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November 2019


Above and BE.YOND
25 November 2019 Dave Huggins, business development director at IDS in the UK talks about the importance of panel products fulfilling green credentials

Panel futures
25 November 2019 A special 30th anniversary for the BioComposites Centre was the background for this year’s International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) in Wales

Capacity growth
25 November 2019 Part 1 of our annual survey on the world’s particleboard capacity shows growth both in Europe and North America, with the latest new mills now coming on stream in the US. Stephen Powney reports

Getting a grip
25 November 2019 Panel products can be awkward to handle but, as Julian Champkin from WBPI sister title Hoist magazine explains, lifting technology is up to the challenge

Sonae Arauco adds extra dimension
25 November 2019 Sonae Arauco’s new three-dimensional fibreboard won the Innovation: Product Category at this year’s TTJ Awards, organised by WBPI sister title, the Timber Trades Journal (TTJ)

CIFF Shanghai Show delivers on the numbers
25 November 2019 The 44th CIFF Shanghai exhibition came to a close at the NECC in Hongqiao after being attended by a record number of exhibitors and visitors. It also saw a record number of events, which included 40 conferences, forums and themed events

The growing popularity of Laminate flooring
25 November 2019 The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and here we trace the development of this most popular flooring

The Question of Durability
25 November 2019 Our guest expert, Dr Simon Curling FIMMM, project officer at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor discussed decay and durability

September 2019


Industry 4.0 A Big Opportunity for Panels
25 September 2019 There is a strong possibility for the panels sector to lead the way with Building Maintenance 4.0, says Dr Graham Ormondroyd of the BioComposites Centre.

Thermal Fluids: Reducing Risk
25 September 2019 Thermal fluid systems don’t always get the respect and care they need, yet are vital for safe and efficient operations in the wood based panels manufacturing industry. Stephen Powney spoke to John Shorthouse, global sales director of Thermal Fluid Solutions.

The Big Board Talk
25 September 2019 Panel producers and suppliers to the industry gathered in Scotland for the important European Panel Federation AGM. Stephen Powney attended and brings this report

A Perfect Blend for an Ideal Future
25 September 2019 WBPI catches up with CMC Texpan, which is currently involved in supplying its first complete glue dosing and preparation system autonomously designed and produced by this forwardlooking Italian company

Pessa and Infinite Flaker Expertise
25 September 2019 Wood reduction and preparation is a key process in the manufacturing of wood based panels. Italy’s Pessa Impianti has been active in the trade for over 50 years

IMAL PAL Group in Expansion Mode
23 September 2019 Italy’s IMAL PAL Group continues to focus on innovation to stay at the forefront of panel production technologies. Stephen Powney reports from its Modena headquarters

Brazil and China continue to Invest; Egypt has new project
23 September 2019 In this second part of our annual survey of the global MDF industry, for the countries outside Europe and North America, Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future position for MDF.

June 2019


What is MMC?
20 June 2019 MMC or Modern Methods of Construction is a term increasingly heard within the housing sector and is widely associated with the desire to produce more (and better quality) buildings in less time, says Ceri Loxton, Researcher at the BioComposites Centre in Wales

Leading the way in design and creativity
20 June 2019 Thermally Fused Laminates, or TFL, are one of the smartest environmental surfacing options available and Arclin leads the North American market

OSB line second act
20 June 2019 Norbord is embarking on the second phase of expansion at its OSB mill in Inverness in Scotland. Sally Spencer reports

Kronospan shows confidence
20 June 2019 Multi-million pound investments at Kronospan’s Chirk site are a vote of confidence in the UK market. Sally Spencer reports

Quality in flooring
20 June 2019 In its parquet production, Scheucher Parkett relies on a 100% comprehensive inspection of the surface and it employs GreCon's UPU 6000fs and the material penetrating moisture analysis of the GreCon MM6000. We look at how this quality control system works