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Wood pellet manufacturer Enviva now tracks wood supply origins
BETHESDA, Md. - Enviva Holdings, which says it is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, released the first data from its Track & Trace program that documents the origin of wood it uses to make pellets.
Enviva says its proprietary system tracks every truckload of wood the company procures, from the forest back to its source, providing a detailed record of  characteristics of the wood the company uses. Enviva is now making that information available to the public.
“Enviva maintains unprecedented data on our wood supply chain, driving sustainable procurement activities and helping us demonstrate and verify our commitment to forest sustainability while creating jobs and supporting economic growth in the American Southeast.”said John Keppler, CEO. “Enviva’s sustainably produced wood pellets provide a cleaner energy alternative to fossil fuels, allowing electric utilities to replace coal and reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of energy generation while providing uninterrupted and dispatchable renewable energy that is there when customers need it,” 
Enviva makes pellets using low-grade wood from Southern working forests, and says it does not use high-grade wood that would otherwise be milled into furniture or construction materials. The company says it procures only low-quality materials such as pulpwood and “leftovers,” including undersized or crooked trees, limbs, tops, wood chips and sawdust.
As an additional component of its  sustainable sourcing, Enviva does not source wood from independently identified bottomland forest ecosystems that demonstrate high conservation value attributes, or from any forest where the landowner plans to convert to a nonforest use.
While Enviva has always had a rigorous system in place for ensuring that suppliers provide the company with wood that meets its sustainability requirements, Enviva has now developed Track & Trace, a one-of-a-kind monitoring program that tracks all wood received from the forest to its harvest origin. Today’s public launch of Enviva’s Track & Trace program comes after years of planning and investment and thousands of hours of effort on the part of Enviva’s professional foresters and the company’s wood suppliers. Enviva is making T&T information available to the public through a set of interactive maps at
Enviva says that before it buys, a wood supplier must provide detailed data on the specific forest tract being considered for harvest, including each individual tract’s precise geographic location, acreage, forest type, species mix, age and the share of wood from each harvest that goes to Enviva versus other consumers. Enviva claims to not accept any wood from a harvest without this information, and it records the data and verifies the accuracy of its procedures through third-party audits.
T&T data are presented in two ways. First, the Forest Trend Map is based on time-series data from the U.S. Forest Service and displays changes in overall forest conditions in the Southeast U.S. and in each of Enviva’s forest supply areas. Second, the Enviva Wood Supply Map provides detailed information on actual timber harvests around each of Enviva’s facilities during the first half of 2016. Data include harvest site, landowner type, forest type, harvest type, years since last harvest, the number of acres harvested and the percentage of the harvest volume provided to Enviva for wood pellet production.
The first Track & Trace public release includes Enviva wood purchases from January through June 2016.
Initial T&T findings include:
Since Enviva opened its first U.S. mill in 2011, the total amount of forested land in its primary supply area has increased by more than 320,000 acres, with the volume of forest inventory on that land growing by 10 percent.
  • During the first half of 2016, Enviva procured wood from more than 750 individual tracts in 98 counties in seven southern states.
  • During the first half of 2016, Enviva’s wood came from these sources:
    • About 72% came from mixed pine and hardwood forests (43%), Southern yellow pine forests (25%) and upland hardwood forests (4%). This wood consists of undersized or “understory” wood that was removed as part of a larger harvest; tops and limbs; brush; and “thinnings” that were removed to make additional room for planted pines to grow.
    • About 25% was sawdust, shavings or residuals from wood product manufacturing.
    • About 3% came from working bottomland hardwood forests, made up of undersized or “understory” wood that was removed as part of a larger harvest; tops and limbs; brush; and “thinnings.”
    • Less than 1% came from landscaping or urban tree maintenance projects.
    • On average, the forests on these tracts were 37 years old at the time of final harvest.
“Research shows that sustainably sourced and produced wood pellets can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to coal,” said Jennifer C. Jenkins, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Enviva. “Enviva is providing transparency into our sourcing process so that policymakers and other stakeholders can investigate for themselves the responsible wood supply approach that Enviva is taking to ensure the positive environmental impact of our wood pellets.”
“By implementing such a robust tracking program for wood from the forest, and by providing real insight into their sourcing practices to the public, Enviva has taken the lead in supply chain transparency for the forest products industry,” said Scott Poynton, founder of The Forest Trust (TFT), a global nonprofit organization that partners with businesses to transform raw material supply chains to protect forests and communities. “They have made a tangible commitment here, and we believe others will follow.”
As the T&T system matures, Enviva expects to learn more and to incorporate the findings into its operations and procedures. Enviva plans to update the online T&T data a few times a year going forward.
Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, Enviva Holdings, LP owns and operates plants in the southeastern United States that produce nearly 3 million metric tons of wood pellets annually. We export our pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by about 80%. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. It employs about 600 people and support many other businesses in the rural South.

