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    28.04.2017   Swedish sawmilling group Siljan invests in batch kilns    ( Company news )

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    The Siljan sawmills at Blyberg and Siljan are investing in Valutec’s batch kilns and control system. A total of ten forklift-fed batch kilns and 29 control systems are to be purchased.

    The Siljan Group sawmills in Älvdalen and Mora are investing in Valutec’s batch kilns and control technology. The contract comprises ten forklift-fed batch kilns with a total capacity of around 120,000 m3 and 29 control systems. It also includes switching to the Valmatics control system throughout the drying park.
    “Reliability is one of the contributory reasons why we chose Valutec’s overall solution,” says Tomas Olaspers, MD at Blyberg Timber in Älvdalen.

    At Blyberg, the Siljan Group made a decision in December 2016 to invest in three forklift-fed batch kilns with greater capacity to achieve an increased drying-down ratio. At the same time it was noted that the sawmill needed to be further upgraded.
    “The old kilns that have kept up for a long time proved to be in worse condition than we first thought. We quickly decided to invest in a further three batch kilns from Valutec and the Valmatics control system,” says Tomas Olaspers, MD.

    The investment in drying capacity will also facilitate a capacity increase at the sawmill, from 205,000 cubic meters per year to 245,000 cubic metres.
    “We are investing in the future. In 2011, we invested in a new saw line, and we have now reached a very high level of capacity and the volumes are so big that we quite simply needed greater drying capacity. A lot of what we sell goes direct to end consumers and so a reliable drying process is required and Valutec can give us that,” says Tomas.

    The Siljan Group has grown over the past five years and produces a total of 430,000 cubic metres of sawn timber. Over time the need for increased drying capacity also arose at the sawmill in Mora, which also has TC and continuous kilns at its facility. They have invested in four new batch kilns, with a drying capacity of 50,000 cubic metres per year.
    “Choosing Valutec was a natural and obvious choice for us. We have always had Valutec and are pleased with the accompanying service and support. We have been approached by others in the industry, but have declined their offers”, says Jon Hansson, MD at Siljan Timber.

    The sawmill in Mora produces 70 per cent pine and 30 per cent spruce. A substantial proportion are industrial customers who refine the products, but the Siljan Group also undertakes in-house finishing of flooring and panel components.
    “We are seeing an upsurge for our products with quality pine and good surface treatment, which is positive. The batch kilns can take larger dimensions of planks and we want to increase the drying-down ratio there. With room-dry wood we can make even more pine flooring,” says Jon Hansson.

    Valutec is honoured to be entrusted with this by the Siljan Group.
    “They are a proactive group who we have had the privilege of working with for a long time. It is really gratifying that they have once again chosen us when investing for the future,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.
    (Valutec AB)
     
    27.04.2017   Raute Corporation strengthens its offering for veneer and lumber grading technology...     ( Company news )

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    ... by acquiring the business of Metriguard Inc.


    Raute Corporation
    and the owners of Metriguard, Inc. have agreed on the purchase of the business of Metriguard Inc., Pullman, Washington, USA.

    Metriguard, established in 1972, is the world leader in high speed strength grading technology for lumber and veneer. Metriguard sells and provides services for its equipment globally, with installations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

    Metriguard’s products and technology are complementary to Raute’s current product offerings. Over the years, Metriguard’s products have been integrated into dozens of Raute’s deliveries. Metriguard’s net sales were USD 4.6 million in 2016, with an EBIT of USD 0.8 million, and it employs 26 people.

    Metriguard’s business will continue by a newly established Raute’s subsidiary Metriguard Technologies, Inc.. Its financials will be reported as part of Raute’s wood products technology segment. The acquisition is deemed to have a positive effect on Raute’s net sales in 2017 and on its financial results starting from 2018.

    The acquisition is made as an asset purchase. Intangible assets, working capital and fixed assets, except real estate, are acquired. Metriguard’s personnel will transfer in along with the acquisition. The purchase price, estimated at USD 4.5 million, is paid in two installments. A base purchase price of USD 3.1 million is paid at closing, additionally there will be an earn-out payment based on net sales for a 12-month period following closing of the transaction.

    Says Raute’s President and CEO Tapani Kiiski: “Metriguard's technology has evolved over more than four decades and has proven to provide veneer and lumber mills with significant benefits in terms of enabling capturing the highest possible value of the given raw material. Raute's strategy is to provide technology to our customers to help them run their business in a profitable way, but strength grading technology has been missing from our offering. With Metriguard's technology, and its solid and well recognized brand, we will be able to offer even more comprehensive solutions. We believe this acquisition will help Raute grow and open new opportunities for Metriguard."

    James D. Logan, P.E., President and founder of Metriguard Inc. says that this is a great opportunity for the future of Metriguard, its employees and customers: “We are really pleased to be working with Raute, a global company with a most excellent reputation for quality of products and service. Metriguard's customers can look forward to a continuing supply of outstanding production line and quality control test equipment as well new developments that will enhance performance of existing equipment and provide new functionality. The company will continue to operate in Pullman, Washington where its personnel provide equipment and services to the global market. Metriguard's proximity to two major universities provide an excellent environment for research and development.”
    (Raute Oyj)
     
    26.04.2017   Moholt 50|50 wins 'Wooden Construction of the Year 2016' award    ( Company news )

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    Moholt 50|50 has been selected the wooden construction of the year 2016 in Norway. Its five houses are based on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), and Moholt 50|50 is the largest massive wood project in Norway. It is also the highest timber building project in Scandinavia with the total of 6,500 m³ CLT, delivered by Stora Enso.

    With a strong environmental focus, Moholt 50|50 comprises five CLT buildings each 28 metres high, and meets the passive house standards. The goal of the project was not only to offer simple and affordable housing, but also to provide service functions such as a kindergarten, a laundry, training areas, hairdressers and a library.

    Criteria for the prize included innovative and exciting use of timber, high architectural quality as well as energy, economic and space efficiency. According to the jury, the project demonstrates all the set criteria to a large extent. Additionally all the players involved were challenged throughout the project resulting in innovations in wooden construction and working methods.

    “The project is an excellent example of demonstrating the power of co-operation. We want to develop a strong ecosystem of partners, together with whom we continuously develop industrialised building systems such as in this case together with Woodcon. Stora Enso as a building components and solutions provider already has vast experience in wood construction, and through innovative concepts and repetition we can improve the efficiency and take urban wood construction to the next level”, says Petri Perttula, SVP, Building Solutions at Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.

    Moholt 50|50 was shortlisted also for the WAN Wood in Architecture Award 2016.

    Furthermore, Moholt 50|50 was among the 40 works shortlisted to compete for the prestigious 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    26.04.2017   Strong first quarter for Södra    ( Company news )

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    Södra’s operating profit totalled SEK 451 million (249) for the first quarter. The operating margin improved to 9 percent (5) and return on capital employed to 11 percent (7).

    “Södra’s first quarter was strong with increased net sales, higher earnings and an improved operating margin. Robust demand contributed to the favourable volume and price trend, and the currency trend was also positive. Based on its Group strategy, Södra will continue to strengthen and focus on increased digitisation, innovation and sustainability,” said Lars Idermark (photo), President and CEO.

    “One important reason for the positive result was the improvement for the sawmill operations, where the ongoing restructuring process – with a customer and market focus, and the development of new products and services – is progressing according to plan,” said Lars Idermark.

    In the Södra Wood business area, earnings rose SEK 96 million to SEK 3 million (loss: 93).

    The Södra Cell business area was positively impacted by higher volumes due to expanded capacity at the Värö pulp mill. Earnings were also affected by favourable price levels and a positive trend for the business area’s currencies. Operating profit totalled SEK 457 million (371).

    The Södra Skog business area reported operating profit of SEK 16 million (18) for the first quarter.

    “Due to the positive trend we have seen since autumn 2016, the second quarter should also be strong. At the same time, our efficiency measures will continue with the aim of further improving profitability. However, there are still a number of geopolitical concerns and our business environment is rapidly changing,” said Lars Idermark.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    25.04.2017   Honkarakenne leads the way in healthy public construction by delivering 34 log daycare centres ...    ( Company news )

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    ...in Finland

    Honkarakenne Plc and its network will deliver a total of 34 log daycare centres across Finland by the end of 2020. Log daycare centres are a response to the strongly growing demand for daycare facilities with clean indoor air for children. Honkarakenne’s share of the deliveries of daycare centres, including value added tax, will total approximately EUR 6.9 million.

    The delivery of daycare centres will begin already in 2017, during which time the aim is to start the construction of 5–7 daycare centres. Mediset Hoivarakentajat Oy will be the turnkey contractor for the daycare centres, and they will be operated by Pilke päiväkodit Oy. The cooperation between the parties began with the implementation of a daycare centre built in Aura, which confirmed the parties agreement on more extensive cooperation. The next log daycare centre will be built in Vantaa, and negotiations on building daycare centres are currently underway with several municipalities.

    Honkarakenne Plc has wanted to lead the way in healthy construction and create solutions to increasing indoor air and mould problems. The company announced its Healthy House concept, certified by VTT and implemented in cooperation with the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation, in 2014. Honkarakenne is now introducing this expertise to public construction as well.

    “This masterpiece by a Finnish network of expertise is great evidence of Finnish expertise. We are particularly happy to be involved in improving the quality of children’s daycare during Finland’s 100th anniversary. Over the years, we have delivered a large number of diverse public buildings abroad: daycare centres, schools, churches, even hospitals. It is astonishing that we are also allowed to take part in developing Finnish healthy public construction,” says Marko Saarelainen, CEO of Honkarakenne.
    Honkarakenne’s non-settling log provides benefits for public construction

    Today’s log buildings can be big and feature modern architecture. The non-settling log developed by Honkarakenne allows combining various materials with a massive wood frame and modern details and lining. Construction work and building system installation is smoother when there is no need to prepare for the settling of structures. Moreover, the Nollanurkka corner structure suitable for urban construction, in which a dovetail corner joint is protected inside the log structure and conventional cross corners are no longer required, can be combined with the non-settling structure. All of the log daycare centres of the cooperation network will be built from non-settling log using Nollanurkka structures.

    ”Non-settling log is a superior building material. The tightness, easy and quick installation and maintenance-free nature of the frame are significant benefits in public construction. The non-settling log combined with the Nollanurkka structure is aesthetically beautiful and also very well suited for urban environments. Honkarakenne has already 15 years of experience with the non-settling log, so in addition to VTT’s tests, the structure has also proven its strengths in practice,” says Juha Marttala, Managing Director of Mediset Hoivarakentajat Oy.

    A log daycare centre is an investment in the well-being of children and employees
    Pilke päiväkodit was delighted with log as a building material when visiting a site. The fresh indoor air, good acoustics and calm and peaceful atmosphere provided by massive wood in a daycare centre delivered by Honkarakenne in Oulu impressed the daycare centre operator.

