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December 2020

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Leading global furniture fair moves to autumn 2021 date
02 December 2020 Leading global furniture fair Salone del Mobile will be in September next year to give the event a better opportunity of success against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

November 2020

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Duratex records best ever quarter results in Q3
23 November 2020 Brazilian wood-based panels manufacturer Duratex has recorded a stellar Q3, with its earnings (EBITDA) rising 83.6% to R$252.1m – the best quarterly results in the history of the company.

West Fraser to acquire Norbord and create global wood products leading group
19 November 2020 West Fraser has announced plans to acquire Norbord in a US$3.1bn takeover in what is a giant move in the global wood products arena.

Dieffenbacher modernises plants in Germany, Poland and Vietnam
16 November 2020 Wood-based panels manufacturing systems provider Dieffenbacher has shared details on a number of plant modernisations projects designed to help panel producers stay competitive.

Norbord posts record Q3 earnings as OSB prices rocket
13 November 2020 Norbord recorded its strongest quarter ever earnings in Q3, 2020, driven by higher OSB prices.

Ipac with new shareholder structure and future-oriented technology
11 November 2020 Fagus-GreCon has ceded its majority interest in the Austrian measuring equipment manufacturer Ipac GmbH.

WBPI launches Virtual Views event for panels industry
09 November 2020 WBPI will be holding a virtual event on February 16, 2021 to look at how the international wood-based panels industry has adapted to the current pandemic and look at movements in furniture trends.

LIGNA.21 goes into autumn - new date from 27 September to 1 October 2021
06 November 2020 The Ligna exhibition – the world’s largest woodworking technology show – has been postponed until next autumn.

Homanit continues expansion in Eastern Europe with new fibreboard project
05 November 2020 Homann Holzwerkstoff has announced its intention to build a new fibreboard plant in Lithuania.

Equipment auction set for closed Unilin parquet flooring plant
02 November 2020 An extensive array of woodworking machinery equipment operated formerly by the Magnum Parket AS mill in Vyskov, Czech Republic was due to be auctioned off on November 4.

October 2020

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Dieffenbacher third CPS+ line order in Africa
19 October 2020 Dieffenbacher has received its third order for a CPS + line in Africa.

MEDITE SMARTPLY launches new Euroclass B OSB3 board
06 October 2020 MEDITE SMARTPLY has launched SMARTPLY MAX FR B – a Euroclass B OSB3 board featuring wood flakes treated with flame retardant solution before factory pressing.

Egger plant goes into operation in the US
02 October 2020 Egger’s first plant in North America – the new particleboard operation at Lexington, North Carolina – has produced its first board.

Siempelkamp signs new particleboard production line order in China
02 October 2020 Guangxi Xiangsheng Household Materials Technology Co Ltd has signed an order with Siempelkamp for the supply of a new 300,000m3 capacity particleboard line.

New dual leadership team at Fagus-GreCon
02 October 2020 A new dual leadership teams has been formed at Fagus-GreCon in the form of Uwe Kahmann and Dr Michael Gawronski.

September 2020

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Siempelkamp announces restructuring programme
08 September 2020 Siempelkamp has announced a restructuring program which is designed to sustainably strengthen the company's competitiveness in a difficult global market environment.

August 2020

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CPA welcomes new president
07 August 2020 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) welcomed Andy O’Hare as its new president on August 3.

SMARTPLY plant set for €44m upgrade
03 August 2020 Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry and land solutions company, has approved a €44.4m investment to improve and upgrade MEDITE SMARTPLY’s SMARTPLY OSB plant in County Waterford.

July 2020

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Rosenheim Technical University extends application period for next generation of wood specialists
29 July 2020 Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Science has extended the date for applications for its wood courses until August 14.

EPF stats show wood-based panel production declined in 2019
16 July 2020 Wood-based panel production in European Panel Federation (EPF) countries has dipped for the first time in four years.