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    22.02.2018   Changes in Raute Group's Executive Board    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... by investing €70 million

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Industrial cloud solutions are increasingly becoming an economic factor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... to customer benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... in synchronized pore technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... Äänekoski mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... ‘plays’ at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... kicks off with latest technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... in the GCC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Panel Plus MDF Co. Ltd, established in 1990, is a leading producer of particle board, medium-density fiberboard, and melamine-faced papers for the production of wear and water resistant panels.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    12.01.2018   Södra nominated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences    ( Company news )

    Company news
    For the second time in a short space of time, Södra has been nominated for its digital solutions. This time by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), which has nominated Södra for its development of digital solutions for forestry in the Smart Industry project. Digitisation is helping Södra to sell higher volumes than it did five years ago, using the same number of employees.

    The nomination is based on Södra’s development of mobile apps, enabling fieldwork to be carried out via mobile devices. Assignments that previously required extensive manual work in the office using various systems can now be performed on site with the landowner. Jobs are now assigned directly from mobile apps (native iOS application), supported by the map system.

    -Södra is a future-oriented company in many ways, especially when it comes to digital solution delivery. The map system is fundamental to our industry and offline support for the application is a major success factor. The field app has revolutionised our operations, both functionally and qualitatively, because our field workers can now access information from wherever they are, said Örjan Vorrei, Head of IT at Södra Skog.

    The IVA’s jury decision was announced at the awards ceremony on 1 February. Smart Industry’s first prize is a knowledge journey, with an opportunity to study how companies in other countries are meeting the challenges of digitisation. The journey’s programme is tailored to the winning company’s focus and requests.

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences is an independent academy whose mission is to promote the engineering and economic sciences and the advancement of business and industry for the benefit of society. IVA has 1,300 elected Swedish and international members. They are decision-makers, experts and researchers from the private sector, academia and public administration. HM King Carl XVI Gustaf is the patron and participates in the Academy’s activities.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    11.01.2018   Martinsons Increases Capacity and Concentrates Production to Two Sawmills    ( Company news )

    Company news
    During 2018, Martinsons will increase its production of sawn timber from 500,000 to 535,000 m3. This will be done through a 60 million SEK investment in kiln and storage facilities, as well as more shifts in Bygdsiljum, the Group's largest unit. Meanwhile, production will cease in Hällnäs.

    "Demand is high but at the same time, competition is fierce. The prerequisites for profitable production over time are found in the Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön units, where we also can continue to develop our production of glulam, CLT and planed products”, says Managing Director Lars Martinson.

    Today, there are 43 members of staff at the Hällnäs plant. Everyone will be offered employment in Bygdsiljum, when production ends in time for the 2018 summer holiday.

    The main reason for the move is the need to render the Group's total production more effective. The cost of producing one cubic meter of sawn timber is today approximately 50 percent higher in Hällnäs than in Bygdsiljum.

    "We have limited funds to invest and have to prioritise. When we studied the impact of investments at each facility, it became clear that the conditions for long-term profitability were better at our units in Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön”, Martinson explains.

    The plant in Hällnäs has been owned and operated by Martinsons’ since 1996. During this time, the company has invested over 100 million SEK in the sawmill. The plan is now to sell existing machinery.

    Production in Bygdsiljum will increase after the summer of 2018, when, as an intial step, capacity will go from the current 300,000 to 415,000 m3 of sawn timber per year. The Bygdsiljum unit also produces approximately 46,000 m3 of glulam and 20,000 m3 of crosslaminated timber every year. Production at the Kroksjön plant amounts to almost 120,000 m3 of sawn timber per year, of which 85,000 m3 are planed products.
    (Martinsons Trä AB)
     
    10.01.2018   Metsä Wood has made a significant contract over supplying Kerto® LVL ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ...into the Australian market

    Metsä Wood has renewed its supply agreement with Tilling Timber in Australia. The extent of the contract is in total some 60 000 m3 of Kerto® LVL during the next three years. Metsä Wood has been supplying Tilling with specially tailored Kerto LVL product since beginning of 2016. Products are sold under Tilling’s own Smart LVL brand in the local market. “The contract is well aligned with Metsä Wood’s growth strategy,” says SVP Sales Henrik Söderström.

    Tilling is the largest wholesaler of Engineered Wood Products in Australia. The company focuses on construction, with special expertise in LVL and other engineered wood products. Its market share in the distribution of LVL products in Australia is significant. In addition to distribution, this family business provides its customers with design services, design tools and cutting services.
    (Metsä Wood)
     
    09.01.2018   The President awards Ponsse for internationalisation    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic of Finland, gave Ponsse Plc a special recognition from the annual Internationalisation Award. The Internationalisation Award is a recognition granted to Finnish companies that have gained international success and to the communities behind them.