    “Pilke päiväkodit aims to take into account the principles of sustainable development in construction. For example, we strive to use geothermal heat and LED lighting in our daycare centres. Ecological log construction is extremely well suited to our values. The healthy environment that is also friendly to the senses increase the well-being of children and educators alike during the day,” says Minna Martikainen, Managing Director of Pilke päiväkodit Oy.
    (Honkarakenne Oyj)
     
    24.04.2017   Mannington extends patent collaboration with Välinge to include US Floors patents    ( Company news )

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    American floor producer Mannington Mills, Inc. has reached an agreement with Välinge related to LVT and WPC flooring with mechanical locking system.

    Välinge’s patent portfolio for LVT and WPC products has been available to licensees for more than 10 years. In 2015, Välinge launched an Extended Patent Protection (EPP) initiative in order to offer extended IP protection to its licensees. The EPP comprises cross licenses and non-assertion undertaking with companies such as US Floors, related to WPC products including the COREtec® technology, and with Unilin, IVC and Balterio related to LVT/WPC products and technologies among others.

    Mannington and Välinge have a cooperation regarding mechanical locking system for laminate and engineered wood flooring as well as for LVT and WPC products where they have a license on the 2G and 5G® Fold Down locking systems. In 2012 the parties signed a cross-license agreement giving Välinge the exclusive right to sub-license the Mannington IP related to LVT locking technology to other producers.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
     
    21.04.2017   Interfresa and FEDEMCO join forces to fight against intrusions in commercial practices ...    ( Company news )

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    ...that harm both sectors

    The two associations will work together to preserve the food safety of consumers and prevent fraud.
    It has been detected that under the indication "Strawberry of Huelva" there are boxes which do not indicate producer, variety and origin as required by the European Community legislation.

    The Inter-professional Association of the Andalusian Strawberry (INTERFRESA) and the Spanish Federation of Wooden Crates and their Components (FEDEMCO-GROW) have agreed to join forces to collaborate in the fight against intrusions in commercial practices, which affect consumer information, violate sanitary regulations, endanger consumer food safety, and enable unfair competition for the entire Huelva’s strawberry sector and the wood packaging industry.

    In the talks held in Huelva to analyze the situation were present José Luis García-Palacios Álvarez INTERFRESAS’s president, Alberto Garrocho Robles FRESHUELVA’s president, Pedro Marín Andrés INTERFRESAS’s Manager and Alberto Palmí Alcober on behalf of FEDEMCO and FEFPEB (European Packaging Federation).

    This commitment to mutual collaboration arises because "in the markets and commercial areas, it has been detected wooden crates and cardboard crates with the indication "Strawberry of Huelva" that do not indicate producer, variety and origin as required by the European Community legislation. This is a serious violation of the sanitary regulations and other requirements of traceability of both the fruit and the packaging. In addition, in the case of packaging, it is contrary to the rules concerning materials in contact with food ".

    The first lines of work have been defined as a result of this first meeting. The commitment to sign a collaboration agreement between both organizations has already been reached. It will start with a campaign to inform and disseminate good commercial and hygiene practices in the commercialization of strawberries from Huelva. Their preparation and packaging in wooden boxes included.

    Also, both associations acquire the compromise to follow, through a work commission, the preparation, the production and the labeling of the producer and the manufacturer.

    Finally, in order to end the fraud that harms both sectors it is the intention of these organizations to pursue and report to the Health and Competition authorities to initiate inspections and collect evidence of such practices. That go against consumer rights, strawberry producers and packaging manufacturers.
    (FEDEMCO - Federación Española del Envase de Madera y sus Componentes)
     
    20.04.2017   Långshyttan delivers 100 percent    ( Company news )

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    Since August last year Setra’s glulam factory in Långshyttan has had 100% delivery reliability. But the employees are not exactly putting their feet up. A new product specialist and strengthened sales organisation are now setting their sights on increasing glulam volumes in the Nordic market.

    GLULAM IS STRONG, attractive and mouldable. It is suitable for most types of building project. The almost unlimited possibilities for design and execution make it a hot material of the future which really pushes the boundaries. So it is not so strange that interest in glulam is increasing and that the industry association’s statistics show a new Swedish sales record for 2015.
    This increased interest can also be seen at Setra’s production facility in Långshyttan which is highly automated and has an annual production volume of about 45,000 cubic metres. The facility is characterised by forward thinking and innovation. For nearly five years, work has been focused on the smallest details in order to optimise and streamline working methods.

    Thomas Kling is a new product specialist for glulam. He has extensive experience of the industry including as sales manager at Moelven Töreboda and with housebuilder Mälarvillan. You cannot help noticing that Thomas sees great potential both in glulam as a material and in the production unit in Långshyttan.
    “We see that more and more people are becoming aware of glulam and that the material is capturing market share for building frames. This is because it is strong, attractive and easy to handle and work. Also it is a fire-stable material and has an obvious role in a sustainable society. The work done here in Långshyttan is admirable in many ways. There is forward momentum where all employees are aware that their individual input is decisive for the end result.”

    A few seconds can mean significant time savings
    Efficiency work at Setra Långshyttan has paid off and it is now clear that a few seconds saved at each stage are sufficient to achieve significant time savings. The processing unit has in principle improved every metric that can benefit the customer. This applies not only on the factory floor but also in the office where short lead times from enquiry to offer have been a success factor for the business.
    “We have achieved a good flow in our work,” says Thomas Liiv who is a sales engineer and together with his colleagues Ronny Dahlberg, Niclas Tapper and Tobias Österberg has come up with a model for answering customers’ enquiries just a few hours after they come in.
    “Everybody does the same thing out in production and that also applies to us here in the office. To be able to have short response times we need things to be neat and tidy and to work in a structured manner,” states Tobias Österberg who is a designer and helps customers dimension glulam.

    Håkan Mettävainio is a salesman responsible for wood at Beijer Byggmaterial in Luleå and a customer of Setra Långshyttan. He confirms the importance of rapid feedback, not least since he thinks that forward planning in the building industry has got worse.“When I started at Beijer Byggmaterial 24 years ago the situation was different. Then I could have several weeks to prepare a proposal for my customer. Today, I need to get a price in the same afternoon that the enquiry came in. In this context Setra Långshyttan is unbeatable. They handle all questions immediately and although we have worked with them for a couple of years we are still amazed at how quick and efficient they are at getting back to us.”

    Setra Långshyttan is a partner to rely on
    Today about 40% of Långshyttan’s production is exported. Now Thomas Kling and his colleagues in the sales department are fully focused on increasing market share in Sweden. A lot of this, of course, is about building and maintaining good relations, but also informing about glulam in general and Långshyttan’s offering in particular.
    “We must tell the market how we can help. That we are a partner who can respond to enquiries fast and that a quick offer can often lead to a quick order. But also about the advantages of letting us get involved in the process as early as possible. Then we can give the best advice on how our glulam fits into a planned construction, which saves a lot of time on the project,” says Thomas Kling.

    At Långshyttan production has been set up to meet increased customer demands for glued wood and shape-stable products. The facility is extremely flexible, which means that each individual order can receive special treatment. The glulam that is delivered is customised directly for the end user and a well-developed logistics system delivers the products quickly and securely throughout Sweden.
    “The results of our efficiency work just get better and better and we have taken big strides on most fronts,” says Kjell Lilletjernbakken who is Mill Manager at Långshyttan. Since August last year we have had a delivery reliability of 100% and we have the shortest delivery times in Sweden. We promise eight days, but will pare that figure down further. Considering we have full control of our processes, I am convinced that we will achieve this.”
    (Setra Group)
     
    19.04.2017   New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016 with the Pacific Rim ...    ( Company news )

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    ... accounting for 70% of total imports followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Over the past 15 years, global trade of wood chips has gone up almost 75%, mainly because of major expansion of pulp capacity in China, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. By far the two largest importing countries are China and Japan, followed by Finland, Sweden and Turkey.

    Global trade of wood chips has seen spectacular development the past 15
    years with a steady increase of about four percent annually (volumes year-over-year were up 11 of the past 14 years), according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). In 2016, an estimated 35.6 million tons were shipped, predominantly to pulp mills in China and Japan, which can be compared to only 21 million tons 15 years ago. While trade of hardwood chips reached a record high in 2016, shipments of softwood chips have levelled out the past few years with 2016 volumes being slightly lower than the ten-year average.

    Japan and China are by far the two dominant consumers of globally traded wood chips. Their dominance is particularly accentuated for hardwood chips, where they imported 84 percent of the world’s total imports in 2016, up from 75 percent in 2007. China has surpassed Japan as the largest importer of chips in the world, and with expansion of pulp capacity on the horizon in China, it is likely that the country will be the number one
    destination for wood chips for many years to come (see further details in a special report in the latest issue of the WRQ).

    The major sources of hardwood chips for the two dominant importers include (in ranking order in the 4Q/16); Vietnam, Australia, Chile and South Africa. The biggest change on the supply side the past three years has been the sharp increases in hardwood chip shipments from Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Chile, while exports have fallen from Indonesia, Uruguay and Thailand.

    About 30% of global chip trade occurs outside of the Pacific Rim with Finland, Sweden and Turkey being the major destinations. The Finnish forest industry has long been reliant on both logs and wood chips from neighboring Russia and the Baltic States. In 2016, Finland imported almost 1.7 million tons of chips to its country’s pulp industry, of which a majority was softwood chips from Russia. Current import volumes are down about 25% from five years ago, partly because of increased availability of domestic chips and higher usage of pulplogs.

    The fifth country on the ranking list for chip importers in 2016 is Turkey, which has become a major chip destination in just the past five years. This is the only major country that is not importing wood fiber for the manufacturing of wood pulp. Instead, the imported wood chips are consumed by a large and expanding MDF industry.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    18.04.2017   Tieto introduces Forest Hub – the new ecosystem platform for digitalized wood ...    ( Company news )

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    ...and fibre supply

    Tieto is introducing a new Forest Hub ecosystem platform that helps wood supply business partners in their operational data transfer regarding wood logistics and mill reception processes. Tieto Forest Hub seeks to improve daily operational planning and follow-up, management of the inventories, and information quality, while also decreasing the amount of manual work required and reducing errors.

    Tieto Forest Hub is open to all actors in the industry, from large forest industry companies to medium size and small businesses, including bioenergy producers. Two major forest products companies Metsä Group and UPM are implementing the Forest Hub this year.

    ”Efficient and modern two-way data transfer between us and our industrial partners and customers helps us serve them even better and also improves our own operational steering. System open to all actors is cost-efficient and enables predicted growth in data transfer”, says Olli Laitinen, SVP, Development, Metsä Group Wood Supply and Forest Services.

    “Tieto Forest Hub improves the forest industry logistics data transfer capabilities by connecting different wood supply business partners into a modern ecosystem. By implementing the Forest Hub we are able to improve the wood supply chain together with our partners,” says Tomi Simola, Director, Business Development, UPM Wood Sourcing and Forestry.

