Brett Helped To Pave Way For Panel World

Brett Helped To Pave Way For Panel World

Brett Helped To Pave Way For Panel World

Alan Douglas Brett, who in the latter half of his career led the international advertising sales growth of Panel World magazine, and whose vigorous life included professional motor cycle speedway racing as a young man and a long stint as sales manager with the Daily Telegraph in London, died January 16 following health issues at his villa at Aldea de las Cuevas, Benidoleig, Alicante, Spain. He was 86.

Brett sold magazine advertising space for Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.-based Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. and affiliate Panel World from 1984 to 2006 and also sold for other trade publications. He worked from his office and home residence in Box Hill, Surrey, just southwest of London, but in 1993 he and his wife, Rita, purchased their dream home in Spain, where he continued to work until his retirement, when he turned over his international sales role for Hatton-Brown and his overall business to his son, Murray Brett.

“Alan was the most detailed person I had ever met—after years of dealing with sales people who were the complete opposite,” recalls David Ramsey, publisher of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. who hired Brett. “He was a happy man and lived his life as such. He came from a tough childhood but lived his life his way. I shall miss him.”

Hatton-Brown and Panel World Editor-in-Chief Rich Donnell remembers, “In late 1988 I met Alan in London and we took the ferry across the North Sea into Belgium and proceeded to drive his car throughout Germany for seven days calling on numerous potential equipment advertisers. Alan became a wonderful, enlightening friend, with tremendous humor, and I witnessed what a fully informed and persuasive sales representative he was.

“The next year we met at what was my first Ligna show, long before Panel World had its own booth there, and we set up shop on one of the tables of the Hall 2 restaurant and walked the aisles for a week. I’ll always have the vision of Alan toting along his packed business briefcase while smoking a cigar. The exhibitors knew we were coming. Alan became close friends for life with many of the marketing people of the exhibitor companies.”

Brett was born in Kingston Hospital on December 23, 1936. His last name was Kingham at birth but he never knew his father, and his mother Kathleen remarried to Earnest Brett and Alan adopted the Brett name. Brett was raised by his mother and in his late teen years by an aunt and cousins in New Malden South London. A sister, Jill, was born after the war.

Brett was a “war baby” and due to the heavy bombing of South London he went to stay with a mining family in Nottingham, but experienced bombing in the industrial Midland as well. The war experience contributed to Brett’s lifelong passion as an amateur historian of World War II, complemented by his lifelong power of memory.

Brett became obsessed with Motorcycle Speedway Racing, as tracks were springing up everywhere due to the wasteland available after the war. In his teen years Brett raced cycle speedway and attended high school at Wimbledon Technical College.

In 1954 he started to race competitively as a professional motor cycle speedway rider and in 1955 he represented Eastbourne and Wimbledon before big crowds throughout Europe. He mixed with many of his childhood heroes and champions—Ronnie Moore, Barry Briggs, Ivan Mauger, Ove Fundin and Peter Cravan.

But in 1956 Brett’s highly promising speedway career was cut short due to a terrible leg injury. He suffered it during a practice session when the bike in front of him crashed, sending Brett from behind over the top of his bike before a third rider rode over Brett’s leg. However, while in the hospital Brett met Rita Hammerton, who was a professional dancer working at The Windmill Theatre in Soho and they were ultimately married in 1960.

His dream of racing motorcycles shattered, Brett entered the newspaper industry and sons Neil and Murray were born. Brett’s career progressed to Classified Sales Manager at the Daily Telegraph were he would stay for 20 years, meanwhile moving the family to their ideal home in Box Hill, Surrey with a huge garden backing on to heathland.

Brett left the Daily Telegraph and set up his own company, selling advertising for various trade publications, eventually landing with Hatton-Brown Publishers. Brett was a pioneer of “remote working,” running his British business from Spain after moving there with Rita.

