News archive

June 2018

Editor’s pickEarth Observatory at the Northernmost of Earth

18-06-2018

A new earth observation station, located in Ny-Ålesund, Norway, is established by the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket) and developed by NASA.   Adhering to the strict Norwegian standards for low-energy buildings, all the loadbearing elements are constructed using cross-laminated timber, insulated on the outside and cladded …

Early acceptance of particleboard plant by Anhui Kelin

18-06-2018

On February 7, 2018, Chinese wood-based panel manufacturer Anhui Huaining County Kelin Wood Industry Co. Ltd. produced the first board on its new Dieffenbacher particleboard plant. Acceptance of the plant took place on May 4, two months prior to the contractually agreed date. Anhui Kelin's new particleboard plant in Anqing, China. "The smooth …

Editor’s pickThe Cleaning Tower combined with Cyclops for an innovative wood cleaning system

18-06-2018

Another Cleaning Tower was successfully commissioned at the SONAE ARAUCO plant in Portugal in May this year. PAL, a global leader in wood cleaning and preparation, has been promoting for years the cascade cleaning system which reduces the footprint and the use of conveyors, reaching up to 98% efficiency in the removal of pollutants from …

Editor’s pickA geodesic wooden dome for the largest planetarium in the world

14-06-2018

In an industrial area of St, Petersburg, Russia, a large geodesic dome in a former gasholder with historical connotations marks the site of an educational and scientific centre that also doubles as a modern architectural project. Known as “the world’s largest planetarium” at 37 metres in length and 18.5 metres in height, the …

Editor’s pickLIGNA 2019: Wood Industry Summit

14-06-2018

The next LIGNA, which will run from the 27th to the 31st of May 2019, will put the spotlight on three key themes: Integrated Manufacturing – Customised Solutions, Smart Surface Technologies and Access to Resources and Technology. For primary wood industry players, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the …

Global markets for timber and lumber did well in Q1/2018 despite slowdown in China

14-06-2018

In the first quarter of 2018, timber and lumber markets around the world did well, with the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) climbing 5.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter to hit its highest level since late 2014 with sawlog prices steadily going up over the past year and the GSPI rising just above 15 per cent in 12 months, according to Wood Resource …

New testing guide for CLT manufacturers published

14-06-2018

Lucideon, an international, independent materials company, has released a new guide for manufacturers of cross laminated timber (CLT). CLT, an engineered timber product, is made from bonding layers of sawn timbers together. This provides a very strong and sustainable panel which is ideal for use in offsite construction and is becoming more …

Editor’s pickWeinig establishes new business unit

14-06-2018

The Weinig management board with Wolfgang Pöschl, Gregor Baumbusch and Gerald Schmidt along with the head of the new business unit Automation & Digital Business, Jochen Ganz and Dr Otto Leible from Weinig Concept. As Weinig continues to press ahead with digitisation, the market leader in machinery and systems for solid wood and panel …

Log exports from Cameroon to the EU drop in Q1/2018

13-06-2018

Timber log exports from Cameroon to the European Union (EU) totalled 3,400 metric tonnes for the first quarter of 2018, signalling an 11 per cent drop as compared to the first quarter of 2017. According to the Journal du Cameroun, the fall could be attributed to Cameroonian lumberjacks moving to the more flexible Chinese market when faced with …

Katerra and Michael Green Architecture join forces

13-06-2018

Katerra, a technology company redefining the construction industry, and Michael Green Architecture Inc. (MGA), a globally recognised leader in mass timber architecture, recently announced a partnership that underscores a profound evolution in the design and construction industries. The two companies share the same vision for the future in which …