Wood Based Panels


Decorative panel producer Tafisa aims two innovations at North America
17 August, 2018 Leading decorative panel manufacturer Tafisa Canada will be showcasing two innovations at IWF 2018, the International Woodworking Fair to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, US, August 22-25. The innovations are designed to provide the North American industry, designers and architects with unprecedented selection of high-end affordable products that fill a market gap, says the company.
  • Upcoming Ligna will keynote digitisation and automation
    ‘Integrated Woodworking - Customised Solutions’ will be the keynote theme at next year’s Ligna trade show, which will run from May 27-31 in Hannover, Germany. Accordingly, Industry 4.0 technologies will feature prominently among the woodworking and timber processing exhibits in halls 11–17 and 25–27, as well as on the open-air site.
  • Sonae Arauco orders particleboard plant for its Beeskow site in Germany
    The Portuguese-Chilean joint venture Sonae Arauco has made a belated gift to its Beeskow site for its 50th anniversary. Under the project name‚ ‘Beeskow50+’ – the plus stands for the future of the site 100km southeast of Berlin – a state-of-the-art particleboard plant from Dieffenbacher will be built beginning March 2019.
  • Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces acquires Laminate Works Dallas
    Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces acquires Laminate Works DallasWilsonart Engineered Surfaces has purchased Laminate Works Dallas, a division of Laminate Works Inc, a Kansas City based manufacturer of decorative High Pressure Laminate (HPL) panels. According to vice president, sales, Tim Atkinson: “This acquisition supports the continued growth of Wilsonart’s Coordinated Surfaces program with expanded capacity for the manufacture of HPL panels.”
  • Global wood based panels market to grow sharply by 2025
    The global wood based panel market size is expected to reach US$174.55bn by 2025, registering a 7.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research of San Francisco, California.


Picking up the durable baton
29 June, 2018 Dr. Simon Curling FIMMM, project officer at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, outlines how biological durability needs to be a critical element of product development.
  • Flexible working
    APA – the Engineered Wood Association has adapted to changes in the wood based panels industry while remaining true to its core principles. President Ed Elias talks to Keren Fallwell
  • Lion-Hearted Hardboard
    The hardboard market in the UK might be small but it is growing. Sally Spencer reports
  • Changing ownership still affects industry
    In the first part of our annual survey of the global MDF producing industry, independent consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at the MDF Mills and their capacities in Europe and North America in 2017 and at the prospects for 2018 and beyond.


Investment and growth continues
26 June, 2018 Judging by the amount of investment and expansion news we have in this issue, the buoyancy in the global panels industry continues unabated.