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    Birkner 2017 - NEW: Web database access and book editions at a special price    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Within a few weeks, the new, completely updated web database and book editions from Birkner 2017 - International PaperWorld, the unique source of information for the international paper industry, will be published.

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    (Birkner International PaperWorld)
     
    28.03.2017   $150-million reforestation investment will help fight climate change, create more rural jobs    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... in Lieksa/Kevätniemi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    ... for the Forest Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news
    International technology group ANDRITZ saw solid business development in the past business year. In spite of a slight decline in sales to just over six billion euros, earnings and profitability reached the highest figures in the company’s history. The Executive Board will propose an increased dividend payment of 1.50 EUR per share to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

    Photo: Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG

    The results of the business year in detail:
    -Sales amounted to 6,039.0 MEUR and thus remained 5.3% below the all-time high of the previous year (2015: 6,377.2 MEUR). All four business areas noted a project-related decline in sales in the capital segment. Service business saw very positive development, rising to a share of 32% of total sales (2015: 30%) – with increases in all four business areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Delivery to site Grayling is scheduled for the first quarter in 2018 for installation and start-up of the equipment in summer 2018. The new press will manufacture OSB with a thickness ranging from 6.3 – 31.8 mm.
    (Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
     
    27.02.2017   Moelven's best year since 2007     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Moelven posted a NOK 335 million profit on the company's operations in 2016. This is an improvement of the operating profit of NOK 120 million compared to the previous year.

    In 2016 operating revenues increased by 6.8 per cent to NOK 10,350 million (NOK 9,690 million in 2015).

    Quarter unchanged
    However, CEO Morten Kristansen (photo) of Moelven says that the operating result for the final quarter of NOK 64 million is at the same level as the previous year (65).

    “Operating revenues in the fourth quarter dropped by 1.1 per cent to NOK 2,456 million (2,483). The reduction is due to the sale of operations.

    Satisfied
    The CEO is pleased with the year.

    “We have exceeded 10 billion in revenues, and accumulated the operating result has increased by 23.5 per cent. This is mainly due to the continued satisfactory demand for products from the group's timber processing operations, and a good and healthy level of activity in the Building Systems project division,” Kristiansen says.

    Successful measures
    Kristiansen says that the reason for the good operating result is restructuring and efficiency measures in several companies in the group.

    “Improvement and efficiency work will continue, and there are interesting projects going on throughout the group. The two largest sawmills we have in Sweden – Moelven Valåsen AB and Moelven Notnäs AB – are in the process of major organisational change. At the same time investments of around SEK 160 million are planned in machinery and equipment. The measures are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019. We aim for these units to become our most efficient and profitable,” Morten Kristiansen says.

    Coordinated efforts
    In January 2017 a decision was made to transfer operations at Moelven Tom Heurlin AB from the Timber division to the Wood division as of year end.

    The company has failed to achieve satisfactory profitability through its strategic focus on exports, and will instead coordinate with the Wood division on focusing on the Scandinavian home market. In time, this will strengthen the Wood division's focus on surface treatment of wood and interior panels and have positive effects on results,” Kristiansen says.

    Good outlook
    In Norway the mainland economy is growing, and the decline in petroleum sector is slowing down. In Sweden expectations toward activity have been turned down a notch following a period with very high activity. The rest of Europe continues with a marginal positive growth rate.

    “For the Group as a whole revenues are expected to increase somewhat. The programme for operational improvement and structuring of the group in line with the strategy plan continues unabated and will contribute to improved profitability for the underlying operations,” Kristiansen says.
    (Moelven Industrier ASA)
     
    24.02.2017   UPM selects continuous kiln from Valutec    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Finnish company UPM has chosen to invest in a continuous kiln from Valutec for its sawmill in Korkeakoski.

    “UPM is known for its excellent product quality. So it feels really great to know that they chose us, as we always put quality first,” says Mikko Pitkänen (photo), Country Manager at Valutec Oy.

    UPM Timber is a Nordic sawn timber producer with four sawmills in Finland with a combined annual production capacity of over 1.5 million cubic metres. The sawmill in Korkeakoski opened in 1960. Its main product is redwood sawn timber for the joinery industry.

    The kiln type is an OTC continuous kiln. The turnkey delivery consists also energy measuring system, pressure frames and Valutec’s Valmatics control system.
    (Valutec AB)
     
    24.02.2017   Outstanding BAU 2017 — New records once again!    ( Company news )

    Company news
    • 80,000 of the more than 250,000 visitors were from abroad
    • 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries gave the fair top marks
    • In November: new FENESTRATION BAU China in Shanghai

    For the first time ever, 80,000 of the more than 250,000 visitors who attended BAU 2017 were from abroad. As a result, BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, managed once again to make significant gains at the international level (2015: 72,000 visitors). With more than 65,000 visitors from architecture and planning offices, BAU managed yet again to solidify its reputation as a trade fair for architects. With a total of 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries, it also set a new record for the number of exhibitors.

    Reinhard Pfeiffer, the Managing Director responsible for the fair, is pleased with the results: “Once again, BAU has set a number of new records. In doing so, it has done an impressive job of demonstrating its position as a driving force behind innovation and a source of momentum to the construction industry.” Dieter Schäfer, Chairman of the BAU Exhibitor Advisory Board, was also thrilled: “From the exhibitors' perspective, BAU was a complete success. It rightfully bears the title ‘World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems.’ For Martin J. Hörmann, Deputy Chairman of the BAU Exhibitor Advisory Board, BAU is "the industry highlight every two years.”

