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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.

Metal, leather, wood – the choice is yours
06 March 2014 Speciality laminates emulating natural materials for any surface are offered by Homapal GmbH, which says it has a worldwide distribution network ensuring good service and information and excellent stock levels. Derek Steel reports.

Production and usage still growing in China
06 March 2014 Bernard Fuller of Cambridge Forest Products Associates (CFPA) brings his exclusive annual report for WBPI on China’s economy in the past year and says new records will be set in production and consumption, even as growth slows.

Russia grows
06 March 2014 Swiss Krono Group plans to invest up to RUB8.5bn (USD$250m) in building a plant for the production of OSB in Russia’s Perm region during the coming years, reports our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden.

A silver celebration
05 March 2014 The BioComposites Centre is celebrating 25 years in business. During that time it has offered wideranging consultancy and research services to the wood products industry, as well as organising the International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS). Mike Botting interviewed the Centre’s director, Rob Elias.

The characterisation of TMP fibres in MDF
05 March 2014 Scientists at the Thünen Institute in Hamburg, Germany, have been working with GreCon of Alfeld to develop an inline system for the characterisation of TMP fibres in MDF; and an offline fibre analysis system. Jan Benthien of the Thünen Institute describes the system.

Impressive growth curve
05 March 2014 Arauco, South America’s largest forest products company, has an impressive growth curve based on sustainable production. In order to gain a presence in Brazil, it acquired two panel plants, one of which was in Jaguariaíva and when that plant got approval for a second line, Andritz of Austria won the contract for some wood preparation and the refiner.

February 2014


Meaningful innovation
28 February 2014 Ashland is a globally operating supplier of speciality chemicals to a range of diverse industries. For the panel industry, it offers formaldehydefree adhesive technology with its trademarked Soyad adhesives.

Conveying facts
28 February 2014 Ammeraal Beltech manufactures a wide range of conveyor belts for a variety of transport requirements and is increasingly present in the panel industry with its tailor-made solutions. Mike Botting visited the company’s headquarters near Amsterdam to see the whole belt making process.

January 2014


Full steamahead
30 January 2014 In the last issue I explained that the temperature in a wood based panel during hot pressing is linked to the steam pressure within it, so it reaches around 100-110°C regardless of the temperature of the platens. Accelerating a rise in internal mattress temperature cannot be achieved by simply raising platen temperature. Rather, it is a question of how to encourage steam penetration into the mattress.

Major panel project takes shape for Sveza
30 January 2014 A Russian plant for the production of particleboard is set to produce half a million cubic metres a year, once it is built by the Sveza Group of Companies. This would make it a strong contender to be the leading particleboard producer, not only in the Urals region, but in the whole of Russia, according to local analysts. Eugene Gerden reports.

Committed to Poland
30 January 2014 Kronospan is investing in a new OSB plant in Poland and planning to set up a research and development centre to bolster its operations in the region, reports Jaroslaw Adamowski.

A screening innovation
24 January 2014 West Salem Machinery of Salem, Oregon, US has announced the development of a new screening design called the Waterfall Disc Screen.

Regeneration: The key to reducing investment
24 January 2014 Cermat Srl, headquartered in Olmo di Martellago in the Italian province of Venezia, says it is one of the leading companies specialising in the building, rebuilding and anti-wear coating of machine parts subject to strong wear, abrasion and corrosion.

Llandudno International
24 January 2014 The 14th edition of the International Panel Products Symposium, IPPS, took place in North Wales in October. Delegates from various backgrounds, and many parts of the world, attended and Mike Botting was there to bring this taste of the papers presented.

Energising the industry
24 January 2014 Having recently moved into a new factory and offices in Bruchsal, INTEC Energy Systems is utilising all the extra space to the full, as its order book is bulging. Mike Botting visited the new premises to bring this report.

The complete package
24 January 2014 Siempelkamp has had some good years lately, with many production lines supplied worldwide. The fact that it can offer complete lines from one source has been a major factor in its success. Mike Botting visited its Krefeld headquarters.

Making high gloss stick
24 January 2014 Kleiberit Adhesives is an established specialist in manufacturing adhesives but, more recently, the company has entered the hot coatings market, producing a durable and very high-gloss surface, as Mike Botting discovered.

Integrated systems
24 January 2014 Dieffenbacher, headquartered in Eppingen, is having a good 2013, with sales set to break another record and orders in from across the globe. Mike Botting visited the company to discuss its current offerings and its views on the future.

Smooth operator
22 January 2014 Hülsemann GmbH of Oberhausen has been supplying graphite and sanding technology to the furniture and panel manufacturing industries for around 30 years. Mike Botting visited the company’s headquarters to see what they have to offer.