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here’s a whole lot of health and safety going on in this issue. Our cover story, for example, is the Huber OSB plant in Crystal Hill, Va. The operation has implemented numerous programs and methods for the sake of its employees. This impressive health and safety culture at Crystal Hill has been honored for three consecutive years by the parent company. Elsewhere in this issue you’ll see safety award announcements by APA—The Engineered Wood Assn. and Composite Panel Assn. Between them, about 30 structural and non-structural panel mills are recognized for safety performance. Having been in this industry for more than 30 years, I can recall visiting certain panel plants many years ago when I felt somewhat relieved to get out of there unscathed. They were so focused on production that their attention to safety “slipped” now and then. When the subject of safety came up during the course of conversation, they didn’t have a lot to say about it. As an outsider, it wasn’t difficult to see when safety was on the wane. Of course not all mills were this way and some were more negligent than others, but the one big thing I’ve noticed in more recent years is that most mills have integrated their safety plan into their production plan and vice versa. The boundaries aren’t so visible anymore. It’s all safety all the time. Believe me, as writers visiting a panel mill, we’re thrilled to walk into an environment of safety as well as production. Sure, most of the advertisements in this magazine are geared to production equipment, but so what, once we get into the mill, give us the hardhat, safety glasses, earplugs, safety vest and show us the yellow line, we’ll happily follow. All that gear and those restrictions may make taking photographs a bit awkward, but we’ll manage. As an editor-in-chief who is responsible for a staff of writers—writers who are frequently visiting mills throughout the country—I am constantly worrying


about their safety and hoping enough has been said in the editorial office about the potential pitfalls. “And always watch out for the forklifts coming around the stacks of panels...Those beeping noises are beeping for a reason...Look all around you before taking a photo...And look around you again before taking the next one...And watch what the plant manager does as you’re following him around the mill...Did he just tap on that low hanging conveyor that you’re about to walk under?...Never stop thinking about being safe when you are walking through the mill.” The more careful your operations personnel are in the plant, the better it is for us journalists. We’re basically visiting a place where you spend your life. We’re in there for an hour or two. We may have been in a lot of plants before—and I believe without hesitation we’re the best in the world at what we do—but each new visit requires even the most experienced of us a moment to become acclimated. There’s a lot of movement and a lot of noise. It’s easy for us to get sidetracked as we attempt to understand the production flow, observe the newest technologies and choose our spots for the best photographs. Not to burden you with more than what’s already on your plate, but thanks PW for keeping us safe, too.


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(Founded as P l y w o o d & P a n e l in 1960—Our 467th consecutive issue) VOLUME 55 NO. 4

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Despite adverse weather conditions across much of the country that hampered the forward momentum of the U.S. economy in early 2014, APA—The Engineered Wood Assn. predicts that gradual, stable growth lies ahead in wood product sectors. Although attitudes among businesses and consumers remain cautious, recent data suggest growth will get back on track in 2014. APA reviewed factors impacting the market and provided an updated forecast in the recently released 2014 Market Outlook. Real GDP is forecast to average 2.5% per year through 2018. This should drive up employment rates, especially among younger workers, and in turn increase household growth. Likewise, Canada’s economy is forecast to enjoy steady growth.

APA expects North American structural panel demand to grow 31% during the next four years.

“Most of the market volatility caused by the housing bubble’s collapse is behind us,” says Joe Elling, APA’s market research director. “The demand for new housing units should improve over the next three to five years.” He said that recent statements by Federal Reserve policy makers are a positive sign that they recognize continued recovery in the housing industry as an imperative to faster economic growth. While unusually harsh winter weather dampened housing starts in early 2014, particularly in the Midwest, the market is expected to bounce back in the next months. One key question affecting the market recovery relates to the home-buying attitudes of a key demographic, the group of 18- to 34-year-olds who have delayed establishing their own households. An estimated 3.5 million new

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. terminated their previously announced agreement in which LP would have acquired Ainsworth, including four OSB plants in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario with a combined annual capacity of 2.5 billion SF. LP and Ainsworth determined that the regulatory approvals couldn’t be obtained without significant divestitures beyond what was originally expected and without engaging in lengthy and expensive litigation with the regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Canada. “We believe this transaction would have led to positive outcomes for customers, em- “…we have no choice but to ployees and shareholders, and fundamen- terminate the agreement tally disagree with the analysis by antitrust rather than accept the disagencies of the competitive dynamics of traction, disruption, costs our industry,” says Curt Stevens, LP CEO. “Our business experience, supported by ex- and risk of litigating this pert economic analysis, continues to be that matter in both the U.S. and North America is an integrated market for Canada, where the process structural panels. We will continue to compete on a continent-wide basis but feel we could take upwards of a have no choice but to terminate the agree- year.”—LP CEO Curt Stevens ment rather than accept the distraction, disruption, costs and risk of litigating this matter in both the U.S. and Canada, where the process could take upwards of a year.” The U.S. Dept. of Justice said that the transaction likely would have substantially lessened competition in the market for the production of OSB sold to customers in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest regions of the U.S. According to the department, an increase in the price of OSB would result in significant harm to consumers in those regions. “The companies’ decision to abandon the transaction, which would likely have resulted in less competition and higher OSB prices, is a win for customers in the Pacific Northwest and the Upper Midwest,” says Renata Hesse, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Div. “As a result of the abandonment of this transaction, consumers will continue to benefit from Ainsworth’s presence as an independent competitive force in the OSB industry.” According to the Dept. of Justice, LP and Ainsworth are two of only four principal producers selling OSB into the Pacific Northwest, and two of only three principal producers selling OSB into the Upper Midwest. The proposed merger would have given the combined firm a 63% market share in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a 55% market share in the Upper Midwest. “By gaining control over Ainsworth’s mills, LP would have been in a better position to restrict the amount of OSB supply available in these regions, and to coordinate output and price decisions with its few remaining principal competitors, driving prices above competitive levels,” the Dept. of Justice stated. The Antitrust Div. closely coordinated its investigation of the transaction with the merger review conducted by Canada’s Competition Bureau, which stated that it also concluded that the acquisition would have lessened competition for the supply of OSB. LP’s Stevens adds, “LP remains well positioned to capitalize on forecasted growth in housing starts and build on the momentum of positive adjusted earnings across all our segments. We are a leader in our markets, have a strong balance sheet, and will continue to run our operations to meet customer needs while pursuing the growth strategies we have in place.” Jim Lake, Ainsworth CEO, comments, “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, we look forward to advancing the ongoing growth and success of our business. Our strong competitive positioning combined with our additional low cost capacity and strong balance sheet profile will allow us to capitalize on the expected recovery in the U.S. housing market and continued growth in our export markets.”

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households could be created from this demographic, but at what point will these young adults gain the wherewithal to strike out on their own? The outlook is favorable, as employment rates within this group are on the rise. Today, renting remains a preferred option for them, but most say they aspire to eventually own a home. Both singlefamily and, to a greater degree, multifamily starts are projected to increase through 2018. Signals in the remodeling market are mixed. While the NAHB Remodeling Market Index was strong throughout 2013, other measures indicate stagnation. Existing home sales, a typical indicator of the direction of the remodeling market, are expected to trend downward slightly this year and then pick up in 2015. Ultimately, APA expects repair and remodeling expenditures to grow an average of 2% annually through 2018. Non-residential construction continues to lag, falling 5.5% in 2013. Education construction is down from its high in 2008, but is expected to stabilize in 2014–2015, as the outlook for government budgets has improved. Health care facility construction has fallen due to several factors, including a decline in births since 2007 and the trend toward consolidation in health care. At the same time, commercial construction, primarily retail, is expected to grow commensurate with residential building. By 2018, nonresidential construction is predicted to be up 17% from 2013 levels. Manufacturing production is likely to continue to increase in 2014, returning output to peak levels seen in 2007. Looking forward, growth should average 3.7% yearly through 2018, as capacity utilization increases to levels not achieved since 1999. Furniture production rose 3.2% in 2013 and is forecast to grow in line with increased consumer spending on furniture. Due to rising domestic demand for North American plywood, APA anticipates that plywood imports, notably from Chile, will increase through 2018. Imports will account for 4% of North American plywood consumption in 2014. OSB exports were up 40 million square feet in 2013; demand for North American OSB remains strong globally, and exports are expected to increase further in 2014 and beyond. Over the next four years, APA expects

an increasing demand for North American engineered wood products; structural panels are forecast to grow 31%, and other engineered wood products will see growth of 40–45%. Driven by a 16% increase in housing starts in the U.S., demand for structural panels in residential construction in North America is expected to rise 11% in 2014, while growth in the other end-uses is projected to be 2.5%. North American production of OSB and plywood is expected to hit 32.2 billion square feet in 2014, an increase of nearly 8% over 2013. Glulam production is on the rise, up 11% in 2013, and is projected to grow 6% this year, to 266 million board feet, and continue to increase steadily through 2018. In 2014, I-joist production is expected to increase to 682 million linear feet. With steady increases in housing starts in the U.S., production is projected to reach 913 million linear feet by 2018. LVL demand will also benefit from sustained improvement in housing starts. LVL production in 2014 is forecast to reach 62.7 million cubic feet, from 57 million in 2013, and by 2018 output is projected to grow by 46% to 83 million cubic feet. Article provided by APA on May 1. Industry historical data and the 2014 market forecast are provided in APA’s 2014 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook, Form MKOE180. The report can be purchased from APA. Visit


Good Earth Power and Campbell Global (formerly The Campbell Group) officials are implementing the first phase of the ambitious 4 Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI) across four national forests in Arizona after the original holder of the 4FRI Phase 1 contract couldn’t obtain financing. The unprecedented initiative covers thinning and ecosystem improvement activities on 300,000 acres during the next 10 years (Phase 1), with an overall goal to treat 2.4 million acres in the region. Pioneer Resources of Montana was awarded the Phase 1 contract by the Forest Service (FS) in May 2012 but couldn’t obtain financing for its business plan, which included a sawmill, fingerjoint plant, furniture component

plant and biofuels refinery to process logs and fiber coming off tracts specified in “task orders” generated by the FS and given to the contract holder. The contract was transferred to Oman-based Good Earth Power (GEP) in fall 2013, and in December GEP announced Campbell Global had been hired to manage the woods activities and contractors performing thinning and understory removal. The big issue in implementing the 4FRI strategy is the lack of forest industry infrastructure in the state. Much of the state’s milling and conversion capacity had closed or downsized after the FS greatly reduced timber sales in the ’80s and ’90s due to old-growth timber and Mexican spotted owl issues. Pioneer had planned to build its facilities in Winslow, Ariz., but Good Earth officials have already received approval from the Forest Service to locate facili-

Project could be back on track.

ties in Williams, which is closer to the initial 4FRI task order project areas in the western part of the state. Most of the initial projects are in the Kaibab and Cococino national forests near Williams. Officials with Good Earth have yet to announce the actual facilities planned for Williams and would need approval from the Forest Service to significantly alter terms of the original contract. At the press conference announcing the new contract holder last fall, Good Earth Power Global CEO Jason Rosamond said the company would follow the initial wood products facilities plan, but was also exploring wood fuel pellet production and biofuels as well. Currently, Good Earth is concentrating on efficiently handling log and fiber production from the task order projects and developing a plan for the Williams site. The furniture plant is not being actively pursued at this time.

