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September 2020


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


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


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.

Acimall appoints SCM’s Luigi de Vito as new president
15 July 2020 SCM Group’s Luigi de Vito has been appointed as president of Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers of furniture and wood technology.

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.