Wood Based Panels


Norbord achieves Structural Timber Assure Gold status
13 March, 2018 Norbord’s position in the timber frame industry, as the manufacturer of SterlingOSB, has been acknowledged by reaching the Structural Timber Association’s (STA) Assure Gold status.
  • Forest industries welcome mill investment in Tasmania’s north
    The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) have welcomed a A$190m investment in what will be Australia’s largest plantation hardwood mill and timber product manufacturing facility. The facility is to be located in Tasmania’s north-west.
  • Roseburg to acquire Pembroke MDF in Ontario
    Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products recently reached an agreement in principle with Pembroke MDF, Inc to purchase Pembroke’s MDF and molding production facilities located in northeastern Ontario, Canada.


The poplar choice
29 December, 2017 Spanish poplar plywood producer Garnica has an ambitious growth and product innovation programme. Stephen Powney visited its mills in northern Spain
  • IPPS Meeting: VOCS and new panels
    The International Panel Products Symposium was held from October 4-6 at its now-traditional venue of Llandudno, north Wales, UK. It again brought together delegates from academia and industry to explore developments in wood technology to mutual gain. Julian Champkin was there
  • Richard Franklin: Cool about Hot Oil
    Thermal oil is essential to the pressing process. Specialist company Thermal Oil Solutions is opening a new subsidiary in North America. Increased demand for its services from US panel makers has prompted the move. Richard Franklin, MD of the company, spoke to Julian Champkin
  • Oil Palm Wood – An Untapped Resource
    The much-maligned oil palm plantations in Asia may provide a major source of wood raw material in the years to come if the PalmwoodNet project succeeds in its mission to make the species a commercially usable timber. Stephen Powney reports
  • Focus on Europe
    WBPI makes an annual tour to present our Focus on Germany report. This year we also visited Germany's neighbouring countries of Belgium, Austria and Switzerland to bring news of the major companies there that serve the panel industry. We begin, though, as ever, with Germany.


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.