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    26.05.2017   Increased lumber imports to the US from Europe, New Zealand and Latin America expected ...    ( Company news )

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    ... in 2017 with US lumber prices reaching 13-year highs and Canadian lumber being hit with import tariffs of 20%, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    High import tariffs on Canadian lumber to the US are likely to increase US lumber production and boost shipments from overseas in 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Another outcome of the countervailing duties is that Canadian lumber companies will probably be more aggressive in their search for alternative markets to the US.

    Continued increase in US housing constructions, growing demand for wood, high lumber prices, imposed import tariffs on Canadian lumber, and a strong US dollar are recent market developments that will impact forest products market dynamics in 2017, not only in North America, but on other continents as well, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

    The US Department of Commerce announced on April 25 preliminary countervailing duties (CVD) on Canadian lumber imported to the US. The rate range for Canadian lumber producers, taking effect on May 1, 2017, were set from 3.0 to 24.12% with an average of about 20%.

    The announcement of the high tariffs did not come as a surprise and will probably not increase lumber prices over the next few months, as many lumber traders in the US had already accounted for a higher cost for lumber shipped from its neighbor in the north.

    Higher costs of housing, changes in log and lumber trade flows and upward price pressure on sawlogs in the US are some of the likely mid-term impacts from the new tariffs. These repercussions become more likely if the high temporary CVD rates become permanent and the anti-dumping duties (expected in the end of June) are substantial.

    Canadian lumber is very important to the US market, accounting for 32% of total lumber consumption in 2016. Overseas importation of softwood lumber from Europe, Latin America and New Zealand has gone up for four consecutive years with 2016 import volumes being 2.5 times higher than those in 2012, however, they still only account for five percent of total imports to the US. Despite the past few years’ substantial increase in overseas lumber supply to the US, import volumes in 2016 were still only 24% of the record high volumes of 2005. It is noteworthy that with the predicted rise in demand for lumber in the US in 2017, both domestic production and imports need to increase to meet the higher consumption levels. Even if overseas imports bounced up to their 2005 record highs, import volumes from Canada would still have to be higher than in 2015 to meet expected demand, according to the WRQ (

    Canada will remain a large and very important supplier of softwood lumber to the US market in the future but Canadian lumber companies will continue to diversify into new markets in Asia, Europe and the MENA countries (Middle East and Northern Africa).
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC)
    24.05.2017   Tieto signs deal with SCA Forest Products to manage SAP environment    ( Company news )

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    Tieto has signed a three-year contract with SCA, Europe's largest private forest owner, to handle SAP Application Lifecycle Management Services for its forestry business area. The deal means Tieto will be responsible for application management and support.

    "We are extremely pleased that SCA Forest Products has entrusted us with the management of their extensive SAP environment. Tieto takes great pride in helping the forest industry meet the challenges brought on by digitalization and we are excited for the opportunity to work with SCA over the coming years," says Christer Lindqvist, Customer Executive for forest industry Sweden at Tieto.

    Under the contract, Tieto will provide application management within five major areas, including Incident Management, Problem Management, Event Management, Change Request Management and Change Control Management.

    Tieto will also support the implementation of Digital Core S/4HANA and increase the use of automatization and insights to business processes through SAP Solution Manager, while the use of offshore delivery centres is expected to help SCA cut costs. The contract also includes a framework agreement for further deals during the three-years period.

    Tieto has 20 years of SAP experience and offers several specialised solutions for the forest and paper industries.

