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    16.03.2018   Setra invests in CLT factory in Långshyttan    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Wood products company Setra is investing in a new factory for CLT in Långshyttan. CLT is a technique appropriate for constructions that require a high degree of strength and bearing capacity while being fire-resistant and relatively light. It also has major environmental advantages, as wood is a renewable material.

    “We’re now taking the next step towards Setra becoming a wood products company with a high processing capacity. New technology combined with greater awareness of wood being part of the solution to the climate change problem means that demand for CLT is huge. The investment makes it possible for us to improve our long-term competitiveness through a well-developed offering for construction customers,” says Hannele Arvonen, President and CEO of Setra Group.

    Setra recently announced that it has purchased an industrial property in Långshyttan, where the company will build a component factory. Production will begin in the autumn of 2018. The next step of industrial production is now being initiated through the CLT investment in Långshyttan. Setra’s facility for glulam production has also been located in Långshyttan for quite some time.

    “CLT is the material of the future, and we’re seeing great interest from our customers. Demand is increasing, and Setra has precisely the right conditions to occupy a leading position in the market. The latest investments Setra is making in component and CLT manufacture enable us to create a new wood products centre in Långshyttan while further developing our existing glulam production,” says Olle Berg, Marketing Director at Setra.

    The raw material for the new CLT factory will be taken from Setra’s own sawmills in Bergslagen and is perfect for this type of industry. Production volume for the CLT factory will be around 55 000 m3 in two shifts.

    The CLT factory in Långshyttan is due to be commissioned in the first half of 2020.
    (Setra Group)
    15.03.2018   Gabon Government launch Gabon WoodShow: 20 - 22 June, 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news
    We, the Global WoodShow (Dubai and Cairo) organizing committee, would like to invite you to the 3rd chapter of the WoodShow series that will take place in Gabon, Africa.

    The Minister of Water and Forests of Gabon, Pacôme Moubelet Boubeya, marked the agreement of the President of Gabonese Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba to organize Gabon WoodShow from June 20 to 22, 2018 in Libreville, Gabon through a press conference held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Special Economic Zone of Nkok. This trade fair is being organized in partnership between GSEZ, the Ministry of Water and Forests of Gabon and Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, a specialist in organizing large scale international events based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    Gabon WoodShow is a 3 days premium event that will be offering a great opportunity to meet wood, woodworking and forestry professionals, develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of your business, and learn new techniques and sources of supply. It is a quest to be the best platform for creative ideas and new technologies, and showcase innovative resources that would lead to lucrative transactions.

    Boasting the second highest forestry potential in Africa, Gabon's forests cover 22.8 million hectares which is 88% of the country’s land surface. 12.5 million hectares are suitable for the sustainable harvest of timber. The Gabon WoodShow aims to transform Gabon into a world leader in certified tropical timber production. This will be achieved through an industrial strategy aimed at sustainably managing timber stocks and by promoting secondary and tertiary processing. The timber industry is already the largest private sector employer, employing 28% of the working population, and represents an extremely significant growth potential.

    We look forward to have you on board with us at the launching edition of Gabon WoodShow and reap the benefits by forging valuable contacts during the course of the show and increase the scope of your business prospects.
    (WoodShow Global Organizing Committee)
    14.03.2018   HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018: Jowat is presenting a comprehensive service and tailor-made ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... adhesive solutions for the wood-processing industry

    Under the headline “Service unites”, Jowat is presenting tailor-made adhesive solutions for all operations in wood-processing companies at this year’s HOLZ-HANDWERK – from classic applications to highest requirements. The products showcased by the adhesive specialist include PUR hot melt adhesives for superior edgebanding and flat lamination as well as a new wood glue for trade and industrial furniture manufacturers.

    At last year’s trade fairs LIGNA and interzum, Jowat already demonstrated successfully that “Service unites”. Trade fairs in 2018 are continued under the same headline. At HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018, Jowat presents a comprehensive range of bonding services, assisting processors throughout the entire bonding process with a deep understanding of the different applications and challenges, with support during the decision process, a permanent quality assurance, as well as with a transfer of know-how.

    Adhesive specialists: PUR hot melt adhesives for superior edgebanding
    Apart from individual highlight products, for instance a new unfilled adhesive from the Jowatherm-Reaktant® series, Jowat is also presenting a complete PUR portfolio for superior edgebanding. This innovative product range will provide processors with the right adhesive solution in superior PUR technology. Jowat PUR hot melt adhesives are available in many supply forms for established application methods.

    Technology of the future: PUR for flat lamination
    After having been used successfully for a long time in industrial applications already, PUR technology is now also becoming established in the trade and facilitates flat lamination of the highest standard. A modern PUR adhesive portfolio facilitates highest moisture and heat resistances. Interested visitors and (first-time) processors are invited by Jowat to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a transition to PUR hot melt technology including the adaption of application technology, as well as the optimum adhesive products for specific applications and their handling.

    The classic application: New PVAc glue for wood gluing
    In addition to the PUR technology, Jowat is also presenting a new universal polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) glue for wood bonding applications at HOLZ-HANDWERK. The new solvent-free adhesive Jowacoll® 104.20 is a classic universal glue which is ideal for DIY applications as well as for assembly operations in industrial furniture manufacturing. This dispersion adhesive meets the requirements of DIN EN 204/205 for durability class D2 and can therefore be used for interior bonding applications with occasional short-term exposure to running or condensed water and/or to occasional high humidity provided the moisture content of the wood does not exceed 18%. The new Jowacoll® 104.20 is supplied in various packaging units, including practical small containers (500 ml). Glue samples are available at the Jowat booth.

    Problem solver for different requirements:
    As a supplier of all adhesive types, Jowat also provides 1-component und 2-component PU prepolymers as well as S and SE polymers for nearly all assembly operations, and EPI dispersions for wood species which are difficult to bond. The different applications can be discussed with the adhesive specialists from Jowat at HOLZ-HANDWERK.

    From 21 to 24 March 2018 you can visit Jowat at the HOLZ HANDWERK show in Nuremberg, hall 11.0, booth 306.
    (Jowat SE)
    13.03.2018   A year of accomplishment for Dieffenbacher    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Eppingen-based plant manufacturer looks ahead to record-setting achievements in 2018

    With 2018 just two months old, Dieffenbacher anticipates one of its busiest and most significant years ever based on the completion of record-setting wood-based panel plants.

    Image: Arauco’s new plant in Grayling, Michigan, will be home to the largest particleboard press in North America.

    In Grayling, Michigan, USA, Arauco will start production on the largest particleboard press in North America and one of the largest in the world. At 10 feet wide and 52.5 meters long, the CPS+ will be the core of the complete particleboard plant delivered by Dieffenbacher.

    Furthermore, Roseburg will begin assembling its new LVL plant in Chester, South Carolina, USA. With a daily output of 800 m³, the CPS will be the world's largest continuous LVL press as measured by production capacity, while the upstream 600 kW Dieffenbacher Microwave will be the most powerful preheating system of its type in LVL production.

    In Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India, Greenply will commission the longest continuous press in Asia. The 56-meter-long CPS is designed to produce 1,400 m³ of high-quality MDF per day.

    Also in 2018, Dieffenbacher will supply the first continuous press to North Africa. The CPS+ is part of a complete MDF plant ordered by BIGSTAR subsidiary Panneaux d‘Algérie for its site in El Tarf, Algeria.

    Additionally, the highlights include the first full year of operation for a 65-meter-long CPS—the longest continuous press that Dieffenbacher has ever built—by Italian wood-based panel producer Fantoni. The company commissioned its new MDF plant in Osoppo in May 2017.

    14 orders for new wood-based panel plants and numerous modernization projects made the past year a big success for Dieffenbacher. Adding to this, five plants with CPS+ are already operating three shifts, further reinforcing the CPS+ as the global gold standard for efficient continuous press systems.
    (Dieffenbacher GmbH)
    12.03.2018   HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018 Wood Crafts Trade Fair: Clamping and Handling Using Vacuum    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The vacuum specialist J. Schmalz will be attending the HOLZ-HANDWERK 2018 trade show for machine technology, equipment and supplies for the wood crafts from March 21 to 24 in Nuremberg, Germany, and showing its broad range of products for the woodworking industry in Hall 10.0 at booth 306. These products include clamping equipment for CNC machining centers and vacuum lifters for ergonomically handling boards and windows.

    Photo: Vacuum lifter JumboErgo for easy, ergonomical workpiece handling.

    No matter the type of CNC machining center, whether it’s a console, grid or flat table system, Schmalz will have just the right vacuum clamping equipment on show, such as the VCBL-K vacuum block series for console tables, which can be used to clamp both boards and solid wood parts. These vacuum blocks are available in a number of variants, heights and geometries, and they are mechanically pre-installed on the consoles to prevent slippage during setup. A hose-free vacuum system is used to fix the vacuum blocks to the console and simultaneously lock the workpiece to the vacuum block.

    The VC-S and VCBL-B series of vacuum blocks are designed specifically for console tables from the Italian manufacturers SCM/Morbidelli and Biesse. They represent an affordable alternative to the original suction cups and may be used flexibly in combination with them.

    For the modernization of CNC machining centers, Schmalz will be showing the vacuum clamping system Innospann, which can be retrofitted in any CNC machining center regardless of manufacturer and type.

    This means any machine table used for single-item batches or with frequently changing products can be retooled quickly and easily.

    Vacuum lifters facilitate transport and handling tasks during production. The vacuum tube lifter JumboErgo can be used to transport bulky and heavy wooden boards, pre-cuts, and pieces of furniture easily and ergonomically. The grip on the JumboErgo vacuum tube lifter is designed to operate like a motorcycle gas grip. This allows moving workpieces with fine precision and accuracy. The JumboErgo is also equipped with a 90-degree pivot function (for feeding vertical saws, for example).

    At the trade fair in Nuremberg, Schmalz will also be presenting the VacuMaster Window vacuum lifter for handling windows, sheets and other parts made of glass. It permits easy, safe, and gentle transporting of loads up to 500 kg. Its operator can move large windows around vertically, rotate them 360 degrees, or swivel them 90 degrees, all at the push of a button on the operator handle. An air saving function for the vacuum generation is also available. This allows the operator to significantly reduce energy consumption. The suction plates used in the VacuMaster Window are durable and resistant to UV and ozone, and they leave no visible marks on delicate surfaces.
    (J. Schmalz GmbH)
    09.03.2018   Sveaskog Financial information    ( Company news )

    Company news
    1 October – 31 December 2017
    -Net sales increased by 4% to SEK 1,613 million (1,549).Total delivery volumes decreased by 1% while prices rose by an average of 4%.
    -Operating profit from continuing operations increased by 2% and amounted to SEK 315 million (309). Higher prices and improved earnings in the seedling operations were offset by lower delivery volumes from Sveaskog’s own forests.
    -The net change in the carrying amount of standing timber amounted to SEK 38 million (0).
    -Profit for the quarter increased by 24% and amounted to SEK 360 million (291).
    -Earnings per share increased by 24% and amounted to SEK 3.04 (2.46).

    Photo: Per Matses, Deputy CEO and CFO

    1 January – 31 December 2017
    -Net sales increased by 5% to SEK 6,206 million (5,922). Total delivery volumes increased by 1% and prices rose by an average of 3%.
    -Operating profit from continuing operations increased by 11% and amounted to SEK 1,248 million (1,128). The improved earnings are mainly explained by higher prices and increased earnings in the seedling operations.
    -Yield for the year amounted to 4.6% (4.2).
    -The net change in the carrying amount of standing timber amounted to SEK 200 million (319).
    -Profit for the year increased by 14% and amounted to SEK 1,359 million (1,190).
    -Earnings per share increased by 14% and amounted to SEK 11.48 (10.05).
    (Sveaskog AB)
    08.03.2018   Setra reports increased earnings and invests in the future    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Wood products company Setra is reporting an operating profit of SEK 159 million (153) for 2017. This figure includes non-recurring items of SEK -20 million (38). Net sales totalled SEK 4,139 million (4,043).

    “We’re reporting an operating profit, adjusted for non-recurring items, of SEK 179 million for 2017, which is an improvement of SEK 64 million on the previous year. Due to good market conditions, we have been able to increase both selling prices and sales and production volumes for comparable units. Going forward we see continued good demand from our customers and a positive development for the wood products market, both in Sweden and internationally,” says Hannele Arvonen (photo), President and CEO of Setra.

