Panel World Issue: March 2014
Panel World’s March issue promises an outstanding lineup of speakers and a great agenda for the upcoming Pelice Show. North American plywood industry producers face a world of challenges in the marketplace. EWPs are engineering the future of forest products capabilities.
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PELICE 2014 Pre-Show Coverage
Ten general session keynote speakers and another 35 individual session speakers will address a range of issues and technologies at the fourth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) to be held Thursday-Friday, March 20-21 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga. The event is expected to involve 500 industry professionals from the structural and non-structural wood products industries (including veneer-based plywood, OSB, MDF, particleboard, engineered wood products and timber feedstock supply). “We are really looking forward to this conference, because as good as the first three PELICE events were, they were all held during varying portions of the recession,” says Rich Donnell, conference co-chairman and editor-in-chief of Panel World magazine, which is the media host of PELICE.
Plywood: Baldwin's Analysis
R.F. “Dick” Baldwin, Panel World magazine contributor, Managing Partner of Oak Creek Investments, LLC and long-time panel industry executive and advocate, discusses the current state of the North American plywood industry. Baldwin writes, “The North American plywood industry over the past quarter century (1987-2012) has endured a seemingly endless array of dilemmas. And of these emerged three enormous questions: How do plywood producers survive with OSB taking their markets? What logs? And why does society say we shouldn’t be cutting down trees? And if these three issues weren’t enough, the industry had to drag the consequences of all through periodic economic downturns that eventually culminated in the Great Recession. All in all, the last 25 years have seen a harsh and challenging plywood operating environment by any measure.”
EWP's: The Past 50 Years
(The following material is an edited excerpt from the publication, Panel Age 50: A Celebration of the Past Fifty Years of Structural & Non-Structural Wood Product Developments, published by The Donnell Group earlier this year, and written by Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell.) “While plywood may be the original engineered wood product with its 100+ years of commercial production and first U.S. patent way back in 1868, a newer generation of engineered wood products (EWPs) in many ways represents the future of the industry. Indeed, the singular ability of EWPs to utilize almost any segment of the timber resource, and EWP manufacturers’ capabilities to implement technology and engineering to create products that go way above and beyond structural capacities of traditional solid sawn forest products, combine to create an almost limitless potential to provide products for virtually any wood construction application.”
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