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May 2020

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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

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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.

Segezha continues to invest in plywood operations
24 April 2020 Leading Russian forest product group Segezha Group is continuing to invest in its plywood operations and increase output.

Latvijas Finieris set to increase focus on bio-based glues and resins
24 April 2020 Latvian birch plywood producer Latvijas Finieris is to make further moves to focus on bio-based glues and resins in its panel products.

Mass Plywood Panel production line up and running at Freres in Oregon
24 April 2020 US-based Freres Lumber Co has announced that its Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) beam and column production line is now up and running.

SEAMLESS research project underway
17 April 2020 Dieffenbacher has teamed up with nine other companies and institutes on a new research project aimed at developing smart services for engineering and maintenance solutions.

First rubberwood-OSB-ContiRoll plant gets underway at Vanachai
16 April 2020 Vanachai’s first OSB plant has started production in Surat Thani, Thailand.

Xylexpo exhibition resets for November show dates in Milan
16 April 2020 Organisers of the biennial Xylexpo woodworking technology show have named new November 2020 show dates after earlier postponing this year’s May dates due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Biesse helps Covid-19 fight with 3D printer use
14 April 2020 Italian woodworking machinery giant Biesse is using its 3D printing technology to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for local hospitals.

Egger UK temporarily stops production at Hexham panel mill
07 April 2020 Egger has implemented the controlled shutdown of its Hexham panel products production facility in response to the coronavirus situation.

Japan’s plywood imports fall as domestic production grows
03 April 2020 For the first time in three years the total Japanese plywood supply dipped below 6milliom m3. Domestic production increased but imports fell to lowest in 20 years.

Biesse Group guarantees parts and service following production slowdown
03 April 2020 Reacting to government measures aimed at tackling the coronavirus outbreak, Biesse Group has guaranteed to continue its full range of after sales support and spare parts shipment.

Composite panel industry deals with coronavirus restrictions
01 April 2020 Companies in both the US and Canada have been faced with stay-in-place orders in multiple states and provinces over the past week due to the COVID-19 crisis.

CPA Spring Meeting postponed
01 April 2020 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) is negotiating with the Laguna Cliffs Marriott venue regarding the postponement of the Spring Meeting until 2021.

March 2020

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Moralt implements strategy to remain open
27 March 2020 German door blank manufacturer Moralt has been quick to develop a strategy to see it through the coronavirus disruption and it looks to be paying dividends.

Norbord announces reduced operating schedules
26 March 2020 Norbord has announced that it will be reducing production across its North American OSB mills in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on demand.

TFS Launches CPD Training Centre for Builders’ Merchants
17 March 2020 Trade Fabrication Systems (TFS), has opened a training centre at its Warrington manufacturing facility for merchants and sales staff.

Andritz to supply largest pressurised refining system to China
16 March 2020 International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Guangxi Guoxu Group to supply a pressurised refining system, including an S2064M refiner, for their MDF production line.