Panel World Issue: November 2010
Panel World’s November issue spotlights Louisiana-Pacific Corp., a company that is empowering its work force at its oriented strand-board plant in Jasper, Tex. The issue features air control projects and technologies and takes a look at Calvert Manufacturing, an experienced company that specializes in green end products. The issue also pays tribute to Al Moslemi, who founded the International Inorganic Bonded Wood and Fiber Composite Materials Conference and wrote a column for Panel World. Moslemi passed away on August 12 at the age of 74.
Masonite is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of interior doors and entry door systems. Throughout the company’s 85-year history, Masonite has maintained its focus on leading edge innovation, manufacturing excellence and superior customer service.
When OSB (oriented strandboard) was developed in the 1950s in the U.S. and Canada, the objective was to manufacture a board for the construction industry with approximately the same technical qualities as plywood, but at a much lower price.
Starting a new business in the wood products industry is never easy. Starting one just before a deep decline in the market, closely followed by a global recession is a challenge many could not weather. In the case of Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd. (TRVP) of Kamloops, BC, good management, sound business decisions and strong financial backing have prevailed.
The woodworking industry is on the upswing and the future is optimistic for the industry, according to the sponsors of the recently held IWF-International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-U.S.A. Held August 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, IWF featured 972 exhibitors (180 for the first time), 11,472 buyers, 20,697 total visitors, and 375,500 net square feet of exhibit space.
SWISS COMBI has adapted its successful and proven belt dryer system to the needs of particleboard production. The multilayer drying process enables different residence time for different particle sizes, i.e. coarse particles have a longer way in the dryer tunnel than fine particles. This achieves a homogenous end moisture content down to 1% with a high degree of efficiency.