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Panel World Issue: March 2009

Panel World’s March issue spotlights Smithfield, Ky.’s Select Veneer, which is running a new plywood line and expanding its already impressive list of product offerings. Also featured is Roseburg Forest Products, a company that is combating the raw materials situation with urban wood waste while, in the meantime, producing NAUF boards. The issue highlights the Wood-to-Energy movement, providing information on the state of bioenergy and its raw materials.

What it Takes

Particleboard manufacturers commonly purchase sawdust from regional sawmills. However, with sawmills facing slumping lumber markets and log shortage issues, the amount of sawdust produced has been greatly reduced. This sawdust shortage has affected production at some particleboard plants.

At the Core

Many phone calls and e-mails surged my way when two industry figures I had known for many years passed away in January. Earl McCarthy and Ole Sorensen were involved in the wood based panel industry right up until their deaths. I ran into these men at equipment shows and association meetings during the course of each year for more than two decades, and saw them last year like clockwork at these same events.


As 2009 unfolds, the state of wood-to-energy industries is uncertain. Though there have been announcements for new facilities that would bring bioenergy’s total wood fiber consumption to 30 million tons by 2015, Forest2Market’s forecasts predict that only about half of announced capacity will make it into full production.


The surge of new orders from China for HDF/THDF plants over recent years and the growing demand for continuous production systems has resulted in a substantial buildup of installation activity for the panel plant supplier Dieffenbacher, according to the Eppingen, Germany-based company.

Supply Lines

Siempelkamp opened a new location in Blatnice, Czech Republic late last year which to date employs 20. At the Czech location Siempelkamp manufactures a variety of forming line components ranging from parts for the matformer to the roller conveyor. An important advantage is that all orders from the wood-based products industry, which are not delivered within China, can be produced at the Blatnice factory.

What's New

Low density panel boards can be successfully checked for blows/delamination with the patented PowerSonicResonance system from Electronic Wood Systems. The system is now calibrated for low density panel products with a density of 400 kg/m3 (25 lb/ft3) or lower. ULTRA-SCAN LD (Low Density) system can be installed immediately after the hot press, if desired, due to the strong penetrating sonic signal.


Arauco, Chile’s largest forest products company, will embark on a comprehensive carbon footprint assessment project to determine its emissions and capture of greenhouse gasses (GHG) from the forest floor to finished products. The study, which is expected to be completed at the beginning of the third quarter of 2009, will be conducted by AECOM Environment.

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