Wood Based Panels


EPA extends compliance dates for formaldehyde emissions
22 June, 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a direct final rule to extend the compliance date for formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products to March 22, 2018, reports the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association.
  • Softwood lumber duties dampen outlook for Canada’s wood products
    Following its strongest showing in three years, production growth in Canada’s wood products industry is expected to moderate significantly in 2017 due to the incoming US trade restrictions on Canadian softwood lumber, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Wood Products Manufacturing Industry.
  • US decision on preliminary antidumping margins on Chinese plywood
    The US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary antidumping margins’ decision on imports of Chinese hardwood plywood into the US, reports the Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA). Nearly all Chinese companies will pay antidumping duties of 57% or higher as well as countervailing duties of 9% or more.
  • Homag Group's Q1 sales revenue climbs 31%
    The Homag Group, a world leader in the manufacture of machinery and systems for the woodworking industry, reports that in Q1, 2017 its sales revenue climbed 31% to €401m (prior year: €306m).
  • Dieffenbacher introduces 3-D feeding of knife ring flakers
    Inhomogeneous material distribution is a well-known problem of all knife ring flakers currently on the market and the new FlowOptimizer solves the material distribution problem and ensures optimized flake quality while simultaneously reducing operating costs per ton of material produced, explains Dieffenbacher.


Sunds in kuster Chain improvements
19 May, 2017 Sunds Fibertech is strengthening its off ering to MDF and wet-process hardboard lines by launching improved chains for Kuster presses. By this addition Sunds Fibertech becomes a complete service and spare part provider to Kuster presses worldwide.
  • Dieffenbacher: very much a family undertaking
    Dieffenbacher is world renowned as a maker of press systems and complete production lines for the wood based panel industry. It is family owned; last year Christian Dieffenbacher became the latest family member to join.Wood Based Panels International talked to him about the challenges and the responsibilities, and gained insights into the family business
  • What’s so tough about formaldehyde-free?
    No Added Formaldehyde, or NAF, has been hard for manufacturers to achieve without penalising productivity or quality. Bio-engineering at last offers a practical solution. Jeff MacDonald, chief executive officer of EcoSynthetix, explains how DuraBind is a binder whose time has come
  • Closing the loop
    Technology that recovers the fibre from waste MDF could enhance manufacturers’ rawmaterial supply – and the panel product’s environmental credentials. Keren Fallwell reports
  • New lines of vision
    The UK government plans to increase housebuilding activity and Egger UK’s two new state-of-the-art lines mean it’s ready to meet construction industry demand. Keren Fallwell reports


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.