Wood-based panels

Saviola acquires 50% stake in Nolte Holzwerkstoff

17.01.2020 − Gruppo Mauro Saviola is set to acquire a 50% stake in the particleboard manufacturer Nolte Holzwerkstoff through Saviola Holding. » more

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Duty-free quota launches at 650,000 m³ after all

17.01.2020 − The duty-free quota for softwood plywood imports into the EU started off 2020 with a baseline of 650,000 m³ after all due to another delay in Brexit. » more

Kronospan set to double its capacity in Chirk

16.01.2020 − The Vision 2020 investment programme launched in early October 2017 by the Kronospan Group for its particleboard and MDF mill in Chirk will enter the final stages in the next few months.» more

ACC forms consortium for formaldehyde

13.01.2020 − On 21 November, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced the formation of Toxic Sub-stances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation Consortia to inform the EPA risk evaluation of five chemicals.» more

Büttner delivering energy plant and dryer to PG Bison

02.01.2020 − PG Bison has awarded Büttner a contract to supply an energy plant and dryer as part of a project to expand a particleboard mill in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga/South Africa.» more

Further decline in Finnish plywood exports

20.12.2019 − Following the slightly negative development in 2018, Finnish plywood exports have further declined over the course of 2019 so far.» more

Metro-Ply orders first MDF line from Siempelkamp

19.12.2019 − The Thai Metro-Ply Group is set to replace an existing MDF line at its Kanchanburi facility delivered by Eduard Küsters with a new forming and press line from Siempelkamp. » more

Swiss Krono Group orders OSB line from Dieffenbacher

18.12.2019 − Swiss Krono Group has ordered the forming and press line for an OSB mill that it is planning in Sharya, Russia from Dieffenbacher. » more

Methanex and SCC leave methanol prices untouched

16.12.2019 − Methanex and Southern Chemical Corp. (SCC) left their methanol contract prices for the North American market unchanged for the fourth month in a row as November drew to a close.» more

German OSB imports still headed downhill

13.12.2019 − Germany has consistently imported less OSB during the course of 2019 after these deliveries had risen by almost double-digit percentages in 2018. » more

Further decline in German plywood imports

12.12.2019 − In the third quarter German imports of hardwood, softwood and tropical plywood all fell short of the figures recorded in the comparative period last year. » more

Brazilian wood-based panels market cooled

11.12.2019 − The Brazilian wood-based panel market took a turn for the worse again in the third quarter after strengthening slightly in the first half. » more

Further decline in foreign trade in particleboard

10.12.2019 − German foreign trade in raw particleboard has slowed continuously so far this year, compared with the respective periods of last year as well as the preceding quarters.» more

Progress in dismantling continues in Bischweier

09.12.2019 − In October, the Kronospan group began dismantling raw particleboard plant in the Bischweier particleboard works that has been closed down since the beginning of 2011.» more

India exploring duties on MDF/HDF imports

09.12.2019 − The Indian Government launched a review into whether to impose countervailing duties on MDF/HDF imports from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam through the Ministry of Commerce.» more

Formaldehyde: Storage place may not play a role

09.12.2019 − Selling off inventories of wood-based panels manufactured by 31 December 2019 might be allowed regardless of the place of storage after all once Germany has switched formaldehyde testing methods.» more

KAP facing cartel penalty of 10% of annual revenues

06.12.2019 − A cartel case launched against PG Bison and Sonae Arauco South Africa on 13 March 2016 has moved into the next phase.» more

Further double-digit decline in elliotis pine exports

05.12.2019 − In October Brazilian exports of elliotis pine plywood remained below the preceding year’s figure for the fifth consecutive time.» more

Slower rate of decline for Latvian plywood exports

04.12.2019 − In the third quarter Latvian plywood exports declined significantly; the decrease slowed down compared with the first and second quarters, however. » more

Hexion: Slump in revenues has intensified

29.11.2019 − Hexion generated US$367m in revenues from its Forest Products Resins division in the third quarter. » more

Büttner delivers another dryer to Dongwha

28.11.2019 − South Korean Dongwha Holdings Group has ordered a fibre dryer including an energy plant from Büttner for a new MDF mill that it is planning in northern Vietnam.» more

Segezha to start construction of new plant in Galich soon

25.11.2019 − Russian Segezha Group plans to commence construction of its new birch plywood plant at the location in Galich (Kostroma Oblast) before the end of this year.» more

USA: further rise in plywood imports from Vietnam

22.11.2019 − In the third quarter US hardwood plywood imports decreased by 6% to 681,048m³.» more

Pfleiderer’s Polish sites reportedly candidates for sale

20.11.2019 − The separate sell-off of individual business areas or sites now appears to be an option in the divestment process for Pfleiderer Group. » more

Louisiana-Pacific’s OSB sales revenue still falling

19.11.2019 − The losses in sales revenue registered by the “OSB” division of Louisiana-Pacific continued undiminished in the third quarter. » more

Norbord to scale back investments to about US$100m

18.11.2019 − Norbord intends to scale back its investment activity again next year given the slowing market in both North America and Europe.» more

Slightly less raw particleboard made in Germany in Q2

13.11.2019 − German raw particleboard manufacturing decreased at a slower pace in the second quarter. » more

Germany’s HDF production back at last year’s level

12.11.2019 − Total German production of HDF (commodity tariff number 1621 15 431) reached 605,115 m³ in the second quarter of 2019, a marginal improvement compared with the same stretch last year.» more

German OSB manufacturing falls for eighth quarter

11.11.2019 − Some 300,409 m³ of OSB (commodity tariff number 1621 13 160) were made in Germany during the second quarter. » more

No recovery in composite panels sales

08.11.2019 − The situation playing out on North American particleboard and MDF/HDF markets has not fundamentally improved over the past few months. » more