According to ITTO, the European ‘real-wood’ flooring industry continues to experience moderate growth, benefiting from encouraging economic developments, especially in construction activity.


Compared to the same period last year, provisional results for the first half of 2017 point to a continuation of the positive parquet consumption trends observed in 2016 and during the first quarter of 2017.


These are the main conclusions of the market discussion of the Board of Directors of the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) when they met in September 2017.


The promising developments reported by FEP members were registered in all countries where FEP members are present, with no single country reporting a decline in consumption.


Former Darbo plant will be moved to GornoSahrane as a replacement investment 


In March 2017, the Turkish wood-based materials manufacturer KastamonuEntegre purchased a particleboard plant from the insolvent estate of the French company Darbo. The plant will be relocated to the Kastamonu site in GornoSahrane, where it will replace a multi-daylight plant that is more than 30 years old.


Dieffenbacher will undertake the relocation of the plant, consisting of forming station, forming line, pre-press and a 42.4m long CPS. The contract also includes a modernization and optimization package as well as a completely new plant control system.


The plant was commissioned in 1996 and received a press extension in 2000. Its production of about 580,000 m³ of particleboard per year will significantly expand Kastamonu’s production capacity in Bulgaria and strengthen its presence in the Eastern European market.


The plant in France has already been dismantled. Re-commissioning at the new site is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.


With the plant in GornoSahrane, KastamonuEntegre now operates a total of four plants with continuous presses from Dieffenbacher.


Wood-Mizer’s sawmill range has continually expanded over the decades, but Wood-Mizer’s new LX450 sawmill offers a completely redesigned sawmill that has never been available from the company before. The release of the LX450makes Wood-Mizer the first and only sawmill manufacturer to givesawyersthe option between a monorail or twin-rail sawmillin order to accommodatevarioussawing applications and preferences.


Featuring many of the same benefits of the world renowned Wood-Mizer LT sawmill series, the new LX450 sawmill expandsthe available cutting width capacity on a professional Wood-Mizer sawmill to 86 cm, and expands the depth of cut to 41 cm.


“Wood-Mizer has long been the only sawmill manufacturer of the monorail cantilever design, holding several patents on this technology andtrusted by 70,000 sawmillers throughout the world,” said Robert Baginski, COO of Wood-Mizer Industries in Europe. “Every sawyer has different needs and preferences which led to the addition of the LX sawmill series.You can now own an LT series monorail orLX series twin-rail sawmill and receive the best support in the industry enjoyed by Wood-Mizer sawmill owners throughout the past 35 years.”


A key innovation of the Wood-Mizer LX450 sawmill is the rigid LX Frame sawhead tower that holds the control panel, engine, and the sawmill head. Designed to accommodate a larger width and depth of cut, the LX Frame travels on parallel hardened steel bars on the bed and allows the operator to have better visibility during the cutting process.


Standard features for the LX450 sawmill include power feed, power up/down,hydraulic log handlingwith a bi-directional chain log turner, a walk along operator control console withSimpleSet Setworks, six heavy-dutyfine adjustment outriggers, dragback board return, powered blade guide arm, hydraulic blade tensioning system, blade lubrication, roller blade guides, and anauto-clutch. Optional featuresinclude Debarker, AccuSet® 2 Setworks, and a fixed operator Command Control station located at the end of the sawmill.


The Wood-Mizer LX450 Twin-Rail Sawmill is debuting in Europe at LIGNA 2017 in Hanover, Germany. It will be available in Summer 2017.

LX450 Sawmill Specifications

•Power Options - 11, 15 18.5 kW electric motors

•92 cm diameter x  6.4 m length

•86 cm width of cut and 41 cm depth of cut


About Wood-Mizer

Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, edgers, bandsaw blades and more for timber processingbusinessesworldwide. For nearly 35 years, Wood-Mizer has provided top quality wood processing equipment and exceptional customer service for people who needto saw their own timber – while reducing costs and waste. For more information, visit


Avedon Capital Partners (`Avedon´), an experienced growth capital investor, passionate about supporting market-leading Mittelstand companies and their outstanding management teams in realising their ambitious growth plans and strategic visions, acquires a majority stake inWilhelm Altendorf GmbH & Co. KG (`Altendorf Group´), the globally leading manufacturer of saws for craft processing of wood, metal and plastics located in Minden, Germany. Common objective is to extend the group´s premium position for machines and services in wood, metal and plastics processing with innovative products and technologies to sustainably capture new customer segments and markets through organic growth and byrealizingexternal growth potential.


