Wood Based Panels


EPF sets out plans to ensure efficient and optimal use of biomass resources
13 July, 2016 The bioeconomy is increasingly viewed by policymakers as a golden time to develop opportunities that will facilitate economic and employment growth whilst delivering solutions that address the global challenges presented by climate change and energy security, and the wood based panel and furniture industries are proud to be part of the bioeconomy, asserts EPF, the European Panel Federation.
  • Year-to-date panel shipments up 3% over 2015
    May 2016 shipments of particleboard and MDF in the US and Canada totalled 495 million ft2 (¾in basis), an increase of 6.58% over May 2015 total shipments of 464 million ft2. Year-to-date shipments remain ahead of 2015 by 3.18% at 2.383 million ft2, despite a 3.8% dip from the previous month.


A boost to plywood in Estonia
14 July, 2016 Latvian plywood producer, Latvijas Finieris AS, has unveiled plans to expand the workforce and the output capacity of its production facility in Estonia. Our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports.
  • Chinese to invest in Russian OSB plant
    In a currently uncertain Russian market, a new venture is planned to build both OSB and particleboard capacity. WBPI's Russian correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports
  • The revised din en 12779
    There is a revised EN standard for the safety requirements of woodworking machines, concerning chip and dust extraction systems with fixed installation. In this article, the German machinery makers’ association, the VDMA, explains what is involved.
  • A unifying voice
    Jackson Morrill is the president of the Composite Panel Association in North America, overseeing an organisation which represents the vast majority of MDF and particleboard manufacturers on that continent. Mike Botting speaks to Mr Morrill about his role, the role of the CPA, and his aspirations for the association
  • Decor advice and the responsibility to customers
    The schattdecor group has been providing the leading companies in the wood and furniture industry with printed decor paper, finish foil and melamine for over 30 years. Here Claudia Küchen, head of design and marketing at schattdecor, outlines the strategies behind Decor Selection 2016.


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.