    Photo: Juha Vidgrén, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ponsse Plc

    The special recognition was based on Ponsse's long-term profitable and sustainable international growth and modernisation. According to the jury, the aim was to give this recognition to a company that has had a significant impact on the success of an entire industry and other companies operating in the same field and, through its activities, has had a significant long-term impact on society.

    The special recognition Ponsse received today was granted for the first time to celebrate the centenary of Finland's independence and the 50th anniversary of the Internationalisation Award. Ponsse received the President's Internationalisation Award last time in 2003. The Internationalisation Award has never before been granted twice to a single company. Since 2015, the proposal for the companies and communities to be recognised has been made by the Board of Directors of Team Finland.

    Recognition to the entire industry
    - We are extremely proud and humble for this recognition. This means the world to everyone at Ponsse and our industry,” says Juha Vidgrén, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ponsse Plc.
    - It is wonderful that, with regard to this recognition, we can also represent our customers, forest machine entrepreneurs and all of our stakeholders in the fields of machine manufacturing, harvesting, training and the forest industry.

    This supports the idea Einari Vidgrén, the founder of Ponsse who had limited educational opportunities as a young man and started his career at logging sites as a 14-year-old boy, put into words: Alone you can´t reach anything, you need to surround yourself with good people, Juha Vidgrén continues.

    Ponsse has operated in its birthplace in Vieremä since 1970 and, today, it is one of the world's largest manufacturers of forest machines based on the cut-to-length method. The jury stated that Ponsse's story reflects Finland's growth from an agriculture- and forestry-dominated country into an information society that fearlessly makes use of digitalisation and the bioeconomy, not forgetting the company's roots lying deep in forests and its aim to take care of all members of its community. Einari Vidgrén, the company's founder, was originally a forest machine entrepreneur, and the company continues to focus on the needs of contractors.

    The jury also stated that Ponsse has held the reins of its key functions and kept them closely linked together. In Vieremä, there is a village of partner companies next to the Ponsse factory where cooperation helps to develop various expertise and to spread it outside Ponsse. Ponsse is a pioneer in applying digitalisation, using industrial design and developing service operations. The jury also stated that Ponsse's operations are notably customer-driven.

    From 2003 to 2016, Ponsse increased its net sales from EUR 150 million to EUR 517 million. Its operations have increased profitably in all of its market areas. Ponsse has 1,525 employees and it operates actively in 40 countries. Roughly 77 per cent of its net sales come from exports.
    (Ponsse Oyj)
     
    09.01.2018   Magna Expo Mueblera (17 to 20 January 2018)    ( LIGNA 2019 )

    LIGNA 2019
    Eumabois President Jürgen Köppel opens Magna Expo Mueblera in Mexico City

    The opening event for Magna Expo Mueblera takes place on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the foyer of the Centro Banamex exhibition complex in Mexico City. Eumabois President Jürgen Köppel will kick off the Magna Expo Mueblera exhibition jointly with Christian Pfeiffer, Global Director of LIGNA and Woodworking Events at Hannover-based Deutsche Messe, along with Bernd Rohde, General Manager of Hannover Fairs México.

    "Magna Expo Mueblera represents the ideal regional platform for sharing ideas and know-how. Thanks in particular to the commitment of the LIGNA organizers, with their dense international network and solid expertise, Magna Expo Mueblera has become the industry's most successful trade fair. We wish every participant interesting conversations and good business," declared Jürgen Köppel during the run-up to Magna Expo Mueblera.

    Leading figures from business and politics are expected to attend the kick-off event, with experts offering an upbeat forecast for the Mexican timber industry. The production of wood products such as windows, doors and floors is being continuously modernized, as European woodworking machine manufac¬turers continue to establish themselves as reliable and dynamic partners for Mexican wood product manufacturers.

    Two international trade fairs will be staged under the umbrella of the Magna Expo Mueblera trade fair, which runs from 17 to 20 January 2018: Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial, showcasing machinery, tools, equipment and solutions for woodworking and wood processing, and Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores, which features furniture, decorations, household appliances and floor coverings.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    08.01.2018   Green River Panels orders Asia's soon to be longest ContiRoll® from Siempelkamp    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The Taiwanese Green River Panels placed an order with Siempelkamp for the supply and installation of what will be Asia’s largest particleboard plant. The company is one of the leading wood-based products suppliers in Asia. Next to sawed timber from multi-year rubber-wood plantations, the company also offers particleboard made from the same type of wood. The new plant will be built close to Trang in South Thailand, the center of the Thai latex production with extensive rubber-wood plan-tations.

