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March 2020


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.

HDI Announces Acquisition of Diamond Hardwoods
16 March 2020 Hardwoods Distribution has announced that it has bought all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Californian wholesale distributor Diamond Hardwoods.

Wood-based panels organisations remain vigilant over coronavirus
13 March 2020 Wood-based panels representative organisations are remaining vigilant over the COVID-19 coronavirus, with both the North American-based Composite Panel Association (CPA) and European Panel Federation (EPF) making statements in recent days.

Dieffenbacher commences assembly of MDF plants in Algeria
09 March 2020 Assembly is underway on the first continuous wood-based panel plant in North Africa. Panneaux d’Algérie commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply the complete MDF plant in El Tarf, Algeria.

Xylexpo 2020 postponed until later in the year
09 March 2020 The Board of Acimall, the association of Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers, owner of the biennial exhibition, have taken the decision to postpone the 2020 event due to the continuing coronavirus emergency in Italy.

Dorner adds 2200 Series LPZ conveyor to product lineup
09 March 2020 Dorner has expanded its European operations by adding the 2200 Series LPZ (Low Profile Z-Frame) Conveyor to its lineup of conveyor platforms being manufactured in Jülich, Germany.

February 2020


Coronavirus having widespread effect on timber industry
26 February 2020 Timber distributors may be forced to draw up contingency plans for shipments. Major shows and events are being postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Turkey terminates antidumping duties on US and Canada OSB imports
25 February 2020 According to the notice published on 31 January 2020 in the Official Gazette of Turkey, Ministry of Trade of Turkey terminated antidumping duties in force since 2014 on oriented strand board (OSB) originating in the USA and Canada.

Freres Lumber turns panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner
24 February 2020 Freres Lumber is using a 11.25 ton capacity Caldwell Posi-Turner to turn loads at its Mass Plywood Panels facility in Lyons, Oregon. It is designed to rotate bulky and hard to handle objects and is operated beneath the hook of a 15-ton capacity overhead crane to flip panels in the finishing area.

WTT, Tweddle Engineering and MSL join forces to create WTM Group
21 February 2020 The WTM Group will be a project engineering company focussed on marketing, engineering, sourcing and installing small and large wood treatment projects. It will also offer after sales services and involvement in new product developments.

CIFF and CIFM Interzum both postponed due to coronavirus
21 February 2020 The 45th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) and China International Furniture Machinery & Furniture Raw Materials Fair 2020 (CIFM Interzum) due to take place in March in Guangzhou have both been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus problem in the country.

Sonae Arauco presents the new Innovus Collection at EuroShop
20 February 2020 EuroShop took place at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre with around 2,300 exhibitors from 60 nations occupying 16 halls. It is the world's largest retail trade fair with new products relating to shopfitting and interior design amongst many others.

Eriez installs second capacitive charger
20 February 2020 Eriez Magnetics Europe has invested in a second capacitive charger dubbed “the world’s largest commercial magnetiser”. This new unit will run alongside the existing charger and will be used to magnetise permanent ferrite and rare earth magnetic assemblies.

BASF invests in its polyurethane dispersion business in Europe
20 February 2020 BASF has announced a single-digit million-euro investment in the capacity expansion of water-based polyurethane dispersions at its Castellbisbal site in Spain. The expansion will allow BASF to increase its production capacity by 30%.

New Siempelkamp short-cycle press at EGGER in Rambervillers
20 February 2020 The first board has been produced from the Siempelkamp short-cycle KT 700 press which the EGGER Group ordered to be installed at the Rambervillers, production site.

Wood Technology Co. orders MDF plant to use rice straw from Siempelkamp
19 February 2020 Egyptian company Wood Technology Co. (WOTECH) finalised the order with Siempelkamp for an MDF plant with an annual production capacity of 205,000m3 which will utilise rice straw as the raw material.

LIGNA.Conference to take place in Rosenheim, Germany on 6 and 7 October 2020
18 February 2020 The world’s biggest trade show for the woodworking and timber processing industry, LIGNA, takes place in May 2021. But a sister event: LIGNA Conference will also be held on 6 and 7 October in Rosenheim, Germany.

Development of super thick plywood in Japan
17 February 2020 Tokyo based Seihoku Plywood is developing a plywood with a thickness of more than 50mm and it is applying to obtain Japanese Organic Regulation (JAS) certificate. This would allow Seihoku to participate in the new engineered wood market.

Dieffenbacher invests in internet start-up APPbyYOU
17 February 2020 Dieffenbacher has purchased a financial stake in APPbyYOU, the company, founded in 2012, developed the MyMessenger ticket and messaging app, a key component of the MyDieffenbacher digital service platform.