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December 2018


Can panels help slow global warming?
21 December 2018 Our guest expert in this issue is Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

Ukrainian industry on edge of growth
21 December 2018 Global panel producers are considering accelerating expansion into the Ukrainian market. This may take place through the building of their own production facilities within the country, or the acquisition of existing players, reports Eugene Gerden

A packed agenda
21 December 2018 The 11th European Wood Based Panels Symposium was jointly organised by the European Panel Federation (EPF) and Fraunhofer WKI and was held in Hamburg in October. Mike Botting was there to bring this summary of some of the papers presented

Industry 4.0 calls
21 December 2018 Established in hydraulic pressing 135 years ago, the multi-faceted company which is Siempelkamp Maschinenund Anlagenbau today, has had a major impact on the wood panel industry ever since. Mike Botting visited its Krefeld headquarters

Pressing on to 100
21 December 2018 As it approaches its centenary, Wemhöner Surface Technologies continues to grow and currently has a full order book for its factories in Germany and China. Mike Botting visited chief executive Heiner Wemhöner at his Herford HQ

Stronger Together
21 December 2018 With a long history in wood-size-reduction machinery, Pallmann is now a wholly-owned company within the Siempelkamp group. Mike Botting visited Pallmann’s Zweibrücken HQ to seek the latest news about its machinery

Total Protection
21 December 2018 Minimax, based in Bad Oldesloe in northern Germany, has an international reputation for on-the-line fire protection system for panel factories. However, there is much more to this company, as Mike Botting discovered

Building on success
21 December 2018 With another successful year approaching a close, complete line supplier Dieffenbacher is looking forward to the future with new developments and new markets to explore. Mike Botting visited the company's Eppingen headquarters

Global plywood industry update
21 December 2018 This update has an emphasis on North America, where lowerthan- expected housing starts, cheap imports and OSB are adversely affecting the industry. Will Canadian and US makers be able to maintain plywood and veneer-based volumes? Richard F (Dick) Baldwin PhD and Richard W (Rich) Baldwin MBA, analyse the situation

China and Latin America lead with new capacity
21 December 2018 The first part of our annual global survey of the particleboard industry was published in our October/november edition. In part 2, Mike Botting looks at the mills outside Europe and North America and summarises global capacity and the future prospects for the industry

November 2018


Future feedstocks for mdf production
15 November 2018 Our guest expert in this issue is Dr Rob Elias, director of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

Greenjoist shows potential
15 November 2018 A number of international players, including Imal, are backing the GREENJOIST project, whichaims to open up applications in industrial logistics markets for a recycled wood beam

High performance with elegance
15 November 2018

Machinery for all
15 November 2018 With a double-digit growth rate over the past two years, SCM of Rimini, Italy, says it is a world-leading producer of secondary woodworking machinery and that its solutions are unique in the industry

The next generation
15 November 2018 Hexion says that its new R&D facility is developing next generation resin technologies for panel producers, with the focus on faster panel production processes

IWF highlights
15 November 2018 More than 1,000 exhibitors took up over 625,000ft2 of space at this year’s IWF exhibition, held in Atlanta in August, and more than 93 foreign countries were represented among the visitors. Mike Botting was there to bring this report

The EPF is ready for the future
15 November 2018 The European Panel Federation’s (EPF) General Assembly in Lucerne, Switzerland, covered a vast range of subjects affecting the panels sector. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report

Innovative cleaning
15 November 2018 In May 2018 another Cleaning Tower was successfully commissioned at the Sonae Arauco plant in Portugal, says Pal, which is headquartered in Ponte di Piave in northeastern Italy

A new technology
15 November 2018 Longoni Roberto e figli srl operates in the field of the manufacturing components for the furniture and building industry, particularly plastic decorative laminates, particleboard and panels coated with melamine papers or foils

Leading the way
09 November 2018 Pagnoni is the longestestablished company in Italy to be involved in the panel industry. However, the company is still at the cutting-edge today, as Mike Botting discovered when he visited its factory