Wood-based panels

Egger applies for €150m loan for Polish plant

14.09.2018 − The Egger Group, through Egger Holzwerkstoffe GmbH, has applied to the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a loan of €150m for the ongoing construction of the chipboard plant in Biskupiec, Poland. » more

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Kronospan product warning spreads relatively widely

14.09.2018 − The product warning for P3 tongue-and-groove flooring particleboard published by Kronospan CR on 27 August affects Hornbach as well as other DIY store chains and timber and building materials dealers. » more

Boise Cascade wants to quit chipboard production

13.09.2018 − Boise Cascade intends to sell the particleboard plant in La Grande/Oregon and the two sawmills Pilot Rock and La Grande, also located in north-eastern Oregon, to Woodgrain Millwork.» more

Kronospan Chirk wants to extend approval to OSB

11.09.2018 − The Kronospan Group intends to extend the existing environmental permit for the Chirk particleboard and MDF/HDF plant to OSB.» more

More significant shifts in German OSB imports

07.09.2018 − In the second quarter more considerable shifts between the individual countries were recorded in the German OSB export trade.» more

Hexion still benefiting from higher sales prices

06.09.2018 − US resin producer Hexion experienced another improvement in revenues compared with the prior-year period between April and June. » more

MDF Recovery: First recycling plant by early 2020

05.09.2018 − The British technology company MDF Recovery has completed pre-engineering for the first industrial plant for recycling MDF waste.» more

Italy has again delivered more chipboard to the USA

05.09.2018 − Following the sharp decline in the first quarter, US particleboard imports almost doubled again in the second quarter to 49,866 m³ year-on-year. » more

Arauco and Formica agree on decor cooperation

03.09.2018 − In mid-August, the wood-based panel manufacturer Arauco North America and the laminate manufacturer Formica announced an exclusive decor cooperation.» more

Placas do Brasil has put MDF plant into operation

31.08.2018 − On June 11, Placas do Brasil in Brazil produced the first board on an MDF production line supplied by Dieffenbacher and designed for a capacity of around 300,000 m³/year at the Pinheiros/Espririto Santo site.» more

Finnish plywood production has changed little

31.08.2018 − Finnish plywood production continues at a relatively stable level. In five of the last six quarters the production volume was a good 300,000 m³; the fourth quarter of 2017 was even better at 330,000 m³. » more

Funder has put new short-cycle press into operation

30.08.2018 − In mid-August, the US laminating company Funder America Inc. commissioned a short-cycle press supplied by Siempelkamp to its headquarters in Mocksville/North Carolina. » more

Rushil Décor starts construction of second MDF plant

28.08.2018 − The Indian laminate and wood-based panel manufacturer Rushil Décor has started work on the construction of the second MDF plant at Atchutapuram/Andhra Pradesh. » more

Arauco: Positive sales trend has continued

27.08.2018 − Arauco's Wood Products business unit increased sales volumes of wood-based panels by 10.9% year-on-year to 1.342m m³ in the second quarter. » more

USA: Hardwood plywood imports have fallen by 11%

21.08.2018 − Lower supply volumes from China also led to an 11% decline in total US hardwood plywood imports to 701,300 m³ in the second quarter.» more

Norbord approves 71m US$ investment for Chambord

17.08.2018 − In July, the board of directors of Norbord approved the investment resources of 71m US$ required for the planned resumption of operation of the Chambord works in Quebec.» more

Latvian plywood exports continue to decline

17.08.2018 − A total of 72,900 m³ of plywood was exported from Latvia in the first quarter, a decrease of 24.6% compared to the same period last year. » more

Chipboard capacity in Beeskow to be doubled

16.08.2018 − By means of the replacement investment project given concrete shape in the second quarter, Sonae Arauco is aiming to almost double the chipboard capacity at the Beeskow plant.» more

USA: Imports of softwood plywood increased by 59%

16.08.2018 − After doubling in the first quarter, imports of softwood to the USA also increased significantly in the second quarter. » more

Vanachai has ordered an OSB dryer from Dieffenbacher

14.08.2018 − Dieffenbacher will supply a drum dryer for the expansion of the plant in the province of Surat Thani planned by Thai wood-based materials manufacturer Vanachai with a production line for OSB. » more

North America: EWP production with lower growth rates

13.08.2018 − In North America, the increase in production at Engineered Wood Products (EWP) observed in previous quarters continued to weaken in the second quarter. » more

OSB LP division posts best results since 2005

10.08.2018 − Higher average selling prices in Louisiana-Pacific contributed to double-digit sales and earnings growth in the second quarter despite lower volumes in almost all product segments. » more

Stronger growth in North American OSB production

09.08.2018 − North American OSB output increased much more than softwood plywood production in the second quarter after the two grades delivered rather similar performances in the first three months. » more

Egger to invest another 400m € in 2018/2019

08.08.2018 − Austrian Egger group is likely to have a total investment volume of over 400m € again in its current business year 2018/2019.» more

Boise Cascade: Positive sales trend at EWP continues

07.08.2018 − The Wood Products business unit of Boise Cascade in the United States increased its sales by 21% to US$425.5m in the second quarter compared to the prior-year period. » more

Norbord increased sales through price increases

06.08.2018 − The significant price increases and exchange rate effects implemented at OSB compared with the previous year enabled Norbord to increase sales in Europe by 24% to US$130m in the second quarter.» more

Arauco acquires lamination plant from Panolam

02.08.2018 − Arauco North America is strengthening its wood-based panel activities in North America by acquiring a lamination plant in Albany, Oregon from Panolam Industries International. » more

Moody’s downgrades Pfleiderer rating

02.08.2018 − The ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) for Pfleiderer Group from Ba3 to B1 on 13 July. » more

Methanex plans third methanol plant at Geismar plant

01.08.2018 − The Canadian methanol producer Methanex is currently examining the construction of a third methanol plant at its US site in Geismar/Louisiana. » more

VMG Industry receives €50m loan from EBRD

31.07.2018 − The Belarusian particleboard and furniture manufacturer VMG Industry FLLC plans to install a wet electrostatic precipitator in the particleboard plant in Mogilev, which has been commissioned in 2013.» more