    Tieto sees, also beyond wood sourcing, great potential for similar hubs in the distribution of forest products, as well as in other industries relying on trading partners and logistics ecosystems.

    ”We are excited to help our customers to boost their business efficiency and provide an environment for new growth opportunities. Tieto Forest Hub offers service packages for actors of all sizes, from small entrepreneurs to large international companies. Because of this, we believe it will grow into an ecosystem platform on which future solutions and applications are developed and applied in wood and fibre sourcing”, says Jaakko Kuusisaari, Director, Wood & Fibre, Tieto.

    Tieto’s Forest Hub innovation is based on Business Information Exchange (BIX), which is a cloud service for B2B integration. Tieto BIX currently covers 1,500 direct customers, 26 sales partners, and exchanges close to 500 million transactions annually. By using this large scale B2B integration service as its core, Tieto Forest Hub can provide cost efficient and reliable services that meet the business continuity requirements of mission critical processes.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    13.04.2017   Moose damage accounts for nearly SEK 1 billion in southern Sweden    ( Company news )

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    "This is the first time we’ve been able to make such a detailed calculation, and the results are clear. Landowners carry an unacceptably high cost for the large moose population," said Göran Örlander, forestry strategist at Södra.

    Photo: Moose browsing damage to pine sites incurs major costs in the forest industry every year. On estates owned by Södra’s members, the annual loss is an estimated SEK 450 million. The total cost in Götaland is SEK 980 million per year.

    The estimated wood loss and impact on the forest economy is based on the 2015/16 moose-browsing inventory (Swe: ÄBIN). The calculation model has been developed by the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden and is applied to browsing damage to young pine forests. In southern Sweden, the percentage of severely damaged stems ranges from 39-77 percent depending on the county, with an average of 61 percent.

    "The maximum acceptable rate of damage is 30 percent. If we could come down to that level, the annual cost for Södra’s members would be SEK 115 million, rather than SEK 450 million. The financial loss is thus four times higher than reasonable," said Göran Örlander.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    12.04.2017   Abet Laminati to add customer value with Threespine® click furniture technology by Välinge    ( Company news )

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    Välinge has signed a license agreement with Abet Laminati for the use of Threespine® click furniture technology. By implementing the technology in its products, the Italian producer will now be able to offer additional benefits to its existing customers as well as to create new business opportunities.

    “We saw this as a great opportunity to add customer value, both from a cost- and design perspective”, Abet Laminati General Manager Cesare Tonini says. “With these new products we will help our customers to significantly reduce costs related to transportation and assembly, and the end-products will look much better without any visible fittings”.

    The first line of products featuring Threespine, available in spring 2017, will be compact laminate panels for lockers typically used in public dressing rooms. Other future products featuring Threespine are wall panels for applications such as public restrooms, also known as cubicles.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
     
    11.04.2017   The MekaMAP helps to keep track of every package in lumberyard    ( Company news )

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    Personnel at the Koskisen lumberyard and production plants always know exactly where packages are located.

    The electronic warehouse-map application MekaMAP, deployed at the Koskisen sites, ensures that everything is easy to manage and locate, even when production volumes are at their highest.

    MekaMAP is Savcor`s graphically oriented software for warehouse management. It is used in forklifts for real-time updating of bin location data and also for collection of batches for shipping. It can also be used for managing the drying kilns in the sawn-timber package area.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
     
    10.04.2017   EIB confirms EUR 90 million backing for Coillte forest investment     ( Company news )

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    The European Investment Bank confirmed details of the first EIB support for forestry related investment in Ireland in 20 years. The new EUR 90 million long-term loan from the European Investment Bank will be used to finance the cost of planting, forest management and forest road construction and maintenance by Ireland’s state-owned, commercial forestry company Coillte over the next four years.

    The new support was announced in Newtownmountkennedy prior to a visit to Coillte plantations in County Wicklow. Fergal Leamy, Coillte Chief Executive highlighted the importance of the new EIB support that was also welcomed by Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew McDowell (photo), European Investment Bank Vice President and Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

    Welcoming the new EIB support for forestry in Ireland Minister Doyle said “This significant investment in Ireland’s forestry sector will underpin continued expansion and development across the industry. The most recent forecast of timber production on the island of Ireland highlights the maturing nature of this industry where much of the State’s investment in past decades is now ready to be harvested. This announcement today will help ensure that this economic potential is realised and most importantly that the social benefits of our forests are further developed.”

    Fergal Leamy, Chief Executive, Coillte said “Coillte is on a path to becoming the best forestry and land solutions company in Europe. This funding received from EIB combined with the refinancing arrangements secured with our five syndicate banks will be key in enabling us to achieve our strategic ambitions. I would like to acknowledge the support of NewERA in facilitating this agreement with EIB and I look forward to working with Andrew and his team over the years to come.”

    Under the new investment more than 35 thousand hectares will be replanted in line with international best practice and more than 1,600 km of forest roads will be constructed and upgraded. The scheme will also improve maintenance of 1,000 km of publically accessible walking routes and mountain bike trails. Investment backed by the new EIB loan will take place in Coillte’s 440,000 hectare estate at sites across the country.

    “Ireland has some of the best and fastest growing forests in the world and unlocking new investment in forestry is crucial for rural economy economic growth, employment and to support sustainable landscapes and renewable resources. The European Investment Bank is pleased to work with Coillte that will transform recreational access and strengthen management of forests across Ireland for generations to come.” confirmed Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank Vice President.

    European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said: "Forests help to keep our rural areas vibrant and sustainable, providing over three million jobs in the EU. They also play a major role in the protection of EU biodiversity and represent a key sector in the transition towards a low-carbon and climate friendly economy. Continued investment in the sector is therefore a win-win for our economy, for our local communities, and our environment. This strategic partnership with the European Investment Bank will help to achieve these objectives and support jobs and growth in rural Ireland."

    The new backing for investment by Coillte was one of two new forest projects confirmed by the European Investment Bank Vice President during his visit. Andrew McDowell also confirmed that additional support for agriculture projects and forest schemes in Ireland was expected to be confirmed in the coming months.

    The European Investment Bank is one of the world’s largest financiers for forests and has invested EUR 4.5 billion in forest related projects across Europe and worldwide over the last five years.

    Since 1973 the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 15 billion for investment to improve public services, key infrastructure and unlock new opportunities for Irish companies across the country.
    (EIB European Investment Bank)
     
    07.04.2017   Holmen strengthens wood products business     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Holmen has signed an agreement to acquire Linghem Sawmill from its present owner, Rörvik Timber. The sawmill has a new saw line with capacity to produce 75 000 cubic metres per year. Logs more slender than those sawn at the Group’s Braviken Sawmill, 40 km from Linghem, are used as raw material. The purchase price is SEK 48 million.

    “The acquisition of Linghem Sawmill forms part of our strategy to make use of a greater proportion of the raw material in the area around our sawmills. It makes us an even better partner in relation to the forest owners,” says Johan Padel (photo), head of Wood Products business area, and continues: “Linghem’s products supplement Holmen’s current business structure and reinforce the company’s market position in Sweden and the UK.”

    A planing mill is also included in the sawmill, which employs 28 people. The takeover has been planned to take place on 28 April.

    Ongoing measures are being taken at Holmen’s two existing sawmills to refine the business. At Braviken Sawmill, two types of wood are now being sawn, distribution has been streamlined and the degree of added value is being increased through the construction of a wood treatment plant. At Iggesund Sawmill, investments in the plant have increased capacity by 15 per cent over the past year. Furthermore, opportunities to establish production of solid wood wall modules (cross laminated timber) are being investigated as a result of the greater interest in wood construction.
    (Holmen Timber AB)
     
    06.04.2017   Juha Pilli-Sihvola has been appointed CFO of Metsä Wood     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Juha Pilli-Sihvola (M.Sc. Econ.) has been appointed CFO of Metsä Wood as of 1st July. He reports to Esa Kaikkonen, EVP of Metsä Wood, and he is a member of Metsä Wood's Management Team.

    Juha Pilli-SIhvola joins Metsä Wood from Microsoft mobile Oy, where his latest position was Director of Finance, Phones Supply Chain. Pilli-Sihvola has a long career in financial management positions in e.g. Nokia, KPMG Consulting and Kemira.
    (Metsä Wood)
     
    05.04.2017   Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.

    Piczure: Tool with DataMatrix Code

    To fulfill this important role, it is necessary that the tool be able to identify itself with regard to its dimensional and operational characteristics. This on-board data includes basic elements regarding operational safety, and parameters for optimal processing efficiency.
    The increasing complexity of CNC machines and production lines, along with the expanding variety of materials to be processed, confronts manufacturers with many challenges. Intelligent tools can help by providing important operational parameters for various raw materials. Information such as tool geometry, maximum RPM, direction of rotation, setting dimensions, feed rates in combination with RPM and correction data are programmed into the tool.

    Based on the data provided, a machine can set appropriate processing parameters. Feedback about the application allows in a learning system to register lifetime and critical operating conditions and to further optimize future production. Additional benefits from this link include improved operational safety, trouble-free resetting of tools and simulation of machining processes. This also results in quality improvement and increased energy efficiency, as the tools are always used in the rated range leading to stable and efficient production processes on the tool side.

    Intelligent tools help to optimize production, as well as provide the basis to improve the total value-chain around the tool.
    Tools become a knowledge base and consequently form the central communication unit of a standardized data structure (application data, critical values, history, process cycles, etc.).

    This electronic connection allows for:
    • assessment of the tool condition (wear)
    • determination of the remaining tool life – including forecasts about performance time
    • allocation to the machine – including optimal changing cycles
    • allocation of maintenance parameters
    • tool tracking.

    In combination with the suitable Tool Management model, a simplification of the total tool logistics is achieved. This results in an increase of availability, reduction of inventory, increase of process efficiency, development of process know-how and simplified tool programing.

    Through increased linking in the production process and along the complete value-chain, tools in the future will play a central role and provide Plug & Play solutions, which optimize manufacturing efficiency on a continuous basis.

    The type of tool coding is not playing a mayor role, more important is the clear identification, the collection and the provision of the data.
    (Leitz GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    04.04.2017   Sandvik appoints new Head of business area Sandvik Machining Solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Klas Forsström (photo) has been appointed new President for Sandvik’s business area Sandvik Machining Solutions and member of the Group Executive Management.

    Klas Forsström has been with the Sandvik group for approximately 25 years. He is currently the President of Sandvik Coromant, a global leading supplier of metal cutting tools, where he has worked most of his career.

    In addition, he has held managerial positions within other product areas such as Dormer and Sandvik Hard Materials (today Sandvik Hyperion). His work has comprised leading positions within several areas; R&D, marketing, business development and sales.

    “I am pleased that Klas Forsström will take on this new role since he is a very skilled and experienced business leader, which he has proved during many successful years with among others Sandvik Coromant. Now he gets a responsibility to lead the entire development of Sandvik Machining Solutions”, says Björn Rosengren, Sandvik’s President and CEO.