    Once again, the Top 10 countries of visitor origin included three countries from outside the EU: Turkey (3,055 visitors/2015: 3,716), Russia (2,868/2015: 2,500) and China. The already large number of Chinese trade visitors increased once again (2,235 visitors/2015: 2,096), and China improved its ranking in the Top 10.

    During BAU, Messe München announced that it has acquired a majority share of FENESTRATION CHINA, China's most important trade fair for windows, doors and facades. “As the future organizer of FENESTRATION BAU China, the fact that our key exhibitors have responded so positively to this news is extremely important,” explained Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer. According to Cathy Peng, founder of FENESTRATION CHINA and future co-owner of the new FENESTRATION BAU China, combining FENESTRATION CHINA with segments from BAU and BAU Congress China is clearly a ‘win-win situation.’ The new joint platform FENESTRATION BAU China will take place for the first time in Shanghai from November 7 to 10, 2017. The merger has also allowed BAU to strengthen its position in China, the most important construction market in the world.

    Once again, neighboring countries Austria (11,520 visitors), Switzerland (5,243) and Italy (5,013) topped BAU's list of visitor countries. The list of countries with the largest increases in the number of visitors shows that awareness about BAU is growing, even outside Europe. They include South Korea (1,301 visitors/+42%), the USA (792 visitors/+40%) and India (803/+59%).

    “BAU was founded in 1964, and in its more than 50 year history, it has developed into an internationally respected mega event. Everyone who made their way through the fair's 17 exhibition halls was left with that impression,” explained Mirko Arend, Exhibition Director of BAU. The halls and exhibition stands were full from day one. As always, the halls were characterized by elaborately designed stand presentations—many two-stories high. The visitors that could be seen and heard at the stands came from around the world. The 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries were well prepared. Many of them brought specially trained employees to BAU to better serve all the international guests. But even though BAU 2017 demanded complete dedication from its exhibitors, given all the new contacts, high-quality visitors and positive economic outlook, the atmosphere at the exhibition stands was outstanding.

    As in the past, exhibitors were pleased with the internationality, quality and diversity of the trade visitors. The clear tenor: BAU is in an exceptional position, and it is the industry's most important trade fair—both at home and abroad. “Once again BAU has put its special status as the industry's leading international trade fair to the test,” explained Bernard Gualdi, Director of Corporate Communications at Braas. “BAU has proved more than ever that it is the leading international exhibition,” underscored Thomas Lauritzen from Schüco. Ayten Yilmaz from WICONA kept his remarks brief: “BAU is sensational.” Marc Everling, Director Marketing Communication at Interpane, praised the diversity of BAU's visitors: “BAU gives us access to the entire range of target groups.” Werner Hansmann, CEO of Saint-Gobain Rigips, described his impression: “There was a noticeable increase in the number of international contacts this year.” Hannes Spiss was at BAU with the Chinese company Northglass for the first time, and the Vice President was “completely overwhelmed. For us, participating again in 2019 is an absolute must.” When asked about the next BAU in two years, nearly all exhibitors gave the same answer: We'll be back!

    BAU's position as the absolute number one in the industry was also verified by a survey of exhibitors conducted by market research institute Gelszus, the results of which are almost impossible to improve upon. According to the survey, nearly all exhibitors (98 percent) gave BAU a rating of good to excellent. Its character as a leading exhibition was recognized on a broad front (95 percent). 95 percent of exhibitors gave it top marks for quality, 91 percent for the share of international visitors. Less surprising: This time exhibitors gave the current state of the economy better marks than in 2015. 91 percent—compared to 81 percent two years ago—gave it a rating of good to excellent. Exhibitors also confirmed that the willingness to make concrete business deals has improved compared to 2015. Almost all exhibitors (98 percent) plan to participate again in 2019.

    The results of the visitor survey remained stable at the highest level. Further improvement is hardly possible in this case, as well. As in 2015, 98 percent of visitors who attended BAU gave it a rating of good to excellent, and 96 percent plan to attend again in two years. Visitors gave the fair top marks for the scope and completeness of its exhibits (98 percent good to excellent) and for the presence of market leaders (95 percent). Visitor satisfaction was between 90 and 100 percent in all categories, which is also normal for BAU. 95 percent of visitors reported reaching their most important goal, which was to gather information about new developments. That was slightly more than in 2015. Nearly all visitors, exactly 95 percent, were trade visitors, and 62 percent said that they held management positions.

    Even though BAU's most convincing qualities are the diversity of its visitors and the diverse range of topics that it covers, this year's fair revolved around two themes. The exhibitors in the BAU IT sector in Hall C3 demonstrated how strongly digitalization is influencing the future of building. The topic of building information modeling (BIM) was omnipresent there. The other topic that dominated the exhibition halls: Smart building elements and systems that have specific properties and react to outside influences—from door handles with finger scanners to energy-generating facades and system solutions for completely connected smart homes.

    While BAU is known for the quality of its exhibitors and their stand presentations, that applies all the more to its supporting program. As in the past, the three exhibition forums were popular attractions at this year's fair. They were located in the middle of the halls (C2, A4 and B0), so visitors could hear the industry's hot topics explained by independent experts from the architecture, research and industrial sectors as they walked by—and free of charge! Presentations revolved around the digitalization of planning and construction, modular serial construction and the topic of ‘smart’. The Forum in Hall B0 also had an additional focal point for practical solutions for restoring and modernizing buildings. Real Estate Industry Day and Universities Day were also held there.

