Wood Based Panels
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces manufactures and distributes high pressure laminate, quartz, solid surface, coordinated TFL and edgebanding as well as other engineered surface options for use in the office, education, healthcare, residential, hospitality and retail markets.Read more
The Mjösa Tower has officially opened in Brumunddal, Norway, taking over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building reaches up to a height of 85.4m and the building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsä Wood’s fast, light and green Kerto LVL products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building.
US imports of Vietnamese hardwood plywood surge as prices plummet
US imports of hardwood plywood from Vietnam and Indonesia increased as imports from China fell by 50,000 to 100,000m3/month. Vietnam's export volume rose by 25,000km3/month but their prices into the US dropped below the world average for the first time.
Uniboard announces C$18m plant expansion
Uniboard has announced a C$18m investment to expand and modernise its plant in Mont Laurier, Quebec. The enhancements will include improvements to reduce the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase MDF production capacity.
Truck-receiving systems for Egger’s new mill in North Carolina
Bruks Siwertell, a global leader in bulk handling and wood processing solutions, has announced an agreement to supply two automated truck-receiving and storage systems for Egger Wood Products’ state-of-the-art particleboard manufacturing facility, currently under construction in Linwood, North Carolina. All Bruks’ systems are planned for commissioning towards the end of 2019.
Setra reports Q1 operating profit of SEK83m (US$9m)
Setra, one of Sweden’s largest wood products companies, has reported an operating profit of SEK83m (US$9m) for Q1, 2019.
Our guest expert is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK
Wood and wellness
WBPI's sister magazine, TTJ’s, Wood and Wellness conference heard that timber has the perfect opportunity to benefit from the growing well-being agenda. Sally Spencer reports.
More than simply surface appeal
There was more to the panel products, decors and flooring at London’s Surface Design Show than met the eye. Latest surfaces are also about high tech materials and processing, malleability, texture – even smell. TTJ’s Mike Jeffree reports.
Surfing the wave of MDF waste
Dr Mark Irle, of the Ecole Supérieur du Bois in France, looks at the well-known use of recycled Wood in making particleboard, but suggests that recycling MDF itself is a different problem - and one which requires addressing with some urgency
The future has arrived. Forward-thinking panel manufacturers are taking advantage of innovative new features on new systems which can also be retro-fitted to existing equipment, says refiner manufacturer Andritz.
Judging by the amount of investment and expansion news we have in this issue, the buoyancy in the global panels industry continues unabated.
Innovation drives industry
In wood we have a material that lends itself to innovation.