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HUBER AT CRYSTAL HILL: WHERE SAFETY IS MORE THAN THE FLAVOR OF THE MONTH Huber exhibits a top-down comprehensive commitment to VPP standards.


CRYSTAL HILL, Va. ome companies take on safety standards in different ways, but for sure Huber Engineered Woods is doing it the right way. The company puts together whole management teams at its various plants to address EHS (environmental, health and safety) concerns in partnership with every member of the plant crew. At its Crystal Hill OSB plant, in operation since 1995, the team assembled includes George Hodges, plant EHS manager; Michael Lloyd, EHS director for HEW; Mike LaPradd, safety coordinator; Kelly Crabtree, environmental coordinator; and Jeremy Catron, plant manager. “It takes everyone, the entire team, to make it go,” Hodges says. “Today we are hitting 1,300 consecutive days with no recordable injuries,” Catron was happy to note on the day Panel World visited the plant. That represents 937,000 man hours with no recordable injury. “We have created a very strong safety culture.” Three years in a row, 2011-2013, Crystal Hill has won the Huber President’s Award in recognition of outstanding performance in EHS. It is one of only two large facilities in the company that have received the honor in two or more consecutive years.


Crystall Hill OSB plant started up in 1995.

VPP EHS is one of the core principles of the company, Lloyd adds. “How we demonstrate that value in action is with some of these programs.” When senior leadership visits or when the management team meets, meetings always begin with a review of EHS topics. Meeting agendas always start with an EHS report or message. The company’s commitment to safety is built around participation in VPP (Voluntary Protection Program), an

OSHA/VOSH (Virginia Occupational Safety and Health) excellence program that includes an elite group of manufacturing sites in Virginia. Of the potential 10,000 work sites in the state, only 42 are currently in the program, according to LaPradd. For Huber, the focus on safety is consciously and carefully built into the corporate culture. “The involvement in VPP was the catalyst for the change that has resulted in the culture at the site today,” according to Lloyd. “The site’s continuous improvement over the last

Konewood crane keeps logs moving and organized.

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Plant team members, left to right: Ted Hudson, Maintenance Superintendent; George Hodges, EH&S Manager; David Duplantier, Quality Assurance Superintendent; Kelly Crabtree, Environmental Coordinator; Jeremy Catron, Plant Manager; Mike LaPradd, Safety Coordinator; Matt Staton, Wood Processing Superintendent; Chris Tuck, Pressing Superintendent; Bryan Forest, Quality Assurance Lead and VPP Star Team Leader

few years is evidence that this is not a ‘flavor of the month’ campaign.” At the federal level, VPP as an OSHA program began in 1982, according to LaPradd. Virginia’s VOSH adopted the process at the state level in 1996. “Huber was always committed to employee safety and the environment, and wanted to be in the top category of the industry for making sure employees are not put in harm’s way,” Hodges says. That commitment to improvement was where participation in VPP originated inside the company. Crystal Hill began the process of working toward that elite status in 2003; the

members of the team were all involved in the process. They applied for and subsequently achieved certification as a VPP site in 2006. They have since passed two OSHA recertification audits, in 2009 and 2013. “Once you’re in, they want to make sure you still meet the bar and show continuous improvement,” Hodges says. Getting there was a team effort. To get to that level, the first step was management leadership and employee involvement. “We began by creating an active team here at the site,” LaPradd says. “It consisted of both management team and hourly employees, and we put forth the criteria of this program and began chipping away at gaps to meet program requirements, by using this (management) team and employee involvement.” There are four elements to VPP: 1) management leadership and employee involvement; 2) worksite analysis; 3) hazard prevention and control; 4) training. Along with implementing and demonstrating each of these elements, there are other requirements. “We also have to interact with other industry as part of that program,” Catron notes. That means mentorship and sharing of best practices, according to LaPradd, who works directly with OSHA/VOSH and assists with the auditing process. VPP is not just meeting the minimum to get through an OSHA/VOSH audit, Hodges stresses. “You have to make sure you are at the top, that your standard is beyond compliance.” In terms of implementation of VPP standards, Catron says, “To be in this program you have to demonstrate things like a robust guarding program. We per-

formed our own audit of the facility and we found gaps in some places and so we worked extensively and made quite a capital investment to improve guarding around the facility.” To create a culture meant instilling buy-in to the belief that all injuries are preventable, Catron says. “First we had to have an organization that made it important, and that is what Huber has done, they have stood behind the importance of EHS from day one.” Signs serve as reminders everywhere, starting at the entrance. “Right away we try to have people thinking about safety and accident prevention when they first come in.” Catron continues: “Second, we had to have a workforce committed to that message, and we have to empower them. Our employees are continually told and reinforced if at any point they think something’s unsafe we stop.” Employees are also authorized and encouraged to correct such concerns on their own where possible, LaPradd adds. To that end, the facility implemented its HARE card system—a hazard awareness program. When an employee on the job sees something that is a hazard, they write it down, correct it if they can, then make a note of the corrective action, which is then communicated to management. If the issue can’t be fixed on the spot and is not an immediate hazard, the employee writes down a suggested correction instead. Management subsequently reviews those items in daily meetings and assigns appropriate work orders and corrective actions. For example, an employee recently discovered a ladder had been damaged and PanelWorld • JULY 2014 • 11


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Two views of Huber’s tarp-dropping apparatus for greater safety at truck loading area.

couldn’t repair it. He tagged it as dangerous, provided a barrier so it couldn’t be used, and sent a work order to have mechanics correct the problem. Catron cites another example: A crane operator will not unload until the driver is in a safe location away from area. Another typical example is that forklift operators in the warehouse are diligent about watching out for one another and recently began using blue spotlights to warn of an approaching forklift. Again, this is as much a matter of workplace culture as it is formal processes. In terms of daily interactions, there is a great deal of emphasizing and reinforcing the expectations just to keep it a priority in the minds of the workers, Catron acknowledges. “It’s a give and take relationship,” LaPradd adds. The facility also has a system called the HSS (Huber Safety Score), with metrics to measure itself on EHS performance. On the front end of the process, management considers employee participation and safety training. “We strive to have 100% completion on safety training in a month’s time,” Catron says. All employees get well more than 30 hours annually—that’s the minimum—in safety training. Another internal program is called Coach Contacts, in which each employee is asked to document an instance where they coached or had a safety conversation with a fellow employee in a month. Other metrics include the monthly HARE cards, incident reports and safety meeting attendance. “What we attempt to do with the HSS system is to create a score system by which we can make ourselves aware of a measureable amount of engagement from the work force,” Catron says. It has been successful, he reports. “We’ve also been fortunate to have an experienced work-

force with very low turnover.” About 60% of plant employees have more than 10 years of service at this location. LaPradd describes it as a homegrown, behavior-based safety program that works in similar fashion to a STOP program. Management uses a safety checklist to supplement conversations with employees and document behaviors in each work area. “It gives us some trending to track where issues are so that we can do corrections.”

STARS Catron again points to employee involvement as a key factor. “We have a workforce that takes a lot of personal ownership in the facility and people they work with. As an example, when we do large maintenance shutdowns we take a handful of employees and make them safety auditors for locations. We equip them with a safety vest, clipboard and audit criteria, and assign them an area to do nothing but provide a pair of safety eyes in that location. We do this as an extension of VPP to promote employee participation. VPP requires members to involve hourly employees and Huber refers to them as the STAR (Safety Through Action and Responsibility) team. We pull from that team to create these additional safety auditors during large maintenance and projects.” Members of the STAR team are sent for outside training, best practice workshops and safety conferences. Bryan Forest, a lab technician, is currently the STAR team leader, a position that changes periodically so other employees have opportunities to help. “Those are individuals we recognize in the work force who go above and beyond, are proactive, look for additional things, and are very approachable and respected by the rest of the work force,” Catron notes.

PROJECTS The commitment to safety extends not only to daily production but to all facets of the operation, including capital projects. Huber puts its money where its mouth is, going beyond simply requiring meetings and training. It makes investments in creating a physically safer working environment. “We will think about safety aspects of a project, what are we changing, before anyone comes on site, like contractors,” Lloyd notes. Catron points to the example of an unbinding station for log trucks, installed to prevent accidents during unloading. Every load has to be unbound inside that station so that a stray log can’t roll off the truck. Similarly, there is an ongoing facility-wide effort, Catron notes, to look at routine tasks that may lack the safest work platform, such as when employees may stand on ladders in awkward or unstable positions, and find ways to minimize that risk, such as with guardrails and catwalk platforms. “We have been chipping away at things like this,” he says. Interestingly, Huber borrowed a design for a crane grapple platform from a nearby competitor that has a similar frame built to provide safe access while performing maintenance on a crane grapple. When it comes to keeping people safe, nothing is proprietary, it seems, as companies share good ideas freely. “One thing about EHS, across boundaries of companies, that’s one thing everyone will share, or call and ask for help, and they don’t hesitate,” LaPradd says. The same company from which Huber took the idea for the crane grapple platform later copied Huber’s use of netting to prevent flying debris. “They had a similar issue at their location so

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New hires are indoctrinated into safety culture.

they came down to look at our example,” Catron says. Another competitor also visited recently to study Huber’s Safe Tarp machine in the warehouse. When a flatbed truck is loaded with its material, typically a driver will get on top, 12 ft. high or more, and roll tarps out over the load. “Drivers can be severely injured, or even killed, falling off loads while rolling out a tarp,” Catron notes. Huber installed a machine to drop the tarp onto the load from above. “Our commitment to safety is not just for our employees, but also for contractors and outside services on site.” Huber has provided an environment and commitment from the leadership and from employee engagement all working together for the same goal, they all agree.

PRODUCTION Huber has five OSB manufacturing facilities. The Crystal Hill plant uses predominantly pine, procured locally. The facility indirectly employs a lot of people in the surrounding community, Catron points out. Huber has created an excellent name and reputation. It participates in SFI. Material is sourced from gatewood and contract logging crews on standing timber procured by Huber. Logs come in and are unloaded by a Konewood gantry style crane and sent to a log singulating line using VKB debarkers. Pallmann stranders process raw logs following debarking. Material then flows via conveying system to green bin storage prior to processing in two TSI and two MEC rotary dryers. A Wellons furnace provides heat for the rotary style drying system and screening operations. The plant uses Geoenergy WESP with a combination of Smith and PEI RTOs for abatement of dryer emissions. It has a Coil blending system and Siempelkamp

Safety Coordinator Mike Lapradd, standing, discusses safety with Mike Davis, the Main Process Lead Operator.

forming and pressing line. The press has 14 openings with an annual production of 530MMSF on a 3⁄8 in. basis. Finishing line is a combination of Convey conveying equipment and a Schelling book saw. Sanding is accomplished with an 8 ft. wide six-head Steinemann sander. A secondary processing line is dedicated to tongue and groove material using a TSI four-head cutting machine. Huber is already well known for its AdvanTech line of specialty flooring products, introduced in the late ’90s. For 13 consecutive years, builders have voted AdvanTech flooring number one for quality in BUILDER magazine’s annual Brand Use Study of builders’ favorite products. Being voted number one in quality among subfloor brands for over a decade is unprecedented recognition for a subfloor product, according to Jason Darling, general manager of AdvanTech. A relatively newer product that has been gaining tremendous popularity is the ZIP System line of wall and roof

sheathing. It’s a one-of-a-kind structural roof and wall system with a built-in energy-efficient barrier that keeps moisture out and reduces air leakage. The ZIP System sheathing and ZIP System tape is designed to streamline work on the jobsite, eliminating the need for house wrap and felt paper in new construction. Production is shipped to customers by both truck and rail, supplying the mid Atlantic market, from the Carolinas north and into the Northeast U.S. The plant employs about 135. “We consider ourselves a premier employer in the area, offering good pay scales, so we can attract good employees,” Catron says. “And we have a robust training system, especially on the maintenance side.” The plant recently rolled out what management calls its maintenance excellence career program, creating a scale system for maintenance employees to grow skill sets and consequently increase pay level. Huber also offers cross training for those employees who want to master multiple positions. PW

Caution signs and visible yellow lines are examples of the emphasis on safety.

