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Two months to the start of Ligna 2017

We're going to be there. Special interest in logging operations, timber terminals, logs and material handling, saw-milling, PB, CLT, LVL, OSB, OSL, MDF, Wood Fiber Insulation Plants.

Also bioenergy, Industry 4.0, IoT, RFID, Automation, Robotics and new driverless trucks and loading equipment.

Peak Performance in Mexico

Peak Performance, on my way from Toluca to Cancun, Mexico. This blog will display short stories from our travels around the globe; business, leisure and pleasure.

short story is a piece of prosefiction that can be read in one sitting. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization.  At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood.[1] In doing so, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques. Short stories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no off…

Ligna 2017 Hannover, Germany

Dear Mr. Keitel,

From May 22 to 26, 2017, you can expect to see the entire value chain for the wood industry in Hannover – from harvesting to processing!

Get ready for the latest products and innovative technologies.

LIGNA 2017 has a new hall layout scheme to make your visit even more efficient and to accommodate advances in technological demands.

It encompasses seven display categories:

Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass ProductionSurface TechnologyWood Based Panel ProductionSawmill TechnologyEnergy from WoodMachine Components and Automation TechnologyForestry Technology
In particular, consolidating the areas of solid wood processing, furniture and 'woodcraft solutions' according to technological aspects provides convenient access to technological clusters which reflect the entire range of display categories and creates synergy effects to neighboring clusters.

In addition there are new, independent categories for surface technology, machine components and automation tech…

Book May 29th - 31st 2017 for the Manufacturing Performance Days!

Manufacturing Performance Days 2017 will bring together manufacturing industries, researchers as well as technology and service providers from all around the world to meet and exchange views in Tampere Hall Finland.

According to the organizer, "In 2017 more than 600 participants are expected to attend."

MPD 2017 will offer views of top class invited speakers from leading industry and academia on different aspects of outcome economy as well as the topical Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet as enablers for new efficiency, productivity and business gains.

Please mark the dates in your calendar and pre-register below.

Tomas Hedenborg is Chairman of the Organising Committee.

Manufacturing Performance Days is organised biannually, and 2017 is the 6th consecutive event. Source: MPD Partner Client Register. More information:

Södra certifies cladding

Södra’s sawmill at Långasjö has been certified by Swedish Wood for the production of certified pre-painted cladding (Swedish: Certifierad Målad Panel, CMP). CMP is a guarantee for quality-assured and factory-painted external cladding panels.

A certified CMP supplier must meet the requirements and guidelines issued by Swedish Wood.

Södra began producing primed cladding at its sawmill in Långasjö in 2013. The painted cladding has been – and still is – a success, and sales are rising sharply every year.

CMP is taking Södra to the next stage of this development.

All stages of the CMP production process are documented to enable panel traceability and guarantee top quality.

The paints used in CMP production processes are tested and approved by accredited third-party organisations to meet the requirements of applicable standards and regulations.

The paints have been formulated for exterior wood surfaces and applied under optimum conditions, using the right amount of paint to ensure a long se…

The American forestry industry is a critical element of U.S. manufacturing

The American forestry industry is a critical element of U.S. manufacturing and economies of communities nationwide. 650 facilities operate in the sawmill, millwork, and treating sectors.

11 million U.S. landowners managing 640 million acres depend on a strong domestic lumber industry.

The U.S. softwood lumber industry is under severe strain from unfairly traded imports of lumber from Canada. Canadian lumber producers claim that any disadvantage for U.S. producers is due to inefficiency in the U.S. industry.

But, the U.S. lumber industry is highly competitive and is rated among the most efficient lumber industries in the world. Independent studies, including Canadian studies, show that the cost of manufacturing lumber in the United States is comparable to or lower than the cost in Canada.

The Canadian industry's only real advantage over the U.S. industry is access to taxpayer-subsidized Canadian timber, which dramatically -- but artificially and unfairly -- lowers Canadian producti…