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EPF meeting pushes circular economy
The European Panel Federation’s Annual General Meeting emphasised the role of wood in thecircular economy, and that subsdising the burning of biomass for energy is a costly mistake bothenvironmentally and in terms of distortion of markets. Julian Champkin was there
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Squaring the circle: samiron mondal
Siempelkamp, the German manufacturer, has set up two plants in China. It can produce machinery cheaply there – but can it maintain its good name for quality? Samiron Mondal is Siempelkamp’s man in China. WBPI spoke to him. Can he really produce German quality at Chinese prices?
Imeas, Special Sanding Solutions
Sander manufacturer Imeas of Villa Cortese, 30km west of Milan, has just celebrated its 50thanniversary and is looking forward to introducing new models and expanding its presence intoniche segments
CMC texpan presents itself
In an Alpine valley, an engineering company has been quietly transforming its image. CMC TEXPAN has been co-operating with Siempelkamp since the 1980s. Now wholly owned by that group, it sells both to Siempelkamp and independently to others. And it feels that it is time to start telling the world
Instalmec's Fibre Cleaner Improves Mdf
Instalmec is another of those North Italian companies whose passion for engineering and whose genius for design help shape the machinery of the panels industry. A new cleaner for wood Fibre is their latest innovation, as Julian Champkin discovered
Tocchio – Still Going Strong
“We took sample to LIGNA, but we did not reveal the process”. You read it here first. Dr Annalisa Tocchio was speaking, a week after LIGNA, of the company’s new products. Julian Champkin visited Tocchio’s HQ to bring this report
ITI generates heat and power
Energy cost money; waste products are costly to deal with. Italian company ITI has a mission to power panel factories economically and responsibly from the wood they cannot use.
Longoni goes dry
Longoni is renowned for new ideas in surface treatments and decor. Their newest technology fits the fast developing niche for in register embossing of panels, as Julian Champkin reports.
PAL Runs Fast
PAL, another key member Of the panel alliance finds beauty in partnership and order books brimming
Italy: Panel Power
Italy is a powerhouse of panel engineering. Julian Champkin visited several of the companiesthat make it so
Surface Density gives MDF Strength
MDF may at first glance look uniform; but the hot-pressing process imparts layers of differing density. Dr. Mark Irle explains why this is so advantageous.
Better blender for plywood adhesives
Mixing of powders for plywood adhesives seems simple, but Uniformity in the final mix is all-important. A major producer of materials for plywood adhesives has found a new rotary batch mixer delivers significant improvements.
Hexion: Of Molecules and Men
Two main components go into wood based panels. One is wood; the other is the binder: the resins and adhesives that hold the wood together. That is the component which has by far the most potential for technological improvement to give new and customer-desired properties to the end panel. Hexion, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the world’s largest resin supplier to the industry. Julian Champkin talked to Joseph "Jody" Bevilaqua, Chief Operating officer and Mark Alness, senior vice president of Hexion’s Americas Forest Products. He found people who are inspired about wood and who want to share their inspiration.