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Consolidation hits the U.S. wood pellet manufacturing sector

Consolidation hits the U.S. wood pellet manufacturing sector

The US wood pellet manufacturing sector is dominated by many small plants serving local markets. As the chart below shows, of the 121 plants in the US that are equal to or larger than 15,000 tons per year of nameplate capacity, half are smaller than 60,000 tons per year and 75% are under 100,000 tons per year.

The larger plants are primarily producing for the export markets. Most of the smaller plants are producing wood pellets for local or regional markets around their locations.

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Why wood is so damn good

Why wood is so damn good

Wood is an old world material gaining a new lease on life in the built environment.Whether it is its natural aesthetic, its remarkable durability, or its carbon sequestering credentials, wood is gaining traction as a building material in lieu of conventional steel or concrete. Its potential in construction has also prompted the unveiling of regular “woodscraper” proposals across the globe.

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map-The fall of the Soviet Union made the world more wooded 

Map: The fall of the Soviet Union made the world more wooded 

The end of the Soviet Union had far-reaching effects all over the world. Even today, researchers continue to discover new ways by which the fall of communism shaped not only global society and politics – but even European forests, as it turns out.

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Wood towers go from ‘forest to frame’

Wood towers go from ‘forest to frame’

While Ontario has only just approved wood as a material for mid-rise structures up to six storeys, Vancouver architect Michael Green is at the forefront of a push to design and build highrise towers using cross laminated timber (CLT) also known as mass timber. Green and his team at Michael Green Architecture have already completed the eight-storey Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, B.C. at the University of Northern British Columbia, winning the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture award for 2015.

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