Wood Based Panels


Noah’s Ark brought back to life
25 August, 2016 Accoya, the modified wood produced by Accsys Technologies, has been specified for the cladding of a giant replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky in the US.
  • Panel imports to UK up 5%
    Statistical Bulletin from The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) shows a continued growth in the volume of timber and panel products imported to the UK market in the first four months of the year.
  • Homag sales revenue grows 5% in first half
    The Homag Group has seen its sales revenue grow in the first six months of 2016 by almost 5% to €527m (prior year: €504m). The Dürr Group majority-owned affiliate was able to almost match its record order intake of the prior year again, despite negative exchange rate effects, and reach Euro €551m (prior year: €557m).
  • Good half year results from Pfleiderer
    Good results were reported for the Pfleiderer Group in the first half of 2016, thanks to its focus on value-added products and favourable market conditions.
  • Raute remains optimistic after half year results
    Results for the Raute Corporation in the first half of 2016 showed net sales of €53.7m declined 5% on the comparison period with order intake of €28m. Operating profit was €2.9m with result before taxes of €2.8m.


Panels for health
17 August, 2016 Articles in the general press on wood based panels (WBP) often tend to be rather negative and present our products in a poor light. Commentaries on things like formaldehyde and VOC emissions, dust and noise from factories inevitably put the industry into a defensive stance. One reason for this is the links these issues have with social wellbeing.
  • The art of the possible
    Acetylation is a chemical treatment that can transform the performance of timber and timber products. Paul Clegg, CEO of chemically-modified timber producer Accsys Technologies, explains how the work ethic instilled during his time in the City of London helped him turn around the company’s fortunes – and why he wants to live forever. Sally Spencer reports
  • Good contacts
    The biennial Xylexpo exhibition in Milan generated mixed reviews from exhibitors in the panel-related sector. None reported being busy, but most said they had met some interesting contacts from around the world. Mike Botting was there to bring this report
  • Italian job
    Italy, and northern Italy in particular, has long been known for engineering expertise and has a concentration of world-class makers of wood panel machinery. Julian Champkin visited companies there and and found these always-strong exporters are reporting signs of domestic recovery as well
  • Global capacity exceeds 100 million
    In this second part of our annual survey of the industry worldwide, independent industry consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future global position for MDF in countries outside Europe and North America


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.