Brett enjoyed his life immensely in Spain, especially helping out the elderly and was a big supporter of the local Careline Theatre, holding the position of Front of House. Brett’s wife Rita died in 2021 and Brett chose to continue his life in their villa until his peaceful passing, surrounded with love by his family and caregivers. He is survived by his sons and their spouses, Neil (Simone) and Murray (Liz), five granddaughters, and his sister, Jill.

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Single-family starts were 828,000, down 4.1% compared to October, and recording the third consecutive monthly decline; but multi-family came in at 584,000, up 4.8% over October.

Building permits declined 11.2% to 1.342 million, including a 7.1% drop in single-family to 781,000, and a 17.9% dip in multi-family to 509,000 compared to October.

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To better address its operational and strategic development plans, Raute is changing its organizational structure, which will strengthen Raute’s ability to service customers and streamlines internal operations. The change will also be reflected in the Executive Board and responsibility areas.

As of January 1, Raute will have three business units—Wood Processing, Analyzers, and Services—each with a clear focus and accountability for its respective business operations. The Executive Board will consist of the CEO, three executive vice presidents—one for each business unit—and three functional roles: Chief Commercial Officer, Chief People Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

Wood Processing unit includes Raute’s core technology offering for veneer, plywood and LVL production. Delivery scope includes separate production equipment, modernizations, as well as full mill-scale projects. Wood processing will be headed by Petri Strengell, who has been with Raute since 1987, and is a member of the Executive Board and has been responsible for supply chain. Strengell acted as Raute’s interim CEO from May 2022 to September 2022.

Analyzers unit serves customers with Raute’s latest measurement technology for sorting veneer, plywood and LVL, and special measurement equipment for sawn timber. Analyzers will be headed by Jani Roivainen, who has been with Raute since 2011 and has been responsible for the Metrix business as a member of the Executive Board since 2019.

Services unit focuses on Raute’s full-service concept ranging from spare parts deliveries to regular maintenance, digital services and equipment upgrades. Services will be headed by Kurt Bossuyt, who joined Raute in 2016. Bossuyt is a member of the Executive Board and has been heading the Basic Services business since 2019.

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) is a new functional role in the Executive Board. Responsibility of the CCO includes Raute’s market operations, sales & marketing, as well as commercial excellence and development. Jari Myyryläinen is appointed CCO and a member of the Executive Board. Myyryläinen has worked in Raute since 2020 and is has been heading Raute’s EMEA Market Area.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the finance, ICT, IR, ESG and other business support. Minna Yrjönmäki is continuing in the interim CFO role, which she has been responsible for since May 2022.

Raute’s external financial reporting structure will not change following the new organization structure as all Raute’s operations continue to belong to the wood products’ technology segment.

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As of January 1, the company has initiated a search process for a Chief People Officer. In the meantime, Mia Könnilä has been appointed Raute Corp.’s interim Chief People Officer and Member of the Executive Board. Könnilä has been working with Raute since 2021 and is currently heading Raute Finland HR function.

“The new organization structure will take Raute closer to our customers through dedicated business units and new commercial function,” Saariaho says. “Raute will further strengthen its ability to deliver superior service to our customers, including successful project delivery, as well as advanced technology services tailored to customer needs. The new organization will streamline our ways of working and ensure focus on further development of Raute’s core competences. I want to thank warmly the departing Executive Board members.”

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Anna McCann, president of Merritt Machinery and the U.S. representative of Meinan Machinery Works, led a panel session on recent installations of new Meinan lathe and composer technologies.

McCann first reviewed the history of Meinan, founded in Japan in 1953, and its numerous product innovations through the years, including random dry veneer composing, leading to the automated lathe line with in-line green veneer composing in recent years.

She cited the numerous advantages of the Meinan lathe line, including smoother veneer quality, higher recovery and energy savings, and pointed to attributes of the Meinan automated green end including no log spinouts, fully automatic knife changer, full sheet stacking by moisture content, automated clipping and in-line green veneer composing, including the “world’s first 10 ft. peeling line with in-line green composing.”

Doug Pauze, president of Coastland Wood Industries, Nanaimo, BC, provided his insights on Coastland’s Meinan “hybrid” installation, including lathe and charger. He showed photos of the machinery installation and its successful integration into the downstream process.

Rob Freres, president of Freres Engineered Wood, Lyons, Ore., discussed his company’s new Meinan 8 ft. green veneer composer installed in December 2021, which joins green or dry veneer.

He cited advantages such as preventing overlap defects in the core veneer, special heat activated paper tape providing a strong joint and staying on during the drying process. He noted minimal dryer shrinkage and no telegraphic transfer of tape to the face veneer.

Kevin Nesbit, national sales manager with Player Design, Inc. (PDI), spoke on innovative low ash biomass energy systems for wood products plants, and in particular about PDI’s burner technology.

He pointed to numerous features such as vertical combustion, center fed fixed grate slope circular burner (3200°F refractory bricks), screw augur feed, multi-stage combustion with customized air control, automatic ash removal, green or dry fuel, abort systems.

Nesbit reviewed several installed operations such as a new 45MM BTU green fuel combustion system at a 100% hardwood (shavings, sawdust chips) operation where the capacity of the dryer increased by 35% and emissions were reduced by 28%; and at a 100% southern yellow pine materials operation where

PDI technology replaced three dryers and dust furnace and has seen a 20% increase in plant productivity, running a new green fuel combustion system, 35MM BTU/hr and running 30,000 OD PPH. PDI technology enhancements have delivered stability in furnace and efficiency of combustion, lower CO emissions by more than 50%, less sparking and better drying control; as well as fuel flexibility, including utilization up to 60% MC. Each dryer or kiln can be supplied by an individual burner, allowing for continued plant operation of other dryers during maintenance or downtime.

Tom Wechsler, president of Wechsler Technologies & Engineering, spoke on his company’s new CenterFire wood fuel suspension burner.

Wechsler addressed the pros and cons of scroll and cyclonic suspension burners and why his company has developed a new burner, mainly because of existing older technologies, high frequency of shutdowns and limited combustion and temperature control.

The CenterFire is a compact design so it can fit in the space of most existing burners for easy replacement. Wechsler said other features included a centrally injected fuel stream to avoid contact with wall; various air zones to control temperature profile; multiple tangential air injection for effective film cooling of wall to prevent slagging; duel fuel flexibility if desired; minimal spark carryover; low emissions; advanced, multipoint temperature control; fully automatic PLC based control.

He said the potential annual cost savings of the CenterFire over conventional fines burners can top $830,000, especially due to less downtime and consequently less production loss; and also in refractory/relining savings and cleanout labor savings.

Raskesh Govind, president of PRD Tech, spoke on microemulsion assisted biotreatment of VOCs in exhaust gases. He pointed to traditional treatment technologies that consume substantial amounts of natural gas, which is increasing cost, and producing tons of carbon dioxide.

Microemulsion is a dispersion of a hydrophobic phase within water and this dispersion is stabilized by a surfactant/ co-surfactant; the hydrophobic phase has a high affinity for water insoluble VOCS, while the water phase has a high solubility for water soluble compounds, such as methanol.

Microemulsions result in lowering the Henry’s Law constant for water-insoluble VOCS, thereby lowering the liquid flow rates in the absorber, Govind said, adding that microemulsion abosorbers combined with bioreactors can biodegrade a wide variety of VOCS—water soluble and insoluble.

“The investment and operating costs for micoemulsion absorbers with bioreactors are substantially lower than” traditional methods, Govind concluded.

Grigorii Bunimovich, director at Matros Technologies, addressed RCOs, and in particular catalyst monitoring and maintenance. He pointed out that using catalysts in post-dryer RTOs provides substantial energy savings that well-justify the initial costs.