Posted: 01/18/2017

Valinge signs new agreements for click furniture technology

VIKEN, Sweden -- Valinge has recently signed two major license agreements with leading world players in the furniture business for the use of the their Threespine click furniture technology. 

The patented Threespine technology, based on the Valinge 5G locking system, allows fast and easy assembly of furniture completely without using any tools. The technology locks corners, fronts and back panels or drawer bottoms with a simple click, creating never seen before rigid constructions.

Products produced under the recently signed licenses will reach the market in 2017 and are expected to make a significant impact in their respective segments. 

”It is clear that the market has started to wake up regarding tool-less (furniture) assembly," said Valinge CEO Niclas Hakansson. "This relates to flat packs as well as for rationalization of factory assembled products".

To meet the increasing demand, Valinge is now making investments in both production equipment and personnel. 

"We will have a new Homag furniture profiling line installed within the coming months that will complement our existing profiling machines and our CNC-machines," Niclas Hakansson said. "We have further developed new tongue inserter machines to be able to handle the new demands. We can now, by ourselves or through our partners, offer everything from handheld tongue inserters to in-line high-speed machines suitable for the fastest through-feed machines."

Valinge signed a license agreement with the Chinese furniture manufacturer William Furniture. The new agreement makes the company the first in China to implement Threespine click furniture technology in its products.

William Furniture plans to launch the first piece of furniture, a TV stand, in February 2017. The market launch includes a TV ad campaign in the United States and the company has high hopes that the new products will help increase sales.

"We see great potential in the implementation of Threespine in many of our products. The fact that furniture can be assembled without screws, bolts and plugs will be a great selling point and we have already attracted a lot of interest from the US market," said William Noonan.

William Furniture, established in 2006, is today well known for its modern contemporary bedroom furniture. The company is located in Dongguan City and has approximately 300 employees working in the company’s modernized workshops occupying more than 28,000 square meters.

Valinge has also signed a license agreement with the Swedish bathroom cabinet manufacturer Skanebeslag for the use of Threespine click furniture technology. 

Skanebeslag will implement Threespine technology in a new line of bathroom cabinets made of compact laminate with the aim to offer new designs to its customers. 

“Threespine technology will enable us to use miter joints which is quite unique for products in compact laminate. In combination with removing all visible screws we will now be able to further improve the design of our cabinets,” said Skånebeslag CEO Mikael Bornéus. ”We are convinced that the new line of cabinets will appeal to architects and interior designers and that, in turn, will help us achieve our goal of continuous growth.”

In addition to improved design, Threespine will enable faster assembly as well as other benefits such as drill-free wall mounting and the possibility to hide transformers and cables.

The family-owned company Skånebeslag has been in the furniture business since 1972 and today supply products to all Nordic countries. The first products with Threespine technology are scheduled to be available in the spring of 2017.


Posted: 01/17/2017

American kitchen and bath market at $134 billion: NKBA
Americans remodel about 24 million kitchens or baths a year.

Posted: 01/17/2017

AWFS Fair to feature plastic fabrication in 2017
Show will be in Las Vegas July 19-22, 2017.

Posted: 01/17/2017

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February 2017

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Florida woodworker honored by governor.

IWPA ‘World of Wood’ convention set for San Francisco.

High school nurse wins Woodcraft sweepstakes.

WOOD MARKETS: White oak dealers see red-hot sales volume.


FINISHING: Adding age and allure. By Greg Williams

THE CUTTING EDGE: Lead by example. By R.W. Lee

Tools & Techniques

Stiles offers two new Ironwood sanders.

Festool debuts new saws and sanders.

Empire Level debuts self-calibrating level series

Casadei-Busellato improves panel supports.

On-site obstacles don’t have to cost time and tools.


ONE-STOP SHOP: M.R. Brewer in Portland, Maine, has design, construction and millwork services under one roof.

CLEVER CLAMPS: From helpful to necessary, these workshop clamps will help you lock down project materials on the job.

CNC EXPANSION: If your shop can afford an upgrade, new machines provide certainty in an uncertain marketplace.

Posted: 01/16/2017

Senco debuts composite staples and nails

senco0111Senco is adding composite staples and nails for customers requiring blade-friendly, non-rusting, metal-free fasteners.

Posted: 01/11/2017


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