Wood Based Panels


LATEST NEWS

Katerra plans to open a new mass timber facility in Spokane Valley, Washington
17 October, 2017 California-based Katerra plans to open a new factory in Spokane Valley, Washington, where it will produce mass timber products including cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam.
  • Sonae Indústria's turnover up 1% to €121.8m in H1, 2017
    Wood based panel producer Sonae Indústria which operates 21 production plants located in six countries in three continents, reports unaudited сonsolidated results for the H1, 2017 reaching €121.8m, an improvement of 1% compared to H1, 2016 (€1.2m) benefiting from the appreciation of the Canadian dollar versus the Euro.

LATEST FEATURES

Plywood at the V & A
13 October, 2017 London’s Victoria & Albert museum is staging an exhibition about plywood and the contribution that it has made to design and modern living. Julian Champkin visited
  • Greeks with Gifts: 40 Years of Chimar
    More than 10% of panels worldwide are produced using resin technology from Chimar Hellas; but offering services and intangible products often poses a greater challenge than selling a tangible product. Chimar claims to give reassurance to plant and R&D managers, as well as to shareholders. This year the company celebrates its 40th anniversary. WBPI looks at the past, the present and the future of the
  • It’s not heavy
    A new design of lightweight panel offers the advantages of continuous production with applications that could make it a substitute for OSB. Julian Champkin looks at panel which seems to weigh in just right.
  • Achim Hübener: Down the Line to Success
    Down-line processing is ever more important. Kleiberit are World leaders in the surfacing and finishing processes that add value to boards. We spoke to Dr Achim Hübener, CEO of Kleiberit, about the technology that produces hard yet decorative and easily installable panels
  • The ideal choice for both architects and homeowners
    The iconic Formica brand is over 100 years old. From selling Formica laminate as a substitute to replace mica in electrical insulations, the Formica Group is, today, a leading provider of branded, designed surfacing solutions for commercial and residential customers worldwide


BLOGS

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.