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PAVATEX LAUNCHES DRY PROCESS INSULATION BOARD PLANT IN FRANCE New plant complements company’s wet-process operations in Switzerland. GOLBEY, France he world’s largest and most modern dry-fiber production plant for wood fiber insulating boards started operation in April 2013 at Golbey, France. More than 80 years of experience and continuous product development have turned Pavatex into a leading provider of highquality wood fiber insulating systems for building shells. Conserving the environment has played a significant role since the company’s founding in 1932. The Swiss company puts great emphasis on sustainability regarding the resources used as well as its production and transport processes. The Pavatex Group with its parent company Pavatex Holding AG is based in Cham, in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. The operative business in Europe is carried out by the 100%-owned subsidiary Pavatex SA in Fribourg, Switzerland, and its individual foreign subsidiaries in Germany, France and the Benelux countries. The Japanese subsidiary Pavatex Japan K.K. is responsible for sales in Asia. Partner companies sell Pavatex insulating systems in Italy, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain and Eastern Europe. Production locations can be found in Cham and Fribourg, Switzerland, and in Golbey. Used as insulation in roofs, walls and floors, the Pavatex product range is versatile and can be used in new construction as well as for renovations. The insulating boards provide excellent thermal insulation against cold and heat as well as high acoustic insulation. At


Forming station and prepress

the same time they guarantee humidity control and a contaminant-free indoor climate as well as the sustainable use of wood resources. Wood fiber insulating boards by Pavatex also lower the ener-

gy consumption of the buildings they are used in by up to 50%. In October 2011 Pavatex decided to buy a Siempelkamp dry process plant to be built on a greenfield site in Golbey.

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The plant operator was not just looking for a supplier but for a competent partner with which innovative concepts could be developed and existing technologies further developed. Siempelkamp stood out as a supplier which had provided 8.5 ft. wide lines to date— a size that offers operators higher caGOLBEY PLANT pacity, less trimming and a large prodAfter an in-depth analysis of five locauct variety. Belgian Siempelkamp subtions in three countries, Pavatex opted sidiary, Sicoplan, provided engineering for the Golbey location on the Lorraine services. Today the Pavatex plant operslopes of the Vosges. Key long-term facates with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes tors were the supply of wood and energy, per year, with a product thickness rangavailability of good workers with indusing from 20 mm to extremely thick intrial experience and the proximity to cussulating boards of 300 mm. tomers. The formation of Chips are primarily a cluster with Norske supplied to Pavatex by the Skog in the area of therpaper manufacturer and mal energy and wood shareholder Norske Skog, supply as well as the exwhich is located in the cellent logistical location proximity. The screen for in the Green Valley the chips is manufactured around the cities of Golby Siempelkamp compabey and Epinal were deciny CMC Texpan. sive. Following the screen“Furthermore, we reing process, the chips are ceived political support thermally and mechanifrom the city of Epinal, cally fiberized and then the Departement Vosges, dried in a 120 m long from the Lorraine region Martin Brettenthaler flash dryer made by the and from France in generSiempelkamp subsidiary al,” Brettenthaler notes. “Personally, I do Büttner. Buttner supplied the steam not understand the complaints about heating system and integrated a modern France being a bad location for industrial heat recovery system, which saves up to activities. The reality demonstrates that 20% of thermal energy. Here, synergies we completed a complex project swiftly with the neighboring Norske Skog, one and on schedule—from our first visit in of Europe’s most modern paper compaGolbey in August 2010 to our first board nies located in the Green Valley Cluson April 14, 2013 everything happened ter, were generated by using their exquite quickly.” cess steam for the dryer and the heat supply for the Pavatex production line for wood fiber insulating boards as well as other shared services. An exhaust gas cleaning system, provided by the customer, provides for resource-saving recycling. The wet electric filter reduces the dust and VOC emissions to a minimum and ensures that the plant dissipates only clean air into the environment. At the same time the filter uses the heat contained in the air for water extraction and for heating the buildings.

process technology offers advantages in the area of energy efficiency and environmental protection for thick and light boards. The wet process technology is best suited for thin and heavy boards as well as combination boards.”

“The dry process technology complements our two existing and performanceproven wet process fiber board plants in Switzerland,” comments Martin Brettenthaler, CEO of the Pavatex Group. “Thus, we are able to manufacture a different product with each plant. The dry


Longitudinal saw

The blending system units, which can be used flexibly, are a highlight of the insulating board plant. After leaving the dryer, resin is applied to the fibers. Upon exiting a chute, a special, fast curing resin is applied to the fibers inside a dry blowline that was specially develPanelWorld • JULY 2014 • 17


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Chip silos with discharge system and oscillating screen

oped by Siempelkamp. Generally, synthetic binders are added during the production of wood fiber insulating board. In close development cooperation, Siempelkamp and Pavatex succeeded in optimizing the production process in this regard. Pavatex uses a special Polyurea for its new plant. This binder is especially suited for applications that have to meet high demands in regard to moisture resistance or formaldehyde emissions such as insulating material for buildings. By using a two-component glue system, the amount of bonding agent and isocyanate resin could be reduced while product properties were maintained. The finished products thus meet the strict Natureplus criteria, the sign of quality for ecological building products which are tested for health, environment and function. Next to the blending system, Siempelkamp supplied the silo and bunker systems as well as all extraction systems including pipelines for the entire plant. Following the resin-blending process,

Finished insulation boards

the prepressed fiber mat is heated by a steam-air mixture and calibrated in a modified Siempelkamp ContiTherm. In doing so, the steam of the mixture condenses and heats the fibers rapidly to the dew point temperature while, according to the process, the desired equilibrium moisture is kept. The bonding agent forces are activated and the boards cure.

NEW PRODUCTS A Siempelkamp finishing line including a saw system, tongue and groove line, stacking station and packing line, prepares the wood fiber insulating boards for shipment. The up-to-date systems technology allows for more than the production of wood fiber insulating boards with a thickness of up to 300 mm in one piece. With the modern finishing line, new board sizes can be produced allowing Pavatex to open up new application areas in the future. The Siempelkamp concept is completed by

the SicoScan measurement system and a process control system for the entire plant which is especially designed for the production of wood fiber insulating boards. The ProdIQ software represents a central building block for quality assurance in the process chain. Pavatex invested 60 million euros in the new plant in Golbey. This third production location complements the company’s Swiss plants in Cham and Fribourg. Contrary to the dry process technology developed by Siempelkamp for the production of wood fiber insulating boards, Pavatex, along with many other producers, applies the wet process technology in its Swiss plants. During the wet process the chips are softened with water vapor at a pressure between 3 and 8 bar and afterwards fiberized. Following, the fibers are suspended with up to 98% water. Finally, they are drained inside the forming machine and formed to a fiber mat. The mat is then cut lengthwise and transported into a drying channel where it is dried at temperatures between 160 and 200 °C. The wet process technology is especially well suited for the production of thin and heavy boards as well as for combination boards. Because of the complex drying of the boards and the extensive water management, the wet process is the more energy intensive process. By developing the dry process technology, Siempelkamp reduced the energy consumption by more than 30%, lowered the board density and produced homogeneous insulating boards with a thickness of up to 300 mm in one process step. PW This article and photos appeared in bulletin, The Siempelkamp Magazine, and has been slightly edited for publication here with permission.

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or more than 40 years, wood panel manufacturers have used resins containing formaldehyde to bond wood together during the manufacturing process of particleboard (PB) and medium density fiberboard (MDF). Today, MDI-based resins offer a powerful, formaldehyde-free and fast-curing alternative solution for the composite wood panel industry. MDI-based resins are used for bonding PB, MDF, oriented strandboard (OSB), laminated strand/oriented strand lumber (LSL/OSL) and wood fiber in-


sulation board (WFI). Although they have achieved significant market share in recent years—more than 90% of operating OSB mills in the NAFTA region use MDI and the use of MDI in particleboard/MDF has increased more than 40 fold in the past few years—several misconceptions still exist. Read on as we answer key questions to reveal the truth behind some of these MDI myths.

WHAT IS MDI? MDI is generically used to describe a range of products consisting of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, polymethylene polyphenylene polyisocyanate (polymeric MDI or PMDI) and other variants and is one of the basic components of polyurethanes, a widely used polymer. To make a polyurethane, an isocyanate such as MDI is reacted with a hydroxyl-containing compound—typically a polyol made specifically for urethane applications to yield a high molecular weight and/or crosslinked polymer. The most important feature of MDIbased polyurethanes is that product manufacturers can create custom polyurethanes to meet their specific design criteria, production capability and end-use product performance specifications by choosing from a range of MDI products and a range of hydroxyl-con-

taining compounds. The MDI used to make polyurethanes is available in three basic compositions: ● Monomeric or “pure” MDI ● Polymeric MDI ● Variants produced either from pure MDI or components of polymeric MDI In composite wood panels, the wood provides a rich source of hydroxyl-containing compounds that react with the MDI resins, normally a polymeric MDI or its variant. Many components of wood naturally contain hydroxyl groups, such as cellulose, lignin and water.

MDI HISTORY MDI has been used in the production of composite wood panels for more than 30 years, and MDI-based polyurethanes date back to World War II, when they were first used as a replacement for rubber. Polyurethanes were used in chemical-resistant garments, high-gloss airplane finishes and chemical/corrosionresistant coatings. Later, polyurethanes could be found in coatings, adhesives, elastomers and rigid foams. In the late 1950s, flexible foams used for cushions became commercially available. Today, MDI has gained worldwide acceptance as a binder for wood composite panels.

APPLICATIONS MDI is used to produce polyurethane materials, which are used in construction applications, automobiles, footwear, bedding, furniture, insulation, carpets, clothes, appliances, composite wood panels and more. If you have driven to work, sat at your desk, gone for a jog, gotten a good night’s rest or opened your refrigerator lately, chances are you have encountered polyurethane materials, which were manufactured from MDI. In 2010, 12.5 billion pounds of MDI were produced globally, with 1.8 billion pounds produced in the NAFTA region alone.


