Panel World’s March issue spotlights OSB producers who are finding their footing, turning up production and anticipating, with caution, continuing improvement in home building after several years “stuck in the mud.” A new generation of woody biomass markets appear to have staying power. USNR touts performance, durability and longer service life for roller bar production. Also, an arbec log supplier implements a new log handling machine.
OSB: On The Comeback Trail
Panel World Managing Editor Dan Shell highlights improvements and signs of recovery in the OSB industry. Coming off a harrowing nosedive market experience during the past seven years, with historic production records in 2005 followed by a production drop of more than 40% just four years later that showed very little improvement until early 2012, the OSB industry is looking at a wealth of unused capacity just waiting for the right market conditions to go back on-line. Yet now, as the U.S. economy works through the biggest drop in housing starts ever recorded, pent-up demand and improvements in the housing market are moving panel prices upward, leading to several announcements to put more OSB capacity into operation this year.
Pellets: From Here to There
This article is comprised of two articles than appeared in a recent issue of Wood Bioenergy magazine. Industrial wood pellet capacity in the U.S. continues to zoom upward as new plants continue to come on line, while even newer plant projects are announced. An announcement in the United Kingdom appears to have further opened the door for Southern U.S.-based pellet exporters. The United Kingdom’s Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published a “consultation” decision on the direction of British renewable energy policy for the near future. The DECC decision cuts both ways: halting some projects in the UK, but providing the certainty to allow multiple pellet mill projects in the U.S. to go forward.
Green End Technologies
USNR Touts Performance, Durability, And Longer Service Life For Roller Bar; Fezer Supplies Wide Range Of Machines For Rotary Veneer Production; Limab’s PanelProfiler Can Help Produce Top Quality Veneer; Sweed Machinery Prides Itself On Providing Exceptional Dryer Support Equipment; Ventek’s MPDS1 System Makes Green End Automation A Reality
WoodMac: All Systems Go
WoodMac China 2013, the 12th International Forestry and Woodworkiing and Supplies Exhibition, in conjunction with FurniTek China 2013 and WoodBuild China 2013, will be held March 5-8 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong. The following exhibitors and advertisers in this issue of Panel World submitted promotional materials: Anthon, Berndorf Band, Biele, China Foma, IMAL & PAL, Limab, ML Wood, Siempelkamp, and Yalian Machinery.
Log Handling: In The Hinterlands
This article was submitted to Panel World by Sennebogen: Luc Gauthier had a lot at stake when he was deciding on a new log-handler—about 1500 metric tons per day, in fact.
Gauthier manages the transportation services provided by Services Forestiers R.G.T. for the Remabec Group logging camp at Saint-Ludger-de-Milot, Lac-Saint-Jean in northern Quebec on behalf of ARBEC Forest Products, which operates three sawmills and an OSB plant in Quebec and an OSB plant in New Brunswick. The company is responsible for every aspect of moving logs from the camp to the mill: loading, trucking, road maintenance, and all the equipment that goes with it. So Gauthier and his team don’t easily go “out on a limb” when they make a critical equipment purchase.
Sales Rise Despite Tough Economy; Uvadrev Adds P’Board Capacity
Carmanah Teams With Dieffenbacher; Engineering Firm Wins EWTA Award; ‘New’ FSE Energy Launches Products; Sellick Appoints Sales Manager; Surfaces Firm Expands Offerings
Martin’s Baker Receives Award; St. John Drove EWP Progress
FMC China: Coming Soon
FMC China 2013 spotlights the best woodworking machinery and furniture raw materials for the world’s furniture industry. Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2013 will be staged at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC) September 11-14. The show will comprise four indoor halls, and a total surface area of 71,000 sq m and is expected to attract 850 exhibitors. FMC China 2013 will be held concurrently with Furniture China 2013, one of the biggest furniture shows in the world. The visitor’s badge is valid for both shows and a shuttle bus will be specially arranged for visitors’ convenience.