In the course of this succession solution with Avedon entering as new majority shareholder, the existing managing directors Joerg F. Mayer (43) and Wolfgang Ruhnau (48) acquired a minority stake in the company. As shareholders and managing directors they stand strongly for continuity in the management of the company and for embarking on a dynamic future for Altendorf. The Altendorf family, recently active in the third and fourth generation as shareholders and in the management respectively advisory board of Altendorf, appreciates the solid and sustainable setup of the group with its excellent and experienced management team and with Avedon as proven partner for the German Mittelstand, and retires from its corporate engagement. The transaction successfully closed on October 6, 2017. TheParties agreed not to disclose the purchase price or any further details to the transaction.


Inventor of the sliding table saw on expansion course

Altendorf Group, headquartered in Minden, looks back at a 110 year history and enjoys global brand awareness. The group’s most important product is the sliding table saw, developed by Wilhelm Altendorf in 1906. The model F45, also called `The Altendorf´ is perceived around the world as synonym for brand and product. The company employs more than 250 people and has sustained continuous growth in the past years. In 2016 Altendorf Group generated revenues of 40m EUR. As driver of innovation, Altendorf Group takes a leading role in the wood-working handicraft sector and has a strong position for further national and international growth.


Together with the existing management team, Avedon intends to further diversify the company and to continue developing new customer segments with the brand of Altendorf. In the spirit of Altendorf as a premium brand, in particular the areas of R&D, sales and services will be further strengthened and sustainably expanded. Additional double-digit-million investments aim to further expand the product portfolio with special focus on digitalisation. In executing this strategy, the site in Minden will take an important role as the centre of global growth and of experienced employees in all organisational areas. Further investments into the organisation should ensure Altendorf Group’s position as leading innovator within the sector in future. Add-on acquisitions support in realizing the joint objective.


Management continuity

Joerg F. Mayer und Wolfgang Ruhnau will continue as the company’s management team. Both have been active in different positions within Altendorf Group for more than 15 years and were appointed Managing Directors at the beginning of 2015. In their respective functions they have decisively shaped Altendorf Group’s development over the last years. In the future they will also overlook the responsibilities previously held by the selling shareholder Tom Altendorf. In addition, Dr. Ralf Koester, a well-proven entrepreneur with many years’ experience in working with financial investors, will take over the role as Chairman of the advisory board from Wilfried Altendorf. Dr. Koester possesses long-standing experience in the mechanical engineering industry, particularly in the wood processing and the furniture segments. He is rooted in the region and familiar with Altendorf Group due to his activities in its advisory board for several years. 


Joerg F. Mayer, Managing Director of Altendorf Group says: „Together with the founder family around Wilfried and Tom Altendorf, we fortified Altendorf Group’s positioning as global leader in the development and manufacturing of saws for craft processing of wood, metal and plastics and generated sustainable, profitable growth. From this position of strength we now have the opportunity to build a globally leading company within its sector.”


Wolfgang Ruhnau, Managing Director of Altendorf Group adds: “With Avedon, we found a partner, who possesses a deep understanding of the mechanical engineering sector and successfully supported numerous family-owned companies with the execution of their strategic plans and unlocking of international growth potential. We look forward to continuing together with Avedon on our growth path and sustainably position the company for the future.” 


Commenting on the transaction, Hannes Hinteregger, Partner at Avedon, says: „Altendorf is not only a strong and healthy company, but a real Mittelstands champion with strong growth potential, organically and externally. With its highly engaged and loyal people, its excellent management team and with its worldwide renowned products, the Altendorf group is setting the pace in the handicraft sector globally. We are proud to support management and company to realize the future growth plans.“


Tom Altendorf, previously managing director and fourth generation family member, points out: „The Altendorf family considers it their entrepreneurial responsibility to see the family success story being continued for the benefit of coming generations of employees and customers. On the strengths of its excellent management teamjoining forces with an experienced growth investor the company holds a strong and lasting foundation to further accelerate its dynamic growth path. Altendorf is now placed in a position to successfully grow and develop pursuant to the legacy of its founding family. We truly wish the new shareholder and all employees a prosperous future and we remain in ties of close friendship with the company carrying our name as well as with all employees of Altendorf.“


Global Wood-Flooring Adhesives Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the Wood-Flooring Adhesives including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Wood-Flooring Adhesives investments from 2017 till 2022, according to Techno


This study answers several questions for stakeholders, primarily which market segments they should focus upon during the next five years to prioritize their efforts and investments.


