China’s SGS Certifies Composite Wood Products For U.S. Market

SGS has announced that it has become the first third-party certifier (TPC) to be accredited by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS). This an award secures its long-term capability for the testing and certification of composite wood products for the U.S. market.

The Hong Kong Accreditation Service is an accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide services under the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule.

Achieving additional TPC accreditation requirements secures SGS’s position in the certification of composite wood products for the U.S. market beyond March 22, 2019 and further positions SGS as a global leader in certifying these products and related services.

In the United States, formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products are governed by the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which is administered by the EPA.

Signed into law in July 2010, this legislation was and became the amendment and Title VI of the ‘Toxic Substances Control Act’ (TSCA). It contains requirements for composite wood panel manufacturers, fabricators of finished goods, and importers, distributors and retailers of composite wood panels and finished goods.

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New Strength And Safety Tests Pit Timber Against Concrete And Steel

Thanks to innovative construction materials like cross-laminated timber (CLT) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL), wooden buildings are no longer mere houses made of sticks.

Attracted by the aesthetic and environmental benefits of timber, structural engineers have overseen a lumber comeback, from Landlease’s International House development in Sydney’s Barangaroo district to Brisbane’s newly completed 25 King, which is the world’s tallest commercial timber building.

But with ambitious projects in Tokyo, Chicago, and London eyeing far greater heights for timber as a building material, engineers and the public need to be assured wood can match up with concrete and steel when it comes to safety and stability.

That’s why Griffith University’s Associate Professor Benoit Gilbert has been putting timber to the test, using high-tech machinery to better understand how timber behaves in a variety of situations.

Gilbert’s current tests focus on progressive collapse, a term that describes the severe failure of a structure due to something going wrong in one part of it. That could be a gas explosion, a fire or if a car were to collide with the building.

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Freres Lumber Builds For The Future With New Mass Plywood Panels

Tyler Freres, vice president of sales for Freres Lumber Co., walked through a new manufacturing plant between Mill City and Lyons, off of Cedar Mill Road, and pointed out a stack of wood panels destined for Oregon State University this week. “I don’t even think we’ve started to tap the products and the projects we can make out of this,” Freres said.

Freres Lumber Co.’s mass plywood panels were certified for use at the end of July, and the product is already being used in buildings and for other construction purposes. And Freres is thinking big. “We have quite a bit of projects in the works, probably 14 to 16 projects quoted,” said Freres, whose ideas led to the creation of the mass plywood panels by his family’s company.

The OSU shipment is the final delivery of the panels to be used in two new buildings that will form the Oregon Forest Science Center on campus, which is estimated to cost $80 million and scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

The mass plywood panels will be used for the roof of the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, and for the interior and exterior walls of the nearby A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory.

Both buildings are showcasing innovative wood products made in Oregon, and the mass plywood panels are the latest entry into the market. Freres Lumber was only the third United States producer of mass timber panels to meet the Engineered Wood Association’s standards.

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Boise Cascade Shuts Down LVL Production, Lays Off 56

One of the largest producers of plywood and engineered wood products in North America is shutting down its laminated veneer lumber (LVL) production at its facility in Roxboro, North Carolina.

Boise Cascade gave a 60-day notice of the shutdown, which will lay off 56 employees.

“Unfortunately, despite great effort by the team, we have been unable to reduce manufacturing costs to an acceptable level,” said Boise Cascade CEO Tom Corrick. “We understand the effect this shutdown has on our employees, their families, and the community. We will work to place employees or make them aware of job opportunities at our other facilities, as well as share available employee assistance resources.”

“We expect no impact on our customers from this curtailment as we have additional capacity at our Alexandria, LA, and Thorsby, AL, engineered wood facilities that allow us to maintain our current service level and also support future growth,” said Mike Brown, Senior Vice President, Wood Products Operations. The facility will continue to produce I-joists.

Boise has been in the news quite a bit over the last few months. Authorities and OSHA are currently investigating an employee’s death in an accident that occurred last week at one of the company’s Louisiana plants.

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LIGNA 2019: Showcases And Events For The Primary Wood Industry

Next year, from 27 to 31 May, the world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools will present a wealth of innovations and applications for the entire wood industry. LIGNA 2019 will occupy some 130,000 square meters (1.4 million sq. ft.) of net display space, spread across 10 exhibition halls and the open-air site at the Hannover Exhibition Center. The primary wood industry is an integral part of LIGNA and will feature prominently in halls 25, 26, 27 and on the open-air site. “All the leading providers of plant and machinery for the primary wood industry have already registered for LIGNA 2019,” said Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe’s Global Director LIGNA & Woodworking Events. “That’s all the big names in sawmill technology, machinery for wood based panel production, technology for custom and mass production involving the processing of solid wood, wood energy technology and, of course, forestry technology. And I’m especially pleased to announce the premiere of a new sawmill technology group pavilion from Latvia, in Hall 25.”

At LIGNA 2019, providers of plant, machinery and equipment for the primary wood industry will feature at numerous showcases and events that go well beyond standard exhibitions:

Guided Tour On “Sawmill Technology – Innovations and Trends”

In 2019, for the very first time, LIGNA will offer a Guided Tour (in German and English) for visitors with an interest in sawmill technology. Faced with dwindling wood resources, sawmill operators are increasingly looking for technologies that enable them to efficiently process sawn timber into value-added products. Manufacturers of sawmilling machinery are rising to this challenge with new high-tech, high-efficiency systems for maximizing sawn timber yield and detecting key characteristics in individual timbers and logs. Hence this tour, which focuses on sawmilling technologies and processes, including the following: machinery for all log applications, whether cut-to-length or uncut, large or small-diameter, plus systems ranging from high-performance to small and versatile, to custom-optimized; machine tools for primary wood processing; machines for tool making and tool maintenance; the full range of timber logistics and log yard products and solutions; machinery for handling, sorting and packaging; measurement technology for all applications; drying technologies for all applications; and energy plant and waste wood utilization technologies for sawmills.

