Riikka Joukio is appointed Metsä Group’s SVP, Climate and Circular Economy as of 5 December 2019. She reports to Jari Voutilainen, SVP, Corporate Affairs.
Year -on-year the value of imports of Japan’s kitchen furniture in September was up 11% but there was a 4% decline from levels in August this year. Germany and Italy feature in the top 20 suppliers of wooden kitchen furniture but between them have only around 2% of total September shipments into Japan.
The Lenzing Group will drastically reduce its CO2 footprint. A first milestone is set for 2030, when Lenzing plans to cut down on CO2 emissions per ton of product by 50% compared to a 2017 baseline. For 2050 Lenzing has announced a vision towards net-zero CO2 emissions.
Japan’s September imports of wooden office furniture reversed course once again rising 50% year-on-year and by 16% month-on-month.
Domsjö Fabriker AB and Ecohelix AB have agreed to cooperate on establishing a demo scale plant for production of the hemicellulose copolymers developed and patented by Ecohelix.
Valmet will proceed with plans for a phased closure of foundry, machine shop and assembly operations at its production center in Hudson Falls, New York, USA. The first phased closure will begin in March 2020 and continue until final customer orders are fulfilled in summer 2020.
Company's Wood Business Unit booked 18 new plant orders by the end of November.
Peab, in partnership with SCA, is going to build an extension the Bollsta sawmill in Bollstabruk, Sweden. The contract is worth SEK 276 million ($29 million). Construction will begin in November 2019 and is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2022.
Kiruna Wagon has been commissioned to streamline Södra Skogsägarna’s pulp transports by increasing wagon loading and unloading productivity. The order comprises 22 wagons for Södra’s pulp transports from the mill in Värö to the port in Varberg, Sweden.
Rugby Architectural Building Products opens a new distribution facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. On January 2, 2020 the newly consolidated Dallas and Fort Worth distribution will begin operations.
In October 2019, the Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) declined almost 27% in value compared to October 2018, from $272.5 million to $199.1 million.
Stora Enso has appointed Jari Suominen as EVP, Head of Forest division as of 1 January 2020. He will continue as a member of the Group Leadership Team.
Construction framing dimension softwood lumber prices in Canada and the US, meanwhile, stabilized last week to levels moderate when compared to one-year and two-years ago price levels.
Metro, one of Thailand's leading wood-based panel producers, placed an order with Siempelkamp for a new forming and press line for an MDF plant at the Kanchanburi site. The press is equipped with a thin- and lightboard package. At 2,000mm/s, the press is designed for thin boards produced at high speed.
The plant, which is planned to be in full operation by 2024, will be one of the most modern kitchen manufacturing factories in Europe.
Woodbois has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a leading West African timber supplier to offtake all of their timber production in Liberia. A formal offtake agreement is expected to be entered into in January 2020.