He said annual testing of worked catalyst samples generates recommendations on catalyst maintenance involving periodic regeneration via bakeout and gradual increase in RCO temperature.

He emphasized a new tubular reactor as part of catalyst activity testing that enables testing actual VOCs of interest with any type of commercial catalyst. The experimental destruction efficiency is close to one achieved in the RCO. He also pointed to the use of a stirred reactor for quick express testing with model VOCs.

Bunimovich said catalyst sample held for a year in the RTO operating after the wood dryer and WESP retains appreciable performance; and that for enabling catalyst application, the WESP should provide good PM removal and exclude liquid carryover.

More specifically he emphasized the efficiencies of base-metal catalyst that has demonstrated high efficiency for removal of methanol, formaldehyde and other HAPs and VOCs along with exceptional thermal resistance and high durability.

Steffen Bots, technical sales expert for Addinol Lube Oil, addressed the impact of friction on energy consumption. Looking at the big picture, Bots said 23% (119 EJ) of the world’s total energy consumption originates from tribological contacts (interacting surfaces in relative motion); 20% is used to overcome friction and 3% is used to remanufacture worn parts and spare equipment. By taking advantage of the new surface, materials, and lubrication technologies, energy losses due to friction and wear could be reduced by 40% in the long term (15 years) and 18% in the short term (eight years). “On global scale, these savings would amount to 1.4% of the GDP annually and 8.7% of the total energy consumption in the long term,” he said.

He specifically addressed challenges for lubricants in the wood panel industry, including operating conditions, production technology, variety of wood composition, and focused more on continuous presses, desiring minimized friction based on thicker lubrication film and friction modifier, and stronger wear protection by higher film thickness.

He pointed to a case study of a successful operation of continuous presses in Germany using Addinol Belt Lube HT, citing 30% less oil consumption due to optimal lubrication and 50% reduction of power consumption due to lower friction coefficient. He talked about Addinol lubricants (Eco Gear) for gearboxes, hydraulics, bearings and roller drums.

“Tribology is an underestimated discipline but is an important piece of the puzzle to more efficiency,” Bots said. “Lubricants are not the problem, they are part of the solution.”

Thomas Brotski, principal at Harrison Group, and Matt Cowen, sales manager with KCF Technologies, spoke on optimizing forest products mills and how industry leaders are reducing downtime, increasing throughput and driving industry 4.0 strategies.

They pointed to three challenges facing the industry that are driving the adoption of new technologies, including demand increase, cost reduction and talent shortage. They discussed value drivers such as optimization of maintenance through PM quality checks and prioritization, and optimization of machines through definition of optimal SOPs. They discussed the “right” technologies and process (wireless protocol/ shop floor machine learning/industrial grade hardware, etc.) from a dangerous and safe perspective. And concluded with the importance of personnel on the shop floor as part of the procedure from machine data to optimal plant operation.

Timothy Young, CEO and president of T.M. Young Institute and data scientist professor, spoke on the concept and use of Digital Twins as a key step in implementing machine learning and AL.

One key technology in ensuring success in implementing Industry 4.0 is supervised machine learning, Young said, enabling analyses of massive quantities of data. Digital twins mimic processes and human interactions by using simulations of the machine learning predictions— basically a virtual replica. For example, a control room operator relies on PLC logic from sensor data and human intuition from experience to optimize throughput while maintaining product conformance. A digital twin from machine learning algorithms mimics the decisions of control room operators for validation and may provide enlightenment for improved process optimization.

Young said “variable importance” is a key to digital twin development; that variation is cumulate, influences process targets, and is directly related to economic loss.

Wendy Owens, CEO of Hexas Biomass, discussed non-wood “green” boards and building materials. She defined “green” as better than netzero/ do-no-harm life cycle; locally sourced; protects and improves local ecosystems; and supports local communities. She said there is growing consumer demand for non-wood in combination with government promotion of “green” building materials.