    Photo: Shaking hands at the contract signing (from left to right): Jürgen Philipps (Spokesperson Siempelkamp Management), David Huang (CEO Green River Panels)

    Green River Panels already operates two production lines for particleboard in Asia. The new Thai plant is intended to only process overaged plantation trees of which the latex return runs dry after 25 years. Next to its proximity to large plantations, the optimal access to the shipping ports of the Andaman Sea is part of the locational advantages of the new production site. From these ports Green River Panels will send its products all over the world.

    The order Green River Panels placed with Siempelkamp includes the entire production plant. Sicoplan, the Belgium Siempelkamp subsidiary, will provide the overall planning of the plant. Modern engineering methods – for example the highly precise site and infrastructure surveying via laser scanning – incorporate all local conditions directly in the CAD plans and thus, guarantee maximum planning reliability. This ensures precise chronological coordination during the future installation phase already during engineering.

    Next to the longest continuous press on the Asian continent, the new order includes even more superlatives: Büttner, the specialist for dryer and energy plants within the Siempelkamp Group, will supply Asia’s largest energy plant with a furnace capacity of 95 MW, as well as Asia’s largest drum dryer with a diameter of 7 m and a length of 36 m. The youngest Siempelkamp subsidiary Pallmann contributes the technology for the wood yard, CMC from Italy the screening technology, the resin kitchen, and the other resin blending system components including the new Ecoresinator P, which offers resin savings of up to 10%.

    Siempelkamp will supply the components for the forming and press line as well as the board handling equipment including the intermediate storage. With the new order the first 9th generation ContiRoll® goes to an Asian customer. With a length of 50.4 m this continuous press will be the longest press in Asia. It will strengthen the manufacturer’s sustainable production philosophy with its numerous technical innovations that save energy, raw material, and other materials. The new Siempelkamp Press Controller SPC, for example, provides ideal pressure conditions in all areas of the press via purposefully used sensor technology and the intelligent pressure and position control system. Thus, production waste is effectively avoided in advance because the smallest tolerance deviations in the product are immediately detected and corrected by targeted measures.

    Green River Panels is scheduled to commence operation with Asia’s largest particleboard plant in the third quarter of 2019. The plant is designed for a daily capacity of 2,800 m³ of particleboard; the installation start is scheduled for October 2018. With the new production site Green River Panels will double its production capacity for particleboard in order to meet the constantly growing demand of the Asian market.
    (Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
     
    05.01.2018   Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    .... rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland and Russia as lumber demand picks up in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Global Lumber Trade
    Demand for imported softwood lumber to the US has fallen by six percent during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. In contrast, Chinese import volumes have been up 21% year-over-year.
    The lumber trade in Europe has also picked up in 2017 with the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Spain having increased imports the most so far in 2017. Countries in the Middle East and North Africa, also known as the MENA countries, have sharply reduced consumption of lumber this year, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). In the first eight months of 2017, Egypt and Algeria (the two biggest lumber consumers in the region) have decreased their imports by 24% and 39%
    respectively as compared to the first eight months of 2016.

    Lumber markets – North America
    Lumber consumption in the US did not change much during the first eight months of this year as compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Western Wood Products Association. However, there was an increase in demand during the third quarter, which was met by higher domestic production both in the South and the West. US lumber production has gone up by 3.2% year-over-year, and the only region of North America that saw a reduction in lumber production this year was British Columbia. In August
    when the forest fires were at their peak, production was 8.7% lower than in August last year.
    Increased lumber demand in the Western US and Asia pushed Douglas-fir lumber prices to record highs in the 3Q/17. In the US South, prices for pine lumber were stable during the summer but picked up in the fall after the two hurricanes impacted both the log flow and lumber demand.

    Lumber markets – Northern Europe
    Shipments of lumber from the Nordic countries slowed in the 3Q/17, with export volumes for Finland and Sweden being down 13% and 18% respectively from the previous quarter. The biggest change in destinations for exported lumber for both countries over the past two years has been the expansion in sales to Asia. In 2017, 20% of the export lumber volume from the Nordic countries was shipped to China and Japan.
    Lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden strengthened in 2017, and in August, reached their highest levels since early 2015.