    The exhibitors' presentations were accompanied by special shows on the main themes of BAU 2017 (Intelligent Facades—Digital Planning, Building and Operation—Networked Buildings—Building and Living 2020), covering various aspects and points of view. BAU's partners include renowned companies and organizations such as Fraunhofer-Allianz Bau, the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council), ift Rosenheim and GGT Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontotechnik ®.

    BAU 2017 was officially opened by Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Germany's Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). In her speech, she referred to the construction industry as a “essential industry” for key social functions. She said that we are on the right track with housing construction initiatives. “Germany's construction sites are humming. After years of stagnation, we have seen the trend turn around.” After a full tour of the exhibition, the Minister opened the BMUB Conference, the title of which was “Construction policy is necessary!”

    Once again, the Long Night of Architecture was a highlight of BAU. On Friday evening, more than 35,000 visitors wanted to experience 70 of Munich's buildings and architectural highlights while lighted up at night (see also BAU PI No. 19).

    As always, several awards were presented within the scope of BAU. They included the 1:1 ‘First House’ Award in conjunction with ‘Bauwelt’, the AIT Innovation Award, the BAKA Award for Product Innovations, the ‘Built on IT—Building Jobs with a Future’ Award, the Building Materials Market Oscar and the Bavarian Engineers Award. The announcement of the winners of the Archi-World Academy, a competition that BAU organizes with the Archi-World architectural portal, was a definite highlight. The twelve winners, whom were selected from more than 1,500 competitors from around the world, can look forward to half-year internships with leading international architects. They looked thrilled as they stood side by side with their future employers.

    The next BAU will feature two new halls when it takes place at the Messe München trade fair center from January 14 to 19, 2019. The trade-fair center will then have 200,000 square meters of exhibition space.
    (Messe München GmbH)
     
    23.02.2017   Södra´s operating profit SEK 452 million for third four-month period    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Picture: Lars Idermark

    Södra’s operating profit for the third four-month period amounted to SEK 452 million (502). The full-year profit is in line with expectations and the board proposes a distribution of profit totalling SEK 602 million.
    “2016 was a year of transition for Södra, with major changes due to robust investment and restructuring but also lower prices for our finished goods. Against this background, operating profit of SEK 452 million for the third four-month period is a show of strength, while full-year profit of SEK 1,005 million is completely in line with expectations”, said Lars Idermark, President and CEO, in a statement.

    Consolidated net sales for the third four-month period amounted to SEK 6,214 million (6,081), and for the full-year 2016 amounted to SEK 18,482 million (18,267). The operating profit for the period totaled SEK 452 million (502) and for the full-year SEK 1 005 million (2,162). Return on capital employed was 7 percent (17) and the equity ratio was 55 percent (62).

    “Södra’s efforts to create a stronger company in a more global and competitive market are continuing. The extensive investments of recent years are among the largest in Södra’s history, and we are strengthening our customer offering and securing markets for our members’ forest products,” said Idermark.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    22.02.2017   Hartola Glulam Factory integrated to SavcorERP System    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Versowood´s Glulam factory in Hartola is now incorporated as part of Versowood’s own ERP System which eases synchronization of sales, production and deliveries in the future. Savcor Oy is Versowood’s ERP System provider.

    Versowood Oy acquired Metsä Wood’s Glulam factory in Hartola from Metsäliitto Osuuskunta and also 50 percent of Hartolan Kuningaslampö power plant in the end of 2016.

    The acquisition increases Versowood’s Glulam production from 65.000 m³ to over 80.000 m³ on an annual basis and the turnover will be almost 40 Million euros per year with 110 employees in total.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
     
    21.02.2017   Skånebeslag to implement Threespine® in new line of bathroom cabinets    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Välinge has signed a license agreement with the Swedish bathroom cabinet manufacturer Skånebeslag for the use of Threespine® click furniture technology.

    Skånebeslag will implement Threespine technology in a new line of bathroom cabinets made of compact laminate with the aim to offer new designs to its customers.

    “Threespine technology will enable us to use miter joints which is quite unique for products in compact laminate. In combination with removing all visible screws we will now be able to further improve the design of our cabinets,” said Skånebeslag CEO Mikael Bornéus. ”We are convinced that the new line of cabinets will appeal to architects and interior designers and that, in turn, will help us achieve our goal of continuous growth.”

    In addition to improved design, Threespine will enable faster assembly as well as other benefits such as drill-free wall mounting and the possibility to hide transformers and cables.

    ”We had been working on some technical details to improve our cabinets and with Threespine several pieces of the puzzle fell into place,” continued Mikael.

    The family-owned company Skånebeslag has been in the furniture business since 1972 and today supply products to all Nordic countries. The first products with Threespine technology are scheduled to be available in the spring of 2017.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
     
    20.02.2017   Highest environmental rating for more harvesting operations    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The trend that Södra is taking more consideration for the environmental impact of regeneration harvesting is continuing. This was revealed by the company’s Green Balance Sheet for 2016. The approval rate for regeneration harvest sites has increased from 72 to 95 percent since 2010. Meanwhile, the quality of consideration on the approved sites has also improved.

    “The higher rating for our environmental considerations is continuing,” said Henrik Holmberg, acting ecologist at Södra. “Södra has been working systematically with nature conservation for 20 years, by training our forestry professionals and the harvesting contractors who work for us, for example, and we are now seeing the results in the form of greater consideration for the environmental impact of our regeneration harvests.”

    One aspect measured in Södra’s Green Balance Sheet is impacts on soil and water. Södra has been working actively to reduce the soil and water damage caused by regeneration harvests since 2013, when Södra introduced a soil protection guarantee. The aim of the guarantee is to clarify responsibilities, and to entitle everyone involved in the harvesting operation to take proactive steps to prevent any damage from occurring. Should damage arise, despite these preventive measures, Södra will be responsible for rectification. The soil protection guarantee is highly appreciated by Södra’s members and contractors. The results in the Green Balance Sheet also indicate a highly positive trend.

