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Artistic Differences
30 March, 2018
Panel processors are coming up with ever more innovative ideas to enhance the structural and decorative properties of wood based boards. Added value is the key, reports Robin Meade
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The biggest plywood panels in the world 30 March, 2018 The Mass Plywood Panel is about to hit the market – and it is indeed massive. The MPP, developed and produced by Freres Lumber of Oregon, is composed of up to 216 layers of veneer and is claimed to be the biggest plywood panel ever made. WBPI spoke to Tyler Freres about the new panel
A mirror on modern day living 30 March, 2018 With state-of-the-art printing technology coupled with design and marketing expertise Interprint maintains an enviable position with creating decors reflecting the changing world of modern living.
Panels to the moon 30 March, 2018 Dr Mark Irle marvels at the vast quantities of wood based panels that are produced each year but sees room for growth
‘Mr Birch’ Notches 60 Years Of Trading 30 March, 2018 Derek Fletcher has seen more than most people in the UK timber trade. Celebrating 60 years in the industry this year he remains irrepressible and was recently honoured in Latvia for his long association with the birch plywood industy. Stephen Powney reports
Kingfisher fights for protection 30 March, 2018 Recycled wood puts greater strain on equipment and machinery. Kingfisher Industrial, manufacturers of wear resistant process plant and equipment, identified this problem back in 1990. Julian Champkin spoke with MD John Connolly.
Kastamonu expands In Russia 28 March, 2018 Turkish giant Kastamonu is already the largest producer of MDF in Russia. It does not intend to rest on its laurels, says WBPI correspondent Eugene Gerden
Wood foam – a product on the rise? 28 March, 2018 You wait ages for a fundamentally new wood based product to appear; then two come along at once.
VOCs, a Volatile Issue 28 March, 2018 What does reducing VOCs mean for the panels industry? Simon Corbey of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and Ceri Loxton of the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University combine their expertise to explain an issue that will grow in importance.
The poplar choice 29 December, 2017 Spanish poplar plywood producer Garnica has an ambitious growth and product innovation programme. Stephen Powney visited its mills in northern Spain
IPPS Meeting: VOCS and new panels 26 December, 2017 The International Panel Products Symposium was held from October 4-6 at its now-traditional venue of Llandudno, north Wales, UK. It again brought together delegates from academia and industry to explore developments in wood technology to mutual gain. Julian Champkin was there
Richard Franklin: Cool about Hot Oil 26 December, 2017 Thermal oil is essential to the pressing process. Specialist company Thermal Oil Solutions is opening a new subsidiary in North America. Increased demand for its services from US panel makers has prompted the move. Richard Franklin, MD of the company, spoke to Julian Champkin
Oil Palm Wood – An Untapped Resource 26 December, 2017 The much-maligned oil palm plantations in Asia may provide a major source of wood raw material in the years to come if the PalmwoodNet project succeeds in its mission to make the species a commercially usable timber. Stephen Powney reports

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