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    21.07.2017   Kuhmo Oy selects HEINOLA's new fully automatic high capacity HTC Progressive Kiln    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Kuhmo Oy has ordered a fully automatic high capacity 2-zone progressive kiln type HTC with an annual capacity of ca. 65 000 m3 from Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc.. The drying kiln can be used for drying of pine and spruce timber with thicknesses of 16 – 50 mm from sawn green timber to the final moisture of 12 – 18 %. The turnkey delivery consists also energy measuring system, high capacity heat recovery unit, pressure frames and HEINOLA’s advanced Dry Kiln Control System. The new progressive kiln will be taken into production early 2018. This investment eliminates the bottleneck in Kuhmo Oy’s process and thereby enables increase in production.

    “We compared different suppliers,but ended up choosing HEINOLA as they provided the best technical and economical solution”, explains Kuhmo Oy’s MD Tommi Ruha.“HEINOLA offered the highest capacity connected to our load transfer tracks. HEINOLA’s fully automatic kiln was also a major selection argument. Based on earlier drying kiln and other projects, we trust HEINOLA’s project management, technical support and maintenance services!”

    Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. expresses its thanks to Kuhmo Oy for their confidence to us!
    (Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc.)
    20.07.2017   Stora Enso invests in cross laminated timber (CLT) production in Gruvön, Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Stora Enso has decided to invest EUR 45 million in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) in connection with its Gruvön Mill in Sweden. The investment will further enhance Stora Enso’s position as a global provider of high quality engineered wooden elements and as a market leader in CLT.

    The production is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2019. The estimated yearly capacity of the production line will be approximately 100 000 m³ after ramp-up, subject to required approvals being in place. The investment is expected to generate annual sales of approximately EUR 50 million when run at full capacity and over time significantly exceed the Wood Products division’s profitability target, operational return on operating capital (ROOC) of 18%.

    The green field investment is made as an extension of the existing Gruvön sawmill. The construction is expected to start by the end of Q4 2017. Stora Enso invests in advanced technology, which together with completely integrated production, will ensure cost efficient solutions for customers and premium products to the market.

    “This investment supports our strategy to grow in the construction industry and increase the use of wood as a building material. We target to increase our cost competitive CLT capacity located favourably in relation to target markets. We see extensive potential for CLT in the Nordic market. The demand for this premium product, our well proven concepts, and massive building components and systems is constantly increasing,” says Jari Suominen, Executive Vice President, Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.

    In Gruvön, Stora Enso can take advantage of and make best use of the premises available, an industrial infrastructure for efficient logistics, the local supply of raw material to optimise wood sourcing and highly competent workforce. This investment is not anticipated to impact current operational level at the existing mill. The estimated total employment impact for the region is estimated to be 60 FTEs.

    The investment is subject to receipt of final regulatory permits and approvals.
    (Stora Enso Timber)
    19.07.2017   SEK 35 million for increased production in Orrefors    ( Company news )

    Company news
    At its small-diameter timber sawmill in Orrefors, Södra is investing about SEK 35 million in a new boiler and drying facility, which will enable production increases in the future. The supplier is Fröseke Industriservice AB.

    “This 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, President of the Södra Wood business area.

    The limiting factors for the sawmill’s capacity are the boilers and wood dryers. The two existing biofuel boilers that currently serve the sawmill are to be replaced by a new, larger biofuel boiler of 6 MW instead of todays 2.5 MW.

    “The change of boiler will also enable the simultaneous expansion of wood drying through the addition of six chamber dryers. Following the investment, the sawmill will go from a drying capacity of about 60,000 cubic metres to approximately 105,000 cubic metres,” says Jörgen Lindquist.

    The new facility will be put into operation in 2018.

    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.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    18.07.2017   Deufol opens next generation production facility in Czech Republic    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Deufol, global market leader for industrial packaging, opens its new production facility in Cheb, Czech Republic. Only one year after the ground-breaking ceremony: now the commissioning of the new state of the art production facility commenced and will be completed by the end of the year.

    The opening ceremony took place in Cheb’s industrial area and was attended by the highest representatives of the region of Karlovy Vary, the City of Cheb, as well as the top management of the Deufol Group.

    The production facility in Cheb is a key strategic milestone in the implementation of Deufol’s strategy. Innovative and highly efficient manufacturing processes enable Deufol to process time critical customer orders, while reaching the maximum value creation. The flexible standardized production of the new industrial packaging is focused on the growing demand of efficient standardized packing materials in the field of sequenced lead times.

    Here, Deufol combines its competence in design and manufacturing of efficient standardized packaging. The new operation in Cheb lives digital networking and fully implements the Industry 4.0 principles. The startup phase will be completed by the end of 2017.

    Within the City of Cheb as well as the entire region of Karlovy Vary, over 100 new jobs were generated to further strengthen the profitability of the region.

    These highly modern production processes will increase Deufol’s productivity and improve its market position significantly.
    (Deufol SE)
    17.07.2017   Valutec delivers kiln to Swedish Vida    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Vida Alvesta has chosen to invest in a continuous kiln from Valutec. The investment will increase the drying capacity at Vida Alvesta from around 175,000 cubic metres to 225,000 cubic metres and will help to even out production and facilitate stock management.

    The continuous kiln will be delivered and installed in the autumn and put into operation in November. Vida Alvesta already has ten batch kilns and one continuous kiln from Valutec.

    The plant to be delivered is a 2-zone FB continuous kiln, which means that drying takes place in two separate zones. The first zone provides quicker humidifying, which reduces the risk of dry cracks at the input end. The second zone acts as an equalisation zone and reduces moisture distribution. The continuous kiln is equipped with Valutec’s Valmatics control system and will solely be used for drying spruce down to a moisture ratio of 18%.
    (Valutec AB)
    14.07.2017   Wood fiber costs for pulpmills throughout the US fell during 2016 and early 2017 with the ...     ( Company news )

    Company news
    ...price discrepancy between the Northwest and the Southern states narrowing, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review

    Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US Northwest have fallen faster than in other region of the US the past year, resulting in a more competitive industry sector, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. Despite the recent price reductions in Washington and Oregon, pulp manufacturers in the southern states continued to have lower wood fiber costs than pulpmills in the Northwest, Northeast and the Lake States in the 1Q/17.

    “Volatile” could best describe many of the North American regional market conditions in the first quarter of 2017! The volatility came in many different areas; adverse weather events, operation breakdowns, plant explosions, and idling, as well as uncertainties over looming trade policy decisions, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). Wood flows across Canada and the U.S. northern tier of states as well as through the Pacific Northwest were impacted by weather–either too much snow (leading to transportation difficulties), or mild temperatures followed by early breakup.

    The declining price trend for chips and pulplogs in the Northwest that occurred during 2015 and 2016 came to a halt in early 2017 because of uncertainty about fiber availability as a result of slowdowns in harvest operations. Over the past two years, fiber costs have declined by 13% in the Northwest and pulpmills in the region have become more competitive. In the 1Q/17, pulpmills had only slightly higher wood fiber costs than pulpmills in the historically low-cost US South. Pulpmills in the Lake States and the Northeastern states continue to have the highest wood costs in the US.

    Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US South have also fallen over the past year, with average softwood pulplog prices being five percent lower in the 1Q/17 than in the 2Q/16.

    Prices for both softwood and hardwood pulplogs have slowly declined over the past four quarters to reach their lowest levels in three years. With several planned pulpmill maintenance outages anticipated in the 2Q/17, fiber demand will remain muted in the coming months. Increased lumber production across the South will continue to generate additional volumes of residual chips resulting in downward price pressure on both chips
    and pulplogs in late spring and summer.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    13.07.2017   Sweden celebrates Finland's 100 years of independence with a substantial investment ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... into forest bioeconomy research

    In honour of Finland’s 100th anniversary, Sweden is giving Finland a substantial sum, SEK 24 million, for forest bioeconomy research.

    The “Tandem Forest Values” projects aim to produce high-quality research and expertise. A total of 12 research positions will be funded; four for sustainable forest management research and eight for research into new forest industry products and processes. Existing research groups at universities and institutes can apply for the funding. The projects will be realised as bilateral research collaborations and one requirement is that the research be carried out in both Finland and Sweden. The first call is planned for Finland’s Independence Day in December 2017.

    Sweden’s research funding gift will be half financed by the private sector while the public sector will provide the other half. In addition to the Swedish government, the following are taking part in the donation: the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, the Kempe Foundations, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, as well as the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. The funding period spans two years.

    For Finland and the forest industry, it is ideal that Sweden honours Finland with a gift that strengthens the forest bioeconomy, helps further develop renewable wood resources, and, importantly, results in new expertise. The two countries share a unique natural resource – boreal coniferous forests. Furthermore, Finland and Sweden both have strong bioeconomy expertise. The long-term research collaboration that is now initiated provides a starting point for many opportunities towards a more sustainable bioeconomy.
    (Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)
    13.07.2017   Seminar on Modern Technologies in Furniture Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The main objective is to increase the participants' awareness about using the modern technologies in furniture industry and transform it for a better future.

    The seminar aims to explore and promote the latest updates about Hardwood and Timber including Grading, Legality and Certifications, as well as to present the latest Technology solutions in the design and manufacturing of Furniture. This is to underline the show's commitment to involve more the professionals who are directly engaged in projects where the use of wood, both as a building and decorative material, can be explored and maximized. The seminar also aspires to involve architects, contractors, investors and developers in the initiative to bolster the use of wood with green & sustainable building and construction practices.

    Wednesday, 19th July 2017
    Kempinski Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
    (Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions)
    12.07.2017   Wood pellet imports to both South Korea and Japan were close to record highs in late 2016 ...    ( Company news )

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    ...with a majority of the supply continuing to be sourced from Vietnam, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Over the past few years, South Korea has become the largest pellet importer in Asia, ahead of Japan, and the third largest in the world, and South Korean demand is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Vietnam has been the major supplier of pellets to Asia, accounting for about 65% of the total import volume in late 2016 and early 2017.

