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January 2022

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Murashinskiy boosts plywood with Biele press
28 January 2022 LLC Murashinskiy plywood plant and Spanish woodworking machinery specialist Biele Group have successfully implemented their first collaboration project consisting of an automatic 35 daylight hot press line with a production 50,000m3/year of 8x4 plywood boards.

European parquet flooring consumption expands by 5.8% in 2021
27 January 2022 FEP – the European Federation of the Parquet industry - estimates the overall consumption figures on the European parquet flooring market for the year 2021 significantly increased by 5.8%, compared to 2020.

First Desert Board branded date palm OSB produced by Al Talah
18 January 2022 Al Talah Board from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has produced its first “Desert Board” branded OSB products made using recycled date palm tree waste.

Weinig Group launches €15m investment programme at subsidiary Holz-Her
18 January 2022 Leading German woodworking machinery manufacturer Weinig Group is investing €15m in its Panel Processing division to promote its subsidiary Holz-Her.

December 2021

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Dieffenbacher hits €400m sales in 2021
16 December 2021 German wood-based panels production technology manufacturer Dieffenbacher has posted annual sales of €400m for 2021 and expects further growth in the coming years through its focus on sustainability and digitalization

CIFF Shanghai looks forward to 2022
15 December 2021 The 48th Shanghai International Furniture Fair held in conjunction with the Woodworking Machinery Fair has completed its online exhibition this year after earlier cancelling its physical event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Fraser completes acquisition of Georgia Pacific OSB mill in South Carolina
14 December 2021 West Fraser Timber Co Ltd has completed the acquisition of Georgia Pacific’s idled OSB mill near Allendale, South Carolina.

Wanhua orders two more production lines from Dieffenbacher
10 December 2021 Chinese wood and straw-based panel manufacturer Wanhua Ecoboard has ordered two more lines from Dieffenbacher that will enable it to begin producing straw-based Supermechanical Strength Particleboard (Super PB) in 2023.

Fagus GreCon researcher receives Wilhelm-Klauditz Award
03 December 2021 The Wilhelm-Klauditz Award has been presented to Dr Torben Marhenke, Fagus GreCon’s team lead Research & Development for research that led to the successful development of a new non-destructive test procedure for recognition of defects with a diameter starting at 1mm.

November 2021

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Kastamonu to become fifth largest panels producer with new mega MDF project in Turkey
23 November 2021 Kastamonu Entegre has placed an order with Siempelkamp for an MDF plant featuring the longest continuous press on the Turkish market.

North American panel producers join together in Climate Positive Now initiative
22 November 2021 North American wood-based panels and surfacing producers are joining together under the Climate Positive Now banner to promote the sustainability benefits of decorative wood panels.

Dexco installs new short cycle press at Agudos
15 November 2021 The first board on a new Siempelkamp short-cycle press at Dexco’s Agudos location has been produced in super quick time.

New continuous OSB production plant planned in Turkey
02 November 2021 Kupeliler Endustri AS is to establish what is believed to be the first continuous press plant for OSB in Turkey.

Unilin to acquire France’s Panneaux de Correze
01 November 2021 Unilin Group has announced the anticipated acquisition of French MDF producer Panneaux de Corrèze.

October 2021

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CPA vaccine mandate survey shows panel industry concerns
18 October 2021 US wood panel manufacturers have expressed concern about potential production disruption coming from President Joe Biden’s proclamation stipulating mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all US companies with more than for 100 employees.

CPA cancels Fall Meeting due to Covid case increase
13 October 2021 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) has cancelled its Fall Meeting due to the increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant.

September 2021

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Dongwha’s new Hanoi plant’s speedy start-up
23 September 2021 Wood-based panels equipment supplier Siempelkamp says its customer Dongwha’s new plant in Hanoi, Vietnam is already producing 20% above the output guaranteed in the contract.

CPA cancels Fall Meeting due to increase in Covid cases
23 September 2021 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) has cancelled its Fall Meeting due to the increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant.

August 2021

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Huntsman earnings up, boosted by higher MDI selling prices
19 August 2021 MDI producer Huntsman recorded increased revenues in its Q2, 2021 largely due to higher MDI average selling prices and higher sales volumes compared to the second quarter of 2020.

Starwood orders MDF line from Dieffenbacher for Inegol plant
19 August 2021 Starwood has commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply an MDF line in Inegol, Turkey, that will include a 9ft wide by 63.5m long CPS+ press, the largest continuous wood-based panel press in Turkey.