    “From a 75-percent approval rate for the impact on soil and water in regeneration harvest sites in 2010, we now live up to the requirements in almost every case,” said Henrik Holmberg.

    Södra also introduced a soil protection guarantee for thinning operations during the year. Training was held for forestry professionals and harvesting contractors, and all thinning contracts awarded in autumn are also subject to the guarantee’s requirements.

    “We hope to see the results of these measures in the 2017 Green Balance Sheet,” said Henrik Holmberg.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    17.02.2017   Logset expands its operation in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy expands significantly its dealer network and operation in Russia. Logset has made new dealer contracts with Russian companies that are specialized in forest machine distribution and service. At the same time the cooperation Logset had with the Russian dealer Ferronordic Machines ends.

    - We want to have straight and simple relationships with our end customers. We manufacture the best forest machines on the market. By strengthening our distribution network, we strive to make sure that our end customers get the quality service, spare parts and training they need. Through this reform, we wish to have a faster and more genuine communication with our end customers, says Juha Kirvesniemi, Logset’s Area Sales Manager for Russia.
    (Logset Oy)
     
    16.02.2017   Pervanovo invests in production capacity of flooring based on Välinge technology    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Välinge parent company Pervanovo Invest AB has initiated a major investment project to meet the growing demand for Välinge technology. The 5-year, €250 million investment plan aims to expand the flooring capacity to 20 million sqm.

    The first step in the expansion is to complete a high-tech production facility in Viken during 2017. The new 20,000 sqm large facility will have a production capacity of 5 million sqm Woodura® and Nadura® flooring and will feature a continuous 2.1 m wide Hymmen press, a Homag profiling line and a Burkle oil/lacquering line.

    The investment plan also includes adding production capacity to the recently acquired company Bjelin d.o.o. (former Tehnodrvo). The production sites in Bjelovar and Ogulin (Croatia) will be able to increase their volumes from 1 million to 5 million sqm. 2 million sqm will be comprised of plank-sized one strip 3-layer parquet and small parquet strips for herringbone installation and the remaining 3 million sqm of Woodura® flooring.

    Bjelin will also expand its production of oak top lamellas for 3-layer parquet and veneer for Woodura® flooring. In addition, the company is planning to introduce several wood flooring-related technologies from Välinge such as advanced fold down locking systems, ACTiO2® and a new lamella core.

    All new floor products will be sold under the recently launched BJELIN brand.
    (Välinge Innovation AB)
     
    15.02.2017   Increased earnings for Setra    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Wood products company Setra reports an operating profit of SEK 153 million (47) for the full year 2016. This profit includes non-recurring items in an amount of SEK 38 million (-19). Net sales totalled SEK 4,043 million (4,218).

    “The market for wood products has developed in a positive direction during the year. As a result we have been able to increase production which, combined with a favourable currency trend, has contributed towards our increased earnings. We see continued good demand for wood products and an improved stock situation compared with the same time last year. This means that we are positive about the development of the wood products market during 2017,” says Hannele Arvonen (photo), President and CEO of Setra.

    In December, an agreement was signed with Bergs Timber for the sale of operations at Setra’s sawmill in Vimmerby. This transaction was completed in January 2017.

    During the year, Setra’s subsidiary within industrial-scale construction of wooden buildings, Setra Plusshus, and the planing operations in Valbo were sold. The result from these sales together with insurance compensation following a fire are reported as non-recurring items in an amount of SEK 38 million. In the previous year, costs for the discontinuation of planing operations in Valbo were reported in an amount of SEK 19 million.

    Cash flow from operating activities for 2016 amounted to SEK 185 million (269). The Group’s financial position is strong. The Group’s net financial debt amounted to SEK 115 million at year-end which corresponds to a net debt/equity ratio of 9% (17).
    (Setra Group)
     
    14.02.2017   ACIMALL: POSITIVE TREND FOR WOODWORKING TECHNOLOGY IN 2016     ( Company news )

    Company news
    2016 closed with a positive sign: this is the final result of a 12-month period characterized by a clearly positive trend of technology, equipment and tools for wood and wood-based materials.

    As we wait for final figures, the Studies Office of Acimall – the Confindustria member association that represents the companies of this excellent “made in Italy” sector – estimates that production in 2016 amounted to 2,078 million euro, 11.5 percent more than 1,864 in 2015.
    This percent variation is very similar to the result of 2015 versus 2014, when an 11.7 percent increase was recorded.

    The growth of export was slower: in 2016, sales abroad amounted to
    1,486 million euro, 5.1 percent more than in 2015, when export had grown much stronger by 12.7 percent versus 2014.

    These are positive signs, compared to a domestic market that – driven by public incentives and measures to support industrial activity and, more in general, consumption – in 2016 amounted to 592 million euro, as much as 31.6 percent more than total sales on the domestic market in the previous year. So, growth endures and we are finally benefiting from an economic trend supported not only by our extraordinary propensity to export, but also by a domestic market that is much more willing to invest in instrumental goods.

    The analysis by the Studies Office of Acimall also highlights further signals, namely a wider and wider gap between small businesses on one side and big companies on the other: current markets, following the transformations we all know, are rewarding bigger organizations,
    companies that can face the global scenario with an organic, systematic and consistent approach. To be honest, this trend has been clear for one decade at least, but probably, many companies have not paid the level of attention that, according to the analysts of the Confindustria member association, will be necessary in the future.