    “This deal confirms Tieto’s position as a leading partner to the forest industry in the Nordics. Our aim is to help SCA follow industry best practices and at the same time ensure business continuity and lowering application maintenance costs,” says Christer Lindqvist.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
    23.05.2017   Holzindustrie Schweighofer takes steps to protect primary and old growth forests in Romania    ( Company news )

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    - Primary and old growth forests owned by the Schweighofer Group will be evaluated and shall be placed under long-term protection
    - Campusel (Retezat Mountains) to become a nature conservation area
    - Schweighofer to commission scientific study to identify further areas to be placed under protection

    Holzindustrie Schweighofer is committed to preserve primary and old growth forests in Romania. All forests owned by the Schweighofer Group are managed according to state-of-the-art sustainability standards. In a further step, these forests shall be re-evaluated and all identified natural treasures shall be placed under long-term natural protection. Virgin forests and especially valuable forest areas are of significant importance for biodiversity, serving as a refuge for many animal species such as woodpeckers and various insects. To date, Schweighofer has already ceased all economic activities in 5% of its forest areas. By re-evaluating its plots, Holzindustrie Schweighofer surpasses all legal requirements by far. The Schweighofer Group will commission the environmental evaluation to renowned experts that are recommended by the Romanian NGO Agent Green.

    Frank Aigner, Managing Director of Holzindustrie Schweighofer: “We are willing to take on this responsibility that goes beyond the immediate competence of a wood processing company and a striving to set further measures in this regards. As a first step, we are offering up our forest plots in Campusel to be placed under environmental protection according to all legal provisions and to develop a ’non-intervention zone’ in this area.” The forest area lies right in between the Retezat and Domogled-Valea Cernei national parks. The valley is located at 1,250 to 1,650 metres a bove sea level and serves as an important wildlife corridor, especially for bears, lynx and deer.

    “With Agent Green we have found a combative and competent sparring partner with which we have had numerous discussions about biodiversity conservation in the Romanian forests, providing for opportunities to learn from one another”, says Frank Aigner.

    The Schweighofer Group owns 14,666 hectares of forest in the areas around Hunedoara, Gorj, Valcea, Prahova, Buzau, Vrancea, Neamt and Suceava. Within the next months, environmental experts will evaluate these areas and will identify the most precious forest habitats for nature conservation. Holzindustrie Schweighofer will publish the results and present the corresponding measures.
    (Holzindustrie Schweighofer GmbH)
    23.05.2017   WORLD PREMIERE: The digital platform for the wood industry's value chain    ( Company news )

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    Digital. Wood. Works. The digital future has now begun: At LIGNA in Hall 14, the HOMAG Group is presenting the digital platform for the wood industry. The name: “tapio”.

    An important step into the digital future.
    Information is the fuel of today. But does this also apply to the wood industry? The answer is a resounding "Yes". Without data, tools cannot be adjusted and workpieces cannot be machined. The solution is "tapio" – because companies in our industry are now taking the step into Industry 4.0 – and thus into the digital future.

    So, what is tapio?
    "tapio" stands for the world's digital platform for the value chain in the wood industry. tapio combines digital products for the entire wood industry with thousands of production machines as well as a wide range of materials and tools in an IoT platform (IoT = Internet of Things). In short: This digital platform completely covers the whole wood industry value chain.

    Start time: LIGNA
    All HOMAG Group machines ordered from LIGNA are ready to provide data to tapio's cloud. CloudReady machines have the necessary technology to connect to the IoT platform.

    The very first tapio products can be seen and experienced live at LIGNA – this includes, for example, a plant’s status as well as notifications and alerts from machines. These can be viewed by all visitors via a freely available app at the fair.
    (Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH)
    22.05.2017   ANDRITZ to supply the first complete front-end system for production of ...    ( Company news )

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    ... insulating materials to Norway

    Picture: Handshake after signing the contract: (from left to right): Reinhard Schlager, Research and Technology; Gerhard Zauner, Project Manager, Thomas Hochmayr, Commercial Director; Michael Rupp, Director Sales and Marketing from ANDRITZ with Runar Jakobsen, Operation Director and Robert Dalen, Project Manager from Hunton Fiber AS

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Hunton Fiber AS to supply chip handling, pressurized refining equipment, and the chemical dosing system for its insulation production line at the mill in Gjørvik, Norway. The new plant will be built on a greenfield site 5km from the existing plant. Furthermore, the new production facilities will be powered by clean and environmentally friendly hydropower from Norway. Start-up is scheduled for May 2018.

