EUWID special: Wood-Based Panels

  • EUWID special: Wood-Based Panels is focusing on recent developments in machine and plant construction, the wood-based panel industry and its suppliers
  • With this special issue, EUWID is tackling the latest news that we report on exclusively in many cases in our weekly publications EUWID Holz und Holzwerkstoffe and EUWID Wood Products and Panels
  • This magazine scales up our EUWID Holz special concept, which has been established for over 20 years, to a global audience
  • EUWID special issues, which until now have only been published in German, deliver a longer-term overview of developments and changes in the wood-based panel industry and related segments with background reports and special articles

EUWID Special: Wood-Based Panels 2/2018

Machinery 

  • Woodworking machinery manufacturers deliver double-digit growth in production
  • Dieffenbacher and SWPM have sold ten wood-based panel plants by end of April
  • Five plants sold by Siempelkamp during the first four months of 2018

Structural Panels 

  • North American OSB capacity poised for gradual growth in the years ahead
  • Asia to become the next growth market for OSB after North America and Europe
  • Elliotis pine plywood exports rising more than in 2017

Composite Panels 

  • Brazil: Lorry strike lasting several days curtails production in many sectors
  • Brazil’s wood-based panel markets weakened in February and March
  • Four lines for wood-based panels to start operating in Brazil in the coming months
  • Deadlines for new US formaldehyde rules brought forward after all
  • CPA: North American laminating capacity decreased slightly last year
  • Sonae Arauco has restarted its mills in Mangualde and Oliveira do Hospital

Surfaces 

  • New MTC, Kingdecor decor paper machines to be commissioned before year end
  • Schattdecor set to install three treating lines in Chekhov by 2019
  • Fletcher Building is looking for a buyer for laminate producer Formica
  • Broadview Industries set to become Westag & Getalit’s majority shareholder
  • Probos enjoys a 16.8% EBIT margin after its integration into Surteco

Furniture 

  • Chinese investors expanding involvement in European furniture industry

Flooring 

  • Bauwerk Boen: Parquet production now up and running in Durdevac
  • Weitzer aiming to raise 50% stake in Croatian parquet manufacturer Pana

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EUWID Special: Wood-Based Panels 1/2018

 

Overview

  • Wood-based panel sector has become more international over the last year

Machinery

  • Dieffenbacher and Siempelkamp sold 26 wood-based panel lines combined in 2017
  • Andritz sold a total of 14 refiners to the MDF and fibreboard industry
  • Eumabois reported another upturn in woodworking machinery revenues
  • Weinig and SCM following Homag and Biesse in adding IoT platform

Structural Panels

  • North American OSB output surpassed the 20m m³ mark for the first time again
  • OSB exports from Canada and from USA developed in different directions in 2017
  • Finnish plywood industry has reached a turnaround in its production output

Composite Panels

  • In 2017, hardly any change in sales of composite panels in North America 
  • Polish anti-trust authority fines four wood-based panel manufacturers
  • Arauco to take over Masisa Mexico following the acquisition in Brazil
  • Roseburg to expand into Canada with acquisition of Pembroke MDF
  • XyloSuisse to take over particleboard plant of Russsian furniture producer Shatura

Surfaces

  • Decor printers investing more heavily in increasing rotogravure capacity again
  • Lamigraf is adding printing capacity to its new premises in São Jose dos Pinhais

Flooring

  • EPLF members offset weaker laminate flooring business in Western Europe
  • Private equity investor Kirkbi bought 49.8% stake in Välinge Innovation
  • Pervanovo planning powder-based wood-fibre floor works in Croatia
  • Mohawk: IVC commissions two new plants making rigid LVT in Avelgem and Dalton

Furniture 

  • Nobilia intends to supply French market via kitchen furniture plant in Saarlouis
  • More kitchen manufacturers want to switch production to WBPs meeting CARB II

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Machinery

  • In 2016 woodworking machinery exports increased in most countries
  • Wood-based panel technology suppliers seeing similar order intake to last year
  • Refiner business has shifted towards Asia even more so far this year
  • Steinemann focusses sanding machine range on newly developped Satos TSQ
  • European short-cycle press manufacturers still delivering about 20 lines each year

Chemicals

  • Formaldehyde: EPA to extend compliance date until December 2018
  • Higher adhesive resin and PMDI costs making a dent into earnings
  • Melamine manufacturers see output grow slower than consumption

Structural Panels

  • Strong demand and production stoppages creating shortages on the OSB market
  • LVL production capacities to be further expanded in Europe and North America

Composite Panels

  • EPF expects rise in wood-based panels production in Europe to continue this year
  • North American markets for composite panels are recovering only on a moderate level
  • Composite panel markets in Europe: Supply issues paving the way for higher prices
  • Masisa reached agreements for the sale of its activities in Argentina and Brazil
  • Arauco planning a major expansion in Brazil by purchasing Masisa mills
  • Egger planning to invest €640m in three facilities in Poland, Argentina and the US
  • Kronospan Luxembourg poised to invest about €330m in two major phases
  • Homanit eyeing construction of a thin board mill in Lithuania after acquiring Baltwood
  • Kastamonu Entegre intends to relocate Darbo particleboard line to Bulgaria
  • Daiken and Dongwha agreed on the sale of MDF producer Dongwha New Zealand

Surfaces

  • Growth in global decor paper market greater than expected even without China
  • Schattdecor poised to invest about €120m in new production capacity
  • Russia’s Slotex group has entered decor printing business during third quarter
  • BMK invests in North America by acquiring Shaw’s treating site
  • Surteco bought all shares in Portuguese Probos Plasticos group through Döllken

Flooring

  • Laminate flooring producers faced a slight decline in global sales again
  • European parquet markets continued to grow for the most part in first half of 2017

Furniture

  • Several kitchen furniture producers opt to switch entirely to low-emission WBPs
  • Kronospan Group aims for eight furniture clusters near wood-based panel sites

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