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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

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.

Plants or petrol? New resins for old
15 March 2017 Evertree is a new company specialising in replacing petroleumbased chemicals with those derived from vegetable proteins. Its first product is claimed to reduce – and eventually eliminate – formaldehyde-based resins in the panels industry. Industrial trials with three North American companies have proved positive. Julian Champkin talked to Fabrice Garrigue, CEO of Evertree

A Treasure Chest of Infinite Possibilities
15 March 2017 The Wilson Center is a concentration of one company’s corporate image with its products and applications conveniently applied all under the one roof

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

Sadepan remains a Resin Pioneer
15 March 2017 A company that makes both panels and resins has an advantage. Sadepan, part of the Saviola group, demonstrates how its expertise in each field has influenced and improved the other

February 2017


Austria’s Egger eyes polish investment
15 February 2017 Poland’s Special Economic Zones have proved a magnet to panel companies seeking to expand in eastern Europe. Our Poland correspondent Jaroslaw Adamowski reports

MDF to become driver of Russian panel market in coming years
15 February 2017 Sanctions and currency devaluation have led to stagnation in Russia; that may be about to end. Our correspondent Eugene Gerden brings examples and comments from key Russian players which confirm the analysis by Pöyry in the preceding article

New Timber Research Facilities at Edinburgh Napier University
15 February 2017 A new three million pound Timber Research facility is to open at Edinburgh Napier University. Professor Sean Smith BSc, PhD, FIOA, FRSA, HONFRIAS, Professor of Construction Innovation and director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at the university, explains how the new unit will work closely with the panel industry on research and development and how the future is bright for off-site wood panel housing construction, not just in the UK but globally.

Metsä Wood to Build Plywood Mill
15 February 2017 Finland's Metsä Wood has signed a deal to purchase a land in Pärnu, Estonia, for a new plywood plant. Our Poland correspondent Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports

The Industry in Russia – expectations
15 February 2017 In Russia, those who sell their products domestically are trying to survive, while those who export may even plan to expand. This could continue for two to three years, but with several caveats, says Alexey Beschastnov of the respected industry analysts Pöyry Management Consulting

Harvested wood and climate change: The Cei-Bois View
15 February 2017 Climate change is the major challenge of our age. The engineered wood industry is uniquely and ideally placed to help tackle it