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October 2018


Teijin to build world’s first building made of advanced fiber-reinforced wood
11 October 2018 The Japanese technology global group, Teijin Limited, is to construct the world’s first building made of advanced fibre-reinforced wood (AFRW), a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibres bonded together with structural adhesives. The new building will be constructed in Teijin’s Tokyo Research Center in Hino City, Japan.

Wood panel industry raises awareness of challenges facing its sector
11 October 2018 Representatives of the UK's wood panel sector have met with politicians to discuss challenges facing its industry.

September 2018


Forest products information provider, RISI, acquires wood price reporting agency Random Lengths
04 September 2018 Risi Inc, a leading information provider for the global forest products industry, has announced that its parent company, Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, has acquired Randon Lengths, a leading price reporting agency (‘PRA’) for the wood products industry.

Russian plywood is used for the construction of gas tankers for first time
04 September 2018 Sveza Company, said to be the world leader in birch plywood production, has completed shipments of products for the construction of a gas super tanker in Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard (China).

Schattdecor presents exclusive solutions with digital printing technology
04 September 2018 The German multinational Schattdecor made its debut at High Design - Home & Office Expo, one of the largest design fairs in Brazil, with unprecedented designs for architects and interior designers.

Formica and Arauco announce exclusive TFL licensing agreement
04 September 2018 Formica Corporation and Arauco, have announced an exclusive licensing agreement whereby Arauco will manufacture and sell Formica Brand Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL). Under this agreement, 25 of the best-selling Formica Brand TFL designs will be stocked by Arauco and available in the Formica TFL Quick Ship Program.

August 2018


China’s production of wood panel enterprises has increased rapidly
29 August 2018 China’s production of wood products, especially wood based panels, has increased rapidly in recent years.

Acceptance of second Dieffenbacher ClassiSizer by French pellet producer Biosyl
29 August 2018 Biosyl, a leader in the field of renewable energy from biomass and the production of wood pellets in France, has accepted its second ClassiSizer from Dieffenbacher. Biosyl operates one of the country’s largest pellet plants in Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, about 200km south of Paris.

GreenPanel launches Club Grade HDF – a substitute for plywood
22 August 2018 GreenPanel, said to be India’s largest wood panel manufacturer, has launched Club Grade HDF (high density fibreboard) which, says the company, is an ideal and cheaper substitute for plywood.

USNR expands operations at its Eugene, Oregon facility
22 August 2018 USNR – the world’s largest, most comprehensive supplier of equipment and technologies for the wood processing industry – is expanding its operations at its Eugene, Oregon facility.

Acimall reports Q2 orders decreased 10% due to falling exports
22 August 2018 The orders for Italian woodworking machines and tools in Q2, 2018 decreased 9.9% year-on-year due to orders from abroad dropping 15.5%, reports Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers of woodworking machinery. These figures are balanced by the positive results in the domestic market increasing by 29.4%.

Homag again achieves high capacity of incoming orders
22 August 2018 In the first half of 2018 (H1, 2018), the Homag Group – the world’s leading supplier of integrated solutions for production in the woodworking industry and the trades – recorded an increase in sales over the previous year and once again achieved a high level of incoming orders.

Latvian plywood exports drop sharply by 25% in Q1
22 August 2018 According to the foreign trade statistics published by the Forest Department in the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture, a total of 72,900m³ of plywood was exported from Latvia in Q1, 2018, a decrease of 24.6% compared to the same period last year, reports Euwid, the specialist trade publisher.

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.