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Panel World Issue: July 2018

Panel World magazine’s July 2018 issue features Waterford, Ireland’s Smartply Europe Ltd. and their big investment in new technology and upgrades. A full report on the 2018 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE), held April 13-14 in Atlanta, Georgia, summarizes the upbeat event. An article covers the recent grand opening of RoyOMartin’s new OSB facility in Corrigan, Texas. A preview of the upcoming IWF Atlanta show, scheduled for August 22-25, showcases exhibitors who will be attending the event. A special section highlights the latest in Adhesives Technology. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.


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Smartply Europe Ltd.

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Waterford, Ireland, UK to visit Smartply Europe Ltd. “From darkness into light,” Smartply Europe Ltd. Operations Director Jim McCann says in an Irish brogue as he explains the company’s 59 million Euro investment in its oriented strandboard (OSB) plant in the coastal city of Waterford. The recent upgrade has dramatically improved board quality and provided Smartply with a greater presence in its markets. The Smartply facility was originally set up in 1995 as a joint venture between Louisiana-Pacific and Coillte, the Irish state forestry board. In 2002 LP withdrew from the business, allowing Coillte to takeover full ownership. Smartply had been using a conventional, “old-school,” 14-opening multi-daylight press that was nearing the end of its life.


Panel World magazine Editors report on the 2018 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE), held April 13-14 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 400 personnel involved in the OSB, plywood, engineered wood products and composite board segments of the wood products industry participated in the sixth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held April 13-14 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The event, hosted by Panel World magazine and Georgia Research Institute, featured 38 speakers and 94 technology exhibitor companies in the Grand Ballroom North. (The number of exhibitors was a record for the event.) “It was the most well-rounded attendance PELICE has ever had,” comments Rich Donnell, co-chairman and editor-in-chief of Panel World. Donnell said participants came from 34 states and DC, six provinces in Canada, and from nine countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

Corrigan OSB Grand Opening

Panel World magazine Editor-In-Chief Rich Donnell attends the grand opening of RoyOMartin’s new OSB facility in Corrigan, Texas. The first greenfield OSB plant to be built in the U.S. since 2007 has started up in Corrigan, Texas. Corrigan OSB, L.L.C, a subsidiary of RoyOMartin, celebrated on May 30 with a grand-opening ceremony. (RoyOMartin was also the company that started up an OSB plant in Oakdale, La. in 2007.) “Over the past two and half years, the construction team has coordinated hundreds of vendors, contractors and maintenance team members to build a world-class OSB mill,” stated Terry Secrest, RoyOMartin vice president of OSB and corporate safety director, who added that the Corrigan OSB plant production team trained at the RoyOMartin Oakdale facility, contributing to a safe and successful startup at Corrigan.

IWF Atlanta Preview

The following companies submitted material for inclusion in this issue of Panel World magazine regarding their participation in IWF Atlanta 2018, scheduled for August 22-25: Baumer Inspection, Biele, Combilift; Daubert Chemical; Dieffenbacher; Electronic Wood Systems, Hymmen, IMAL-PAL Group, Kuper, USNR, Wemhoner, GreCon, Roo Glue and Siempelkamp.

Sticky Tech: Adhesives Technology

Chem-Trend; Daubert Chemical; Dieffenbacher; Fusoni; Hexion; WEKO; Roo Glue; Coil Manufacturing; Siempelkamp Deepens Commitment To Rice Straw Production


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