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Sunds in kuster Chain improvements
Sunds Fibertech is strengthening its off ering to MDF and wet-process hardboard lines by launching improved chains for Kuster presses. By this addition Sunds Fibertech becomes a complete service and spare part provider to Kuster presses worldwide.
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Dieffenbacher: very much a family undertaking
Dieffenbacher is world renowned as a maker of press systems and complete production lines for the wood based panel industry. It is family owned; last year Christian Dieffenbacher became the latest family member to join.Wood Based Panels International talked to him about the challenges and the responsibilities, and gained insights into the family business
What’s so tough about formaldehyde-free?
No Added Formaldehyde, or NAF, has been hard for manufacturers to achieve without penalising productivity or quality. Bio-engineering at last offers a practical solution. Jeff MacDonald, chief executive officer of EcoSynthetix, explains how DuraBind is a binder whose time has come
Closing the loop
Technology that recovers the fibre from waste MDF could enhance manufacturers’ rawmaterial supply – and the panel product’s environmental credentials. Keren Fallwell reports
New lines of vision
The UK government plans to increase housebuilding activity and Egger UK’s two new state-of-the-art lines mean it’s ready to meet construction industry demand. Keren Fallwell reports
North American OSB producers have suspended many inactive mills. But at last demand is increasing. Will those suspended operations be revived, or shall we see new mills for old?
OSB is good for the future
Europe in 2016 saw record-breaking production of OSB. Demand continues to increase andnew mills are coming into production. Julian Champkin reports
Confident Ligna set for growth
Ligna 2017 promises to be bigger than two years ago and will feature a renewed layout to make it easier for visitors to find related technologies. Stephen Powney reports from the Ligna preview event in Hannover
Lignin Based Binders Standard at Last
Lignin-based binders have been a long time coming; but now as a substitute for phenolbased resins they are ready to become the industry standard. Charles Markessini of Chimar Hellas and Dr Christian Hubsch, Head of Lignin business at UPM Chemicals, explain how the chemistry and the technology have caught up with the needs of producers; and why the lignin revolution may have arrived
Focus On Resins: A Fast-Changing Market
Few areas of the industry are changing as rapidly as the resins and additives that hold veneers and wood particles together. Technology has to keep up with legislation. Emission requirements are becoming ever more stringent. In this special Focus on Resins, we examine new technology and well-established companies in the sector. First we look at NTL Chemical Consulting, which has more than 30 years experience in developing resins for the industry
High pressure saves resin and energy
Imal-Pal, the major Italian machinery producer, has been the co-ordinating partner in an EU-funded co-operation working on systems to reduce the amount of resin used in board manufacture. The pilot project has been successful; the 30-month project has now reached the stage of industrial useage and application.
Plants or petrol? New resins for old
Evertree is a new company specialising in replacing petroleumbased chemicals with those derived from vegetable proteins. Its first product is claimed to reduce – and eventually eliminate – formaldehyde-based resins in the panels industry. Industrial trials with three North American companies have proved positive. Julian Champkin talked to Fabrice Garrigue, CEO of Evertree