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Ikea to expand in Poland 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 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 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 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 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 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, looks at China and assesses the economy, market and panel sector there.
LVL moves to next level 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 Electronic Wood Systems (EWS), located in Hameln, Germany says it has introduced new technological improvements to blow detection systems for the panel making industry.