    Nevertheless, preliminary 2016 results give reason for satisfaction and optimism, showing that the industry's record production levels, i.e. 2,159 million euro in 2007, are getting closer. However, it will be more and more important to monitor the big destination markets of “made in Italy” woodworking technology. First of all countries like Russia and Brazil, currently characterized by “complicated” economic, political and financial conditions, but also increasing competition from China in South-East Asia or stability in the United States, a customer that in recent years had increased its orders to Italian companies by 40 percent.
    (Acimall)
     
    14.02.2017   LIGNA 2017: Innovations showcase ready to roll    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017
    LIGNA, the focal point and meeting hub for the international wood industry, is just around the corner. The 2017 edition runs from 22 to 26 May at in Hannover, Germany, and will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 nations and attract trade visitors from about 90 nations.

    - More international participation, more exhibitors, more booked space
    - New layout successfully implemented

    LIGNA, the focal point and meeting hub for the international wood industry, is just around the corner. The 2017 edition runs from 22 to 26 May at in Hannover, Germany, and will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 nations and attract trade visitors from about 90 nations. The show will occupy 10 exhibition halls plus the venue’s extensive open-air site. All the global market leaders will be there with impressive showcases to highlight their latest products and process innovations. They will be joined by a sizable number of other exhibitors, some of whom will be appearing at LIGNA for the first time. With pleasing growth in terms of its exhibitor lineup and a significant upswing in the amount of space booked by various exhibitors, the upcoming LIGNA is set to once again serve as the global wood industry’s top summit and source of innovative technology.

    The show’s organizers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, have successfully implemented a new thematic layout in time for the 2017 season. "The new approach and, more importantly, the new physical layout have been extremely well received. The business climate in the wood industry is positive, offering a wealth of market opportunities. LIGNA captures those opportunities perfectly," remarked Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member responsible for LIGNA, at the LIGNA Preview in Hannover, adding that: "This year, the exhibitors are presenting a wide array of innovations for intelligent, networked manufacturing systems, not to mention new ideas and strategies for the many value-creation networks at play in the wood processing and woodworking industries."

    This year’s action-packed, five-day showcase covers all the technologies that wood industry companies need to succeed in tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 world. The range includes tools and machinery for custom and mass production, surface technology innovations, wood-based panel production solutions, sawmill technology, wood-energy technology, machine components, and automation and forestry technology. "LIGNA 2017 is where key solutions and applications will be showcased. It’s where business relationships and networks will be built that will benefit the entire wood industry for years to come," commented Gruchow.

    The central focus of LIGNA 2017 is on intelligent concepts for integrated manufacturing across multiple links in the wood processing chain. The solutions on display promise growth and efficiency. They give wood industry companies a route to business development that does not depend on being big. And they provide a rapid roadmap to the capabilities needed to meet growing market demand for custom production.

    LIGNA also scores highly in terms of international participation, with Italy, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, China, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands following Germany as the show’s top 10 exhibiting nations. In fact, several exhibitors from Italy, Austria and Spain have opted to increase the size of their displays for the upcoming show. All up, LIGNA 2017 will occupy more than 122,000 square meters (1,313,000 sq. ft.) of net display area and feature all the latest wood industry process and product innovations.

    The revamped layout includes a new "Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production" display in halls 11 to 15 and 27. The display encompasses machinery for processing solid wood, plant and machinery for industrial-scale furniture production, and machines and hand-tools for crafting custom products from both solid wood and panel products. It will present a comprehensive range of solutions for companies of all sizes at one convenient location and in a way that is supremely quick and easy for visitors to navigate. "The new layout of themes reflects the fact that, in modern woodworking, the type of technology used is more about what’s needed to get the job done than about the size or scale of the user’s operation. In other words, new technologies and their applications are converging. LIGNA brings these innovations to life, making it easier for visitors to experience all the most relevant innovations for their particular needs," explained Gruchow.

    Under the new layout, the "Surface Technology" area remains in Hall 17, but now stars as a full-fledged display category in keeping with its growing importance within the LIGNA universe. "The Surface Technology area has won a large number of major international players as new exhibitors, and many of those already on board have opted for significantly larger displays," said Gruchow.

    The "Machine Components and Automation Technology" showcase in Hall 16 has also become a full-fledged display, thus reflecting the rapidly rising importance of integrated manufacturing and automation. These technologies promise greater efficiency, improved accuracy and shorter production cycles for a wide range of applications. This is the world of Industry 4.0, where machines are increasingly being networked with one another and robots have also entered the scene. Automation translates into significant efficiency gains – for small-scale joinery and carpentry firms as well as for large industrial processors and manufacturers. Industry 4.0 is on a growth trajectory and offers major opportunities for niche providers of the many products that go together to create fully integrated, automated production processes. Demand for integrated, networked solutions is growing worldwide, and the uptake of robot technology is forecast to increase sharply, especially in the CNC machining segment.

    The "Wood-Based Panel Production" and "Energy from Wood" displays in Hall 26 and the "Sawmill Technology" displays in Hall 25 are fully booked, thanks to strong support from global market leaders and a host of other exhibitors back for another season or joining the show for the first time.

    Meanwhile, the "Forestry Technology" displays will feature on the open-air site and in the pavilions beneath the EXPO canopy with a fresh new look. These outdoor displays will boast a new layout that more accurately reflects the various links in the wood value chain. With an outdoor demonstration site, "avenues" addressing specific themes, an activity zone and the Wood Industry Summit, the enhanced LIGNA is putting forestry technology on center stage.