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compound (VOC) pounds in wood SAFEGUARDS control systems when put under inWhen handled and used properly, operate more effitense heat, creating MDI is a very safe chemical. Mills ciently, thanks to a highly cross using MDI binders are provided with lower dryer temlinked polymer training and advice regarding safe hanperatures and network which efdling practices in the workplace. Chememission levels. fectively acts as a ical emissions occur at two primary Today, consumers chemical weld. points in the production of CWP: in the are increasingly This is a different wood dryers and the hot press. concerned about and superior type In the wafer drying process, MDI the quality of the of bond compared binders are not used or released. Small air in their homes to the mechanical concentrations of MDI vapors may be and the levels of weld that for mal released when the boards are pressed in VOCs emitted by d e h y d e - b a s e d Machine hall at technology center the hot press, but properly installed and the buildings and resins produce. In maintained engineering controls, such furnishings around them. Composite the case of formaldehyde products, it is as enclosures and local exhaust ventilawood panels manufactured with MDI clear to see where one material starts and tion, prevent MDI vapors or particulate binders have no added formaldehyde, another ends. However, MDI bonds by from entering the workplace. meeting the most stringent standards forming a diffuse interphase, in which Monitoring of the air for MDI has specified around the world. the resin spreads over the surface of the been conducted at the fence-line or wood and penetrates into cracks, cell perimeter of OSB mills using MDI lumen and even cell walls. Penetration REGULATORY binders. This test is capable of measurdepths of up to 1 mm are readily ing levels of MDI in the air as low as 20 Because MDI resins contain no added achieved, which is well beyond the 3 cell parts per trillion (ppt). As a point of refformaldehyde (NAF), they are considdepths commonly assumed to be needed erence, one part per trillion is equivalent ered “exempt” under requirements of for wood resins to provide adequate adto one drop of water in 27,700,000 galthe California Air Resources Board hesive strengths. lons. (Imagine adding one drop of water (CARB) standards. Using MDI resins In the diffusion interphase, the MDI to the amount of water it would take to classifies products as both CARB I and effectively becomes one with the wood. fill a 39-story building that is 100 feet CARB II compliant. The resins are also This, along with the penetration and the wide by 100 feet long.) Even at the 20compliant with the European EPF-S spread, is responsible for the high qualippt level, sampling results show no standard, as well as the Japanese ty performances expected from MDI MDI being detected. Scientific assessformaldehyde emission standard. bonded wood, including the resistance ments, such as ambient air sampling, MDI has been well studied and has to thickness swell and excellent strength clearly indicate that this does not reprerecently undergone extensive review and to weight ratio. sent a health risk to the surrounding analysis by domestic and international Other potential benefits include: ● Helps manufacturers to achieve a community. authorities. The European Union’s MDI more stable processing window, while Risk Assessment Report (2005) “conreducing production costs cluded that exposure of humans to MDI MORE INFO ● Fast curing time through the general environment is not ● Ease of adding biocides or fire reA number of educational resources expected to lead to any health hazards. tardants are available through the Center for the Human exposure to MDI indirectly via Polyurethanes Industry ● Increased mill productivity the environment is of no ● Reduced sensitivity to a wider vari(CPI) of the American concern. No concern is exety of wood species Chemistry Council (www. pected related to the polyurethane.americachem ● Increase in the panels’ physical physico-chemical and the Internaproperty performance ties of the substance for ● Wider tolerance of wood moisture tional Isocyanate Institute human populations (workvariability ( ers, consumers and huAbout the authors: ● Finished panels that are smooth, mans exposed via the enMichael Adams, Commerlight and more natural in appearance vironment).” Therefore, cial Director, Huntsman, when compared to those which are there is no concern as to and John Bebak, CWP Busimanufactured using formaldehyde public exposure from ness Manager, Huntsman, based resins. CWP mills. have more than 40 years of ● Compared with traditional formalGiven the phy si cal/ combined experience in the dehyde options, MDI resins require a chemical properties of CWP industry. Michael lower dosage making it a cost-effective MDI and monitoring reAdams can be reached at binding option when comparing on a sults of MDI emissions, michael_f_adams@ $/MSF basis under petition by the in● Improved indoor air quality, as it; dustry, the Environmental has no added formaldehyde John Bebak, can be Protection Agency (EPA) reached at john_f ● Helps CWP manufacturers meet is considering removal of _bebak@huntsman. more stringent CARB II regulations MDI from the Hazardous MDI offers benefits com. Also, with MDI, volatile organic PW Air Pollutants (HAPs) list. PanelWorld • JULY 2014 • 23


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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following companies are advertising in this issue of Panel World and also exhibiting at IWF 2014 to be held August 20-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. These companies submitted the following materials and all statements and claims are attributable to the companies.

BAUMER INSPECTION More than 400 Baumer Inspection camera systems are installed and running worldwide in production lines for boards and furniture elements. Inspection systems by Baumer are detecting the smallest defects Inspection of lacqured panels and help, by ongoing analysis of inspection results, to optimize production and to minimize reject and second quality. At IWF Baumer Inspection is focusing on three issues: 1) New high resolution camera systems for inspection of lacquered panels 2) A measuring system to check size, drill holes and millings of furniture elements 3) QLive und QBrain to analyze and optimize the quality produced —Baumer will introduce new camera systems for the first time installed at companies in Italy and Spain for the inspection of high gloss lacquered surfaces. Those cameras safely detect smallest defects and check whether the color on top is matching with the color defined in the article spec, with an accuracy of E 0.3. —Baumer’s new offline measurement system measures, with an array of smart cameras of highest precision, the size and angularity of a furniture element, the position, size and depth of drill holes and the outline and depth of millings, with an accuracy of 0.2 mm. The system is able to deal with any CAD data format and can also be used to digitize a board machined and generate CAD and CAM data. This system will be shown live at IWF. —The most important target for all production lines is to optimize production to get more first quality and to reduce second quality and rejects in the future. To achieve that, collecting as much information about each production process as possible is needed. QBrain is a newly developed classification to sort each defect detected according to its cause in the production process. In combination with Baumer’s database system QLive, for each production batch or period, for each decor and for each defect detected, focuses on every hot spot in the production process and improves production and first quality. QBrain and QLive constantly monitor production and give early alarms in case of any problem detected. Booth 6734

BIELE The Biele Group introduces the wide range of hydraulic presses manufactured by Marzola, a company within the Biele Group, with more than 150 years of experience. Along with

Biele range of offerings

the multi-daylight presses for various product areas, such as thin laminates, compact laminates, plywood, veneer coating and more, the short cycle lamination presses (SCL) for melamine coating are giving a very accurate positioning (EIR) combined with high output. Related to the door industry and the production of lightboards, Biele has developed fully automated frame assembly systems (FAS), achieving eight cores/minute, including the handling of the stiles, rails, lock blocks and the honeycomb. For panel and furniture production, fully automated outsorting systems for high speed lacquering lines (45-80 mt/min), either for full size boards or for parts, is another area where Biele has developed an innovative solution capable of removing and replacing B quality parts not interfering with the flow of the line. Laminate and plywood manufacturers will have the opportunity of being introduced to the state-of-the art technology for the layup operation, as well as pressing and finishing. Also, Biele presents the latest developments related to the packing lines where flexibility and output are combined, providing fully automated and fully integrated packaging lines beginning from the Box Erector Machine and ending with the palletizing and packaging sections. Booth 2147

DIEFFENBACHER Dieffenbacher USA, Inc., based in Alpharetta, Ga., is a member of the Dieffenbacher Group. The Dieffenbacher Group is a 140-year-old company headquartered in Eppingen, Germany and is a leading supplier of Dieffenbacher is based near Atlanta. equipment to the wood products industry, supplying complete HDF, MDF, OSB, particleboard and LVL manufacturing lines worldwide. Dieffenbacher has developed numerous innovative panelboard products in recent years such as OSB for lamination with phenolic paper, light board and variable density MDF and HDF products and wood fiber insulation boards. The wood based panelboard produced on Dieffenbacher Continuous Press Systems (CPS) has tighter tolerances and more consistent properties leading to reduced sanding and finishing costs. Dieffenbacher technologically advanced resin application provides savings in the manufacturing process without sacrificing board properties. Recycled C & D wood material can be cleaned using the

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Dieffenbacher ClassiCleaner, which is an advanced raw material processing machine used to remove metal, plastics, stones and other foreign material. The remaining wood can be used to make high quality wood based panelboard. Dieffenbacher Customer Support, LLC, based in Alpharetta, is the central service company for Dieffenbacher customers in North America and provides a comprehensive range of services and spare parts for all the Dieffenbacher Group product lines. Through the Dieffenbacher Customer Support group, Dieffenbacher offers the forming station, forming line, multi-opening and continuous press upgrades. Replacement press platens are manufactured in state-of-the-art Dieffenbacher facilities in Canada and Europe. Dieffenbacher is also able to provide wood fired boilers, direct wood fired thermal oil heaters and furnaces, rotary drum dryers, flash tube dryers, material screening and sizing equipment, HDF Lines, MDF lines, particleboard lines and LVL manufacturing equipment as both individual items of equipment or fully engineered process lines. Booth 2400

EWS Electronic Wood Systems introduces weight per unit area gauges and features an improved non-contact board weight scale to the panelboard industry EWS presents its full range of products including the two new weight per unit area gauges, MASS-SCAN X LowEnergy and MASS-SCAN X DualEnergy. Thanks to the Continuous non-contact measuring use of a new and system carries two x-ray sources and unique x-ray detector eight x-ray detectors. and a selection of filters the accuracy is unmatched especially in production lines for thin panels. The systems are located on the mat before the hot press. In addition the company will highlight its new continuous and non-contact board scale, CONTI-SCALE X, which also is based on x-ray technology. This system is located after the hot press. It does not only evaluate the weight but also the weight distribution of the finish board. “All new systems are already successfully in operation,” says Hauke Kleinschmidt, general manager of Electronic Wood Systems, Germany. In addition the range of quality measuring products includes thickness measuring, blow detection and laboratory density profile analyzers. “Besides improving these core products we intend to expand our international business by expanding our spark detection and extinguishing sector due to a new systems generation,” Kleinschmidt adds. The EWS management, their technology and application team members look forward to welcoming industry staff and technical personnel to the EWS stand. Booth 2027

FEZER Fezer supplies the complete line of equipment for plywood veneer and sliced veneer production and also wood waste handling and chipping machines. During IWF Fezer presents its drum chipper model PC 130/70. The chipper was specially designed to chip large diameter oak logs Drum chipper converting to small 3⁄8 in. chips. The chipper offers adjustable anvil height which can be set for different operation conditions, variable infeed speed and equipped with high sensitivity metal detector. For rotary veneer production Fezer supples equipment from log handling to drying and grading. Fezer will also promote the new generation of XY chargers with use of a laser curtain for measurement of whole log length instead of single points used in traditional systems. The charger provides the following advantages: measurement of whole log length; determination of true log shape; precise calculation of best possible cylinder inside the measured shape; precise centering; minimum lathe carriage retraction reducing idle times and log-to-log time; possibility to round-up the log with bigger thickness then automatically resume to nominal thickness when best cylinder diameter is achieved. Fezer rotary clippers allow clipping speed up to 180 m/min thanks to a low inertia single knife driven by electric servo-motors, ensuring faster acceleration and deceleration. The clipper is controlled by defect scanner for fully automatic operation. Several options for veneer delivery and stacking ensure an accurate and precisely piled veneer bundle, making easier the further handling or drying process. Fezer also promotes its veneer roller dryers up to 6 decks with new generation of automatic vacuum feeder and fully automatic grading line with dry veneer stacker. For sliced veneer, Fezer supplies from flitch to face and the product line includes flitch planers (single or double sided) and complete line of slicers, including vertical slicers, rotary slicers (half round), lumber slicers and stay-log lathes. The line also includes veneer press dryers. For the splicing veneer industry, Fezer delivers single or double knife guillotine with automatic glue application on the veneer edges, crossfeed splicers with option for automatic stacker or trim and tape unit and complete integrated conveyor system for automatic transport of veneer bundles. Knife grinders and blockboard composers complete the company’s product range. Booth 8061

