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July 2014


VOCs explained
24 July 2014 In the last issue I defined VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and in this issue I shall give an overview of the VOCs that are emitted from wood products. As I am sure readers will know, wood consists almost entirely of organic components and this fact is behind the excellent environmental credentials of wood products. The volatile components are almost exclusively derived from the extractives.

Homanit expands in Poland
24 July 2014 With the outlook for the Polish furniture industry, and the country’s economy, painted in bright colours, German wood based panel producer Homanit is continuing to expand its production capacity in Poland, reports WBPI’s correspondent in that country, Jaroslaw Adamowski

Selling in China since 1995
24 July 2014 Dieffenbacher of Eppingen, Germany, has been present on the Chinese market for 19 years. Here we look at the company’s track record in what has been a very fast-growing market for MDF and particleboard and, more recently, OSB

Building of Kronospan plant in Bashkiria in doubt
23 July 2014 Building of a second plant by Kronospan in Russia is under threat of failure, due to massive protests by the local population and ecologists, reports our Russia correspondent Eugene Gerden

Trials and tribulations of a wood scientist
23 July 2014 Once in a while, researchers are allowed out of their laboratories to play with real production lines. These opportunities are relatively rare because of the costs associated through loss of production, says Dr Mark Irle

Innovation in the North American OSB industry
23 July 2014 In this exclusive article for WBPI, Professor Philip D Evans of the University of British Columbia looks at the innovations developed by North American OSB producers to combat the problems of edge-swell

Finsa has expansion plans for Superpan
23 July 2014 Panel manufacturer Finsa is expanding the production of, and the range of applications for, its Superpan panel. Stephen Powney reports from the company's factory in Porto, Portugal.

Dreams or nightmares?
17 July 2014 Panel markets hit another rough patch in early 2014. The question is whether this was due to the severe winter weather in parts of North America, or to structural impediments to growth. Bernard Fuller, of Cambridge Forest Products Associates, sets out to answer this question

The Six Pack
17 July 2014 Following some market research among qualified contacts, decor printer Interprint, of Arnsberg in Germany, came up with six favourite decors to offer to the market for the 2014 season

An architect’s dream
17 July 2014 One of the many innovative products to be introduced by DuPont is the engineered solid surface, Corian, which is at the forefront of building science

Consolidate and optimise
17 July 2014 In this, the first part of our annual survey of the MDF producing industry worldwide, we look at the mills and their capacities in Europe and North America in 2013; and at the prospects for the industry in 2014 and beyond

June 2014


Flexibility in a digital age
04 June 2014 Heberndorfer Leistenfabrik GmbH has two Jupiter digital printing lines from Hymmen GmbH producing flooring decors which match the profiles that it also produces, but on an industrial scale, at speed, while maintaining flexibility.

Major players expanding
04 June 2014 Some of Latin America’s bigger wood panel makers have begun a challenging new year with a clutch of ambitious strategic plans, often including major capacity projects beyond their native shor es, reports our South America correspondent, Richard Higgs.

Kastamonu to launch first stage in Tatarstan
04 June 2014 Kastamonu Entegre, part of Hayat holdings, one of Turkey’s largest financial groups, plans on completing preparations for the launch of the first stage of its Russian woodworking factory in Tatarstan, Russia, officially scheduled for the second quarter of 2014, reports our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden.

VOCs explained
04 June 2014 I have mentioned VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in several ar ticles for WBPI in the past, but I have never really explained what these are. I am sure that many readers will have an immediate and negative reflection about VOCs because of all the ‘bad press’ about such compounds. If one understands what VOCs are, it immediately becomes obvious that not all VOCs are dangerous.

The future of the panel industry in Europe
04 June 2014 The panel sector was hit hard by the financial crisis in 2008 and the drastic decline in demand between 2008 and 2012 left the industry facing a number of challenges. In this exclusive report, Cormac O’Carroll, Johan Carlsson and Ania Krolak of Pöyry probe the future for the industry.

Seeing better times
04 June 2014 The future is looking good for OSB according to Norbord, the third largest manufacturer of the product in the world. This is a story first published in WBPI’s sister magazine, Timber Trades Journal (TTJ).

May 2014


Look east for the future
15 May 2014 This year’s survey, of existing capacities in 2013, and future planned capacity, shows some interesting trends. Western Europe at last has two new mills planned (one definite), but eastern Europe is forging ahead in total volume to a very big lead by 2017. Mike Botting summarises his findings.

Cranking up the action
15 May 2014 With the US housing market recovery standing on more solid ground during the second part of 2013, the major producers have cranked up the action in this past year, with several long-curtailed mills now ramping up production, and one important merger nearing completion.

March 2014


Surface tension
06 March 2014 Persevere with this article on how adhesive properties affect glue/wood bonds: the reason for the definitions at the start will become clear by the end (I hope!).

APA and EWTA gather for annual meeting
06 March 2014 Nearly 400 APA members, Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) members, staff, and spouses gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California for the 2013 APA Annual Meeting last November. Marilyn Thomson of the APA sent this report.