Altendorf, Greenply, Pidility and more . .

Greenply starts production on new MDF plant: Greenply Industries Ltd. produced its first board on its new MDF plant in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, on 1 April this year. The new line is the second MDF project that the panel producer and Dieffenbacher, the German plant manufacturer, have completed together.

At 56 metres long, the Dieffenbacher CPS at the core of the plant is the longest continuous press in Asia. Other plant components ordered from Dieffenbacher in 2015 were a fibre dryer, two SGF sifters, a gluing system, forming station – including a scalper with a correction module – a forming line and finishing line with triple diagonal saw, two Lukki storage systems, and a sanding line with cut-to-size saw and exhaust system.

On its new line, Greenply can produce 1,400 cubic metres of high-quality MDF per day. As raw material, mainly fast-growing woods such as eucalyptus will be used.

The Rs 1,655-crore Greenply is all set to rebrand its MDF, wood floors, plywood, veneers and doors as GreenPanel. Greenply enjoys 26% market share in the organised plywood market in India and 30% market share in domestic MDF market.

According to Mr.Shobhan Mittal, Joint Mmanaging Director and CEO of Greenply Industries, combined with its operational Rudrapur plant in Uttarakhand, the company will have a combined annual capacity of 5,40,000 cubic metres, which will make it the largest manufacturer of wood panels in India.


Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand face anti-dumping probe

India has initiated a probe into alleged dumping of a chemical used in paint and leather industry from Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand following a complaint from Nitrex Chemicals, a domestic player.

The Economic Times reports that the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has found sufficient evidence of dumping of ‘non-plasticised industrial grade nitro-cellulose, excluding nitro-cellulose damped in ethanol’ from these three countries. The product is a flammable compound and is used in the manufacture of wood lacquers, auto refinish paints, leather finishing lacquers, nail varnishes and printing inks.

Anti-dumping duties are levied to provide a level playing field to local industry by guarding against cheap below-cost imports. The duty is aimed at ensuring fair trading practices and creating a level-playing field for domestic producers and is permissible under the World Trade Organisation regime.


Pidilite expands flooring business to Dubai

India’s Pidilite Group has entered into a partnership with a German firm, StaufKlebstoffwerk, to foray into commercial flooring business in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Mr. Bharat Puri, Managing Director of Pidilite Industries, said through the partnership, the company aims to strengthen its presence in commercial flooring business in West Asia, where the growth potential for this segment is fast growing. The joint venture would start manufacturing the new range of commercial flooring at Pidilite’s factory in Dubai.

The company also expanded operations in Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other West Asian countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.


Japanese team invents ‘wood alcohol’

Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers said recently they have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood.

The researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute say the bark-based beverages have woody qualities similar to alcohol which is aged in wood barrels. They hope to have their “wood alcohol” on shelves within 3 years.

The method involves pulverising wood into a creamy paste and then adding yeast and an enzyme to start the fermentation process. By avoiding using heat, researchers say they are able to preserve the specific flavour of each tree’s wood.

So far, they have produced tipples from cedar, birch and cherry. A full 4 kg of cedar wood gave them 3.8 litres of liquid, with an alcohol content of around 15%, similar to that of Japan’s much-loved Sake.

Researchers experimented with both brewed and distilled versions of the new beverage, but “we think distilled alcohol appears better”, a researcher told Agence France Presse.

The institute has a broad mandate for scientific study related to Japan’s extensive woods and forests, but Magara acknowledged “wood alcohol” might not be the most obvious application for their research resources.


Altendorf acquires Hebrock GmbH

Minden-based Altendorf Group GmbH, the world’s leading manufacturer of sliding table saws, has acquired MaschinenbauHebrock GmbH, a family-owned manufacturer based in Bunde (Germany), as well as EBM Maschinenbau GmbH of Hullhorst (also Germany).

Hebrock develops and manufactures high-quality edge banding machines since 1980, with distribution channels in over 30 countries. Mr.Joerg F. Mayer, Director of Altendorf Group said, “Hebrock edge banders are among the leading brands in the segment, and we see the greatest potential for synergies in respect of procurement, sales and marketing.”

The Altendorf Group has subsidiaries in Australia, Brazil, India, Malaysia and China, operating production sites in Minden (Germany) and Qinhuangdao (China).



Vietnam wary of changing markets

A recently released report of the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product (Viforest) has warned of big changes in all four major export markets of Vietnam, including the US, China, Japan and South Korea.

Experts also warned that the excess of Vietnam’s exports to the US over imports from the US, estimated at US$ 32 billion a year, doubled with Chinese investment flow into the wooden furniture manufacturing may “attract special attention from the US management agencies”.

Therefore, wooden furniture manufacturers and Vietnamese management agencies have been told to make reasonable preparations to minimise changes in exports to the US.

Vietnam is now witnessing a trade surplus of US$ 600 million with the China market. However, most of Vietnam’s export items to that country are raw materials.

Analysts commented that the recent changes in Japanese and South Korean regulations show the governments’ measures to tighten wooden imports. This will have negative impact on Vietnam, a big woodwork exporter.


Prefab home wins green award

Cross laminated timber, glue laminated timber, engineered wood is making it easier than ever to construct houses quickly, efficiently, at low cost, and most importantly, sustainably! And PEFC-certified material is at the heart of this trend.

The latest company in the spotlight is German firm SchworerHaus, which recently won the Green Design category at the Golden Cubes 2018 – the largest award for prefabricated homes in Germany.

SchworerHaus’ model home in Auggen took home the award, thanks to its Efficiency House 40-Plus rating. A distinguishing feature in the jury’s decision to award them first prize was the building’s use of PEFC-certified, regional and sustainable building materials.

Sponsored by the German branch of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the Green Design category awarded homes that are particularly environmentally friendly and healthy for living. This could be achieved with sustainable and emission-free building materials; having the lowest possible energy consumption; or use of certified building materials, to name a few.


Caple sets up demo centre in Ahmedabad

Caple Industrial Solutions recently opened its 5th demo centre, this time in Ahmedabad. Caple now has the highest number of woodworking demo centres in India, and is committed to have many more by the year 2025.

Caple announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the prestigious CEPT University in Ahmedabad. As per the MOU, Caple has equipped the CEPT workshop with the latest machine tools from Europe.

Students of CEPT University now get to learn, train and practice on the best and safest machine tools available worldwide and in one of the finest workshops in the country.

There is no depreciation or warranty cost loaded on the institution. Full-time service personnel would be available at CEPT from Caple for day-to-day maintenance of the machinery.

This is a concept of optimisation of resources, where the industry and training institutions can come together and create a strong foundation for the future of the industry.

Caple’s business model is sales through education, covering the industries of panel processing, solid wood, surface finishing, ACP fabrication, solid surface fabrication and drywall construction.



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