Today on Wood Based Panels


Sonae Industria posts reduced net loss of €78m for 2013.
23 April, 2014 Despite the loss, Portugese panel producer Sonae is expecting stabilisation in some of its markets and even a marginal improvement in the industry's trading environment.
  • Rougier strengthens its import activities in France
    Rougier has announced the merger of its two subsidiaries Rougier Sylvaco and Rougier Panneaux, specialists in the procurement and distribution in France of timber products and plywood from all over the world.
  • John White steps down from the TTF
    Having announced he was leaving his post after nine years the UK Timber Trade Federation chief executive John White said it had been an “honour and privilege” to lead the organisation.
  • Weyerhaeuser announces leadership changes
    The Weyerhaeuser Company has announced changes in its leadership team. Devin Stockfish will become senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, succeeding Sandy McDade, senior vice president, general counsel, who will retire in July. Kristen Sawin has been named vice president, Government Relations, Environment, Health and Safety, and will report to Mr Stockfish.


Surface tension
06 March, 2014 Persevere with this article on how adhesive properties affect glue/wood bonds: the reason for the definitions at the start will become clear by the end (I hope!).
  • APA and EWTA gather for annual meeting
    Nearly 400 APA members, Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) members, staff, and spouses gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California for the 2013 APA Annual Meeting last November. Marilyn Thomson of the APA sent this report.
  • Metal, leather, wood – the choice is yours
    Speciality laminates emulating natural materials for any surface are offered by Homapal GmbH, which says it has a worldwide distribution network ensuring good service and information and excellent stock levels. Derek Steel reports.
  • Production and usage still growing in China
    Bernard Fuller of Cambridge Forest Products Associates (CFPA) brings his exclusive annual report for WBPI on China’s economy in the past year and says new records will be set in production and consumption, even as growth slows.
  • Russia grows
    Swiss Krono Group plans to invest up to RUB8.5bn (USD$250m) in building a plant for the production of OSB in Russia’s Perm region during the coming years, reports our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden.


A bed time story for our first issue of 2014
28 February, 2014 In considering recently the many things that we believe because we are told to, I started to wonder how many of our readers are familiar with the children’s story of The Emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. I came to pondering this question because it has seemed to me for a long time that this story should be essential reading for all adults, so that they are less likely to believe everything they are told.
  • The New Yearmay well build on 2013’s optimism
    as I write this column, there is only just over a month to go before the end of 2013, which has been a year of mixed fortunes for the panel manufacturing industry, depending on where the manufacturers are located.
  • Still looking for stability in global markets
    A major part of this issue is given over to part one of our survey of particleboard mills, covering Europe and North America. Nobody will be surprised to hear that new capacity is not planned in North America, while western Europe has just four capacity increases planned – two of which are from Swedspan.
  • It’s true - things really are looking better!
    Continuing the theme of my Comment columns in the last two issues, it seems that there really is good news out there as we pass the halfway stage in 2013. Improvements in the market in North America have continued, thus far at least, and most commentators seem to think that will continue.
  • Good news is out there if you look for it
    In my Comment column in the last issue, I said that I was looking forward to Ligna and believed that it was going to be blessed with a good number of both exhibitors and visitors. The good news is that I was right.