    ANDRITZ will deliver a chip feeding system, which will process 100% spruce as raw material, as well as a pressurized refining system with a capacity of 5 bdmt/h and a chemical dosing system. ANDRITZ pressurized refining systems feature highly efficient pre-steaming, excellent dewatering in the plug screw feeder, and low specific energy consumption by the overall system.

    The large number of successful references for pressurized refining systems and components for the production of wood-based insulation products as well as high reliability of the equipment and significant advantages in maintenance were decisive for Hunton in placing the order with ANDRITZ.

    Hunton is a leading international company for the production of blown-in insulation and insulation board. The company is well-known in Scandinavia, serving the needs of both the domestic and the overseas market.
    (Andritz AG)
    19.05.2017   Come and meet Valutec at Ligna    ( Company news )

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    Valutec is taking a team of experts and a Virtual Reality tour of a TC continuous kiln to the trade fair in Hannover! You will find Valutec, which was awarded the prestigious accolade of “Sägewerksausstatter des Jahres 2017” (Sawmill supplier of the year) by trade journal Holzkurier, at Hall 25, stand D23.

    Valutec will naturally be one of the exhibitors at Ligna on 22-26 May in Hannover. The company will travel down to the fair with a team of experts.
    “We are looking forward to hearing about the challenges faced by sawmills and their needs. A lot is going on in terms of development and I am sure that we will have many interesting discussions,” says Eric Johansson, Marketing Manager at Valutec.

    As the world-leading supplier of continuous kilns, Valutec will also be showcasing its new generation of TC continuous kilns (photo), which combine high capacity and quality with unbeatable flexibility.
    “This is a facility that streamlines the production process at many sawmills, thanks to the fact that the operator has complete freedom to mix dimensions and moisture ratios. In order to make it easier to get an idea of how the facility looks and operates we will be offering a virtual reality experience where visitors can go round a TC kiln,” says Eric.

    In addition, Valutec will be demonstrating its Valmatics control system, the world’s only control system that also includes a simulator (Valusim). This combination provides scope for optimising drying programmes based on capacity, quality and energy consumption.
    “It reduces costs owing to deficient quality and shortens running-in periods. It yields a rapid effect on the bottom line at sawmills,” says Eric.

    You will find Valutec, which was awarded the prestigious accolade of “Sägewerksausstatter des Jahres 2017” (Sawmill supplier of the year) by trade journal Holzkurier, at Hall 25, stand D23.
    (Valutec AB)
    18.05.2017   Post Show Review - Dubai WoodShow 2017    ( Company news )

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    The 12th edition of Dubai International Wood and Machinery Show 2017 (Dubai WoodShow 2017) and the 1st edition of Dubai International Furniture Accessories & Components & Semi-Finished Products Show (DIFAC 2017) were launched by H.E. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Dubai Director General of Department of Economic Development.

    The launch also witnessed the esteemed presence of H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and many other high-proile dignitaries and offcial visitors from both public and private sectors.

    At the opening ceremony, H.E. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi walked through the different exhibition halls and met with representatives of the participant companies, who had an opportunity to display and explain their products
    and special offerings H.E. Sami Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi lauded the efforts of the organisers for conducting a show of this repute and also acknowledged their valuable contribution to making Dubai a hub for such international events.

    The Dubai WoodShow is one of the biggest events of the industry in the region and across the world. This year’s edition is 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)
    17.05.2017   Increased earnings for Setra    ( Company news )

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    Wood products company Setra reports an operating profit of SEK 33 million (9) for the first quarter of 2017. Net sales totalled SEK 1,007 million (1,028).

    “The higher earnings compared with the first quarter of 2016 are explained by the wood products market developing in a positive direction which has enabled us to increase both selling prices and sales and production volumes. We welcome this development in the wood products market and can see good demand from our customers. However, a lack of container capacity will affect deliveries in the coming months, especially to our customers in Asia,” says Hannele Arvonen (photo), President and CEO of Setra.

