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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
Agents of change Fusoni is a Spanish-headquartered company dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of release agents and chemical additives for process industries and is especially active in the panel industry. We look at what the company can offer to panel manufacturers, worldwide
Ligna is a success Ligna, the world's premier woodworking exhibition, was held in May 2019 in Hannover, Germany. Mike Botting was there to bring us this report of new products and an upbeat mood among panel industry exhibitors
MDF expansion continues apace New MDF investment in Lithuania, and a rice straw MDF plant in the US are now nearing completion. Meanwhile, Russia, Turkey and Mexico still lead the main expansion in MDF capacity in Europe and North America, reports Geoff Rhodes
Layer upon layer of success Our guest expert is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK
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