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April 2019


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.

Old meets new
23 April 2019 Combining secondhand and brand new panel manufacturing equipment is the order of the day. Cast-effective concepts meeting sophisticated demands are hard to resist, say Modul Systeme

A tool for profitability
23 April 2019 EnTaPa Consulting sl, of Valladolid in Spain, has developed PST 4.0, an auxiliary production tool aimed at improving the profitability of panel plants. Bernardo Alvarez de Prado of EnTaPa Explains

Homanit plans to expand in Lithuania
23 April 2019 Germany’s Homanit is planning to boost its manufacturing presence in the Baltic States by investing in Lithuania. Our Poland correspondent Jaroslaw Adamowski reports

23 April 2019 Wood processing would not be high on most engineers' list of industries in need of wearResistant lining systems, but wear protection specialists Kingfisher industrial’s activities in this sector are increasing, says the company

Prepared for Ligna
12 April 2019 In February, the organisers of the world's largest woodworking show, Ligna, held a press preview meeting in Hannover, Germany. Mike Botting was there to bring this report

OSB capacity seeing rapid growth
12 April 2019 Russian OSB production is steadily growing, thanks to the ongoing recovery of the country’s national economy from the crisis, and the launch of new investment projects in the industry, says our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden

Russia forges ahead
12 April 2019 The trend seen last year has continued, with rising demand, and rising production capacities, for OSB around the world outside North America. Mike Botting reports

A year of two halves
04 April 2019 2018 began as the best of times and it ended as the worst of times. Industry experts now expect ample OSB supply, relative to demand, in 2019 and 2020. This report was compiled by our North America correspondents, Dick and Rich Baldwin

February 2019


A global shift in wood usage
08 February 2019 Our guest expert in this issue is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

A voice for the UK industry
08 February 2019 Alastair Kerr is Director General of the UK’s Wood Panel Industries Federation, a body which represents wood panel manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. Mike Botting spoke to him about his role and that of the Federation he heads

Developments in the industry, 1995-2018
08 February 2019 As he nears the end of his second tenure as full-time Editor of WBPI, Mike Botting looks back on his 22 years’ involvement with the panel business and summarises the major changes which he feels have shaped, improved, and sometimes threatened, that industry

Surface currents
08 February 2019 Dave Huggins, business development director at International Decorative Services (IDS), in the UK, talks about trends in panels

Technology, beauty, innovation
08 February 2019 The Brazilian Tree Industry association (Ibá) represents the entire planted tree production chain, from fields to factory. It says that Brazilian laminate floors are innovative and sustainable, respect the environment, and guarantee well-being and quality of life for consumers

Panel discussions
07 February 2019 Sally Spencer of sister magazine, TTJ, reports from the UK Timber Trade Federation's(TTF) first UK Wood panels Conference which took place in London in November

Yugra-plit's big plans
07 February 2019 Yugra-Plit aims to become a leading producer and exporter of particleboard in Russian West Siberia and the Urals in years to come, by doubling the capacities at its existing plants. Our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports