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May 2016


The streaming of SCM's innovation
16 May 2016 Streaming Innovation is an innovations project for SCM, with the goal of providing a concrete example of how digital production, which uses design software, extremely sophisticated technologies, and their ability to communicate with each other, can open new horizons.

The Speed factory
16 May 2016 The fundamentals of digital manufacturing: controlling the process, improving production efficiency, guaranteeing quality. These are the vital points needed in order to work successfully in the era of the 4.0 revolution which Biesse says it guarantees, thanks to Biesse Systems.

Printed and wrapped
16 May 2016 Technology and innovation in furniture, doors, windows, panels, parquet, profiles and packaging industries. These, says Spanish headquartered machinery maker Barberán, are the results of its more than 85-year history in making machinery for finishing systems.

Foot on the gas
16 May 2016 Pal’s well-known Cleaning Tower concept has been the subject of more research and development to further enhance its role as a vertical cleaning system for wood chips.

Releasing Resins
16 May 2016 Established at the end of the 1980s in Mexico City, Fusoni is a Spanish family company specialising in the production of release agents and additives for the wood based panel and some other specialised industries.

Setting the pace
16 May 2016 Karl Morris is the managing director of Norbord Europe and as the company prepares to modernise its OSB mill in Inverness, and to significantly increase its capacity, Mike Botting speaks to Mr Morris about his visions for the future.

Mixed Fortunes
16 May 2016 In Europe in 2015, which this report reviews, the story was of two parts. On the one hand demand was good, while on the other, prices were under pressure. Mike Botting reports on countries outside North America.

Forecast brighter but variable
16 May 2016 The always-small North American OSB league table is looking quite different to little more than a decade ago. However, consolidation, combined with restraint among leading producers as to how and when they restore curtailed capacity, should make for a brighter outlook, says our North American industry specialist.

March 2016


The fibre market could be warming up
23 March 2016 I am writing this article in early January; a time that is normally quite cold, but is, at the time of writing, rather mild in France and across western Europe as a whole. Even so, I am glad to be inside a well-heated and insulated building.

Encouraged by demand
23 March 2016 Hexion Inc, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, in the US, is a major supplier of thermoset resins and offers resins, adhesives, wax emulsions and ancillary products to the wood processing industry through its Forest Products division.

Biopolymers in Wood Adhesives
23 March 2016 In an era of environmental strain caused by fossil fuel based chemicals, and increased concern over the long-term supply of petrochemicals, there is growing interest in binders obtained from renewable resources. Chimar Hellas says it is a specialist in this area.

New structure and goals for EPF
23 March 2016 In the Spring of 2015, Clive Pinnington became the first managing director of the European Panel Federation (EPF). In this, the first in WBPI’s new series of interviews with the people helping to shape our global industry, Mike Botting spoke to Mr Pinnington about his new role.

Reviving a forgotten classic in kitchen design
16 March 2016 Häcker Kitchens has launched a modern shelf element with a sliding door system and individually adjustable worktops.

LVL brought in-house
16 March 2016 STEICO’s new LVL line is up and running. Keren Fallwell reports from the factory in Poland.

Steaming ahead
16 March 2016 Valmet, based in Sweden, has developed a new system to reduce the amount of steam required in the refining process for MDF. Called the PeriVapor, Valmet says this system has been successfully installed in a German MDF factory.

Weather Resistant
16 March 2016 Houseboats, playgrounds, coastal redevelopments and even a roller coaster. Medite Tricoya Extreme is offered as a high-performance, durable solution for a wide range of adventurous outdoor projects, says its maker, Medite of the Irish Republic.

Made to meet tough standards
16 March 2016 The Passive House movement is growing in the UK and here, George Watson of Coillte Panel Products, Eire, looks at the panels available to help meet these stringent targets.

Cementing bonds
16 March 2016 Cement bonded particleboard is of particular interest for use in regions with high humidity, due to the fact that it is resistant to fungus, water and termites, while the production of the boards is environmentally friendly, says German machinery maker Binos.

Ready for the future
03 March 2016 The EGGER Group, headquartered in St Johann in the Austrian Tyrol, is one of the leading international wood based panel manufacturers. Founded in 1961, the family-owned company now has 17 European production plants, with around 7,600 employees worldwide, and it continues to invest in its future

Innovating to grow
03 March 2016 Electronic Wood Systems (EWS) says it has pinned its success on a business which it has built up, not only on innovative technical solutions in its products, but also on providing overall solutions to make the production of panels more efficient for its customers.

How to clean wood
03 March 2016 Using recycled wood in panel production offers a source of raw material where virgin wood may be unobtainable, or too expensive, while increasing the environmental profile of the producer. Cleaning that material is the subject of this article by Dr Mark Irle