Panel World Issue: January 2010
Panel World’s January issue spotlights Louisiana-Pacific Corp., who recently converted its second oldest OSB plant to laminated strand lumber production after a big investment. Also featured is information for PELICE 2010, which will be held in Atlanta in February. The issue includes a 2010 Directory/Buyers’ Guide that highlights products, services and supplies. The Update section includes a column featuring John Sununu, who expresses cautious optimism for the economy in 2010 due to the effective TARP program. The issue also highlights projects in India and Asia as well as a geo directory of veneer and panel suppliers.
State of Plywood
Perhaps the only half-bright silver lining for softwood plywood during the ongoing economic downturn is that thanks to competition from OSB, plywood producers for the past 20 years have been forced to diversify away from structural markets that rely on housing and non-residential construction—economic activities that are currently flat on their backs, figuratively speaking.
Sixty-five speakers and moderators are participating in the 2010 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) to be held February 4-6 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The event is co-sponsored by Panel World magazine and Georgia Research Institute. The first PELICE was held in 2008 in Atlanta. The conference is supported by an exhibition of machinery manufacturers and suppliers.
Siempelkamp is supplying two complete lines for the production of wood-based products to Southeast Asia. The “notice to proceed” has been issued for the contract with Sumatera Prima Fibreboard (SPF), Indonesia, for a thin MDF line. Another contract to supply a complete particleboard plant was signed with Metro Particle Co. Ltd., Thailand.
Berndorf Band, Austria, and its partner Vienna Far East, Thailand, invited guests ranging from the Austrian Trade Commissioner to customers from the particleboard/MDF industry, chemical industry as well as food industry to the inauguration of the new Berndorf Band Training Centre South East Asia on October 30.
Wemhöner Surface Technologies presents MasterDigital—a Multi-Pass digital printing machine with a working width of 1,300 mm. For digital printing Wemhöner focuses on water-based inks, which in comparison to UV inks is beneficial especially for the coating of wood based panels. The MasterDigital printer is designed in modules. Its capacity can be increased by installing further or larger print heads.