    Lumber markets – China
    Chinese softwood lumber importation is likely to reach a new record high in 2017.
    During the first nine months, imports were 21% higher than in the same period in 2016, with volumes in the second and third quarter being the highest quarterly imports on record. Russia has been increasing its share of the Chinese lumber market, accounting for 57% of total imports in the 3Q, up from 52% in 2015, according to the WRQ. Average import prices to China have continued their three year climb this fall and were 19% higher in September than in early 2016 when they were at an eight-year low.

    Lumber market – Japan
    The lumber market in Japan has been very stable in 2017. In fact, import volumes have consistently ranged between 1.5 and 1.6 million m3 per quarter over the past few years.
    There have been small shifts in supply sources, with a slight decline in Canadian lumber supply and an increase in shipments from Finland. Prices for domestic and imported lumber to Japan have remained unchanged throughout 2017 in Yen terms except for prices for imported Douglas-fir, which have gone up six percent from January to November.

    Lumber market – Russia
    The Russian sawmilling sector continues to add capacity in Siberia and the Far East, targeting the expanding demand for lumber in China. Just during the first eight months of this year, Russia increased shipments to China by 23% as compared to the same period in 2016. Although Russian lumber prices have not changed much in Ruble terms over the past two years, there has been a steady increase in export prices as measured in US dollars.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    04.01.2018   Södra introduces new measurement technology for timber stacks at Värö    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The measuring station at Värö will be the first at Södra to introduce new technology for measuring timber stack volumes on trucks. The new method is based on automated volume measurement using laser technology, developed by Swedish company, Mabema AB.

    Introduction of the new technology will also involve a transition from manual to digital timber stack measurement. This will speed up the process, while maintaining and gradually improving measurement precision, and bring logistical gains due to faster passage through the measuring station. The data produced by the new method will include gross volume under bark, the height, length and width of the stack, and average diameter of the logs.

    “Södra has been working with Mabema AB for some years – throughout the entire development phase of the new technology – together with several other industry players. To have now reached the stage where this is being realised represents a technological shift for timber measurement in the forest industry,” said Roger Andersson, head of timber measurement at Södra Skog.

    The new measurement technology at Värö is being introduced gradually and will soon be used for all softwood pulpwood, with other ranges to follow. While Södra owns the measuring station, VMF Syd – an independent timber measurement association that operates throughout most of Götaland – will be using the new method.

    “The roll-out and introduction of Södra’s new laser measurement system has been a highly successful joint project,” said Anders Svensson, President of VMF Syd.

    “The idea is that the Värö facility will be evaluated prior to future decisions about the technical options available for measurement at Södra’s other facilities,” said Roger Andersson.

    This is the second facility of this type in Sweden, and the first for Södra and VMF Syd.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    03.01.2018   EGGER Flooring Collection at Domotex 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Between 12th and 15th January, EGGER will present numerous innovations at Domotex 2018 in Hanover. The two new collections, EGGER PRO for specialist distributors and EGGER HOME (coming soon) for the DIY sector, innovative services, as well as the new brand strategy will be presented on approximately 340 sqm.

    Visit us in Hall 12, Stand B36 and discover our new Design, Laminate and Comfort flooring.
    (FRITZ EGGER GmbH & Co)
     
    02.01.2018   Global sawlog prices were higher throughout the world in the 3Q/17 and are likely ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... to continue upward into 2018 because of strong demand for lumber in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 5.1% from the 2Q/17 to the 3Q/17, with the biggest price increases occurring in Europe and Oceania, according to the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Euro-based ESPI sawlog price index has gone up at a slower rate than the GSPI the past year.

    Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price
    increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in local currencies than in US dollar terms because of the weakening US dollar. In US dollar terms, quarter-to-quarter prices were up the most in Europe (+7.9%) and Oceania (+6.1%), while the upward price adjustments were more modest in North America (+2.8%) and Latin America (+2.2%).

    The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) has gone up for three consecutive quarters to reach $75.69/m3 in the 3Q/17. The increase of 5.1% from the 2Q/17 was the biggest quarter-toquarter jump since 2010. In addition, the GSPI is at a three-year high because of the recent strengthening of sawlog prices throughout the world. With the outlook for continued strong demand for lumber in key markets and higher consumption of sawlogs, it is likely that the price index will continue upward in the coming quarters.