    Klas Forsström, age 49, starts in his new position 1 April 2017. He succeeds Jonas Gustavsson who at the same time leaves the company for an external position. The recruitment of a new head of Sandvik Coromant has been initiated and for the time being, Klas Forsström remains also in this position.
    (Sandvik AB)
     
    03.04.2017   Leitz at Ligna 2017: Solutions in new dimensions    ( Company news )

    Company news
    For decades, Leitz innovations have moved customers forward in a competitive market, keeping them one step ahead with creative processing solutions that ensure quality and efficiency. Our progressive thinking and technology continue to set trends, achieving solutions that make production processes faster, more flexible and cost effective, and ensure the highest quality – while maximizing the combination of ecology and economy.

    Picture: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blade eliminates one complete working step, optimizing the production process

    Year after year, Leitz continuously sets the benchmark for new, future-oriented technologies and products with ground-breaking solutions. At Ligna 2017, Leitz will again demonstrate its innovation power.

    Sustainability
    To consistently optimize the application of valuable resources, new ideas and methods are essential. Leitz is the first in the industry to invest in its own coating research and technology. Our customized Marathon high-performance coating in-creases tool life significantly and improves productivity. With our thin-kerf saw blade technology, Leitz demonstrates that less is much more – improving material utilization with the most minimal cutting widths.

    Flexibility
    Our comprehensive range of products offers a multitude of options that provide excellent solutions for every application. In addition to this extensive offering, tech-nology combinations such as hybrid, integral and RipTec tools provide more ways to increase flexibility in production. Our re-sharpenable, constant diameter tooling systems ProFix and ProFix C, combined with the changeable knife system of Pro-filCut Q, offer a customized and efficient solution for each customer requirement. This diversity is unmatched in the market.

    Productivity & Efficiency
    With ProfilCut Q Premium, Leitz offers the fastest profile tooling system in the in-dustry. Users can run faster cutting speeds with the same number of teeth, achiev-ing higher productivity and improved output. ProfilCut Q also sets new standards in precision, cutting quality and handling. Additionally, the lifetime of the tool is signifi-cantly increased by the Marathon high-performance coating on the knives. Leitz EdgeExpert diamond tools are another solution for profitable production in many application areas. Beyond processing, Leitz focuses on reduced set-up and ma-chine downtime, optimizing the production process. An example is the Leitz Bril-lianceCut saw blade, which eliminates one complete working step. Through the combination of two tooling systems, the perfect synthesis of processing quality and cost efficiency becomes possible. Leitz hybrid technology combines tungsten car-bide tooling systems with diamond cutting edges, decisively optimizing production processes. A significant increase in performance and efficiency is also realized with Leitz Integral Technology – pre-cutting and finish processing in one tool.

    Expertise
    Only the perfect interaction of human being, machine, workpiece and tool ensures optimal quality and efficiency that is critical to economic success. With more than 140 years of experience and process knowledge, Leitz is the only choice for achieving maximum functionality, process safety and efficiency with the most ex-pansive and innovative product offering.

    Reliability
    Leitz is a manufacturing service provider and reliable partner to its customers. From our technical expertise when selecting the ideal solution from the Leitz assortment through pick-up and delivery service to trouble-free tool supply (CompleteCare) in various levels of Tool Management solutions – reliable and worldwide, Leitz is always the local supplier of choice.

    Discover how Leitz continues on the path of innovation at Ligna 2017. Visit us in hall 15, stand F16, where we present our “Solutions to new dimensions”. We look forward to seeing you there!
    (Leitz GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    31.03.2017   Design lamps made of Koskisen's thin birch plywood    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Two promising female designers had the opportunity to showcase their work at the curated Talentshop exhibition for young designers at the Habitare furniture, interior decoration and design fair 2016 in Helsinki. Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Anni Pitkäjärvi presented their new Vuono lamp in which they successfully tested the thin and flexible KoskiFlex. Pitkäjärvi also showcased her O lamp, made from the same flexible thin plywood, which she had presented at the young designer event Salone Satellite in Milan last spring. Both lamps garnered great interest among visitors and media alike.

    Photo: Vuono lamp, designed by Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Anni Pitkäjärvi is made from thin birch plywood.

    A very thin and flexible material was a totally new and exciting challenge for both designers. The pair tested thin plywood options using various studies of form and details. The excellent flexibility of the material enabled an organic and light shape.

    “When developing the lamp, we noticed that the material has some natural characteristics that had to be taken into account when designing the details. The minimalistic, Japanese-style lamp can be transported in a very thin package. It receives its final vivid shape when it is bent into its support structure,” Pitkäjärvi and Heikkilä explain.

    Both the Vuono and the O lamp were designed for public spaces, but they are an excellent choice for home interiors, too. Vuono provides indirect lighting by reflecting light off the light-coloured birch surface towards the ceiling, while the O lamp creates soft light that is directed downward from between two plywood discs. The Vuono and O lamps use thin birch plywood with a thickness of 0.6 mm and 0.8 mm, respectively.

    In April 2017, the Vuono lamp will be on display at Milan’s furniture fair. The designers are also planning to create a full Vuono product family, comprising also a table and floor lamp. They hope to have the opportunity to present these products at the Milan exhibition.

    “Our objective is to find a suitable manufacturer for the Vuono range and to present it to the public at large,” say Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi.

    A stylish birch plywood floor
    At Habitare, Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi also used other Koskisen plywood products for their stand. The elevated floor of the stand was made of Koskisen 15 mm birch plywood. The young designers also offer exhibition stand design services and they wanted to test out the possibilities of a patterned floor at their own stand.

    “Our goal was to find new interesting effects for floor surfaces. Birch plywood gave us the opportunity to test out the possibilities of milled patterns,” Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi say.

    Four-millimetre-deep grooves were milled into the plywood surface, forming a large fishbone pattern. The surface was treated with thinned black floor paint which beautifully highlighted the plywood grain. The end result was so beautiful that it would be easy to see the technique applied elsewhere, too.
    (Koskisen Oy)
     
    30.03.2017   Temporary wooden market hall becomes eye-catching landmark    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The distinctive new building in Stockholm’s Östermalm is a temporary market hall that was built as a temporary space while the old market hall is being renovated. What nobody expected was the tremendous popularity of this “wooden box”, which ended up winning Sweden’s most prestigious design award.

    The old market hall, built in 1886, in Stockholm’s Östermalm district is known for the prestige its history carries among its committed customers. In 2012, this well-established rendezvous point in Stockholm’s finest district faced a critical need for a complete renovation, and the city invited bids for the refurbishment project. The entrepreneurs of the market hall needed to relocate for a couple of years.

    The solution for this challenge was to build a temporary building made of Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), so that the entire offering of the old market hall was still available under one roof. Afterwards, the building is easy to take down and reuse somewhere else.

    A 100% temporary building made from sustainable wood
    The architectural agency Tengbom saw the potential in the exceptional circumstances. As part of the refurbishment project, they designed the concept of a temporary, modular wooden building that could built alongside the old hall. Tengbom wanted to promote sustainable construction, and Kerto LVL was the ideal choice for that.

    “A standard solution for a temporary building would have been a marquee with an aluminium or steel frame. But this solution would have clashed with the prestigious brand of the market hall. And that is what we needed to cherish”, says principal architect Mark Humphreys.

    The temporary market hall is actually an interesting combination of wood, glass and plastic. All these materials are lightweight, easy to work with and affordable, making them the best choices for temporary use. Even though the architecturally very sophisticated building might look a little rough on close examination, the mission was accomplished, as these affordable materials manage to give an impression of polish and value, just like the neighbourhood around it.

    Innovative and fire-safe structural solutions with Kerto LVL
    The building’s roof structure consists of glulam columns and Kerto LVL beams in a grid structure, which is a strong shape, but makes the construction appear lighter and requires less material. The roof above the grid is made of plywood clad with sound-absorbing insulation made from wood fibre. The acoustics are one of the most successful elements of the project.

    The plastic used in the building is multichannel plastic with lots of air pockets, giving the material a very good insulation value. The plastic parts are completely prefabricated and they are airtight, watertight and naturally insulated. The glass in the windows is also insulated glass.

    A fire protection treatment on the wooden parts guarantees the fire safety of the temporary market hall. The beams are painted with a transparent fire-retardant coating on site, and the plywood of the desks and floors has had a similar treatment. The floors and the columns were covered with plasterboard up to a height of three metres.

    Temporary construction became a sight
    The temporary market hall in Östermalm turned out to be a bright, luminous, modern and truly welcoming place with stores and restaurants. Offering longer opening, hours it has attracted new visitors without losing the regular ones. So far, the market hall has received over 55,000 visitors per week – almost a 100% increase compared to the old hall.

    The refurbishment of the old market hall will be completed in 2018. The city of Stockholm can look for an opportunity to reuse the building in another location, or they can sell it – the building can have another life.
    (Metsä Wood)
     
    29.03.2017   Pfleiderer Group announces CEO change    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Thomas Schäbinger to succeed Michael Wolff (photo), who does not wish to extend his contract after 13 years of service for the leading European manufacturer of wood-based products

    On 2nd March 2017 the Supervisory Board of Pfleiderer Group S.A. has appointed Thomas Schäbinger as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Schäbinger succeeds Michael Wolff, Pfleiderer Group’s President and CEO who does not wish to extend his contractwhich expires in December 2017 and who will therefore leave the Group. The changes are effective as of 1 July 2017.

    Michael Wolff has been with the Group since 2004, firstly as CEO of the Western European segment and since 2013 as CEO of Pfleiderer Group. From 2010 onwards, he successfully initiated an in-depth restructuring process of the Pfleiderer Group, leading the business back to growth and profitability. Since 2013 the Pfleiderer Group has successfully gone through financial and operational enhancements, resulting in the re-IPO process finalized in January 2016 which lifted the Group to the next level. As a result of the legal and operational merger of the Eastern and Western segments to form a fully integrated Group, ONE PFLEIDERER – Europe´s leading manufacturer of wood-based products - was established.



    To lead the next stage of strategic development of the Pfleiderer Group, the Supervisory Board has selected Thomas Schäbinger who will join the Company latest at July 1st. Michael Wolff will run the Company till end of June and will assist him in a smooth and successful transition.

    “Michael Wolff informed the Supervisory Board of the Pfleiderer Group SA that he does not wish to extend his contract, which we regret very much. The Pfleiderer Group owes Michael Wolff a great debt of thanks. He has provided more than 13 years of loyal and successful service to the Group. During the period he has overseen the successful restructuring of the German parent company and the complex integration of the German and Polish business centers. All of this has been achieved whilst delivering continued earnings growth. The Supervisory Board wishes Michael Wolff every success in his future endeavors”, comments Zbigniew Prokopowicz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Pfleiderer Group SA.