Primary sources are mainly industry experts from core and related industries, and suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and organizations related to all segments of the industry’s supply chain. The bottom-up approach was used to estimate the global market size of Wood-Flooring Adhesives based on end-use industry and region, in terms of value.


Government forest managers and their political bosses finally appear to recognize that more effective management of public forests is needed to help prevent future wildfires and reduce their severity, reports from Capital Press.


Beyond timber management, however, are innovations that promise new uses for timber in construction. 


Another building planned for Portland will be 12 stories tall and constructed of cross-laminated timber, called CLT. It will dwarf the seven-story building in Minneapolis, Minn., that is currently the tallest mass timber structure in the nation.


To explore the uses and design possibilities of mass timber, the University of Oregon architecture program is combining efforts with Oregon State University’s forestry and engineering programs to create the Tallwood Design Institute.


In other words, wood construction is strong again. Once relegated to home construction and one- or two-story projects, lumber was seen as an excellent material for relatively small structures.


According to ITTO, it reports that tropical log imports in the first half of 2017 totalled 4.43 million cubic metres, down 7 percent year on year and accounted for 17 percent of the national total. The value of tropical log imports in the first half of 2017 was US$1.278 billion reflecting a 2.3 percent decline.


Before its log export ban Myanmar was a major source of tropical logs for China. However, China’s log imports from Myanmar in the first half of 2017 fell 14 percent to just 8,600 cubic metres valued at US$11.36 million, down 19 percent in value.


September 13 was a holiday for SWISS KRONO AG in a double sense: In the presence of her mother, whose birthday is on that day, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors Ines Kaindl-Benes and her guests celebrated the production of the first board at the new particleboard plant at the SWISS KRONOsitein Menznau.


Dieffenbacher supplied all the essential machines, from gluing through raw board handling, for the replacement project. Dieffenbacher project manager Jens Hauffe; Bernd Bielfeldt, head of the Wood business unit; and Christian Dieffenbacher, as a member of the management board, were on site and shared SWISS KRONO’s excitement about the on-time and smooth start-up of the plant.


A highlight of the new plant is the EVOjet P gluing system. It ensures optimum gluing and significant glue savings compared to conventional systems and requires minimum care and maintenance. With its order of a CPS+ in late 2015, SWISS KRONO was among the first companies to acquire the new gold standard for efficient continuous press systems. The cutting-edge press offers optimum board quality, reduced material consumption, highest productivity and lowest lifecycle costs. The new production line in Menznau is already the fourth plant with CPS+ in operation worldwide.


Image: Celebration of the first board. From left: Mauro Capozzo (CEO, SWISS KRONO AG, Menznau)and Christian Dieffenbacher (member of the Management Board, Dieffenbacher).


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Brazilian exports of wood and wood products to Arab countries totaled a little over USD 18 million in Q2, up 10.16% over the same period of last year, according to data from the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC). Saudi Arabia was the leading market in the region from April to June.


Sales of wood panels from Brazil to the region yielded USD 3.75 million in Q2, up 21.2% in comparison to the same period of 2016. Saudi Arabia again was the leading destination in this case.


Yokohama, Japan: Canadian imports of tropical sawnwood were worth USUS$1.65 million in June, down 24 percent from May. Yearto-date imports were still 5 percent higher than in June 2016 because May imports had been exceptionally high, reports from ITTO. 

Imports of all major species declined in June. Only meranti imports were up (USUS$3,780) and imports of “other tropical” (USUS$497,292). In fact the strongest growth was in imports of tropical sawnwood not specified in the trade classification system.

Several countries grew sawnwood exports to Canada in June despite the overall decline. Imports from Brazil increased to USUS$147,781 in June. Sawnwood imports from Congo (formerly Brazzaville), Indonesia, Malaysia and the US were also up in June. Mahogany imports from Congo/Brazzaville increased as did sapelli imports from the US.

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