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Stop-per & think!
Cork is a fascinating material with quite amazing properties. We are all familiar with its uses as stoppers for wine bottles, flotation devices and insulating materials, but not many know where it comes from and why it has these superb characteristics.
Supplying process energy to the world
Headquartered in Harelbeke in Flanders, Vyncke NV is a family-owned company which, from small beginnings 102 years ago, has grown into a truly global business. Mike Botting visited its new factory in the Czech Republic.
Strong force since 1848
The Pagnoni company was established in 1848, even before the state of Italy, when it made presses for the food industry. Over 160 years on, Pagnoni is still family-run, and still making presses, although now they are for panels, as Mike Botting reports.
Global prospects for MDF and particleboard
MDF and particleboard producers in Europe and China will, over the next five years, benefit from a strong recovery in demand, driven by a US housing recovery. In this exclusive report, Bernie Neufeld of BIS Shrapnel highlights key findings in the company's recent global study.
Longoni in joint venture
A new joint venture and the first Korean contract are two recent highlights for Italian surface lamination industry supply specialist Longoni. Stephen Powney visited Longoni's offices in Monza.
A new direction
A slower market in recent years was taken as an opportunity by CMC Texpan as the company invested in new machinery and products. Now the market is booming for this specialist machinery maker, as Mike Botting reports.
Something for everyone
The Imal-Pal Group is a versatile supplier of components and engineering for the complete panel line, with an extensive reference list in a growing number of applications, from panels to pallets; and pellets. Mike Botting visited Imal’s Modena headquarters.
As a major manufacturer of wide-belt sanders for the primary panel manufacturing industry worldwide, Imeas SpA of Villa Cortese, near Milan, is looking at ways to improve its products and their ease of use.
A better show
This year’s Xylexpo exhibition in Milan saw the return of some important exhibitors, which may just have brought the whole show back from the brink, reports Mike Botting, who attended Fiera Milano-Rho in May.
Continuous investment boosts global capacity
In the countries outside Europe and North America, we look at new developments and summarise the global position for the ‘rest of the world’. MDF capacity continues to increase notably, particularly in the South American and Asian regions.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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