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February 2021

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Uvadrev-Holding orders second particleboard plant from Siempelkamp
22 February 2021 Russian wood-based panels manufacturer Uvadrev-Holding has placed an order with Siempelkamp for a new particleboard plant.

Dieffenbacher to supply new Homanit, Lithuania plant
22 February 2021 Dieffenbacher has won the order to supply a complete THDF line for Homanit in Lithuania.

WBPI’s Beyond Covid virtual event changes date to May 11
06 February 2021 Wood Based Panels International's (WBPI) virtual half-day conference event - Beyond Covid-19: The global wood-based panels industry adapting for the future – will be taking place on May 11.

Andritz to supply world’s largest chip washing and pressurized refining system to China
04 February 2021 Andritz has received an order from Guangxi Chongzuo Lelin Forestry Development Co Ltd to supply a chip washing system and pressurized refining system for its MDF production line near Chongzuo in Guangxi province, China.

Starwood orders MDF line for Inegol operation
01 February 2021 Turkish wood-based panels producer Starwood has signed an order with Siempelkamp for the supply of a high-performance thin board MDF plant for the former’s Inegol operation.

January 2021

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European parquet flooring market remained stable in 2020
28 January 2021 Despite the pandemic, the European parquet flooring market managed to remain flat in 2020, led by renovation and its increased use of real wood flooring.

UK’s leading woodworking machinery show announces postponement until 2022
25 January 2021 The UK’s leading woodworking machinery exhibition - W Exhibition & Elements – has postponed its autumn 2021 show until February 6-9, 2022.

West Fraser acquisition of Norbord gets final court approval
25 January 2021 West Fraser’s US$3.1bn takeover of Norbord has obtained final approval from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List).

TTF timber import stats show continued strong market recovery
08 January 2021 Timber and panel import volumes performed strongly in October 2020 for the fifth consecutive month since June, according to the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) timber statistics.

New Composite Panel Association Board takes office
08 January 2021 The Composite Panel Association’s (CPA) 2021 Board of Directors is now taking office.David Smith of Timber Products will serve as the 2021 CPA Board chairman with Steve Carroll of Arauco North America as vice chairman and Dan Beaty of Langboard as secretary/treasurer.

December 2020

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US furniture sales soar in September
07 December 2020 US residential furniture manufacturers and distributors have been enjoying boom times of late, according to a study by consultants Smith Leonard.

Study shows benefits of wooden surfaces in fight against spread of coronavirus
04 December 2020 Using more wooden surfaces could help with hospital hygiene and fight the spread of coronavirus, according to an ongoing study by universities in Finland.

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.