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March 2015


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.

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.

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.

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.

Apsheronsk expands into MDF production
23 March 2015 Apsheronsk is set to commission one of the largest MDF facilities in Russia, as Eugene Gerden reports.

Russian OSB expansion
23 March 2015 Russia’s Ugra-Plit is to establish the largest OSB plant in the western Siberia and Ural regions. Our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden reports.

Kronospan continues Polish investment
23 March 2015 Austria’s Kronospan has unveiled plans to invest about €100m in expanding and modernising its production facility in Szczecinek, in northwest Poland. Our Polish correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports.

January 2015


In the zone
28 January 2015 The manufacture of plywood requires large sheets of veneer. A typical panel is 2.44 x 1.22m (8 x 4ft), with the face veneer grain direction parallel to the longest edge of the panel. Such a structure requires veneers that are cut from logs, or more correctly bolts, that are more than 2.44m long for the faces and 1.22m long for the inner cross veneers.

Furniture moves to MDF
27 January 2015 Mexico’s furniture manufacturing sector is on the verge of a long awaited and overdue materials revolution which seems set to transform both its products and the industry itself. Richard Higgs reports.

A silver lining
27 January 2015 The 25th anniversary of the BioComposites Centre was celebrated with an International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) Master Class and Gala Dinner, held at Bangor University, North Wales, in September. Mike Botting was there to bring this report.

Ideas for innovation
27 January 2015 Representatives of the global wood panel industry converged on Hannover to hear market reports and technical papers on research and innovation. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report.

No big bang
27 January 2015 Explosion hazards in wood handling facilities are often underestimated, says Dr-Ing Johannes Lottermann of Rembe GmbH Safety + Control.

Close to nature
27 January 2015 Press plate and press pad manufacturer Hueck Rheinische has been busy developing new products.

December 2014


Taking the high line
17 December 2014 New technological developments for next year’s Ligna, and a foray into different market sectors, are just some of the news items from impregnation line manufacturer Vits Technology. Stephen Powney reports.