    Disruptions in the freight market during the year had a negative impact on earnings. The situation stabilised during the second half of the year. The import restrictions imposed last spring by Algeria, an important export market for Setra, have been partially lifted and it has been possible to resume deliveries. These factors, combined with a continued strong market situation, have contributed to the improved performance for the fourth quarter. Operating profit, adjusted for non-recurring items, for the fourth quarter totalled SEK 72 million (28).

    Setra’s Board has decided to invest in a new trim saw with integrated planing machine at Hasselfors sawmill. Decisions have also been taken to invest in a component factory in Långshyttan to produce components such as doors and windows. The investments are in line with Setra’s clear strategy to increase the proportion of finished products in response to the growing demand in the global construction market and to be able to meet increased customer demand for components.
    Setra has set in motion the sale of its operation in Rolfs, Kalix.

    Cash flow from operating activities for 2017 amounted to SEK 288 million (185). The Group’s financial position is strong. The Group’s financial net debt amounted to SEK -28 million (115) at the end of the period, which corresponds to a net debt/equity ratio of -2% (9).

    The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 1.12 per share for 2017, equivalent to SEK 58 million.
    (Setra Group)
    07.03.2018   Södra employs Jörgen Hermansson as President of Södra Building Systems    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra’s investment in a cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility at Värö was the first step towards a new business segment, Södra Building Systems, as a part of the Södra Wood business area. The next step of this initiative has now been taken, the recruitment of Jörgen Hermansson (photo) who will lead the unit. The unit has been formed to drive the development of wood-based solutions for the construction and housing industries.

    “Södra is working to increase sustainable timber construction and wants to be part of, and stake out a position, in a growing market. We have now employed Jörgen Hermansson to lead this initiative. Jörgen was previously employed as Head of Building Components and Systems at Stora Enso,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.

    Södra is currently building its first cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility at Värö, with production start-up planned for the first half of 2019. The annual capacity of this facility will be about 5,000 m³ per shift, but the target is a large-scale facility. The location at Värö has been strategically chosen for its proximity to several Nordic high-growth regions, and the ease of shipping to the UK as well as other international markets. The facility will be co-located with Södra’s pulp mill and sawmill, with access to green electricity and existing infrastructure.

    “Extensive efforts are currently taking place within Södra to improve and develop the profitability of our existing sawmills. At the same time, the best type of value-added processing for Södra’s structure, position and various markets has been assessed. We have identified CLT as an interesting product and believe that taking this next step in the value chain is a natural progression. CLT will provide the basis for a new segment, where we will be offering the most cost-effective construction material in the market for high-rise buildings. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jörgen Hermansson will be leading this initiative. He will step into the position on 15 February,” said Jörgen Lindquist.

    Jörgen Hermansson is 49 years old and holds a Master of Science from Luleå University. He has previously held senior positions in marketing and sales as well as production in an international market. His most recent role was Head of Building Components and Systems at Stora Enso, with the task of managing and creating new business to stimulate growth. He has also been responsible for both innovation and marketing to create sustainable growth. Products in his area of responsibility include CLT, LVL, laminated wood beams, windows, doors, moulding components and pellets. Prior to that, from 2008-2011, he was employed at Inwido in the areas of purchasing, supply chain and e-business.

    “I am looking forward to leading and contributing to Södra’s Building Systems initiative, and to leveraging Södra’s unique advantages when it comes to generating value for its customers and other stakeholders. I have been leading the development of new business for many years, and our assignment will be to position Södra as the market’s preferred choice. To do that, we need to understand our customers’ business and support their growth, and create strong teams and effective structures in order to deliver value,” said Jörgen Hermansson.

    “Together with more than 50,000 members, Södra uses every part of the raw material from the forest. It is processed into products including sawn timber, paper pulp or woodchips for heating and energy. Now that we are offering CLT, we believe we are also making a difference in that area and increasing the value of forests for customers, our members and society,” said Jörgen Lindquist.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    07.03.2018   Deutsche Messe expands to Iran    ( LIGNA )

    Deutsche Messe brings its woodworking industry expertise to Iran. MEDEX – the international trade fair for woodworking and wood processing, materials, accessories, furniture and laminate flooring – will have its premiere event presented at the Permanent Fair Ground in Tehran from July 10th to 13th 2018 in partnership with Deutsche Messe.

    Deutsche Messe's partner for the event is the Iran Furniture Manufacturers & Exporters Association (IFA) – which also includes importers of furniture production machines along with the requisite raw materials and accessories.

    "We see great business potential for this international cluster fair, with its market-oriented topic portfolio taking place in the early part of the Persian calendar year," said Christian Pfeiffer, Global Director of LIGNA and Woodworking Events at Hannover-based Deutsche Messe. "Recent developments in Iran have opened up new market opportunities for furniture manufacturers, suppliers and contract furnishers. We anticipate bright prospects for business due to the younger Iranian generation's demand for home furnishings, the emergence of a prosperous and growing middle class in Iran, the shortage of supplier products for Iran's reviving furniture industry plus interesting investment opportunities in the real estate sector – all of which have encouraged us to take this step," remarked Pfeiffer.

    German and European suppliers can hope for rising exports to Iran after the extensive lifting of sanctions. According to a publication of the Woodworking Machinery Association within the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, Germany is the largest exporter to Iran within the EU. And the figures are promising: From September to November 2017 alone, Germany exported stationary woodworking machines worth 2.6 million euros to Iran – an increase of 216% over the previous year. Viewed globally, Germany was the main foreign trading partner of Iran's state-owned and private economy until 2007, when it was overtaken by China.

    Deutsche Messe will be organizing a group pavilion to support companies in gaining market entry to Iran. For 2019, the Woodworking Machinery Association within VDMA has also announced plans to apply for federal support for a group pavilion.

    MEDEX is geared to visitors from the woodworking, flooring and timber construction sectors as well as furniture manufacturers from neighboring nations like Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.

    As the proprietors of LIGNA, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Woodworking and Wood Processing Plant, Machinery and Tools and the Hannover-based DOMOTEX, the World's Biggest Exhibition for Carpets and Floor Coverings, Deutsche Messe possesses a worldwide network of outstanding contacts.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
    06.03.2018   Raute receives order worth almost 20 million euros from North-East Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Raute Corporation has received an order for LVL lay-up and pressing lines worth almost EUR 20 million from a North-East Asian customer. The customer’s name will not be released due to the customer’s request.

    The machinery and equipment will be designed and manufactured at Raute’s Nastola and Shanghai plants. The deal also includes modern veneer grading equipment to be installed on the veneer drying line to be delivered by a local supplier. The equipment will be supplied by Raute’s Kajaani (Mecano) and Pullman (Metriguard, USA) units.

    The plant where the lines will be installed uses local softwood as its raw material. Timber-frame construction has increased in some North-East Asian developed areas and this investment will significantly increase the structural long LVL production capacity for the area.

    The previous major LVL technology delivery from Raute to North-East Asia was in 1998, so this can be seen as an opening of a new door. This project is a major reference for Raute.

    One factor impacting the selection of Raute as the supplier of the LVL lay-up and pressing lines was the ability of the technology developed by Raute to produce LVL reliably and with a good raw material utilization ratio, in accordance with the demanding local standard. Raute’s extensive experience and, in particular references, set Raute’s technology apart from local competitors and confirmed Raute’s leading position in LVL production technology.

    Raute will publish its net sales and financial performance information for 2017 and outlook for 2018 in the financial statement release on February 15, 2018. This transaction is not included in the December 31, 2017 order book.
    (Raute Oyj)
    06.03.2018   Dubai WoodShow offers the latest woodworking technology in the world    ( Company news )

    Company news
    More than 300 exhibitors from 55 countries will offer the best products and services at the forthcoming edition of Dubai WoodShow that takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 12 -14, 2018

    Date: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 03, 2018

    1. Dawood Al Shezawi: The exhibition supports the increase in the volume of trade among the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

    2. UAE exports to Saudi Arabia exceeded Dh25.3 billion in 2017

    3. Dubai WoodShow to host 300 exhibitors from 100 countries from March 12-14, 2018

    Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, organisers of Dubai WoodShow, held a press conference in Saudi Arabia to unveil the details of the 13th edition of this year's Dubai WoodShow, which will be held from March 12 and 14 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    Dawood Al Shezawi, President of Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, addressed the press at the press conference.
    “Dubai WoodShow contributes significantly to the development of the construction, building, interiors, furniture, manufacturing and machine tools industry and trade in the Middle East and Africa by gathering the largest international companies working in the field of wood, woodworking, furniture, wood products and manufacturing machine tools to provide the local and regional markets with the latest technologies and raw materials,” Dawood Al Shezawi, President of Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions and organiser of Dubai WoodShow, told the media at the press conference.

    “The exhibition supports the competitiveness of the Arab industries, products and services in the international markets and helps open more opportunities for local products manufacturers enter into trade deals between the manufacturers and the world's largest suppliers and buyers during the exhibition and helps create reciprocal relations between a number of Arab countries and the rest of the world.”

    Al Shezawi said that a large number of Saudi businessmen are interested in the exhibition, in line with the growth and development of trade relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, where the Kingdom is a key partner of the UAE. The average imports of the Kingdom from the UAE were estimated at Dh16.43 billion, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy.

    Bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the UAE are growing in both directions to more than Dh25.3 billion, Al Shezawi said, pointing out that trade and investment relations between the two countries are increasing, with Saudi Arabia's plans to diversify sources of national income and focus on industry in the coming years.

    Al Shezawi explained that the Dubai International Furniture, Accessories and Components (DIFAC) which runs concurrently is highly regarded by the Ministry of Economy, especially as it is one of the largest and most important economic exhibitions in the Middle East specialised in the field of furniture and machines for the manufacture of wood products and accessories. It also brings together a large number of participants worldwide. 300 exhibitors, over 17,000 square metres of net occupied exhibition space at the Dubai World Trade Centre, attracting the world's largest companies.

    He pointed out that there are a large number of visitors coming to the exhibition, which exceeded 10,000 visitors last year. Saudi Arabia is one of the largest source countries of business visitors who are constantly looking to acquire the latest woodworking machineries and various designs in wood accessories. These are in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aiming to develop industries for economic diversification and its resources and promote industrialisation to make the Kingdom more prosperous and reduce its dependence on hydrocarbon.

    “This year, the exhibition is divided into two – Dubai WoodShow, which is dedicated to wood machinery and presents the latest world of modern technology and fourth generation technologies in the field of furniture and machinery, while the other – Dubai International Furniture, Accessories and Components (DIFAC) that highlights modern innovations offered by the latest major companies in the furniture and decoration industry. Visitors of the exhibitions are able to learn about the modern methods of dealing with the surfaces of furniture, Semi-finished fabrics and furnishings.

    Dawood Al Shezawi said, the exhibition plays a role in meeting the needs of architecture and real estate, especially with the increasing demand for building and buying houses and the necessities of furniture, home appliances and interior decorations.

    According to a latest Ventures Middle East market research, the size of spending in the GCC countries in terms of home decoration and decoration rose from $15.5 billion in 2016 to more than $17.7 billion in 2017, giving the exhibition an added advantage as it brings together the world's largest manufacturers of furniture, wood products and furniture fittings worldwide to meet the Local and regional market needs.

    On relations between Egypt and the UAE, Al Shezawi said that the two countries have great trade relations, with the UAE accounting for more than 12.5 percent of Egyptian exports worth more than $3.3 billion last year.

    Al Shezawi explained that the exhibition will be visited this year by a high-level delegation from Egypt along with increased Egyptian business visitors in addition to a number of exhibitors from furniture and wood industry, to see the latest modern technology of machinery and accessories for the manufacture of furniture and wood products.
    (Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions)
    05.03.2018   Stora Enso to supply wooden constructions for Finland's tallest wooden high-rise building    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Stora Enso has been chosen as the provider of wood material for a 14-storey wooden building in Joensuu, Finland. Once completed, the building, Light House Joensuu, will be the country’s tallest wooden high-rise building.

    “New innovative solutions in massive wood make it possible to use wood in high-rise buildings and city centres. Massive wood elements made from a light but strong wood open the way for taller wooden high-rise buildings than ever before. Renewable wood is a responsible choice, as wooden buildings store carbon during its lifecycle,” says Jari Suominen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.

