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September 2019

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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

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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

Agents of change
20 June 2019 Fusoni is a Spanish-headquartered company dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of release agents and chemical additives for process industries and is especially active in the panel industry. We look at what the company can offer to panel manufacturers, worldwide

Ligna is a success
20 June 2019 Ligna, the world's premier woodworking exhibition, was held in May 2019 in Hannover, Germany. Mike Botting was there to bring us this report of new products and an upbeat mood among panel industry exhibitors

MDF expansion continues apace
20 June 2019 New MDF investment in Lithuania, and a rice straw MDF plant in the US are now nearing completion. Meanwhile, Russia, Turkey and Mexico still lead the main expansion in MDF capacity in Europe and North America, reports Geoff Rhodes

April 2019

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Layer upon layer of success
24 April 2019 Our guest expert is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

Wood and wellness
24 April 2019 WBPI's sister magazine, TTJ’s, Wood and Wellness conference heard that timber has the perfect opportunity to benefit from the growing well-being agenda. Sally Spencer reports.

More than simply surface appeal
24 April 2019 There was more to the panel products, decors and flooring at London’s Surface Design Show than met the eye. Latest surfaces are also about high tech materials and processing, malleability, texture – even smell. TTJ’s Mike Jeffree reports.

Surfing the wave of MDF waste
24 April 2019 Dr Mark Irle, of the Ecole Supérieur du Bois in France, looks at the well-known use of recycled Wood in making particleboard, but suggests that recycling MDF itself is a different problem - and one which requires addressing with some urgency

Next-Generation Technologies
24 April 2019 The future has arrived. Forward-thinking panel manufacturers are taking advantage of innovative new features on new systems which can also be retro-fitted to existing equipment, says refiner manufacturer Andritz.