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

 

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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