    Stora Enso provides the solid wood products for the frame of the residential building, which will be almost 50 metres high. The main part of the massive wooden elements will be laminated veneer lumber (LVL) produced at Stora Enso’s mill in Varkaus, Finland. LVL will be used for wall structures, whereas the floors will be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) produced in Austria.

    “Light House Joensuu is an excellent example of how high-rising construction can be sustainable and quickly implemented. In addition, it combines our products and the best features of both LVL and CLT”, says Jari Suominen.

    Light House Joensuu will have some 120 student apartments. The constructor of the house is student residence company Joensuun Opiskelija-asunnot Oy Joensuun Elli, and the main contractor is Construction Office Eero Reijonen. Construction work on the site began in early 2018, and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2019.
    (Stora Enso Timber)
    02.03.2018   Isojoen Saha Oy enhances production planning with Savcor MES    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Isojoen Saha Oy sawmill expands the use of Savcor Manufacturing Execution System’s MekaMRP module at their sawline and packaging plant. MekaMRP helps production planning, steering and reporting and thus increases the efficiency. They also implement MekaMAP which is efficient warehouse management system.

    Isojoen Saha Oy sawmill produces some 130 000 cubic meters PEFC-certified softwood timber, pine and spruce, per year in Finland. They have two separate sawing lines, specialized in small and big logs.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    02.03.2018   ANDRITZ GROUP: Solid business development in 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    International technology group ANDRITZ saw satisfactory business development overall in the past business year. The Executive Board will propose an increased
    dividend payment of 1.55 EUR per share to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

    Photo: Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG

    The results of the business year in detail:
    - Sales amounted to 5,889.1 MEUR and were thus 2.5% below the level of the previous year (2016: 6,039.0 MEUR). This is due primarily to the significant drop in sales in the Hydro business area (-9.7% compared to 2016) as a result of the declining order intake in the preceding years. Service business saw very favorable development and accounted for 34% of total sales (2016: 32%)

    - Order intake amounted to 5,579.5 MEUR and was thus practically at the same level as the previous year’s reference period (+0.2% compared to 2016: 5,568.8 MEUR). While the Pulp & Paper, Metals, and Separation business areas were able to increase their order intake compared to the previous year, the order intake in the Hydro business area declined sharply.

    - The order backlog at the end of 2017 amounted to 6,383.0 MEUR (-6.0% compared to the end of 2016: 6,789.2 MEUR).

    - In spite of the drop in sales, the EBITA increased to 444.0 MEUR (+0.4% compared to 2016: 442.1 MEUR). This is due to a non-recurring extraordinary effect – as reported on the occasion of the results for the first half of 2017 – in the amount of around 25 MEUR, which resulted mainly from the sale of the Schuler Technical Center in Tianjin.

    - Net income (without non-controlling interests) decreased due to the decline of the financial result to 263.0 MEUR (2016: 274.6 MEUR).

    - The net worth position and capital structure as of December 31, 2017 remained solid. Total assets amounted to 6,265.3 MEUR (December 31, 2016: 6,198.6 MEUR). The equity ratio reached 21.2% (December 31, 2016: 21.7%). At 908.0 MEUR, net liquidity remained at a solid level (December 31, 2016: 945.3 MEUR).

    - At the Annual General Meeting on March 23, 2018, the Executive Board will propose an increase in dividend to 1.55 EUR per share (2016: 1.50 EUR). This is equal to a payout ratio of around 60.1% (2016: around 55.8%).

    For 2018, ANDRITZ assumes that project activity will remain unchanged compared to the preceding year and expects from today’s perspective a good business development. Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG: “We are positive overall for 2018 and expect stable sales compared to 2017 and satisfactory profitability.”
    (Andritz AG)
    01.03.2018   Versowood invests in Valutec kilns    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Finland’s largest privately-owned sawmill group Versowood has chosen to invest in two Valutec OTC kilns for its sawmill in Vierumäki.

    “We have long planned to increase our annual production from 1,300,000 cubic meters (551,000 MBF) to 1,500,000 cubic meters (636,000 MBF), but have had a bottleneck in the lumber drying. The investment allows us to eliminate this,” says Ville Kopra, CEO and partner of Versowood.

    Photo: Timo Kanerva, Valutec Sales and Ville Kopra, Versowood Chief executive officer.

    The new continuous kilns will primarily be used to dry boards and slats for Versowood’s own glue-laminated factory. This is why Versowood placed a lot of importance on finding a supplier who could guarantee a high level, even drying quality, with low levels of standard deviation.
    “Valutec is an experienced and reliable supplier of lumber kilns, and they presented an excellent competitive solution,” says Ville Kopra.

    “Versowood is one of Finland’s leading sawmill groups and a very distinguished company. I’m proud that we have been chosen to supply facilities that not only increase their production capacity but also help to further optimize their production,” says Timo Kanerva, Valutec sales.

    The continuous kilns, which are made of stainless steel, will be equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the top lumber layers, Valutec's air/air heat recovery system and Valmatic’s control system. Alongside the installation of the kilns, Versowood is also installing a Valmatic control system to sixexisting OTC kilns.
    “We already have Valmatic controls installed in the majority of our kilns in the Vierumäki, Riihimäki and Otava sawmills. It is without a doubt the best control system for lumber drying available on the market today, and it feels good to have the same system across the majority of our lumber kilns,” says Ville Kopra.

    Versowood is a Finnish family-owned sawmill group, with 11 facilities in Finland and one in Estonia. They produce sawn timber, further refined wood products, glue-laminated products, wooden posts, wooden packaging and various wood-based energy products. The group employs a total of around 750 people and has an annual turnover of around €400 million.
    (Versowood Oy)
    28.02.2018   Södra launches pre-painted cladding in twelve colours    ( Company news )

    Company news
    As the only supplier in the market, Södra is now offering pre-painted cladding in twelve different colours and several different profiles. Up until now, Södra has offered primed and undercoated cladding in white. Demand for pre-painted cladding has markedly increased, and to meet this need a new, significantly broader concept is now being presented.

    Together with paint supplier Sherwin-Williams, the twelve most common colours that Swedes paint their houses with have been selected. The cladding, produced in Sweden, is given both primer and an undercoat. Pre-painting increases flexibility in a construction project, since it offers good protection from the start and can thus be fitted year-round, regardless of temperature and weather. Since a considerable amount of time is saved on painting, projects can be finished much more quickly. Only a final coat is required within twelve months of fitting so that the cladding has complete protection against wind and weather.

    Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director, Scandinavian Södra Wood comments:

    “The trend in demanding more value-added products is here to stay. There are both time-related and economic aspects that speak to the advantages of pre-painted cladding, as well as quality-related ones. The cladding has been guaranteed a perfect start, as it is never exposed to wind or weather before it is coated at the facility, where it is heated to the correct temperature before the paint is applied in precisely the correct amount according to the paint supplier’s instructions. This provides an assurance that the cladding has excellent protection, even at the fitting stage.”

    The different cladding types are offered in fixed lengths, which means that customised delivery is possible – not only as regards profile and colour, but volume as well. Together with your builders’ merchant, you can calculate how many boards of each length will be needed, thereby reducing costly waste. Fredrik Gustavson continues:

    “Our production capacity and logistics are built to manage these types of smaller, tailor-made deliveries, at the same time as other production units are working with large, efficient volumes towards the larger chains’ central purchasing divisions. This, in combination with Södra Wood Projects, our own unit for special solutions, gives Södra a breadth in our product range that we can be proud of.”
    (Södra Timber AB)
    27.02.2018   Westas to improve warehouse management and delivery with MekaMAP    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Westas Group has placed an order for the MekaMAP warehouse management system from Savcor a Trimble company. Target is to further enhance management of the stock yard and deliveries at both Koski and Pihlava sawmills. Production volume has grown rapidly in both sawmills. The project starts before summer and will be completed in October 2018.

    Westas Group, operating in western Finland, is one of the country’s largest private wood processing companies. It produces 450 000 cubic meters sawn timber annually in two sawmills. Nearly 85 percent of the production is exported.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    26.02.2018   Victorian seaside pier gets 21st century update with dRMM    ( Company news )

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    Hastings Pier has enjoyed a long, vibrant history since it was opened by the Earl of Granville on a wet and windy August Bank Holiday Monday in 1872.

    In its 145-year history, the pier has burned down twice, served as a landing site for refugees during the Second World War, and hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, the Who and Jimi Hendrix.

    Destroyed by a devastating fire in 2010, Hastings Pier has risen ‘phoenix-like’ from the ashes to be crowned the UK's best new building, winning the 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize.

    Designed by dRMM Architects, the new pier is an elegant modern reinterpretation of a Victorian pleasure pier. Devoid of the traditional clutter of attractions such as fun-fare carousels, it is designed to host a wide range of entertainment, such as fun-fairs, festivals, markets and live music events.

    After the fire, dRMM began a seven-year collaboration with the community, devastated by the loss of one of Britain’s best-loved seaside buildings. The architect launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised £590,000 of the £14.2m cost. The remainder of the money was funded by the Heritage Lottery.

    Today the new pier stands proud, like the deck of a ship, from where visitors can gaze down at some of the original rusting columns. Hastings Pier contains timber reclaimed from the original pier and has scorched wood cladding on its visitor centre, which has a viewing deck.

    The 19th-century structural iron work, hidden below deck, has been restored and strengthened, and the surviving Victorian Pavilion is now an open plan, glazed cafe-bar, with the deck set aside for large-scale concerts, markets and public gatherings.

    A small pavilion in the middle houses a cafe and community space, with a large staircase leading up to a rooftop belvedere, which doubles as seating for concerts. It is clad in timber planks reclaimed from the original fire-damaged deck, fitted in a zigzag pattern.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
    23.02.2018   Nordic shop fitters Hestra implement Threespine®    ( Company news )

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    One of the Nordic region’s leading shopfitting companies, Hestra, has signed a license agreement with Välinge for the use of Threespine® click furniture technology.

    For more than 118 years, Hestra has been creating shops that promote sales and reinforce brands. Hestra has traditionally assembled products using conventional methods but, by implementing Threespine, Hestra will now be able to assemble a big part of their products much faster. Threespine will also enable Hestra to assemble many products on-site, something that previously has been too complicated.

    According to Hestra CEO Johan Petersson, the multiple benefits provided by Threespine will have a significant impact on the company’s offer.

    ”We regard Threespine® as an efficient and very reliable assembly method: quick, easy and functional. Our long-term aim is therefor to implement Threespine in the major part of our wood-based interior designs.”

    The first products from Hestra featuring Threespine will be available during spring 2018.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
    22.02.2018   Changes in Raute Group's Executive Board    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Raute Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed M.Sc. (Econ.) Olli-Pekka Vanhanen (53) Group Vice President, CFO of Raute Group. He will also become a member of Raute Group’s Executive Board, reporting to President and CEO Tapani Kiiski. Mr. Vanhanen will assume the position by May 1, 2018 at the latest.

    Mr. Vanhanen has versatile experience in financial administration and management among others in Wärtsilä, Cargotec, Elcoteq and most recently in Maillefer Oy. He will join Raute from the position of CFO in Maillefer Oy. Olli-Pekka Vanhanen does not own any Raute shares.

    Photo: M.Sc. (Econ.), MBA Arja Hakala (60) Group Vice President, Strategy of Raute Group

    Raute Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed M.Sc. (Econ.), MBA Arja Hakala (60) Group Vice President, Strategy of Raute Group. She will transfer to this position from the role as Raute’s Chief Financial Officer at the same time as Olli-Pekka Vanhanen will take over his role as Chief Financial Officer, by May 1, 2018 at the latest. Ms. Hakala will continue as a member of Raute Group’s Executive Board, reporting to President and CEO Tapani Kiiski. She will also continue as Deputy to President and CEO and Secretary of the Board of Directors.

    Arja Hakala has been Raute Group’s Chief Financial Officer for 14 years. Prior to that she has held other management positions in Raute Group since 1990.

    The position of Group Vice President, Strategy is new in Raute. The responsibility area of the Group Vice President, Strategy includes coordination of strategic development projects, responsibility management and its development, and also internal audit tasks assigned by the Board of Directors.

