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Europe's demand for tropical hardwood flooring continues to fall


European consumption of real wood flooring (i.e. excluding laminates) remains flat and the role of tropical timber in this sector is declining. This is apparent from combined analysis of Eurostat trade data and the latest market report by the FEP (European Federation of the Parquet Industry) released on 16 June 2017 at the Federation’s …

Canada buys 12 per cent more tropical sawnwood in May


Canadian imports of tropical sawnwood were worth USUS$2.18 million in May, up 12 per cent from April. Year-to-date imports rose five percent from May 2016. The import growth was mostly due to the increase in shipments of sapelli sawnwood. While US imports of sapelli have gone down, Canadian sapelli imports more than doubled from April to reach …

EPA withdraws formaldehyde emission rule for extended compliance dates


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a rule that would have extended several dates for wood composite producers to comply with formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products. The EPA published the compliance extension rule in May, but after receiving negative feedback from industry the rule was withdrawn in July. …

Australia: This radial sawmill makes a concept a reality with timber technology


The logs are first cut into wedges, which are then converted into boards. Photo credit: Tim Lee/ABC News “Basically we cut up timber differently to other people,” Chris McEvoy, a wood scientist formerly with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and now a joint owner of Radial Timber. (Hyperlink …

Gunter Kuhn leaves Dieffenbacher

Dieffenbacher, Gunter Kuhn, management change

Dr Günter Kuhn has left the Management Board at Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau since June 1. Dr Kuhn has been with the company since 2005 and was managing director in Eppingen, Germany, from 2009. As Chief Technical Officer, he was responsible for the Technology, Automation and Production divisions, as well as the Recycling …

How Agile Technology Could be the Key to Manufacturing Prosperity


By Frank McLoughlin, Vice President – Business Solutions Group, Epicor International at Epicor Software With rising competition from developing low cost manufacturers in the Mekong region due to low labour and operating costs, established manufacturers in Southeast Asia (SEA) are facing strong competition. The demand for quality, as …

EGGER acquires Masisa plant in Argentina

EGGER, Masisa, Argentina

Purchase is the Austrian company’s first production site out of Europe, and aligned with its internationalisation strategy. With a 35 per cent market share, Masisa is the number two wood-based products manufacturer in Argentina. Masisa Argentina posted a turnover of US$131 Mn in 2016. The plant in Concordia has facilities for the production …

Kastamonu Entegre shifts HQ to Uskudar, Istanbul

Kastamonu, Istanbul, Uskudar, Turkey

The head office of Kastamonu Entegre, the global player of the wood-based panel industry, moved to its new address in Üsküdar, Istanbul. The new office combines modern architecture with standards that reflect the vision of the company, providing employees with a pleasant and functional working environment. Kastamonu Entegre, which …

Editor’s pickWoodtech Egypt confirms new dates in 2018


Woodtech Egypt, the international exhibition for timber, design and technology, will be held in Cairo from 16 – 18 February. The event is organised by MEDEXPO EGYPT JSC in co-operation with Chamber of Commerce Damietta-Furniture sector. It also organised the first WOODTECH FORUM in Damietta, held in November 2016. Total support from …

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