    The transaction for the sale of operations at Setra’s sawmill in Vimmerby to Bergs Timber was completed in January 2017. Figures for the previous year include the operations in Vimmerby as well as the subsidiary Setra Plusshus and the planing operations in Valbo, both of which were sold in the second quarter of 2016.

    Cash flow from operating activities for the first quarter amounted to SEK -28 million (-42). The Group’s financial position is strong. The Group’s financial net debt amounted to SEK 133 million at the end of the period which corresponds to a net debt/equity ratio of 10% (21).

    The Annual General Meeting of Setra Group AB was held recently and the meeting resolved to pay a dividend of SEK 1.94 per share for the financial year 2016, a total of approximately SEK 100 million.
    (Setra Group)
    16.05.2017   Three new services guarantee high machine availability    ( Company news )

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    The VOLLMER works at Biberach are adding three new services to their existing range. These consist of a service centre in Cloppenburg for customers in central and northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden, tiered service agreements and a new mobile service with integrated spare parts storage. With these additions, the grinding and eroding specialist is able to tailor its services more precisely to meet the specific requirements of the tool manufacturing and servicing sector – whether that involves maintaining a high level of machine availability or reaching the customer more quickly when needed. VOLLMER grinding and eroding machines are renowned worldwide for their long service life and precise machining results for rotary tools and circular saws. The three new VOLLMER services will help the brand move from strength to strength.

    "From consultation and financing to start-up and training, all the way through to upgrades and software – our VOLLMER services cover every phase of the machine life cycle," says Wolfgang Miller (photo), Services Director at VOLLMER. "The northern service centre in Cloppenburg, tiered service agreements and a new mobile service with integrated spare parts storage are our three latest innovations. They help us to provide our customers in the tool machining sector with a greater individual range of services."

    Northern service centre in Cloppenburg
    VOLLMER has over 75 service technicians worldwide who are continuously trained in all of the company's product areas. VOLLMER employs 25 service technicians in Germany alone. Since February 2016, an additional service centre in Cloppenburg has been responsible for supporting customers in central and northern Germany, Sweden and Denmark. "In the past, our service technicians had to travel a long way from Biberach to reach our customers located further north," says Wolfgang Miller. "Thanks to the service team located in Cloppenburg, we are now closer to these customers and consequently able to find a solution as quickly as possible when time is of the essence. This means we can meet exacting service quality standards at fair prices."

    Tiered service agreements
    Recurring maintenance and updates are key to the precise results and long service life offered by VOLLMER machines. For this reason, the grinding and eroding specialist from Biberach is now offering three preconfigured service packages which can be added to individually and thereby optimally tailored to meet customers' needs. Customers can therefore choose between the CHECK, PLUS and MAX agreements, tiered according to the scope of services offered. The CHECK service agreement covers basic services such as a six-monthly inspection and software updates. The next service level, PLUS, includes annual replacements for specific wear parts in addition to all the services in the basic package. The MAX service agreement includes the replacement of other wear parts at specified intervals.

    Mobile service with spare parts storage
    The third new addition to VOLLMER's range of services are utility vehicles equipped with integrated storage. Depending on the technician they are assigned to, the mobile service vehicles contain around 80 spare parts and machine components for the tool grinding or PCD eroding industry. The rolling spare parts storage enables immediate repairs without the need to re-order and is always ready for action in case of emergency.
    (Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH)
    15.05.2017   Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests, with accuracy of up to ten metres    ( Company news )

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    Led by VTT, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten metres.

    Caption: A carbon balance forecast for a detailed area in southern Finland, calculated using images from Sentinel 2. This prediction takes also account of carbon released by the decomposition of organic matter in the soil. The prediction has a resolution of ten metres.

