iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

Among the wood industry's most read stories this week: Apple's supplier closed iPad plants as three died in a combustible dust explosion. And Rehau said it plans to open a laser edgeband production plant in Montreal, as new edgeband technology rolls out at Interzum and Ligna. Reports on

Among other most read stories at Woodworking Network this week:

  • Ex-Factory's biofuel joint venture in wood pellet manufacture with PGI Energy
  • EMI builds a millwork plant in Texas
  • Karen Koenig's blog about carboard panel furniture



iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

ComDust explosion kills 3 workers at iPad factory

 
A build up of combustible dust in an exhaust line was implicated in the firey blast
that killed three workers and injured 15 others in Apple's iPad and iPhone contractor Foxconn Technology's Chengdu, China plant. The firm shut down manufacturing at multiple plants, in an event with big implications for sawdust-prone woodworking factories everywhere.



iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

Rehau opening laser edgeband plant in Montreal

Rehau says
it will open a Montreal plant to manufacture the specialized panel
edgeband material for laser endgebanders, which us a processing system
that replaces gluepots with an edgebanding whose surface is activated by
powerful lasers in edgebanding machines. 


iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

Ex-Factory, PGI Energy partner as wood fuel markets heats up

Wood
machinery firm Ex-Factory, Inc. announced a wood pellet equipment joint
venture with a unit of energy giant PGI Energy, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PGIE).
The two will develop and sell equipment for generating energy from woodpellets.





iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

EMI building millwork plant in Texas
EMI
Industries announced that it will open a manufacturing facility and
sales office in Arlington, TX, to better serve the company's wood products markets east of the Mississippi.





iPad Comdust death, Rehau laser edgeband plant: week's most-viewed stories

Cardboard: The New Furniture Panel?

 Its usage is being called “trendy,” “ecological” and “affordable,” but is cardboard really an appropriate furniture substrate? No matter how thick, or how many glued layers, cardboard cannot compare to the properties offered by the “real” thing - wood.






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