    The other big highlights at LIGNA 2017 include an array of displays themed around "Integrated Manufacturing," a "Processing of Plastics and Composites" showcase that profiles the non-wood uses of today’s woodworking machines, a series of training courses for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters, assemblers and installers, and, of course, the Wood Industry Summit. The many highlights of the Wood Industry Summit include innovative solutions for timber harvesting and primary processing, advanced technologies for integrating all the processing steps involved, and a strong showing by international delegations.

    Gruchow concluded the Preview by saying: "LIGNA encourages a progressive approach to the possibilities of new networks. New technological opportunities lead to great gains in efficiency."
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    13.02.2017   MERCABARNA. A model for waste management     ( Company news )

    Company news
    More than 3,000 tonnes of wood were recovered from the market.

    Mercabarna is a pioneer in European wholesale markets for their separation systems and recycling of waste with specially designed technology. The green zone is a facility for the collection and classification of different types of waste (organic matter, cardboard, plastic, wood, etc.) where both wholesalers and retailers can deposit their waste. After the waste is separated in green zones, specialised companies recycle them.

    Last year Mercabarna managed 31,270 tonnes of waste, of which 24,019 tonnes were commercial and 7,251 tonnes were industrial. According to market data, 72% of the total commercial tonnes were recycled. Of all the commercial waste 13% was wood. Of the total wood waste, 81% was crates and pallets that originated from the wholesale market, while the remaining 19% was retail crates that were taken to the green zone for recycling from the market.
    (FEDEMCO - Federación Española del Envase de Madera y sus Componentes)
     
    10.02.2017   Strong demand for wood in China in the second half of 2016 resulted in both record high imports ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... of softwood lumber and logs, and increased import prices, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Softwood lumber imports to China increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, reaching a new all-time high of 21 million m3, 21% higher than in 2015, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Russian import volumes rose the most during 2016, while Finland and Sweden increased their market share more than the other major supplying regions.

    China imported record-high volumes of softwood lumber in 2016 and softwood log imports reached their second highest level on record. Despite relatively pessimistic forecasts for wood demand early in 2016, China’s need for imported wood picked up during the summer and fall with import volumes of both logs and lumber being up about 20% in the 4Q/16 as compared to the 4Q/15. Total importation of logs and lumber (in roundwood equivalents) reached almost 76 million m3 in 2016, which was up 17% from 2015, and almost 38% higher than five years ago, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

    Over the past decade, the importation of softwood lumber has grown much faster than that of softwood logs. From 2006 to 2016, lumber imports were up from just over two million m3 to over 21 million m3, while log import volumes were up from 20 million m3 to 34 million m3
    during the same period.

    From 2015 to 2016, Russia has increased its shipments of lumber to China by over three million to a total of 11.6 million m3 (this includes logs that have been canted to avoid log export taxes). With lumber markets in the Middle East and Northern Africa (the MENA countries) and Europe having been relatively weak the past few years, many sawmills in the Nordic countries have increased their presence in the Chinese market with shipments being up over 35% in 2016 from the previous year. Although lumber supply from Finland and Sweden still account for only six percent of the total lumber imports, the share can be expected to increase in the coming years because of more intense marketing of predominantly higher-quality spruce lumber for the Chinese furniture, millwork and construction industries.

    Import values for lumber to China rose during most of 2016 with average prices in December 2016 being about six percent higher than in December 2015. The increases during 2016 came after two years of sharply declining prices, as reported in the latest WRQ (www.woodprices.com). The lower-cost lumber has consistently been from Russia and Canada, while the cost for lumber from Europe and Chile has been higher than the average prices, which have ranged between US$160-180/m3 in 2016.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    09.02.2017   Heinola takes major order from Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Just before Christmas Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. signed a delivery agreement worth approximately seven million euros for a lumber sorting and packaging plant (photo) and progressive kilns with a sawmill located in the Archangel area in Russia.

    "This order is intended to supplement the progressive kilns delivered to the same customer earlier in 2016. This is a major order, and its size makes it significant in terms of turnover," explains Managing Director Kari Kiiskinen from Heinola. "We are pleased with the trust demonstrated by the customer in choosing us for these orders."

    This dry lumber sorting plant will be equipped with quality sorting equipment that operates based on automatic camera sorting. Cutting will be carried out with cut-off saws that facilitate stepless cutting sizes, and the lumber will be sorted into 50 sorting bins. The plant will be capable of sorting up to 180 pieces/minute, allowing it to process a total of approximately 400,000 m3 of lumber per year. The sorting plant and four new progressive kilns will be delivered to the customer in spring and early summer 2017.

    In 2016 Heinola also delivered a number of drying kilns, with a combined capacity of over a million cubic metres of lumber. An ever-growing number of sawmills in Russia and the Nordic and Baltic countries have chosen Heinola’s drying kilns and drying kiln automation technology, into which the Finnish-designed Laatukamari Opti® Drying Kiln Simulator has been integrated. We are the only supplier on the market with an integrated simulator included in our drying kiln automation technology. "The control system is particularly user friendly and the drying kiln equipment and structures are finished to a high standard. Furthermore, we also offer a local support service," adds Kiiskinen.

    HEINOLA is authorised to use the Key Flag symbol of the Association for Finnish Work on its products – signifying that they are of high quality and made in Finland. "We are the only drying kiln supplier on the market with the right to use this symbol.

    Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. is also the only supplier focused on the development of high-quality drying technology. Our drying kiln team features 15 industry professionals who focus solely on developing, designing and realising drying technology. Our team have combined experience of 100 years, and in terms of market share we are Finland’s biggest supplier," adds Kiiskinen.

