Wood Based Panels


Ligna all set for 2017 edition
21 February, 2017 Ligna, the focal point and meeting hub for the international wood industry, is just around the corner. The 2017 edition runs from May 22-26 in Hannover, Germany, and will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 nations and attract trade visitors from about 90 nations.
  • World's tallest wooden building under construction
    Arthur and Anders Buchardt of AB Invest AS and contractor HENT AS have entered into a turnkey contract to build Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway. This will be, it is claimed, the world's tallest wooden building.
  • Martinsons commissions new production line for CLT
    Martinsons, headquartered in Burträskvägen, Sweden is now commissioning its new production line for cross-laminated timber (CLT). This will increase the company's production capacity for these construction components to a total of 22,000m3/year.
  • Roseburg sells Oxford TFL to Wilsonart
    Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, based in Temple, Texas has acquired Roseburg Forest Products' manufacturing plant in Oxford, Mississippi. Roseburg manufactures Thermally Fused Melamine (TFL), MDF and particleboard among other products, while Wilsonart manufactures and distributes engineered surfaces for a variety of applications.


08 December, 2016 Pre-pressing compresses the raw mattress of a panel before it enters the main hot press. Dr Mark Irle explains the benefits
  • Energy saving and wear reduction
    An overlooked property of lubricating oils is the residue that they leave under evaporation. A new family of high-temperature oils for the wood panels industry tackles the problem. Anton Kulikov, sales development manager at Klüber Lubrication, explains
  • A New, Lightweight OSB-type Board
    A new lightweight wood based panel has been developed by a major European co-operative effort. It is called I-PAN. IMAL, the Italian headquartered specialists in wood based panel machinery, were the project co-ordinators. Here they explain the concept, the development, and the results
  • Jörg Kaufmann: Belting it out
    Jörg Kaufmann is global product manager at Sandvik Surface Solutions, in charge of belts for continuous presses. WBPI asked him about issues and prospects for Sandvik and other German-based players in the industry.


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.