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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.
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WBPI: the voice of the global panel industry
Monday, May 16, 2016 The knock-on effects of the slowdown in the Chinese economy have taken some of the gloss off more positive figures for the panel industry seen in the last year or so.
WBPI - the voice of the global panel industry
Thursday, March 03, 2016 Welcome to the first edition of WBPI in its brand new clothing.
Year of progress to be followed by year of cautious optimism
Monday, December 21, 2015 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
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 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.
Economic woes in some areas a cause for concern?
Thursday, August 13, 2015 One of the major editorial sections in this issue of WBPI is of course the second part of our survey of the World MDF industry – the countries outside Europe and North America. Written by acknowledged MDF industry expert Geoff Rhodes, it makes for very interesting reading, not least for his conclusions at the end of the article about total global MDF capacity. Geoff points out that the world’s MDF capacity looks set to go over the one million cubic metre mark in the not-too-distant future!
Shows point the way to improving markets
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Although I was unable to attend the Interzum and Ligna exhibitions in Cologne and Hannover in May myself this year, due to ill health, the reports that I have received from my colleague Stephen Powney, who attended in my place, and from the industry in general, are very positive indeed. In fact, one machinery supplier described it as "The best Ligna ever!" and it appears he was not alone in that opinion.
Looking forward to the biennial show season
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Finally, I am back at my desk, if only for short periods at a time, but I have been able to relieve Stephen Powney of his additional duties on WBPI and I take this opportunity to thank him most sincerely for acting as full-time editor, as well as carrying out his duties as editor of sister journal TTJ, during my prolonged and unforeseeable absence due to illness.
New year begins with mixed messages
Friday, February 27, 2015 In my comment column in the last issue, I said that I hoped to be back in work by early January 2015, following two spinal operations in September and October 2014.
The road to recovery and New Year hopes
Monday, December 15, 2014 In my comment column in the last issue, I ended by saying that I would be away from day-to-day work for about four to six weeks. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a rather optimistic forecast on my behalf.
Global market can lead to local uncertainty
Thursday, November 06, 2014

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