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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the WOOD editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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Prepared for Ligna
12 April, 2019
In February, the organisers of the world's largest woodworking show, Ligna, held a press preview meeting in Hannover, Germany. Mike Botting was there to bring this report
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OSB capacity seeing rapid growth 12 April, 2019 Russian OSB production is steadily growing, thanks to the ongoing recovery of the country’s national economy from the crisis, and the launch of new investment projects in the industry, says our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden
Russia forges ahead 12 April, 2019 The trend seen last year has continued, with rising demand, and rising production capacities, for OSB around the world outside North America. Mike Botting reports
A year of two halves 04 April, 2019 2018 began as the best of times and it ended as the worst of times. Industry experts now expect ample OSB supply, relative to demand, in 2019 and 2020. This report was compiled by our North America correspondents, Dick and Rich Baldwin
A global shift in wood usage 08 February, 2019 Our guest expert in this issue is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK
A voice for the UK industry 08 February, 2019 Alastair Kerr is Director General of the UK’s Wood Panel Industries Federation, a body which represents wood panel manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. Mike Botting spoke to him about his role and that of the Federation he heads
Developments in the industry, 1995-2018 08 February, 2019 As he nears the end of his second tenure as full-time Editor of WBPI, Mike Botting looks back on his 22 years’ involvement with the panel business and summarises the major changes which he feels have shaped, improved, and sometimes threatened, that industry
Surface currents 08 February, 2019 Dave Huggins, business development director at International Decorative Services (IDS), in the UK, talks about trends in panels
Technology, beauty, innovation 08 February, 2019 The Brazilian Tree Industry association (Ibá) represents the entire planted tree production chain, from fields to factory. It says that Brazilian laminate floors are innovative and sustainable, respect the environment, and guarantee well-being and quality of life for consumers
Panel discussions 07 February, 2019 Sally Spencer of sister magazine, TTJ, reports from the UK Timber Trade Federation's(TTF) first UK Wood panels Conference which took place in London in November
Yugra-plit's big plans 07 February, 2019 Yugra-Plit aims to become a leading producer and exporter of particleboard in Russian West Siberia and the Urals in years to come, by doubling the capacities at its existing plants. Our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports
From IWF to ligna 07 February, 2019 Since it took over machinery distributor Stiles Machinery in North America, both Homag of Germany and Stiles in the US have thrived, as Mike Botting reports
Recycled wood: waste or resource? 07 February, 2019 During the Wood Based Panels Symposium, held in October 2018, Silvio Mergner (Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting in Munich, Germany) asked if 'waste' wood was, in fact, a valuable raw material. He compared different countries in western and eastem Europe


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