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Wood and wellness WBPI's sister magazine, TTJ’s, Wood and Wellness conference heard that timber has the perfect opportunity to benefit from the growing well-being agenda. Sally Spencer reports.
More than simply surface appeal There was more to the panel products, decors and flooring at London’s Surface Design Show than met the eye. Latest surfaces are also about high tech materials and processing, malleability, texture – even smell. TTJ’s Mike Jeffree reports.
Surfing the wave of MDF waste Dr Mark Irle, of the Ecole Supérieur du Bois in France, looks at the well-known use of recycled Wood in making particleboard, but suggests that recycling MDF itself is a different problem - and one which requires addressing with some urgency
Next-Generation Technologies The future has arrived. Forward-thinking panel manufacturers are taking advantage of innovative new features on new systems which can also be retro-fitted to existing equipment, says refiner manufacturer Andritz.
Prepared for Ligna In February, the organisers of the world's largest woodworking show, Ligna, held a press preview meeting in Hannover, Germany. Mike Botting was there to bring this report
OSB capacity seeing rapid growth Russian OSB production is steadily growing, thanks to the ongoing recovery of the country’s national economy from the crisis, and the launch of new investment projects in the industry, says our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden
Russia forges ahead The trend seen last year has continued, with rising demand, and rising production capacities, for OSB around the world outside North America. Mike Botting reports
A year of two halves 2018 began as the best of times and it ended as the worst of times. Industry experts now expect ample OSB supply, relative to demand, in 2019 and 2020. This report was compiled by our North America correspondents, Dick and Rich Baldwin
A global shift in wood usage Our guest expert in this issue is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK
A voice for the UK industry Alastair Kerr is Director General of the UK’s Wood Panel Industries Federation, a body which represents wood panel manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. Mike Botting spoke to him about his role and that of the Federation he heads
Developments in the industry, 1995-2018 As he nears the end of his second tenure as full-time Editor of WBPI, Mike Botting looks back on his 22 years’ involvement with the panel business and summarises the major changes which he feels have shaped, improved, and sometimes threatened, that industry
Surface currents Dave Huggins, business development director at International Decorative Services (IDS), in the UK, talks about trends in panels
Technology, beauty, innovation The Brazilian Tree Industry association (Ibá) represents the entire planted tree production chain, from fields to factory. It says that Brazilian laminate floors are innovative and sustainable, respect the environment, and guarantee well-being and quality of life for consumers
Panel discussions Sally Spencer of sister magazine, TTJ, reports from the UK Timber Trade Federation's(TTF) first UK Wood panels Conference which took place in London in November
Yugra-plit's big plans Yugra-Plit aims to become a leading producer and exporter of particleboard in Russian West Siberia and the Urals in years to come, by doubling the capacities at its existing plants. Our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports
From IWF to ligna Since it took over machinery distributor Stiles Machinery in North America, both Homag of Germany and Stiles in the US have thrived, as Mike Botting reports
Recycled wood: waste or resource? During the Wood Based Panels Symposium, held in October 2018, Silvio Mergner (Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting in Munich, Germany) asked if 'waste' wood was, in fact, a valuable raw material. He compared different countries in western and eastem Europe
New hybrid binder BASF says that it has developed an innovative binder system which raises the efficiency of particleboard production. The binder is called Kauranat MS 1001. Dr stephan Weinkötz explains the benefits of the new system
Multi-purpose resins A novel additive for wood based panels. One product, three applications:flame retardant; formaldehyde catcher; and hardener. That is the subject of this article, written by Dr Georges Francis of Advachem SA, Belgium