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A new use for old MDF
MDF has been manufactured commercially since the 1970s and is a great commercial success.
The China question
China has grown rapidly from being one of the world’s largest importers of plywood to one of the largest exporters, bringing recognised sourcing problems for the UK plywood industry. Keren Fallwell reports.
The demand for particleboard in the UK is good and this has an impact on continental European markets as the UK pulls in more imports to feed demand. It also has an effect on the market for OSB in applications where the two panel types are interchangeable. Keren Fallwell reports.
Logs to logarithms
Ranging from forest management to development of new technologies for wood processing, there can’t be many timber companies with a broader perspective than Danzer. Mike Jeffree of TTJ reports.
Russian government may allow forest privatization
The Russian forest industry is on the verge of big changes, due to state plans to allow privatisation of national forests, reports our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden.
Pfleiderer in new Polish deal
Pfleiderer Grajewo has signed a major HDF deal with a Polish furniture maker and aims to increase its output capacity, reports our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski.
Swiss Krono to build Hungarian OSB plant
The Swiss Krono Group has commenced construction works on a new OSB production facility in Vásárosnamény, in Hungary’s northeastern region. The investment is expected to create more than 100 new jobs. Our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports.
The Norbord OSB factory in Scotland reaches its 30th anniversary in June. Stephen Powney visited the mill to check on recent progress there.
Time for adjustment to a new environment
The story from Europe in 2014 was less happy than in recent years. Demand was still positive, but oversupply, and the availability of wood raw material, continue to make life difficult for the industry. This article covers the world outside North America and is written by Mike Botting and Richard Higgs.
Plus ça change
There’s been a kind of déjà vue about the North American world of OSB this past year, with one major producer near to closing a merger/acquisition with another, and one of the parties involved being the same as last year.
A question of fibre
My research is generally applied research and closely linked to industrial problems. Sometimes, however, fundamental data is required. I am currently involved in a project called ECOMATFIB. The aim of the project is to develop novel fibre-based products.
Welley's flooring focus
In Penang, Malaysia, plywood and engineered flooring manufacturer Welley Timber Industries Sdn Bhd has market-focused objectives based on innovation, reports WBPI correspondent Michael Buckley.
Developments in US regulations governing formaldehyde emissions have been a hot topic in the wood based panel industry, but uncertainty over potential state and federal legislation remains. Our correspondent Robin Meade talks to David Harmon of Momentive Specialty Chemicals.
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.
Long term gains
Recovery in US housebuilding may have been slower than predicted, but the long-term trend for OSB is still one of growth, reports our correspondent Robin Meade.
Arauco’s acquisition of Flakeboard was one of the biggest developments in the North American panel industry in recent years. Stephen Powney talks to Arauco North America President Kelly Shotbolt about the benefits of the move; and his thoughts on the industry’s future prospects.
Setting the tone
The European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) reports on the market trends seen at Domotex 2015.
In search of the ideal
The Interprint Group well deserves its position among the world’s elite in decor printing. Here we give an overview of the company’s raison d’etre and highlight its Furniture Days activities during the past 12 months.
Lighting the way
Italian finishing specialist Elmag-Superfici has new updates to its technology in response to market demand. Stephen Powney reports from the company’s base in Monza.
Talking about a revolution
Around the world efforts are being made to create a fourth industrial revolution that will radically change manufacturing as we know it. Stephen Powney talks to Siemens about 'Industrie 4.0', as it is known in Germany.
Tricoya modifies markets
Modified wood panel products are a reality and boast vastly superior stability and durability characteristics compared to standard wood based panels, reports Stephen Powney.