Wood Based Panels


Andritz to supply the fifth pressurised refining system within two years to Thailand
19 July, 2017 International technology group Andritz has received an order from SKijchai Enterprise PCL (SKN), Huay-Yang, Thailand, to supply another pressurised refining system for MDF production line II at the mill in Rayong, Thailand. Start-up is scheduled for June 2018. This will be the second line supplied by Andritz to this company which took place in April 2012.
  • Wood pellet imports to South Korea and Japan close to record highs
    Wood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time high in Q4, 2016 when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. Although import volumes were down slightly in Q1, 2017, they were still over 40% higher than in Q1, 2016, reports Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
  • Evertree opens first innovation centre which could revolutionise panel industry
    French government backed and with high profile private company investors, new company Evertree, specialising in the development of viable alternatives to fossil-based products using new techniques to exploit vegetable proteins, a renewable and promising agricultural raw material, has announced the opening in Venette in Northern France of its first innovation centre.


Surface Density gives MDF Strength
14 July, 2017 MDF may at first glance look uniform; but the hot-pressing process imparts layers of differing density. Dr. Mark Irle explains why this is so advantageous.
  • Better blender for plywood adhesives
    Mixing of powders for plywood adhesives seems simple, but Uniformity in the final mix is all-important. A major producer of materials for plywood adhesives has found a new rotary batch mixer delivers significant improvements.
  • Hexion: Of Molecules and Men
    Two main components go into wood based panels. One is wood; the other is the binder: the resins and adhesives that hold the wood together. That is the component which has by far the most potential for technological improvement to give new and customer-desired properties to the end panel. Hexion, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the world’s largest resin supplier to the industry. Julian Champkin talked to Joseph "Jody" Bevilaqua, Chief Operating officer and Mark Alness, senior vice president of Hexion’s Americas Forest Products. He found people who are inspired about wood and who want to share their inspiration.
  • Russia: Progress and Problems
    Russia is recovering and panel making there offers good openings for investors. But it can be a bumpy ride. Eugene Gerden investigates.
  • Lively Ligna best for years
    The Biennial Ligna 2017 took place in Hannover in May. The biggest trade fair-ground in the world hosted the most important gathering of panel machinery makers and users and demonstrated that the industry is recovering from its doldrums and is on the way up. Julian Champkin was there


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.