Panel World’s July issue reveals how Russky Laminat took quick action following a fire at its particleboard operation, and the result is a newly started up continuous press line. Rebounding markets include more activity for industry suppliers and vendors. Also, Ligna was upbeat with new technologies, new projects and new partnerships.
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Supplier Roundup: Confidence Factor
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell discusses the pent-up demand for mill improvements and an increase in project inquiries and equipment orders. Along with an improving housing market showing positive signs for panel producers, equipment suppliers and vendors targeting the North American panel industry report more activity on the mill improvement front, as more panel manufacturing operation owners and operators are deciding the time is right to take on projects to increase production and efficiency.
Indeed, a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau noted that in April building permits for private housing were up 14% from March and 35% above projections made in April 2012. An ongoing, monthly National Assn. of Home Builders survey, confidence among home builders increased in May, with ratings improving in all three categories: current home sales, sales expectations for the next six months and rating traffic of prospective buyers
LIGNA Wrap-Up: Better Than Before
Panel World magazine Editor-In-Chief Rich Donnell reports on LIGNA 2013, held May 6-10 in Hannover, Germany. More than 90,000 industry professionals from 100 nations attended the Ligna trade show held here at the fairgrounds May 6-10. Those interested in primary wood based panel machinery congregated in Hall 27, where a combination of the latest technologies and equipment combined with the after-hours exhibitor hospitality functions made 14 hour days the norm, and enjoyable. Throw in the facts that the improving U.S. economy—driven by an uptick in new housing—along with news that companies such as GP, LP and Tolko are turning back on the production faucets at certain OSB plants, and that representatives from several North American companies were on hand, well, everyone was feeling better. The biennial event caters to all aspects of wood products manufacturing, from panels to lumber to furniture components, and also timber harvesting and wood bioenergy. More than 3,000 attendees came from North America, more than double the average of previous years.
At the Core: The Dieffenbachers
Panel World magazine Editor-In-Chief Rich Donnell visits with the current and future leaders of the Dieffenbacher Company, which turns 140 years old this year and is positioning for the future. German-based wood products machinery manufacturer Dieffenbacher used the occasion of the Ligna trade show to provide some insight into the eventual transition of its leadership from Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher to his son, Christian Dieffenbacher. The father and son met for more than an hour with editors from several international panel industry trade magazines, including the leading publication, Panel World. The elder Dieffenbacher descends from Jakob Dieffenbacher, who founded the company 140 years ago in 1873 in Eppingen, Germany as a manufacturer of fruit, wine and oil presses. It was the third generation family members who began building presses for particleboard and veneer in 1954. The rest, as they say, is history, as the company has expanded into a leading manufacturer of complete production plants for the worldwide wood-based panel industry, as well as the automotive and components industry, and, more recently, the wood pellet energy industry.
Russky Laminat: Post-Fire Project
This article, written by Heinz Classen highlighting Russky Laminat in Wigorevskaya, Russia, originally appeared in the Siempelkamp publication, bulletin, and appears in Panel World magazine with permission. Classen writes, “When the multi-daylight press of the particleboard line at Russky Laminat caught fire in fall of 2011, the situation was bad. The press as the main component of the plant was destroyed; the cooling and stacking line was also too damaged for further use. Production stood still and the losses for the plant operator were significant. Only a few days after the fire, teams from Russky Laminat and the German-based equipment manufacturer, Siempelkamp, met at the site and, based on many years of cooperation, the go-ahead for the reconstruction of the plant was given. A new press—a 6 ft. x 30.4 m ContiRoll continuous press—had to be designed, built and transported quickly to the customer’s Igorevskaya location in Russia.”
Grading: Hardwood Veneer
This article was submitted to Panel World magazine by Raute (Mecano is part of Raute and is a leading manufacturer of machine vision and moisture analyzing applications to veneer-based industries). Face veneer uncompromisingly graded is six to eight times more valuable than typical core veneer. Face grade veneer is something one cannot have too much pulled out of the raw material flow. With these facts driving research and development, Raute has created technology particularly for: identifying the highest quality areas within sheets otherwise unusable for face grade and reusing such areas to create superb high-quality face grade veneer sheets, in any desired size.
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