    Wood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the 4Q/16 when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. Although import volumes were down slightly in the 1Q/17, they were still over 40% higher than in the 1Q/16, as reported in the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

    South Korea is by far the main destination for pellets in Asia, and in 2016, the country was the world’s third largest importer of pellets, trailing only the United Kingdom and Denmark. Although import volumes to Japan have tripled from 2014 to 2016, the usage of pellets is still at a relatively low level (see WRQ for detailed trade data).

    Consumption of pellets in Japan and South Korea has increased quite rapidly the past four years because of new government requirements which favor reducing carbon emissions and increasing the usage of renewable energy. The recent trend in pellet usage is likely to continue in the future and is driven both by incentives (subsidies) and regulations (renewable energy portfolio standards). With an urgent need to replace
    nuclear energy and generous feed-in-tariffs, it is expected that Japan will increase importation of wood pellets quite substantially over the next five years.

    Vietnam has been the major supplier of pellets to the Asian market for the past three years, accounting for almost two-thirds of the shipments to Japan and South Korea in 2016. Canada was an early supplier to the Asian market, but its market share dropped from 22% in 2014 to 14% in 2016. However, in the 1Q/17, Canada increased shipments to Asia to the second the highest quarterly level on record and the market share was up to 21%.

    Import prices for pellets to South Korea fell dramatically from early 2014 to the summer of 2016, according to a recent WRQ Trade Snapshot report. The two-year long price decline ended in the 3Q/16, when prices slowly started to recover. The import prices continued their upward trend during the first four months of 2017 with Malaysian pellets increasing the most.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    11.07.2017   Added value: What makes the Cube so unique    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The incredible response to the LIGNA prize draw is no surprise: The Cube is a machine that would suit any operation. Its qualities are unrivaled in the market.

    Thanks to its intuitive operation, the Cube makes planing easier than ever. And ten times faster than using a traditional jointer and thickness planer. All that is required is to enter the planing width and depth on the touchscreen. "Moulder Preview" allows the operator to make any adjustments and correct chip removal where necessary. This ensures optimal wood recovery even before the workpiece is processed. The Cube achieves planing results that are often only possible with a jointer and planer after time-consuming reworking and correcting. Other benefits of the four-sider include rapid dimension changes while the machine is running. The Cube Plus can also be extended with an automatic stacker, while the compact dimensions of the Cube Plus make it extremely flexible. A forklift is sufficient to transport the machine from one location to another.

    The Cube Plus is a machine that can be used by anybody who processes solid wood. Even for panel specialists who process solid wood as a sideline, the Cube is an interesting addition to their equipment. And let’s not forget, a machine such as the Cube can only be offered by WEINIG. Cube – it’s magic! When will you join the Cube revolution?
    (Michael Weinig Aktiengesellschaft)
    10.07.2017   Kaarel Tali appointed Mill Director to Pärnu's birch plywood mill     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Kaarel Tali (MSc Engineering, photo) has been appointed Mill Director for Metsä Wood’s Pärnu Mill as of 1th August 2017. He reports to Jari Tikkanen, SVP, Production & Technology.

    As Mill Director Tali will be responsible for the birch plywood mill operations in Estonia as well as implementing Metsä Wood strategy to the mill level. Before the start-up of the mill, Kaarel Tali is involved in the construction project and recruiting personnel for the new mill, and works with local stakeholders.

    Tali has a long career in the wood products industry at Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia. He has worked for example as Purchasing Manager, Production Designer and Mill Manager.
    (Metsä Wood)
    07.07.2017   New product: SVEZA Parquet for the engineered flooring producers    ( Company news )

    Company news
    SVEZA is launching a new product – SVEZA Parquet, extra strong high-quality calibrated plywood which is best suited for engineered flooring production. The novelty has already been available for order.

    SVEZA Parquet is offered in two grades: SVEZA Parquet Standard and SVEZA Parquet Premium, both are made of 100% birch and meet key requirements of the flooring manufacturers.

    SVEZA Parquet Premium features superior bonding strength. This is achieved by using solid veneers with minimum defects not only for the outer layers but also for the inner ones.

    «SVEZA has a long collaboration history with major flooring manufacturers and it is our great pleasure to present the product that fully supports the needs of our clients. - Natalia Bugajskaya, SVEZA product manager for “Furniture/Interior” segment comments. - The use of SVEZA Parquet allows not only to optimize the cost of the floor production but also to achieve the full compliance with high-end industry standards”.
    (Sveza-Les OOO)
    06.07.2017   Södra, Derome and Nordströms Group sign multi-year agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Södra, Derome and Nordströms Group signed a multi-year agreement for interior wood products. The agreement means Södra will become the main supplier of products such as panelling, moulding and glue boards to the expanding building trade companies.

    “We have worked with Derome and Nordströms for several years and see a major benefit from working with customers who focus on long-term relationships, just like Södra. This enables joint initiatives that are beneficial to both parties. One example is that Derome was the first retailer to install Södra’s new store concept for mouldings, which offers a much better overview of this assortment for the end consumer,” said Urban Blomster, Sales Director at Södra Interiör.

    Derome is in a highly expansive phase and recently extended its market presence with 12 new stores across Sweden. Nordströmsgruppen is also investing heavily in its ten facilities, located between Uppsala and Linköping.

    “Södra has the strength and logistics to join us in our strong development. It is strategically important to create the prerequisites to continue our progress, and Södra is a good fit in this context,” said Diana Larsson, Product Manager Joinery Products at Derome.

    “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Södra for mouldings and interior wood. We have collaborated for some time and I am positive that we are continuing on this path,” said Johan Perjos, Product Manager at Nordströms.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    05.07.2017   Metsä Wood launches Open Source Wood Initiative    ( Company news )

    Company news
    A pioneering open innovation project to accelerate growth in large scale wood construction.

    Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction.

    By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, Metsä Wood’s aim is to connect the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth.

    Today the construction industry is dominated by two materials – steel and concrete. Only a fraction (5-10%) of global urban construction is wood, due in part to the fact that the industry is fragmented and local. Wood, however, is an optimal material for urban construction as it enables faster building processes; its lightness leads to more affordable structures and it is the most environmentally friendly building material, battling climate change through carbon storage.

    Metsä Wood’s Executive Vice President, Esa Kaikkonen, explains: “Not enough knowledge about modular wood design and building is shared, so wood construction remains niche. There is plenty of innovation but it is difficult to find, so Open Source Wood is our solution. We believe that with open collaboration the industry can achieve significant growth.”

    Inspired by open source ideology
    The initiative takes its inspiration from open source ideology, championed by the software industry, to drive innovation further and faster, and to increase speed to market.

    Metsä Wood is taking the first step by sharing its own intellectual property for modular Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) wood elements, making them available freely for everyone.

    Metsä Wood to award 30,000€ prize
    Additionally, Metsä Wood will award innovation in modular element design by offering 30k euro in prize money during 2017 to exceptional designs, submitted as part of the initiative, using its Kerto LVL material.

    By 2050, approximately 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. This means that we need living space for billions. At the same time, cities contribute to up to 70% of the total greenhouse gas emissions and we need to fight climate change. One way to fight climate change is to make construction more sustainable and that’s possible when building with wood on a global scale.

    Eric Karsh, an engineer at Vancouver-based Equilibrium Consulting, adds: “We fundamentally need to challenge the way we build. Timber technology is now progressing so fast that knowledge transfer is often the bottleneck. Those of us who have expertise have a responsibility to share, and the fastest way is an open source approach promoting knowledge and innovation from all corners of the world. That’s why Metsä Wood is launching the initiative and makes the first step in giving away knowledge and intellectual property for prefabricated elements, allowing systematic creativity and efficiency in building.”

    Open Source Wood is a continuation of Metsä Wood’s project Plan B, launched in 2015 as an ambitious blueprint to explore the possibilities of using wood in urban construction.
    (Metsä Wood)
    04.07.2017   Timberland Investing Conference - Who Will Own the Forest? September 12-14, 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Considering Timberland as an investment? Join us for our 13th Who Will Own the Forest? conference focusing on timberland investing, both domestically and overseas.

    Institutional investors have been allocating part of their portfolios to timberland as they seek diversification, inflation protection, and potentially higher rates of return than the bond or equity markets.

    The Who Will Own the Forest? conferences offer a wide range of perspectives on institutional timberland investing, both domestically and overseas. We invite you to join our discussions as we address this maturing and evolving asset class, and examine the issues that will impact the demand for commercial timber, diversify values from forestland, and maximize returns to investors.

    This 2½ day conference offers both networking and educational benefits, including continuing education credits for certified foresters, appraisers, attorneys, and CPAs. Day One is focused North American issues, while Day Two covers the global and emerging markets landscape.

    Topics include:
    • Picking up: Implications of accelerating economic growth for timber
    • US-Canadian Lumber Trade and the Impact on Markets
    • Institutional Investor Concerns
    • NCREIF vs other Indices
    • Specific Recommendations for Investors When Evaluating Investment and Manager Performance
    • Best Appraisal Practices and the NCREIF Timber Index
    • What's Next for TIMOs? Innovative Management and Investment Structures
    • Political Winds and Legislative Developments
    • Tax Reform Affecting Timberlands
    • Who Will Manage the Forests? A Date with the Deans
    • Logging Technology
    • Timberland Investment in Brazil: Resurgence of the Pine Market
    • Foreign Ownership Challenges
    • Australasian Timberland Risk and Reward
    • What makes a good project – when land owners should consider carbon
    • Challenging legal questions for owners of carbon project lands
    • When Carbon Project Don't Make Sense
    (World Forestry Center)
    03.07.2017   Global softwood lumber prices trended upward North America, China and Japan in early 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Global softwood lumber prices trended upward in early 2017 with prices in North America hitting a 13-year high, Chinese import prices increasing 13% in 18 months and Japanese prices moving modestly higher in the 1Q/17, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Global Lumber Trade
    Globally traded softwood lumber reached an all-time high in 2016. WRI estimates that 118 million m3 of lumber was traded last year, or 10 percent more than in 2015. Imports to the US account for about one-third of globally traded lumber and have almost doubled in five years. China accounted for about 17% of import volumes in 2016, followed by the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.
    The biggest declines in imports globally from 2015 to 2016 were to the MENA region, where demand for lumber fell in all the major markets, including Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

    Lumber markets – North America
    Lumber production in North America in 2016 was up six percent from the previous year, reaching its highest level since 2007. The biggest rises in production occurred in the US South and Eastern Canada, while the increases in western Canada and the western US were more modest.
    Prices for lumber in the US have jumped during the first four months of the year to hit a 13-year high in April. Many of the commonly traded grades surged in price by more than 20% from April of 2016.

