Wood-based panels

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

Steico improves margins by 2.3 percentage points

30.07.2018 − In the second quarter, the sales growth of the insulation board and LVL manufacturer Steico, which has been observed for some time, flattened out somewhat.» more

Egger can increase production in all areas

27.07.2018 − As in the previous year, the Egger Group achieved further production increases in all relevant product areas in the 2017/2018 financial year that ended at the end of April. » more

Egger Group grew in all divisions in 2017/18

26.07.2018 − In the financial year ended at the end of April, the Egger Group's sales increased by 12.5 % to €2.684bn. » more

Dieffenbacher supplies particleboard plant to Novopan

26.07.2018 − Novopan del Ecuador has ordered the essential components for a particleboard line from the Dieffenbacher Group. » more

Wemhöner wants to complete reorganization by mid-2019

26.07.2018 − Wemhöner Surface Technologies intends to complete the planned reorganization of production and assembly at its headquarters in Herford by mid-2019. » more

Former Laminex manager heads Fletcher Construction

26.07.2018 − The New Zealand construction products group Fletcher Building has undergone further management changes in recent weeks.» more

Elliotis Pine exports: slight slowdown in May

23.07.2018 − After significant growth in the first four months, Brazilian exports of Elliotis Pine plywood declined again for the first time in May compared to the same period last year. » more

Arauco North America wants to improve delivery capability

19.07.2018 − Parallel to the construction of the new particleboard plant, Arauco North America also intends to improve the supply capability of its existing North American plants through various measures.» more

Garnica plans to build a second plant in France

17.07.2018 − The Spanish plywood manufacturer Garnica plans to build a second veneer plant in the French region of Grand Est.» more

Swiss Krono intends to further expand OSB capacities

16.07.2018 − The Swiss Krono Group intends to significantly expand its OSB capacities by means of debottlenecking measures in existing plants and the construction of additional production lines.» more

XyloSuisse has completed acquisition in Shatura

13.07.2018 − XyloSuisse, founded by Swiss investors, yesterday completed the contractually in mid-November 2017 agreed takeover of particleboard production from the Russian furniture manufacturer AO MK Shatura.» more

North America: Capacity leap in wood-based panels

12.07.2018 − With the commissioning of three particleboard plants and two MDF/HDF plants, North American production capacities for wood-based panels will increase significantly over the next two years.» more

GreenPlac wants to invest in second production line

10.07.2018 − The Brazilian company Asperbras plans to expand the MDF/HDF plant at the Água Clara/Mato Grosso do Sul site by a second production line in the foreseeable future.» more

Latvijas Finieris plans to invest another €200m

09.07.2018 − Latvian birch plywood producer Latvijas Finieris has decided on a new investment package for the period 2018 to 2023 totalling €200m.» more

Kronospan also wants to get in plywood production

06.07.2018 − In addition to continuing high investment activity in the particleboard, MDF/HDF and OSB product segment, the Kronospan Group also plans to enter plywood production in the course of the next year.» more

British imports of wood based panels fell slightly

04.07.2018 − After mostly double-digit growth in 2016 and 2017, British particleboard and MDF/HDF imports declined slightly again in the first quarter.» more

Europe: Wood-based panels production up 3.0 %

03.07.2018 − According to figures compiled by the European Panel Federation (EPF), European wood-based panels production increased last year by 3.0 % to 57.6m m³.» more

Foot follows Macdonald in EPF-Managing Board

02.07.2018 − Neil Foot, Managing Director of the Irish MDF and OSB manufacturer Medite Smartply, was elected to the Managing Board of the European Wood-Based Panels Association.» more

Grupo Losán doubles particleboard capacity in Cuenca

27.06.2018 − The Spanish Grupo Losán recommissioned the particleboard plant Fuentes/Cuenca, operating under the name Losán Pina, at the end of April. » more

Mieco with significant declines in sales and earnings

27.06.2018 − Malaysian Mieco Chipboard generated sales of 80.6m ringgit in the first quarter.Great Platform, the MDF and particleboard manufacturer acquired at the end of February, contributed 8.8m ringgit.» more

Michel to head the Siempelkamp Group in 2019

26.06.2018 − Effective August 1, the Advisory Board of the Siempelkamp Group has appointed Christoph Michel to the Management Board of G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG. » more

Kronospan has expanded investment budget in Eastaboga

25.06.2018 − The Kronospan Group intends to invest a total of US$463m in the ongoing expansion of its US site in Eastaboga/Alabama, creating 310 new jobs. » more

Vanachai: Export sales decreased by 12%

25.06.2018 − The Thai wood-based panels manufacturer Vanachai generated consolidated total sales of Baht2.301bn in the first quarter, down 14% year-on-year. » more

Büttner to deliver dryer and combination burner to VMG

22.06.2018 − Lithuanian UAB Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) has ordered a drum dryer in dimensions of 6.5 x 35 R for its particleboard project in Alkmene in northern Lithuania from German Büttner. » more

Dieffenbacher supplies particleboard line to Starwood

21.06.2018 − Turkish particleboard and MDF/HDF manufacturer Starwood has ordered the essential components for a particleboard plant from the Dieffenbacher Group. » more

Germany imported 9% more OSB during the first quarter

15.06.2018 − Supply problems that have existed on Germany’s OSB market for a few months now have left their mark on foreign trade statistics too in the first quarter of 2018. » more

New English-language of EUWID Special released

15.06.2018 − The third English-language special edition of EUWID has been released today. » more