    The Euro-based European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) also trended upward the past year, but at a slower pace than the GSPI. The biggest price increases in Euro terms over the past year have occurred in Eastern and Central Europe, particularly in Poland, Austria and Germany, while prices only saw modest rises in the Nordic countries.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    29.12.2017   Stronger birch when seeds are grown indoors     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra has established the first indoor birch seed orchard in Sweden. By growing birch seeds indoors, supply becomes more stable, and the quality of the seedlings is higher and more consistent.

    The facility is located at Södra’s nursery in Falkenberg, where Södra is currently developing the operation in partnership with Svenska Skogsplantor.

    The advantage of growing the trees indoors is that they will only cross-pollinate with each other, which maintains the high quality of the seeds from the selected birches. The subsequent early flowering reduces the chance of external pollination.

    Meeting demand for birch
    There has been a shortage of high-quality birch seeds in recent years, and the demand for birch seedlings has exceeded supply. With this new method, Södra will now be able to meet demand more effectively.

    “By being open to new methods, we can also continually adapt our way of working. In this way, we are making an even greater contribution to our owners and their forests, as well as to society as a whole, which benefits from well-managed forests,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

    Seeds from the 20 best birches
    The birch trees growing in the nursery’s greenhouse since last summer are the 20 best trees from the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden. Now that they are well-established, the job of the nursery staff is to manage the birch trees so that they can produce seeds. The frequency of watering and fertilisation will be adjusted, and crowns will be cropped to some extent. The trees will remain vital for about 10 years, and then be replaced by new trees.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    28.12.2017   5th Annual Western Forest Industry Conference, January 25, 2018    ( Company news )

    Company news
    End of Early-bird registration fee on January 8th!

    We are proud to announce the 5th Annual Conference organized by Wood Resources International and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association on January 25, 2018 titled:
    “Mapping the Course – Timberlands, Forest Products Processing and Bioenergy Issues for 2018”

    The conference will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, located close to Portland, Oregon’s airport.

    Please join us for this one-day conference for in-depth discussions and analysis on forest products market challenges, opportunities, threats and issues in Western North America for 2018 and beyond. Industry experts and analysts from the US and Canada will address topics such as:
    • Stressor and Opportunities for the North American Forest Industry (Paul Quinn, RBC Dominium Securities Inc)
    • Strategic Issues for US PNW Timberlands (Mike Mackelwich, Pope Resources)
    • Outlook for Sawlog and Pulpwood Prices in Western US and Canada (Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International LLC)
    • BC Interior Log Supply Issues (Brad Bennett, Interfor)
    • BC Coastal Log Supply Issues (Brian Brown, MacKenzie Sawmill Ltd)
    • US PNW Sawmill Sector: Eastside and Westside Issues (Tim Atkinson, Stimson Lumber)
    • US PNW Pulp Mill Sector: (Jeff Marthaller, Kapstone Paper & Packaging)
    • Will There be Enough Log Supply to Increase Lumber Production? (Rocky Goodnow, Forest Economic Advisors)
    • Why Build an Export Pellet Plant in the US Northwest? Why Not? (Seth Walker, FutureMetrics)
    • The Trade of Softwood Lumber in North and South Asia to 2030 (Robert Hagler, Forestedge LLC)

    There is also a one-day optional workshop offered on January 24th, 2018. Sawmilling 101: Softwood Sawmill Operations and Financial Performance in North America.

    For the full program and to register, please go to the Western Forest Industry Conference 2018.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    27.12.2017   Using timber to build healthier hospitals    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at the Royal United Hospital in Bath has set a new benchmark in outstanding, environmentally sustainable healthcare design, improving the care of hundreds of premature babies.

    The first UK clinical healthcare unit to be built using exposed internal timber surfaces, this six-million-pound state-of-the-art hospital wing is shaped like a hug, enveloping vulnerable babies and giving them a secure base in which to thrive.

    Strategically placed windows flood the building with natural light and warm timber panelling creates a sense of well-being for patients and families. Medical equipment is hidden to reduce clutter and there are no exposed piping or ducting. Background noise is kept low to reduce anxiety in babies, helping them to sleep for longer periods of time. The horse-shoe layout of the centre provides parents with hope, as their new-borns are moved from high-dependency units to neonatal rooms.

    Their first venture into the healthcare sector, architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios took a deliberate step back from the look, feel and smell of a traditional hospital. They have created an environmentally sustainable building, combining state-of-the-art medical facilities with a warm, peaceful setting that promotes holistic healing. The Dyson Centre serves as a template, showing how good, sustainable healthcare design can be achieved.

