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June 2017

Editor’s pickSiempelkamp to build complete rice straw fibreboard plant in America


The proposed plant layout for CalAg LCC CalAg LCC is investing over US$315 million for its new rice straw fibreboard production plant in Willows, California. The complete plant will be installed by Siempelkamp, featuring the complete range of machine technology worth EUR75 million. CalAg LLC signed the supply contract on June 14, shortly after …

EGGER installs recycling facility in Romania worth EUR23.9Mn


Austrian panel giant EGGER has invested EUR 23.9 Mn in a recycling installation at its plant in Radauti, Romania, as well as in the EGGER Timberpark platforms for collecting the recycled wood. The latest investment reflects the company’s focus on a secondary, sustainable lifecycle of wood-based materials. It also reflects a worldwide …

American hardwoods leave a tiny carbon footprint, a new study confirms


A facility converting wood into usable building products. Photo credit: American Hardwood Export Council A new life cycle assessment (LCA) study that was commissioned by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) – the American hardwood industry’s leading international trade association – has uncovered American hardwood’s …

Freres Lumber receives a grant to bring its plywood panels to the market


Freres Lumber Co. recently received a US$250,000 grant from the United States Forest Service to bring its veneer-based massive plywood panels (MPP) to the market. Announced late last year, Freres’ MPP – which they hope will transform the market – is designed to be an alternative to cross-laminated timber (CLT), and can be used …

"Likewood", as its name suggests, looks and feels like wood


Likewood is a range of high definition timber look panels developed by Australian company Elton Group. Replicating timber in all respects, Likewood features a CLPL facing made from wood fibre, printed with a synchronised texture and lacquered to closely replicate solid timber. It is available on 18mm, 25mm and 32mm E0 MR MDF and complemented by …

To support business growth, Epicor has released the latest version of iScala


Global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, Epicor Software Corporation, announced that the latest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor iScala, is now generally available. Designed especially to support small to medium midmarket companies and subsidiaries of larger …

Nigeria to abolish ban on Egyptian furniture imports


Trade and Industry Minister Tareq Qabil said that Nigeria lifted the ban on its imports of furniture from Egypt. The minister added that Nigeria had imposed a ban on imports of furniture among 25 other products since 2005, which harmed Egypt’s exports of furniture. Qabil said that Egypt raised the issue during its talks with Nigeria. …

The many benefits of timber construction


According to Wright Forest Products, the domestic building and construction sector in Australia’s largest metropolises is continuing to grow exponentially, pushed forward by new apartment developments in city centres and development hubs rather than conventional detached houses. But in reality, it also reflects a major global trend: High …

Editor’s pickIMAL-PAL celebrates huge success with increased order portfolio of EUR 11Mn


The IMAL-PAL Group had a 1600sqm booth. Together with the Panel Alliance, the Group showcased solutions for complete plants. The IMAL-PAL group received over 1500 visitors at its 1600 m2 stand and increased its order portfolio by EUR 11 million, a record intake for any show. The Panel Alliance team, created by IMAL, PAL, GLOBUS, VYNCKE, RECALOR …

China: Hexion is set to offer industry-leading wood composite resins


Hexion Inc. will soon begin dedicating capacity from its phenolic resins plant in Zhanjiang, Jiangsu, China, to meet burgeoning regional demand for forest product resins and binders used to manufacture and produce plywood as well as other composite wood products. The plant in Zhenjiang, which Hexion acquired in August 2015, is part of …