    Lumber markets – Northern Europe
    Sweden exported 12.9 million m3 of softwood lumber in 2016, which was the highest volume exported since 2006. The increase from 2015 was a modest 1.5%, with shipments to Denmark, Japan, China and France rising the most.
    Domestic lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden continue to be close to their lowest levels in ten years in US dollar terms, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly.

    Lumber markets – China
    Prices for imported softwood lumber to China have been in a steady upward trend during 2016 and 2017 with the average import price in March 2017 being 13% higher than 18 months earlier. The biggest change in pricing over the past two year has been that prices for Russian lumber are no longer substantially cheaper than those for lumber from other supplying regions, but instead are rather close to the average import price.

    Lumber market – Japan
    Total housing starts were up 3.2% in Japan in the 1Q/17 as compared to the same quarter in 2016, and the economic outlook for the coming year is slightly more optimistic than that for last year.
    Prices for domestic and imported lumber have remained practically unchanged for almost a year in Yen terms. With the Yen strengthening against the US dollar during the first four months of 2017, lumber prices have increased so far this year in US dollar terms.

    Lumber market – Russia
    After a substantial decline in softwood lumber export prices during 2014 and 2015, Russian lumber prices have trended upward for most of 2016 and early 2017. Average export prices in March 2017 were 12% higher than in the same month last year, and prices for wood going to China have gone up even faster over the same time-period.
    Export volumes to China in the 1Q/17 were unchanged from the previous quarter, holding steady at the second highest level on record.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    30.06.2017   Moving towards Industry 4.0: Digitization with sound judgment    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Intelligent, networked systems play a central role in the efficiency of your production. In the W4.0 digital standard, the WEINIG Group offers you targeted solutions that place the highest priority on customer benefits.

    The key megatrend in the wood sector is Industry 4.0. However, digitization for its own sake does not guarantee success. You have only made the right investment decision if it gives you a competitive advantage. Your solution should make you more efficient and facilitate resource-saving planning, production and maintenance. Intelligent networking can provide crucial support in this regard. However, it is essential to engage the person handling the system. WEINIG systems are user-friendly and channel the flood of data. Our technologies provide you with the right information at the right time, regardless of the size of your company.

    W4.0 digital: The future is here
    Optimization of process sequences is decisive when it comes to digitizing your production. WEINIG standard W4.0 digital has been developed precisely for this purpose. In System Plus, we offer a solution for the perfectly organized working environment. System Plus links all process stages from the idea to the finished profile.

    WEINIG Solid Woodwork Flow (solid WF) also guarantees significant improvements in efficiency. All standard sector software can be seamlessly connected via master computer control. Profiling, cutting and automation from WEINIG, combined with the Conturex centerpiece, create a highly-efficient production cell for windows, doors, conservatories and furniture.

    Millvision and Envision use WEINIG and HOLZ-HER technology to link all processes from the incoming order via cutting to the finished product. For smaller operations, the “smart workshop” from HOLZ-HER is ideal. The intelligent connection of a pressure beam saw or nesting machines to an automated panel store ensures optimal utilization and increases productivity. In pallet and crate production, the WEINIG OptiPal production program guarantees intelligent cutting list creation. Monitoring and predictive maintenance are always possible with WEINIG, regardless of your location. The integrated live window in the WEINIG Service App keeps you updated of your machine status on your smartphone at all times. Systems such as the newly developed WEINIG spindle monitoring also create a high level of transparency.

    Networked production places high demands on operating personnel. This is why WEINIG aims for simplification. Examples include setup aids such as SmartTouch, the OptiCom/Plus standard user interface and monitoring sensors in WEINIG machines.

    Your WEINIG expert will be happy to configure the perfect complete system with you. The unique, modular complete offering from the WEINIG Group ensures that it will be a solution with maximum customer benefit.
    (Michael Weinig Aktiengesellschaft)
    29.06.2017   RUBNER group sells Nordlam GmbH to HASSLACHER group     ( Company news )

    Company news
    The RUBNER corporate group has sold Nordlam GmbH and Abbundzentrum Nordlam GmbH (cutting centre) to the HASSLACHER group. Approval by the competition authority is anticipated at the end of July.

    Photo from left: Franz Meließnig, Stefan Rubner, Christoph Kulterer, Peter Rubner

    On 13/06/2017, Stefan Rubner (President, RUBNER Holzindustrie AG) and Christoph Kulterer (CEO HASSLACHER group) signed the contract for the takeover of all parts of the two firms, Nordlam GmbH and Abbundzentrum Nordlam GmbH, headquartered in Magdeburg. The 250 employees were informed of the takeover by Stefan Rubner in an information event immediately after the signing. At the same time, HASSLACHER group was presented as the future owner. Nordlam GmbH was founded by RUBNER in 2000 as a greenfield project and has grown over a period of a few years to become one of the largest glulam producers in Europe. Today the Nordlam brand stands for high-quality laminated timber in pre-cut standard forms, commissioned products and Express Elements. In the last few years, the site was extended by adding a cutting centre and a second glulam production line. Today around 200,000 m3 of glulam are produced in Magdeburg and sold all over the world.

    “With HASSLACHER group we have found a dependable partner for the responsible, continued management of the Magdeburg site, confident that we are placing our long-serving and worthy staff in good hands, and we look forward to excellent collaboration in the future”, said the managing director, Stefan Rubner. “In future, RUBNER will concentrate more on producing wooden panel material and its core competence of construction using wood”.

    Because with the Nordpan brand, RUBNER is a leading manufacturer of single and three-layer panels made of spruce, pine and larch. Going forward, the intent is to extend market leadership in this area, which is why RUBNER has decided to concentrate 100% on this area. To this end, forward-looking investments and decisions have already been made.

    “As a company with many years’ experience in the production of high-quality laminated timber, Nordlam is very close to us, not only in terms of its product portfolio but also it high technological standards”, said CEO Christoph Kulterer. “The acquisition of Nordlam enables further growth for us on international markets, so that we can cater for increasing demand. We look forward to collaboration across this location with all 250 Nordlam staff.”

    HASSLACHER group plans to increase production at the Magdeburg site with the existing staff and to enlarge the product portfolio in the medium term.
    (Rubner Holding)
    28.06.2017   Dieffenbacher introduces 3-D feeding of knife ring flakers    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Inhomogeneous material distribution is a well-known problem of all knife ring flakers currently on the market. The material often impacts the knives of the knife ring only at a relatively limited zone. As a result, the entire knife length (knife ring width) cannot always be used evenly. Furthermore, gravity makes it impossible to distribute material over the knife ring circumference homogeneously. Consequences are uneven wear, difficulties adjusting knife protrusion, rapid worsening of the cutting conditions, and finally, loss of flake quality.

    Image: FlowOptimizer working principle: even material distribution over the knife ring circumference.

    The new FlowOptimizer solves the material distribution problem and ensures optimized flake quality while simultaneously reducing operating costs per ton of material produced. The FlowOptimizer is a special distribution rotor integrated into the flaking chamber, enabling 3-D material distribution. The axially blown-in chips enter the inner chambers of the distribution rotor, are set into rotation and are guided via centrifugal forces through the openings at the front and rear side of the system toward the main rotor. This achieves optimum distribution over both the knife ring width and the entire knife ring circumference, allowing the optimum and uniform use of the entire knife length.

    Based on successful laboratory tests, a pilot machine was installed in a particleboard plant to test long-term operation under industrial conditions. Comprehensive laboratory tests clearly demonstrated that the material distribution in the flaking chamber could be substantially enhanced. Additional machines will be equipped with FlowOptimizer technology.

    The new FlowOptimizer is mounted with bearings in the flaker door, making the retrofitting of existing machines very simple: Only the door with the distribution rotor and heavy particle separator must be replaced. The FlowOptimizer will be available as an upgrade for existing flaker systems and as a standard component for the latest generation of Maier MRZ knife ring flakers.
    (Dieffenbacher GmbH)
    27.06.2017   Södra divests UAB SIWood to Soernsen Group    ( Company news )

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    Södra is divesting UAB SIWood in Lithuania to the German company Soernsen Group. The transfer will take place on 1 July.

    SIWood is a subsidiary of the Södra Group that produces MDF products for walls and ceilings, architrave, window sills and window reveals. The company has annual production of 1 million m2 and its largest markets are the building materials trade in Sweden and Norway. Some 60 people are employed at the facility.

    “On January 1st this year, we transferred Södra Wood Grimslöv to Soernsen Group and have since deepened our cooperation with the company. Today, Soernsen Group is one of our main suppliers, and its acquisition of SIWood will further strengthen our collaboration. With the takeover of SIWood, Soernsen will gain a competitive production model, resulting in greater delivery reliability and improved flexibility for us as a customer,” said Jörgen Lindquist, Business Area President of Södra Wood.

    The buyer is Soernsen Group, which was founded in 1945 and has several production sites in northern Germany, Estonia and Sweden. The company produces a broad range of mouldings; its standard assortment contains more than 3,000 items in various wood species and it delivers to countries worldwide. It has sales of EUR 70 million and 350 employees.

    “The Soernsen Group is facing a strong increase in business activity this year. SIWood focuses on producing MDF mouldings and panels for the Scandinavian markets and has some spare capacity. Soernsen has a strong demand for MDF skirtings for Central Europe. SIWood, which will stand for Soernsen International Wood in the future, will soon present an expanded range of MDF products. In addition, pine products will be launched in the second half of 2017,” said Robert Soernsen, CEO of Soernsen Group.

