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May 2015

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A new use for old MDF
14 May 2015 MDF has been manufactured commercially since the 1970s and is a great commercial success.

The China question
14 May 2015 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.

Demand driven
14 May 2015 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
14 May 2015 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
13 May 2015 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
13 May 2015 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
13 May 2015 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.

Sterling work
13 May 2015 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
13 May 2015 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
13 May 2015 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.

March 2015

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A question of fibre
31 March 2015 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
31 March 2015 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.

Formaldehyde futures
31 March 2015 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.

Long term gains
31 March 2015 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.

Slower, but still healthy growth in China
31 March 2015 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, looks at China and assesses the economy, market and panel sector there.

Continuous improvement
30 March 2015 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
30 March 2015 The European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) reports on the market trends seen at Domotex 2015.

In search of the ideal
30 March 2015 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
25 March 2015 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
25 March 2015 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
23 March 2015 Modified wood panel products are a reality and boast vastly superior stability and durability characteristics compared to standard wood based panels, reports Stephen Powney.