    In the first half of 2016 Heinola manufactured a total of 15 fully-automated progressive kilns and 16 chamber kilns.

    "This comes to a total of 31 drying kiln units, with an annual capacity of one million cubic metres ordered during 2016," summarises Kiiskinen.
    (Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc.)
     
    08.02.2017   PLANT HEALTH - Verification test for phytosanitary ISPM-15 heat treatment is closer     ( Company news )

    Company news
    The French FCBA institute presents promising results. Its technological presentation at the 2016 FEFPEB Congress in Brussels responds to industry expectations.

    Near infrared spectroscopy is the technology chosen by the French wood technological institute FCBA for the development of a ISPM-15 heat treatment (HT) verification test, which has the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture.

    According to a paper developed at the last FEFPEB Congress by Gabriel Robert - manager of wood drying technologies at FCBA - a portable tool may be available within a year.

    The research has focused on the study of thousands of samples of two species of wood: pine (radiata, maritime, wild) and poplar (heavy and light). These studies have also been subjected to different treatments, at different temperature levels, times and temperature gradients.

    The instrumentation used quickly identifies liquid and solid characteristics non-destructively using energy that penetrates the material.

    The test aims to be a model for predicting the age of the treatments and whether they are compliant. The future also lies in being able to analyse other wood species and those from different geographical origins.
    (FEDEMCO - Federación Española del Envase de Madera y sus Componentes)
     
    07.02.2017   First element installations at Wood City started    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The installation of the first residential building of Wood City in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, has started. Wood City will become a sustainable urban quarter built for the Helsinki municipal housing developer ATT and comprises two residential buildings, an office building, a hotel, and a parking house. The residential buildings are estimated to be ready in February 2018, and according to current plans, the whole of Wood City will be completed by the end of 2019. Wood City is developed by SRV and Stora Enso in cooperation.

    Wood City will be built in massive wood. The wooden multi-storey buildings of Wood City will be built using a technology based on LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) panels manufactured at Stora Enso’s Varkaus mill, Finland. New, innovative building solutions have allowed massive wood to enter into new construction end-uses traditionally dominated by concrete and steel.

    Rapid construction without weather protection
    The massive wood construction method applied in Wood City is a widely used best practice across Europe. A distinctive feature of this safe and rapid method is that the massive wood frame of the buildings can be installed without weather protection. In Finland however, it will be the first time this method is used for multi-storey, massive wood buildings.

    “Building without weather protection is a very commonly used method in wood construction and is well-suited for wood being an organic and natural material. It is crucial to note that moisture handling for materials is meticulously designed for the installation process. All required actions and risk management are planned in detail in advance including the moisture handling plan approved by Helsinki City Building Control. Furthermore, automatic sensors are installed in the building for measuring moisture throughout the construction process,” says Petri Perttula, Head of Building Solutions at Stora Enso.

    Rapid construction time of the primary structure is one of the major benefits of using massive wood elements. This method enables a significantly faster assembly than traditional solutions, in many cases double the speed. After the building frame is erected, the roof is sealed in only a few hours. The materials will be ventilated by fresh air running through the openings in the façade. Thus, the building sets itself naturally to the humidity it needs. The interior fitting work can commence very quickly, and the risk of exposing the structure to moisture is mitigated according to a natural process.

    The installation time of the first wooden multi-storey building at Wood City is estimated to be less than one week per floor on average. The total time for erecting the LVL building frame is estimated to be less than seven weeks of continuous operation.

    Wooden buildings as a competitive alternative
    Wood is a reusable, renewable, sustainable and cost-competitive construction material that has scientifically proven health benefits. Wood has the lowest CO2 emissions amongst building materials and it creates a long-term carbon storage.

    “The industrialised processes and innovative concepts of wood construction make wooden buildings a highly competitive and sustainable alternative. We want to raise awareness of how using wood as a construction material is a climate-smart choice and a solution to meet the needs of population growth and urbanisation. Since wood is the only fully renewable building material, it is unbeatable also from an environmental perspective,” describes Jari Suominen, Head of Wood Products from Stora Enso.
    (Stora Enso Timber)
     
    06.02.2017   Low wood fiber costs in Brazil have continued to attract investments in pulp production capacity ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... leading to substantial increases in market pulp exports in 2016, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Brazil’s pulp sector has for over two decades had some of the lowest wood fiber costs in the world, making the industry highly competitive, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The low production costs have resulted in major investments in pulp production capacity with a majority of the pulp being exported overseas, predominantly to China.

    The export market for pulp produced in Brazil has become increasingly important for the pulp sector with the export share of domestic production having gone up from 55% in 2007 to almost 70% in 2016. Pulp export volumes have expanded in an impressive fashion over the past two decades, with increased year-over-year shipments for 19 of the past 20 years. This trend continued in 2016, with export volumes likely to reach almost 13 million tons, an increase of about 11% from 2015, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

    Not surprisingly, China’s steady increase in demand for pulp the past decade has been the key driver to Brazil’s pulp export success story. Over one-third of Brazil’s exports were destined for China this year, up from 23% five years ago.

    Brazil has become the second largest producer of wood-based pulp in the world behind the US, having surpassed Canada in 2016. The driving factors have been a combination of low wood fiber costs, a dramatically weakening Brazilian Real, and a steady increase in demand in particular for hardwood market pulp in China.

    Over the past three years, wood fiber costs in Brazil have been approximately 60% of the manufacturing costs, according to Fisher International. The high cost share for wood fiber, together with being one the lowest-cost pulpwood regions of the world, has made Brazil’s pulp industry a very competitive pulp producer for many of the past 25 years.

