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Panel futures A special 30th anniversary for the BioComposites Centre was the background for this year’s International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) in Wales
Capacity growth Part 1 of our annual survey on the world’s particleboard capacity shows growth both in Europe and North America, with the latest new mills now coming on stream in the US. Stephen Powney reports
Getting a grip Panel products can be awkward to handle but, as Julian Champkin from WBPI sister title Hoist magazine explains, lifting technology is up to the challenge
Sonae Arauco adds extra dimension Sonae Arauco’s new three-dimensional fibreboard won the Innovation: Product Category at this year’s TTJ Awards, organised by WBPI sister title, the Timber Trades Journal (TTJ)
CIFF Shanghai Show delivers on the numbers The 44th CIFF Shanghai exhibition came to a close at the NECC in Hongqiao after being attended by a record number of exhibitors and visitors. It also saw a record number of events, which included 40 conferences, forums and themed events
The growing popularity of Laminate flooring The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and here we trace the development of this most popular flooring
The Question of Durability Our guest expert, Dr Simon Curling FIMMM, project officer at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor discussed decay and durability
Industry 4.0 A Big Opportunity for Panels There is a strong possibility for the panels sector to lead the way with Building Maintenance 4.0, says Dr Graham Ormondroyd of the BioComposites Centre.
Thermal Fluids: Reducing Risk Thermal fluid systems don’t always get the respect and care they need, yet are vital for safe and efficient operations in the wood based panels manufacturing industry. Stephen Powney spoke to John Shorthouse, global sales director of Thermal Fluid Solutions.
The Big Board Talk Panel producers and suppliers to the industry gathered in Scotland for the important European Panel Federation AGM. Stephen Powney attended and brings this report
A Perfect Blend for an Ideal Future WBPI catches up with CMC Texpan, which is currently involved in supplying its first complete glue dosing and preparation system autonomously designed and produced by this forwardlooking Italian company
Pessa and Infinite Flaker Expertise Wood reduction and preparation is a key process in the manufacturing of wood based panels. Italy’s Pessa Impianti has been active in the trade for over 50 years
IMAL PAL Group in Expansion Mode Italy’s IMAL PAL Group continues to focus on innovation to stay at the forefront of panel production technologies. Stephen Powney reports from its Modena headquarters
Brazil and China continue to Invest; Egypt has new project In this second part of our annual survey of the global MDF industry, for the countries outside Europe and North America, Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future position for MDF.
What is MMC? MMC or Modern Methods of Construction is a term increasingly heard within the housing sector and is widely associated with the desire to produce more (and better quality) buildings in less time, says Ceri Loxton, Researcher at the BioComposites Centre in Wales
Leading the way in design and creativity Thermally Fused Laminates, or TFL, are one of the smartest environmental surfacing options available and Arclin leads the North American market
OSB line second act Norbord is embarking on the second phase of expansion at its OSB mill in Inverness in Scotland. Sally Spencer reports
Kronospan shows confidence Multi-million pound investments at Kronospan’s Chirk site are a vote of confidence in the UK market. Sally Spencer reports
Quality in flooring In its parquet production, Scheucher Parkett relies on a 100% comprehensive inspection of the surface and it employs GreCon's UPU 6000fs and the material penetrating moisture analysis of the GreCon MM6000. We look at how this quality control system works