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July 2020


Xylexpo organisers admit 2020 show is now “impossible”
13 July 2020 The 2020 edition of the Xylexpo international woodworking exhibition has now been cancelled after organisers admitted it was “impossible” to organise the event in 2020.

First fully automatic warehouse for wood panels commissioned in the Czech Republic
10 July 2020 Drevo Trust has commissioned one of the first fully automatic warehouses for wooden sheet materials in the Czech Republic.

BIFA WOOD Vietnam is postponed to 2021
02 July 2020 Woodworking technology and timber products exhibition BIFA WOOD Vietnam has been postponed until 2021.

Medite SmartPly reports €207.4m annual turnover
02 July 2020 Irish state forestry company Coillte says its Medite SmartPly wood-based panels manufacturing operations recorded a turnover of €207.4m in 2019, compared to €211.3m in 2018.

June 2020


Change of Management at Siempelkamp
30 June 2020 Current Siempelkamp CEO and spokesman of the Board of Directors, Christoph Michel, is leaving the the company in order to take on new tasks and challenges outside of the group.

Swiss Krono points to bright timber construction future, despite pandemic
29 June 2020 Wood-based panels producer Swiss Krono Group says its production and sales of OSB is holding up well despite economic challenges in Germany due to Covid-19.

LP sells wood-fibre based cladding brand and Nova Scotia production facility
29 June 2020 The CanExel brand of wood-fibre based cladding products and the factory that makes it in Canada have been sold by Louisiana-Pacific (LP) to Maibec.

IWF 2020 is cancelled
11 June 2020 North America’s largest woodworking technology exhibition – the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) – has cancelled its show this summer due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Medite Tricoya Extreme Insect Hotel
11 June 2020 Medite Smartply have partnered with the All Ireland Pollinator Plan and created a set of six insect hotels using Medite Tricoya Extreme (MTX), weather resistant MDF.

Sanding technology manufacturers find safe ways of working in face of Covid-19
10 June 2020 Sanding technology manufacturers Steinemann and Imeas have given updates on how their operations are working safely and adapting to Covid-19 guidelines.

CPA to launch new safety spotlight initiative
05 June 2020 To accompany the annual Safety Innovation Award, CPA is launching a new Safety Spotlight web page to showcase members’ safety issues and relevant solutions

Comments filed on EPA formaldehyde TSCA scoping document
05 June 2020 The Federal Wood Industries Coalition (FWIC), which consists of 12 trade associations including The Composite Panel Association (CPA), has filed comments on Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft formaldehyde Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) scoping document.

Giardina Group takes over De Stefani
03 June 2020 Giardina Group has acquired Italian firm De Stefani Valerio & C snc, a manufacturer of sanding solutions for over 40 years.

HDI opens DesignOneSource as new specification
01 June 2020 DesignOneSource is the new specification division of Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) which aims to provide seamless specification support for decorative surface materials across North America.

Perforated plywood reduces noise at new school
01 June 2020 Wall linings featuring perforated Key-Ply Euro Birch plywood from Keystone Linings were installed in the new multipurpose centre at Kildare College to achieve optimum noise reduction.

May 2020


Siempelkamp is a new member of the VR Business Club
22 May 2020 Siempelkamp is developing its services in the area of virtual planning of plants and digital service and also now focusing on cross-industry networking.

Fagus-GreCon announces streamlined organisation
21 May 2020 Fagus-GreCon has announced the consolidation of two current business units - Measuring Technology and Inspection systems.

Tafisa completes multi-million-dollar upgrade to its Line Number 1
01 May 2020 Leading particleboard and thermally fused laminate (TFL) decorative panel manufacturer Tafisa Canada has announced the completion of a major investment to modernize its Line 1 continuous particleboard press at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

April 2020


Arauco to end MDF Production at Bennettsville
28 April 2020 Arauco has announced that it intends to close its MDF production facility in Bennettsville, South Carolina.

Home office furniture in higher demand
27 April 2020 Home office furniture has seen an increase in demand during Covid-19 restrictions, according to a survey by US-based media title Furniture Today.