HYMMEN Hymmen presents the newest developments in industrial inkjet, liquid coating and pressing technologies. With 28 industrial inkjet lines sold in 2014, Hymmen promotes its status as market leader in that highly specialized tech-

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nology. While an industrial digital printing line is too big to be presented at the show, you can watch a movie on industrial inkjet by Hymmen instead. There you have the opportunity to follow the whole production process from research and development in the lab to planning, construction, production up to mounting the line at the customer’s site. The film provides a very good overview of Hymmen’s technical know-how and competence on industrial inkjet via single pass for the decorative industry with its high quality standards and large capacities. Meet Hymmen experts and hear about the newest developments in liquid coating and laminating. Hymmen offers solutions for producing mirror-high-gloss as well as super-mat surfaces. Recently, one of the leading companies in the worldwide woodworking industry bought such a line for producing highgloss surfaces. Hymmen also emphasizes pressing technologies concerning the continuous double belt presses as well as short cycle and Surface digitally printed multi-opening presses. by a Hymmen industrial With Hymmen’s long experidigital printing line and ence in the woodworking market, finished in mirror-highgloss on a Hymmen liquid you can be sure that each machine is perfectly integrated into coating/laminating line. the whole production process on the customer’s site. Also for the digital printing-technology via single-pass that is true. By high investments in paper and ink development, it is ensured that the digitally printed surfaces can be finished in the following production process, either by integrating the industrial inkjet ● on furniture-surfaces consisting of lightweight construction or chipboard and the UV-lacquer finish ● on flooring (HDF) and melamine pressing ● on paper and the following CPL-pressing ● on LVT/PVC and finishing via UV-top-lacquer. Booth 1940


Imal-Pal Dynaformer and Dynasteampress

Traditionally, the IMAL-PAL Group has focussed its R&D activities on designing equipment and systems that can offer a noteworthy contribution to cutting panel production costs, one of the top priorities for panel manufacturers today.

The DynaSteam is without doubt the most innovative of the proposals that will be showcased at IWF 2014. The unit is rapidly installed on any continuous press line and, thanks to its flexibility, may be used to increase line production capacity by between 15 and 30% or to lower production costs by cutting resin consumption by at least 10%. R&D activities have also been pursued in the direction of on-line process control systems for monitoring production quality real time. The FBC100 is the result of intense IMAL R&D activity to produce the first and only system in the world that can offer 100% monitoring of the board’s surface for blisters and/or delamination defects. Furthermore, the FBC100 provides a host of information on production, such as cure, moisture content, and internal bond, to optimize pressing parameters to achieve an end product that corresponds perfectly to production requirements. PAL, on the other hand, has continued to focus on particle preparation in both the wet and dry area with fresh and recycled wood. Intense and ongoing PAL R&D activity, in conjunction with a profitable cooperation with an Italian University, and the application of NIR technology, has led to the design of the latest addition to the PAL range, the Cyclops, capable of removing all kinds of pollutants (plastic, PVC, metals). In addition, suitable cleaning and screening systems contribute to producing a top quality end product and reducing production costs. Milestones continue to be reached with the Quadradyn-Superscreen combination for strands and Superscreen-Air sifter separation for particleboard production. These are just some of the interesting new products which the IMAL-PAL Group will be offering its customers at this year’s edition of IWF. Over the last 12 months the IMAL-PAL group has strengthened its position as a leader in the wood based panel industry thanks to the operational synergy formed with Globus, which recently joined the group, to complete the already wide range of products offered. Booth 2347

LIMAB LIMAB highlights the PanelProfiler at this year’s IWF. It is LIMAB’s key product for composite panelboard and engineered wood products and has been upgraded with new software. The new software includes remote communication capabilities and SQL In-line at Unilin database with reporting features for tracking individual panels, stacks of panels or complete lots/shifts of panels. Real time thickness is shown numerically and graphically with colorful display. The software also includes trends and 3-Dimensional views. LIMAB is a market leader in non-contact thickness measurement of wood based panels.The unique laser based PanelProfiler thickness measuring system is nearly maintenance

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free. There are no moving parts that wear and require cleaning. The mechanical frame is also unique in that it is temperature stable due to special materials and system design. Therefore the high measurement accuracy remains constant over time and ambient temperature changes, without the need for constant recalibrations. The frame is available in several versions including single and multiple fixed position tracks, traversing single track and width adjustable outer tracks for varying product widths. The PanelProfiler is applicable for both panels as well as veneer in all types of production lines. Also being exhibited is the new ProfiCura-85 SMART 2D laser measurement sensor for profiling T&G panel edges and edge molded products, with presentation of both graphical profiles and numerical calculation of the important parameters. The ProfiCura-85 SMART sensor is an upgrade within the family of 2-Dimensional laser sensors, having an 85 mm “Field of View” so it can measure products of most sizes such as tongue & groove and molded panel edges. It has built-in intelligence and calculation capabilities with direct communication to standard field buses. No PC is needed, but a standard PC can be connected to the sensor for presentation of measurement results. Booth 1926


EcoFormer SL

At IWF 2014 Siempelkamp proves once again that it always aligns its products to the needs of its international customers. Further developments and new products save materials and energy, increase plant capacity and improve product quality. Based on the success with the Ecoresinator for fibers—sold 18 times since 2011—Siempelkamp recently developed an innovative resin blending system for particleboard production: The Ecoresinator for particles promises resin savings of up to 10%. Siempelkamp also presents its new wind former, EcoFormer SL, which provides an even more uniform forming of the surface layer during particleboard production. The result: reduced material consumption and improved area weight tolerance. With Siempelkamp’s innovative mat preheating system, Conti Booster, plant operators achieve, depending on produc-

tion conditions, roughly 20% higher outputs during the production of particleboard, MDF and OSB. Plants can save mat spraying prior to the mat entering the press for a number of popular board types. ContiRoll Generation 8 provides significant advantages in terms of material savings. Innovative pressure distribution plates below the lower hot plate as well as an additional row of cylinders result in improved pressure distribution. The system operates with a precision that is 10 times higher than before. Customers save wood, resin and energy. According to the slogan “higher pressure equals higher imprint,” Siempelkamp developed a new high-end press model for surface finishing. Due to the increased pressure of up to 700 N/cm2, the KT 700 opens up the prospect to manufacture high-quality and new products in the area of lamination. All new products are suitable for new plants and—with appropriate space available—also for the modernization of existing plants. Booth 2146

USNR Say goodbye to the black box and hello to BlockPLUS PLC. BlockPLUS now features a useraccessible PLC-based control system with open architecture. The system lets you adjust motion control parameters, reset positioning, fine-tune offsets and more from a PLC. More data delivers the best solutions. With more than 1,200 installations Top, actual BlockPLUS scan data. Bottom, BlockPLUS optimized solution for the worldwide, Coe same block. Solutions based on the most brand lathe systems accurate shape data capture more recovfrom USNR are the ery and deliver more usable veneer. world standard. Capturing more than 400,000 fully functional data points on each block, the BlockPLUS scan density provides unparalleled recovery. This unmatched scan resolution most precisely profiles the actual block shape and allows for some grade determination prior to peeling. Capturing precise block profiles permits retracting to target and many other precision positioning movements not available without the scan density that USNR’s BlockPLUS scanner provides. This in turn minimizes anticipated idle time in each block cycle, increases recovery, minimizes waste veneer volume unwittingly transported to clipper scanner, and enables pre-grading the first, second and sometimes even the third sheet of veneer prior to peeling. The result? You get a system with the highest veneer recovery and production volume available in the industry. Booth 1916

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XYLEXPO 2014 HAS POSITIVE RESULTS Xylexpo, a biennial international exhibition of woodworking technology and furniture industry supplies, held at the FieraMilano Rho Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy May 13-17, reported an increase in individual registration attendance to 15,250, up 7.1% compared to 2012. Attendance from Italy increased 4.6% and from abroad 8.5%. Xylexpo hosted 440 exhibitors in three halls, covering a net exhibition surface of 27,000 square meters. Outside of Italy, there were 123 exhibitors from 27 countries, including 51 exhibitors from Germany. An award for Innovation went to Homag Group “for their capacity to innovate both big ‘batch one’ lines and ‘standalone’ machines.”On this page, starting at the top, are Siempelkamp, Imal/Pal, Biesse and Limab displays, along with gathering at Xylexpo press conference. (Photos by Panel World correspondent Murray Brett)

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Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau appointed Stefan Wissing as Spokesman of the management. “As a result of his outstanding achievements as the managing director of Siempelkamp’s machine and plant engineering business unit and different Siempelkamp subsidiaries, Stefan Wissing was assigned the position of spokesman for the management team,” the company stated. After he completed his studies in wood science and technology, Wissing started working as a project manager in the Siempelkamp sales department for North America and Korea in 1996. Following his promotion to sales manager and senior sales manager, he became sales director for the North American market. Starting in 2004 he managed as president the subsidiary Siempelkamp LP in Atlanta, Ga. As the head of the Service division of Siempelkamp’s machine and plant engineering business unit Wissing was responsible for all worldwide service activities from 2008 to 2011.

HYMMEN WINS INNOVATION AWARD Hymmen was a winner of the Great Innovations Award at the INPRINT 2014 fair in Hannover, Germany. The judging panel, including digital inkjet experts, chose Hymmen because of the latest innovative development: the Industrial Digital Printing Line Jupiter JPT-C 2100. The core of the line—the printing modules, with which you can print single pass on board material—was exhibited at the booth. Hymmen has concentrated on industrial inkjet technologies since 2008. It offers wide and heavy machines that can deal with corresponding quantities and wide formats. The strength of Hymmen is the single-pass digital printing on more than 1,000 mm working width—on board material as well as on roll to roll material. Hymmen has sold 28 industrial digital printing lines with a printing width of up to 2,100 mm and a processing speed of up to 50 m/min.

WMF 2014 FEATURED 445 EXHIBITORS The 15th International Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Manufacturing Equipment and The Interna-

Visitors came from 60 countries and regions.

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LINES tional Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery Supplies and Accessories (WMF 2014) were successfully closed on February 28 following four days at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in Beijing. Featuring 445 exhibitors, WMF 2014 attracted 25,376 visitors from 60 countries and regions, among which 5% were international buyers.

WMF 2014 included five exhibiting pavilions organized by VDMA – German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Assn., Taiwan Assn. of Machinery Industry and three prominent woodworking machinery associations of Qingdao, LunJiao (Guangdong) and Shanghai. Exhibitors came from 12 countries and regions.

The event was organized by China National Forestry Machinery Assn., China Building Decoration Assn. and Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd.

