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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.

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

Wear-Resistance
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