Due to the industry-wide challenge to get labor, automation plays a big part in profitable production. This is one of the reasons Richmond Plywood Corp. Ltd. (Richply), Canada, and Tolko Industries Ltd., Canada, have invested in Raute Plywood Lay-up Line R7, and Swanson Group, USA, has ordered a Raute Plywood Lay-up Line R5. These brand new layup lines will replace existing labor-intensive lines.
With 50 deliveries of one-sided-gluing plywood lay-up lines, Raute is the global leader of this technology. These deliverable R7-Series and R5-Series plywood layup lines are semi-automated. Raute Lay-up Line R7 will run with two operators and the one-sided gluing operation will reduce the mill’s glue consumption. Raute Lay-up Line R5 will run with two operators using a roll coater and have a small footprint.
Lines are designed and manufactured jointly in Raute Canada and Finland. Lines are expected to be delivered in 2023-2024.
U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announces that Fritz Mason, Paul Hossain and Anna Torma were elected as new directors at the organization’s fall board meeting. “Drawing upon diverse backgrounds, they each bring a distinctive perspective and unique vision. We look forward to collaborating with them to further the mission of the Endowment,” comments Pete Madden, President and CEO of the Endowment.
Martin Sustainable Resources LLC of Alexandria, La. has donated $1 million to Louisiana Tech as a leadership gift toward construction of the University’s new Forest Products Innovation Center (FPIC), with the assurance of another $1 million to be presented by this June. The Center will be on South Campus and provide space for a transdisciplinary approach to solving the challenges…
Kadant Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Key Knife, Inc. and some of its affiliates for approximately $156 million in cash, subject to certain customary adjustments. The acquisition was financed primarily through borrowings under Kadant’s revolving credit facility. Key Knife, a global supplier of engineered knife systems for custom chipping, planing, and flaking solutions for wood product industries, is headquartered in Tualatin, Ore. with…
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