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March 2016


The fibre market could be warming up
23 March 2016 I am writing this article in early January; a time that is normally quite cold, but is, at the time of writing, rather mild in France and across western Europe as a whole. Even so, I am glad to be inside a well-heated and insulated building.

Encouraged by demand
23 March 2016 Hexion Inc, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, in the US, is a major supplier of thermoset resins and offers resins, adhesives, wax emulsions and ancillary products to the wood processing industry through its Forest Products division.

Biopolymers in Wood Adhesives
23 March 2016 In an era of environmental strain caused by fossil fuel based chemicals, and increased concern over the long-term supply of petrochemicals, there is growing interest in binders obtained from renewable resources. Chimar Hellas says it is a specialist in this area.

New structure and goals for EPF
23 March 2016 In the Spring of 2015, Clive Pinnington became the first managing director of the European Panel Federation (EPF). In this, the first in WBPI’s new series of interviews with the people helping to shape our global industry, Mike Botting spoke to Mr Pinnington about his new role.

Reviving a forgotten classic in kitchen design
16 March 2016 Häcker Kitchens has launched a modern shelf element with a sliding door system and individually adjustable worktops.

LVL brought in-house
16 March 2016 STEICO’s new LVL line is up and running. Keren Fallwell reports from the factory in Poland.

Steaming ahead
16 March 2016 Valmet, based in Sweden, has developed a new system to reduce the amount of steam required in the refining process for MDF. Called the PeriVapor, Valmet says this system has been successfully installed in a German MDF factory.

Weather Resistant
16 March 2016 Houseboats, playgrounds, coastal redevelopments and even a roller coaster. Medite Tricoya Extreme is offered as a high-performance, durable solution for a wide range of adventurous outdoor projects, says its maker, Medite of the Irish Republic.

Made to meet tough standards
16 March 2016 The Passive House movement is growing in the UK and here, George Watson of Coillte Panel Products, Eire, looks at the panels available to help meet these stringent targets.

Cementing bonds
16 March 2016 Cement bonded particleboard is of particular interest for use in regions with high humidity, due to the fact that it is resistant to fungus, water and termites, while the production of the boards is environmentally friendly, says German machinery maker Binos.

Ready for the future
03 March 2016 The EGGER Group, headquartered in St Johann in the Austrian Tyrol, is one of the leading international wood based panel manufacturers. Founded in 1961, the family-owned company now has 17 European production plants, with around 7,600 employees worldwide, and it continues to invest in its future

Innovating to grow
03 March 2016 Electronic Wood Systems (EWS) says it has pinned its success on a business which it has built up, not only on innovative technical solutions in its products, but also on providing overall solutions to make the production of panels more efficient for its customers.

How to clean wood
03 March 2016 Using recycled wood in panel production offers a source of raw material where virgin wood may be unobtainable, or too expensive, while increasing the environmental profile of the producer. Cleaning that material is the subject of this article by Dr Mark Irle

Panels meet designs
03 March 2016 Founded in 1882, today’s Fantoni SpA is a multi-national company manufacturing raw MDF and particleboard, various added-value products, including specialised acoustic panels, and office furniture. Mike Botting charts the continuing growth of this successful, family-owned business.

January 2016


Bio-based building
07 January 2016 On the occasion of the IPPS conference in Llandudno (see report on previous pages), members of COST Action FP1303, bio-based building materials, were invited to present their work to date.

07 January 2016 Llandudno, an unspoilt seaside town on the beautiful North Wales coast in the UK, was once again the venue for the biennial International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS), which this year included a session on COST Action FP1303: Performance of bio-based building materials.

Where science meets art
07 January 2016 The Hueck group of companies can trace its origins back to 1938 in the production of brass and aluminium plates. Today it offers a complete design and manufacturing service, including chrome plating the plates inhouse at its works in Viersen, as Mike Botting discovered.

Forming the future
07 January 2016 2015 has been a better year than expected for complete line supplier Dieffenbacher of Eppingen. The company has new projects under way in several parts of the world and also had new products to discuss when Mike Botting visited its headquarters.

Making woodyards work
07 January 2016 After 45 years, the family business of Holtec continues to supply complete woodyards to a growing number of wood product makers, from sawmills to panel mills, from its two German factories. Mike Botting visited the company’s HQ in Hellenthal.

It can be smart to scan
07 January 2016 Human beings are very visual animals. What I mean is that we seem to be able to understand something better when we see it rather than having it described to us. Certainly the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true for me.

At the heart of the press
05 January 2016 Kelzenberg in Düren specialises in the manufacture of the drums and rolls which are at the heart of every type of continuous press, from calender to today’s sophisticated continuous presses, all based on a long history of specialist engineering skills and a long-standing connection with the paper industry.