    “Following the tough financial and operational restructuring of the historical German parent of Pfleiderer in 2012, I am proud of the great progress the Pfleiderer business has made. This culminated in realizing my vision of a leading German-Polish integrated wood based products business in 2016. Our financial solid Pfleiderer Group is profitable, growing and ready for the future. It´s the perfect moment to hand over to my successor. I will support Mr. Schäbinger to oversee a seamless transition”, says Michael Wolff, President and CEO of Pfleiderer Group SA.

    Mr. Schäbinger has been working as CEO of Bundy Refrigeration Group, cooling technology provider since 2015. Between 1998 and 2014 he held several positions in Mondi Europe and International (formerly known as Frantschach) a packaging and paper group with global operations in more than 30 countries and 25,700 employees Previously, Mr. Schäbinger worked in various management positions including at Unilever and at Beiersdorf. He has hands on strategic and operative experience in international operations, sales and procurement based on Lean Six Sigma and Value Management approach.

    “We are happy that we could find so fast an expert like Mr. Schäbinger I am sure that he can lead the Pfleiderer Group into its great future to become a global European Player”, adds Zbigniew Prokopowicz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Pfleiderer Group SA.

    The other Board members will remain unchanged. Richard Mayer acting as CFO, Dirk Hardow as the COO (Chief Operating Officer), Rafał Karcz being the CAO (Chief Administration Officer) and Wojciech Gątkiewicz as the company’s CSO (Chief Sales Officer) responsible for marketing, sales and R&D.
    (Pfleiderer Group)
     
    28.03.2017   $150-million reforestation investment will help fight climate change, create more rural jobs    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Premier Christy Clark announced $150 million for the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia to plant tens of millions more trees, which will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural British Columbia.

    “This is an investment in our forests, in B.C.’s rural communities – and the world’s clean air,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This initiative is another example of how we do business in B.C., striking a balance between environmental protection and economic priorities. That’s the approach that has built Canada’s leading economy, and a world-recognized leader on climate action.”

    The $150 million will be transferred in the 2016-17 fiscal year as a lump-sum payment to the independent Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia to advance environmental stewardship and, in particular, focus on reforestation initiatives throughout the province. This is in addition to the $85 million government allocated in 2015-16 to the society.

    “The rehabilitation and reforestation of damaged forest stands will provide significant greenhouse gas benefits and increase the use of low-quality fibre,” said Jim Snetsinger, vice-chair, Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia. “The society is pleased to receive this funding and we will work with government agencies, First Nations, forest licensees and stakeholders to achieve these important objectives.”

    This one-time investment builds on existing programs within the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to support the implementation of the Forest Carbon Initiative. This initiative includes a suite of activities under B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan, which target the reduction of carbon emissions in the forest sector and the capture of carbon through the restoration of forests damaged by disease and wildfire.

    “Since 2005, we’ve invested over $445 million in reforestation through Forests for Tomorrow,” said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “Today’s funding will build on those efforts and ensure our children can enjoy the environmental and economic benefits we enjoy from our forests.”

    As mentioned in the Climate Leadership Plan, a dedicated forest rehabilitation program can help support over 3,000 jobs over the next five years. A 10-year program can support over 20,000 jobs and lead to annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 11.7 million tonnes by 2050 meeting both provincial and federal targets.
    (Government of British Columbia, Office of the Premier)

     
    28.03.2017   ANDRITZ AG: Annual General Meeting approves dividend increase to 1.50 euros per share    ( Company news )

    Company news
    At today’s 110th Annual General Meeting of ANDRITZ AG, the shareholders agreed to raise the dividend to 1.50 euros per share for the 2016 business year (2015: 1.35 euros per share). The ex-dividend date is March 30, 2017, and the date of dividend payment is April 3, 2017.

    Christian Nowotny, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ANDRITZ AG, was re-elected to the Supervisory Board for the maximum period stipulated in the Articles of Association (i.e. until the end of the Annual General Meeting that will decide on the discharge for 2021). Christian Nowotny was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of ANDRITZ AG in December 1999 and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since March 2014.

    All items on the agenda were approved by the shareholders present at the Meeting.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    27.03.2017   Three in one – Manufacture circular saws in one go    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Swabian sharpening specialist VOLLMER is speeding up the manufacture of carbide-tipped circular saw blades with its CC 355 production system. The CC 355 enables circular saws for cutting wood to be fully sharpened – including all tooth faces, tooth tops and side angles – in a single working cycle. Four grip arms carry the saw blades from the loading system to the three machining stations automatically. Tooth faces, tooth tops and side angles can be machined in any order to produce even large volumes of circular saw blades with precision.

    Joiners, carpenters and furniture makers all use hand-held and table-top circular saws to cut pieces of wood or chipboard to size every single day. This means that the demand for circular saw blades that are premium quality yet cost-effective is high. VOLLMER, the German sharpening specialist based in Biberach an der Riß, has developed the CC 355 production system for manufacturing carbide-tipped circular saw blades. This system is based on a machine concept that has been designed to fully machine circular saws in a single working cycle. The CC 355 sharpens the tooth face, tooth top and side angle of saw teeth at the same time, working through up to 800 teeth per hour. The VOLLMER system can produce large volumes of circular saws with a diameter of between 150 and 355 millimetres.

    The CC 355 is equipped with two machining stations for tooth faces and tooth tops, plus one station for side angles. Circular saw manufacturers can position the stack of unmachined parts either on the left or on the right, which means that users are free to choose the direction of the machining sequence and the order in which saw teeth are machined. A total of 17 CNC axes precisely control the procedure in order to fully machine all known tooth geometries in just one cycle. An integrated handling system with four grip arms passes the circular saws securely from one station to the next. The intuitive VOLLMER operating concept employed in the CC 355 makes the system easy to operate and gives users a complete overview of each machining station. Users can take the mobile control panel with them from station to station.

    "The linchpin of our CC 355 is sharpening technology for carbide-tipped circular saws that has been over six decades in the making and that we have continued to improve ever since its creation," says Dr.-Ing. Stefan Brand, CEO of the VOLLMER Group. "Its automated system makes the CC 355 perfect for saw manufacturers who want to produce large volumes of parts and who also place exacting demands on the tools they use for woodworking."
    (Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH)
     
    24.03.2017   Almost 50% of the fiber feedstock for wood pellet plants in the US South was industry and ...     ( Company news )

    Company news
    ...forest residues in the 1Q/17, up from 33% five years ago, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review

    Wood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. The key fiber furnish in both countries are sawmill byproducts and forest residues, together accounting for over 80% of the total feedstock in British Columbia and almost 50% in the US South.

    Over the past ten years, there has been a clear shift in fiber-sourcing for pellet manufacturers in the US South from logs to residues. In 2008, when the first large pellet plant was built, practically all fiber consumed by this plant was low-quality smalldiameter logs from adjacent forests. This fiber source is a high-cost fiber furnish since it needs to be chipped, hammered and dried before it can be processed to pellets, which adds substantial cost to the manufacturing of pellets.

    Increasingly, pellet plants throughout the southern states have turned to sawmill byproducts and forest residues that in the past have been left at the harvesting sites. The North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR) has for the past five years tracked the fiber sources for the pellet industry each quarter in the two major producing regions of North America - British Columbia and the US South. There have been two clear trends:
    • In British Columbia, pellet companies have moved from entirely relying on inexpensive sawdust from the local sawmills for its fiber furnish to increasingly supplementing its dominant fiber source with forest residues in the form of tree tops and branches left after harvest operations.
    • In the US South, there has been an increase in the usage of residuals at the expense of roundwood.

    In the 1Q/17, pellet plants in BC consumed just over 82% sawmill residues, while forest residues accounted for about 17%. With the expected reduction in lumber production in the province in the coming years, pellet plants will increasingly have to rely on forest residues and low-cost logs for their furnish since the available supply of sawmill byproducts will diminish.

    In the US South, the fiber sourcing trend is the opposite of British Columbia with expected increases in the usage of sawmill residues as the lumber production is likely to expand in the future. From the 1Q/13 to the 1Q/17, the usage of industry and forest residues increased from 33% to 47% of the total fiber furnish for the pellet industry, according to the NAWFR. This upward trend is expected to continue, especially in regards to the usage of sawdust and microchips (chips manufactured from tree tops, tree branches and small-diameter trees from forest thinnings).
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    24.03.2017   Egger: Triple recognition at the German Design Award     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Our Laminate Flooring Collection 2015-2017, the EGGER POS (photo) and our PerfectSense board received the "Special Mention" award during the festivities in Frankfurt/Main.

    Creative, sustainable, and useful in one
    Of 3,400 submissions received, the international expert panel selected our three EGGER product innovations. This was due to their creative and sustainable designs, combined with their user-friendly functionality.

    Diverse collection receives award
    Our "EGGER Laminate Flooring 2015-2017" received the "Special Mention" award for its wide-ranging product range and its modern and attractive marketing materials. The panel was particularly impressed by the moisture-resistant laminate flooring with aqua+ technology.

    A three-dimensional brand
    The second innovation award was for our new EGGER POS (Point-Of-Sale). It turns purchasing into an interactive experience and creates a strategically important interface between the salesperson and buyer. All of our EGGER products can be added to the flexible POS.

    A New Generation of High-Quality Surfaces
    The final award was for our PerfectSense lacquered boards with its gloss or matt surface finish. The panel considered PerfectSense to be an exceptional decor product. It has a hardwearing and highly durable surface, in particular during the manufacturing process.
    (FRITZ EGGER GmbH & Co)
     
    24.03.2017   South China Imports of U.S. Wood and Wood Products Climbs to a New High    ( Company news )

    Company news
    For the last 8 years, South China’s imports of U.S. wood and wood products have been on a continuing rise in general, and last year a new annual import record of 700 million USD was written, accounting for about 30% of China’s total imports from the U.S.

    Furniture Industry is a Crucial Contributor to South China Wood Imports
    This strong demand of South China for U.S. wood and wood products mainly stems from its prosperous furniture industry and Guangdong Province is especially the biggest furniture manufacturer and exporter not only in South China, but in the whole nation. For 17 years in a row, Guangdong has taken the lead in annual sales of furniture among all provinces. And consequently, Guangdong plays a pivotal role in the domestic distribution of imported wood.

    Factors to Increase Imports of Wood and Wood Product in the Future
    For a very long time, high-end furniture made of imported wood has mainly catered to the need of oversea consumers. However, with the expansion of middle class, these high-end furniture begins to gain wider popularity in the domestic market. What’s more, with the abandonment of one-child policy, China is expected to see an noticeable population growth, and hence an increase in demand for goods and services. In addition, according to a research jointly conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Beijing Jiaotong University, China’s urbanization rate is going to hit 63% by 2020, and by 2018 China’s urban population will exceed 800 million.

    Government Supports the Import of Wood and Wood Products
    While the increasing need for wood is inevitable, the domestic supply of wood continues to fall short due to the government’s blanket ban on commercial logging of native forests. To encourage more oversea wood and wood product exporters to enter the vast market of South China, the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Guangzhou is now actively staging and supporting events that promote the imports of wood and wood products.