SWEED ACQUIRES PROFILE GRINDING Sweed Machinery, Inc., Gold Hill, Ore., a leading manufacturer in dryer support equipment for the panel and veneer industry, has acuired Profile Grinding formerly located in Medford, Ore. Tyler Casebeer, COO of Sweed Machinery, comments, “We serve a lot of the same customers as Profile Grinding, and we believe this is a perfect combination of product lines and core strengths to create a trusted source (for these products) within the industry.” Profile Grinding served the machining and plywood industries for more than 45 years and has been known for providing quality replacement parts for Raimann and other leading name plywood patchers; specializing in manufacturing new dies; die sharpening and repair; and manufacturing hot melt adhesive applicator parts and systems, and automatic strip feeders. Sweed’s staff of engineers and fully equipped machine shop will provide customers the same level of service as Profile Grinding did in the design and development of new products, custom parts, and the modification and improvement of existing pieces, according to Sweed. Jim Williams, former sales representative of Profile Grinding, has joined Sweed through the acquisition. Parts and service formerly received from Profile Grinding can now be obtained through Sweed Machinery. Contact Jim Williams: 800-888-1352; email

G-P CHEMICALS NAMES BUSINESS MANAGER Georgia-Pacific Chemicals appointed Dennis Easter as Business Manager— Wood Adhesives, succeeding Ashlee Cribb who has been named Vice President of industrial packaging for Georgia-Pacific Packaging. Easter recently served as eastern sales manager for the wood adhesives business. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 2011 as a senior manager of planning and analysis for the consumer products group. 38 • JULY 2014 • PanelWorld


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Rauch Spanplattenwerk GmbH in Markt Bibart, Germany has ordered from Siempelkamp a particleboard plant including a press line incorporating a 7 ft. x 52 m ContiRoll continuous press. The project replaces an existing line. The order also includes the resin preparation and dosing system, 4-head forming station with extra-long wind chambers and the board handling. Siempelkamp will be delivering three new products to Rauch: The Ecoresinator resin blending system for particles, the optimized EcoFormer SL wind former and the SicoFormer mat weight scale. Siempelkamp will also supply the exhaust air system, automation technology and quality management system ProdIQ. The installation including the steel construction will be handled by Siempelkamp and is scheduled to start in May 2015.

COASTLAND TO REVAMP VENEER DRYING Coastland Wood Industries of Delta, BC is investing in major improvements to its veneer dryer. A newly acquired and relocated 20-section M72/95 Coe veneer dryer will be retrofitted to add an Automatic Exhaust Control System (ADEC) with wet end seal section and a single-point discharge at the infeed end. Coastland has also ordered a Cooler

Pressure Balance Control system. This system controls the pressure balance between the drying sections and the cooling sections.

POLAND FIRM ORDERS PLYWOOD LINE Raute Corp. has received an order worth more than EUR 8 million from Paged Sklejka S.A. in Poland. The equipment will be delivered for a new softwood plywood mill to be built beside Paged’s plywood mill in Morag, Poland. The order comprises a peeling line and a drying line. Poland abounds in good-quality pine which is suitable for the production of softwood plywood. Paged Sklejka S.A. is the biggest plywood producer in Poland with plywood mills at Morag, in Pisz and Elk. At present, Paged’s offering consists of hardwood plywood, mostly of birch plywood. The equipment will be delivered during 2014.

ANDRITZ TO DELIVER REFINING SYSTEMS Andritz has received orders to deliver pressurized refining systems to Luoding Luyuan Wood Based Panel, Guangdong Province, China, and—via Dieffen bacher—to PRO MDF, Mexico. Luoding Luyuan Wood Based Panel will install a 60 in.-1CP pressurized re-

fining system with a design capacity of 600 t/d. Startup is scheduled for third quarter 2015. The customer is part of Zhejiang Luyuan Wood Industry, which is one of the leading Chinese MDF manufacturers. A 54 in.-1CP pressurized refining system also with a design capacity of 600 t/d will be installed at PRO MDF’s site in Tabasco, Mexico. Startup is scheduled for the second half of 2015. PRO MDF is a member of Proteak, which is the largest forestry plantation operator in Mexico and Central America.

NORBORD BEGINS HUGULEY REBUILD Norbord reported in May it has begun rebuilding the press line at the curtailed Huguley, Ala. OSB mill to prepare it for restart, but the company has not set a restart date and will do so only when it believes the market calls for it. Norbord does not expect to restart its curtailed mill in Val-d’Or, Quebec in 2014, but will continue to monitor market conditions there as well. In 2009 the Huguley plant was shut down indefinitely. Norbord stated that the refurbishment of the Huguley plant will be a great deal more expensive than one carried out at the end of June at its plant in Jefferson, Texas. The Texas plant resumed operations this year. Norbord assumes that the investment requirement for the Huguley plant will be $45 million.

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More than 225 attended the Composite Panel Assn. Spring Meeting in May in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Several presentations provided an international perspective. Leo Schlesinger, director general, Ma-

sisa Mexico, provided an update on the wood products industries in Mexico along with a review of the Mexico economy and population demographics. He noted that “middle class” families account for more than half of the family structure, up considerably from the mid 1990s, but showing a mild decline recently. Industrial exports to the U.S., oil,

tourism and remittances are helping to drive Mexican GDP and ongoing reforms could add to it. However, the construction industry is still in negative territory, he said, with annual housing starts down, but with construction permits up leading into the busy springsummer season. Addressing the board industry in Mexico, Schlesinger pointed to the announcement of three proposed MDF plants: Masisa at Durango, Duraplay de Parral at Chihuahua, and Proteak Uno at Huimanguillo in Tabasco, all at 200,000 m3 or above capacity. Laszlo von Dory, honorary president of the European Panel Federation, gave an overview of the European wood panel industry. He said wood based panels demand in Europe in 2013 (excluding Russia and Turkey) was 51 million m3, with particleboard accounting for 56%, followed by MDF at 22%. OSB accounted for 8% and plywood for 5%. He said particleboard production capacity in Europe in 2013 was 40.3 million m 3, down from 43 million m 3 in 2008, but slightly increasing annually again. MDF production capacity in Europe is 14.5 million m3, down 4% from the 2012-2013 and another 2 percent from 2013-2014. Meanwhile OSB production capacity in Europe was at 5.5 million m3 in 2013, showing a steady increase since 2005, and up 7% from 2012-2013 and 2% from 2013-2014. Von Dory listed important issues for the Euro industry’s future as: wood availability at affordable cost—competition with the bioenergy sector, and certification and sustainability issues; recognition of carbon storage wood products; EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control best technology directives; formaldehyde and VOC related issues. Kelly Shotbolt, chairman of CPA and president of Flakeboard North America of Arauco, addressed business challenges in North America. He said the panel industry is healthier, with North America demand/capacity returning to rationality following recent years of mill closures, consolidations and re-sizing; but while panel shipments are trending up, he characterized 2014 as disappointing thus far. Shotbolt listed several key factors and trends as to maintaining the health of the

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industry: Regulatory burdens must be minimized and managed; consolidation of composite panel producers as more exit industry; investment in state-of-theart panel mills; competition will remain intense; supply chain must be optimized; fiber supply must be ensured. CPA recognized its 2013 Safety Award winners during the Chairman’s Dinner. Awards were given to plants with low worker-hours (Class I) and high-worker hours (Class II). The long-term safety awardees for the best record over the past three years were West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Ranger Board), White Court, Alberta (Class I) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp., East River, Nova Scotia (Class II). The annual safety award for having zero incidents among Class I plants during 2013 was shared by Roseburg Forest Products, Taylorsville, Miss.; SierraPine, Martell, Calif.; West Fraser Mills Ltd. (WestPine), Quesnel, British Columbia; and West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Ranger Board), White Court. Flakeboard, Malvern, Ark., won the annual safety award for Class II plants. Two plants recognized for safety improvement were West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Ranger Board), White Court, Alberta for Class I and Langboard, Inc., Williacoochee, Ga., for Class II. Nine plants were also recognized for achieving an incident rate of less than

50% of the industry average over the past three years. Class I plants were Del-Tin Fiber, LLC, El Dorado, Ark.; Roseburg, Taylorsville; SierraPine, Martell; SierraPine, Springfield, Ore.; West Fraser Mills Ltd. (WestPine), Quesnel; and West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Ranger Board), White Court. Class II plants were Flakeboard, Malvern; Louisiana-Pacific Corp., East River, Nova Scotia; and Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Roaring River, NC. The Safety Innovation award went to Flakeboard for its Shared Learning Best Practice. Its premise is that all mill sites are similar and that by sharing information incidents can be prevented across the company. Mill productivity increased by 5% in 2013 over 2012, and the recordable incident rate (RIR) decreased by 30% after Flakeboard implemented the program.

LP, NORBORD AMONG APA SAFETY WINNERS APA announced the winners of its 2013 Safety and Health Awards, a program that encourages and recognizes safety and operational excellence in the North American structural panel and engineered wood industry. Abitibi-LP Engineered Wood and Norbord won Safest Company awards in their respective categories, while the Innovation in Safety

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Award went to two winners: LP of Sagola, Mich. for equipment-based innovation, and Weyerhaeuser of Elkin, NC for process-based innovation. Norbord, a manufacturer of structural wood panels, earned top honors among companies with four or more mills, with a 2013 average Weighted Incident Rate (WIR) of 2.55. Abitibi-LP, which produces I-joists, won its award in the category for companies with three or fewer mills. The company posted a perfect 0.00 WIR for 2013. The Sagola LP mill’s original “Log

Jam Pusher” equipment innovation and the Elkin Weyerhaeuser mill’s engaging “Summer Safety Blitz” program took top honors out of 30 Innovation in Safety Award entries. Prototyped and tested on site by LP’s Sagola mill staff, the “Log Jam Pusher” is a new piece of equipment that greatly diminishes the risk to operators while removing large or crooked logs from a chain conveyance system. Using the chain’s own mechanical force, the equipment repositions the logs safely, without physical aid from the operator.

A total of 21 facilities representing eight APA member companies— Abitibi-LP Engineered Wood, Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd., Anthony Forest Products Co., Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd., LP, Norbord, Roseburg Forest Products Co and Weyerhaeuser—earned awards in various competition categories. Some of the mills were multiple award winners. Annual Safety and Health Honor Roll, Division I (under 400,000 hours) with the first place company listed first: LP, Lautaro, Chile; LP, Hanceville,

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Ala.; LP, Panguipulli, Chile. Division II (over 400,000 hours): LP, Hayward, Wis.; LP Canada, Golden, BC; Norbord, Cordele, Ga. Three-Year Safety Award (20112013), Div. I: LP, Carthage, Texas; Div. II: LP Canada, Golden, BC Safety Improvement Award (20112013), Div. I: LP, Lautaro, Chile; Div.

II: LP Canada, Golden, BC Incident Free Honor Society: AbitibiLP, Larouche, QC; Abitibi-LP, Saint Prime QC; Ainsworth Lumber, Barwick, Ontario; Anthony Forest Products, Washington, Ga.; LP—Carthage, Texas; Hanceville, Ala.; Hayward, Wis.; Houlton, Me.; Lautaro, Chile; Newberry, Mich.; Panguipulli, Chile; Sagola, Mich.;

Wilmington, NC; Norbord—Guntown, Miss.; Jefferson, Texas; La Sarre, QC; Ncaogdoches, Texas; Roseburg Forest Products, Riddle, Ore.; Weyerhaeuser— Elkin, NC; Hudson Bay, SK.