    The neonatal unit comprises a single-storey extension and refurbishment of existing buildings. The main structure of the building is constructed from large cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, providing an efficient, clean and quiet form of construction - essential in a hospital environment. Wards have been built with a clockwise circuit of cot rooms, starting with intensive care, leading to special care and finally ending up in a room designed to look more like a home, creating a psychological effect of development and health improvement.

    Sir James Dyson – of vacuum cleaner fame – helped fund and design the centre, which was completed in 2011. The philanthropist knows only too well the anxiety of spending time on a neonatal ward – his son Jacob was born six weeks premature.

    He says: “Jacob’s lungs didn’t open, so he went blue. He was put into the first incubator they had, which was to deal with jaundice, and he was there for a couple of weeks. He looked like a skinned pigeon in his incubator – one felt the fragility of life.”

    Dyson, who lives and works near to the Royal United Hospital, has now pledged £4 million towards building a new cancer centre, in the hope of producing similar benefits for patients.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
     
    22.12.2017   The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com) - 30 Years of Global Wood Price Reporting

    Global Timber Markets
    • Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies than in US dollar terms because of the weakening US dollar, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly.
    • The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) has gone up for three consecutive quarters to reach $75.69/m3 in the 3Q/17.
    • The Euro-based European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) also trended upward the past year, but at a slower pace than the GSPI.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • Wood fiber costs increased for wood pulp manufacturers in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17, with the biggest increases in cost being for hardwood fiber.
    • The Global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was up 2.9% quarter-overquarter in the 3Q/17. The HFPI has trended upwards for the past 18 months and was seven percent higher in the 3Q/17 than at its 16-year low in the 1Q/16.
    • Softwood fiber prices were also going up during the 3Q/17, mainly because of a weakening US dollar.
    • The Global Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI), which had been steady for three consecutive quarters, jumped almost four percent in the 3Q/17 from the previous quarter to reach US$88.21/odmt.

    Global Pulp Markets
    • Global production of market pulp has increased in all major pulp-producing regions in 2017. As has been the case for a number of years, Latin American pulpmills have expanded output the most, with production during the first eight months of 2017 being four percent higher than during the same period in 2016.
    • The strong demand for pulp has moved prices for both softwood pulp (NBSK) and hardwood pulp (BHK) upward for more than a year. Prices for BHK have increased faster than those of NBSK and in October, were close to par for the first time in over two years.

    Global Lumber Markets
    • Demand for imported softwood lumber to the US has fallen by six percent during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. This contrasts with the world’s second largest lumber importer, China, to which import volumes have been up by 21% year-over-year. The lumber trade in Europe has also picked up in 2017, with the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, and Spain having increased imports the most so far in 2017, reports the WRQ. Countries in the Middle East and North Africa, also known as the MENA countries, have sharply reduced consumption of lumber this year. In the first eight months of 2017, Egypt and Algeria have decreased imports by 24% and 39% respectively.
    • Increase in US lumber demand during the third quarter was met by higher domestic production both in the South and the West.
    • Lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden have strengthened in 2017, and in August, reached their highest levels since early 2015. Healthy domestic demand for lumber and strong export markets both contributed to the upward price trajectory.
    • Average import prices to China have continued their three-year climb to reach $190/m3 in September.
    • The Russian sawmilling sector continues to add capacity in Siberia and the Far East, targeting the expanding demand for lumber in China. Just during the first eight months of this year, Russia increased shipments to China by 23% as compared to the same period in 2016.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • It is likely that 2017 will be another year of record trade of wood pellets. The biggest increases in shipments to the major markets this year have been in pellets bound for Denmark, South Korea and Italy.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    21.12.2017   Leitz wins the WOOD-TEC Award in Czechia    ( Company news )

    Company news
    On the WOOD-TEC exhibition in Brünn, Leitz got an award for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade. The WOOD-TEC is the most important meeting place for ex-perts of the wood- and furniture industry in Czechia and Slovakia. Under the pat-ronage of EUMABOIS, the exhibition already took place for the 15th time. On four trade fair days, more than 11,000 visitors came to the exhibition site, 319 companies from 18 countries presented themselves.