    In US dollar terms, Eucalyptus pulplog prices have fallen from a record-high in the 3Q/11 to a 12-year low in the 4Q/15. Since the end of 2015, wood fiber prices have gone up but are still substantially below their ten-year average, as reported by the WRQ (www.woodprices.com).

    The past two decades have not only been mostly good news for the pulp industry in Brazil, but also for timberland owners measuring their financial results in the Brazilian Real (BRL). In 2016, eucalyptus pulplog prices reached their highest level on record since WRQ started tracking pulplog prices in Brazil over 20 years ago. Current prices are about five percent higher than one year ago in the local currency, and 23% above the average price two years ago.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    03.02.2017   ANDRITZ AG: Mark von Laer appointed as new Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The ANDRITZ AG Supervisory Board appointed Mark von Laer as new Chief Financial Officer.

    As of March 1, 2017, Mark von Laer will be heading the Controlling, Treasury, Order and Project Financing, Legal, and Compliance group functions. As before, Wolfgang Leitner, President & CEO of ANDRITZ AG, will be responsible for Manufacturing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Internal Auditing, Investor Relations, and Corporate Communications.

    Mark von Laer, born in 1969 and holder of an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, USA, was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co KG, Germany. In the course of his professional career – Mark von Laer has held management positions with financial responsibility at Kraftanlagen Gruppe in Munich and at Lurgi Group – he has been able to gather comprehensive know-how and expertise in project business.

    The other Executive Board members of ANDRITZ AG remain unchanged. As from March 1, 2017, the ANDRITZ AG Executive Board will thus consist of five members: Wolfgang Leitner (President & CEO), Humbert Köfler, Mark von Laer, Joachim Schönbeck, and Wolfgang Semper.

    The Chairman of ANDRITZ AG’s Supervisory Board, Christian Nowotny, is very pleased that “Mark von Laer, a financial manager with a great deal of international experience in project business, is joining the ANDRITZ AG Executive Board.”
    (Andritz AG)
     
    02.02.2017   Södra certifies cladding    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra’s sawmill at Långasjö has been certified by Swedish Wood for the production of certified pre-painted cladding (Swedish: Certifierad Målad Panel, CMP). CMP is a guarantee for quality-assured and factory-painted external cladding panels.

    A certified CMP supplier must meet the requirements and guidelines issued by Swedish Wood.

    “CMP means that suppliers can guarantee the quality of their processing, finishing, paint systems and raw material. The certification mark means that each panel can be traced – that we know where it comes from and how it has been treated along the way. CMP represents a quality-assured panel, a product with a “stamp of quality” and a guarantee that the product is as good as it gets. And a sustainable choice for external cladding”, said Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director, Södra Wood Scandinavia,

    All stages of the CMP production process are documented to enable panel traceability and guarantee top quality. The paints used in CMP production processes are tested and approved by accredited third-party organisations to meet the requirements of applicable standards and regulations. The paints have been formulated for exterior wood surfaces and applied under optimum conditions, using the right amount of paint to ensure a long service life and uniform results.

    Södra began producing primed cladding at its sawmill in Långasjö in 2013. The painted cladding has been – and still is – a success, and sales are rising sharply every year. CMP is taking Södra to the next stage of this development.

    “We see CMP as a product of the future that minimises the time spent on design and installation, reduces the need for maintenance over the service life of the facade, and cuts total costs. A huge benefit is that it can be installed at any time of the year. That helps to promote timber as a construction material in Sweden. Sustainable and functional options are important for adapting to climate change,” said Fredrik Gustavson.
    (Södra Timber AB)
     
    01.02.2017   TRAINING - FEDEMCO collaborates with the ITENE master's degree course in packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news
    The Federation taught a course on wood packaging and accompanied young researchers in the "Cantera" programme on a visit to a factory.

    As with the X edition in 2010, FEDEMCO participated in the XI edition of the Master’s course in Packaging Technology, Transport and Logistics, promoted by ITENE and the Institute of Agricultural Chemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) by teaching content related to wood packaging.

    In addition, this year’s training was complemented by a visit to an associated FEDEMCO company in Almussafes (Valencia) which kindly opened its facilities and provided extensive explanations so that students could deepen their knowledge of the industry.

    The Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics (ITENE), of which FEDEMCO is a partner, enrolled 21 young graduates. For the most part they are studying in the “Cantera” programme, the master’s course is part of their training as researchers at the centre.

    Their specialisations include engineering, industrial design, product development, chemistry and environmental and food sciences.
    (FEDEMCO - Federación Española del Envase de Madera y sus Componentes)
     
    01.02.2017   ANDRITZ acquires Franssons Recycling Machines    ( Company news )

    Company news
    International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired technology and intellectual property assets from Franssons Recycling Machines AB, located in Sundsvall, Sweden.

    Photo: Franssons Universal Shredder FRP

    Franssons Recycling Machines is a global pioneer in manufacturing and development of machinery for treating waste, wood, and biomass as well as for recycling plastic, paper, and cardboard. Franssons has been an established und experienced supplier of industrial shredding and recycling technologies for 70 years, with many references around the globe.

    The well-known and proven products and solutions of Franssons will be assigned to ANDRITZ’s Recycling product group (part of the Pulping and Fiber Systems Division, PULP & PAPER business area), further complementing its product offerings in recycling, which extend from refrigerator and electronic waste recycling to reject systems for the pulp and paper industry. ANDRITZ is thus able to provide its customers with even more comprehensive solutions and services in the recycling sector.
    (Andritz AG)
     

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