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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.
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CPA to launch new safety spotlight initiative
Friday, June 05, 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
Friday, June 05, 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.
HDI opens DesignOneSource as new specification
Monday, June 01, 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.
Tafisa completes multi-million-dollar upgrade to its Line Number 1
Friday, May 01, 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.
Arauco to end MDF Production at Bennettsville
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Arauco has announced that it intends to close its MDF production facility in Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Home office furniture in higher demand
Monday, April 27, 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.
Mass Plywood Panel production line up and running at Freres in Oregon
Friday, April 24, 2020 US-based Freres Lumber Co has announced that its Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) beam and column production line is now up and running.
Composite panel industry deals with coronavirus restrictions
Wednesday, April 01, 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
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) is negotiating with the Laguna Cliffs Marriott venue regarding the postponement of the Spring Meeting until 2021.
Norbord announces reduced operating schedules
Thursday, March 26, 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.
HDI Announces Acquisition of Diamond Hardwoods
Monday, March 16, 2020 Hardwoods Distribution has announced that it has bought all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Californian wholesale distributor Diamond Hardwoods.
Freres Lumber turns panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner
Monday, February 24, 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.
Arauco to close MDF mill in Eugene, Oregon
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Arauco has announced it will be closing its medium density fiberboard (MDF) production facility in Eugene, Oregon May 1st 2020.
Norbord reports a loss of $30m for 2019
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Norbord’s full year report states an EBITDA of $138m for 2019 compared to $724m in 2018 recording an adjusted loss of $30m compared to $412m in 2018.
ARAUCO to invest in a new MDF millwork operation at Moncure, North Carolina
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 ARAUCO has announced that it will be closing its particleboard line in Moncure, North Carolina in April. The company assessed that the older manufacturing platform was less competitive in an increasingly challenging marketplace compared to the company’s other particleboard platforms.
Masisa sales revenues drop in Q3 as result of divestments
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Masisa’s sale of two panel mills in Mexico in 2019 was largely responsible for the company posting a large drop in sales revenues in Q3.
US housing industry stats looking more positive
Friday, December 20, 2019 The rate of housebuilding permits issued in the US has reached its most healthy position for five years.
Norbord posts lower quarterly earnings
Friday, November 01, 2019 Global wood-based panels producer Norbord has posted significantly lower earnings than a year ago due mainly to the drop off of North American OSB prices.
Roseburg completes purchase of El Dorado MDF mill
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Roseburg Forest Products and PotlatchDeltic Corporation have completed the previously announced purchase and sale of the assets of the PotlatchDeltic subsidiary Del-Tin Fiber LLC, including its MDF plant located in El Dorado, Arkansas.

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