Wood-based panels

Metsä Wood’s production running in three shifts in Pärnu

28.09.2018 − Metsä Group officially put its new birch plywood works in Pärnu, Estonia, into operation on 27 August, having previously performed various test runs and quality checks.» more


Entry of European producers sets US industry in motion

27.09.2018 − The entry of European wood-based panel producers in the US will likely intensify long-expected changes in the US furniture industry.» more

Homag Panel Dividing and Anthon cooperate

27.09.2018 − The companies Homag Panel Dividing and Anthon, which are active in the field of dividing saws, want to expand their respective product ranges by means of a cooperation. » more

LP has shut down EWP site due to Hurricane Florence

21.09.2018 − Louisiana-Pacific has temporarily taken the EWP plant in Wilmington/North Carolina out of production. » more

Raute has raised forecast for current fiscal year

19.09.2018 − The Finnish machine and plant manufacturer Raute is currently able to process its high order backlog more quickly than originally expected. » more

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

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