Wood-based panels

Egger investing much more than in years past

23.01.2018 − Egger has advanced its expansion by acquiring the particleboard and MDF mill in Concordia, Argentina from Masisa and by starting construction on a new particleboard mill in Biskupiec, Poland.» more

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Polish anti-trust authority fines four panel manufacturers

22.01.2018 − Polish anti-trust authority UOKiK has issued a total fine of about PLN135m or roughly €32.5m in cartel investigations against four wood-based panel manufacturers.» more

Andritz starts up refiner at Panel Plus MDF

19.01.2018 − Austrian Andritz commissioned a pressurised refiner system that it delivered for the new thin board line run by Thai Panel Plus MDF during the final quarter of 2017. » more

Mieco to also produce MDF after acquisition

18.01.2018 − Malaysian Mieco Chipboard intends to take over Great Platform. Mieco reached an agreement to this effect with the superordinate holding company SYF Resources at the end of July 2017. » more

Arauco intends to acquire Masisa mills in Mexico too

17.01.2018 − Chilean Celulosa Arauco y Constitutión intends to acquire the Mexican activities of Maderas y Sintéti-cos (Masisa) through its subsidiaries Inversiones Arauco Internacional Ltda. and AraucoMex. » more

Yildiz Entegre to resume manufacturing in Lesna Tip

11.01.2018 − Turkish Yildiz Entegre Agac Sanayi Ve Ticaret bought the assets of Slovenian Lesna Tip Otiski Vrh, at the start of December 2017. » more

Chilean plywood exports still heading lower

05.01.2018 − Chile’s radiata pine plywood exports fell 8.3% to 325,049 t in the first nine months of this year. » more

Elliotis pine plywood exports continue to spiral higher

31.12.2017 − The upward trend in Brazilian elliotis pine plywood exports intensified in October and November. » more

Australian OneFortyOne exploring investment project

27.12.2017 − Australian OneFortyOne Plantations is currently exploring whether to start making particleboard in a feasibility study. » more

Next GreCon symposium will take place in Berlin

24.12.2017 − Fagus GreCon Greten will hold the next GreCon wood-based panel symposium in Berlin on 19 and 20 September 2019. » more

Metsä Wood decides to undertake LVL project

22.12.2017 − The Metsä Wood division within Finnish Metsä Group is set to boost manufacturing capacity for its Kerto laminated veneer lumber (LVL) by installing another line at its site in Punkaharju, Finland. » more

Double-digit slump in German OSB imports and exports

21.12.2017 − German foreign trade in OSB plunged in the third quarter after a downturn in the first quarter and a minor improvement in the second quarter. » more

Green River set to double its particleboard capacity

18.12.2017 − Thai Green River Panels Thailand wants to more than double its particleboard capacity by installing a third production line. » more

Recovery in German imports of softwood plywood

15.12.2017 − According to provisional information from Destatis, the federal statistics office, German imports of softwood plywood rose by 14.7% in the third quarter of 2017 to 86,785m³.» more

Fenglin to replace MDF lines at Nanning headquarters

14.12.2017 − Chinese Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group intends to install a new line to make particleboard at its headquarters in Nanning in Guangxi province on the site of an existing MDF line. » more

Steico’s second LVL line starts regular operations

11.12.2017 − Steico took delivery of a second LVL line installed in Czarna Woda at the start of November with the successful completion of the 80% performance test. » more

Sveza planning to take over Tyumen plywood works

08.12.2017 − Russian Sveza Group intends to take over Tyumen Plywood Plant. Sveza has already signed a purchase agreement with the current Tyumen owner and managing director Almira Karimova.» more

70% utilisation at Centuryply’s new MDF works

01.12.2017 − In the third quarter of the 2017/2018 business year (31 March), Indian Centuryply aims to utilise 75% of the capacity of the MDF works put into operation in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, at the end of July.» more

Siempelkamp Qingdao to supply plant to Vanachai

28.11.2017 − Thai Vanachai Group placed an order with Siempelkamp for a 4 ft chipboard production plant in October. » more

Russian plywood exports just shy of last year

27.11.2017 − Russian birch plywood exports suffered a setback in the second quarter after experiencing minor growth in the first three months.» more

CMPC: Decline in plywood sales continues

24.11.2017 − In the third quarter, Chilean Empresas CMPC sold a total volume of 80,000m³ plywood. Vis à vis the comparative period of the preceding year, sales therefore dropped by 26%. » more

XyloSuisse to take over chipboard works from Shatura

21.11.2017 − Russian MK Shatura wants to sell its chipboard production plant to XyloSuisse, a company founded for this transaction. » more

Egger starts assembling a dryer in Biskupiec

20.11.2017 − Egger group has started work to assemble the first production machinery at a particleboard mill in Biskupiec in north-eastern Poland in a construction project that began at the start of September. » more

Arauco poised to boost total capacity to almost 11m m³

16.11.2017 − Celulosa Arauco y Constitución is set to raise its overall wood-based panel capacity to almost 11 million m³ per year by acquiring Masisa do Brasil and building a new particleboard mill in Grayling, Michigan.» more

Three OSB mills to get up and running in North America

15.11.2017 − Canadian Groupe Forex has started to commission an OSB mill that it built in Amos, Quebec. The mill made its first strands on 29 September, with the first board set to be made before the end of November. » more

Government support for Duratex project in Alagoas

13.11.2017 − The Brazilian state of Alagoas is to provide financial support for plans to build a wood-based panel site in north-eastern Brazil announced in late 2014 by Brazilian Duratex.» more

Steico using Homatherm technology in Czárnkow

10.11.2017 − Steico will use core components acquired from the insolvency assets of Homatherm France in the installation of a new production line at its mill in Czárnkow. » more

Sonae Arauco expects stoppage for about four months

09.11.2017 − Forest fires in the Portuguese districts of Coimbra and Viseu have also caused major damage to mills in Oliveira do Hospital and Mangualde run by Sonae Arauco. » more

Classification system for VOC has been withdrawn

07.11.2017 − Regulatory efforts relating to VOC emissions that are under way in both the European Union and individual countries have experienced mixed fortunes in recent months. » more

UPM set to invest €50m in its Chudovo location

06.11.2017 − UPM-Kymmene intends to spend about €50m on expanding its Russian birch plywood mill in Chudovo. » more