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Panel World Issue: May 2017

Panel World magazine’s May 2017 issue features Thomasville, Alabama’s Louisiana-Pacific OSB plant and its good four-year stretch since restarting in 2013. A Q&A article highlights Dieffenbacher USA and its new President, Bernd Deffland. A special section provides a preview of the upcoming Ligna show, to be held May 22-26 in Hannover, Germany. An article features Curitibanos, Brazil’s Berneck S.A. Paineis e Serrados and their new particleboard installation. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and new products and technology.


Settlement Looks Good For Huber; Hardwood Plywood Group Has Bite; Oregon Counties Want $1.4 Billion; Rentech May Sell Fulghum Fibers; Former LP Exec Leads Westervelt; Enlow Becomes Deltic Timber CEO; New Bill Supports Tall Wood; Raute Purchases Metriguard

Louisiana-Pacific: Alabama OSB Plant

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Thomasville, Alabama to visit Louisiana-Pacific’s OSB facility. In late 2004, Louisiana-Pacific announced it would build what would be the largest oriented strandboard (OSB) producing facility in the world—in the heart of southern pine country, in Clarke County, Alabama. But during startup in 2008, after only two months of operation, the facility sustained a serious fire incident—with injuries, and with damage to the tune of several million dollars—causing the plant to shutter. The crush of the housing recession hit at the same time. LP continued to monitor the market for the right moment to restart. And during an earnings call with investors in 2012, LP announced that its 750MMSF (3/8 in. basis) facility would be back in the production business as early as the second quarter of 2013. First board was produced in April 2013 (more than five years since the original “first board”).

Dieffenbacher USA Q&A

Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell recently sat down with new Dieffenbacher USA President Bernd Deffland to exchange questions and answers. During the last weekend of January 2017, Dieffenbacher Customer Support LLC relocated to a new location in Alpharetta, Ga. USA. As part of this relocation the two Dieffenbacher entities previously located in Alpharetta (near Atlanta) were combined into one operating company. In addition, also in January, Germany based Dieffenbacher named Bernd Deffland as President of Dieffenbacher USA and Dieffenbacher Customer Support LLC to go along with his title of Chief Financial Officer. Deffland, a certified public accountant, had served as executive vice president and CFO since 2016 and had previously served as a controller at Dieffenbacher’s U.S. office. Deffland was educated in tax and accounting, law and economics in Germany.

Ligna 2017 Preview

Andritz; Angelo Cremona; Argos Solutions; Baumer Inspection; Berndorf Band; Biele; BINOS; Buttner; Classen Apparatebau Wiesloch (CAW); CERATIZIT; Chemisol Italia; CMC TEXPAN; Cross Wrap; Dieffenbacher; DOTHERM; EcoChem; Electronic Wood Systems; Fezer; Firefly; Forbo Siegling; Fusoni; Fagus-GreCon; Grenzebach; Habasit; Hashimoto; Hexion; Hymmen; IMAL-PAL; IMEAS; Instalmec; INTEC Group; Kuper; LAP Laser Applikationen; LIMAB; Longoni Roberto (LRF); Meinan Machinery Works; Merritt Machinery; Metriguard; Modul Systeme; Pallmann; Plytec; Raute; Sandvik Process Systems; Schelling; Scheuch; Siempelkamp; Spraying Systems; Steinemann; SWISS COMBI; Taihei Machinery Works; USNR; Valmet; Wemhoner

Berneck: Brazil Particleboard

(This article and photos appeared in Siempelkamp Bulletin magazine and is published in this issue of Panel World with permission.) In 2014 a contract for a fourth production plant for Berneck S. A. Painéis e Serrados was signed; in February 2016 the first board was produced, followed by an extremely short ramp-up phase. This repeat customer has relied on the experiences of Siempelkamp in the area of technology for wood-based material production plants for more than 16 years. The Brazilian manufacturer of wood-based products is one of the largest producers in the South American market. Berneck’s product range covers MDP, MDF and HDF board materials, surface finishing, sawmill products, pine wood and plantation teak. One year after the order was placed, according to schedule, a forming and press line including a latest Generation 8 ContiRoll continuous press, designed with a production width of 9 ft. and a length of 38.7 m, was delivered to Curitibanos in Brazil in early spring 2015.


Ehinger Had Finger On Pulse; Fery Rebuilt Boise Cascade; Whelan Played Major Role; Crawford Known For P’Board; Monroe Receives Step Award; Truss Operation Expects To Open; Arauco Announces Sales Leadership; Trucking Interests Move Forward; Hampton CEO Has CLT Doubts; Corrigan OSB; Drax Wins Bid For Pellet Mill


Russian Mill Has Handle On Logs; OSB Plant Orders Multi-Opening Press; Arauco Advances At Grayling; Grayling Plant Details Emerge; Andritz Reports Worldwide Orders; Pollmeier Goes With Belt Dryer; Portugal Firm Opens U.S. Pellet Mill

Supply Lines

Baxley-Price Form Timber Automation; Mid-South Adds Office In Maine; Precision Husky Adds Three Dealerships; Carbotech Works With Carmanah; Airex Starts Up Torrefaction

What’s New

Smart Pause Veneer Infeed; MDF Waste Recycling; Load Measurement

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