    The technique involves mapping the key features of forest areas and forests – such as the location, main tree species, height and biomass – from images provided by the European Sentinel satellites. These digital images are fed into a model, alongside climate data. The result is carbon sequestration maps. Such maps reveal which areas are carbon sinks or carbon sources. This information can be used for activities such as planning forest management and assessing climate impacts.

    The simplest maps show the amount of carbon sequestered through photosynthesis, but take no account of carbon released by the decomposition of organic matter. More refined products take account of carbon released by living plants and carbon emissions from the soil. They provide a more precise idea of the carbon balance, but require the best source data. It was possible to create more advanced carbon balance maps of Finnish territory because sufficient ground reference data was available for guiding satellite image interpretation.

    "The partners in the project developed advanced methods of interpreting satellite and drone images. The University of Helsinki did the computing for the final carbon balance maps, based on VTT's satellite image interpretation. We had to invent a new approach to processing such huge quantities of data," says Research Professor Tuomas Häme.

    The University of Helsinki also developed a new way of using its carbon balance model to forecast growing stock volumes. The growing stock estimates for Finland yielded almost the same result as national forest inventories.

    At their most detailed, the maps had a resolution of ten metres. Coarser maps with a resolution of 500 metres were used to calculate the balance for the entire boreal coniferous forest zone from Iceland to the Urals. The same techniques could be used for satellite image interpretation and assessing the carbon balance, despite the major differences in image resolutions.

    The Sentinel satellite series forms the central part of the Copernicus Programme of the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA), which will provide free satellite data from across the globe over the forthcoming decades. The current total budget for the programme is over seven billion euros.

    Simosol Oy was the third Finnish partner involved in the North State project, in addition to the University of Helsinki and VTT. The other participating nations include the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway and Russia. The total budget for North State was just under three million euros.

    Preparations are being made to put the project's results into practice, which is expected to occur within two years. Häme will presented the results recently in Helsinki at the Baltic from Space meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA).
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    12.05.2017   PONSSE'S INTERIM REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY – 31 MARCH 2017    ( Company news )

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    – Net sales amounted to EUR 129.9 (115.1) million.
    – Operating result totalled EUR 14.3 (12.1) million, equalling 11.0 (10.5) percent of net sales.
    – Result before taxes was EUR 14.5 (12.0) million.
    – Cash flow from operating activities was EUR -5.4 (-2.3) million.
    – Earnings per share were EUR 0.40 (0.34).
    – Equity ratio was 52.4 (48.9) per cent.
    – Order books stood at EUR 118.6 (156.2) million.

    2017 started off well, and demand for PONSSE forest machines was high from the very beginning of the year. Orders for the first quarter were strong, and the order books at the end of the period under review stood at 118.6 (156.2) million euros.
    Net sales grew well during the first quarter to 129.9 (115.1) million euros.
    The growth of net sales in relation to the comparison period was 12.9 percent.
    The net sales of service business grew extremely well, but the growth of net sales in used machines was moderate. The portion of international business in net sales was 72.1 (72.7) percent.

    Profit for the past quarter amounted to 14.3 (12.1) million euros, with a
    growth of 18.3 percent. Result for the review period was 11.0 (10.5) percent.
    The distribution network and factory functioned as planned while operating
    costs remained under control, which had a positive effect on profitability.
    Cash flow was -5.4 (-2.3) million euros. The stock of used machines remains higher than expected.

    Our investments proceeded according to plans. New service centres were finished in Uruguay and France, and our UK subsidiary's new facilities are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The investment for the factory's expansion is on schedule. Building will be completed in the autumn of 2017, after which equipment will be installed.
    (Ponsse Oyj)
    11.05.2017   Stora Enso supplies massive wood to one of the Nordics largest wood construction projects    ( Company news )

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    Stora Enso has been commissioned to supply massive wood products to a residential project in Växjö municipality in southern Sweden. A total of 6,300 m3 of CLT (Cross Laminated Wood) will be delivered to the Trummens Strand project, making this one of the largest wooden building projects in the Nordic countries to date.

