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TP&EE Event Promotes New Products, Technology And Markets For Panel Producers


Organizer efforts to bring more of the structural veneer and plywood industry and engineered wood products segment into the Timber Processing & Energy Expo appear to have worked, as numerous producers converged on the Portland Expo Center September 28-30.

The Portland event traditionally has been tilted to lumber manufacturing technologies, but event producer Hatton-Brown Expositions, affiliate of Panel World magazine, has emphasized the importance of “putting panel” on the show floor as well as lumber. This was the third TP&EE, which is held every other year.

Indeed wood products producers sent ownership, management, supervisory and skilled personnel to the event, where 225 exhibitor companies, including the leading equipment and technology manufacturers in the veneer-plywood and EWP industries, showcased products and technologies.

Some of the veneer-plywood and EWP producer companies in attendance included: ATCO Wood Products, Bessemer Plywood, Boise Cascade, Browder Veneer Works, Coastland Wood Industries, Columbia Forest Products, D.R. Johnson, Freres Lumber, Georgia-Pacific, Hardel Mutual Plywood, Hunt Forest Products, Louisiana-Pacific, Murphy Company, Nordic Veneer, Pacific Veneer, Potlatch, Rainier Veneer, RedBuilt, Roseburg Forest Products, Savona Specialty Plywood, Swanson Group, Timber Products Company, Tolko Industries and Weyerhaeuser.

TP&EE registered nearly 1,800 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, as well as 1,200 exhibitor personnel. Attendees came from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries besides the U.S. and Canada.

The event included a day of manufacturing workshops for both panel and lumber producers, and one of the most well-attended sessions was on cross-laminated timber (CLT) and its potential as a new forest product and market segment.

D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. President Valerie Johnson told how her company had gone from being a bit interested in CLT and making some panels to assist Oregon State in research to building its own production line and becoming the first North American CLT manufacturer certified under APA’s structural CLT standards.

Johnson gauged the overall CLT outlook in North America, noting that her company is already scheduled to contribute to five projects in 2017.

Early construction reports show that using pre-fab CLT panels reduces waste and also features less installation noise in a much shorter construction time, Johnson said. The CLT pioneer is also in talks with government and military builders and designers and also corporate interests, Johnson added, saying the product is ideal for motel chains.

“We see CLT as a completely new market,” Johnson said, adding that solid wall and floor construction uses much more wood than traditional wood frame building systems.

Along with other speakers, Johnson said it was important for CLT to develop performance and product standards that enable the product to be plugged into existing building codes, and that Los Angeles is in the process of allowing CLT under its building codes.

Several presenters noted that Europe has a lack of integrated building codes and standards. That means CLT utilization there consists almost solely of custom projects using proprietary grades.

Promoting its new CLT press and the product itself, the USNR booth included four large CLT panels spelling out the company logo as USNR also promoted its new veneer lathe and drying technology.

USNR Senior Marketing Associate Sonia Perrine noted that the company’s new window-frame style CLT press drew lots of attention at the show, as did USNR’s new all-electric design carriage feed works that use a planetary screw actuator. Conversions for electric actuated knife pitch control, electric actuated vertical roller bar height control, and electric actuated horizontal roller bar gap control are also ready to be implemented, she said.

Perrine added that USNR had a good show talking to both new and existing customers. “It is not always the volume of customers but the type of customer that you meet with at a trade show,” she said. “We had the opportunity to have conversations with several senior managers and some serious technology shoppers planning for the near future.”

USNR is optimistic about business conditions for 2017, Perrine said. “We’re relatively certain the show bolstered the confidence of some who will be making decisions later this fall or early next year. Some customers expressed apprehension until after the elections, but the overall mood was cautious optimism.”


Melinda Lilley, Member Services Director for the Engineered Wood Technology Assn. (EWTA), noted that there were about 30 EWTA members exhibiting at the show, plus she had the chance to discover new members. “We’re always looking for new associate members,” she said. “And with all the new products and new technology, this has definitely been an upbeat show.”

Mike Crondahl, President of Westmill Industries, said TP&EE, especially the show’s second day, was “Absolutely busy—it was hopping so much we didn’t have time for lunch.”

Crondahl said the company is coming off a record sales year in 2015, and one thing he noted at TP&EE is that “People are really seeking us out about our innovations.” Adding that he’s been coming to equipment shows in Portland since he was a kid, Crondahl said TP&EE fills a real need for an event of its type on the West Coast.

Noting a good bit of interest in used and reconditioned equipment, Mike Simmons, Vice President of Sales & Service for Kimwood, said the show’s second day was a busy one. “It looks like there are a few people buying. The parts business has been good for us.”

Interest in industry’s newest plywood mill startup at Swanson Group in Springfield, Ore., along with a good response to her presentation on advances in Meinan green end technology, drove a lot of traffic to the Meinan-Merritt Machinery booth, said Merritt Machinery President Anna McCann.

Part of the booth display included an eight-minute video of the Springfield operations, which are currently in startup. The project features Meinan’s fully automated green end that includes charger with 3D vision scanning and optimization, constant peel speed, auto knife changer, full sheet stacking by MC and auto random veneer clipping with in-line green veneer composing.

“We’ve been very happy with the show,” McCann said. “There’s a lot of interest in the Swanson line, and we’ve had some very high level contacts who are interested in Meinan’s product line.”

Gustavo Mostiack, Commercial Director of Fezer SA Industrias Mecanicas, said his company was focusing on promoting its slicing and splicing product lines. “This is our first time exhibiting here, and the results are in line with our expectations,” he said.

“The show has been good for us. We made some good contacts,” Mostiack added.

