Wood Based Panels


Easy-fit, all-in-one measuring wheel solution
21 October, 2016 SICK (UK) Ltd has developed the DBV50 measuring wheel for ‘plug and play’ precision measurement of continuous and sheet fed materials, such as plywood, particleboard, and other timber sheet cutting applications.
  • Binderholz builds CLT plant in Germany
    Binderholz is building its third cross laminated timber (CLT) plant to extend its large-format capacity at its Burgbernheim site in Germany and will become operational in December 2016.
  • Tafisa Canada 5th TFL press making good headway
    Tafisa Canada, a leading North American particleboard and TFL decorative panel manufacturer, recently made two major announcements: the start-up of its 5th TFL press and the on-time delivery of initial orders for its new collection with an embossed and in-registered texture called VIVA.


Interview: Gustavo Borges: Brazil on the up
25 October, 2016 Gustavo Cruvinel Borges is business intelligence and export manager at Duratex. WBPI asked him about the company’s plans and the state of the Latin American market.
  • Berneck: New Plant in Curitibanos
    Berneck, headquartered in Araucária in the Brazilian state of Paraná, has 63,000ha of pine and teak forest producing 1.2 million m3 of wood based products annually. It has recently completed a new panel plant at Curitibanos, in Santa Caterina state, Brazil, claimed as a record installation
  • Masisa: Waste Not, Want Not; Invest, Educate And Grow
    Chilean-based Masisa is a leading producer and marketer of wood panels for furniture and interior architecture. A new MDF line in Mexico, and working to teach its future market, will allow the company to continue to grow.
  • Guarapes – Innovation and Growth
    Guararapes, based in Curitiba in Paraná state, Brazil, is a Latin American must-watch company. It maintains its traditional production of MDF and plywood panels and shows the resilience and intelligence to develop businesses, even during the crisis
  • Latin America - Ready to roll?
    Latin America has huge reserves of sustainable timber, and a large panel industry of great potential. But economic crises and political problems have hit the different countries of the continent, and in different ways, and investments have been put on hold. In this Focus on Latin America we ask: is the sleeping giant now ready to awaken?


WBPI -- the voice of the global panel industry
13 July, 2016 Sadly for me, this is the last issue of WBPI for which I will be fully responsible.
  • Year of progress to be followed by year of cautious optimism
    So, we have come to the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, in the same issue of WBPI! The year 2015 was obviously over-shadowed by the ongoing economic problems of the Eurozone. Meanwhile, the United States continued its slow climb out of recession; and a resultant increase in the activity of the housing market. Unfortunately, this rebound was not as strong, or as smooth, as many predicted but at least it has continued to move in the right direction.
  • Difficult economic times but particleboard keeps on growing
    Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much improvement in the global economy since my last column in the August/September 2015 issue of WBPI. The economic problems facing much of Europe, South America and China have certainly not gone away and show little signs of improvement in the short-term.