    Arja Hakala owns 3,104 Raute’s series A shares.
    (Raute Oyj)
    21.02.2018   Timber expertise on hand at Ecobuild 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news
    TRADA is delighted once again to take a stand at Ecobuild 2018, Britain’s leading sustainable design, construction and energy event.

    Every year Ecobuild attracts around 24,000 visitors – forward-thinking companies, senior professionals and influencers from the construction industry – providing the perfect opportunity to network, share ideas and seek sustainable solutions for the built environment.

    The exhibition, which runs from 6–8 March at Excel, London, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. A fresh, new format includes a comprehensive conference programme curated by top industry figures and the Timber District, a dedicated area showcasing cutting-edge brands and innovations, thought-provoking and valuable content, as well as a plethora of ground-breaking materials and experiences.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
    20.02.2018   Välinge acquires Inotec’s patent portfolio regarding fold down locking systems    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Välinge has purchased all Inotec’s patents regarding one-piece fold-down systems (all-side or short-side), which are registered in numerous countries such as the US, Canada as well as China and with many more applications worldwide including Europe. This patent portfolio also consists of several applications with some impressive specifications, which are expected to be granted shortly in Europe and other areas.

    The integrated double locking in both horizontal & vertical dimensions has shown confirmed manufacturability and demonstrated suitability for different flooring materials, such as laminate, wood, LVT and WPC.

    “We see the acquired patents as a good opportunity to strengthen and diversify our IP portfolio”, says Mr. Per Nygren (photo), Vice President of Välinge Innovation. “It further gives Välinge a consumer relevant product complement to the already well-known and established 2G- and 5G-systems. These IP rights also open up for an interesting patent strategy including the filing of several divisional application in order to protect all aspects of the inventions disclosed in the acquired patents. We continuously develop new technologies and look for patent rights that our licensees can benefit from, both in terms of securing their own production and preventing any actors from unauthorized and infringing use of these IP rights.”

    Consulicious Sarl represented by Filip Tack and Griffith Hack served as transaction advisors for Inotec.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
    19.02.2018   Tarkett expands its luxury vinyl tiles production capacity in North America and Europe...    ( Company news )

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    ... by investing €70 million

    Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, invests a total of 70 million euros over the next three years to expand its luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) production capacity in North America and Europe, while enhancing efficient and sustainable manufacturing.

    In the United States, close to 50 million euros ($60 million) will be invested over a three-year period to increase production capacity at two manufacturing facilities based in Florence (Alabama). This expansion addresses significant demand growth for Tarkett’s vinyl modular flooring. Additionally, Tarkett will build a new distribution center in Florence. These operations are expected to create 50 new jobs.

    “These investments will strongly optimize our equipment, increase our local luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) production capacity, improve our supply chain efficiency and enhance our customer service” said Jeff Fenwick, President, Resilient, Tarkett North America. “This is a strong signal of Tarkett’s commitment to long-term growth and sustainability in North America.”

    In Europe, more than 20 million euros will be invested over the next three years in the manufacturing facilities, mainly in Luxemburg and Poland.

    “These investments will further enhance our strong position in the European vinyl tiles market and facilitate our customers’ access to unique and exclusive designs” said Fabrice Barthélemy, President of Tarkett EMEA.
    (Tarkett SAS)
    16.02.2018   Välinge further strengthens its position with patents from Swiss Krono Group    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Välinge strengthens its already solid position as the key patent-holder and licensor in relation to floor locking technologies, including Fold Down technologies such as 5G® and related solutions.

    In the end of 2017, Välinge acquired several patent families from Flooring Technologies. The patents cover, among others, various solutions of fold down profiles made in the core material as well as solutions made with a separate locking tongue. The scope of the Intellectual Property covers laminate, wood as well as plastic based cores. Välinge thereby further broadens the scope of own and 3rd party IP in relation to fold down technologies for flooring.

    "Our opinion is that the recently added patents are relevant for many fold down solutions in the market, including designs provided from other licensors, and we now intend to take any necessary actions to prevent unlicensed use of our IP. Välinge already holds the exclusive rights to the Classen Fold Down patents worldwide. By adding several relevant patent families with strong and enforceable claims in main markets, such as Germany and the US, we further strengthen our position in order to ensure that our licensees get the best technical solutions as well as the necessary protection needed today. No other licensor can offer such a package," says Mr. Niclas Håkansson, CEO of Välinge Innovation.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
    15.02.2018   Starting signal for new digital platform MindSphere World: Weinig Group in the best of company    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Industrial cloud solutions are increasingly becoming an economic factor.

    Photo: In an optimistic mood: Weinig CEO Wolfgang Pöschl (left) and product segment manager Dr. Mario Kordt, who represents Weinig on the advisory board, present the MindSphere World membership certificate

    Under the leadership of Siemens AG and together with 18 other companies, MICHAEL WEINIG AG has accepted the challenge. MindSphere World was founded on 23 January in Berlin, as a user organization that benefits from the know-how of all partners and sets standards. MindSphere World ensures full connectivity with Siemens and third-party products while maintaining secure data communication. Under this unified platform, WEINIG will continue to develop and optimize its own digital standard W 4.0 for the benefit of its customers.
    (Michael Weinig Aktiengesellschaft)

    14.02.2018   Raute received orders worth approximately EUR 23 million to Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Raute Corporation has received orders worth approximately EUR 23 million from Metsä Wood, the Wood Products Business Area of Metsä Group. The orders consist of machinery and equipment to be delivered for the expansion of Metsä Wood’s LVL mill in Punkaharju. The deal includes peeling (photo), drying, LVL lay-up, pre-pressing and pressing lines, and also services related to the installation and commissioning. The installation and commissioning of the production processes for the expansion of the LVL mill in Punkarhaju will start in the beginning of 2019.

    The cooperation between Raute and Metsä Wood has continued for a long period. The production processes in Metsä Wood's plywood and LVL mills have mostly been implemented by machinery and equipment delivered by Raute. Raute's strong expertise in the entire production processes of LVL and plywood can be seen in the wide scope of orders received by Raute. Raute estimates that its previous successfully completed deliveries to Metsä Wood and other operators in the LVL and plywood industries were the convincing factors, resulting in Raute to receive the orders.

    Raute will publish its net sales and financial performance information for 2017 and outlook for 2018 in the financial statement release on February 15, 2018. This transaction is not included in the December 31, 2017 order book.
    (Raute Oyj)
    13.02.2018   The Weinig Group at Holz-Handwerk / Fensterbau frontale 2018: Solutions tailored ...    ( Company news )

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    ... to customer benefits

    The Weinig Group exhibition program in Nuremberg is entirely centered around optimal customer benefits. Under the slogan “Think Weinig”, the market leader in machines and systems for solid wood and panel pro-cessing will be demonstrating a total of 30 exhibits live, all of which have been specifically designed to secure competitive advantages for business of all sizes.

    Perfect answers for every target group
    Both traditional artisanal operations and digitized companies will find the right solution for their production requirements on the Weinig stand in Hall 9. Visitors can not only experience networked solutions of the highest W 4.0 digital standard in action, they can also see modern, stand-alone machines with automation at every performance stage. All exhibits share the Weinig philosophy of ensuring optimal manageability of increasingly complex technology via simple operating concepts. The international hot topics of flexibilization, resource efficiency and predictive maintenance will also be in the spotlight. Smart tech and system integration will also be high on the agenda.

    New entry-level moulder
    In the Product Unit Planing and Profiling, the new Unimat 217 (photo) will celebrate its world premiere. The compact craftsman's machine for four-sided solid wood processing is considerably more user-friendly than comparable machines in its performance category and offers significantly greater added value than its predecessors. This is particularly due to a number of features being adopted from the next largest Powermat series.

    The Powermat 700 from this performance category, the world’s highest selling Weinig profiling machine, will also be exhibited in Nuremberg. Stand visitors will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of a six-spindle version for various profiling work as well as a machine especially equipped for window manufacturing requirements. For larger requirements in terms of performance and flexibility, Weinig offers the Powermat 1500. The solution is aimed at semi-industrial production requirements. An automated Powermat 1500, equipped with the SmartTouch digital set-up aid and connected to the Weinig System Plus work preparation, will also be on display at Holz-Handwerk. This highly-efficient solution covers fully-automated tool grinding, tool measurement and virtual set-up of the moulder. And, of course, we could not go to Nuremberg without the successful Cube Plus. The easiest four-sided planing machine to operate on the market offers automatic positioning via touchscreen display and completes planing work 10 times faster than a straightener and planer.

    Fascinating Weinig world of windows
    Weinig will underline its outstanding expertise in Nuremberg with exhibits from the entry-level segment to the Smart Factory. The Conturex Compact on the stand will include the new WMC (Weinig machine control), which celebrates its premiere. In the particularly user-friendly user interface designed for group-wide use, Weinig is setting standards in the lowest performance category in terms of handling and production safety. The virtual tour in Weinig Solid WF promises to be a particular highlight in the high-performance segment. Stand visitors will have the opportunity to look inside a Conturex system with the highest level of equipment using 3D glasses. Cutting-edge technology, integrated production and networking in the Weinig W 4.0 digital standard will come together to provide a spectacular experience. The individual visual experience will be broadcast live to spectators outside of the black box. Demonstrations of the Weinig Service App are sure to attract great interest. In the new version, Weinig is taking monitoring to the next level.

    Improved cutting efficiency for small operations
    When it comes to cutting, Weinig’s expertise ranges from the floor-mounted saw and high-speed cross-cut saws to scanner systems and rip saws. The stand in Nuremberg will feature a cross-section of the current portfolio. Highlights include the OptiCut S 260 throughfeed cross-cut saw with a feed speed of up to 250 m/min and camera-based detection of three qualities. The OptiPal + OptiResult software package is particularly attractive to small businesses. Demonstrations will show how the tool makes cutting more efficient from single-item batches upwards. The software offers a range of functions from product and parts list management, order entry and cutting list creation, pre-optimization of cutting lists for optimal yield and creation of picking lists to screen-supported

    machine operation and parts identification after cutting. Another exhibit in Nuremberg will be the EasyStop automatic positioning system for the OptiCut C series as an optimal entry to automating manual processes for smaller operations. The system can also be integrated into existing cross-cut saws. A new addition to BKS band resaws is SplitAssist laser width measurement. An optimized surface facilitates operation. The proven FlexiRip 3200 now has cutting height recognition, ensuring that the material is always ripped optimally with an allowance.

    New gluing press with simple handling
    Weinig will present a further innovation in Nuremberg in the area of gluing. The ProfiPress L B combines all of Weinig’s know-how in high-frequency gluing and press technology in a single machine and significantly simplifies the production of window scantlings, beams and panels. Particularly high forces exerted from the side and above ensure perfectly sealed glued joints.

    Nextec revolutionizes small business
    One of the outstanding Weinig trade fair exhibits making its debut in Nuremberg is the new Nextec technology from Holz-Her, the panel processing specialist within the Weinig Group. Nextec revolutionizes the way joiners work and equips them for the challenges of the future. The technology is a complete solution for a modern furniture finish, efficient production and effective sales. Nextec can produce made-to-measure furniture in just three steps. The series is on the market in a range of models and has various automation components. Two versions will be on display at Holz-Handwerk: Nextec 7707 and Nextec 7735 lift. The latter comes equipped with 5-axis technology and a lift table. The integrated 5-axis head allows all angles and miters to be processed with CNC precision. With a processing height of up to 300 mm, the machine opens up entirely new areas of application.

    Holz-Her will be presenting another 13 machines on the Weinig stand besides the pioneering Nextec. These include solutions for CNC processing and edge banding with Holz-Her zero-joint technology. The Lumina series, which will be exhibited in Nuremberg, is equipped with the GluJet glue application system for series production with PUR adhesive and Ltronic, the fully-integrated laser edging unit for processing laser edges. The Holz-Her line-up will be completed by panel diving saws. Holz-Her will demonstrate at Holz-Handwerk how a profitable smart workshop can evolve for businesses of all sizes in combination with the Store-Master intelligent panel store and material handling system.
    (Michael Weinig Aktiengesellschaft)
    12.02.2018   LMI Technologies Introduces Modular Gocator 3D Smart Sensors for Board Scanning Applications    ( Company news )

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    3D Profiling With Tracheid Detection and Bolt-On Color Make the Modular Gocator 200 Series Ideal for Achieving Optimal Wood Recovery

    LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning and inspection solutions, is pleased to announce the official launch of the Gocator 200 Series of modular multi-point scanners, the latest addition to the Gocator line of smart, all-in-one 3D sensors for material optimization and 100% quality control.

