Panel World’s January issue discusses how the Pelice exhibitor space is nearly sold out, and it presents a preliminary list of speakers. Clarion Industries operates two facilities in Pennsylvania, making it the only integrated board-to-laminate flooring operation in the United States. Panel and recycling industries are both on the grow, and Sweed Machinery is in position to benefit. Also, composite panels are featured as innovative products for new markets. This issue also contains the 2014 Directory/Buyer’s Guide.
2014 PELICE Speakers Announced
The 2014 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo has released its first list of speakers and moderators for the event to be held March 20-21 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The preliminary list includes 40 participants, representing a range of technologies and wood products. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Two more keynote speakers have also been added, including Joe Andrews, general manager of Richmond Plywood, and Dick Baldwin, longtime plywood industry veteran and managing partner with Oak Creek Investments. Andrews and Baldwin join previously announced keynoters Kelly Shotbolt of Flakeboard/Arauco; Brian Luoma of LP Building Buildings, Roger Tutterow from Mercer University and Tapani Kiiski of Raute.
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Clarion Boards Feeds Clarion Laminates
Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson visits Clarion Industries located in Shippenville, Pennsylvania. Clarion Industries, parent company of Clarion Boards and Clarion Laminates, located in Shippenville, Pa., has an advantage that’s not duplicated anywhere else in the United States: single site vertical integration. With Clarion Boards located on the same site as its sister company, Clarion Laminates, the result is a production model that’s both cost effective and time efficient. Operating out of a massive 300,000 sq. ft. building, with two Wemhöner-Homag production lines, Clarion Laminates has a production capacity of approximately 200MMSF per year, producing private label branded laminate flooring for the largest retailers in North America. Clarion Boards, the company’s MDF and HDF facility, boasts a production capacity of 140,000 MCF per year and is located a mere 50 yards from the laminate plant.
Sweed In Target Market 'Sweet Spot'
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Gold Hill, Oregon to visit Sweed Machinery. Thanks to its history of pursuing varied and diverse markets, Sweed Machinery has been able to weather the economic storm of the past half-decade better than many forest products manufacturing machinery suppliers and is now reaping the benefits of innovative engineering and product development. When the forest industry’s economic downturn began in earnest in 2007-2008, sales activity in Sweed’s traditional panel industry markets slowed drastically. But a side effect of the overall economic downturn—soaring prices for precious metals—led to significant sales gains in the recycling industry which has been highly receptive to Sweed’s lines of wire and cable choppers and separation systems that enable operators to reclaim clean precious metals from scrap material.
Panel Age 50: Composites
(The following material is an edited excerpt from the publication, Panel Age 50: A Celebration of the Past Fifty Years of Structural & Non-Structural Wood Product Developments, published by The Donnell Group earlier this year, and written by Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell.) “The beginning of the past 50 years of the composite panel industry coincided with developments in liquid adhesives and resins that made the products more viable in the marketplace and successful in new applications: Resin curing times were reduced to enhance productivity, and technological advancements to improve overall board quality boosted the industry. Tom Maloney, director emeritus and emeritus professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Composite Materials and Engineering Center at Washington State University, cited early post-war composite panel plants such as Southern Box and Lumber Co. in Wilmington, NC and the Hu-Wood plant in North Sacramento, Calif. as early commercial particleboard manufacturers in the U.S. after World War II.”
2014 Directory & Buyers' Guides
The January 2014 issue of Panel World magazine features the annual Directory and Buyers’ Guide, one of the industry’s most comprehensive collections of products, services and supplies, and machinery manufacturers and suppliers.
What's New: Raute Scanner
(This article was submitted to Panel World magazine by Raute.) Smart Scan HD, the next-generation log scanning system from Raute, is a game-changer when it comes to raw material savings in the green end, optimizing algorithms according to customer needs with shorter peel-to-peel times and less lathe-charging failures. Solutions like this provide higher quality and efficiency in plywood manufacturing.
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