Panel World Issue: January 2012
Panel World’s January issue features the 2012 Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide. The issue also spotlights PELICE 2012, as speakers are being lined up, and the Russian OSB plant OOO DOK Kalevala, which is gearing up for a giant flaker. An article discusses the market-driven restructuring that is under way for the composite panel industry.
With its recent proposed revisions to the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules that were released in early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a step forward in addressing major operational concerns across a variety of industries, including all facets of the wood processing industry.
Fred W. Fields, a Depression-era Indiana farm boy who worked for and then owned plywood machinery manufacturer Coe Manufacturing Co., and who became one of the wood products industry’s leading personalities, died December 13 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 88.
More than 50 speakers and moderators are on tap for the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) to be held March 1-2 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
OSB In Russia
In May 2010, OOO DOK Kalevala of St. Petersburg, Russia, signed a contract for its location in Petrozawodsk, a province of Karelia, for a complete OSB line. This order was a significant milestone not only for the board manufacturer, but for Siempelkamp as a full-system supplier, including Siempelkamp’s first in-house built knife-ring flaker, reportedly the world’s biggest strander at 250-850-56 (diameter-cutting width-number of knives), soon to be installed and commissioned.
It has been a grueling four years since the housing and credit crisis sent building products industries into a tailspin, from which they and the economy have yet to recover. Embattled producers of non-structural composite panels in the U.S. and Canada have struggled with demand/supply correction, rising raw material costs, intensified regulation and tighter resource availability.
At The Core
As I get older, I run into fewer acquaintances who have been around the block a few times in our industry. The death of Rick Massey leaves me short one good man. I took for granted that Rick had another round or two in him. He was only 58 years old when he died on November 22 at his home in Langley, BC.