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Altailes builds one of biggest MDF lines Altailes, one of Russia’s largest woodworking enterprises, is finishing construction of large-scale woodworking combine in Pavlovsk. Our Russian correspondent Eugen Gerden reports.
Milan machine mart The Xylexpo woodworking technology fair in Milan during May was again a hot point of innovation. Stephen Powney reports from the show, held at the Rho Fairgrounds
Together and alone Since it became 100% owned by Siempelkamp, CMC Texpan has been able to make some positive changes to the way it manufactures its products. Mike Botting visited Colzate to bring this report
A Big Evol-Ution Established in 1966, wide-belt sander manufacturer Imeas SpA can look back at a long reference list of panel makers worldwide; and forward to a growing order book. Mike Botting visited its headquarters near Milan
Stronger Together In Imal-Pal Group The Imal-Pal Group continues to prosper and grow, with 2018 set to be another record year for this diverse company. Mike Botting met with managing director Loris Zanasi in Modena
Wear protection Located in Arconate, near the northern city of Milan, Saro Srl provides wear protection solutions for a wide range of applications. Mike Botting visited them, for the first time for WBPI, to bring this report.
Capacity still growing as Algeria joins the club In this second part of our annual MDF survey, covering the countries outside Europe and North America, industry consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future position for MDF in the ‘rest of the world’
Picking up the durable baton Dr. Simon Curling FIMMM, project officer at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, outlines how biological durability needs to be a critical element of product development.
Flexible working APA – the Engineered Wood Association has adapted to changes in the wood based panels industry while remaining true to its core principles. President Ed Elias talks to Keren Fallwell
Lion-Hearted Hardboard The hardboard market in the UK might be small but it is growing. Sally Spencer reports
Green river panels scores a hat-trick Green River Panels’ third particleboard line will help the company expand its market share. Keren Fallwell reports.
Changing ownership still affects industry In the first part of our annual survey of the global MDF producing industry, independent consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at the MDF Mills and their capacities in Europe and North America in 2017 and at the prospects for 2018 and beyond.
Sterling work Norbord’s new £95m OSB line in Scotland is up and running and ready to capitalise on the booming market for the panel product. Keren Fallwell reports
Lemeks expands into plywood Estonian company AS Lemeks is establishing itself as a plywood manufacturer, building a plywood and birch veneer plant in Jõgeva. Jaroslaw Adamowski reports
Kronospan has big ambitions in Russia Kronospan has big plans for business in Russia, including creating one of the largest particleboard plants in eastern Europe and a new MDF mill. Eugene Gerden reports
Modifying markets A dedicated UK production facility for Tricoya modified wood chips ��� the key ingredient in Tricoya modified wood panels – will open early next year. Stephen Powney reports.
Designs of the future Just yards away from the towering Alps and spectacularly positioned on the Austrian-German border is the founding company of Egger, an ideal example of growth and determination
So long and thanks for all the chips! In his final column, Dr Mark Irle looks back on nearly 18 years of writing for WBPI.
Sharp Practice Globus’s new Sharpening Room is a single set-up that handles the whole sharpening process – a development that managing director Fabio Paron describes as revolutionary. He talks to Julian Champkin