Panel World’s July 2014 issue features Huber Engineered Woods’ OSB plant in Crystal Hill, Virginia and it’s commitment to safety and VPP standards. Also highlighted is Golbey, France’s Pavatex Group and it’s launch of a dry process insulation board plant. Other articles cover misconceptions over MDI based resins and the upcoming IWF 2014 to be held this August in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Huber Engineered Woods
Panel World magazine Senior Associate Editor David Abbott visits Huber Engineered Woods’ OSB plant located in Crystal Hill, Virginia. A lot of companies pay lip service to safety standards, but not every company goes the extra mile to put those words into action. Huber Engineered Woods has shown itself to be the exception. The company puts together whole management teams at its various plants to address EHS (environmental, health and safety) concerns in partnership with every member of the plant crew. At its Crystal Hill OSB plant, in operation since 1995, the team assembled includes George Hodges, plant EHS manager; Michael Lloyd, EHS director for HEW; Mike LaPradd, safety coordinator; Kelly Crabtree, environmental coordinator; and Jeremy Catron, plant manager. “It takes everyone, the entire team, to make it go,” Hodges says. “Today we are hitting 1,300 consecutive days with no recordable injuries—1,301 as of March 6, 2014,” Catron was happy to note on the day Panel World visited the plant.
(This article and photos appeared in bulletin, The Siempelkamp Magazine, and has been slightly edited for publication in Panel World magazine with permission.) The world’s largest and most modern dry-fiber production for wood fiber insulating boards started operation in April 2013 at Golbey, France. More than 80 years of experience and continuous product development have turned Pavatex into a leading provider of high-quality wood fiber insulating systems for building shells. Conserving the environment has played a significant role since the company’s founding in 1932. The Swiss company puts great emphasis on sustainability regarding the resources used as well as its production and transport processes. The Pavatex Group with its parent company Pavatex Holding AG is based in Cham, in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. The operative business in Europe is carried out by the 100%-owned subsidiary Pavatex SA in Fribourg, Switzerland, and its individual foreign subsidiaries in Germany, France and the Benelux countries.
About MDI: Clearing The Air
(This article was written by Michael Adams, Commercial Director at Huntsman, and John Bebak, CWP Business Manager at Huntsman and appears in Panel World magazine with permission.) For more than 40 years, wood panel manufacturers have used resins containing formaldehyde to bond wood together during the manufacturing process of particleboard (PB) and medium density fiberboard (MDF). Today, MDI-based resins offer a powerful, formaldehyde-free and fast-curing alternative solution for the composite wood panel industry. MDI-based resins are used for bonding PB, MDF, oriented strandboard (OSB), laminated strand/oriented strand lumber (LSL/OSL) and wood fiber insulation board (WFI). Although they have achieved significant market share in recent years—more than 90% of operating OSB mills in the NAFTA region use MDI and the use of MDI in particleboard/MDF has increased more than 40 fold in the past few years—several misconceptions still exist.
The following companies are advertising in this issue of Panel World magazine and also exhibiting at IWF 2014 to be held August 20-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia: Baumer Inspection, Biele Group, Dieffenbacher USA, Electronic Wood Systems, Fezer, Hymmen, IMAL-PAL, LIMAB, Siempelkamp, and USNR.
Xylexpo, a biennial international exhibition of woodworking technology and furniture industry supplies, held at the FieraMilano Rho Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy May 13-17, reported an increase in individual registration attendance to 15,250, up 7.1% compared to 2012. Attendance from Italy increased 4.6% and from abroad 8.5%. Xylexpo hosted 440 exhibitors in three halls, covering a net exhibition surface of 27,000 square meters. Outside of Italy, there were 123 exhibitors from 27 countries, including 51 exhibitors from Germany. An award for Innovation went to Homag Group “for their capacity to innovate both big ‘batch one’ lines and ‘standalone’ machines, for the implementation of revolutionary technology (such as laser edgebanding), while ensuring utmost user friendliness and great attention to ‘green economy’ topics.
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