    And among all events, trade shows are the most effective to help oversea wood exporters to meet Chinese buyers. If you also want to penetrate into South China’s wood market, please don’t miss the 6th South China International Wood & Wood Products Fair 2017 (Wood South China 2017)!

    The 6th South China International Wood & Wood Products Fair 2017 (Wood South China 2017)
    Date: May 12th-14th, 2017
    Venue: Poly World Trade Center Expo, Guangzhou, China
    Website: http://muyezhan.com/index.php?lang=en
    Contact Person: Jacob
    Tel: +86 20-22074185
    Mob: +86 13416279371
    Fax: +86 20-82579220
    Email: grandeurhk@yeah.net
    (Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group Co.,ltd)
     
    23.03.2017   Laila Rogestedt is leaving Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Laila Rogestedt (photo), Head of Innovation and New Business, has decided to leave Södra.

    Over the past few years, Laila Rogestedt has helped to develop the Group’s key strategic area of innovation and new products at Södra. Significant progress has been made in the establishment of a more market-oriented innovation process, and in the area of new product development.

    Laila Rogestedt is a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management and will remain in this role until June 2017. The process of recruiting her successor has commenced.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    22.03.2017   Tieto and Martinsons join forces to develop next-generation forestry system    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Tieto has been entrusted to deliver a comprehensive wood and fibre procurement system for Martinsons, one of Sweden’s largest family owned wood-processing companies. The solution is based on Tieto Integrated Fibre Flow (TIFF), a cloud service providing industry-specific modules for management of the entire value chain, from purchasing, contracting and felling to delivery.

    “Development and innovation have always been vital driving forces behind the success of Martinsons. As we now take the next step towards the forest-management system of the future, we need a long-term partner at the cutting edge of new technology who is capable of delivering a combination of IT and business expertise. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Tieto, who, with the acquisition of Imano, now leads the way in the industry,” says Anders Ringsell, Forest Manager at Martinsons.

    “We’re really pleased about the partnership. We have one joint objective: to develop a modern, innovative industry solution. Martinsons’ innovative approach and modern working methods, featuring just-in-time delivery, dovetail nicely with the added value that the solution provides,” says Johan Halling, product owner for TIFF at Tieto.

    Key components of the solution, which will be published in 2017, include: Purchasing support including contract management, mapping support as well as supplier and property registers. Production module including planning tool for felling managers. Delivery planning and My account solution for forest owners/timber suppliers. The solution is linked to SDC for import of settlements, and conforms to the renewal of VIOL3, with papiNet as the new messaging standard.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    22.03.2017   Binderholz Nordic Oy acquires the Anaika Wood Group's planing mill and glulam factory ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... in Lieksa/Kevätniemi

    As part of an asset deal, a planing mill and a glulam factory belonging to the Anaika Wood Group at the site in Lieksa were acquired by Binderholz Nordic Oy. This purchase will further extend Binderholz position in the further processing of timber on the global market.

    The purchase agreement was signed on 20 February 2017 and will be closed on 31 March 2017. There are no details of the purchase price.

    Part of the agreement involves the Anaika Wood Group’s entire workforce of 36 employees transferring and being integrated into Binderholz Nordic Oy.

    As part of the takeover, Binderholz will acquire the entire plant and machinery, consisting of 2 planing lines, finger jointing machine, band saw, glulam press, stacking machine and drying chambers. The existing production capacity will be gradually increased by establishing a continuous three-shift operation, with other improvements being planned in the medium term.

    The product range will predominantly target non-European markets, including Japan, China, the USA etc. Binderholz will also acquire Anaika’s existing JAS certification. In future, it will primarily machine pine slats from its Nurmes plant into glulam (beams etc.) and also produce a range of planed spruce and pine products.

    This acquisition will take Binderholz a further step closer to becoming a full-range supplier for the Asian and US-American market.

    Planed timber production will increase to 220,000 m³ and glulam production to 50,000 m³ per year with a three-shift operation.

    The Binderholz Group’s volume of further processed planed and glued solid timber products will be approximately 1.2 million cubic metres per year.

    A pellet works will shortly be constructed to recycle the wood shavings.
    (Binderholz Nordic Oy)
     
    21.03.2017   Trimble Acquires Savcor Oy and Silvadata to Expand its Global Reach and SaaS Solutions...     ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... for the Forest Industry

    Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that it has acquired the forestry business of Savcor Oy, a global supplier of forestry solutions for performance optimization and enterprise management. Trimble has also acquired Silvadata, a provider of cloud-based data, collaboration and workflow automation services to small- and medium-sized forestry companies. The acquisitions expand Trimble's global reach and complement Trimble's Connected Forest solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Trimble's Connected Forest solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. The solutions improve decision making at every step—from forest to mill and from land acquisition to product delivery—by combining industry-specialized software and state-of-the-art hardware into solutions for land, forest and fiber management. With the addition of Savcor and Silvadata to the Connected Forest portfolio, Trimble now offers the most comprehensive supply chain solutions available to the forest industry today.

    "The Savcor and Silvadata acquisitions build upon our strategy to provide global customers with a complete end-to-end ecosystem for forest management, traceability and timber processing," said Ken Moen, general manager of Trimble's Forestry Division. "Our fundamental focus is to provide integrated solutions that drive agility, improve efficiency and provide better visibility at each stage of the forest lifecycle."
    (Trimble Inc.)
     
    20.03.2017   PROFILING LINE TO SÖDRA    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra Wood, Långasjö, replace one of their band saw lines with a full optimizing profiling line from AriVislanda

    This sawline, developed between SW Långasjö and AriVislanda will get the highest technique level of what is available today, such as 3D-scanning with rescan for auto log rotation, profiling with scewing technique, controlled curve sawing to mention some functions. Each log will be optimized to give the best possible yield and in combination with a high throughput achieve a sustained profitabillity.

    The Project will be accomplished in the summer 2017.
    (AriVislanda AB)
     
    17.03.2017   Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years, while lumber prices ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ...have fallen substantially over the same time-period, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Global Lumber Trade
    Global softwood lumber trade increased 12 percent year-over-year to reach a new recordhigh of 121 million m3 in 2016, per estimates by WRI. Since the global financial recession in 2009, there has been a steady climb in international trade of lumber, with shipments the past seven years having increased as much as 66 percent. While it is no
    surprise that China is a major driver for the dramatic rise in lumber shipments worldwide the past seven years, it is interesting to note that the US has actually increased softwood lumber imports more than China.

    Lumber markets – North America
    Lumber exports from British Columbia reached their highest levels since 2006 in 2016. Lumber shipments from the province to the US were up 25% year-over-year, while export volumes to Asia have fallen about eight percent. Shipments to China were up in the 4Q/16 after having reached a six-year low in the 3Q/16. Export volumes to the US in
    December 2016 accounted for 63% of BC exports, up from 55% two years ago.

    Lumber markets – Northern Europe
    Lumber prices in the Nordic countries have been at historically low levels during most of 2015 and 2016. Although prices increased in both Finland and Sweden during the spring and summer of 2016, this upward trend was short-lived and prices fell during the fall, and in the 4Q/16, were back down to about the same level as in the 4Q/15. During the first ten months of 2016, Finland increased lumber exports by ten percent as compared to the same period in 2015 and the country is on pace to reach a record high in 2016. It is interesting to note that the three biggest export markets for Finnish sawmills are all outside Europe; Egypt, Japan and China.

    Lumber markets – China
    China imported record high volumes of softwood lumber in 2016. Despite relatively pessimistic forecasts for wood demand early in 2016, China’s need for imported wood picked up during the summer and fall with import volumes in the 4Q/16 being up about 20 percent as compared to the 4Q/15, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Import values for lumber to China rose during most of 2016 with average prices in December 2016 being about six percent higher than in December 2015. The increases during 2016 came after two years of sharply declining prices.

    Lumber market – Japan
    Japanese softwood lumber imports in 2016 were the highest they have been in three years as total wood demand in the country picked up 3.6% from 2015. There has been a slow but steady shift in the sourcing of lumber away from North America to Europe and Eastern Russia the past few years. From 2015 to 2016, the North American market share fell from 39% to 35%, while the market share of lumber from Russia and the Nordic countries increased from 39% to 42% year-over-year. Both domestic and import prices (in US dollar terms) have fallen in Japan during the second half of 2016, mostly because of a weaker Yen.

    Lumber market – Russia
    The weak Ruble continued to be a boon for Russian lumber exporters during 2016, with shipments jumping over ten percent from 2015. During the past three years, export volumes have increased 26% with China being the destination for more than half of the shipments from Russia. China and Japan were the shining lights for Russian lumber exporters in 2016 as they were the only two markets of the top ten markets that imported more lumber in 2016 than in 2015.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    16.03.2017   GABON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AND ROUGIER SIGN A MAJOR LOG SUPPLY CONTRACT     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Rougier and Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) are announcing the signature of a major contract
    to supply logs for the processing units located in Gabon's Nkok Special Economic Zone. This partnership agreement will make it possible to take significant steps forward with the development of the processing of timber resources in Gabon.

    Under the terms of this agreement, Rougier will supply okoume logs from 15 February 2017 for industrial firms in the Special Economic Zone, which GSEZ is responsible for developing and managing. Rougier
    has made a commitment to deliver 110,000 cu.m of okoume annually, for a seven-year period.

    The partnership between Rougier and GSEZ marks a major milestone with the development of a policy promoting local timber processing and production. The okoume logs supplied by Rougier will enable the industrial operators based in the Nkok SEZ to make progress with the secondary and tertiary processing of timber, particularly for peeling
    construction materials, doors and windows, furniture, etc.

    This agreement perfectly illustrates the sustainable dimension of the business cluster developed by GSEZ: exclusively using legal, sustainably managed timber, providing training for people and creating
    jobs to enable Gabon to emerge as the benchmark for the processing of timber in all its forms.

    In line with this approach, GSEZ is pleased to have selected Rougier on account of the quality of its concessions and facilities, its capacity to supply high volumes of quality timber each month, and its responsible forest management expertise.

    For Rougier, this long-term contract will make it possible to support the development of its operations in Gabon, positively improving the conditions for capitalizing on its timber production. While providing
    further recognition of Rougier's expertise in Africa, this agreement confirms the Group's pivotal position in the development of a responsible timber industry in the Congo Basin.
    (Rougier International)
     
    15.03.2017   Anders Nordmark new Mill Manager at Setra Rolfs    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Anders Nordmark has been appointed Mill Manager for Setra Rolfs (photo) in Kalix. His current position is CEO of Stenvalls Trä in Piteå.

    Anders Nordmark has an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, a solid background in the industry and long experience of developing sawmills and processing. In recent years he has been CEO of Stenvalls Trä which has been going through an intense expansion phase. Previously he has worked among other places at SCA in positions as business development manager at SCA Timber and business area manager at Munksunds sawmill.

    “Considering the industry experience and merits that Anders has, this recruitment makes a significant contribution to the continued development of operations in Kalix,” says Jonas Björnståhl, Production Director.