Wood Industry Summit and “Future Workshop For Forestry & Wood” – The innovations platform for the forestry and wood industry

“Access to Resources and Technology” is the focus theme for the 3rd Wood Industry Summit, which will be held in Hall 26. Organized by Deutsche Messe in partnership with the German Forestry Council (KWF), it is an international dialogue and technology showcase comprising a forum, lounge and exhibition area. Its purpose: to help visitors access new growth markets. For the first time, the summit will also feature the “Future Workshop for Forestry & Wood” showcase – a group pavilion for startups that is inspired by the German government’s “Charter for Wood 2.0” policy.

14th German Logging Championship

In 2019, for the first time, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodsmen’s Championships Association (VWMD) will be co-staging the German Logging Championships – the “Formula 1” of forestry skills – on the open-air site at LIGNA. At the 14th German Logging Championship, Germany’s best 100 or so forestry professionals will demonstrate their chainsaw skills under the watchful eye of an expert panel of judges. The contestants’ endurance, handling skills and precision will be put to the test in five disciplines: tree felling, chain fitting, combined cut bucking, precision bucking and delimbing.

Outdoor demonstration site for forestry technology

The outdoor demonstration site premiered successfully in 2017 and is back again for LIGNA 2019. It is a dedicated area where the latest forestry machines and technology developments are shown in action – all under careful expert moderation.
The outdoor site is organized in partnership with the German Forestry Council (KWF) and will be located in the middle of the German Logging Championship area. It will feature moderated technology demonstrations on each day of the show.

KWF Business Pavilion – Tomorrow’s forestry technology today

2019 will mark the ninth time that the German Forestry Council (KWF) is spearheading this special forestry technology presentation at LIGNA. Held in Pavilion 33 beneath the iconic EXPO canopy, the unique, technology-centric forestry industry meeting hub is organized by KWF with input from the German Association of Forestry Contractors (AFL) and the Lower Saxony Forestry Service (as represented by the Lower Saxony School of Forestry – NFBz). It is aimed at forestry companies and takes a manufacturer-neutral look at key forestry issues and challenges.

Among the featured topics are:
Forestry 4.0: In today’s forestry industry, digitization starts among the trees, with all processes, from crop to log yard, now fully integrated. Large scale machines, such as harvesters and forwarders, now have onboard computers and are networked with each other. This is Forestry 4.0, a topic that will also be covered by the displays on the open-air site in front of the pavilion. Highlights here include displays of log-yard data flows and data processing. There will also be displays of technologies dedicated to hazard detection and prevention, safety and rescue for forestry workers. Topics here include “Natural Disasters in the Forest”, “Precision Forestry” and “Forest First-aid and Survival”.

Battery-powered machinery in professional forestry:
Thanks to research in the automotive and energy industries, rechargeable batteries are steadily becoming smaller, more affordable, more powerful, longer-lasting and less maintenance-intensive. These developments are now flowing through into forestry work methods and technologies. Pavilion 33 is about keeping the forestry industry informed of the latest issues and developments. The displays and exhibits on the pavilion’s lower level will be supported by quality discussion forums on the upper level.

Showcase by North Rhine-Westphalia Forestry Service

The group display that the North Rhine-Westphalia Forestry Service is staging in one of the pavilions beneath EXPO canopy next year will explore innovations for sustainable forest management and focus on the further development and digital integration of work processes across the entire primary wood industry value chain. The main topic highlights include resource efficiency in the use of forestry machines and the development of new digital training systems for operators of forestry machinery.

Energy From Wood

The wood industry uses a lot of energy, so efficiency and cost reduction are key priorities. The good news is that wood industry plant operators can achieve major cost reductions and efficiency gains by generating their own power from their own waste wood, chips and sawdust, and by utilizing waste heat and harnessing cogeneration. The Energy from Wood showcase at LIGNA 2019 will show them how. Located in halls 25 and 26, on the open-air site and in pavilions 32, 33 and 35, the showcase will present technologies that wood-industry manufacturers can use to recover process energy and re-use it for heating and electric generation.

“Firewood Production Line” Showcase

The “Firewood Production Line” showcase will be back in 2019 with another comprehensive line-up of exhibits, demonstrations and guided tours dedicated to renewable energy from wood. The program will span all the latest trends, developments and solutions. That’s everything from firewood processing to furnaces and everything else in between.

LIGNA Forestry Get-together

The Forestry Get-together premiered successfully in 2017 as LIGNA’s primary meeting hub for forestry-industry networking and dialogue and will be back again in 2019. Organized by the German Association of Forestry Contractors (AFL), the LIGNA Forestry Get-together will be staged directly in front of Pavilion 33, under the EXPO canopy.

13th Lower Saxony Crane Driving Championships and 4th Women’s Crane Driving Cup

Among the more spectacular events on the open-air site are the Lower Saxony Crane Driving Championships and the Women’s Crane Driving Cup. Held on the Thursday of LIGNA, they offer a thrilling mix of big-machine mastery, sport and entertainment. These two must-see events are organized by the Lower Saxony School of Forestry, Münchenhof, and the German Association of Forestry Contractors (AFL), with support from Deutsche Messe.