    With Gocator 200 multi-point scanners, users can create a scanning system based on a modular design that allows a mix of 3D profiling, tracheid detection, and color vision for sawmills and planer mills looking to maximize wood breakdown decisions.

    The G200 series is based on coplanar scanning that effectively captures both the leading and trailing edges of lumber while minimizing conveyor footprint, offers true differential profiling for accurate thickness measurement, and can scale from 1 to 48 sensors to cover various lumber length requirements.

    Based on the proven high density profile design of chroma+scan, Gocator 200 scanners run 50% faster to achieve scan rates at 3 kHz matching mills running at 300 feet per minute. In addition, tracheid scan rates are 3x faster to deliver 1.5khz density for exceptional detail in wood grain detection.

    “Gocator 200 gives customers a modular advantage so that saw and planer mills can now create their own custom material optimization solutions. We are excited by the possibilities the G200 offers to the wood industry including the many benefits of Gocator’s proven all-in-one 3D smart capabilities”, said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies.

    With the launch of the G200 series, LMI is also expanding the capabilities of its standard Gocator Software Development Kit (GoSDK) with a new Web Scanning SDK (GoWebScan). GoWebScan SDK allows users to quickly and easily implement their own solutions by taking care of common tasks like system alignment, and merging data from multiple sensors.
    (LMI Technologies GmbH)
    09.02.2018   Announcement: Dedicated wood event launched in Saudi Arabia    ( Company news )

    Company news
    We are delighted to announce the launch of Wood Tech & Design Expo - a dedicated event for wood and related products in Saudi

    Taking place from 5-8 March 2018, Wood Tech & Design Expo is a brand new exhibition, perfectly placed alongside The Big 5 Saudi, offering the ideal platform for global wood products and enabling networking between professionals in this niche market.

    Our CPD certified programme presented by Wood experts will also be featured at Wood Tech & Design Expo. The event will feature 16 workshops over the span of 4 days.

    We look forward to welcoming you from 5 - 8 March 2018.
    (dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa)
    08.02.2018   Another Siempelkamp short-cycle press for Egger in St. Johann: KT700 for new benchmarks ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... in synchronized pore technology

    The order for another short-cycle press for the Egger plant in St. Johann arrived at Siempelkamp in Krefeld at the end of November. With the new machine the long-standing Siempelkamp customer will expand its production capacities in its main plant to meet the constantly growing demand of its benchmark products with synchronized pore structures. Special competitive advantage: the robust decor panels possess a natural wood appearance which is hard to distinguish from real wood by look and feel due to their three-dimensional structures of the wood grain and knotholes.

    Photo: Short-cycle press KT 700 at Egger in St. Johann

    The family business founded by Fritz Egger senior in St. Johann in 1961 has developed into an internationally-oriented group of companies with more than 8,145 employees worldwide. At 18 locations in eight nations Egger manufactures sawn wood and wood-based panels for furniture and interior design, building products, and laminate flooring products. In 2015/16 Egger had a sales volume of around 2.34 billion Euros and produced approximately 7.7 million m³ of wood-based products.

    With the new short-cycle press Egger will expand its production capacities for special products, for example, the benchmark synchronized pore products and will thus react to an increased demand. To ensure maximum production flexibility, Egger is incorporating the RoundTrack® floor rail system, a product of Siempelkamp’s subsidiary Strothmann, for the first time in its press line. The maintenance-free system allows the quick change of embossed sheets and connects the new press line with the existing short-cycle press. The tracks are made from hardened steel and installed in the floor. Smooth-running carts allow for the almost frictionless transport of heavy embossed sheets due to a special concave profile of the wheels which has minimal contact with the patented round tracks and is therefore optimized for minimal rolling resistance. Even extremely heavy loads can be moved without effort. A change of direction between production lines is handled by pneumatic four-way switches in the floor.

    The core component of the new production line at Egger is the high-end short-cycle press KT700. With a specific pressure of up to 700 N/cm², the KT700 can economically manufacture such innovative products as synchronized pore panels with decors that have a natural-looking embossed wood grain structure. Due to its multi-piston design the KT700 reduces the pressure-less exposure time to only 0.8 seconds, an absolute peak figure for laminating press technology customary in the market. The press closes with a maximum speed of 760 mm/s; a total of 180 press cycles per hour are possible. Thanks to 40 press cylinders, the pressing force of 700 N is applied homogenously over the entire press area.

    The commissioned KT700 short-cycle press is scheduled to be installed at the Egger headquar-ters in St. Johann starting in August of 2018; the startup is forecasted for December 2018.
    (Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
    07.02.2018   Södra strengthens offer for pulpwood and pine logs    ( Company news )

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    Södra is raising its purchase price for pulpwood and pine logs. Demand for both softwood and hardwood pulp is high, while the market for sawn timber remains strong. To ensure continued high levels of supply, Södra is raising its purchase price for pine logs by SEK 30/cubic metre of solid volume underbark (m ᶾ sub) and introducing a contracting premium of SEK 25/m ᶾ sub for softwood and hardwood pulp. The price changes applies from 1 February 2018.

    “The strategic investments in Södra’s pulp mills in recent years have led to a steady increase in softwood pulpwood consumption and demand for softwood pulp. This market situation presents ideal conditions for increased forest thinning which, in the long term, will further strengthen both the value and quality of Swedish forests,” said Olof Hansson, President of the Södra Skog business area.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    06.02.2018   Quant and Metsä Wood have agreed on maintenance partnership of Lohja, Pärnu and ...    ( Company news )

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    ... Äänekoski mills

    Quant and Metsä Wood have agreed on maintenance partnership at Äänekoski (Finland) and Lohja (Finland) Kerto LVL mill according to the letter of intent signed on February 3rd, 2017.

    The maintenance of Äänekoski veneer mill and Pärnu plywood mill will be transferred to Quant as of 1st of January, 2018. Maintenance of Lohja Kerto LVL mill will be transferred to Quant as of 1st of April, 2018.

    Metsä Wood’s maintenance staff in Lohja, 3 people, will be transferred and continue as Quant employees.
    (Quant AB)
    05.02.2018   EPAL: Record result of 115.8m EPAL pallets in 2017    ( Company news )

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    EPAL pallets win over trade and industry worldwide with their high quality and reusability

    The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) announce a record result for 2017 of 115.8 million EPAL quality load carriers produced and repaired. Compared to the previous year, this is an increase of nearly 10%. In 2017, production figures alone rose by 9.7% to 88.3 million EPAL pallets, while repair figures climbed to 27.5 million; a solid increase of 10% compared to the previous year.

    The EPAL Euro pallet is considered an early indicator for the economy. The rising economic barometer in economically strong countries over the past few years has driven the demand for EPAL Euro pallets to a peak last year: EPAL producers and repairers have been working to full capacity for months. The persistently high demand for sawn timber led to a shortage of the raw material in 2017 and a huge price rise in sawn timber for pallets, increasing cost pressure for EPAL pallet producers.

    Martin Leibrandt, CEO of EPAL, “The current demand peaks can be cushioned with sound planning and a long-term partnership between EPAL pallet producers, suppliers and customers. Trade and industry partners who planned at an early stage and who value long-term supplier relationships are being well provided for. The outstanding 2017 figures are the result of the joint work of all EPAL National Committees and licensees, and a sign that trade and industry are increasingly relying on independently tested quality and safety, which pay off in the long term.”

    The EPAL system with its three pillars of consistent international standardisation, independent quality assurance and the protection and prosecuting of trademark rights infringements, guarantee users high-quality load carriers for efficient global logistics. EPAL Euro pallets can be reused several times and can be repaired cost-effectively, so they also conserve natural resources.
    (European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL))
    02.02.2018   SCM Group continues its unrelenting race towards its 700 million revenue goal line and ...    ( Company news )

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    ... ‘plays’ at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall

    For the Rimini-based colossus also the year 2017 closes with a positive balance sheet, with a double-digit growth rate in annual revenues and major investments in territories where it has been operating.

    SCM Group continues to grow, and its 2017 revenues are estimated at 650 million euro with an ever-growing orders portfolio. A success which confirms the SCM Group growth trend of recent years. The Group was established around the Rimini-based SCM company, which back in 1952 invented the first SCM woodworking machine and later diversified its operations and entered other industrial sectors – from the processing of composites and plastics to metal, aluminium, glass and stone.

    For all Group companies, the transformation of materials has for over 65 years been a mission as well as a passion, which guided its choices regarding acquisitions and territorial expansion with a view to continuously improve the quality of its products and services.

    SCM Group has always believed and invested in the territories where it has been operating. This year, too, it confirmed this commitment by inaugurating a new production area in Zogno (BG), reviving a 20,000 sqm manufacturing centre in order to increase production of CMS special machines. CMS is a Bergamo-based company which for 15 years has been the pride of the Group, focusing on the processing of advanced materials, plastics, glass, metal and stone, used in the automotive and aerospace industries for example.

    SCM Group investments do not stop at the Italian border but also cross the Alps–acquiring Hg Grimme, in partnership with the founder of that German company which specialises in designing and building machines that process plastics and composites; or opening new branches such as the one inaugurated in Vancouver, Western Canada, in November–demonstrating its desire to be ever closer to customers in order to provide prompt and efficient service.

    All our achievements in recent years have been the result of a unique mix of strategy and commitment in multiple areas. Among these, human resources have been the key, demonstrating that Italian companies, and SCM Group in particular, can invent and innovate while operating around the entire world. In the last year hundreds have been hired, bringing the total number of SCM Group workers, both in Italy and abroad, to over 3,500.

    These are men and women coming with a variety of skills and experiences – to breathe new life into the Group's knowledge and contribute to the extensive skills and know-how acquired by the company over the years – and who thus help nurture the organisation's international culture and allow it to better compete in an ever more challenging global market.

    Always on the lookout for new talent, SCM Group has stepped up its presence in schools and universities by participating in many open days in such institutions, both national and international, organising courses of professional education such as the Digital Innovation Graduate Programme, an elaborate programme that is part of a Digital Master's Studies course developed in collaboration with partners and leading universities. The selection process culminated in late November when the final tests were performed directly at the Group's Rimini head quarters, to expose the candidates to an actual workplace. The finalists then signed a permanent work contract and thus effectively joined the Digital Innovation Graduate Programme. And 'Digital', with a capital D, is an element of vital daily importance at the SCM Group.

    Demonstrating this 'Digital' approach, the Group will organise the SCM Digital Days, 25 to 27 January 2018, at the SCM Technology Centre, at the recently renovated Rimini headquarters. Three days with a packed schedule of events and activities during which SCM, the world-leading producer of woodworking machines, will present its technological and digital solutions to its national and international customers: concrete solutions that meet customers' needs, offering them a real return on investment.

    Turnkey solutions, integrated and fully automated systems, such as the one shown in Hanover during the most important trade fair of the wood industry, Ligna 2017, where SCM displayed in grand style over 60 different machines and hosted numerous events with industry experts in a 4,000 sqm stand, which combined unique elegance and design to form a perfect setting for the best the wood industry can offer today.

    On display were solid machines that allow SCM Group customers to deliver such great projects as the interior wall cladding in the new Hamburg Philharmonic Concert Hall, using the so-called "white skin" with its superior acoustic characteristics that ensure evenly-distributed and brilliant sound in every corner of the hall. Two years of work, 10,000 panels of varying design and a final outcome of exceptional sound quality.

    Just one of many extraordinary outcomes which SCM Group's Made-in-Italy technology has helped achieve in every corner of the globe.
    (SCM Group S.p.A.)
    01.02.2018   Rushil Decor places an order for a complete MDF plant with Siempelkamp    ( Company news )

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    The Indian wood-based materials manufacturer Rushil Decor commissions Siempelkamp as the single-source supplier of a MDF plant in India. With the new plant in Atchutapuram, in the Federal State of Andhra Pradesh, the manufacturer will produce MDF from eucalyptus grown in plantations and from over mature mango trees. To meet local market needs Rushil Decor will significantly expand its pro-duction capacities above its current 3.5 million m².