    The project includes, among other things, 150 exclusive apartments and a pre-school, which will be erected by construction contractor GBJ Bygg. The tallest residential buildings will be eight storeys high. The Norwegian company Woodcon will coordinate the delivery and design through its Swedish affiliate Woodconstruction Sweden. Work at Trummens Strand has recently begun and the site is planned to be ready at the turn of 2018/2019.

    "We are extremely pleased that we have been selected as the element provider for this extensive and exclusive housing project. It is clear that there is an increased focus on sustainable construction in Sweden, which increases the interest in wood as building material. Wood is the only fully renewable building material, so from an environmental standpoint there is no better alternative," says Mikael Lindberg, Head of Sales Scandinavia from Stora Enso Division Wood Products.

    "With today's climate challenges, it is important for us to focus on building in the most environmentally friendly way as possible. Building in wood feels right because it has so many positive climate impacts,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of GBJ Bygg.

    "The most important thing for me as an architect is to feel that this is a wooden structure. One should feel that it is wood and smell of wood, and when you lean against a massive wooden wall you can feel the quality," says architect Stefan Johansson of FOJAB Architects.

    "Trummens Strand is one of several exciting wooden house projects in Växjö municipality," says Anna Tenje, Chairman of the municipal council in Växjö. "In Växjö, we have developed a specific wood construction strategy to stimulate the increased use of wood. The goal is that by 2020, at least 50% of new municipal construction will be wood based. We are on track and the outcome for 2016 already ended up with a delighting 67%."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    10.05.2017   Case study: Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Westonbirt Arboretum    ( Company news )

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    Two radical timber buildings at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire show how timber from trees felled in the routine maintenance of the estate were processed on site into structure and cladding, and constructed by volunteers and trainee carpenters.

    The two new buildings, designed by Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio, are focused on the requirements of staff at the arboretum, whose management and care of the tree collection are critical to its sustainable existence.

    The brief developed into two buildings; the Machine Shed, where tractors and agricultural equipment used by the staff are housed and maintained, and the Mess Room, which provides communal staff facilities. Both buildings sit close to each other at the far end of the estate.

    Timber was the obvious choice of material, and as the architect Piers Taylor explained: “We particularly wanted to use the timber from the arboretum – as the client had an extraordinary resource which they hadn’t exploited previously for building.

    “As a result, all the timber for these two buildings was grown and milled on site and used untreated for the construction with no further processing.”

    Graham Clarke, senior structural engineer at Buro Happold, described the structure: “The design team’s initial response was to look at the forest resources available at the arboretum. By gaining an understanding of the timber that would become available through the routine management of the arboretum, it became apparent that some significant sized trees could be harvested.”

    The two buildings were delivered on a tight budget and are able to demonstrate that, with the right design approach, locally sourced materials can be used to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment as well as reducing the construction costs.
    (TRADA - Timber Research and Development Association)
    09.05.2017   Metsä Wood establishes birch plywood mill in Pärnu, Estonia     ( Company news )

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    The construction of the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is part of the 100 million euro investment program Metsä Wood published in June 2016. The program is carried out during 2017-2018.
    The new mill will create approximately 200 jobs to Pärnu. The mill will start production by the second half of 2018.

    “Metsä Wood is investing in birch plywood production to better meet the globally growing demand. The location of the new mill in Pärnu offers very good logistical connections to our main markets. The birch veneers will be manufactured in Finland and converted into plywood at the Pärnu mill. This is a major investment in our competitiveness. The annual birch plywood production capacity at the Pärnu mill will be 50 000 cubic metres,” says Jari Tikkanen, SVP Production and technology at Metsä Wood.

    The construction agreement signed between Metsä Wood and Nordecon AS includes the construction of the production hall of 29 000 square metres and the non-work rooms and office premises.
    (Metsä Wood)
    08.05.2017   Kährs Group closes wood floor production unit in Finland    ( Company news )

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    The flooring company Kährs Group is reorganizing its hardwood flooring production and has decided to close its production unit in Tuupovaara, Finland.