    “The Lithuanian staff stays highly motivated and is already enjoying the good cooperation between Södra and Soernsen,” concluded Robert Soernsen.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    26.06.2017   The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/2017    ( Company news )

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    Global Timber Markets
    • The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 0.3% quarter-over-quarter in the 1Q/17. This was only the second time in almost three years that the GSPI increased quarter-over-quarter. Over the past year, sawlog prices have generally gone up in Latin America, Oceania and North America, while they have declined in Europe.
    • In the 1Q/17, the European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) was €83.12/m3, which was practically unchanged from the previous quarter. Since the record high in the 1Q/14, the ESPI-€ has fallen by 8.3% with the biggest declines seen in Central and Northern Europe.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • The Global Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell 0.7% quarter-over-quarter in the 1Q/17, which was down 3.0% from the 1Q/16. The SPFI has been in decline for almost five years and is currently at its lowest level since the 3Q/04. In real terms, the SFPI in the 1Q/17 was at its lowest level since WRQ initiated the index 30 years ago in 1988. The biggest recent declines in softwood fiber costs for the pulp sector have occurred in Eastern Canada, Finland, France and Germany.

    • Hardwood wood fiber prices have generally moved up worldwide in the 1Q/17, with the Global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) increasing one percent qo-q to $86.99/odmt in the 1Q/17. Prices rose the most in Australia, Brazil, Russia and the western US.

    Global Pulp Markets
    • Demand for chemical market pulp was up by over six percent during the first three months of 2017 as compared to the same quarter in 2016. Chinese demand was up the most, 22%, while Western Europe was the only region where consumption was down in early 2017.
    • Prices for most pulp grades have increased in early 2017 because of a combination of tight supply and continued strong demand.
    • The BHKP price has gone up the most this year, having increased almost $90/ton to $740/ton in just four months, while the price rise of NBSK has been a more modest $30/ton from January to April.

    Global Lumber Markets
    • Globally traded softwood lumber reached an all-time high in 2016. WRI estimates that 118 million m3 of lumber was traded last year, or 10 percent more than in 2015. Imports to the US account for about one-third of globally traded lumber and have almost doubled in five years. China accounted for about 17% of import volumes in 2016.
    • Lumber production in North America in 2016 was up six percent from the previous year, reaching its highest level since 2007. The biggest rises in production were in the US South and Eastern Canada, while the increases in western Canada and the western US were more modest. This trend continued during the first two months of the year with production on the continent being 1.5% higher than in the same period in 2016.
    • Domestic lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden continue to be close to their lowest levels in ten years in US dollar terms.
    • Prices for imported softwood lumber to China have been in a steady upward trend during 2016 and 2017 with the average import price in March 2017 being 13% higher than 18 months earlier.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • Wood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the 4Q/16 when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. Although import volumes were down slightly in the 1Q/17, they were still 43% higher than in the 1Q/16.
    • 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.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    23.06.2017   Pfleiderer – Wood Materials ordered Wedge    ( Company news )

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    Pfleiderer – Wood Materials placed an order of process diagnostic tool Wedge from Savcor. The aim is to increase productivity and strenghten their production line in the mill Baruth/Mark.

    The Pfleiderer Group focuses on the production of wood materials, especially fiber boards for furniture and interior finishing. In 2013, it employed around 3,500 people at eight locations in Germany and Poland and is the market leader in the market segment of the flat-plate press, better known as chipboard.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    22.06.2017   Martinsons commissions new production line for CLT    ( Company news )

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    CLT consists of solid panels of planed spruce that are glued together, with every other layer being cross laid. It is often used in walls, floors and ceilings. Martinsons has so far manufactured panels with a width of 1.2 metres, but with the new line in Bygdsiljum will also be able to offer storey-high panels, with a width of 3 metres.

    “We have been manufacturing CLT since 2003 and know the product inside and out, so we feel confident about this launch. We will implement a controlled start-up and then gradually increase production,” says Olov Martinson, Production Manager at Martinsons.

    Cross-laminated timber has long been established as a building material in Central Europe, but has been less commonly used in Sweden. Use has increased sharply over the past year, not least because it meets the growing need for time-efficient and simple building processes.

    “We have done what we can to spur on development in Sweden, including investing heavily in training designers and appointing a product manager for CLT. We know that those who begin using the material frequently increase their purchases over time and that is naturally an excellent testimony,” explains Lars Martinson.

    Martinsons has had environmental product declarations for its CLT and glulam construction components produced by EPD Norge ((The Norwegian EPD Foundation). They show that 1 m3 of CLT, taking into account extraction of raw material and transport, binds a net total of 658 kg CO2-eqv.

    “These are figures we are proud of and are the result of our substantial efforts to minimise our environmental impact. Our plants, for instance, are wholly powered by renewable electricity from hydropower and our transport activities use fossil-free diesel,” says Olov Martinson.
    (Martinsons Trä AB)
    22.06.2017   A memorable Ligna for Scm    ( Company news )

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    For Scm, the edition of Ligna that has just ended will remain memorable. Thousands of business customers and visitors flocked to Scm's beautiful hall, where more than sixty technological solutions and the “Lean Cell 4.0” were on display. The enormous table made by Riva1920 from thousand-year-old kauri and the Scm Arena were the focus of the enormous stand, one of the busiest in the whole event. The number of orders and negotiations has increased exponentially compared to the edition of two years ago. Confirmation that the sector is growing fast.

    Scm also had the honour of being represented at the closing press conference by Luigi De Vito, director of the woodworking machinery division. In his address, De Vito stressed the increasing internationalization of the event. Scm has been contacted by customers from more than 60 different countries from all around the globe. Ligna closed its doors with almost 100 thousand visitors and 2.8 million contacts on the various communication platforms.
    (SCM Group S.p.A.)
    22.06.2017   Pöyry and Betulium sign co-operation agreement to unlock full value chain benefits for clients in ..    ( Company news )

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    ... bio-based businesses

    Pöyry and Betulium have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation that will enable both companies to serve their clients better in bio-based businesses. Pöyry and Betulium share common objectives in bioindustry: together they have the know-how and experience which can be used especially in the field of nanocellulose for composites, plastics and similar materials as well as for wood-based nanocellulose and material testing in both the forest and chemical industries.

    Betulium Oy is a Finnish clean-tech company established in 2013. Betulium provides renewable, biodegradable, and high-performance water-based cellulose materials to replace or supplement synthetic organic polymers in a vast number of industrial applications. Betulium runs a pilot plant producing material on an industrial scale in Espoo, Finland. Nanocellulose can be used in the manufacture of paper, feeds, foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

    Pöyry has a proven track record in process engineering excellence in the chemicals and biorefining sectors and knows the complex bioindustry value chain, megatrends, drivers and business partners. Pöyry's highly-skilled experts can help clients to identify value added opportunities and commercialise bioproducts with engineering solutions that maximise profitability, sustainability and health, safety and environmental (HSE) aspects.

    "Our services in bio-based solutions cover the whole project life cycle from identifying opportunities through market studies and developing the business idea to the design and start-up of industrial scale production plants. This co-operation initiative will benefit both parties but especially our clients who can make use of the whole value chain advantages reached from one source, enabling smoother and more efficient R&D operations," says Nicholas Oksanen, Executive Vice President of Pöyry's Industry Business Group.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
    21.06.2017   Logset has made significant dealer agreements in the U.S.    ( Company news )

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    Finnish forestry machine manufacturer Logset Oy has signed significant distribution agreement with U.S. based Fabick CAT and U.S. based Milton CAT to market Logset products. Under the terms of the agreement, the new dealers will provide sales, parts and service for Logset harvesters and forwarders throughout their service territories. The Fabick CAT territory includes the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as major parts of Missouri and Illinois. The Milton CAT territory consists of New England and upstate New York. The initial shipment of machines is scheduled for June.

    Photo: Logset forwarder 4F GT

    The Great Lakes Region and the Northeastern United States is a key market for Logset. The area has embraced the Scandinavian cut-to-length (CTL) method of logging, and both Fabick CAT and Milton CAT are leading suppliers of CTL solutions in their territories.

    Logset machines will give Fabick CAT and Milton CAT technology leadership within CTL solutions, and further strengthen their positions as a full-line, full-service forestry solutions providers. Logset will ship middle sized and large forwarders, harvesters and harvester heads to U.S.

    - We have considered expanding our operations to the U.S. for some time, and the agreement with both dealers proceeded quickly. The U.S. is the most dynamic economy in the world, and we are extremely pleased to have Fabick and Milton as our U.S. partners. Their commitment to the forestry market, service capabilities and customer focus make them an ideal choice to represent the Logset product,” says Logset’s Chairman of the Board, Tapio Nikkanen.

    Fabick Cat’s Vice President of Sales, John Quillico is pleased about the new cooperation.

    - We are excited about representing the Logset CTL product in our territory. The addition of Logset’s rubber-tired harvester and forwarder products allow us to provide a complete CTL solution to our customers. This expansion of our product offering, along with our commitment to product support, positions Fabick CAT to be a reliable partner to our forestry customers, especially the ones looking to improve their efficiency in the woods.

    Peter Collins, Milton CAT’s Forest Products Manager agrees.

    - This cooperation agreement makes Milton CAT an even more reliable partner to our forestry customers as they look to improve their efficiency and profitability in the woods. In the Northeastern states, CTL solutions are taking over the market because land owners want more ecological solutions for their forests. Logset is our solution to this, he says.

    Logset is a forest machine manufacturer producing CTL solutions. All products; harvesters, forwarders, harvester heads and simulators are manufactured in the company’s factory located in Koivulahti, Finland. Logset machines are exported to 25 countries and export accounts for 85% of the production.

    Fabick Cat is the dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems in the Great Lakes Region. The company is proud to be celebrating 100 Years of service in 2017. They have nearly 1 200 skilled employees working in 37 locations.

    Milton CAT is the Northeastern United States Dealer for Caterpillar machinery and power systems. The company has expanded to thirteen locations and has a team of over 900 dedicated and experienced employees.
    (Logset Oy)
    20.06.2017   Homag at LIGNA 2017: Record trade fair and increased internationality    ( Company news )

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    The digital future has begun: At LIGNA, HOMAG presented its digital platform for the wood industry. The name: “tapio”. With tapio, the companies from this industry can now move into the next stage of Industry 4.0. At the same time, HOMAG has exceeded its trade fair goals – and has had the most successful trade fair for many years.

