August 24-27, 2016
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, NC


National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: June 20, 2016
There were numerous economic indicators out last week, but financial markets pivoted on news from the Federal Reserve and the prospects for a possible "Brexit" vote in the United Kingdom on June 23 for Britain to possibly leave the European Union. Read more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update - June 2016
Global manufacturing activity stagnated in May, pulled lower by continued weaknesses in the emerging markets and by softer-than-desired economic growth in the United States. Read more ...


Congress Passes Tax Package

Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...

Woodworking Network
Wood laminate manufacturer Kronospan to invest $362 million in expansion, add 160 U.S. jobs

OXFORD, Al. – Kronospan, a manufacturer of wood-based panel products, will invest $362 million to expand its operations in Calhoun County, Alabama, adding 160 jobs to its workforce.

Kronospan said the expansion consists of four separate projects:

·        Two laminate flooring and decorative paper impregnation lines

·        A particleboard and thermally infused laminate line

·        An enlargement of the KronoChem resin plant

·        Development of a furniture cluster

Once the expansion is complete, the company will have invested $650 million in Alabama and its workforce will number 270 people, according to the Calhoun County Economic Development Council. Kronospan has been operating in Calhoun County since 2008.


Kronospan enters U.S. flooring, acquiring Clarion 

Laminate flooring and panel producer Kronospan has entered the U.S. flooring market, acquiring Clarion Boards Inc. and Clarion Laminates LLC. 

Calhoun County says the expansion will make Kronospan the largest private capital investor in Oxford and one of the area’s largest employers.

“Kronospan is making a significant investment to expand its production center in Oxford, and we will work closely with the company to ensure that their project is successful,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

The Alabama Career Center will assist Kronospan as it recruits applicants for the jobs created by the expansion. Hiring for the expansions will be undertaken in phases.

Steven Waits, president of the Oxford City Council, said the manufacturer’s expansion will produce a substantial economic impact on the east Alabama city of 21,000 residents.

“Kronospan has continued to be a generous corporate citizen for our city, and we are looking forward to their continued presence in Oxford for generations to come,” Waits added.

Kronospan manufactures both MDF and HDF (high-density fiberboard) panel products and laminate flooring at its facility in Oxford.

Posted: 06/24/2016

Is BREXIT likely to impact U.S. sawn wood markets?
As a consumer and producers of hardwood and softwood, Britain is a key customer for U.S. forest products producers. A June 23 vote to leave the European Union has depressed the British Pound, limiting its buying power in the short term. 
North American hardwoods are a favorite among British cabinetry and casegoods producers. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry and hardwood product trade associations, representing the U.S. hardwood exporters at European trade shows like Interzum.


Expandable Black Walnut Serving Platter Is Practical Art Work

A walnut platter extends to table length and promotes U.S. hardwood exports to Europe. 


AHEC runs a worldwide program to promote the full range of American hardwoods in over 50 export markets, with its European efforts based in London. It also sponsored a major design initiative to promote U.S. hardwood usage, WishList. And it promotes projects made with U.S. hardwoods. 

A report developed for the U.K. government shows that construction consumes 60 percent of or more of all sawn softwood used, depending on the level of construction activity. 

Another 40 percent of sawn softwood consumption is used in pallets and packaging, market strongly driven by shipping, along with fencing and decks. A remaining chunck of sawn softwood is miscellaneous markets from furniture and fittings to picture frames and pencils.
For the timber industry and in the supply of sawn softwood especially, ups and downs in construction have the biggest impact. But new approaches to housing and commercial construction are haveing a big impact. Here is the executive summary of the 2015 UK report, written by Nicholas Moore of Timber Trends for the UK Forestry Commission. (Read the entire UK wood report report here>>
During the period covered by this report, 2002 to 2014 with initial estimates for 2015, the markets for sawn softwood in the UK have undergone substantial change.
Construction remains the largest consumer of sawn softwood and suppliers to construction have witnessed significant change in the type of buildings constructed and in the methods of construction. In 2002, timber was rarely used structurally in buildings above two or three storeys and only one out of every six homes built in the UK were built by timber framing methods of construction.
By 2014, sawn softwood and other timber products were being used in structures to six storeys and higher and one in every three detached homes were built in timber frame.
The construction industry in the UK has experienced periods of good growth and severe decline over these thirteen years and the development of sawn softwood consumption has been closely tied to these changes.
While the volumes of sawn softwood consumed by new work in the construction industry is of importance, it is the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) markets that provide the destination for the majority of sawn softwood entering the construction industry.
Between 2002 and 2014, construction has regularly consumed 60% or more of all sawn softwood used, depending on the level of construction activity taking place in the UK each year. 
The other, roughly 40% of sawn softwood consumption during these years, is accounted for by two other main markets, the pallets and packaging market and the fencing and outdoor uses markets. There is a fourth destination for sawn softwood which is the collection of ‘other’ markets where a plethora of different products - from furniture and fittings to picture frames and pencils - are made from the sawn softwood.
The development of the UK economy has a significant influence on the health of many industries, but for the timber industry and in the supply of sawn softwood especially, it is the ups and downs experienced by the construction industry that has had the greatest impact on the development of the main markets for sawn softwood.
Periods of economic growth and decline have also helped direct the progress of the pallets and packaging industry and the fencing and outdoor uses market. During the period under review, the UK experienced the longest and deepest recession in living memory. Substantial losses in the volume of sawn softwood consumed by the main markets occurred during 2008 and 2009 and demand remained at relatively low levels for
a further three years.
Demand from sawn softwood markets improved thereafter and during 2013 and 2014, good growth in all markets has resulted.
Whilst the health of the UK economy is a main driver of demand for sawn softwood, other factors have also played an important role in the changes that have taken place in these main softwood consuming markets.
In the pallets and packaging markets, changes in the use of pallets during and after the years of recession resulted in less sawn softwood used. To reduce costs, pallet re-use became more prevalent and production of new pallets fell accordingly.

Posted: 06/24/2016

Develop a game plan and set goals for your CNC machine purchase
Research and plan before pulling the trigger.

Posted: 06/24/2016

C & C Industrial Sales opens online finishing site
Authorized distributor of finishing equipment, spare parts and related products starts new site.

Posted: 06/23/2016

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
Business management will be a hot topic at IWF

The IWF 2016 education program features six tracks, including one on business management issues.

Posted: 06/23/2016

TigerTouch gets an update

TigerStop will present an updated version of its touchscreen material automation solution, TigerTouch, at IWF 2016.

Posted: 06/23/2016


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