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CPS press is reborn 10 November, 2015 After 25 years of making its CPS continuous press system, plant manufacturer Dieffenbacher says it has brought a completely reworked version to the market, unveiling the new CPS+ to the public at LIGNA 2015 last May. > read more

Ikea to expand in Poland 10 November, 2015 Sweden’s IKEA Industry has launched a project to expand its HDF plant in Babimost, in Poland’s southwestern region of Lubuskie. This investment will enable the manufacturer to increase the capacity of its plant. Our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports.

More OSB plants for Russia in coming years 10 November, 2015 Two plants for the production of OSB may be commissioned in the Russian Perm Krai region during the next several years, according to Viktor Basargin, the governor of the Krai region. Eugene Gerden reports from Russia.

Compulsory E1 in Europe – a defence 03 November, 2015 Mr Clive Pinnington, the new, and first, managing director of the European Panel Federation, finds that not all publicity is good publicity – especially when it comes via a TV news programme that promoted alarmist views on emissions from wood products.

Paged Group plans to expand plywood plant 05 August, 2015 Polish industrial conglomerate Paged Group has unveiled plans to expand its plywood production facility in Morag, in Poland’s northern Pomerania region. Our Polish correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports

Global energy supply 15 July, 2015 Vyncke NV says it had a good year in 2014, supplying its energy systems to over 40 customers worldwide, 10 of which were in the wood based panel sector, while there is also increasing interest from pellet producers around the world

Slower, but still healthy growth in China 31 March, 2015 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, looks at China and assesses the economy, market and panel sector there.

LVL moves to next level 17 November, 2014 German hardwood sawmiller Pollmeier has invested in panel production equipment to help it manufacture what it calls the ultimate high strength wood product. Stephen Powney reports.

Kastamonu to launch first stage in Tatarstan 04 June, 2014 Kastamonu Entegre, part of Hayat holdings, one of Turkey’s largest financial groups, plans on completing preparations for the launch of the first stage of its Russian woodworking factory in Tatarstan, Russia, officially scheduled for the second quarter of 2014, reports our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden.

The future of the panel industry in Europe 04 June, 2014 The panel sector was hit hard by the financial crisis in 2008 and the drastic decline in demand between 2008 and 2012 left the industry facing a number of challenges. In this exclusive report, Cormac O’Carroll, Johan Carlsson and Ania Krolak of Pöyry probe the future for the industry.

Seeing better times 04 June, 2014 The future is looking good for OSB according to Norbord, the third largest manufacturer of the product in the world. This is a story first published in WBPI’s sister magazine, Timber Trades Journal (TTJ).

Russia grows 06 March, 2014 Swiss Krono Group plans to invest up to RUB8.5bn (USD$250m) in building a plant for the production of OSB in Russia’s Perm region during the coming years, reports our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden.

Committed to Poland 30 January, 2014 Kronospan is investing in a new OSB plant in Poland and planning to set up a research and development centre to bolster its operations in the region, reports Jaroslaw Adamowski.

A screening innovation 24 January, 2014 West Salem Machinery of Salem, Oregon, US has announced the development of a new screening design called the Waterfall Disc Screen.

First high-speed plywood repair line goes to UPM 20 August, 2012 Accurate and rapid patching of its plywood’s surfaces is essential to Finnish plywood maker UPM and two technology companies worked closely together to satisfy its requirements. Mike Botting visited UPM’s Pellos mills to see the result

The climb out of the abyss continues 03 July, 2012 Bernard Fuller of Cambridge Forest Products Associates looks at the economic prospects for the North American panel industry in 2012-14 and finds good reason for optimism, tinged with some reasons for caution in this uncertain world

MDF – from newcomer to stalwart 09 March, 2012 In 1976, when the first samples of Medite MDF were seen in Europe, few would have believed the amazing and positive impact MDF would have on the industry.

Recycling MDF: are we there yet? 09 March, 2012 The emergence of medium density fibreboard came at a time when function and performance were of greater importance to users than any concern for environmental efficacy or the ready availability of source materials.

Monitoring the air in our environment 09 March, 2012 Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used to manufacture building materials and various household products. It is also a naturally occurring chemical in all living things, plant and animal, and is essential to life. However, as with many things, it is concentration which is important and we know that high concentrations of formaldehyde can be damaging to health.

Quality control on the production line 09 March, 2012 Electronic Wood Systems (EWS), located in Hameln, Germany says it has introduced new technological improvements to blow detection systems for the panel making industry.

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