Panel World’s May issue spotlights Boise Cascade, which has already enhanced drying operations at its plywood mill in Louisiana as the wood product markets start to improve. The N.A. Composite Board Industry appears to be coming out of a deep sleep, and experts predict a moderate surge—though capacity and cost pressures persist. The Ligna Show Preview is included for Hannover, Germany in May. Another article discusses whether or not consuming mills will be able to get all the logs they need as housing markets rise and new markets materialize.
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Boise Cascade: Louisiana Dryer Rebuild
Panel World magazine Contributing Editor Jennifer McCary visits the Boise Cascade plywood plant in Oakdale, Louisiana. The Westmill Industries rebuild and startup of Boise Cascade’s 30-year-old No. 4 steam dryer in the waning days of 2011 has exceeded expectations, according to the softwood plywood plant’s management team. Plant Manager Greg Anthony says the $3 million project, which was completed in just seven weeks, entailed taking the dryer down to frame and concrete, then replacing or refurbishing every component. The rebuild doubled the dryer’s capacity with throughput jumping from 8,000 ft. per hour to 14,500 ft. per hour and dryer uptime averaging 98-99%—well above most veneer mills, Anthony notes. “They did an excellent job,” he says, adding that Westmill kept a representative on-site throughout the project and for several weeks after startup.
Composites: Wake-Up Call
Panel World magazine Contributing Editor May Donnell discusses a moderate surge, predicted by industry experts, coming to the North American composite board market, though capacity and cost pressures persist. The North American composite panel industry is adjusting to two major developments in the past six months. One is Chile-based Arauco’s acquisition of Flakeboard Co. including four MDF plants, three particleboard plants and several melamine lamination lines. Throw in Arauco’s purchase early in 2012 of Uniboard’s MDF/particleboard complex in North Carolina and suddenly Arauco is the production leader in the Americas, and third largest in the world. The other major development is the recovery of the U.S. economy, driven by a rebound in housing, which the composite panel industry is happily adjusting to as it provides goods for the interiors of those new houses.
LIGNA 2013: Timing Is Good
The following companies are advertising in this issue and also exhibiting at the upcoming LIGNA fair to be held in Hannover, Germany, May 6-10: Andritz Group, Anthon GmbH, Biele Group, China Foma (Group) Company, Classen Apparatebau Wiesloch GmbH, Cross Wrap Ltd., Dieffenbacher, Electronic Wood Systems, Eltomation, Fezer, Grenzebach, Holzma, Hymmen Bielefeld, Imal-Pal, LIMAB, Metso, Modul Systeme, Pallmann Group, Panel World Magazine, Plytec, Sandvik Process Systems, Scheuch GmbH, sia Abrasives, Siempelkamp, Spraying Systems, Steinemann, USNR, B. Maier Zerkleinerungstechnik, INTEC Energy Systems, Pessa Impianti, Raute, Baumer, Berndorf Band, GreCon, Globe Machine Manufacturing Company, Ventek, and Willamette Valley Company.
Logging: Is There Enough?
A version of this article, written by Panel World magazine Executive Editor DK Knight and Contributing Editor Jennifer McCary, was originally published in Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations magazine. Knight and McCary address concerns about declining logging capacity and attempt to answer the question, “Will logging capacity be adequate to meet the nation’s increasing fiber/log needs?” Logging capacity—by most accounts down 25% or more in the last decade, and accelerated since 2008—is an unfolding issue from coast-to-coast, and applies to Canada as well. It will only become more of a focal point as wood products and packaging demand increase with a strengthening economy, as exports escalate, and as new markets materialize. Nowhere is logging capacity concern more acute than in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
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