    Photo: The InnovationCenter gave a glimpse of the technologies that could have a decisive influence on the manufacture of furniture in the future.

    HOMAG is leading the industry into the digital future
    This is what the wood industry has been waiting for. “tapio” combines digital products for the entire wood industry with thousands of production machines from all manufacturers, different software solutions and a very diverse range of materials and tools in an IoT platform ("Internet of Things"). In short: This digital platform completely covers the wood industry value chain. The foundation for tapio is the close collaboration with major, renowned software partners such as Microsoft and Software AG.

    Just one of tapio’s numerous advantages is the mobile status display of machines (worldwide) in real time. The fair visitors were just fascinated and amazed: Anyone who used their smartphones to visit website while at LIGNA was able to track and analyze the current operational performance of individual fair machines and cells live and in real time via WebApp.

    All information about tapio can be found at
    (Press release, link to the online press conference, explanatory video: "What is tapio" and the partnership with Microsoft in the film, and much more ...)

    Goals exceeded: Record trade fair and increased internationality
    Whether visitor numbers, promising contacts or incoming orders: HOMAG has surpassed all goals set before the fair. HOMAG experts had more trade fair talks and discussions in Hanover than ever before. The furniture sector was especially interested and excited, in particular, solutions for kitchen and home furniture production including interior fittings and construction.
    A total of 93,000 people from over more than 100 countries visited LIGNA in Hannover. Nearly 65% of the visitors to HOMAG's exhibition booth traveled from international destinations. The highest visitor numbers were recorded from Poland, Austria and the USA. But also numerous visiting groups from Japan, China, Australia, South America and Canada made the HOMAG booth a fixed stop on their tour of the trade fair.
    Overall, LIGNA once again thrilled as an industry leading trade fair and delivered an outstanding performance. This was also confirmed by Pekka Paasivaara (CEO of HOMAG Group): "It was an excellent LIGNA for us. The HOMAG booth was very well attended. The 100-meter-long batch size 1 plant, our InnovationCenter and especially tapio – the digital platform for the wood industry – fascinated visitors. And especially our skilled craft and trade area was also very well visited. Internationality has increased and LIGNA has once again presented itself as a world leading trade fair."

    Software: Interest has never been so strong
    At LIGNA, HOMAG presented 50 machines from all performance classes that are ready for Industry 4.0 – through comprehensive software from the point of sale, over the entire production line to packaging, and by intelligent technologies and processes that communicate with each other.
    The enormous interest shown by the show’s visitors just confirms the fact that the demand for complete software solutions is continuing to grow in importance. So HOMAG completely relaunched the software product portfolio in time for LIGNA. By using modern visualizations, it demonstrated how individual solutions for companies from the trade and industry are configured from a modular kit – "One Platform for Integrated Solutions". The HOMAG experts in charge of the new product line "ProCollection" really had a lot to do. The modular end-to-end system provides an integrated solution for users from the interior construction and furniture industry, from sales planning through graphic order entry to the new production control system. This is called "ControllerMES" and is regarded as a fully developed and solid software basis for future requirements. The new production control system delivers 100% transparency in production and covers everything from production planning with optimal production lots through providing and generating production data for machines (cutting, edgebanding, CNC ...), up to the end report after final assembly.

    Workshop concepts for woodworking Shops
    For visitors from woodworking shops, HOMAG showed clever concepts from an entry level to an industrial and networked workshop. At a small entry level workshop, visitors could find the solution to step into the zero-joint technology – with the airTec unit as well as the new PU gluing technology for fast glue and color changes. On the small panel saw, mitre cuts could already be performed on the saw. The workshop also had a machine for body press technology and a CNC machine for vertical drilling. At the workshop for the industrial entry level area, a saw-bearing nesting cell and a drilling and dowel inserting machine were in operation fully networked with continuous data flow. The new IntelliGuide operator assistance system, which took second place at the SCHULER Novelty Symposium, was used on the panel-sizing saw.

    At the InnovationCenter – in the heart of the exhibition stand – HOMAG reserved an even more important space for the innovations of the future than before. Over 5,500 visitors discovered new, patent-pending technologies and smart Industrial 4.0 applications that provide inspiration for the furniture manufacturing in the future. This included:
    -New zero-joint technology waveTec ®: In this patented process, the functional layer is melted by microwaves. When heating up the glue, no heating-up time is required and volume heating of stronger functional layers is also possible.
    -3D printing / additive manufacturing: HOMAG tested the combination of slow-moving 3D technology and high-performance milling. The advantages: Less cutting volume and a function-optimized product design.
    -Smart Solutions: Here, HOMAG showed the opportunities to optimize production such as an automatic setup of machining parameters by scanning the tool and workpiece or the implementation of predictive maintenance on a tool spindle.

    At the end of the tour, HOMAG opened an extraordinary view of the "Smart Factory" in a 180 ° degree cinema – the furniture manufacturing of tomorrow.
    (Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme GmbH)
    20.06.2017   Stora Enso has appointed Satu Härkönen as Head of Communications for Media Relations in ...    ( Company news )

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    ...Finland and Wood Supply Finland

    Stora Enso has appointed Satu Härkönen (photo) as Head of Communications for Media Relations and Wood Supply in Finland.

    Satu Härkönen has been working for Stora Enso since 1995 in several leadership positions within sales, marketing and communications. Her most recent position was Project Manager for Stora Enso’s FIS Nordic World Ski Championships sponsorship in Lahti, Finland. Before that she was Head of Marketing and Communications for Wood Supply Finland. She holds MSc degrees in Forestry and History.

    Satu Härkönen started in her new position on 1 June 2017. She reports to Ulrika Lilja, EVP, Communications in Stora Enso.

    Liisa Nyyssönen, previously Head of Media Relations in Finland and SVP, Communications in Paper division, will continue as SVP, Communications in Paper division, and report to Kati ter Horst, EVP, Paper division in Stora Enso.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    19.06.2017   Schattdecor continues to invest in the development of its international locations    ( Company news )

    Company news
    By the end of 2018 Schattdecor will invest about 120 million Euros in the development of its current locations. With this, Schattdecor is implementing the largest investment program in the company’s history. Particularly noteworthy is the involvement with the impregnation company, Saintdecor, in Wuhan, China, which will expand the capacity of impregnation currently being done at the sites in Italy, Russia and Brazil. With this investment, Schattdecor is preparing itself, globally, for the future.

    Currently, Schattdecor is producing at 14 locations in nine countries and has a total of 12 impregnation channels, 7 lacquering channels, 35 printing machines, one single-pass digital printer and 12 lab printing machines. In 2017 the company will invest further in their print and impregnation activities as well as in surface refinement and trendsetting technologies.

    In the area of printing (printed Surfaces by Schattdecor), Schattdecor US will add a new rotogravure printing press by the end of the year. An additional rotogravure printing press will be installed in the first quarter of 2018 at the location in Turkey in order to meet the market growth forecast in that region. Beyond that, Schattdecor is reacting to the market dynamics in China and will add two rotogravure printing presses in Shanghai in the fall of 2017. Another printing production location in Quzhou is planned for the beginning of 2019. Also at Kingdecor in Quzhou a new paper machine will be installed in the third quarter of 2018.

    In the area of impregnation (impregnated Surfaces by Schattdecor), the investment in the Chinese impregnation location, Saintdecor, in Wuhan is especially noteworthy. Schattdecor took over 50% of the company after the joint venture contract at the end of March 2017. Production is scheduled to start in mid-2017 with two impregnation lines and one resin kitchen. “To offer the customers in China better service, Schattdecor AG decided to invest in a new impregnation plant called Saintdecor. These strategic measures take into account the importance of the market growth in China, as well as securing supplies to Chinese customers,” said Ulrich Ringelberg, Chairman of Sales International.

    Furthermore, investments are being made in Italy, Brazil and Russia. First of all, in Rosate, Italy, one more impregnation channel is being added to the four existing lines. There is also an option for a sixth channel. Production on the new line is set to begin in mid-2018. “The impregnation activities in Rosate have experienced strong growth in recent years. Since 2011, two new impregnation machines have been put into operation. At present, we produce on all four exiting impregnation machines 24/7,” explained Marco Aquino, General Director of Schattdecor Italy. A new production area with warehouse, resin kitchen and other infrastructure, totaling 10,700 m², will also be built at the Tschechov facility in Russia. Upon completion a new impregnation line will be put into operation in mid-2018. “The Russian wood-based materials industry is highly competitive and will continue to be very interesting. Schattdecor is once again showing with this investment that we believe in our customers and that they can count on Schattdecor as a reliable supplier in Russia,” mentioned Jens Palmen, General Director of Schattdecor in Russia. In Sao Jose dos Pinhais, Brazil the company will add approximately 5,000 square meters of production and warehouse space. This construction includes new offices, a cafeteria and other infrastructure measures that will be finished at the beginning of 2018.

    In the area of finished surfaces (finished Surfaces by Schattdecor), the headquarters in Thansau, Germany will invest in a lab lacquering line for radiation cured lacquer for the foil and lacquer development to support the growing demand for foil surfaces. This line will launch in mid-2018. Also, in Poland, the expansion of the office building and the new construction of the 2,500 square meter paper roll warehouse will move forward. By the middle of May 2017 the plant will be at maximum size and provide the capacity for two further lacquering channels.
    (Schattdecor AG)
    16.06.2017   Kijchai Places New Order with Dieffenbacher    ( Company news )

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    Thai company expands production capacity with new THDF plant

    Thai company S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL in Rayong—approximately 200 km southeast of Bangkok—has produced MDF boards from a Dieffenbacher plant for the past five years. The company is now expanding its production capacity and adding THDF boards to its product portfolio.

    Image: Kijchai MDF plant in Rayong

    "Due to our positive experiences with our MDF plant, we have chosen Dieffenbacher as the supplier for this new project, too. The CPS+ will allow us to produce boards at speeds of up to 1,800 mm/s," Vichai Sangwongkit (Managing Director, Kijchai) said during the signing of the contract.