    Photo (from left to right): Krupa Thakkar (Rushil Decor), Krupesh Thakkar (Managing Director Rushil Decor), Samiron Mondal (Managing Director Siempelkamp), Bert Kehr (Siempelkamp), Keyur Gajjar (Rushil Decor), Prasanta Kumar Ghosh (Rushil Décor), Rananjoy Mitra (Siempelkamp), Sebastian Eickhoff (Siempelkamp), N.M. Chacko (Siempelkamp), Rama Ganapathy, H.K Modi, Dharmik Kumar Thakkar (all Rushil Decor)

    Rushil Decor Limited, founded in Gujarat in 1993, is one of the largest Indian manufacturers for wood-based panels. Under the brand names VIR Laminates, VIR MDF, and Signor Decorative Laminates, Rushil Décor offers high-quality products primarily to the Indian market. By complying with BIS standards, ISO certifications, and EN standards Rushil Decor is meanwhile able to export a share of its wood-based panel production to 36 countries.

    The scope of work for Siempelkamp for this order includes the wood as well as fiber preparation system, the resin blending and application system, the fiber dryer and sifter, the forming line, an 8 ft. x 28.8 m ContiRoll press, the cooling and stacking line, the intermediate storage, the sanding line, and the cut-to-size line. The equipment will be partially supplied from China, for example, from both Siempelkamp production locations in Qingdao and Wuxi.

    The press line will be equipped with the mat preheater ContiBooster. By preheating the mat before it enters the press it can be heated quicker inside the ContiRoll press resulting in produc-tion increases of up to 20%.

    With the new MDF plant Rushil Decor will increase its daily production capacities by 760 m³. The start of delivery is scheduled for the last quarter of 2018; the startup of the plant is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.
    (Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
    31.01.2018   Increase in timber exports to the US    ( Company news )

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    Södra’s exports of sawn timber to the US have risen over the past four years and a further 25-percent increase is expected next year. Södra has been represented in the US market since 2000 and is one of the Swedish suppliers in the market that takes a more long-term approach.

    Sales consist of structural timber, and the increase in exports is due to several factors. Construction of single-family houses using timber as the most common material is growing. The number of housing starts has doubled since the US real estate crash of 2009-2010 and housing construction is also expected to increase in 2018, resulting in greater consumption of sawn timber. Meanwhile, production of sawn timber in Canada – the largest supplier of structural timber to the US – has been low due to fires and damage from pests.

    “One of the key reasons behind our strong performance in the US is our long-term approach to the market. We continued to operate with lower volumes despite a more difficult period following the crash around 2009 when many others decided to leave. This has now given us a strong position when business is improving and the market is strengthening. From our perspective, the long-term relationships we nurture with our customers play a central role,” said Andreas Jonasson, Marketing Manager at Södra Wood.

    Structural timber produced from spruce and in a specific dimension is the product that primarily interests customers – mainly timber suppliers with distribution to construction sites. Although the US market is relatively small for Södra, which mainly exports timber to Europe, Andreas Jonasson views this as a positive trend.

    “Södra’s products are attractive in this market because of their high quality in terms of strength and from an aesthetic perspective. Timber is a fantastic material to build with and we are seeing a growing interest globally to build in a more environmentally sustainable manner using wood. We are naturally delighted that our US customers are also discovering the benefits of our raw material.”
    (Södra Timber AB)
    30.01.2018   Stora Enso is the first forest products company to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets    ( Company news )

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    The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

    “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2°C limit set for global warming by the Paris Agreement. The new targets coveremissions from our own operations, but also includes engagement targets for our partners all through the value chain.”

    The target commits Stora Enso to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations by 31% per tonne of pulp, paper and board produced by 2030 from a 2010 base-year. To reduce emissions in the value chain, Stora Enso commits to have 70% of non-fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers in terms of spend set their own GHG reduction targets by 2025, towards the aim that these suppliers adopt science-based GHG reduction targets by 2030. In addition, the company will educate 100% of customer-facing staff on the advantages of setting science-based targets by 2020.

    Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, “We congratulate Stora Enso on being the first forest products company to have their science-based targets approved by our team. By setting targets that align their business with global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Stora Enso is positioning itself to thrive as the global economy transitions to a low-carbon future. It is particularly encouraging to see Stora Enso working with its suppliers to adopt their own science-based targets, helping to mainstream science-based target setting across the value chain.”
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    29.01.2018   120 million more hardwoods within 25 years    ( Company news )

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    The volume of hardwood in southern Swedish forests has risen by nearly 3 million m³ per year since 1993. This means there are about 120 million more hardwoods in Götaland now than 25 years ago. At the same time, forest regeneration stands now contain both more hardwood and more pine than ever before. This will result in a more varied forest structure.

    With the introduction of production forestry in the 1940s, the proportion of spruce increased, and by the mid-1990s, more than every second tree in Götaland was a spruce.

    25 years later, the proportion of spruce in southern Swedish forests has fallen in relation to hardwood, while the proportion of pine has remained virtually unchanged. The most recent National Forest Inventory shows that spruce has fallen from 53 to about 48 percent of the growing stock, while the proportion of hardwood has risen from about 18 to 23 percent. This trend means that we now have about 120 million more hardwoods in southern Swedish forests compared with 1993. However, this does not mean that the amount of pine wood has fallen, because the growth rate of pine forests has gradually increased.

    “The shift towards more hardwood in the forests owned by Södra’s members is a combination of systematic nature conservation interventions and a management strategy, whereby spruce is not allowed to grow too old because of the major financial risk it poses,” said Göran Örlander, forestry strategist at Södra.

    Another national inventory, the Swedish Forest Agency’s reforestation assessment, shows that a higher percentage of the dominant species in the regeneration stands consists of hardwood, but also pine.

    “The hardwoods have regenerated almost 100 percent naturally and in the most recent inventory, they accounted for about 25 percent of the dominant tree species compared with 18 percent in 2000. The reason for this increase has not been studied in any detail, but it’s probably due to a more positive view of hardwood trees among forest owners,” said Göran Örlander.

    “Following a period with a lower proportion of pine in regeneration stands, partly due to high browsing pressure from wildlife, the percentage of pine seedlings in Götaland has increased over the past six-seven years. The conscious strategy of forest companies to significantly increase the proportion of planted pine – and to promote pine in general – is playing a key role in this positive trend. If we continue to manage our new forests responsibly and find a healthy wildlife balance, we can also look forward to a rich variation of tree species in southern Swedish forests in the future,” said Göran Örlander.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    26.01.2018   Continued successes for Valutec in Central Europe    ( Company news )

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    Valutec has been chosen to deliver another two continuous kilns to central Europe. Austria's Hasslacher Norica Timber and Germany's Robeta Holzindustrie each chose to invest in a lumber kiln. This means that Valutec – the world leader in kiln technology – sold 21 progressive kilns to Europe in 2017 with a total drying capacity of around 1,500,000 cubic meters (640 000 MBF).

    Continuous kiln technology is still relatively unknown in Central Europe, but in recent years the technology has made a breakthrough. The increased demand for Valutec’s continuous kilns is the result of a combination of a focused effort on Valutec’s part and in increased demand for high-quality drying processes from sawmills in Central Europe.
    "The increased use of glue-laminated and cross-laminated lumber has led the sawmills of today to have a completely different quality approach and to see a value in drying side-sawn boards. It creates additional opportunities for our continuous kiln technology, which meets sawmill requirements for high capacity and quality,” says Robert Larsson, CEO Valutec.

    Hasslacher is a family-owned sawmill group with seven plants in three countries. In 2016, the Hasslacher plant in Sachsenburg, Carinthia, which is one of Europe's most modern glue-lamination facilities, invested in two OTC kilns from Valutec. Hasslacher has now chosen to invest in an additional Valutec kiln to the same plant.
    "When a customer chooses to invest in an identical installation, it’s a great confirmation that they're very satisfied with our product and our previous delivery," says Robert Larsson.

    Robeta Holzindustrie is a privately owned German sawmill which processes around 300,000 cubic meters (130 000 MBF) per year. The OTC kiln will be the sawmill's first continuous kiln. It has a capacity of around 50,000 cubic meters (21 000 MBF) per year and will be used to dry pine in thinner dimensions down to a moisture content of 18 percent.
    "Robeta seas great value in the continuance kiln's low energy consumption and its logistical advantages compared to a traditional batch kiln," says Robert Larsson.

    The progressive kilns, which are made of stainless steel, will be equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the top lumber layers. The kiln is equipped with Valutec’s heat recovery system and delivery also includes the Valmatic control system. The installations will be delivered and assembled during the winter for commissioning during the spring of 2018.
    (Valutec AB)
    26.01.2018   Focused on further growth: Major investment of the Weinig Group at Holz-Her in Nürtingen    ( Company news )

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    With an investment of 10 million euros, the Weinig Group is accelerating the further growth of the business unit Panel Processing.

    A completely new building complex is being built at the Holz-Her location in Nürtingen, where the administration and service departments of the group’s subsidiary are located. Holz-Her will move from its old premises in Plochinger Straße to the new industrial estate “Großer Forst”. The administration and service departments, which were previously housed in two separate buildings, will be under one roof with showrooms and a technology center. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018. Completion is scheduled for summer 2019. The renowned architects Faecke from Leinfelden were commissioned to carry out the new building. Project management lies in the responsibility of Wolfram GmbH & Co. KG from Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

    Photo: New Holz-Her location “Großer Forst”: The 3D computer image shows what the building will look like.

    With a total area of 5,800 m2, Holz-Her is expanding by about 30 percent compared to the old location with the new building at “Großer Forst”. At the heart of the project will be a new, generously dimensioned technology and development center for prototypes, new developments and testing. An area of approx. 1100 m2 is planned for these purposes. Another central element of the project is the new showroom with an area of more than 1400 m2. Customers will have the opportunity to experience the extensive portfolio of Holz-Her in practical demonstrations. In addition to CNC processing centers, edge-banding machines and panel dividing saws belong to the portfolio of the panel processing specialist. The showroom also offers space for larger sales and service events. The premises for customer training courses are located in the same building. This is where Holz-Her communicates its technology to customers, in cooperation with its worldwide service and hotline centers.

    The administrative wing will house the sales, service, administration and development of Holz-Her on three floors. With its very open design and light-flooded elements, the building is designed to offer employees optimum working conditions. Offices and workplaces are designed according to the latest findings in interior design.

    The project reflects Holz-Her’s positive development in recent years and also demonstrates the company’s strategic orientation: “The capacities created are designed to accommodate a growth of 50 percent over the next five years,” emphasizes Weinig CEO Wolfgang Pöschl. The management at Weinig’s headquarters in Tauberbischofsheim is particularly proud of the solid financing of the project: “The investment is being financed entirely from our funds,” emphasizes CFO Gerald Schmidt.

    The Weinig Group is the world-leading provider for solid wood and panel processing machines and systems. The Group employs around 2,000 people around the globe, generating annual sales of more than 400 million euros.
    (HOLZ-HER GmbH)
    25.01.2018   HOMAG Group plans new, innovative building    ( Company news )

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    The HOMAG Group is planning a new, innovative building including a spacious customer center at its Schopfloch site. The building work is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2018, with the building due to be completed by early 2020. A sum of around € 15 million has been earmarked for this project.

    The premises will cover an area of around 8,000 m2 over two floors. One of the key elements of the new building will be a modern, generous showroom, where customers will experience everything the HOMAG Group has to offer. The building will also include a meeting center and a new staff restaurant.

    "We want to present our state-of-the-art machines and systems as well as innovative production concepts here", highlights CEO Pekka Paasivaara (photo). "Equally important are our software and IoT solutions, which will show our customers their path to digitization. There will also be an innovation center for new technologies. The new premises will enable us to open our doors even more, and create the foundation for positive dialog with existing and new customers as well as other interested target groups. This will make every visit a great experience."
    (Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH)
    24.01.2018   55,000 new homes to push the US$17.7 billion GCC interior fit-out sector as DIFAC ...    ( Company news )

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    ... kicks off with latest technologies

    55,000 new housing supplies in Dubai in 2017-18 is expected to see solid growth in home décor sector as Dubai International Furniture Accessories Components (DIFAC) takes place in Dubai from March 12-14, 2018

    1. More than 55,000 homes are being added to the housing market in 2017-18, according to Jones Lang LaSalle
    2. Total value of the construction projects in the GCC has crossed US$2.4 trillion (Dh8.8 trillion), according to BNC Network
    3. GCC interior fit-out sector is expected to reach US$17.7 billion in 2017, according to Ventures ME
    4. DIFAC to take place at the DWTC from March 12 to 14, 2018

    The addition of 55,000 new housing units in Dubai in 2017-18 will boost the region’s US$17.7 billion fit-out sector as thousands of families move into their freehold homes that require furniture, household items as well as interior décor products.

