Features

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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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
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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
New hybrid binder 07 February, 2019 BASF says that it has developed an innovative binder system which raises the efficiency of particleboard production. The binder is called Kauranat MS 1001. Dr stephan Weinkötz explains the benefits of the new system
Multi-purpose resins 07 February, 2019 A novel additive for wood based panels. One product, three applications:flame retardant; formaldehyde catcher; and hardener. That is the subject of this article, written by Dr Georges Francis of Advachem SA, Belgium
A sustainable target 07 February, 2019 The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based binders as an alternative to formaldehyde binders currently used for wood based panels in furniture mass production. The goal of the project is to substitute fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources, explains project coordinator RTDS
A challenging, everchanging, business 07 February, 2019 In recent decades, the pacific northwest's plywood industry has declined, with survivors diversifying into a variety of veneer-based products. Can the industry continue to stay ahead of evolving markets? Richard F (Dick) Baldwin, PhD and Richard W (Rich) Baldwin, MBA try to answer that question


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