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April 2019

Wood Machinery’s Besonen named WMIA chairman

Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) has elected a new slate of officers to lead the association for the next two years. Jim Besonen, president of Wood Machinery Systems, Inc., Minnetonka, Minnesota, was elected chairman of the board at the association’s annual member meeting during the 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference …

ASSA ABLOY Acquires Spence Doors in Australia

ASSA ABLOY, Spence Doors

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Spence Doors, a leading manufacturer of commercial doors in Australia. "I am very pleased to welcome Spence Doors and their employees into the ASSA ABLOY Group. This acquisition delivers on our strategy to strengthen our position in the mature markets through adding complementary products and solutions to our core …

Premier Hardwood Flooring and Kennebec Lumber Company Announce New Joint Venture

joint venture, Premier Hardwood Flooring, Kennebec Lumber Company

Premier Hardwood Flooring and Kennebec Lumber Company have announced a new joint venture. The collaborative effort will construct a state-of-the-art finish and effect line. The joint venture will operate under the name WW Hardwood Flooring Group out of Syracuse, New York. Operations are expected to begin July 2019. Both organisations are …

Atis Group appoints Benoit Alain as President and Chief Executive Officer

Atis Group

Gérard Geoffrion, Chairman of the Atis Group Board of Directors, has announced the appointment of Benoit Alain as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atis Group. Mr. Alain is an accomplished executive with a wealth of experience in commercial, operational, and financial management in the manufacturing sector. He served as the …

Wood-Mizer to present new sawmilling and woodworking machinery at Ligna 2019


At LIGNA 2019 in Hannover, Germany, Wood-Mizer will display a new range of woodworking equipment, horizontal resaws, board edgers, and new sawmills for both entry-level and high-production operations. “Wood-Mizer is dedicated to providing sawmillers and woodworkers throughout the world with the necessary wood processing equipment to …

“Digital first” at LIGNA 2019: Gearing up for integrated woodworking


Smart factories, digital integration and customer-centric manufacturing. These are the trends and themes currently shaping the global wood industry and its number one technology hub, LIGNA, the world's leading trade show for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools. One the big focus themes of LIGNA 2019, which runs from 27 to 31 …

LIGNA 2019: LIGNA.Forum


LIGNA 2019 will boast a new presentation platform, called the LIGNA.Forum, featuring expert papers and presentations on LIGNA's focus themes and various topical issues relevant to the wood industry. The LIGNA.Forum includes the following clusters: Processing of Plastics and Composites, Smart Surface Technology, Integrated Woodworking – …

China reports decline in 2018 sawnwood imports

China, sawnwood, import, softwood, hardwood

According to China Customs, 2018 sawnwood imports totalled 36.74 million cubic metres valued at US$10.13 billion, a year on year decline of two per cent in volume and a slight increase (one per cent) in value. The average price for imported sawnwood was US$216 per cubic metre, up two per cent on 2017. Both sawn softwood and sawn hardwood imports …

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