    A total of 25,000 residential units are expected to be delivered in Dubai this year and a further 30,000 in 2018, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate advisory.

    Dubai will see a further 163,840 properties being built over the next five years from 387 projects. The year after could see 19,850 units and 17,754 further homes in 2020. So far in 2017, Dubai has seen the launch of 90 projects consisting of 36,556 units

    According to Ventures Middle East research, interior-based design and fit-out spend in the GCC has risen from $15.5 billion in 2016 to $17.7 billion this year.

    The sector will also benefit from a larger construction project pipeline to the tune of US$2.4 trillion (Dh8.8 trillion) at a time hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world showcase the latest products and innovation at the Dubai International Furniture Accessories Components, Semi-Furnished Products (DIFAC) exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 12-14, 2018.

    The exhibition showcases innovative furniture technologies, products and brands. At display by the global players of the furniture industry, it gives the visitors a chance to educate themselves about the latest products in surfaces and fittings, elements and systems, semi-finished products and materials, furniture fabrics and upholstery materials.

    In order to capture the market, more than 300 exhibitors from 100 countries are all set to showcase their innovative solutions at the next edition of DIFAC Show in 2018, running in conjunction with Dubai WoodShow, which will showcase new designs, style and product innovation on managing home space in an innovative ways.

    Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, organiser of the DIFAC, says, “As the economic growth accelerates with an increase in oil price, we see a strong growth in the region’s furnishing, accessories, components, interior fit-out, home furnishing, home textile sectors, especially when home buyers move into their new homes, they are expected to spend more on decorating their homes to suite their tastes.

    “DIFAC provides a wonderful opportunity for the industry and other stakeholders to showcase the best on offer in the market.”

    Shezawi says, the growth of the furniture and interior fit-out industry will also be driven by innovation and creativity and the greater comfort and convenience provide by the manufacturers to the home owners.

    “Smart furniture or space-saving furniture that helps families to save space would be in high demand in the years to come, or foldable or wall-mounted beds that could be tucked on to the wall during the daytime and released through a lever to be used as a bed at night, offer greater convenience and extra space within a small budget home,” he added.

    In addition to the residential sector, Dubai will add 40,000 hotel rooms and service apartments to meet the growing demand of tourists as part of the build-up to the Expo 2020, which is less than three years away.

    Dubai currently has 100,000 hotel rooms and service apartments. By October 2020, the emirate will host 140,000 hotel rooms and service apartments.

    “Hotels and hospitality assets are also customising their interior décor based on customer choice and trends. While some opt for traditional look and feel, others are looking at young and trendy as well as green products to make hotels more environment-friendly,” Shezawi says.

    “Hotel operators also look for wall paintings, stuffs like flower vases and fresh flowers, small water fountains and water features to offer freshness within the four walls. Customer tastes will also create a demand for new products in these sectors.”
    (Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions)
    23.01.2018   Olof Hansson appointed President of Södra Skog business area    ( Company news )

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    Olof Hansson (photo) has been appointed President of the Södra Skog business area. Olof has been Acting President of the Södra Skog business area since 1 September 2017 and will remain a member of Group Senior Management and report to the President and CEO, Lars Idermark.

    Olof Hansson, 42, hold degrees in forest sciences and economics. Olof started his career at Södra as a forest inspector in 2003 and has since held such roles as area manager, market analyst and wood supply manager at Södra Skog.

    “Olof has a solid background with in-depth knowledge and experience of Södra Skog’s assignment and responsibilities. Olof will be an asset in our continued efforts to improve the long-term profitability of Södra,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

    “I am pleased to have been entrusted with leading Södra Skog and it is with a sense of pride and humility that I accepted this responsibility. I look forward to leading Södra Skog in an expansive phase of increasing wood sales together with all of our committed employees. In parallel, we will continue to develop our offering to members,” said Olof Hansson, President of the Södra Skog business area.

    The change will take effect immediately.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    23.01.2018   End-of-show report on Magna Expo Mueblera - New tradeshow format a resounding success    ( LIGNA 2019 )

    LIGNA 2019
    - Live demonstrations wow visitors
    - Technology Park and conference program highlight market opportunities

    This year's Magna Expo Mueblera – consisting of two international flagship fairs, Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial and Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores – delivered top-notch results. The double-header event featured 210 exhibitors from around the world, including countries such as China, Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, the USA and Austria. Together with their local Mexican counterparts, these companies showcased a stunning array of innovative products and solutions at Mexico City's Centro Citibanamex convention and exhibition center. Magna ExpoMueblera 2018 attracted many visitors who came to see an extensive array of woodworking machinery, tools and equipment for custom and mass production, not to mention a wide range of fittings, accessories and materials. Also on show were the latest wood-based panel manufacturing and sawmilling solutions as well as a comprehensive range of office, bedroom and upholstered furniture plus furniture fabrics and accessories.

    "This Magna Expo Mueblera was more international than ever," commented Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe's Global Director LIGNA and Woodworking Events. "The new tradeshow format proved to be a resounding success: The live demonstrations of processing machines and the supporting program comprising a Technology Park and conference were extremely well received by attendees. That the exhibitor lineup included many international market leaders such as Altendorf GmbH, Biesse Group, Felder Group, Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, SCM Group, Stiles Machinery Inc. and Michael Weinig AG/Holzher, also speaks volumes. And we were also very pleased to see three new national pavilions – from Germany, China and Switzerland."

    Represented at the German Pavilion were Baumer Inspection GmbH, Dieffenbacher GmbH, Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH und Co. KG, Hans Weber Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Heinrich Kuper GmbH & Co. KG, KWF GmbH, Pallmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Shanghai Wood-Based Panel Machinery Co. Ltd. (a Dieffenbacher Group company), Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH, TIGRA GmbH and Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. China's contingent included Weihai Amazona Machinery and Hardware Co., Ltd., Shanghai Mingke Process Systems Co. Ltd., Shenzhen and Dehuai Technology CO. LTD, while Sweden was represented by Kinnarps, Flierby and Logosol.

    Jürgen Köppel, the CEO of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG and President of the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS): "As the CEO of a German tooling systems company and President of Eumabois I was delighted to witness Deutsche Messe's success in applying the trade show expertise it has accumulated over many decades to further boost the appeal and level of professionalism of Magna Expo Mueblera. The clear allocation of exhibits among the two flagship shows, Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial and Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores, made it easy for the exhibiting companies to find the right place for their showcases and for visitors to navigate straight to the exhibits that were most relevant to them. I am confident that this highly professional international trade show and its supporting program of seminars on topical issues, such as the latest technology trends, will help bolster Mexico City's standing as a trade fair location well beyond Mexico's borders. There is no doubt that Mexico is an attractive market, and we at Eumabois are delighted that Deutsche Messe has succeeded in creating an excellent local platform for it.

    Tomas Flores, Sales Manager of LOGOSAT AB, Sweden: "Magna Expo Mueblera is a great show to meet with potential customers and showcase the latest products and technologies. Definitely a show not to be missed if you want to sell in the Mexican market."

    Marco Pedronici, General Manager of SCM Group Mexico Sa de Cv.: "We had many visitors at our stand and did a lot of business. During the show alone, we closed US Dollars 300,000 in deals and we expect to close more than one million US Dollars in sales over the next three to four weeks."

    Marco Rojas, General Director, GIMATEC S.A. de C.V .: "We were there for the first time and brought our innovations to the fair. We have had a very good experience in presenting our products and our company to the Mexican audience. "

    The visitors at this year's fair were very diverse, ranging from self-employed joiners to executives from major furniture manufacturers. However, everyone agreed on the fair's number one benefit: the high degree of international participation, thus making it easy to get a comprehensive overview of everything the international market has to offer.

    One of the big highlights of the fair was the supporting conference program featuring high-caliber speakers and detailed coverage of hot topics such as the latest in CNC technology, and automation and current design trends in the furniture industry. Since many of the speakers came from outside Mexico, attendees learned about a wide range of new processes and solutions. They also learned how industry 4.0 technologies can give manufacturers access to new market opportunities and boost global competitiveness. Another issue that received extensive coverage was data and how it can be used to automate batch-size-one production.

    The Technology Park also proved very popular with this year's visitors. Leading companies, such as Sideco, Trimaq, Disma, Asia Robotica, Mahego, Metal World and Felder Group (FelPro), used the special display to showcase their latest technology solutions. The main focus this year was on the latest CNC machining centers and the diverse wood and plastics processing options they offer. Whether used for manufacturing or producing interior fittings or furniture, CNC technology introduces much-needed flexibility and efficiency into the production process, speeding up the most complex workflows without compromising quality. It also gives companies a route to business development that does not hinge on being big. And it provides a rapid roadmap to the capabilities needed to meet growing market demand for custom production. "The Technology Park is the ideal platform for showcasing the way state-of-the-art technology can help companies develop new business areas, boost their productivity and enhance their competitiveness," said Christian Pfeiffer.

    With its population of over 125 million and GDP of USD 1,046 billion, Mexico ranks as Latin America's second largest economy and a member of the G20. Mexico also has 12 free trade agreements in place with 46 countries. Further adding to Mexico's attractiveness as a market and business location are a range of business-friendly fiscal policy measures and a gradual improvement in the country's foreign trade environment, both of which have served to reinstate trust in Mexico's economy.

    2018 marked the first year that Deutsche Messe (based in Germany) and its Mexican subsidiary Hanover Fairs México took sole charge of organizing Magna Expo Mueblera. This year also saw the implementation of a new approach for the show, namely as a double-header event with Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial (featuring machinery, applications, materials and accessories for timber and furniture production, and solutions for the forestry industry) on the one hand, and Expo Mueblera Mobiliario e Interiores (featureing office, bedroom and upholstered furniture, household appliances and floor coverings) on the other. Among this year's big visitor highlights at Expo Mueblera Mobiliario e Interiores were displays staged by Encanto, Colchones Carreiro, Spring Air, von Haucke, Colchones Restonic, Colchones America, Woods Muebles, Sayma and Salas Casvil. Office furniture was the big winner of Magna Expo Mueblera in 2018, with a much wider range and higher quality of products on show.

    Benjamín Oñate, Sales Manager of JAFHER S.A. de C.V., Mexico: "The Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores was a great trade fair for us with many project opportunities and more than 200 visitors a day at our stand. We sold most of the furniture we brought to the show. We also expect good follow-up business. "

    The next Magna Expo Mueblera will be held in Mexico City from 16 to 18 January 2019.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
    22.01.2018   Grand Designs' County Down Barn: A transformation using CLT    ( Company news )

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    Architect Micah Jones has used cross-laminated timber (CLT) to transform a dilapidated agricultural building into a luxury interpretation of the farm buildings of his rural County Down childhood, pioneering this method of construction in Northern Ireland.

    The County Down Barn, which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs last September, is a contemporary take on a traditional barn conversion formed of a one-storey CLT structure installed above the restored original stone building.

    The new home was built on a limited budget and timescale, and is located on a tight site with stunning views across the Mourne Hills. By using a complementary material palette of CLT, stone and concrete, Micah has provided an elegant yet comfortable and robust home for his growing family.

    There were several reasons for the specification of CLT, including the material’s enhanced thermal and air tightness performance - a major benefit as all the insulation on the house is external. Other key considerations were CLT’s structural ability to achieve the clean, long spans that Micah was looking for and the material’s high-quality finish, which was important because internally the CLT has been left exposed throughout.

