Panel World Issue: May 2010
Panel World’s May issue reports on Uniboard starting up the world’s newest MDF plant at its mega-site in Moncure, North Carolina. Also featured is a recap of the PELICE 2010 event and an update on medium density fiberboard, which is forecasted to grow in consumption 5% annually. The issue highlights several projects, supply lines, and exhibitors and product information for the 22nd Xylexpo. A geo directory spotlights veneer and panel suppliers.
Sixty-five speakers and moderators, 440 industry professionals and 58 exhibitors participated in the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held February 4-6 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Panel World magazine and Georgia Research Institute sponsored the event. Many of the attendees also participated in the Bio-Energy Symposia & Expo held immediately preceding PELICE at the Omni Hotel, which was also sponsored by Panel World and GRI.
The 22nd Xylexpo, a biennial world exhibition dedicated to woodworking technologies and furniture supplies, will take place from May 4-8 in the Milan (Italy) Fairgrounds located in Rho, under the patronage of Eumabois, the European federation of woodworking machinery manufacturers. The previous Xylexpo attracted nearly 82,000 visitors, half of them from outside Italy.
A veneer plant in Washington state is reaping the rewards of a major lathe system upgrade resulting in a significant increase in throughput. Murphy Plywood’s veneer plant at Elma, Wash. was the site of a major capital upgrade project that was completed in December 2008. USNR’s BlockPLUS scanning system is attributed as one key factor in a combination of leading designs that contributed to this improvement.
Raute continues adapting its operations to the prevailing market situation and is transferring the production activities of its Jyväskylä, Finland unit to Nastola. Other operations related to panel handling technology, such as planning, and local maintenance service remain in Jyväskylä. Employees working in production at Jyväskylä have been offered an opportunity to work at the plant in Nastola and also support for re-employment in the Jyväskylä region.
The current economic condition has emphasized the need for plywood manufacturers to produce better products with fewer costs. Unfortunately a major barrier to increasing product quality and reducing costs is plywood production process variation. To overcome this process variation barrier, plants need to transition from traditional opinion based process analysis and decision-making to a data based Statistical Process Control (SPC) system.