    Twenty-one employees are affected and the implementation of the closure will start immediately and notices of termination will be given to the employees as soon as possible.

    Kährs Group is continuously evaluating its supply footprint to optimize capacity and streamline operations. The demand for products produced at the Tuupovaara unit have declined in recent years.

    “Streamlining our supply footprint and adjusting our production network to what is in demand is necessary to secure our long-term ability to provide customers with competitive, high-quality hardwood floors”, says Christer Persson, President and CEO of Kährs Group.
    (Karelia-Upofloor Oy)
    05.05.2017   Swedish Karl Hedin AB Group chooses again HEINOLAs Chamber Kilns!    ( Company news )

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    AS Toftan from Estonia Vorumaa invests again in HEINOLAs high-class Chamber Kilns. This kiln order is already second from AS Toftan to HEINOLA within one year. These six new Chamber Kilns type HCHD from Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. have annual capacity of ca. 130 000 m3 when drying 25 mm spruce to 14 % final moisture content. The drying kilns can be used for drying of pine and spruce timber with thicknesses of 25–75 mm from sawn green timber to the final moisture of 8–18 %. The new Chamber Kilns will be taken into production by the end of year 2017.

    Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. expresses its thanks to AS Toftan for their confidence to us!
    (Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc.)
    04.05.2017   European sawlog prices continued their downward trend in late 2016, resulting in a decline...    ( Company news )

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    .. of the European Sawlog Price Index by 6.6% over the course of two years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Sawlog prices have fallen faster in Europe than in the rest of the world for the past two years but are still higher than in North America, Oceania and Latin America reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The discrepancy between the global and European sawlog price indices reached its lowest level since 2006.

    Sawlog prices in Europe have been trending downward over the past three years from their record high levels in 2014. The biggest price drops have occurred in the Nordic countries and in Central Europe, while the log costs have fallen slightly less for sawmills in Eastern Europe.

    The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) in the 4Q/16 was 6.6 % below its peak in 2014. Sawlog prices in Sweden, Finland and Norway are currently at their lowest levels in over ten years in their local currencies despite healthy lumber markets for sawmills in the region and high production levels. In Germany and Austria there has been a slight increase in sawlog prices during 2016, but prices are still close to their lowest they have been since 2010.

    Wood raw-material costs for European lumber producers (which typically range between 60-70% of the production costs) have declined faster than in most other regions of the world over the past few years and sawmills on the continent have become more competitive, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The European Sawlog Price Index (in US dollar terms) has fallen 19% from 2014 to 2016, while sawlog prices in North America and Latin America have declined by six percent and 13 percent respectively, during the same period. Although European sawmills continue to have some of the highest raw-material costs in the world, the discrepancy between the global sawlog price index (GSPI) and the European sawlog price index (in US dollar terms) has fallen, and in the 4Q/16 was at its lowest level in over ten years.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    03.05.2017   Södra retains some operations at the Torsås sawmill    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra will retain one planing line plus the tongue and groove board line at the Torsås sawmill. In June last year, Södra announced that the sawmill would be closed down. The decision means that seven employees who had previously received redundancy notice will be recalled.

    The original plan was to discontinue the sawing operations on 30 June this year, and to close the trimming plant and planing mill on 31 October.

    "The sawing operations at Torsås will be extended until 31 October, and then closed down. These activities will be extended because we need to support the sawmill at Långasjö with products while the new small-dimension line is being installed," said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.

    Södra also intends to retain one planing line to increase its own planing capacity. Some volumes of planing is currently sub-contracted. Since the planing mill will be retained, the continuation of tongue and groove production is only logical.