    The Barn is laid out as an upside-down house with the main living space on the first floor and the bedrooms at ground floor level. The house is long and narrow, and Micah has designed the CLT upper floor to create a ‘tunnel of timber’ effect, formed of one long open span. This has been achieved by an ‘over-truss’ solution developed for the project by CLT specialist G-frame Structures. “It was an innovative way of installing the structure and has allowed us to create a very open, modern barn conversion,” says Micah. “The trusses are placed on top of the roof and the roof is ‘hung’ from them so that only the tie beams are visible internally, instead of the traditional triangular trusses placed every few metres, which would effectively close down the space.”

    Micah has used the CLT off-cuts from the windows and doors to form the staircase which links the ground floor sleeping areas to the living space. The staircase narrows gradually from the bottom until it arrives at the centrally located first floor landing or ‘hub,’ which acts as a family room with a mezzanine play space above. To one side of the hub, at the top end of the house, is the kitchen, dining space and living area or ‘snug’ which is all formed of one space. Another, quieter living space is located on the other side of the hub, and from here the full length of the house can be seen with the surrounding landscape visible through the doors at the far end.

    The County Down Barn is Micah’s first project using CLT and has pioneered this method of construction in Northern Ireland. “CLT is a new product in Northern Ireland, but I’d seen it talked about on some of the architectural websites and I knew that I really wanted to use it,” he says. “I had tried previously to move forward with it and not got very far so I’d had to look at other options, but I kept going back to CLT.”

    “The most important thing to do if you want to build your home with CLT is to work with a quality manufacturer and an experienced and reputable CLT installer,” he says. “Once you have the CLT installer on board, all the other elements such as getting the structural engineer fall into place.”

    Micah made contact with CLT manufacturer Stora Enso UK who introduced him to G-frame Structures, one of their UK delivery partners who also have an office in Ireland. “It was fantastic working with Stora Enso and G-frame. Stora Enso took myself, my wife and the Grand Designs production team to their impressive CLT mill in Austria where I learned about the complete manufacture process. I now have a deeper understanding of what can be achieved with CLT in terms of structure and design.”

    “CLT is a fast, efficient method of construction,” says Micah. “It took just five days and one delivery to install the CLT structure. The G-frame team arrived on the Sunday and installed connectors, the CLT panels were delivered on the Monday morning, and by Friday the CLT structure was complete and the G-frame team packed up and left. Also, our site is up a long, winding lane with several sharp bends and these site constraints prove that with a little planning CLT can be used wherever the truck can get to.”

    The County Down Barn is Northern Ireland’s first completed CLT building. It has set a precedent with NI Building Control which it is hoped will pave the way for people wanting to build with the material in the future, including a fire engineered solution which allowed the CLT to be left exposed internally. “This was good news as the CLT creates an incredibly warm and welcoming space, and we wanted to keep it totally natural internally,” says Micah. “The house isn’t a monument to architecture. It was more about building a home that could take the abuse of daily life and survive it. The wood is versatile and forgiving - if it’s stained from UV light within a month, it will return to its natural colour and because it’s structural we’ve been able to do things that would have been impossible otherwise, such as hanging a swing from a beam and slinging a large cargo net between a CLT floor slab and a beam. The kids love it.”

    Offcuts from the CLT panels have been used to make the breakfast bar and kitchen table as well as the wood store in the main living area, meaning that there is no waste material. Micah has also used concrete comprehensively in the design and it contrasts well with the CLT and stone. The floor throughout the upper level is a polished dark grey concrete and the polished concrete kitchen worktops were cast in place. “We love the way the concrete and wood complement each other,” says Micah. “Wood has an inherent softness and warmth, and concrete has the opposite—but they work really well together.”

    On the ground floor are four bedrooms, a plant utility room and a bathroom which has been hand crafted by Micah using local green ash cut into narrow 2” strips which he steam bent himself. The wood has been treated with two coats of UV Protection Oil for protection against splashes and to bring out the grain. “People don’t think about using wood in a bathroom because they assume it won’t be suitable, but provided there is adequate ventilation it is OK,” says Micah. “We have whole house ventilation with heat recovery providing a constant flow of air and there is no issue”.

    The bathroom floor is natural stone and the stone resin bath, which Micah found locally, is sculptural in form and goes well with the steam bent wood. The stone troughs from the barn have been re-used for the wash basins.

    Externally, the stone from the original building has been re-used to clad the ground floor. A courtyard at ground floor level and a garden which is accessed from the first floor provide outdoor space.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
    19.01.2018   Metsä Wood to invest in Kerto LVL production in Punkaharju    ( Company news )

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    Metsä Wood, a part of Metsä Group, has decided to build a new Kerto® LVL production line, with an annual capacity of 65,000 cubic metres, at its Punkaharju mill. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 52 million. The expansion of the mill will begin in early January 2018, and the new line will start up during the first half of 2019.

    Agreement has been reached on the preconditions for the investment with the city of Savonlinna and the mill’s employees. The mill will be expanded by around 13,000 square metres, and the extension will be implemented by Rakennusliike U. Lipsanen Oy. The negotiations with the machinery suppliers continue.

    The new production line will bring approximately 35 new jobs to the Punkaharju mill. In addition, the new line will add some 40 jobs to the subcontracting chain. The investment will increase the consumption of logs by 160,000 cubic metres per year.

    With the investment, the mills annual Kerto LVL capacity will increase to 190,000 cubic metres. The Punkaharju mill has currently 450 employees. It also manufactures birch plywood.

    “The investment will be carried out in response to the growing demand for wood products in construction. In particular, the market growth in element and module construction increases the demand for fast, light and green Kerto LVL products. Close cooperation with our continuously developing partner network enables us to provide our customers with more efficient solutions. The exceptional strength properties of Kerto LVL, coupled with its lightness, make it an excellent product for construction,” says Esa Kaikkonen, Executive Vice President, Metsä Group.
    (Metsä Wood)
    18.01.2018   US$2.4 trillion worth of construction to boost consumption of wood and wood products ...    ( Company news )

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    ... in the GCC

    With 25,000 new housing supplies in 2017, wood and furniture market is expected to see solid growth ahead of the Dubai WoodShow that takes place in Dubai from March 12-14, 2018.

    1. More than 25,000 homes are being added to the UAE’s housing market in 2017
    2. Total value of the construction projects in the GCC has crossed US$2.4 trillion (Dh8.8 trillion), according to BNC Network
    3. Value of urban construction projects reached $1.18 trillion (Dh4.34 trillion) in September 2017
    4. Dubai WoodShow to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 12 to 14, 2018

    Wood and wood-based furniture and household accessories products is expected to get a solid boost from US2.4 trillion (Dh8.8 trillion) worth of construction activities at a time hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world showcase the latest products and innovation at the Dubai WoodShow at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 12-14, 2018.

    Research shows that 70 per cent of the timber and wood products are used in construction industry while the rest are used in real estate, interiors, furniture and other industrial applications.

    The statistics reflect a growing demand for wood products in the region, primarily driven by the overall economic growth as well as the growth in the region’s Dh8.8 trillion worth of construction activities.

    Dubai WoodShow is the largest such exhibition in the Middle East, showcasing a wide-ranging wood-based products.

    The wood and wood-based products sector will get a further boost with the delivery of more than 25,000 homes in Dubai this year, according to industry reports, especially when new home-owners start purchasing their furniture and home décor products.

    With an average spent of Dh2,000 on wooden products per home, this translates to a Dh50 million spent in this year in Dubai alone. However, with more than 35,000 residential units slated for delivery in 2018, spend on wooden products is expected to jump 40 per cent to Dh70 million.

    In order to capture the market, more than 300 exhibitors from 100 countries are all set to showcase their innovative solutions at the next edition of Dubai WoodShow, which will showcase new designs, style and product innovation on managing home space in innovative ways.

    “The growth in the housing market will drive the wood, wood-related and timber business across the region and this creates a great opportunity for the industry,” Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, organiser of the Dubai WoodShow says. “As families move to their new freehold homes, they will require fresh supply of furniture and due to the tastes and trend, most families look out for authentic wooden furniture and products – wherein lies the new demand.

    “However, consumers are also looking for replacing new, innovative products to replace the old furniture, especially those innovative furniture that help families to manage space in a better way. Those products will be in solid demand.”

    Demand for wood products is expected to be driven also by the new hotel projects. Dubai will add 40,000 hotel rooms and service apartments to meet the growing demand of tourists as part of the build-up to the Expo 2020, which is less than three years away.

    “As the hotel developers are racing against time to deliver more than 40,000 hotel rooms that will help the emirate to serve 20 million hotel guests annually as well as the 25 million visitors to Expo 2020 in six months’ time,” Dawood Al Shezawi, says.

    “As we speak, a number of hotel operators are floating tenders for wooden beds, tables, and wooden interior products to offer greater comfort to hotel guests. This is going to be a great driver of demand for wooden products.”

    Dubai’s hotel sector has more than 100,000 hotel rooms and serviced apartments. By October, Dubai will need to have a strong hotel inventory of 140,000 hotel rooms and hotel apartments.

    The Dubai WoodShow is one of the biggest events of the industry in the region and across the world. Last year’s edition is witnessing the largest participation, in terms of visitors, exhibitors and the exhibition space. In addition, the organisers anticipate more than 300 exhibitors from over 106 countries to visit the show. The total area of the exhibition is 17,388 square meters, offering exhibiting the companies a chance to display their products and offerings in a vast setting.
    (Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions)
    17.01.2018   Holzwerk Baumann starts up with its modern log yard    ( Company news )

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    With the new log yard long logs up to 21 m length and with diameters of 10 to 90 cm as well as short logs up to 14 m length can be treated. The performance of the installation with an average diameter of 32 cm is quite more than 100 solid cubic meter/ h.

    Summer 2016 installing of the plant started which was commissioned in summer 2017. It is quite unusual that all components of the plant after the feeding of the logs – from the butt reducer and the debarker to the cutting station – are installed in a hall because of environmental protection and noise control reasons. HOLTEC combined the used components together with the new material to a complete plant “from one cast”.

    The responsible persons of Baumann are very satisfied with the planning, installation and execution made by HOLTEC as well as with the performance of the plant.
    (Holtec GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.01.2018   Giving exposed timber a long and safe life     ( Company news )

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    Exposed timber structures give buildings warmth and beauty, but can be vulnerable to decay and damage if they are not properly specified. TRADA’s new Wood Information Sheet (WIS) Specifying externally exposed structural timber outlines the building regulations and measures required to ensure the safe and prolonged life of externally exposed timber structures.

    Whether it’s picturesque post and beams used in period properties, engineered wood in modern developments or solid sections of wood in footbridges and access walkways, maintaining and repairing exposed timber structures should always be a top priority.

    Damp is the biggest cause of problems in exposed timber and results from moisture which, over a prolonged period of time, leads to rot, fungal decay and insect infestation. To avoid dimensional change, distortion and disintegration, it is essential that moisture content is controlled. Failure to do so can wreak havoc on externally exposed structural timbers, not only causing damage aesthetically but structurally, with the result that they are no longer adequate to bear the loads placed upon them.

    From specifying preservative treatment and protecting against corrosion, movement and distortion caused by water damage to preservative treatments, drainage, separation and ventilation solutions and guidance on the desired service life of timber, TRADA’s new WIS Specifying externally exposed structural timber helps members stay one step ahead by knowing what to look out for.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
    15.01.2018   ANDRITZ successfully starts up MDF line supplied to Panel Plus MDF Co. Ltd.    ( Company news )

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    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the MDF line II supplied to Panel Plus MDF Co. Ltd., based in Bangkok, Thailand, for its mill in Hat Yai.

    Photo: The Panel Plus team is as excited as the ANDRITZ team about the successful start-up.

    The pressurized refining and chip washing system supplied by ANDRITZ is the centerpiece of the line. It has a capacity of 30 bdmt/h and is characterized by low specific energy consumption as well as excellent reliability. The chip washing system using the ANDRITZ sedimentation technology is the first of its kind to be delivered to Thailand and will be used mainly for sand removal.

    The scope of supply also included a maintenance-friendly ANDRITZ C-Feeder that ensures minimum energy consumption, higher system stability, and longer refiner plate lifetime.

    This successful start-up once again demonstrates ANDRITZ’s strong position – with over ten references now – in Thailand’s panel board industry.

    Panel Plus MDF Co. Ltd, established in 1990, is a leading producer of particle board, medium-density fiberboard, and melamine-faced papers for the production of wear and water resistant panels.
    (Andritz AG)

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