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July 2017


Surface Density gives MDF Strength
14 July 2017 MDF may at first glance look uniform; but the hot-pressing process imparts layers of differing density. Dr. Mark Irle explains why this is so advantageous.

Better blender for plywood adhesives
14 July 2017 Mixing of powders for plywood adhesives seems simple, but Uniformity in the final mix is all-important. A major producer of materials for plywood adhesives has found a new rotary batch mixer delivers significant improvements.

Hexion: Of Molecules and Men
14 July 2017 Two main components go into wood based panels. One is wood; the other is the binder: the resins and adhesives that hold the wood together. That is the component which has by far the most potential for technological improvement to give new and customer-desired properties to the end panel. Hexion, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the world’s largest resin supplier to the industry. Julian Champkin talked to Joseph "Jody" Bevilaqua, Chief Operating officer and Mark Alness, senior vice president of Hexion’s Americas Forest Products. He found people who are inspired about wood and who want to share their inspiration.

Russia: Progress and Problems
14 July 2017 Russia is recovering and panel making there offers good openings for investors. But it can be a bumpy ride. Eugene Gerden investigates.

Lively Ligna best for years
12 July 2017 The Biennial Ligna 2017 took place in Hannover in May. The biggest trade fair-ground in the world hosted the most important gathering of panel machinery makers and users and demonstrated that the industry is recovering from its doldrums and is on the way up. Julian Champkin was there

Design solutions for top London restaurants
12 July 2017 A global leader in the production and distribution of surfaces for the world of architecture and design, the Spanish Cosentino Group has been selected to provide design solutions for professional kitchens and restaurants worldwide

Shipping Chips to Turkey
06 July 2017 Turkey, as we have seen in the previous article, is unique in that much of the raw material for its huge and successful MDF industry comes from overseas. Specialist shipping brokers Arc Chartering is the leader in the transport of this material. Travis Meadows, CEO of Arc, explains the logic and the logistics of transporting wood chips around the world

Turkey now takes the lead in Europe
06 July 2017 The Turkish panel industry shares many of the same problems, and the same opportunities, as countries worldwide. It has responded to them in an extraordinary way. It has become, in a remarkably short time, the leading manufacturer of MDF in Europe, despite its need for raw material exceeding its supply. What is Turkey doing that is so right and so different? Naci Güngör, of Turkey’s leading producer Kastamonu Entegre, highlights the factors which have led to Turkey's success

Turkey and Mexico continue to lead
05 July 2017 In this, the first part of our annual survey of the global MDF producing industry, independent consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at the MDF mills in Europe and North America and their capacities in 2016 and at the prospects for the industry in 2017 and beyond.

May 2017


Sunds in kuster Chain improvements
19 May 2017 Sunds Fibertech is strengthening its off ering to MDF and wet-process hardboard lines by launching improved chains for Kuster presses. By this addition Sunds Fibertech becomes a complete service and spare part provider to Kuster presses worldwide.

Dieffenbacher: very much a family undertaking
19 May 2017 Dieffenbacher is world renowned as a maker of press systems and complete production lines for the wood based panel industry. It is family owned; last year Christian Dieffenbacher became the latest family member to join.Wood Based Panels International talked to him about the challenges and the responsibilities, and gained insights into the family business

What’s so tough about formaldehyde-free?
19 May 2017 No Added Formaldehyde, or NAF, has been hard for manufacturers to achieve without penalising productivity or quality. Bio-engineering at last offers a practical solution. Jeff MacDonald, chief executive officer of EcoSynthetix, explains how DuraBind is a binder whose time has come

Closing the loop
17 May 2017 Technology that recovers the fibre from waste MDF could enhance manufacturers’ rawmaterial supply – and the panel product’s environmental credentials. Keren Fallwell reports

New lines of vision
17 May 2017 The UK government plans to increase housebuilding activity and Egger UK’s two new state-of-the-art lines mean it’s ready to meet construction industry demand. Keren Fallwell reports

Sleepers awakening
17 May 2017 North American OSB producers have suspended many inactive mills. But at last demand is increasing. Will those suspended operations be revived, or shall we see new mills for old?

OSB is good for the future
17 May 2017 Europe in 2016 saw record-breaking production of OSB. Demand continues to increase andnew mills are coming into production. Julian Champkin reports

Confident Ligna set for growth
16 May 2017 Ligna 2017 promises to be bigger than two years ago and will feature a renewed layout to make it easier for visitors to find related technologies. Stephen Powney reports from the Ligna preview event in Hannover

March 2017


Lignin Based Binders Standard at Last
15 March 2017 Lignin-based binders have been a long time coming; but now as a substitute for phenolbased resins they are ready to become the industry standard. Charles Markessini of Chimar Hellas and Dr Christian Hubsch, Head of Lignin business at UPM Chemicals, explain how the chemistry and the technology have caught up with the needs of producers; and why the lignin revolution may have arrived

Two-Stage Curing Gives 3-D Moulding
15 March 2017 Moulding wood based panels to form curved surfaces has been expensive, time-consuming and limited. A new process may make moulded fibreboard in three-dimensional curves easy and economical to produce. Andreas Weber of the Institut für Holztechnologie Dresden (IHD) and Stephan Weinkötz of BASF explain

Focus On Resins: A Fast-Changing Market
15 March 2017 Few areas of the industry are changing as rapidly as the resins and additives that hold veneers and wood particles together. Technology has to keep up with legislation. Emission requirements are becoming ever more stringent. In this special Focus on Resins, we examine new technology and well-established companies in the sector. First we look at NTL Chemical Consulting, which has more than 30 years experience in developing resins for the industry

High pressure saves resin and energy
15 March 2017 Imal-Pal, the major Italian machinery producer, has been the co-ordinating partner in an EU-funded co-operation working on systems to reduce the amount of resin used in board manufacture. The pilot project has been successful; the 30-month project has now reached the stage of industrial useage and application.