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Panels giant Arauco to acquire Masisa Mexico assets
21 December, 2017
South America based wood-based panel giant Arauco is to buy Masisa’s Mexican mills in a US$245m deal.
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GP studies plans to invest US$55m at its Gurdon plant
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Georgia-Pacific is studying plans to invest an estimated US$55m at its Gurdon, Arkansas lumber and plywood operations, a move that positions the company for continued growth.
Duraplay to install fibreboard line in north Mexico
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 A new burst of investment in MDF development in Mexico has continued with news that local panel maker Duraplay de Parral plans to install its first fibreboard line in the north of the country.
Tafisa Canada chosen as finalist for top environmental award
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Tafisa Canada, owner and operator of North America’s largest particleboard and decorative panel manufacturing facility, has been recognised for environmental achievements by two separate organizations.
Imal-Pal Group make major change at North American headquarters
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 A major change at the North American headquarters of the Imal-Pal Group based just outside Atlanta, Georgia has taken place with the recent appointment of Andrew F Jowett as president of Imal-Pal Group North America.
North American wood products market set to soar
Thursday, January 10, 2013 With the return of a demand-driven wood products market in 2012 - due to rapidly increasing housing starts in the US - it is now forecast that lumber and panel prices will move to new highs in 2013 and record highs for lumber in 2014.
Dieffenbacher and Carmanah in Cooperation Agreement
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau of Eppingen, Germany, and Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc of Surrey, BC, Canada have signed a Cooperation Agreement for the supply of disc and ring stranding systems to engineered wood applications outside of North America.
2013 International Wood Composites Symposium
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 Washington State University in collaboration with APA - The Engineered Wood Association will host the 2013 International Wood Composites Symposium which takes place at the Red Lion Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington on April 3-4, 2013.
US is now world’s biggest wood pellet exporter
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 The US Surpassed Canada as the largest wood pellet exporter in the world in the first half of 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The expansion of wood pellet capacity in the southern US has enabled the growth.
Uniboard to be purchased by Kaycan
Thursday, September 13, 2012 Pfleiderer Canada Inc, the parent company of Uniboard Canada Inc, a North American leader in engineered wood products, has entered into an agreement to sell its particleboard, MDF, thermally fused melamine and laminate flooring facilities to a subsidiary of Kaycan Ltd, a North American leader in vinyl, aluminum and engineered wood siding, trim and aluminum building products for over 38 years, in an all cash deal.
CPA announces ECC certification
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 The North American Composite Panel Association (CPA) announced on August 22 that it had expanded its Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Certification Program to include manufacturers of finished products, components and laminated panels, effective immediately.
Ilim Bratsk DOK certified Forest Stewardship Council
Friday, August 24, 2012 Ilim Bratsk plywood mill has been certified according FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standard.
Weyerhaeuser establishes procurement preference for American Tree Farm System certified wood
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Weyerhaeuser has announced its preference for purchasing wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System. This decision aligns with the company's commitment to responsible fibre sourcing.
LP’s OSB division shows well
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Increasing OSB sales volumes and prices helped Louisana-Pacific’s (LP) main OSB division return Q2 operating profits of US$17m (2011: US$23m loss).
Plum Creek Timber reports Q2 earnings of US$36m
Thursday, August 16, 2012 Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc has announced Q2 earnings of US$36m, with earnings for Q2 2011 at US$44m. Earnings for the first six months of 2012 were US$65m.
Improved US housing gives upturn for Norbord
Monday, August 13, 2012 North American panels giant Norbord saw earnings rise threefold in Q2, with figures boosted by a long awaited pick up in the US housing sector.
Texas considers turning brush into biofuel
Monday, June 11, 2012 Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist in the US.

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