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August 2017


EPF meeting pushes circular economy
29 August 2017 The European Panel Federation’s Annual General Meeting emphasised the role of wood in thecircular economy, and that subsdising the burning of biomass for energy is a costly mistake bothenvironmentally and in terms of distortion of markets. Julian Champkin was there

Squaring the circle: samiron mondal
29 August 2017 Siempelkamp, the German manufacturer, has set up two plants in China. It can produce machinery cheaply there – but can it maintain its good name for quality? Samiron Mondal is Siempelkamp’s man in China. WBPI spoke to him. Can he really produce German quality at Chinese prices?

Imeas, Special Sanding Solutions
29 August 2017 Sander manufacturer Imeas of Villa Cortese, 30km west of Milan, has just celebrated its 50thanniversary and is looking forward to introducing new models and expanding its presence intoniche segments

CMC texpan presents itself
29 August 2017 In an Alpine valley, an engineering company has been quietly transforming its image. CMC TEXPAN has been co-operating with Siempelkamp since the 1980s. Now wholly owned by that group, it sells both to Siempelkamp and independently to others. And it feels that it is time to start telling the world

Instalmec's Fibre Cleaner Improves Mdf
29 August 2017 Instalmec is another of those North Italian companies whose passion for engineering and whose genius for design help shape the machinery of the panels industry. A new cleaner for wood Fibre is their latest innovation, as Julian Champkin discovered

Tocchio – Still Going Strong
29 August 2017 “We took sample to LIGNA, but we did not reveal the process”. You read it here first. Dr Annalisa Tocchio was speaking, a week after LIGNA, of the company’s new products. Julian Champkin visited Tocchio’s HQ to bring this report

ITI generates heat and power
29 August 2017 Energy cost money; waste products are costly to deal with. Italian company ITI has a mission to power panel factories economically and responsibly from the wood they cannot use.

Longoni goes dry
29 August 2017 Longoni is renowned for new ideas in surface treatments and decor. Their newest technology fits the fast developing niche for in register embossing of panels, as Julian Champkin reports.

PAL Runs Fast
29 August 2017 PAL, another key member Of the panel alliance finds beauty in partnership and order books brimming

Italy: Panel Power
29 August 2017 Italy is a powerhouse of panel engineering. Julian Champkin visited several of the companiesthat make it so

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