    Kijchai's order is the fifth CPS+ project in Thailand in just two years. In addition to the 28 m long continuous press, the scope of supply includes the dryer, Z-sifter, forming station, Dieffensor, triple diagonal saw and raw board handling, along with a storage system.

    The thickness of the boards ranges from 1 to 32 mm. As Kijchai is championing sustainability, only wood from rubber trees grown on surrounding plantations will be used as the raw material.

    S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL has been active in the wood-based panel industry for 30 years. By investing in the new THDF plant, the company will be able to more than double its production capacity and therefore strengthen its position as one of the leading manufacturers of MDF in Thailand.
    (Dieffenbacher GmbH)
    15.06.2017   Jane Molony Named President of the ICFPA    ( Company news )

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    The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) announced Jane Molony (photo) as its new president. Molony, Executive Director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), will serve in this capacity for the next two years.

    “Across the world, wood, paper and tissue products touch lives every day in ways that often go unnoticed. Without our industries’ products, many people would not be able to teach, read or learn; businesses would not be able to ship merchandise, or protect goods; nor would people be able to improve their lives through the basics of personal hygiene. Forest and paper products also have a great environmental and economic story to tell. It is a story that has been proudly told by the ICFPA for 15 years. I am particularly honoured to take charge of this group of leaders,” said Molony.

    Molony was elected at the ICFPA’s annual meeting in Berlin, Germany. The meeting was attended by 18 representatives from ICFPA members associations, who discussed future activities, cooperation and sustainability-related issue.

    Molony succeeds Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, president and CEO of the Brazilian Tree Industry, who served as ICFPA president for the past three years.

    “It has been a privilege to help the ICFPA continue its legacy of advocacy on important issues of interest of this global industry, and I have put significant efforts in communication. I believe this industry has a remarkable story to tell and we are just scratching the surface when it comes to public awareness and understanding of the sustainable benefits of the global forest products industry,” said Carvalhaes. “It was a great pleasure and honor to be part of this important forum and network of leaders and Ibá will continue to advocate towards the global forest industry and the plantations based industry locally and globally.”

    “On behalf of the entire ICFPA, I would like to thank Elizabeth for her leadership and guidance,” said Molony. “I look forward to continuing to work with her and the other members of the steering committee to ensure a strong global forest products industry.”
    (ICFPA International Council of Forest and Paper Associations)
    14.06.2017   James Latham Provides Materials For Plywood Exhibition At The V&A    ( Company news )

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    James Latham is providing plywood for the interior of an exhibition about the eclectic history of the sheet material which opens on 15 July at the Victoria and Albert Museum – known as the world’s leading museum of art and design.

    Plywood: Material of the Modern World will run between 15 July and 12 November 2017 and will explore the innovative use of plywood in objects ranging from vehicles to furniture, and from architecture to graphic design - offering a new perspective of this versatile material.

    James Latham’s unrivalled knowledge and passion for timber, and in particular, its incredible history of selling this product - which began more than two and a half centuries ago – and included supplying plywood for the manufacture of Spitfire aircrafts during World War 2, has close links to the exhibition which includes the story of the fastest and highest-flying aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito.

    Other highlights will include a moulded plywood leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1942, surfboards, and designs for mass-produced US prefabricated housing.

    Plywood: Material of the Modern World is co-curated by Christopher Wilk, Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, and Elizabeth Bisley, Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. The exhibition brings together significant new research with new acquisitions and objects that have never before been on public display. It will take visitors through plywood’s many reputational transformations; from a cheap product that was often hidden or maligned for its inferiority to solid timber, to the material prized by mid-century modernists and by today’s flourishing maker movement.

    Chris Sutton, Managing Director of James Latham said: “This exhibition will look at the many different methods of manufacture using plywood and its history, from ancient times to use in today’s digital age so it is a perfect fit for James Latham, particularly because of our 260-year history in which time we will have supplied plywood for many of the innovative uses and applications which are being highlighted.”
    (James Latham P.L.C.)
    13.06.2017   Quality and energy efficiency essential factors in Frödinge's choice of lumber kilns    ( Company news )

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    Frödinge Hällerum Timber is investing in four trolley-fed batch kilns from Valutec. This will increase capacity for lumber drying at the sawmill in Frödinge and also facilitate quality gains.
    “We are known for high quality, and the drying process is essential in order to deliver the best products. The trolley-fed solution also helps us to achieve important energy savings,” says Torbjörn Svensson, MD of Frödinge Hällerum Timber.

    The sawmill in Frödinge, which currently has a production capacity of 50,000 cubic metres, has invested in its production chain over the past five years, including updating its saw line. The drying equipment is now being updated with four e-trolley-fed batch kilns, replacing an older continuous kiln and two conventional batch kilns.

    “The staff are familiar with the control system and are trained in drying technique, and that goes for our second sawmill in Hällerum too. We see major benefits to having equipment and drying control systems that are familiar at both sawmills. It makes for a valuable discussion forum between our kiln operators. In addition, it is a reliable system, with good support and service technicians in southern Sweden who can help us when we need it,” says Torbjörn.

    These investments mean that the entire group now uses Valutec’s drying technology and control systems.

    “Being entrusted to supply further equipment is the best testimonial you can receive from a customer. It also shows the importance of a broad and customised product range with both forklift-fed and e-trolley-fed kilns,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.

    Sixty per cent of Frödinge’s output is re-processed. Frödinge has many customers within the building industry, who demand a high level of quality.

    “For a sawmill, good drying facilities can make the difference between earning money and finding things tough,” says Torbjörn.

    Frödinge sees increased flexibility, a higher utilisation rate and energy savings as benefits of the e-trolley-fed batch kilns, as the exchanges are not dependent on forklift drivers loading the lumber packages.

    “Any trained person can exchange packages in a short time. That was a major reason why we decided on this concept. The operational procedure of preparation and exchange in the kiln takes 20 minutes instead of 90, which is especially important in winter, as it requires a lot of energy to have the kiln open. This is something we are focusing strongly on,” stresses Torbjörn.
    (Valutec AB)
    12.06.2017   Global Forest and Paper Industry Focuses on Innovation and New Forest-Based Products    ( Company news )

    Company news
    On its fifteenth anniversary, The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) reflects on its purpose with the release of a new statement for the future.

    On its fifteenth anniversary, The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) reflects on its purpose with the release of a new statement for the future:
    “To benefit global society through collaboration with industry, governments and non-governmental organizations on public policies that facilitate the manufacture of sustainable products from virgin and recycled forest-based resources that meet human needs for information, packaging, housing, hygiene, energy and other innovative products.”

    The ICFPA purpose statement connects people to products and the planet and is at the root of why we exist. The forest-based industry is leading in the development of innovative products and processes to benefit society. Based on the understanding of the importance of far-sighted use of natural resources, we can ensure their availability for future generations while benefiting the present. The ICFPA has also updated its mission, broadening the scope of the organization to represent an innovative forest-based industry:
    “Serve as a forum of global dialogue among national and regional industry associations and their leadership to cooperate in the development of common positions on issues of mutual interest, represent the forest, paper, wood and forest fibre-based industries with global policy organizations and coordinate action and distribute information through member associations.”

    “The global forest products industry has significantly invested in research and has been developing new products and technologies to make the best use of wood and fibre-based products. We are an innovative industry with a key role to play in the transition towards a greener and more sustainable economy that will benefit current and future generations” said ICFPA President Jane Molony. “With this purpose statement and revised mission, we look forward to promoting the interests of the forest, paper, wood and fibre-based industries in global venues and serving as a resource for policy makers and other stakeholders in the years to come.”
    (ICFPA International Council of Forest and Paper Associations)
    09.06.2017   Setra hires new manager at Skutskär    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Setra Group has hired Sara Westberg (photo) as the new manager for its unit in Skutskär. Sara Westberg joins Setra from BillerudKorsnäs in Gävle where she was responsible for dispatch and packaging. At Setra Skutskär the company produces 97,000 m3 of processed wood products per year.

    Setra Group has hired Sara Westberg as the new manager of Setra’s processing unit in Skutskär. Operations including planing, pressure treatment and painting. The unit handles 97,000 m3 of processed wood every year. Sara Westberg joins Setra from a position where she was responsible for dispatch and packaging at BIllerudKorsnäs in Gävle. She took up her new position at Setra on 1 June.

    “I am really looking forward to starting at Setra. I hope to be able to contribute with a fresh look combined with my experience of similar operations. In my role as manager I will prioritise safety and work to achieve involved leadership where employeeship is in focus,” says Sara Westberg.

    Setra’s CEO, Hannele Arvonen, is pleased that the appointment of a new manager for the facility in Skutskär is now finalised.
    “We are delighted to welcome Sara Westberg to Setra and Skutskär. Sara has completely the right background to lead the continued development of this operation. Her management experience and her major interest in and commitment to sustainability and leadership will be extremely useful.”
    (Setra Group)
    08.06.2017   Catrin Gustavsson new Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news
    Catrin Gustavsson (photo) has been appointed Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

    She will succeed Laila Rogestedt and assume her new position on 1 August. Catrin will be a member of Group Senior Management and report to the President and CEO, Lars Idermark.

    Catrin Gustavsson, 46, holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, and a PhD degree in pulp technology from the Royal Institute of Technology. She is currently head of the process engineering department at Södra’s pulp mill at Värö, outside Varberg. She has been active in the paper and pulp industry since 1999, both nationally and internationally, and held senior positions in production and technology development at BillerudKorsnäs, Kvaerner Pulping and Stora Enso.

    “I am very pleased that we have recruited Catrin internally. Innovation and New Business is a strategic area for Södra’s future, and the unit is responsible for our work with product and process care in our existing market for pulp and sawn wood products, and for developing new products and applications for wood as a raw material,” said CEO Lars Idermark.

    “In a world that is changing at an increasingly faster pace and with major global challenges, raw material from the forest offers countless and unique opportunities. I am pleased and proud to be entrusted with leadership of Innovation and New Business. Together with all of my talented colleagues at Södra, the continued development of innovation activities both internally and in partnership with external stakeholders will be interesting and motivating,” commented Catrin Gustavsson.

