Wood-based panels

Germany imported more OSB in the second quarter

03.09.2020 − Altogether Germany imported 232,383 m³ of OSB in the second quarter of 2020, 11% more than in the same stretch last year. » more

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Siempelkamp planning to shed 260 jobs in Krefeld

03.09.2020 − Siempelkamp’s management team has informed the works council for its subsidiaries Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau and Siempelkamp Maschinenfabrik of plans to eliminate almost 260 jobs.» more

Kastamonu performing another modernisation project

27.08.2020 − Turkish Kastamonu Entegre awarded the Siempelkamp subsidiary Siempelkamp Logistics & Service a contract to modernise its MDF/HDF line in Kastamonu.» more

Methanex revenues at lowest level in four years

25.08.2020 − The Canadian methanol producer Methanex faced a 40% decrease in total second-quarter revenues in a year-on-year comparison to US$512m. » more

Finsa to close MDF mill in Morcenx by the end of 2020

20.08.2020 − On 22 July, the Spanish wood-based panel manufacturer Financiera Maderera (Finsa) informed staff at its MDF mill in the south-western French town of Morcenx that it is planning to cease production.» more

Egger Group replicates 2018/2019’s performance

16.08.2020 − Austrian Egger Group has announced that its consolidated revenues dipped by just 0.4% to €2.832bn in the 2019/2020 financial year.» more

Efanor planning to boost its stake in Sonae Industria

13.08.2020 − Efanor Investimentos, an investment firm controlled by the Azevedo family, made a voluntary takeover offer for all outstanding shares in Sonae Industria on 31 July. » more

Egger invested more than €1.5bn over past three years

12.08.2020 − Egger Group wrapped up a three-year programme of investments with the end of its 2019/2020 financial year on 30 April. » more

Further shifts in the insulating board industry

10.08.2020 − European wood-fibre insulating board manufacturers have experienced considerable changes in their positions over the past four years.» more

CalPlant: assembly work halts for a longer period

10.08.2020 − The Covid-19 pandemic has further delayed the installation and commissioning of a straw-based MDF line planned by CalPlant. » more

West Fraser to get 14m CAD for fire damage in Quesnel

07.08.2020 − West Fraser Timber came to an agreement with its insurance company on outstanding payments for the damage caused by an explosion and an ensuing fire at the MDF works trading under the name of “WestPine”.» more

Pfleiderer slipped into loss-making territory in 2019

06.08.2020 − Pfleiderer Group has announced a substantial deterioration in its earnings and a slight decrease in group revenues in the 2019 financial year. » more

Steico delivered growth in second-quarter revenues

05.08.2020 − In spite of the coronavirus crisis, Steico achieved a small growth in revenues in the second quarter, as well.» more

Steico to install two more insulating panel lines

03.08.2020 − Steico is set to install two new lines to make pressure-resistant wood-fibre insulating panels at its locations in Czarna Woda (Poland) and Casteljaloux (France) in the coming year. » more

Siempelkamp forges Indian partnership

31.07.2020 − Siempelkamp signed a partnership agreement with AFK Kumar Group on 8 July. » more

Jyväskylä plywood mill to close for good in late July

31.07.2020 − UPM-Kymmene is to permanently close its Jyväskylä plywood mill today, which has an installed annual capacity of 100,000 m³ of birch and spruce plywood. » more

Resin prices decreased again in July

30.07.2020 − A minor downward trend in urea prices that persisted in June and a renewed reduction in contract prices for methanol and raw melamine have sent adhesive and impregnating resin prices lower again in July. » more

Spanish plywood imports soften in the first quarter

29.07.2020 − Spanish plywood imports receded in the first three months after considerable double-digit growth in 2019 as a whole.» more

Russian plywood exports sharply higher in Q1

28.07.2020 − Russian birch plywood exports increased by 10% to 691,969 m³ in the first three months of this year.» more

Delays encountered in assembly in many markets

27.07.2020 − The corona crisis has led to significant reductions in business with wood-based panel plants in terms of receipts of orders as well as the processing of ongoing projects. » more

Sonae Arauco makes first board at Beeskow mill

24.07.2020 − Sonae Arauco Deutschland made the first piece of particleboard using a new line at its Beeskow mill on 7 July.» more

Gutex wants to invest in second facility near Freiburg

23.07.2020 − The insulation-panel manufacturer Gutex is planning to build a second works roughly 20 km southwest of Freiburg. » more

Chile: exports at lowest level since end of 2017

21.07.2020 − In the first quarter, Chilean exports of radiata pine plywood decreased by 17.9% vis à vis the comparative period of last year, to 98,317t.» more

Particleboard: recycled wood use reaches almost 43%

20.07.2020 − The European particleboard industry raised the proportion of recycled wood that it used as feedstock by three percentage points to nearly 43% last year, according to the latest annual report from EPF.» more

Low production increases for raw particleboard

16.07.2020 − In the first quarter, a total of 1.054m m³ raw particleboard (goods tariff number 1621 12 001) was produced in Germany. » more

Chairman of advisory board now managing Siempelkamp

10.07.2020 − Christoph Michel, who has been the CEO and spokesperson of the board of directors at G. Siempelkamp since the start of 2019, left the company with effect from 30 June. » more

EPF: production declined again for first time in 2019

09.07.2020 − Following six years of continuous growth, in 2019 European production of wood-based panels declined again for the first time vis à vis the preceding year. » more

Lumin aiming to enlarge veneer and plywood capacity

02.07.2020 − The plywood manufacturer Uruply wants to invest a total of around 30m US$ in extending its Tacuarembó works.» more

Slight decline only in Latvian plywood exports

02.07.2020 − Latvian plywood exports in the first quarter remained only slightly below the preceding year’s figure. » more

Birch plywood prices under mounting pressure again

26.06.2020 − Russian and other Eastern European birch plywood producers have slashed their prices in recent weeks as sales remain weak. » more