    Photo: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular sawblade in use. (Picture: Leitz)

    This year a new contest started with the aim putting the innovations, presented on the fair, in the spotlight. The registered exhibits have been evaluated in two categories by two separate expert juries. Leitz was awarded for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade in the category of machines, assets, tools and accessory. The new development from Oberkochen provides very smooth cutting surfaces as well as absolutely nick-free cutting edges when processing acrylic glass, Corian® and many other materials. Trimming, grinding, polishing – up to now three working steps have been obligatory. Now, grinding after trimming can be eliminated, making the production process more efficient thus saving a lot of time and money for the users. Already in July 2017, Leitz got the Visionary Award on the AWFS in Las Vegas for the BrillianceCut circular sawblade.
    (Leitz GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.12.2017   PulPaper - visions of the future through innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Next spring, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together in Helsinki to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The seminars will feature top international speakers from Japan, North America and other parts of the world, as well as renowned Finnish business leaders and researchers. PulPaper 2018 will be held at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from 29 to 31 May.
    The theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world. During the event, the two-day Pulpaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 Finnish and international experts, researchers and company representatives are scheduled to give presentations at this top seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.

    The first keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, the next President and CEO of Metsä Group. He will describe how the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bioproducts.

    After these keynote speeches, which are intended for everyone, attendees can choose from a range of interesting themed conference programmes that will be held concurrently. The themes include breakthrough innovations in the industry, biorefinery development, changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities ushered in by digitalisation. Researchers will present current research results and company representatives will tell about how innovations are harnessed in business operations.

    Innovations yield high performance and productivity
    One of the themed seminars will revolve around innovations: what are the big innovations that are revolutionising the industry and how are they utilised? Heiner Grussenmeyer, Director, Group R&D of Stora Enso, will present a research project seeking breakthrough technology for the manufacture of chemical pulp. Professor Tapani Vuorinen from Aalto University will tell about a new catalytic bleaching method that is currently under development and has the potential to yield substantial cost-savings.

    - Domestic innovations improve the image of Finnish companies and their opportunities to thrive in international competition. Finland has long had a strong position in the development of pulp manufacturing technology. If it proves to be successful, catalytic bleaching can significantly reduce the capital and operating costs of the bleaching process through a manyfold increase in chemical reaction efficiency in bleaching. Pulp industry suppliers will also benefit from this development, enabling them to respond to the needs of their customers better, says Tapani Vuorinen, Professor of Wood Chemistry at Aalto University.

    Another overarching theme related to innovations is the development of new biorefinery concepts. Professor Lew Cristopher from Lakehead University will analyse the opportunities companies can reap from switching over to new biorefinery concepts. Olli Dahl, Professor of Environmental Technology within Process Industry at Aalto University, will assess the business opportunities of the new biorefinery planned for Kemijärvi, and Gisle Løhre Johansen, SVP, Business Development and R&D at the Norwegian company Borregaard will present the operations of a Norwegian mill operating under this principle.

    Changes in customer behaviour and digitalisation
    Digitalisation and its impacts on industry will comprise one of the seminar themes. Danish futurist Rolf Ask Clausen will analyse how digitalisation and technological development change the business models of companies. Petri Vasara from Pöyry’s BioFutures unit will evaluate how digitalisation impacts on companies in the forest industry. Real-life examples of companies illustrating this theme are found in the packaging industry and media.

    Digitalisation and innovations will also be showcased at stands presenting the latest practical applications to customers. Pöyry’s stand will present the new business opportunities ushered in by digitalisation and new innovations over the entire value chain.

    - As we operate in an increasingly networked environment, we expect that we’ll meet an even broader range of visitors at PulPaper, including industrial players, technology suppliers and start-ups representing many different sectors, from digitalisation to advanced technology innovations, says Marika Hahtala, Marketing & Sales Support Manager at Pöyry.

    Two presentations will delve even deeper into the theme of digitalisation. Janne Öhman, CEO of Siemens, will present a forest industry digitalisation project being carried out with VTT, and Satu Kiiskinen, EVP, Industrial and Consumer Services at Tieto Corporation, will discuss the possibilities of the use of big data and industrial Internet in the forest industry.

    PulPaper, Wood, PacTec Helsinki and Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills. About 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 14,000 visitors are expected. The PulPaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. An admission fee is charged. In addition, the Business Forum seminar and 3D Printing of Biomaterials event will be organised in connection with PulPaper on 29 May (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.
    (Messukeskus)
     
    20.12.2017   Södra to sell Södra Wood AS to Sörnsen Holzleisten    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra is to sell its Norwegian operation, Södra Wood AS, to German company Sörnsen Holzleisten. Handover is expected to take place on 1 February 2018.

    The operation in Norway encompasses two production units (one in Brumunddal specialising in mouldings and one in Engesetdal in foil-wrapped MDF), two distribution terminals in Brumunddal and Namsos and a marketing organisation located in Gardemoen. A total of about 70 employees will be affected by the sale.