LP APPOINTS BARNES AS VP OF OSB Louisiana-Pacific Corp. named Jamey Barnes as Vice President, Oriented Strand Board (OSB) operations. Barnes, 63, joined LP in 2006 as Eastern Region OSB manager and has served a variety of roles with the company, most recently as director of OSB operations since 2008. Barnes has more than 37 years experience in the wood products business. Prior to joining LP, he held management positions at International Paper and Georgia-Pacific. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Arkansas. Barnes will oversee operations at LP’s 11 OSB facilities operating in North America.

BILL MITCHELL DIES IN OREGON Longtime forest products industry specialist William (Bill) Mitchell died May 10 in Boring, Ore. He was 64. Mitchell had worked with The Beck Group of Portland, Ore. for more than 28 years. Prior to coming to work as a consultant with Tom Beck, Mitchell worked in sawmill and plywood operations, including positions at International Paper, Weyerhaeuser and Roseburg Forest Products.

M-E-C’S DAVE PARKER DIES IN OKLAHOMA David M. Parker, longtime president, CEO and chairman of the Board of M-E-C Company, one of the major wood raw materials dryer suppliers, died April 29 in Tulsa, Okla. He was 82. Parker was born in Peoria, Ill., where he was active in Boy Scouts and attained the status of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Peoria High School, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of Corporal. Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue 48 • JULY 2014 • PanelWorld


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University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a Certified Professional Engineer. Parker began his career with ADM in Neodesha, Kans. in 1957. In 1961 he was instrumental in forming M-E-C Company, where he served as President for 45 years, retiring in 2011. Under his leadership, M-E-C became a worldwide supplier of industrial process equipment for many different industries. Major emphasis was placed on supplying drying systems to the forest products industry for preparing wet wood waste for use in the manufacture of fuel pellets, particleboard, medium density fiberboard and oriented strandboard. In 2001, M-E-C purchased assets of Smith Engineering and formed Pro-Environmental, Inc., manufacturer of environmental abatement equipment. After Parker’s retirement, he served as chairman emeritus until his death. Parker is survived by Joan, his wife of 59 years, and three children, Stephen, Pam and Lynn. Also surviving are four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held May 5 at Moore’s Southlawn Chapel, Tulsa, Okla.

IFJU BUILT PROGRAM AT BLACKSBURG Geza Ifju, professor emeritus and founding head of the Dept. of Wood Science and Forest Products in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, died at his Blacksburg, Va. home at age 83.


“He helped develop the department as one of the top wood science programs in the world,” say Bob Smith, associate dean and current head of the department. Ifju served as president of both the Forest Products Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In 1990, he was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

CHRISTIANSEN WAS KEY PLYWOOD FIGURE Terry L. Christiansen, who worked for 45 years for Georgia-Pacific Corp. and was V.P. of Plywood Manufacturing when he retired, died May 2 in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 75. In 2005, Christiansen was honored as the first recipient of APA’s Bronson J. Lewis Award in recognition of his leadership role in the development, expansion and success of the southern pine plywood industry. He worked in various supervisory capacities for G-P plywood facilities from 1960 to 1973, was promoted to plant manager in 1973 and to group manager of the company’s central region plywood operations in 1985. In 1993 he was promoted to general manager with responsibility for all of G-P’s plywood manufacturing operations, including 18 mills in eight states. He was appointed vice president of plywood manufacturing in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Christiansen of Fayetteville; seven sons; eight grandchildren; and a sister and brother. PanelWorld • JULY 2014 • 49


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HOT COATING Even standard melamine coated panels can have a high quality, high gloss surface quite simply and cost effectively— without intensive pretreatment such as sanding, simply off the shelf and into the HotCoating line. The result: a high gloss surface in the high end sector with impressive surface smoothness and depth effect. Kleiberit’s HotCoating technology provides excellent adhesion to melamine surfaces. Even texturing melamine surfaces is not an issue in the HotCoating process. The best results concerning the feel and scratch resistance with an economical cost/benefit calculation along with a sustainable processing technology in comparison to standard lacquer processes are all compelling arguments. Kleiberit products have become market leaders. In its modern laboratories, experienced, innovative and highly qualified chemists develop high quality products in accordance to customer requirements. Emphasis is placed on the development of environmentally friendly and ecologically clean adhesives. The combination of inbound quality control, production quality control and constant product development ensures that customers will only receive quality products. Visit 2958


The Model 840 Rail Shear Tester is the newest test equipment from Metriguard, especially suited for testing I-joist web stock. The Model 840 provides a simple, efficient way to test edgewise shear strength in panels to simulate shear stress in wood I-joist web members. Testing panel specimens with Metriguard’s Rail Shear Tester is quick, easy and safe, eliminating the need for tedious and time-consuming drilling and bolting of test rail fixtures as detailed in ASTM D1037. Ongoing shear tests can be done for web stock evaluation for ASTM D5055 Standard Specification for Establishing and Monitoring Structural Capacities of Prefabricated Wood I-Joists. Operation of the system through a touchscreen monitor, keyboard or mouse is simple. A single test specimen is dropped into the Model 840 jaw assembly. The operator-initiated test sequence engages protective guards, clamps the specimen top and bottom to a pre-set force and applies shear force until failure occurs. Load at which a specimen fails (shears) is recorded into an SQL database accessible by multiple analytic software tools. After a test is completed, the specimen drops out of the jaw assembly, the loading door lock is disengaged

so that the access door can be opened and the system is ready for the next test. In addition to the Rail Shear Tester, Metriguard manufactures a Panel Performance Tester (Model 820) and Panel Bending Tester (Model 830) for evaluating finished panel product quality. Metriguard also produces equipment for production-line grading and sorting veneer sheets for the laminated veneer lumber and structural panel industries. Visit 6477


Spar Tek continues to bring innovations to plywood manufacturing with improvements to its flying saw for inline layup lines. The latest upgrade removes the proportional valves and replaces them with three precision servo motors. Two servo drives match the main saw carriage to the speed of the line using electric actuators and one drives the saw across the line to separate the panels. This flying saw will operate reliably in excess of 16 panels per minute. Spar Tek has installed 22 of these bottom cutting saws in the last 14 years and they have proven to be the most reliable and durable flying saw in the industry. Recently, a special package including a flying saw and a dual carriage side shift stacker has been offered with PLC con-

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trols and shared power. The Control Logix PLC will operate the drives and all the machine sequences and only needs a few discrete handshake signals to connect it to just about any layup line control system. ● Another Spar Tek innovation is a redesigned sheet layer that can control the dust picked up from the sheets and send it to a baghouse without additional blowers or fans. These sheet stations operate automatically and lay the sheets in a precise position without needing an operator to straighten the sheet. These will automatically reject a damaged or short sheet and replace it in time without stopping the line. ● Spar Tek continues to push the limits of plywood automation with its second automated core layer that can place a continuous line of 54’s on a layup line. This system uses precision electric servo drives to lay the core end to end, and the station can be easily converted to manually lay strip core as a side feed 7111 station. Visit


The Brunette Veneer Chipper is designed with knives extending the full face width of the rotor to maximize production, utilize the full cutting width of the knife, extend the life of the pocket hardware, and to help produce a consistent and uniform quality chip. The chipper has a horizontal feed, equipped with electric powered feedrolls for both the upper and lower feedworks, to ensure positive feeding from a wide range of materials including veneers, cores and spin-outs. The construction of the uni-body lower frame is extreme-duty, making it ideal for high-productivity and built to last. The upper frame includes a large

access door for quick and easy knife changes, pocket hardware inspections and routine maintenance. The Brunette Veneer Chipper is performance-engineered for simple, effective chipping. Visit 1903


The original rotary wood hog was invented and developed by Rawlings Manufacturing in 1977. Since then the family owned company has manufactured and marketed several series of product lines. The wood waste recovery systems are available in stationary, portable and skid mounted systems; both vertical and horizontal models are available. Rawlings Wood hogs come in all shapes and sizes, from simple standalone vertical hogs to complete custom horizontal hog systems that can process material of any length such as logs, forest debris and urban waste. The Rawlings Patented Super Hi-Inertia Hog is designed to run 24/7 365 days a year. The rotor is equipped with the highest mass moment of inertia in the industry with the lowest operating costs per ton of material processed. Operating at lower RPMs, the machine still provides the crushing and shearing power needed to handle really tough jobs, like green waste, cypress, redwood, cedar, poplar, and a wide range of other stringy and fibrous materials. The Rawlings Super-Hi Inertia Rotor was designed to maximize inertia while minimizing its weight. With less downtime and easier maintenance customers have applauded both the Super-Hi Inertia Rotor as well as the Rocwear striker system. Visit 2956


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Manufacturers of innovative machinery for the rotary veneer & plywood industry

Recognized Export House by Govt. of INDIA AN ISO 9001-2008 Company

Manufacturer of TEAK sliced veneers • In clipped and Bundled 0.5 to 2.5 mm • Spliced Faces 0.5 to 1.4 mm • Panel Size : 50” x 99”/123” and Counter front or any size required. FEQ TEAK LUMBER – Rough & Random Sawn OR Even Quarter Sawn on Edge or Face Teak Decking S4S - QTR - 9mmx36mm; 10mm x 48mm or any size required Thickness 3/4 to 12/4 Phone: +91 755 246 1243 • Fax: +91 755 246 8197 Website: Email:

Reserve your space today. Call Susan Windham 800-669-5613

Meinan Machinery Works, Inc. 3-130 Kajita-cho, Obu, Aichi 474-8543, Japan E-Mail: Represented in USA by: Merritt Machinery, LLC

Manufacturer of Creative, High-Production Veneer & Plywood Machinery Horizontal Hot Press, Veneer Dryer Super Precision Knife Grinder Taihei Machinery Works, Ltd. 955-8 Miyamae, Irukade-Shinden Komaki-City, Aichi-Pref., 485-0084 Japan Email:



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■ Italy

GREAT GIANT INC. VENEER AND VENEERED PRODUCTS 260 Dachang Road Niao Song District Kaohsiung, Taiwan 833 Tel: 886 7 3790270 Fax: 886 7 3790275 E Mail:

veneermill Europ. Veneer Species: • Oak (flat + rift) • Beech (white + steamed) • Sycamore (figured + plain) • Pearwood and so on All grades in foreign & domestic species

Heinrich Wehmeyer Veneermill


Frh.-v.-Twickel-Str. 11 48329 Havixbeck/Germany Phone: +49 2507 98350 Fax: +49 2507 983511 Web: E-Mail:

Moglia - ITALY Tel +39 (0) 376 – 557820 Fax +39 (0) 376 – 557818

EUROPE ■ Austria

LEGNOQUATTRO S.P.A. WOOD VENEER DYEING FACTORY Bird’s Eye Maple, Movingui, Similpear, Carbalho, Wengé, Cherry, Burls, Anegré, Kotó, American Walnut, Lacewood, Etimoé, Poplar

The world of veneer at

Head Office & Factory: Factory: Via Brunati, 7 Via Provinciale, 19 20833 Birone 22060 Novedrate (CO) di Giussano (MB) ITALY tel. 0039-31-790246 fax 0039-31-791705 Email: Web site:

We are an Austrian veneer producer with 50 years of experience in the export of veneer and Layons. We produce all European species but are strong in exotic veneers also. Find more information at

■ Poland

■ France

■ Germany

Promote your veneer and plywood or located veneer and plywood products and services worldwide. Reserve your space today.

