Panel World’s May issue spotlights Flakeboard America MDF, which has re-established the Malvern MDF plant with a series of upgrades and an enhanced work force. Also highlighted is Roseburg Forest Products in Dillard, Ore., a company that, following consultation, has become more data-driven and has increased grade recovery. A large section previews the Ligna World Fair for the Forestry and Wood Industries, providing exhibitor and product information.
Flakeboard Re-establishes Malvern MDF
One of the oldest composite board mills in the U.S. is the Flakeboard America MDF plant here. But since acquiring it from Weyerhaeuser Co. in 2006, Flakeboard has had the plant in a perpetual upgrade mode, with regard to machinery technologies and work force culture.
Based in Dillard, Ore., Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) has been in the composite panels business for decades. Over the years, the company has grown its network of composite board mills from one to six, with plants located in Dillard, Missoula, Mont; Louisville and Taylorsville, Miss.; Vienna, Ga. and Russellville, SC. A combined capacity of 1.3 billion feet makes RFP one of the largest producers in North America. The particleboard mill in Dillard was its first and has one of the largest volume capacities in North America.
Welcome to the Panel World preview section for the Ligna World Fair for the Forestry and Wood Industries to be held May 30–June 3, 2011 at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany. Most of the panel industry equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be located in Hall 27.
The following articles and photos were submitted by the respective Ligna exhibitors and advertisers in this issue of Panel World. All statement and claims are attributable to the companies. We hope you enjoy this special section. —The Editors
One of the more aggressive companies in recent years is Flakeboard, the Canada-based manufacturer of MDF, particleboard, melamine laminated products and other value-added items. We’ve been hearing a lot about Flakeboard’s investment in several melamine laminating lines, but we were wondering about its primary manufacturing plants, especially the ones it purchased from Weyerhaeuser back in 2006, and most specifically of these the MDF plant at Malvern, Ark.
Needless to say, the forest products industry is taking great notice of any developments in the new generation wood bioenergy. The curtailment of the Range Fuels cellulosic biofuels plant in Soperton, Ga. in January caused a heated exchange between the Wall Street Journal web site, wsj.com, and two principals from Range Fuels
USNR’s Coe veneer lathe technology business has supplied lathes for the majority of worldwide LVL (laminated veneer lumber) production. Recently this expertise was incorporated into a state-of-the-art LVL plant for Modern Lumber Technology (MLT) of Torzhok, Russia. For USNR it is the first high-speed small block lathe line installed in Russia.
The 11th edition of WoodMac China and supporting events WoodBuild and FurniTek China 2011, organized by the China National Forestry Machinery Assn., Deutsche Messe AG and China International Exhibitions, a member of Allworld Exhibitions, was held March 1-4 in Shanghai. Reports of record numbers of overseas buyers in attendance complemented the rising business confidence for sales of woodworking technology to the Chinese domestic market.
Altec recently completed the installation of four electric planetary roller screw lathe carriage and lathe bar gap systems along with Altec lathe control upgrades. The upgrades were installed at Roseburg Forest Products in Riddle, Ore., on the 8 ft. and 10 ft. lathes, Roseburg at Coquille, Ore. and Coastland Wood Products on Vancouver Island, BC. Two more lathes will be converted in May 2011. The first installations and startups took place in early summer of 2010.
Roseburg Forest Products, Roseburg, Ore., has added two members to its board of trustees, including Eric Ford, son of President/CEO Allyn Ford and grandson of the late, legendary founder, Kenneth Ford.
Ford is a partner in Western Lumber Co., Medford, Ore. Western Lumber is an international wholesale lumber company. He has been with the company since 1997, and has been a partner since 2004. He previously worked for Patrick Lumber as a lumber trader from 1993-1997. Ford graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. in 1993 with a bachelor of science in business.
Dascanova, a company operating in Switzerland, Austria and the United Kingdom, is promoting a new technology for manufacturing wood-based panels, which the company claims has the potential to revolutionize the industry by saving up to 30% of materials and other compounds with the same or better mechanical properties of the panels.
This “revolutionary yet fundamental and original technology (patents pending),” as Dascanova touts, is a three-dimensional rearrangement of the panel density. Such special structure modification may be achieved before or during the compression process. Behind better mechanical properties and improved internal bonding is solid know-how, requiring less material compared to standard wood-based panels, according to the company.
Engineering and plant construction company Lenzing Technik GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Lenzing AG, has been active in the design and construction of waste gas purification systems for many years. The company installs waste gas purification and recovery systems for sulfur compounds in the niche segments of the fiber and pulp industries. As appropriate, biological systems are employed for low concentrations, and catalytic or activated carbon systems for high concentrations. Lenzing Technik also implements scrubbing systems for the elimination of VOCs, solvents, gases and acids.