Today on Wood Based Panels


US$60m school for forestry at Oregon State University
20 January, 2015 Oregon State University has initiated a US$30m fundraising effort to put the university’s forestry department at the forefront of what many Oregon leaders see as an emerging market in sustainable construction materials.
  • New group editor at TTJ and WBPI
    Stephen Powney has been appointed as group editor of Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) and sister magazine Wood Based Panels International (WBPI).
  • JOSB Done campaign calls time
    OSB industry promotional campaign JOSB Done is calling time after nine years of championing the use of the wood based panel.
  • Lonza revives Arch branding
    Lonza Wood Protection will be rebranded globally as Arch Timber Protection following a strategic review of Lonza’s wood protection business.


The story of knots
17 November, 2014 The appearance of knots in sawn wood and veneer is caused by grain deviation to accommodate the wood found inside the branches of trees.
  • Life begins at 40
    Technology solutions for the forestry and woodworking industries will be on display in Moscow during the LesDrevMash exhibition. Stephen Powney reports. Russia’s premier exhibition for forestry and woodworking technology – LesDrevMash – is being held in Moscow during October at a time of growing regional uncertainty due to the Ukraine conflict.
  • LVL – make more with less
    Two new state-of-the art Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) mills of leading EU wood based product manufacturers (Pollmeier in Creuzburg, Germany and Steico in Czarna Woda, Poland) will arrive on the Engineered Wood Products (EWP) scene in Europe soon, both with a large part of their LVL production equipment engineered and manufactured by Raute. What convinced these two visionary companies to bet their 'chips' on LVL?
  • LVL moves to next level
    German hardwood sawmiller Pollmeier has invested in panel production equipment to help it manufacture what it calls the ultimate high strength wood product. Stephen Powney reports.
  • IWF signals better times
    An improving North American economy helped boost this year’s International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) in Atlanta. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report.


  • ‘Woodbox’ and ‘toilet’ join the campaign trail
    An important upcoming event was announced at the European Panel Federation’s (EPF) Annual meeting in Bruges in June. The federation, and its co-organisers EOS and CEI-Bois, need your cooperation and support for this event, if you are a European panel maker.
  • Maybe the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes...
    If you are a regular reader of this magazine, you may remember my 'bedtime story' in the first issue of this year (February/March 2014), concerning the tale of the Emperor's Clothes, which I applied to the vexed subject of climate change, formaldehyde emissions and so on.
  • OSB is growing fast, wherever you look
    Our first survey of production capacities in the global panel industry appears in this issue and it concerns OSB in North America and 'the rest of the world'. That means that we kick off our series of annual surveys (MDF and particleboard are next) with a very positive story all round.
  • A bed time story for our first issue of 2014
    In considering recently the many things that we believe because we are told to, I started to wonder how many of our readers are familiar with the children’s story of The Emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. I came to pondering this question because it has seemed to me for a long time that this story should be essential reading for all adults, so that they are less likely to believe everything they are told.