    In connection with the decision to close the sawmill in June, it was also announced that construction shelter, joinery and boiler-related activities would remain in the area, requiring nine employees.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    02.05.2017   Tool sharpening for the woodworking industry - VOLLMER at Ligna 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    In line with their motto "Dialogue on Precision", the sharpening specialist VOLLMER will present their range of products and services at this year's Ligna woodworking trade fair. At stand B60 in Hall 27, the Swabian business will show off their grinding and eroding machines for the wood processing industry, designed to sharpen circular, band and gang saws as well as rotary tools. From 22nd to 26th May 2017, visitors to the trade fair will be able to get a closer look at the VOLLMER CC 355 production system for circular saws. In addition, the modified QXD 250 eroding machine for PCD-tipped rotary tools and the VGrind 360 grinding machine for carbide tools will be on display in Hanover. These machines are used by furniture makers, wood material manufacturers and sharpening services.

    Photo: With the VGrind 360 grinding machine for carbide tools, VOLLMER has brought the next generation of grinding machines to series production.

    VOLLMER at Ligna 2017
    Whether for circular, band and gang saws or rotary tools – at stand B60 in Hall 27 at the 2017 Ligna woodworking trade fair, VOLLMER is presenting efficient complete solutions for machining both saws and tools for the woodworking industry. The new CC 355 production system is suitable for manufacturers of carbide-tipped circular saws for use in wood cutting. The CC 355 enables large numbers of circular saw blades to be fully sharpened – including all tooth faces, tooth tops and side angles – in a single working cycle. Four grip arms automatically carry the saw blades, which can range from 150 to 355 millimetres in diameter, from the loading system to the three machining stations. The CP 650 sharpening machine will also be on show in Hanover from 22nd to 26th May 2017. It is suitable for sharpening tooth faces and tooth tops on carbide-tipped circular saw blades between 80 and 650 millimetres in diameter. What's more, VOLLMER will be available to provide information about other machines which can be used for sharpening services or in filing rooms at sawmills – simply pay them a visit at their Ligna stand.

    Sharpening carbide-tipped tools
    The VGrind 360 grinding machine is suitable for machining carbide tools such as drills and milling cutters, which are used in timber construction and furniture building. Thanks to two vertically positioned spindles, the VGrind 360 machines and finishes rotary tools in large quantities quickly and precisely. Its enhanced travel distances enable carbide-tipped steel bodies up to a diameter of 200 millimetres to be machined, depending on their geometry. With the VGrind 360, VOLLMER provides tool manufacturers around the world with solutions for rotary workpieces of varying geometries.

    Diamond-tipped tools – those that feature polycrystalline diamond (PCD) – are vitally important in the production of wood and composite materials. VOLLMER provides PCD tool manufacturers with a range of eroding machines. The QXD 250 disc erosion machine will be on show in Hanover. Thanks to its modified generator and expanded program functionalities, it enables more efficient, quicker, more precise machining. With the HC 5 pallet circulation magazine, the QXD 250 can be expanded by up to 28 workpiece positions.

    "The Ligna trade fair is an excellent forum for us to speak with representatives from the woodworking industry," says Dr Stefan Brand, CEO of VOLLMER in Biberach. "Alongside our sharpening machines, we are demonstrating our wide range of services which are tailored to meet the needs of our customers and which range from training and financing schemes to maintenance and repair."
    (Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH)
    28.04.2017   Swedish sawmilling group Siljan invests in batch kilns    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... by acquiring the business of Metriguard Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Finland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ...that harm both sectors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ...and fibre supply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Piczure: Tool with DataMatrix Code

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The 6th South China International Wood & Wood Products Fair 2017 (Wood South China 2017)
    Date: May 12th-14th, 2017
    Venue: Poly World Trade Center Expo, Guangzhou, China
    Contact Person: Jacob
    Tel: +86 20-22074185
    Mob: +86 13416279371
    Fax: +86 20-82579220
    (Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group Co.,ltd)
    23.03.2017   Laila Rogestedt is leaving Södra    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... in Lieksa/Kevätniemi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A pellet works will shortly be constructed to recycle the wood shavings.
    (Binderholz Nordic Oy)

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