    As previously announced, Laila Rogestedt will be leaving Södra in mid-2017.
    (Södra Timber AB)
    07.06.2017   2016 full-year earnings - Rougier consolidates its strategic realignment in Africa ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ...securing a €15 million long-term loan from Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD)

    Full-year highlights
    In 2016, with lower levels of demand in key emerging countries, the Rougier Afrique International branch generated €124.7 million of revenues, down 11.6% from 2015.
    This contraction in business reflects the significant drop in export prices for certain timber species, while sales for international trade in Africa are down by just over one third.
    This contraction has affected the margins recorded, particularly in Cameroon and Congo.

    The Import-Distribution France branch has continued to diversify its offering and its customer base. Its performances are reflected in €29.3 million in revenues, up 5.1%, and a significant improvement in EBIT, which became slightly positive again for the full year.

    Consolidated accounts
    EBIT is negative, coming in at €(0.8) million, compared with a positive result of €1.0 million last year.
    For 2016, it factors in €(1.6) million of write-downs for impairments of fixed assets in Cameroon; in 2015, € (1.5) million of write-downs were
    recorded on assets in Gabon.
    EBIT also includes a capital gain generated on the sale of a real estate asset in France for €1.3 million.

    After notably taking into account the cost of net debt for €(3.4) million and a €(1.5) million tax expense, total net income is negative, coming in at €(6.3) million, with €(3.9) million on a Group share basis.

    Consolidated shareholders' equity represented €51.8 million at 31 December 2016, down €5.9 million from 31 December 2015.
    Gross financial debt totaled €58.9 million at 31 December 2016, compared with €63.4 million at 31 December 2015.
    Cash represented €2.8 million at end-2016, versus €6.3 million at the end of 2015.

    Post-balance sheet events
    The Rougier Group is focused in priority on restoring its profitability and improving its financial resources.
    In April, Rougier SA finalized the sale of an investment property in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, for €4.75 million.

    On May 12, Rougier Afrique International signed a deal for a 10-year loan from Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD), for €15 million, including a three-year interest-only period.
    This operation will finance the launch of activities in the Central African Republic, as well as some of the Group's other development projects in Africa.
    This loan will also help diversify the Group's sources of financing.

    Rougier SA and its subsidiaries, Rougier Afrique International and Rougier Sylvaco Panneaux, have renegotiated their financing facilities with their banks in France, totaling €21.4 million as of 31 December 2016.
    The agreement, which has been reached, will secure the Group's financing over the short term.

    Rougier is moving forward with the strategic realignment of its operations in Africa, focusing on more profitable production activities, while optimizing its supply chains and its organization.

    In Gabon, Rougier is developing its timber production by positioning itself as a key player for the development of a responsible timber industry.
    Since February 2017, this dynamic new approach has led to a major log supply contract being signed with GSEZ (Gabon Special Economic Zone), which will be particularly important for the development of the Group's business in Gabon.

    Alongside this, Rougier is preparing to start up its first production operations in the Central African Republic.
    The medium-term loan set up with Proparco will give Rougier the means to develop its operations in the Congo Basin.
    Rougier is looking to further strengthen its competitive positions and it is expected to benefit from the upturn in sales prices on its market
    in 2017.
    (Rougier International)
    06.06.2017   Senior Changes Announced At James Latham    ( Company news )

    Company news
    James Latham has announced that Peter Latham (photo) will be retiring as Non-Executive Chairman of James Latham Plc and will be leaving the business at the Annual General Meeting on 23rd August 2017.

    Nick Latham will be taking over as Executive Chairman from that date.

    Peter has worked for the company for 44 years and has been on the Plc board since 1983, taking over as Chairman in December 2006.

    During his time with James Latham, Peter has also held a number of senior positions within the timber industry and is the current Chairman of the PEFC International Board. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his service to the UK wood industry.

    Nick Latham commented, “I would like to personally thank Peter for everything he has done for our family business, especially the way that he has lead the business since becoming Chairman almost eleven years ago. The results speak for themselves.

    “Peter will be missed by everyone, and I am sure that the colleagues and friends he has made, both at James Latham and throughout the industry during his career, will want to join me in wishing him a very happy retirement.

    “In what is our 260th year in business, I am very much looking forward to taking on this new role and to continuing our journey. It’s an exciting time in the industry and I am relishing the challenge of taking up the reins to carry on Peter’s great work and to addressing emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”
    (James Latham P.L.C.)
    02.06.2017   Moelven: Best first quarter since 2008     ( Company news )

    Company news
    Moelven improved its operating profit by NOK 71 million compared to the same period last year. The year's first quarter was the best since 2008.

    Operating profit increased to NOK 101 million (NOK 30 million in the same period last year) for the first quarter. Operating revenues increased by 2.8 per cent to NOK 2,678 million (2,605).

    Good demand
    CEO Morten Kristiansen of Moelven Industrier ASA says that it is a combination of significant improvements in underlying operations at several of Moelven's businesses, as well as good demand for the Group's products and services, that are the cause of the good results.

    Strong improvement
    The Group is experiencing increased demand in all divisions, a strong improvement in results, increased equity and a reduction in net interest bearing debt. All divisions have improved results compared to last year.

    “I'm particularly pleased that the realignment and restructuring measures we have implemented in the timber processing parts of the Group have yielded results. Overall, here we have an improvement of almost NOK 60 million compared to the same period last year,” says Kristiansen.

    Kristiansen is also of the opinion that it's worth mentioning the drive for robotised module production at Moelven Byggmodul AB in Säffle.

    “The effort - which a short time ago resulted in the company being named ‘“Lean Builder of the year’ at Bygge-galan 2017 in Stockholm for its work on smart production and robotisation – has led to an 80 per cent increase in production capacity,” Kristiansen says.

    New workplaces
    Robotisation, along with the installation of other production equipment, workstations and various systems, has brought almost 50 new jobs to Säffle.

    “This is proof of successful development and realignment in Moelven,” Kristiansen claims.

    Good outlook
    For the Group as a whole revenues are expected to increase somewhat. The programme for operational improvement and structuring of the group continues unabated and will contribute to improved profitability for the underlying operations.

    “The Group's composition, with divisions that experience different impacts from economic fluctuations and units that operate in different markets, provides a good starting point for further improvements. The result for 2017 is expected to be somewhat better than for 2016. The group has a long-term goal of a return on capital employed of 13 per cent over an economic cycle. We have sufficient solidity and long-term access to liquidity to implement the restructuring and improvement projects required to achieve this goal” Kristiansen says.
    (Moelven Industrier ASA)
    01.06.2017   Tarkett Q1 2017 Results: Good start to the year    ( Company news )

    Company news
    -Net sales up 6.1% year-on-year at €612m, including organic growth of 2.8%
    -Robust organic growth in EMEA (up 7.0%)(1) and a good start to the year for the CIS, APAC and Latin America segment (up 2.0%)(1)
    -Adjusted EBITDA(2) up 14.6% at €52m versus €45m in Q1 2016
    -Adjusted EBITDA margin up 62 bps to 8.4% (versus 7.8% in Q1 2016)

    Net sales at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates advanced 2.8% in Q1 2017. The EMEA segment delivered an excellent performance in the quarter (up 7.0%), while the Sports segment continued to enjoy good momentum (up 3.6%). The CIS, APAC and Latin America segment started the year well, posting 2.0% organic growth. In North America, like-for-like(1) sales were down 2.1%, penalized by a high comparison basis.

    Reported sales were up 6.1% on Q1 2016. Exchange rates accounted for 3.3% sales growth, as the positive impact of a stronger ruble (partly countered by a selective promotions strategy) and gains in the US dollar against the euro more than offset weakness in pound sterling. The February 2017 acquisition of AlternaScapes had a negligible scope impact.

    Adjusted EBITDA was 14.6% higher at €52m versus €45m in Q1 2016. The adjusted EBITDA margin gained 62 bps year-on-year at 8.4%. The CIS, APAC and Latin America segment posted strong adjusted EBITDA growth. For the Group as a whole, the continuous improvement measures helped unlock further productivity gains of €8m. As expected however, raw material prices had a €2m negative impact on adjusted EBITDA.

    Commenting on these results, Michel Giannuzzi (photo), CEO, said:
    “We have made a good start to the year. The performance of our EMEA segment confirms our solid positions in several countries. I am pleased to note the steadily improving situation in CIS countries. Only North America was down, affected by tough prior-year comparatives. Despite the rise in raw material prices, margin growth shows the strength of our productivity efforts under our World Class Manufacturing Program.”
    (Tarkett SAS)
    01.06.2017   ICFPA announces the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news
    The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the winners of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award, a global award that aims to stimulate interest by young researchers carrying out projects in a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products as well as process improvements or other innovation throughout the value chain.

    The Announcement was made at the ICFPA CEOs Roundtable, a meeting of global leaders of the forest-based industry, organized by ICFPA, where researchers presented their projects.

    The theme of the 2016-2017 global competition was "Game Changing Technologies for the Forest and Paper Industries – Unfolding Potential of Forest, Paper and Wood-Based Products". Each participating country nominated national candidates to compete internationally. This year, twelve projects were nominated by ICFPA members to the international phase. Based on the assessment of a jury composed of experts of different regions and organizations three winners were selected:

    - Koh Sakai, with the project 'Cellulose nanofibres prepared by phosphorylation'
    - Shuji Fujisawa, with the project 'Biocompatible nanocellulose/polymer composite microparticles formed by emulsion-templated synthesis'
    - Esthevan Gasparoto, with the project 'Cutting-edge technologies for forest monitoring and measurement'

    "The ICFPA congratulates all the participants and the global winners of the first edition of this global competition. We believe it is important to foster knowledge and stimulate innovative research among young researchers. Our industry is a vibrant and dynamic workplace for the future and therefore we will continue our support of students and young professionals", said ICFPA President Elizabeth de Carvalhaes.
    (ICFPA International Council of Forest and Paper Associations)
    31.05.2017   Sawmills in Quebec and Ontario are running at record high levels, resulting in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news
    ... difficulty finding outlets for generated residuals, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review

    Record high production at sawmills in Ontario and Quebec in 2016 has generated large volumes of residues in the two provinces, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the past that would have been good news for the local pulp industry, but with a declining pulp and paper sector, many sawmills are finding it difficult to sell their byproduct locally.