    Anders is expected to take up his new position on 1 April when he takes over from Hans Liljeström, who has become Mill Manager for Setra Malå.

    Setra Rolfs is a redwood sawmill with integrated processing. There are approximately 60 employees at the unit which has an annual production of almost 70,000 cubic metres.
    (Setra Group)
     
    14.03.2017   Stefan K.A. Nilsson new CSO of WoodEye    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Stefan K.A. Nilsson (photo) was acting CSO of WoodEye AB from 1990 to 2009. Following the 19 years at WoodEye Mr. Nilsson has continued his career within large facilities for recycling plants.

    „Stefan knows the global remanufacturing business from the inside and out and will be an asset both for our customers and for our sales team.“ says WoodEye CEO Leif Erlandsson. „We are really happy to see that Stefan has chosen to come back to work with us.“

    With nearly 30 years of experience involving more than 550 scanner installations worldwide WoodEye has set the standard for quality management in the further processing in the wood industry. The company’s focus is entirely on the woodworking business. Customers include many of the world’s leading sawmills and producers of components, furniture, windows, construction timber and glulam beams, panel and edge planning, glulam segments for panels, parquet and flooring.

    „It’s great to be back in the woodworking industry. It’s also great to see that WoodEye system is better than ever before,“ says Stefan Nilsson. „WoodEye is a unique system with a world class team behind it and I´m convinced that the current WoodEye generation by far is the best scanner on the market.“ Nilsson concludes.
    (WoodEye AB)
     
    13.03.2017   Fossil-free vehicles at Orrefors and Unnefors    ( Company news )

    Company news
    All work vehicles at the Orrefors and Unnefors sawmills are now totally fossil-free. They run on hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

    Södra began its journey towards renewable fuels in 2009. This process is a step towards meeting Södra’s sustainability targets for fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transportation by 2030, which were adopted in 2016.

    “We have a filling station at each facility, and HVO is the only fuel available at Orrefors and Unnefors. The hauliers that deliver to the sawmills also run on fossil-free fuel now,” said Åsa Forss, manager of Södra’s wood-chip truck fleet.

    HVO is a climate-smart and economic alternative to petrodiesel. It is synthetically produced and the raw materials for Södra’s HVO are slaughterhouse waste and rapeseed oil. HVO fuel can be used in all types of diesel engines and from a user’s point of view, is identical to petrodiesel fuel.

    “HVO is a better environmental choice because it is 100-percent fossil-free, which means it is completely renewable and greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower,” said Åsa Forss.

    The introduction of HVO at Södra’s nursery in Flåboda, and at the pulp mill and sawmill at Värö, has been highly successful. Södra now intends to launch the product across a broad front.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    10.03.2017   Setra buys industrial property in Malå     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Setra is acquiring the property Rubanken 2 from IKEA Industry Malå AB. The facility is suitable for wood processing and is adjacent to Setra’s sawmill in Malå.

    The geographical location and the property’s suitability for wood processing mean that it is a good fit in Setra’s long‐term plans for the area.

    “The acquisition enables Setra to expand and develop our processing over time. They are well suited premises for our operations and are in a very strategic location,” says Hannele Arvonen, President and CEO of Setra.

    The production facility is located on Fabriksgatan 3 and Storgatan 2 in Malå and was originally built as part of the sawmill. In recent years the facility has been extended by IKEA Industry. The site area is a total of 5,500 square metres, of which the production hall accounts for 4,600 square metres. The property was used for edge‐glued panels manufacture until IKEA ceased operations in autumn 2016.

    “Our aim has been to find a buyer with long‐term ambitions and a sustainable business. We think that acquisition of the production facility can contribute to further strengthening Setra and therefore support their possibilities to contribute to the development of Malå municipality and the region,” says Henrik Andersson, Divisional Manager at IKEA Industry.

    The premises have great potential for Setra for processing of interior products such as floors and claddings. In addition, Malå has an especially favourable location with good availability of high quality wood raw material from the interior of Västerbotten. The possession date is 1 June 2017.

    Setra Malå is a redwood sawmill with integrated processing. It has 80 employees and an annual production of about 170,000 cubic metres. There are eight sawmills and three processing units in Setra Group.
    (Setra Group)
     
    09.03.2017   Södra invests and expands sawmills    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra is investing just over SEK 200 million in the Långasjö, Värö, and Orrefors sawmills. The largest investment will be made in Långasjö, where production volume will increase from 280,000 cubic metres to 360,000 cubic metres, which will mean the creation of 25 jobs. The investment programme will be completed during the third quarter 2017.

    Over the past year, Södra has worked intensively to increase the profitability of its sawmill operations by optimising the flows of raw materials to customers and reviewing the sawmill structure. The restructuring programme, which was presented in June last year, includes a SEK 200 million investment package at selected sawmills.

    The largest investment, of about SEK 100 million, will be made at the Långasjö sawmill and aims to increase production volume from 280,000 to 360,000 m³.

    "To achieve this, we will replace the old small-dimension timber saw line with a new profiling curve sawing line, and thereby simplify and streamline throughput at the saw. In addition, we will build a new stacker and binding stick stacker and also install a completely new wood dryer. We will also construct a new 8,000-square-metre warehouse. The project includes relocating distribution to the Swedish building trade from our Torsås sawmill, which will be closed after the summer. The projects in Långasjö started in November and are scheduled to be complete this autumn," said Jörgen Lindquist, Business Area President for Södra Wood.

    The investment also means 25 new jobs in Långasjö. Employees at the Torsås sawmill have been able to apply for these jobs as they are within commuting distance. In total, 15 employees will move from the Torsås sawmill.

    SEK 80 million is also being invested at Södra’s largest sawmill in Värö, broken down into many smaller investments. All of these aim to further streamline production to improve profitability.

    "In addition to these investments, we are working intensively at the Värö sawmill, as well as every other Södra sawmill, with Lean principles so that staff, with all their expertise, can operate the sawmill machines as safely and efficiently as possible," said Jörgen Lindquist.

    At its small-dimension timber sawmill in Orrefors, Södra is investing about SEK 30 million in a new boiler and drying facility, which will enable production increases in the future.

    "The investment is necessary for profitability. Currently, there is insufficient boiler capacity, which means we must sell some goods undried. The investment will enable us to increase production and also dry the entire sawn volume," said Jörgen Lindquist.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    08.03.2017   2016 a transition year for Rougier with revenues of nearly €150 million    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Rougier is reporting €149.4 million in consolidated revenues for 2016, down 9.3% from 2015. Following on from the trend seen since the start of the year, revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 contracted 11.0% compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 to €37.6 million.

    The change in revenues compared with 2015 takes into account a €0.4 million positive exchange effect. No changes in scope were recorded over the year.

    Full-year revenues for the Rougier Afrique International branch are down 11.8% from 2015. Business in Cameroon and Congo has been affected by the significant slowdown in demand in the main emerging countries.

    This contraction has been partially offset by the improvement in business in Gabon, benefiting from buoyant local demand and the upturn in the European market for plywood and veneers.

    Full-year revenues for the Import-Distribution France branch are up 3.2% from 2015. In a French market that is still quite flat, this growth has been driven by the strengthening of its product ranges and the diversification of its customer base.

    Sales per region reflect the impact of the slowdown in several emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the intense competition on American markets. However, sales in Europe have been more resilient, benefiting from the attractive range of certified products offered by Rougier, while Sub-Saharan Africa has seen strong growth.

    Outlook
    In 2017, Rougier is moving forward with a strategic realignment plan for its operations in Africa, focusing on higher value-added production activities and improving its organization. Alongside this, the Group is preparing to start up its first production operations in the Central African Republic during the first half of this year.
    (Rougier International)
     
    07.03.2017   MENA's multi-billion surface design market is looking for partners    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Middle East Covering 2017, MENA’s biggest event for floor covering, wall covering and interior surface design, interior surface design, is taking place from 22-25 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. With less than five months until the next edition and only few stands left, you can’t afford to miss this fantastic opportunity.

    Top Reasons to Exhibit
    -Access the GCC’s USD 400 billion infrastructure market
    -Showcase your products to over 50,000 industry professionals
    -Meet face-to-face with over 100 hosted buyers from the region’s mega construction projects

    Limited stands are running out fast!
    (dmg events)
     
    07.03.2017   Dubai WoodShow and Dubai International Furniture Accessories & Components & ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... Semi-Finished Products Show kick-off

    The shows were launched today by HE Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of Department of Economic Development

    Dubai, UAE, 7 March 2017: The 12th edition of Dubai WoodShow (DWS 2017) and the 1st edition of Dubai International Furniture Accessories & Components & Semi-Finished Products Show (DIFAC 2017) were launched today by HE Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of Department of Economic Development. Both shows will run until March 9th 2017 in Dubai at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    The launch also witnessed the esteemed presence of HE Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and many other high-profile dignitaries and official visitors from both public and private sectors.
    At the opening ceremony, HE Sami Al Qamzi walked through the different exhibition halls and met with representatives of the participant companies, who had an opportunity to display and explain their products and special offerings . HE Al Qamzi lauded the efforts of the organisers for conducting a show of this repute and also acknowledged their valuable contribution to making Dubai a hub for such international events.
    The Dubai WoodShow is one of the biggest events of the industry in the region and across the world. This year’s edition is witnessesing the largest participation, in terms of visitors, exhibitors and the exhibition space. In addition, the organisers anticipate more than 300 exhibitors from over 100 countries to visit the show. The total area of the exhibition is 17388 square meters, offering exhibiting the companies a chance to display their products and offerings in a vast setting.




    On day one exhibiting companies at the show had a chance to showcase new products which meet customer demands and needs. While, the representatives of the companies interacted with the visitors, sharing information about their products, they also provided their best offers and deals to the potential customers to draw sales.

    This year’s edition of Dubai WoodShow witnesses participation from key industry players as - ACIMALL, AFEMMA, AIMSAD, American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and ATIBT.

    As the first industry-specific show, visitors are also exploring some of the best practices and insights of the industry.. In addition, the introduction of DIFAC at Dubai WoodShow serves as a strategic platform for visitors to view and experience the latest technologies and innovations in the industry.
    The show also connects the manufacturers, suppliers and consumers, allowing companies to enter into business deals and agreements.
    The first day of DIFAC 2017 showcased the latest innovations in the furniture industry, with over 300 exhibitors from 100 countries. In addition, 1000 experts were invited to present their insights and key learning of the industry. DIFAC 2017 targets the interior design market which is estimated to experience a surge of over AED 32.5 billion regionally.
    The new show follows the latest trends in furniture industry. As customers are more concerned about quality and comfort along with sustainability, DIFAC 2017 showcases eco-friendly furniture products which serve the global customer needs.
    Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organizers of both shows stated that this year the show aim for a higher international reach to be one of the main industry-specific events worldwide.


