Wood products

Pinnacle acquires majority stake in Pelletwerk Aliceville

28.09.2018 − The Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group has acquired a total of 70% of the shares in the 270,000 t pellet plant in Aliceville/Alabama from Westervelt Renewable Energy for US$ 37.1m.» more


USA: Increase in pellet production has intensified

25.09.2018 − In the second quarter, the US pellet plants produced 391,813 t of pellets for the heating market and 1.606m t of industrial pellets; the figure for the previous year was exceeded by around 29% in each case.» more

Investor wants to reopen ArkLam gluelam plant

17.09.2018 − A group of Texas investors plans to reopen the Arkansas Lamination (ArkLam) gluelam plant in Magnolia/Arkansas, which has been closed since 2015, as a cross laminated timber plant. » more

Ecobloks will start production again in mid-November

14.09.2018 − Italian Ecobloks will not be able to resume production until mid-November after a fire on 2 July. » more

Lunawood has reorganized management of its plants

07.09.2018 − Finnish thermowood manufacturer Lunawood has reorganised the management of its three production sites with effect from 22 August.» more

Moelven to build pellet plant in Sokna for nkr270m

03.09.2018 − Moelven is investing nkr270m (around €27m) in the construction of a pellet and power plant at the Soknabruket sawmill in Norway. » more

110,000 t pellet plant in Wunsiedel starts in October

31.08.2018 − The 110,000 t pellet plant of WUN Energie in Wunsiedel will start trial operation at the beginning of October, a transition to regular operation is planned in the course of November.» more

Derome Plusshus has started trial operation in Varberg

30.08.2018 − In August, Derome Plusshus, a prefabricated house manufacturer belonging to the Swedish Derome Group, started trial operation as planned in the new prefabricated house plant in Varberg. » more

Biomass Fuel Vietnam orders pellet plant from Hekotek

28.08.2018 − The Vietnamese company Biomass Fuel Vietnam recently ordered a complete pellet plant from the Estonian plant manufacturer Hekotek. » more

Recommissioning of Port Arthur has been delayed

27.08.2018 − The reopening of the transshipment and storage terminal in the port of Port Arthur planned by German Pellets Texas, a former member of German Pellets, has been delayed. » more

Russian ThermoHolz will build CLT-plant in Moglino

27.08.2018 − The Russian manufacturer of thermally modified wood ThermoHolz will build a plant for cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the special economic zone of the Pskov region on the border with Estonia. » more

Canada: Pellet production to rise to over 3 m tonnes

13.08.2018 − Better utilization of existing pellet plants and the construction of new pellet plants could lead to an increase in pellet production in Canada to around 3.1m tonnes this year, around 15% more than in 2017.» more

Enviva: Order backlog totals US$6.3bn

10.08.2018 − During the second quarter, the US pellet producer Enviva Partners concluded further major orders with customers in Japan and Europe. » more

Enviva: Impairment of derivatives depresses margin

09.08.2018 − Enviva Partners sold around 699,000 tonnes of pellets in the second quarter, around 11.3% more than in the prior-year quarter.» more

Construction of the Segezha pellet plant on schedule

03.08.2018 − The planned production capacity of the pellet plant on the site of the Siberian Segezha sawmill LKD 1 was reduced from 100,000 t/year to 70,000 t/year. » more

Derix setting up second CLT works in Westerkappeln

02.08.2018 − The gluelam-timber producer and commercial-construction business Derix group is adding a production hall for cross-laminated timber (CLT) to its subsidiary Poppensieker & Derix. » more

Russian LLC-DOK doubles box production

01.08.2018 − The Russian agricultural company LLC-DOK from the Nizhny Novgorod region recently ordered additional machines from Weinig in addition to the existing fully automated production plant for the box production.» more

Kebony’s second works to open in Antwerp in September

23.07.2018 − The official opening of the second works of Kebony in Kallo en Lillo near Antwerp will probably take place in September. » more

Stable share of detached and semi-detached prefab homes

23.07.2018 − Planning permits were issued for a total of 31,839 detached and semi-detached houses in Germany from January to April, 6,142 of them in pre-fabricated form. » more

EPAL CEO Leibrandt resigned on 30 June

20.07.2018 − Following a decision by the Board and the General Assembly, Martin Leibrandt was dismissed as CEO of the European Pallet Association (EPAL) on 30 June. » more

Offner will realize planned CLT plant in Wiesenau

16.07.2018 − The cross laminated timber (CLT) plant, which has been planned by the Austrian Johann Offner Holzindustrie for some time, is being built on the site of the former RZ Holzindustrie in Wiesenau.» more

EPAL can significantly expand activities in Asia

10.07.2018 − During the first half of the year, the European Pallet Association (EPAL) significantly expanded its activities in Asia compared to the previous year.» more

Parquet exports from the EU increased significantly

10.07.2018 − In 2017, a total of 20.135m m² of parquet flooring was exported from the European Union to other countries.» more

Pinnacle signs further contracts with customers in Asia

05.07.2018 − The weighted average remaining term of the Pinnacle portfolio of purchase contracts increases from seven years to nine years.» more

Oswald moves from Mayr-Melnhof Holz to Cree

05.07.2018 − Starting this month, Bernd Oswald will join the management team of Cree GmbH, a global wood-hybrid construction specialist based in Bregenz/Austria, as Chief Operating Officer (COO).» more

Parquet imports to the EU increased again in 2017

29.06.2018 − n 2017, a total of 25.179m m² of parquet and wooden flooring were imported into the European Union. » more

Hasslacher Group acquires 100% of LIP Bohinj

27.06.2018 − With effect from 22 June, Austrian Hasslacher Group increased its stake in the Slovenian formwork panel and sawn timber producer LIP Bohinj from 75 % to 100 %. » more

Pellet production in the USA increased by 6.4%

22.06.2018 − In the first three months of the current year, the US pellet industry produced a total of 406,380 t of pellets for the heating market and 1.431m t of industrial pellets.» more

Wismar Pellets to acquire majority in best: Pellets

22.06.2018 − Wismar Pellets, which belongs to Metropolitan Equity Partners Management (MEP) intends to take over 74.9% of shares in best:Pellets. » more

Slovlepex completes automation of scantling line

22.06.2018 − Slovakian Slovlepex had already concluded in January this year the modernisation measures it had launched in 2017. » more