Domestic manufacturing of laminate flooring is experiencing a boost after certain imported products received negative press in early 2015 regarding alleged product safety. Further gains will be limited by the growing popularity of luxury vinyl tile, which is providing strong competition for laminate.
At IWF 2016, wood panel manufacturer Kastamonu will show raw and melamine faced particleboard, MDF, laminate flooring, high gloss panel, door skins, solid surfaces, and other value added products for the furniture, decoration, and the construction industry. It plans $700 million in investment and six new factories.
After a first-ever mega tornado hit Garland, Texas, the American Planel Association sent a damage assessment team to the area immediately after. Studies found higher survival rates for homes continuously sheathed in OSB.
The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld a finding by the International Trade Commission that Chinese exports of hardwood plywood pose no threat to U.S. businesses. The ruling likely means no antidumping and countervailing duties will be assessed.
Hardwoods Distribution's acquisition creates North America's largest distributor of hardwood lumber, panel and interior architectural building materials, with a coast-to-coast U.S. presence and significantly increased access to commercial end-markets.
Wilsonart's latest contract laminate panel designs include Weathered Char, a line reminiscent of fire finished shou sugi ban wood surfaces. The line celebrates the 'beauty in things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete; designs made to admire; not analyze and not fix."
Weyerhaeuser plans to permanently close its lumber mill and plywood mill in Columbia Falls, Montana, by the end of the summer. "For some time now our operations in Montana have been running below capacity as a result of an ongoing shortage of logs in the region," said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer.
Roseburg Cambium Deep Texture thermally fused laminate (TFL) panel texture adds tactile realism and a light-catching element. The style is growing in popularity for both commercial and residential applications. Doellken-Woodtape offers matching edgeband.