Wood Based Panels


Japan’s imports of plywood decreased by 12%
17 May, 2016 Japan’s February 2016 imports of plywood fell back after the sharp rise reported in January. Year-on-year February 2016 plywood imports were down 12%, and February imports were down 15% from levels the previous month, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization.
  • LP Q1 sales up 7% to US$505m
    For Q1, 2016, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) reported net income of US$10m, as compared to a net loss of US$35m for the Q1, 2015.


The streaming of SCM's innovation
16 May, 2016 Streaming Innovation is an innovations project for SCM, with the goal of providing a concrete example of how digital production, which uses design software, extremely sophisticated technologies, and their ability to communicate with each other, can open new horizons.
  • The Speed factory
    The fundamentals of digital manufacturing: controlling the process, improving production efficiency, guaranteeing quality. These are the vital points needed in order to work successfully in the era of the 4.0 revolution which Biesse says it guarantees, thanks to Biesse Systems.
  • Printed and wrapped
    Technology and innovation in furniture, doors, windows, panels, parquet, profiles and packaging industries. These, says Spanish headquartered machinery maker Barberán, are the results of its more than 85-year history in making machinery for finishing systems.
  • Foot on the gas
    Pal’s well-known Cleaning Tower concept has been the subject of more research and development to further enhance its role as a vertical cleaning system for wood chips.
  • Releasing Resins
    Established at the end of the 1980s in Mexico City, Fusoni is a Spanish family company specialising in the production of release agents and additives for the wood based panel and some other specialised industries.


WBPI: the voice of the global panel industry
16 May, 2016 The knock-on effects of the slowdown in the Chinese economy have taken some of the gloss off more positive figures for the panel industry seen in the last year or so.
  • 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.
  • Economic woes in some areas a cause for concern?
    One of the major editorial sections in this issue of WBPI is of course the second part of our survey of the World MDF industry – the countries outside Europe and North America. Written by acknowledged MDF industry expert Geoff Rhodes, it makes for very interesting reading, not least for his conclusions at the end of the article about total global MDF capacity. Geoff points out that the world’s MDF capacity looks set to go over the one million cubic metre mark in the not-too-distant future!