She addressed the uses and advantages of several non-wood materials including coconut husk fiber, bamboo, hemp, and finally her company’s product, Xanograss, citing several benefits: low water use, climate resilience, no pesticides needed, no food crop displacement, EPA-approved, 15-year high yield from a single planting.

Further, she talked about hybrid or 100% Xanofiber particleboard and MDF meeting various standards in bonding, flexural property and water absorption, and as OSB with high resistance to mold and improved profile.

“Hexas’ goal is to make the highest and best use of all biomass,” Owens said. “We are developing IP, systems, and even a marketplace to do just that.”

Stefan Zöllig, principal at Timbatec Engineering, spoke about the dawning of a new day for an old product that has never come of age, at least not yet—Scrimber, as a carbon sequestering raw material for mass timber products.

He cited the well known climate and carbon advantages of wood over materials such as concrete, brick and steel. “How to do you produce building material out of CO2?” he asked, then answered, “Our forests do produce materials out of CO2,” which is one of the environmental attributes for the rising demand of timber buildings—public, residential and commercial. And he pointed to the ample yearly forest growth worldwide, of which sawnwood consumes only 10%.

Zöllig reviewed the production of Scrimber (now patented as the TimTek process) that originated with the Australia industrial research organization (CSIRO) in the 1970s, which entails basically crushing the log piece (scrimming) into interconnected strands, drying, resin application, drying, layup, pressing and cutto- finish as long fiber billets.

Zöllig pointed to CLT and glulam as potential markets and reviewed recent research efforts, feasibility studies and promised investor finances, and offered a roadmap to a pilot plant and a standard plant by the end of the decade.

Patrick Donahue, building products research program manager at Natural Resources Research Institute, addressed the charter mission of NRRI—to foster economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner and promote private sector employment. NRRI has significant research and lab locations at Duluth and Coleraine, Minn.

He spoke about the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) seven-week hands-on course geared to the understanding and potential value of technology and assessing the market opportunity for new technology. The course environment is fast-paced; teams are pushed and challenged.

In 2021 Donahue was awarded an ICorps grant and his course team focused on the development of a business for a multi-functional building envelope panel solution. The team interviewed more than 140 stakeholders across all aspects of the building construction value chain.

He said several lessons were learned: the construction industry is extremely fragmented; some customer segments are not willing to pay more for environmentally sustainable building materials; if innovations are going to succeed, a comprehensive communication strategy is key.

Especially timely was Richard Poindexter’s talk on wood products employment trends and how to keep employees engaged. Poindexter is president of Search North America. He immediately caught everybody’s attention with a real world example of wood products companies having to compete with fast food restaurants that are paying workers $16-$18 an hour.

However, job opportunities abound in the wood products industry, from executive to entry level, due to COVID, the retirement of Baby Boomers, organizational realignment and simply people looking for new opportunities and having the leverage to do so. He said workers today want to earn a good salary, develop their skills, have flexible hours and feel appreciated.

How do you keep workers engaged? Poindexter pointed to cross training, employee survey feedback, educational reimbursement, bonuses, recreational perks and constant emphasis on their safety.

“Based on employment and demographic data this pattern of more jobs than people to fill them may last for a while,” Poindexter said.

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PART THREE: This is the third of a four-part series summarizing the presentations delivered during the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held this spring and hosted by Panel World in Atlanta March 31 to April 1. The first two parts appeared in the May and July issues of Panel World, and the fourth and final selection will be in the upcoming November issue…

TP&EE Hosts Mass Timber Developments

The biennial Timber Processing & Energy Expo, following a pandemic-induced cancellation in 2020, returns this September 28-30 to the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. Hatton-Brown Expositions, an affiliate of Panel World magazine, has hosed the event since 2010.

