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August 2017

Toxic dye from water can be removed – with a filter made of wood


In the University of Maryland, engineers developed another way to use wood: By adding nanoparticles to wood, Liangbing Hu of the Energy Research Centre along with some colleagues managed to create a wood filter to separate toxic dyes from water. The research, first published in ACS Nano, is another innovative use of wood by the team, having …

Duratex credits its strong Q2 performance to foreign markets


With a net revenue of R$916.7 million (US$296 million) for the second quarter of 2017, Duratex, based in Brazil, credits B$160.2 million (US$51.74 million) to exports of their manufactured wood panels to the Middle East and North Africa. “This is an attractive consumer market, to which the company exports, basically, wood panels – …

West Fraser Timber acquires Gilman Building Products


With regulatory approval granted West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, for its US$430 million acquisition of Gilman Building Products, LLC, located in St. Mary’s, Georgia, United States (U.S.), the transaction, subject to other customary conditions, is expected to be completed by the end of the quarter. The …

Editor’s pickVRG Dongwha celebrates official opening of second MDF factory


VRG Dongwha celebrates the official opening of its second MDF factory in Vietnam. The line features state-of-the-art technology from European equipment manufacturers. At the centre of production is the 23.5m Generation 8 Contiroll from Siempelkamp. (The entire line, from the energy plant to automatic storage area is also supplied by Siempelkamp.) …

Editor’s pickWooden skyscrapers may help in slowing down global warming, but they are so much more


UNBC’s Wood Innovation and Design Centre is entirely out of wood, proving the potential of high-rise wooden buildings that have the added benefit of sequestering carbon. Photo credit: Ema Peter Large timber constructions are not only getting taller, stronger, and safer. They may also help us cool the planet and slow down global warming. In …

BEX and MCE Asia 2017 will help plot the future of sustainable building in Asia


Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, the leading trade exhibition in Southeast Asia (SEA) for the green building market, will be immersing attendees in three days of knowledge building, information sharing, and dialogue regarding the latest in green building and energy-efficient technologies, from the 12th to the 14th of September. Co-located with Mostra …

Polymer Solutions acquires Michelman’s wood release agents


Global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials, Michelman, Inc., recently announced that it has sold its Wood Release Agent Product Line to SASCO Chemical, a subsidiary of Polymer Solutions Group (PSG).  “We are extremely proud of the development of our engineered wood release business over recent …

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