Panel World’s May issue spotlights the Boise Cascade LLC plywood operation in Medford, Ore., which has implemented two dryer lines with differing technologies. The issue provides both a PELICE wrap-up and a Xylexpo show preview. An article highlights how the forestry profession has grown weary of being knocked around by environmentalists and how promoting the forestry and timberlands message requires understanding who the new listeners are. “At the Core” discusses how familiar faces bring the new-generation wood energy industry into focus.
Boise-Medford Tale Of Two Dryers
The installation of two new dryers in the last four years, combined with additional improvements at Boise Cascade’s major plywood production facility here, has boosted efficiency and competitiveness and positions the plant well during the ongoing slow economic recovery.
More than 300 industry professionals, including representatives from 25 wood products producer companies, 65 exhibitor companies and 50 speakers, converged on the Omni Hotel at CNN Center here March 1-2 for the third Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE).
Xylexpo 2012 is taking place May 8-12 at the Milan (Italy) Fairgrounds located in Rho. The following companies are exhibiting at Xylexpo and advertising in this issue of Panel World, and submitted the following materials.
Shown here is Dr. Richard F. Baldwin, better known as Dick, during the recent Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held in Atlanta. PELICE organizers presented Dick with a Lifetime Service Award. Not that he’s going anywhere. He’s currently executive vice president/general manager for the Southeastern U.S. division of Wood Resources LLC, and has overseen a couple of success stories at the company’s plywood plants in Moncure, NC and Chester, SC.
Organizers of the new Timber Processing & Energy Expo report that 65 equipment and supplier companies have signed up to exhibit during the October 17-19 event to be held at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. Those exhibitors have reserved 21,000 sq. ft. of booth space, as of early April, meaning the event is more than 60% sold out.
The precipitating event to my presence here occurred last year when we received a copy of Robert Williams’ superb educational video: A Working Forest. Everyone in our office viewed the video and we were uniformly impressed, and unanimously agreed to add it to our web sites. I called Bob Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) to compliment him and heard his saga of sending out several thousand copies with little response and market acceptance, although I gather over 30 forestry colleges and tech schools are now showing the video. I pondered that scenario and concluded that the video is excellent in stating a contemporary issue warranting attention, policy reformation, and for jaw boning public attitude adjustment on a broad scale. The problem with the video is that it did not conclude with an actionable agenda of implementable policy and investment options, nor the necessary propellants to change public attitudes and behavior.
At The Core
While the subject of fiber supply chain usually surfaces first when composite panel people address the new generation wood to energy industry, one only has to visit one of these new plants to realize “it’s all in the family.”
Metsä Wood has taken delivery of a “speedfiller plywood” spot repair system from Fill’s Wood Competence Center. Due to the limited amount of space available on site, it was necessary to employ combined heads, which are capable of performing milling and repairs in a single operation. Metsä Wood has taken delivery of a "speedfiller plywood" spot repair system from Fill’s Wood Competence Center. Due to the limited amount of space available on site, it was necessary to employ combined heads, which are capable of performing milling and repairs in a single operation.
Purchasing groups from Vietnam, India and Mexico will bring 30-40 furniture manufacturers respectively to FMC China 2012, scheduled September 11-14 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Assn. (TWMA) and the Italian Woodworking Machinery Assn. (ACIMALL) will each have more than 30 exhibitors participating at FMC China 2012.
Weyerhaeuser will soon produce JAS-certified OSB material for export to Japan. The Weyerhaeuser OSB mill in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada will produce the material under a JAS certification received from the APA in February.
USNR has worked with Pacific Fluid Systems to develop several new power unit upgrades for new and existing Washington Iron Works (WIW) presses that improve operation and reduce energy requirements. These upgrades improve press operation by mitigating hydraulic shock and reducing the press operating cycle time. In addition, significant energy savings can be realized.