With a leading edge technology gasification plant project at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, NY plant now up and running, Biomass Engineering & Equipment President Dane Floyd was promoting his company’s involvement in the project, which will use plant waste as raw material.

“This has been a great show for us,” Floyd said on TP&EE’s final day. “The number of leads we’ve gotten here is phenomenal, and we’ve had a lot of good quality booth visitors.”

Dave Larecy, President of Con-Vey, noted that his company had also met lots of high-quality vistors, and there’s been plenty of interest in a new panel repair line Con-Vey has going in at the new Swanson plant in Springfield.

“We’ve been very pleased with the outcome of the show, and we’ll definitely be here again in two years,” Larecy said.

“We’ve had a really busy show,” said Raute NA Senior Vice President Martin Murphy. During a private event near the TP&EE show site, Raute unveiled its G5 advanced mill operations analysis software.

The new system combines the power of high-tech cameras and innovative systems to analyze the entire production process. Analyzers collect data in every process, from the green end onward, and evaluate the information to automatically affect production decisions. G5’s state-of-the-art analyzers collect data on defects, moisture and density and automatically establish the best results based on pre-determined customer goals. Information from a combination of analyzers is amalgamated in real time to determine the best value for the veneer.

“G5 technology has the ability to affect every aspect of mill production positively, with up to 15% in better raw material utilization,” said Murphy, who added that Raute’s private events were “very well attended by key decision makers.”


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Cross-Laminated Timber, New Panel Production Technologies Highlight Plywood And EWP Workshop


A new engineered wood product called cross-laminated timber, new plywood mills and new technologies will be among the subjects addressed at the Plywood and Engineered Wood Products Manufacturing Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, during the Timber Processing & Energy Expo. TP&EE will be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

TP&EE is produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC, an affiliate of Panel World and Timber Processing magazines. This will be the third TP&EE.

The morning session will focus on veneer and plywood manufacturing, including a presentation by Winston Plywood & Veneer President Dick Baldwin. Winston Plywood & Veneer is starting up a plywood mill in Winston, Miss.

The afternoon session focuses on cross-laminated timber and includes a talk by Valerie Johnson, President of D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations, one of the leaders in the CLT production movement. Johnson’s talk is entitled, If the Sky Is the Limit for CLT’s, What Will It Take to Get Us There?

Dr. Fred Kurpiel of Georgia Research Institute has assembled the presenters and will moderate the workshop.

Wednesday, September 28

9:20 a.m.—Modern Veneer Dryers and Profit, Alan Knokey, Vice President, USNR

9:50 a.m.—Making the Most of Your Dry Veneer Upgrade Improvements to Increase Profits, Martin Murphy, Senior Vice President, Raute North America

10:20 a.m.—New Technology for Veneer Lathe Systems, Tim Fisher, Veneer/Panel Business Development Manager, USNR

10:50 a.m.—New Developments in Veneer Peeling Lines—Automated Green End, Anna McCann, President, Merritt Machinery

11:20 a.m.—Outlook for North American Plywood and New Plywood Mill, Dr. Richard Baldwin, President, Winston Plywood & Veneer

Noon-1:25 p.m. TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m.—If the Sky Is the Limit for CLT’s, What Will It Take to Get Us There? Valerie Johnson, President, D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations

2:05 p.m.—The State of the Global CLT Industry—A Survey in Progress, Dr. Lech Muszynski, Associate Professor, Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University

2:40 p.m.—Mass Timber Construction in the Forest Industry Infrastructure, Thomas Robinson, Principal and Founder, LEVER Architecture

3:15 p.m.—Unique New Press Design for Manufacturing CLT Panels, Sam Pope, Capital Sales Manager, Western North America, USNR

3:50 p.m.—Inspired by Smart Technology—Second Wave of CLT Investment on the Way in Europe, Dominik Wolfschuetz, German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association (VDMA); Gerhard Binder, Projecting and Sales, Minda

The cost of the Plywood and EWP Manufacturing Workshop is only $75 and includes an exhibit floor pass for the entire length of the expo, as well as a beer and a brat ticket for the Beer Garden.

TP&EE will feature 200 equipment and technology exhibitors and more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space. The event caters to primary producers of lumber, plywood and engineered wood products.

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Register Now For The Portland Show

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Organizers of the Timber Processing & Energy Expo announce that registration is now open online for the event to be held this October 15-17 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon. Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC, an affiliate of Timber Processing, Panel World and Wood Bioenergy magazines, is conducting the event, which is held just off Interstate 5 between downtown Portland and Vancouver, Wash.

Held every other year, TP&EE hosted 162 exhibitor companies and their representatives, and more than 1,000 attendees from 115 forest products producing companies and 200 specific mill site operations in 2012. Visitors came from 30 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and several overseas countries. The event caters to primary producers of lumber, panels and engineered wood products, as well as wood heating and energy operations.

Once again, the event will also include a Workshop Day, during which in 2012 more than 200 people participated in any of the 16 seminars that covered technologies in wood products production.

The 2012 TP&EE was the first Portland event to be hosted by Hatton-Brown and its affiliate publications. “Optimism was just coming back to the industry in 2012, and we expect even greater enthusiasm at our event this October,” says Rich Donnell, show director and editor-in-chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc. “If our recent capital expenditure surveys of wood products operations are accurate, there are a lot of projects and upgrades still in the works.”

Three extremely reasonable online registration options exist:

• A free 3-day pass to the exhibit hall
• A $15 pass for the 3 days that also includes a “beer and a brat” ticket
• A $75 charge for the workshop day on October 16, which includes entry to any of the presentations as well as entry for three days to the exhibit hall, and a “beer and brat” ticket

Registration at the event itself for entry to the exhibit hall will require a fee, so take advantage of this early registration opportunity.

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