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 2/2019

Machinery

  • Large-scale plant suppliers set to face slight reduction in order intake
  • Dieffenbacher Zaisenhausen: Short-cycle press in Sully-sur-Loire is up and running
  • Wemhöner Surface Technologies will deliver single-pass printers in future
  • Homag Group’s order intake settles at level of preceding quarters


Chemicals

  • European Court of Justice confirms harmonisation of standards
  • Public consultation on formaldehyde emissions from consumer products
  • EPF plans to introduce voluntary emission class for formaldehyde
  • European methanol contract price left unchanged in second quarter
  • Prefere Resins to buy Melamine and Paraform divisions from Ineos group
  • Hexion wants to end Chapter 11 for US companies in summer


Wood-based panels

  • EPF: European wood-based panel production rose to 59.5 million m³


Structural panels

  • Price decay in OSB reflected in business figures of North American producers
  • Since 2013 Canadian OSB exports have doubled to 7.654m m³ in 2018
  • Slight increase in German exports thanks to a better second half of 2018
  • Steico’s LVL output stepped up to over 100,000 m³ for the first time


Composite panels

  • Situation for Turkey’s wood-based panel industry has taken a turn for the worse
  • Georgia-Pacific to close particleboard mills in Hope, Monroeville, Thomson
  • Uniboard continues modernisation of its production sites in Québec
  • Pfleiderer: Barely any change in production and shipment volumes
  • Sonae Arauco net result in 2018 slightly short of a year earlier


Surfaces

  • Titanium dioxide producer Tronox wraps up acquisition of Cristal Global
  • Schattdecor commissions its new printing site in Quzhou, China
  • Schattdecor forges ahead with expansion of treating activities
  • Contrasting development in Surteco’s business units Paper and Plastic
  • Broadview closed acquisition of Formica at the start of June
  • Transferred restructuring for specialty laminate producer Dekodur


Furniture

  • Kitchen industry surpasses €11bn mark for the fourth consecutive time
  • German furniture exports reached a new record level of €10.9bn in 2018
  • DoC postpones ruling on US kitchen furniture imports


Flooring

  • Feriel Saouli is new managing director of EPLF and MMFA
  • Laminate flooring production fell slightly in all regions last year
  • Unilin group files ITC case against 45 flooring manufacturers and distributors

 

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EUWID Special: Wood-Based Panels 1/2019

Machinery

  • VDMA woodworking machinery association sticking to production forecast for 2018
  • Anthon delivers first high-performance saw to Asian wood-based panel industry
  • SWPM has more than tripled its revenues since becoming part of Dieffenbacher


Chemicals

  • Methanol: European contract price slashed by 18.2% in the first quarter
  • Adhesive and impregnating resin prices fell at the start of 2019 as expected
  • Wood-based panel manufacturers preparing for further reduction in formaldehyde limits


Structural Panels

  • North American OSB market has been experiencing weakness in the last months
  • Brazilian exports of elliotis pine plywood increased again at a double-digit rate
  • OSB producer Norbord is planning to invest another £35m in its Scottish Inverness mill
  • Competitive pressure will lead to further consolidation in the fibreboard industry
  • Steico poised to commission two more lines in Czarnków and Czarna Woda


Composite Panels

  • North American particleboard sales stable, MDF/HDF sales rebounded slightly stronger
  • Brazilian wood-based panels producers are in the process of restarting lines
  • Turkish anti-trust authority investigating 12 producers of particleboard and MDF
  • Laminate Park planning to stop manufacturing MDF/HDF and laminate flooring
  • Transfer of the Lure particleboard mill took place beginning of January
  • Roseburg wraps up acquisition of MDF mill in El Dorado from PotlatchDeltic
  • Arauco completes purchase of all shares in five Mexican subsidiaries of Masisa


Surfaces

  • Slower growth in the global market for decor paper during the year 2017
  • With double-digit growth Chinese production increased to more than 1m t
  • Barely any improvement in sales climate on decor paper markets at start of 2019
  • Numerous objections to titanium dioxide classification, proposed by ECHA’s RAC
  • Contract prices for titanium dioxide have been falling by varying amounts
  • Felix Schoeller Holding commissions two decor paper machines in Russia and China
  • Acquisition of the Caieiras mill has added €13m to Decor division’s Q4 revenues
  • Surfaces industry in even greater state of flux under adverse underlying conditions
  • Wrede planning to wrap up sale process for Interprint during the next months
  • ECCM Bank is pursuing strategic goals with its 12.28% stake in Surteco Group
  • With US Coating and Vasatech, Schattdecor closed two transactions in the last months
  • Broadview Holding set to acquire Formica after buying Trespa, Arpa and Westag


Furniture

  • Largest German kitchen furniture producers reach further sales growth
  • Masco seeking a buyer for kitchen furniture, window and door operations
  • New furniture-front production plant in Jeffersonville to open in early 2019


Flooring

  • Pronounced slump in laminate flooring sales in Western Europe and North America
  • Total multilayer flooring sales of MMFA Members climb to almost 75m m² in 2018
  • Mohawk Flooring RoW division posts growth in laminate/wood business

 

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EUWID Special: Wood-Based Panels 3/2018

Machinery

  • Woodworking machinery: Germany and Taiwan enjoyed double-digit growth
  • Wemhöner to finish reorganising production and assembly by mid-2019
  • Deurotech gradually creating other pillars besides treating technology
  • Auctus Capital Partners is going to buy a majority stake in Bürkle from Nimbus

Chemicals

  • BASF estimates global demand for adhesive resins at 18.5m t

Structural Panels

  • Upward trend in OSB production will continue with the ramp-up of more mills
  • Market for structural flooring board is shifting from particleboard to OSB
  • Swiss Krono Group set to increase OSB capacity at three existing plants

Composite Panels

  • European wood-based panel output edged 3.0% higher to 57.6m m³ last year 
  • North American particleboard markets still subdued in the first half of 2017
  • Composite-panel production capacity to rise by 2.5m m³ by the end of next year
  • North America: Over ten short-cycle presses to get up and running in the next two years
  • Egger group aiming to invest another €400m in full year 2018/2019

Surfaces

  • Matching decors and EIR laminates becoming popular in North America too
  • Surteco entities merged into Surteco GmbH by the end of August
  • BMK installing a third treating line at Welcome site in North Carolina
  • Fletcher Building aiming to conclude sale of Formica Group by mid-2019
  • Broadview now holds 58.3% of shares in Westag & Getalit

Furniture

  • Investments by panel producers bring changes to US kitchen furniture industry
  • Häcker, Nobilia and Schüller fleshing out plans for new kitchen furniture factories
  • Steinhoff reduces European furniture activities with the sale of subsidiaries

Flooring

  • Production of parquet flooring increased another 2.6% in the FEP region last year
  • Pervanovo Invest acquires Otok plant to secure veneer supply for Woodura

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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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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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