25/06/2013

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Russia invests in OSB using Huntsman MDI resins

The new enterprise will produce sanded, unsanded, rebated as well as decorative OSB panels. At the initial stage, the output of this factory is expected to be 300,000 m3/year, which will later be increased to around 500,000 - 600,000 m3/year. Total value of investments in the factory will amount to more than USD 150 million. Huntsman will resolve one of the many problems previously facing the OSB industry by supplying the special resin binders from its plant in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. These MDI-based binders are an essential component in the structure of OSB production. In addition to the above-mentioned Tomsk project, the first Russian OSB plant is also expected to be launched by Kronospan this year. The new facility is expected to be launched in Tatarstan, one of the most economically developed regions of Russia. Chinese company Avic also plans to build several plants for the production of OSB, MDF, and particleboard in the Tomsk region (Russian Siberia). The total production capacity of the factories will amount to 680,000 m3/year, while the cost of the project is estimated at 20 billion roubles (~ USD 494 million). The launch of these new investment projects will help to change the current situation in Russian OSB, the market for which is at present fully supplied by imports. In the USA, Canada, Western Europe, and Turkey wooden frame houses dominate or occupy a considerable part in the housing market due to the optimal combination of price, quality, and speed of construction. American Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, one of the biggest OSB producers, started a marketing campaign to promote wooded frame houses in Chile. As a result, over five years the share of this housing type has increased its market share from 1 % to 20 % in Chile. The same effect is expected in Russia. The change to domestic OSB will allow a decrease in house prices of 10 - 15 %´, which should stimulate the development of small plants producing such houses. Here the current demand for OSB in Russia is sufficient to justify the construction of at least one plant with a production capacity of 300,000 - 350,000 m3/year. Russian analysts believe that the domestic OSB market will grow significantly in the near future, which will be mainly due to on-going growth of the Russian economy, the ever rising local demand, changing consumer preferences, as well as the implementation of numerous state programmes in the field of housing construction and, in particular, frame-panel construction, which is the main consumer of OSB in Russia. Russia offers substantial growth opportunities due to its low per capita demand for OSB. According to some Russian analysts, growth in the construction of housing in the country may create the conditions for the increase of the market up to 11 million m3 during the next seven to ten years. At present, more than 90 % of all OSB is consumed by domestic construction, with the remaining around 8 % going to furniture production and machinery packaging. Any further increase in consumption is expected to be driven by low-rise residential housing construction (based on frame-panel technologies with the use of OSB), which is currently booming in Russia.

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