Call Susan Windham 334/834-1170 Fax: 334/834-4525

■ Spain


SUPPLIERS OF FSC SPECIES • All figured species (Eucalyptus, Anegre, Sycamore...) • All pommeles and African species • All burls (Ash, Elm, Olive, Walnut, Oak...) • Bookmatched jointed burl faces.

We supply furniture, panel and architectural grades. VALENCIA – SPAIN Tel: +34-96126 5400 Fax: +34-96126 5144



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■ Ontario

Southern Veneer Products

A FULL SERVICE PLYWOOD & VENEER COMPANY WE OFFER: Short turnaround time, In-house veneer mill—ROTARY, FLAT CUT, RIFT and QUARTERS, Custom pressing capabilities, Architectural specified plywood jobs, Huge veneer and core inventory, Over 100 natural species and engineer veneers in stock, All sizes and thicknesses–6'x4' to 5'x12', Internal logistics for fast on-time deliveries Contact us: Birchland Plywood-Veneer Ltd. TeL: 705-842-2430 • Fax: 705-842-2496 Visit to view our “Live Log Program”

Manufacturer of high quality pine veneer and plywood

240 Peachtree Road • P.O. Box 278 Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Phone: 229-424-0294 • Fax: 229-424-0424 Email: Website:

■ Idaho

■ United Kingdom Manufacturers and distributors of top quality Veneer faces and backs in standard as well as component sizes. Bundle and flitch stock also available.

Contact us at: 382 Canarctic Drive Toronto, Ontario M3J 2V3 416-650-9119

■ Quebec

Knotty Idaho White Pine Western Red Cedar Red Alder Clear White Pine & Ponderosa Pine Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir, Hemlock, & Cedar

P.O. Box 339 Post Falls, Id. 83877 208-773-4511 FAX 208-773-1107 email: Locate veneer & plywood products and services w o r l d w i d e .


■ Indiana

■ Canada Manufacturer of high quality veneers. Specializing in engineering flooring blanks and stiles and rail components. Lengthwise sliced hardwood veneer and cut-to-size veneer from 1/7" to 1/50" Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, Red & White Oak, Eastern White Pine, Hickory, Aromatic Red Cedar, Birch, V.G. Fir, Alder

■ British Columbia

6670 - 144th Street, Surrey, BC V3W 5R5 Plant: (604) 572-8968 Fax: (604) 572-6608

Producers of high quality fine face veneers. Specializing in species indigenous to the West Coast. We manufacture Music grade solids and veneers. We also offer custom slicing, cut-to-size and log breakdown. Fir • Hemlock • Spruce • Pacific Maple (Figured and Plain) • Alder Western Red Cedar

300, 6e rue Nord, Daveluyville, Qc, Canada G0Z 1C0 Tel: (819) 367-3100 Fax: (819) 367-3199

■ United States ■ Georgia

Amos-Hill Associates, Inc.

Quality Veneers Manufacturers of Decorative Hardwood Veneer Domestic and International Markets Species include: Walnut, White Oak, Red Oak, Hard Maple, Cherry and Birch “Quality is the Lifeblood of our Business” 112 Shelby Ave. ◆ P.O. Box 7 Edinburgh, IN 46124 Phone: 812-526-2671 ◆ Fax: 812-526-5865 E-mail: Website: The mark of responsible forestry FSC Supplier: SCS-COC-002445 * SCS-CW-002445

Manufacturers of Fine Face Veneer Machinery

Reserve your space today. Call Susan Windham 800-669-5613

2801 Roosevelt Ave. P.O. Box 18310 Indianapolis, IN 46218 Email: Website: 05/14


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CURRY VENEER SALES 1014 EAST SIXTH STREET NEW ALBANY, IN 47150 Email: “Hands On Personalized Relationships”

... the kaleidoscope of veneer

SUPPLIERS OF: HARDWOOD DOMESTIC VENEERS Carrying a diverse line of Cherry and Walnut to supply your every need Imported Veneers Including Recon Veneer (Veneer Style) and Rotary Okume FSC Species Available

Locate veneer & plywood products and services worldwide.

NORSTAM VENEERS, INC. Proud to announce we have the “Newest Veneer Mill in the World”

■ Michigan

COLDWATER VENEER, INC. Sliced Face Veneers Oak ● Carolina Pine Cherry ● Hard Maple ● Walnut



A new “Dimension” in Veneer & Plywood

Dimension Hardwood Veneers, Inc. Rotary & Sliced Veneers 509 Woodville Street • Edon, Ohio 43518 Main Office - Tel: 419-272-2245 • Fax: 419-272-2406

Dimension Plywood Inc. Custom Architectural Plywood & Face Veneers 415 Industrial Blvd. • New Albany, IN 47150 Tel: 812-944-6491 • Fax: 812-944-7421 FSC-C041275

BUS: 812.732.4391 FAX: 812.732.4803

RSVP is proud to offer a full line of imported and domestic veneer that includes burls, crotches and highly figured woods. If you would like more information pertaining to these products or others we offer please contact us directly or visit our website.

Dean Calhoun ■ Dave Counterman Don Steffey ■ Rob Taylor Jack Freese Tel: 517-278-5676 • Fax: 517-279-7104 548 Race Street Coldwater, MI 49036

Locate veneer & plywood products and services worldwide.

1285 Indianapolis Rd. • Columbus, IN 47201 Ph: 812-375-1178 • Fax: 812-375-1179

Producers of fine veneer for the global market, since 1892

Cherry Maple White Oak Walnut Hickory Red Oak Exotics Indiana Veneers Corporation

1121 East 24th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Tel: [317] 926-2458 Fax: [317] 926-8569 Url: Email:

Locate veneer & plywood products and services wor ldwide.



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■ Minnesota

■ Oregon

BUFFALO VENEER & PLYWOOD CO. Quality Plywood, Six decades strong! Stock Panels Counter Front Panels All Thicknesses and Cores NAF, FR and MR Availability Domestic and Imported Veneers CARB P2 Certified 501 6th Ave. NE - Buffalo, MN 55313 Tel: (763)682-1822 Fax: (763)682-9769 Email: Website:

■ Mississippi

Quality Plywood Since 1920 ◆ Manufacturers of Cut-to-Size and Stock

Panel Plywood ◆ Supplier to the Residential, Hospitality, Commer-

cial and Institutional Industries ◆ Manufacturer of Veneer and HPL panels with Lumber Banded, Lumber Core, Particleboard, MDF or Veneer Core substrates ◆ Fully Machined, ready-to-assemble, panels or simply press and ship ◆ Sizes up to 60 inches by 144 inches ◆ All species, plain sliced, rotary and fancy faces

P.O. Box 7447 • High Point, NC 27264 Sales: (336) 861-4100 • Fax: (336) 861-4700

■ Ohio

Architectural Paneling, Door Skins, Custom Cabinet Package and Furniture Plywood ● Panel sizes up to 5' x 12' ● 4', 5' and cross-grain sanding capability ● Veneer manufacturing to 14' lengths ● FSC Certified ● NAUF products available ●

2323 Cross Street ● Eugene, Oregon 97402 Sales: (541) 461-0767 ● Fax: (541) 461-0738 Email: web site:

■ Pennsylvania

Veneer & Lumber LOGS 1270 Baltimore Pike West Grove, PA 19390 Email: Website: Tel: (610) 869-8771•Fax: (610) 869-4166 CROWN HARDWOOD CO. INC.



DISTRIBUTORS OF SYP Plywood & Lumber OSB Cut to size

A new “Dimension” in Veneer & Plywood


Dimension Hardwood Veneers, Inc. Terry, MS J.I.T. & P.I.T. Nationwide

Dimension Plywood Inc.


■ New York

Rotary & Sliced Veneers 509 Woodville Street • Edon, Ohio 43518 Main Office - Tel: 419-272-2245 • Fax: 419-272-2406 Custom Architectural Plywood & Face Veneers 415 Industrial Blvd. • New Albany, IN 47150 Tel: 812-944-6491 • Fax: 812-944-7421



Universal Veneer Mill Corp. Manufacturing and Sales Sliced Harwood Veneers Custom Cutting Available 1776 Tamarack Road Newark, OH 43055 Ph: (740) 522-2000 Email:

Proudly serving our clients in the hardwood plywood sheetstock, plywood component, solid wood component, face and core veneer markets for over 40 years. Looking forward to applying our worldwide knowledge and resources to help create the solution you need. Office: 724.969.5000 375 Valleybrook Rd, McMurray, PA 15367




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■ Virginia

Darlington Veneer Co., Inc.


Established 1918

Manufacturer of sliced face veneers

•Manufacturers of stock sizes of hardwood plywood •Species range from ash to walnut in rotary, plain sliced and rift cut •Core constructions of veneer, lumber, flake and fibercore •Lengths up to 12 feet in all cores •Fire retardant plywood

Carolina Pine is our speciality Oak • Cherry • Walnut • Maple • Ash • Poplar

Robert van der Meulen ■ Samuel Agcanas

P.O. Box 1087 • Darlington, SC 29532 (843) 393-3861 • Sales: 800-845-2388 Fax: 843-393-8243 email:


Tel: 804-843-2900 ■ Fax: 804-843-2554 320 Dupont Street West Point, VA 23181 Custom Cutting Available Member of the Coldwater Veneer Group


■ Vermont

Promote your veneer and plywood or located veneer and plywood products and services worldwide. Reserve your space today.

Call Susan Windham

North America’s largest manufacturer of fancy face rotary veneer. Offering FSC certified veneer products in Red Oak, Hard Maple, Birch, Ash, Tulip Poplar, Basswood and Soft Maple in Stock Panel & Cut-to-Size Lay-ons as well as unspliced veneer .4mm thru 1.6mm thickness

334/834-1170 Fax: 334/834-4525

Plain sliced Alder and Aromatic Cedar faces and flitch stock are regularly available. Also offering domestically produced FSC Mixed Credit/CARB Phase II Compliant Aspen platforms - both long grain & cross grain dimensions in a variety of thicknesses.

Contact Sales at 802-334-3600 • Fax: 802-334-5149 • 324 Bluff Rd. • Newport, VT 05855




Offering Services in: • Conceptual Design • Budget Preparation • Feasiblity Studies • Procurement • Detail Engineering – Civil/Structural – Mechanical – Electrical • PLC / HMI Programming • Project Management • Construction Management • Startup Assistance

5515 S.E. Milwaukie Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202 503-230-9348 Fax: 503-233-2051 Email:

Tel: 705.360.5525 •


60 Wilson Ave., Suite 101 Timmins, Ontario, Canada P4N 2S7



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Gates Copeland 281-359-7940 • fax 866-253-7032

Tel: (800) 985-5191 •

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The Feltham-McClure Co., Inc. 2151 Wembley Place • Oviedo, Florida 32765 407-366-9333 Office • 407-366-4900 Fax

Austin, Texas


Veneer Lathe Service - All makes, models and peripherals for all end products. Installation, Laser Alignments, Retrofits, Rebuilds and Troubleshooting Peel Problem Troubleshooting and Rectification Lathe Training Seminars - Operational and Maintenance Representing: Demco Manufacturing and Doyle Tool & Gauge 4809



P.O. Box 2188, McKinleyville, CA 95519 (707) 826-1120


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