreenPanel, considered to be India¹s biggest manufacturer of wood panels and pioneers in MDF, is now offering pre-laminated MDF.

IPPS Masterclass 2018 will cover panel application in timber framed housing and off-site construction
12 July 2018 The International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) MasterClass 2018 will be held in Bangor, Wales, September 4-5, 2018. The MasterClass takes a more informal approach than the IPPS Symposium (held in alternating years) which is the leading technical conference on wood based panels including all aspects of panel production technology and offering an ideal networking opportunity for science and industry.

DSM launches new Coating Resins website to provide insight into performance and sustainability
12 July 2018 Dutch multinational Royal DSM, active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials, has launched its new Coating Resins website at with the aim of giving the coating industry a greater insight into the science and application expertise driving new levels of performance in coatings.

World’s lightest plywood is now available in UK
05 July 2018 Said to be the world’s lightest plywood Banova Plus is being sold exclusively by UK timber supplier Arnold Laver.

Homag expands production capacity in Germany
03 July 2018 Homag Group, leading integrated solution provider for the woodworking industry, has expanded its production capacity of the Schopfloch, Germany site by commissioning a hall in neighbouring Horb.

Kronospan increases Alabama investment to US$463m
03 July 2018 Panel producer Kronospan plans to increase the investment in their Oxford, Alabama expansion by US$101m to a total of US$463m.

UK expert working group launched to champion wood panel industry
03 July 2018 An expert working group on the contribution of one of the UK's largest manufacturing industries has been launched at an event in Westminster.

Robots repair veneer imperfections at Georgia-Pacific
03 July 2018 Operating under the guidance of specially trained technicians PolyPatch robots increase production of wood veneer efficiency while helping to create a better-finished product, says Georgia-Pacific. The robots scan wood veneer for imperfections during production and if a defect is found, the robots repair it.

June 2018


Brazilian wood panels exports increase
29 June 2018 Exports of Brazilian made wood based panels in Q1, 2018 totalled US$73m, an increase of 14% over the same period last year, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).