Wood Based Panels


Dieffenbacher receives new Chinese orders from Wanhua and Guangxi Hengxian Xin Weilin
14 September, 2017 The Chinese Wanhua Industrial Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of MDI resin which is used in the production of MDF, particleboard and OSB.
  • Forest Economic Advisors purchases Wood Markets
    International Wood Markets Group (IWMG), which has been providing subscribers with insights on global developments in wood products since1995, has been purchased by Forest Economic Advisors LLC (FEA) based in Massachusetts, US.


EPF meeting pushes circular economy
29 August, 2017 The European Panel Federation’s Annual General Meeting emphasised the role of wood in thecircular economy, and that subsdising the burning of biomass for energy is a costly mistake bothenvironmentally and in terms of distortion of markets. Julian Champkin was there
  • Squaring the circle: samiron mondal
    Siempelkamp, the German manufacturer, has set up two plants in China. It can produce machinery cheaply there – but can it maintain its good name for quality? Samiron Mondal is Siempelkamp’s man in China. WBPI spoke to him. Can he really produce German quality at Chinese prices?
  • Imeas, Special Sanding Solutions
    Sander manufacturer Imeas of Villa Cortese, 30km west of Milan, has just celebrated its 50thanniversary and is looking forward to introducing new models and expanding its presence intoniche segments
  • CMC texpan presents itself
    In an Alpine valley, an engineering company has been quietly transforming its image. CMC TEXPAN has been co-operating with Siempelkamp since the 1980s. Now wholly owned by that group, it sells both to Siempelkamp and independently to others. And it feels that it is time to start telling the world
  • Instalmec's Fibre Cleaner Improves Mdf
    Instalmec is another of those North Italian companies whose passion for engineering and whose genius for design help shape the machinery of the panels industry. A new cleaner for wood Fibre is their latest innovation, as Julian Champkin discovered


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.