    “The 1st edition of DIFAC is a part of our efforts to confirm Dubai’s position as international hub for special trade shows and conferences. Organising DIFAC in conjunction with Dubai WoodShow has helped generate success for the show its 1st edition. In addition, the high number of visitors reaffirms people’s interest for latest innovations in the industry,” added Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions.

    The first day of DIFAC witnessed several deals and agreement between visitors and the participant companies. Connecting the suppliers with the consumers, the show serves as a perfect platform to discuss and drive sales for the industry.
    (Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions)
     
    06.03.2017   The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2016    ( Company news )

    Company news
    • With a few exceptions, sawlog prices were lower throughout the world in the 4Q/16 than they were in the previous quarter. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell 1.2% to US$69.82/m3 in the 4Q/16. The current GSPI is up 1.4% from a year ago but over 13% lower than in the same quarter two years ago.
    • Sawlog prices in Europe have been trending downward the past three years from their record high levels in 2014. The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) was €83.16/m3 in the 4Q/16, 8.2% below its peak in the 1Q/14. Sawlog prices in Sweden, Finland and Norway are currently at their lowest levels in over ten years in their local currencies despite healthy lumber markets for the sawmills in the region.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • Both wood fiber price indices fell in the 4Q/16, with the SFPI declining 3.2% q-oq to $85.65/odmt, and the HFPI falling 2.6% to $86.16/odmt.
    • Softwood fiber prices were down in most of Europe and North America, while they increased in Latin America, Russia, Oceania and Asia in the 4Q/16. The biggest declines occurred in Canada, Sweden and Germany, where prices in US dollar terms were lower because of reduced prices in the local currencies and a stronger US dollar.
    • Hardwood fiber prices followed the same pattern as that of softwood prices, with generally lower prices in Europe and North America q-o-q, while prices were slightly higher in Latin America and Oceania. In Russia, prices were up over 11% from the 3Q/16.

    Global Pulp Markets
    • During the first 11 months of 2016, global market pulp production was up 3.4% as compared to the same period in 2015. The rise in production in 2016 is a continuation of an upward trend that started in 2011.
    • Softwood pulp prices have been quite stable throughout 2016 and indications early in 2017 are that pulp producers in North America and Europe are pushing for price increases during the first quarter, as markets are strengthening.
    • Prices of hardwood pulp (BHKP) fell during much of 2016. In Europe, prices in the end of 2016 were at their lowest levels in five years.

    Global Lumber Markets
    • Global softwood lumber trade increased 12 percent year-over-year in 2016 to reach a new record-high of 121 million m3, according to estimates by WRI. Since the global financial
    • reception in 2009, there has been a steady climb in international trade of lumber with shipments the past seven years having increased as much as 66 percent.
    • Lumber exports from British Columbia are on pace to reach their highest levels since 2006 this year.
    • Lumber prices in the US trended upward during most of 2016 but plateaued late in the year and in early 2017. Current prices are close to the highest levels in almost two years.
    • Although prices increased in both Finland and Sweden during the spring and summer of 2016, this upward trend was short-lived and prices fell during the fall, and in the 4Q/16, were back down to about the same level as in the 4Q/15.
    • Despite relatively pessimistic forecasts for wood demand early in 2016, China’s need for imported wood picked up during the summer and fall with import volumes in the 4Q/16 being up about 20% as compared to the 4Q/15.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • US pellet exports increased to 1.16 million ton in the 3Q/16, with all the volume headed to Europe. US pellet exports to Asia have dried up with no significant volumes having been recorded in the past five quarters.
    • Prices for residential pellets in Germany have increased for two consecutive quarters and are currently at their highest level in two years.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    03.03.2017   New CEO at Rottne Industri AB    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Rolf Andersson, who 2005 was appointed as CEO, has for a time expressed a desire to end his position. The Board of Directors has appointed Tobias Johansson as new CEO to succeed Rolf Andersson. Tobias Johansson took up his new position in connection with annual shareholders meeting February 24.

    Tobias Johansson has been with the company for many years and has good knowledge about the company´s products and business. Tobias Johansson has hold positions as manager of product development and product manager. Tobias Johansson has since January 2015 been deputy CEO of the company.

    Rolf Andersson will continue to work for the company and be a support to Tobias Johansson and overall assist sales department.
    (Rottne Industri AB)

     
    03.03.2017   ANDRITZ GROUP: Solid business development in 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news
    International technology group ANDRITZ saw solid business development in the past business year. In spite of a slight decline in sales to just over six billion euros, earnings and profitability reached the highest figures in the company’s history. The Executive Board will propose an increased dividend payment of 1.50 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 6,039.0 MEUR and thus remained 5.3% below the all-time high of the previous year (2015: 6,377.2 MEUR). All four business areas noted a project-related decline in sales in the capital segment. Service business saw very positive development, rising to a share of 32% of total sales (2015: 30%) – with increases in all four business areas.

    -Order intake amounted to 5,568.8 MEUR and was thus below the figure for the previous year’s reference period (-7.5% versus 2015: 6,017.7 MEUR). While the METALS business area was able to increase its order intake compared to the previous year, order intake in the HYDRO and PULP & PAPER business areas declined.

    -The order backlog at the end of 2016 amounted to 6,789.2 MEUR (-7.3% compared to the end of 2015: 7,324.2 MEUR).

    -In spite of the decline in sales, the EBITA increased to 442.1 MEUR (+3.1% versus 2015: 429.0 MEUR) and reached the highest figure in the company’s history, as did the EBITA margin, which rose to 7.3% (2015: 6.7%).

    -Net income (without non-controlling interests) increased to 274.6 MEUR (2015: 267.7 MEUR).

    -The net worth position and capital structure as of December 31, 2016 remained solid. Total assets amounted to 6,198.6 MEUR (December 31, 2015: 5,778.0 MEUR) and the equity ratio to 21.7% (December 31, 2015: 21.0%). Net liquidity amounted to 945.3 MEUR (December 31, 2015: 984.0 MEUR).

    -At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on March 28, 2017, the Executive Board will propose a significant dividend increase to 1.50 EUR per share (2015: 1.35 EUR) in view of the positive business development. This is equal to a payout ratio of around 56% (2015: around 52%).

    For the 2017 business year, ANDRITZ assumes that project activity will remain unchanged compared to the previous year and expects, from today’s perspective, good business development. Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG: “All in all, we are confident for 2017 and expect to achieve at least the same levels of sales and profitability as in the previous year. Our central focus this year will be on creating the prerequisites to continue ANDRITZ’s profitable growth in the long term, based on acquisition of complementary product areas and on internal growth”.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    02.03.2017   New case study: 121, St Clare’s, Oxford    ( Company news )

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    A series of five new buildings constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and clad extensively with a rainscreen of vertical oak boards form the completed project at 121, St Clare’s, a private sixth form college. Designed by architect Hodder and Partners, St Clare’s was shortlisted in the Education and Public Sector in the 2016 Wood Awards.

    St. Clare’s is a private sixth-form college which provides courses in the International Baccalaureate. The college is housed in a number of discreet ‘villas’ along the Banbury Road, Oxford, one of which, a fine detached Grade II listed Arts and Crafts villa, was built in 1903 to the design of the architect Henry Thomas Hare, a former RIBA president.

    The new buildings are positioned with great care at the rear of the villa, woven between existing mature trees and linked by walkways to create a semi-enclosed quadrangle reminiscent of the traditional Oxford college layout. The accommodation includes 36 study bedrooms, rooms for three wardens, two common rooms, and an Arts Studio.

    A CLT structure of wall and floor panels was the ideal choice for the Garden Pavilion and the South Pavilion, exactly reflecting the cellular nature of the study bedroom accommodation.

    CLT had other advantages; the position of the listed building gave very restricted access to the rear of the site, but as they were lightweight and cellular, the CLT panels could be craned right over it. In addition, the client required the project to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year; this required a construction methodology, such as CLT, which was efficient and suited the site constraints.

    The wall and floor panels used for the structure of the pavilions are generally 100mm thick spruce CLT; they are clad with insulation and a rainscreen of vertical oak boards. The fire resisting properties of CLT were especially useful in areas such as the lift shafts. In the Arts Studio, the oak glulam structure and the CLT wall and roof panels are exposed, creating a warm and tactile interior.
    (TRADA Technology Ltd Timber Research and Development Association)
     
    01.03.2017   COOPERATION. GROW International moves closer to Italian wood packaging industry     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Fruit and vegetable packaging in Italy, represented by ASSOIMBALLAGGI, has many factories and a turnover of more than 200 million euros.

    GROW International and ASSOIMBALLAGGI - the Italian pallet, packaging and wood packaging association, which has more than 360 member companies - met in Brussels last October 2016.

    GROW International gave a presentation on the present and future of their activities. The organisation, established 25 years ago, based on the promotion of recycling, is today, and in close collaboration with FEFPEB, a European reference as a lobby for the fruit and vegetable packaging sector, especially in food security, competition and environment.

    In this sub-sector, Italy has many factories and a turnover of more than 200 million euros.

    The meeting highlighted existing common interest in greater collaboration of European defence for food packaging. In addition to the good business relations between Italy and Spain, as Italy provides Spain with boards for packaging.

    The meeting was attended by Olivier de Lagausie, representing GROW; Fernando Trénor, director of SIEL-GROW France and FEDEMCO-GROW Spain; and representing ASSOIMBALLAGGI: Ettore Durbiano, president; Mauro Mastrottotaro, vice president; Cosimo Messina, Paula Riva and Angelo Scaroni, spokespeople; and Domenico Corradetti, secretary general.
    (FEDEMCO - Federación Española del Envase de Madera y sus Componentes)
     
    28.02.2017   New Siempelkamp multi-daylight press for Weyerhaeuser    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Just before year-end Siempelkamp received its last major order for 2016. Weyerhaeuser, North American manufacturer of wood-based panels, signed the contract for a multi-daylight press (photo) for OSB production on December 21, 2016.

    With more than 117 years of company history and approximately 14,000 employees, Weyerhaeuser Company is one of the largest international forestry groups in the world. Weyerhaeuser owns more than 13 million acres (5.25 million hectares) of timberland in the USA and manages an additional 14 million acres (5.65 million hectares) of forest located in Canada. Next to sustainable forestry management and extensive land ownership, Weyerhaeuser’s wood products business encompasses more than 30 manufacturing plants of lumber, panels, OSB and engineered wood products.

    The new 8´ x 24´ 16-opening press will replace a similar press from the 1980s. The press will be integrated into the existing production line at the Grayling, Michigan location.

    The contractual scope of supply includes the multi-daylight press with the necessary loader and unloader unit. The press and its components as well as the complete hydraulic and electrical systems, will be designed and built in Krefeld, Germany. The scope of supply includes automa-tion, drive and control technology including Dahmos® fast trending software.

    Delivery to site Grayling is scheduled for the first quarter in 2018 for installation and start-up of the equipment in summer 2018. The new press will manufacture OSB with a thickness ranging from 6.3 – 31.8 mm.
    (Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
     

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