“It’s hard to believe it has been four years since TP&EE was held, and what a strange trip it has been,” comments Rich Donnell, TP&EE Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Panel World. “The important thing is that we’re back face-to-face. ‘Virtual’ is okay, but it’s not like being there.”

RoyOMartin Adds Natalie Monroe To Executive Leadership Team

RoyOMartin has named Natalie Martin Monroe Vice President of Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Operations. She will also serve as a member of the Strategic Action Leadership Team (SALT) and the Corporate Secretary for the Martin Sustainable Resources (MSR) Board of Directors…

Softwood Board, FS Announce Mass Timber Awards

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and USDA Forest Service recently awarded $2 million total to six projects that highlight innovative architectural design and mass timber’s significant role in carbon reduction. According to SLB officials, lessons learned from each project will be shared with the construction community to help support future projects, including cost analyses, life cycle assessments and other research results…

Peanuts And Crackerjacks

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World July 2022 – Sometimes the mention of a wood products plant rings as true as an old ballpark. Houlton, as in Houlton, Maine, is one example. You might say Louisiana-Pacific has been playing at the same Houlton…

Pacific Woodtech Acquires LP EWP Division

Burlington, Wash.-based Pacific Woodtech announced the acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corp.’s EWP (I-Joist and LVL) division for $210 million. The acquisition includes LP laminated veneer lumber and I-Joist manufacturing facilities in…

Arauco NA Expands TFL Operations

Arauco has announced that it will invest $20 million to expand its thermally fused lamination (TFL) operations at its state-of-the-art particleboard mill in Grayling, Mich. The new lamination line will be Arauco’s third TFL line at Grayling and will increase the…

Raute Appoints New President/CEO

Raute Corp.’s Board of Directors has appointed Mika Saariaho as the new President and CEO beginning in late November. He will join Raute from Metso Outotec Corp. where he holds the position of Senior Vice President. Saariaho succeeds Tapani Kiiski who left…

Weyerhaeuser Led Company Through Key Years

Weyerhaeuser Led Company Through Key Years George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr., who served as president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co. from 1966 to 1991 during an exciting period of wood products development while encountering new timber supply challenges brought on by an...

Boise Cascade Acquires Coastal Plywood

Boise Cascade Co. has reached an agreement to acquire Coastal Plywood Co., including plywood mills in Havana, Fla. and Chapman, Ala., from Coastal Forest Resources Co. for $512 million, subject to certain closing adjustments. The two facilities employ 750. “This acquisition incrementally expands our veneer capacity in support of our customers,” says Nate Jorgensen, CEO, Boise Cascade…

Is This Really Happening?

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World May 2022 – At the risk of repeating myself (what the heck, I’ll be 67 in September), I remember at the beginning of the 2020 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) in Atlanta, as I spoke to the gathering on the first morning, when I referred to one of the scenes in the movie, “Saving Private Ryan.” It was the…

Huber Names President & CEO

J.M. Huber Corp. named Gretchen W. McClain has as President & CEO through a unanimous vote of the Huber Board of Directors. McClain succeeds Mike Marberry, who is retiring after a 25-year career with Huber, including 13 years as President & CEO. “I am extremely excited to be the next Chief Executive Officer of…

PELICE 2022 Provides Breath Of Fresh Air

Everything fell into place at the eighth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 31 to April 1 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga. “Two things combined to make this the best PELICE in some years,” comments Rich Donnell, co-chairman of PELICE and editor-in-chief…

Freres Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Lumber Co., now doing business as Freres Engineered Wood, is celebrating its centennial year, marking a century of transformative growth and positive impact on the wood products industry, clients, employees, and its surrounding communities. Freres celebrates this monumental milestone…

Dear Fred, From Kenneth

Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World March 2022 – While reading a draft of this issue’s cover story on Roseburg’s new LVL plant in Chester, SC, representing Roseburg’s first ever greenfield project in the South, I glanced at the letter that I’ve always kept on the bulletin board up and behind my iMac monitor…

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