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October 2018


Boise Cascade to acquire wholesale distributor Arling Lumber
23 October 2018 Boise Cascade Co has announced agreement to acquire Arling Lumber, Inc, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Arling is a third generation, family-owned and operated wholesale distributor of lumber, plywood, OSB, and engineered wood products.

Design award for new Dieffenbacher knife ring flaker which has “archtectonic quality”
23 October 2018 The MRZ knife ring flaker is the first collaborative design project of Dieffenbacher’s Wood Business Unit and the Tübingen design firm defortec. Previously, defortec and Dieffenbacher’s Composites Business Unit successfully collaborated on the design of Fibercon, Fiberforge and Fiberpress products.

Spectroscope-based moisture measurement APOS and Fagus-GreCon agree on strategic cooperation
15 October 2018 APOS GmbH ('APOS') in Wedel and Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH & Co KG ('Fagus-GreCon') in Alfeld have agreed on strategic cooperation for the spectroscope-based measuring systems. Besides the collaboration for the market development, this cooperation also includes joint activities in terms of service and support.

Siemens intensifies collaboration with SME to implement Industry 4.0
15 October 2018 For the implementation of Industry 4.0, Siemens is relying on even more intensive collaboration with small to medium-sized companies.

CPA’s revised Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Standard raises the bar
15 October 2018 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) Autumn Meeting and Material, Technology & Design Symposium concluded with a record high number of attendees.

Weinig Holz-Her to open West Coast campus in US
15 October 2018 Weinig Holz-Her USA, a leader in both solid wood and panel processing equipment, is to open of Weinig Holz-Her Expo West in southern California.

Brazil's wood based product exports increased by 34.4% in August
15 October 2018 In August 2018, Brazilian exports of wood based products increased 34.4% in value compared to August 2017, from US$238.6m to US$320.6m, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

Metsä Wood invests €55m in birch plywood mill in Estonia
11 October 2018 The investment in a birch plywood mill established in Pärnu, Estonia is worth €55m and once operating at full capacity in 2019 it will employ around 200 people

Norbord launches high performance floor with reduced impact noise
11 October 2018 Norbord's CaberFloor P5 – said to be the UK's most specified particleboard flooring product – has been upgraded to produce a high performance floor with reduced impact and airborne noise transmission.

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%.