    Sawmills in Eastern Canada have been running at record high levels in 2016, with production reaching levels almost ten percent higher than in 2015 and almost 40 percent higher than five years ago. This has been very good news to the forest industry, with sawmills running at 97% operating rates in late 2016, according to the WWPA. However, there are also worrisome developments regarding the large volumes of residual chips that are being generated and where the chips can be sold.

    The pulp sector has been the key consumer of residuals in the past, but with a shrinking pulp industry in both Ontario and Quebec, there are concerns that sawmills in the region might be forced to limit production levels because it may be difficult to sell off the largevolumes of chips that are being produced.

    Despite the oversupply of residues in Quebec, wood chip prices have not changed much over the past few years in Canadian dollar terms. Most contract prices for residues are set on an annual basis and after four years of practically unchanged prices, they fell almost five percent in the 1Q/17. It is likely that prices will decline in the future but this will not necessarily solve the problem with access to chips in the province. Either new production capacity needs to be added (e.g. wood pulp, pellets, composite panels or bio-based products), or sawmills will have to find other outlets for their chips outside the province.

    Alternatively, sawmills might have to reduce production levels in the future. Although the latter alternative would be less desirable for both the domestic forest industry and for lumber consumers in the US to which much of the lumber is exported, itcould still be a reality later this year. If the new US softwood lumber import tariff is implemented at such a high rate that it reduces the profitability of the lumber companies in the two provinces, it is likely to result in reduced production levels and thus declining supply of residual chips to find a home for.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    30.05.2017   LIGNA 2017 delivers big on innovations    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017
    LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, 26 May, having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalization currently redefining the industry. After five action-packed days, the organizers could look back on a truly impressive event.

    Photo: LIGNA 2017 Closing Press Conference

    LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, 26 May, having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalization currently redefining the industry. After five action-packed days, the organizers could look back on a truly impressive event. The world's leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools is booming. "LIGNA 2017 will go down as a milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry," said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA, at the end-of-show press conference on Friday in Hannover. "Industry 4.0 concepts for the wood industry were the dominant theme at this year's LIGNA, with major emphasis placed on digitalization, integration and automation. The exhibitors covered everything from sophisticated approaches to plant integration right on down to entry-level systems for the skilled trades, thus offering the right technology for any scale of operation."

    LIGNA 2017 featured a new site layout and an array of display categories chosen to reflect the increasing technology convergence between the skilled trades and industry. "The new layout has proven to be a great success. Our customers have found it very easy to navigate", remarked Wolfgang Pöschl, Chairman of the Woodworking Machinery division of Germany's Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, VDMA (Frankfurt/Main), and Chairman of the Management Board of Michael Weinig AG (Tauberbischofsheim). "Digitalization and integrated production are the new keys to success for our customers. There is huge demand across the board, resulting in full order books. The challenge now is to shorten delivery lead times as much as possible."

    LIGNA's new approach is contributing to stable growth throughout the industry. More than 1,500 exhibitors, including 900 from abroad, were on hand to showcase innovative plant, machinery, tools and solutions on some 129,000 square meters (1,388,544 sq. ft.) of net space. According to Gruchow: "Many exhibitors have opted for stands with a highly classy design, in some cases even going for radically new structural approaches. This has put a fresh face on LIGNA and gone down very well with all concerned. LIGNA's international pulling power has also shot up considerably, thus underscoring the show's reputation as the industry's No. 1 event worldwide."

    LIGNA 2017 attracted a total of 93,000 visitors, including some 42,000 attendees from outside Germany who had come to Hannover from more than 100 different countries. The show's increasingly international turnout was reflected in the figures for virtually every corner of the globe, and particularly for Asia, North America and Europe. As noted by Gruchow: "These impressive figures confirm that international decision-makers have come to place their trust in LIGNA as the only event that can give them a full grasp of the latest wood processing and woodworking trends and developments." The top ten visitor nations after Germany were France, Austria, the United States, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, China, Poland, Italy and Russia.

    More than 80 percent of all attendees rated LIGNA's new thematic layout as "good" or "very good". The special highlighting of surface technology at the show also met with a very enthusiastic response, with one in three visitors expressing an interest in the topic.

    Market leaders used the flagship fair to introduce new software for integrating the complete range of plant components. In line with the mega-theme of Industry 4.0, visitors were especially interested in the trend towards visualizing process and work steps. The wood industry's capacity for innovation was showcased via solutions ranging from a service app for machine monitoring to a digital graphical operator saw guide, plus a bucket camera system for wheel loaders. Cloud-based digital twins of tools and machines were used to present effective processes for faster machine commissioning and life-cycle documentation.

    A further key trend at LIGNA consisted of ways of significantly boosting production efficiency with minimal demands on the operator. One exhibitor presented the first-ever "three-click" process for producing a complete item of furniture. Meanwhile, in the area of machine components and automation, robots continued their forward march.

    In the pavilion next to Hall 11, the first LIGNA training workshops for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters and mobile assemblers were held in partnership with the Sprint Academy (Cologne, Germany). Festool, Jowat, Mafell and Dr. Koch from the Thünen Institute were the training partners who delivered a program of practical-based content. The speakers communicated their knowledge and expertise on technology applications in the skilled trades in nine training workshops of one-and-a-half to two hours each. This included explaining the distinctive features of new commercial timbers or how the latest adhesives work. Participants were given the opportunity to put the manually-operated woodworking machines through their paces, under the watchful eye of expert technicians. Participants picked up many useful tips and tricks and praised the workshops as a valuable addition to the other LIGNA offerings.

    The LIGNA program also featured a series of brief presentations on the processing of plastics and composites at the Robotation Academy. Industry experts were on hand to share information and ideas on current themes and trends. Many exhibitors featured displays showing that woodworking machines can work not only with wood, but also with plastics, composite panels, and insulation and building materials. These applications are ideal for caravan and boat construction and for the interiors of vehicles, ships and aircraft as well as for plastics production.

    The new LIGNA layout was also well received by primary industry visitors, with the four thematic areas of Forestry Technology , Sawmill Technology , Wood-based Panel Production and Energy from Wood . The focus was on the production of wood as a raw material for products or energy generation, through the planning, felling and retrieval stages. The current state of the art on the use in forestry of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, proved a popular drawing card, along with the latest forest surveying processes.

    For the first time at this year's fair, an open-air demonstration area was set up at the foot of the Hermes tower, in partnership with the German Forestry Council (KWF). Several moderated technology presentations were staged each day on an area measuring approximately 1,500 square meters (approx. 16,145.87 sq. ft.). Every step in the process was covered: pruning, the extraction of standing timber with harvesters, removal to the forest roadside with forwarders and logging trailers, and transport to the sawmill.

    Another standout attraction, particularly for the international primary industry audience, was the second Wood Industry Summit . Fifteen delegations from 13 nations (including Canada, Colombia, Chile, Bulgaria and Romania) availed themselves of the opportunity for dialogue with industry experts. Under the motto of "Access to Resources and Technology", summit participants debated the latest trends and developments in the categories of "Forestry and Wood Industry 4.0", "Resource Roads", "Forest Fire Control" and "Fleet Management".

    The next LIGNA will be staged from 27 to 31 May 2019.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
    29.05.2017   Raute Corporation - Interim report January 1 - March 31, 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news
    - The Group’s first quarter net sales, EUR 36.6 million (MEUR 26.4), increased 38% on the comparison period.
    - Operating profit, EUR 2.7 million (MEUR 1.4), almost doubled from the comparison period. The result before taxes was EUR 2.9 million (MEUR 1.3).
    - Earnings per share were EUR 0.50 (EUR 0.22).
    - Order intake, at EUR 24 million (MEUR 13), was at a good level. The order book at the end of the reporting period stood at EUR 93 million (MEUR 44).
    - Raute’s net sales are expected to grow in 2017 and operating profit is forecast to improve from 2016.

    We have every reason to be happy with our early-year performance both in terms of improving net sales and operating profit. Both were in line with our expectations. Our order intake, EUR 24 million, was relatively good, bearing in mind that it did not include any major individual projects. Our order book is still at a high level.

    During the first quarter, demand for mid-sized investment projects was brisker than before. In addition to the high work load in Production, our Sales personnel have also been kept busy. Several new mill-scale projects are at the negotiation phase. The continued active demand for spare parts and maintenance bolsters our belief that our customers are in a good position. Modernizations is our only production area where demand has been slow. I suspect that this results in part from our customers’ interest in new equipment acquisitions, emboldened by the market outlook. The strongest areas geographically speaking are currently the traditional developed markets. Demand has also continued to pick up in Russia.

    At the end of March, we concluded negotiations on an acquisition and purchased the business of a company called Metriguard in the United States. The business transferred to us at the beginning of April. The acquired technology complements our offering in veneer and plywood industry raw material optimization, and combined with our machine vision technology, generates new opportunities for product development. We have become familiar with Metriguard’s products over the years through the processes of several of our customers and we know that they are high-quality and are close to industry standard status. Moreover, we will be able to expand our offering to the sawmill industry and assist our new client base to optimize the value of their processes’ raw materials. Metriguard precisely represents one of our strategy’s growth areas and we are, as a result, thrilled to have gained this new opportunity. We are convinced that the acquisition is a positive arrangement for both Raute and Metriguard.

    Thanks to a good start to the year, a strong order book and continued active demand, I am in no doubt that our net sales will grow and our operating profit will improve from the previous year.
    (Raute Oyj)
    26.05.2017   Increased lumber imports to the US from Europe, New Zealand and Latin America expected ...    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ... insulating materials to Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    You will find Valutec, which was awarded the prestigious accolade of “Sägewerksausstatter des Jahres 2017” (Sawmill supplier of the year) by trade journal Holzkurier, at Hall 25, stand D23.
    (Valutec AB)

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