    “On 1 January of this year, we transferred Södra Wood Grimslöv to Sörnsen Holzleisten and in June the subsidiary UAB SIWood in Lithuania was sold to the company. We are now also selling the Norwegian operations to the same buyer. We have productive partnership with Sörnsen, which is now one of our main suppliers. The takeover of Södra Wood AS provides Sörnsen with a larger part of the value chain that will enable the company to leverage its competitive production and our strong sales and distribution organisation to positively develop the interior business in Norway. This sale will create a stronger, more stable and more competitive company,” said Peter Karlsson, segment manager for interior wood at Södra.

    The buyer is Sörnsen Holzleisten, which was founded in 1945 and has several production sites in northern Germany, Estonia, Sweden and Lithuania. The company produces a broad range of mouldings; its standard range contains more than 3,000 items in various types of wood and it delivers to countries worldwide.

    “Södra Interiör is a well-known brand name that has meant stability and competence for the Scandinavian markets for many years. We are happy to continue such a prestigious brand together with Södra as a partner. The new vertical integration of the largest moulding production in Europe is a strong signal to all wholesalers in Norway. With Södra’s excellent logistics hubs in Namsos and Brumunddal new products can easily be introduced to our Norwegian customers,” said Robert Sörnsen, President of Sörnsen Holzleisten.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    19.12.2017   Ville Parkkinen is Koskitukki’s Director of Wood Supply and Bioenergy as of 8 December    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Ville Parkkinen, Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry, took on the role of Director of Wood Supply and Bioenergy at Koskitukki beginning on the 8th of December, and he will also join the Executive Team. Parkkinen joins Koskitukki from UPM Kymmene Metsä, where he worked for some ten years in various tasks related to wood procurement, most recently as Sourcing Manager. He also gained international experience, working in Russia and Uruguay. Parkkinen currently lives in Helsinki, although his roots are in Southern Karelia. He lived in Lappeenranta for 20 years, where he also went to school.

    Photo: Koskitukki's previous leader Jussi Joensuu (left) steps down in a positive frame of mind and leaves his duty to the new Director of Wood Supply and Bioenergy Ville Parkkinen (right).

    Parkkinen’s work approach is to always take the overall benefit into account. Parkkinen describes himself as relaxed and open-minded, and he is in favour of a culture of experimentation: “Of doing things in a new way and trying to find new ways of working profitably,” he explains.

    Koskitukki Oy, Koskisen Group’s parent company that handles wood procurement, is known in its procurement area as a reliable purchaser of wood. Parkkinen cites the expert, enthusiastic and professional staff as Koskitukki’s definite strength. “Koskitukki is a good and reliable supplier in the areas of procurement and end products alike. It was easy for me to identify with a company that is inspiring, experimental and open,” says Parkkinen.
    Smooth passing of the baton

    Parkkinen says there is no need for tension or formalities in his presence. “Let’s keep things light, even if we’re dealing with complicated matters,” he says. Like most people who change jobs, Parkkinen also has a bit of new-job jitters, but he says that he is eager to get started with new people and partners. Parkkinen thanks his predecessor, Jussi Joensuu, for leaving a solid foundation for him to build on.

    Joensuu, who stepped down at the end of November, worked at Koskitukki since 2005 and was Chief Forester for close to ten years. Although Joensuu is sad to leave Koskitukki, he does so in a positive frame of mind, knowing the job is in Parkkinen’s capable hands. According to Joensuu, Parkkinen is joining an excellent wood procurement team. “We accomplished a lot of great things at Koskitukki, but the time has come for me to move on,” says Joensuu.
    (Koskitukki Oy)
     
    18.12.2017   Dieffenbacher expands its production site in Brno, Czech Republic    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Dieffenbacher increases the production capacities at the production site in Brno, Czech Republic. In addition to the current production program, machines for wood chipping such as debarkers, chippers, mills or knife ring flakers are now being produced at the site.

    Photo: The expanded production site enables Dieffenbacher to increase the production capacities in Brno.

    “Thanks to the existing infrastructure and the qualifications of the staff, the Brno site is optimal. With this expansion we improve the level of value generation of the Dieffenbacher Group and optimize our ability to process orders quickly. We make use of the synergy effects that arise from cooperating within the Group. Furthermore, we are happy to increase the number of currently 100 jobs at the site in Brno to 120 by adding jobs in the areas of production planning, purchasing, construction and production,” says Dr. Miroslav Jopek, Managing Director of Dieffenbacher CZ.

    The site expansion was completed in the third quarter and production has been successfully launched.
    (Dieffenbacher GmbH)
     

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