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November 2015


New ways to recycle
13 November 2015 The wood recycling sector is still relatively young so its collection and processing are still maturing.

PROteak starts up first line
13 November 2015 PROteak is a newcomer to panel production but has started strongly, with a Dieffenbacher continuous press line currently under installation in Tabasco state, Mexico. We report on this exciting new project as it takes shape.

CPS press is reborn
10 November 2015 After 25 years of making its CPS continuous press system, plant manufacturer Dieffenbacher says it has brought a completely reworked version to the market, unveiling the new CPS+ to the public at LIGNA 2015 last May.

Ikea to expand in Poland
10 November 2015 Sweden’s IKEA Industry has launched a project to expand its HDF plant in Babimost, in Poland’s southwestern region of Lubuskie. This investment will enable the manufacturer to increase the capacity of its plant. Our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports.

More OSB plants for Russia in coming years
10 November 2015 Two plants for the production of OSB may be commissioned in the Russian Perm Krai region during the next several years, according to Viktor Basargin, the governor of the Krai region. Eugene Gerden reports from Russia.

Producers struggling
09 November 2015 Bernard Fuller of Cambridge Forest Products Associates says the Latin American countries are far from immune to the ills afflicting the global economy. Economic performance is generally disappointing in the region and the outlook doesn't hold a lot of promise.

From machine factory to Anthon 4.0
03 November 2015 German sawing system manufacturer Anthon, of Flensburg, is celebrating 150 years in business in 2015. We look at where the company has come from and where it is headed.

Compulsory E1 in Europe – a defence
03 November 2015 Mr Clive Pinnington, the new, and first, managing director of the European Panel Federation, finds that not all publicity is good publicity – especially when it comes via a TV news programme that promoted alarmist views on emissions from wood products.

Trend Forum for the Spanish market
03 November 2015 In the framework of a Trend Forum at its headquarters in Thansau, decor printer Schattdecor developed the trend themes for the Iberian market for 2015/16 by working with renowned designers and architects from Spain.

Where ‘surface deep’ has a whole new meaning
03 November 2015 Tristone UK offers practical alternatives to solid stone surfaces while maintaining a consistently high quality bespoke finish.

New capacity in both regions
03 November 2015 This is the first edition of this two-part survey, in which we list all the particleboard mills operating in Europe and North America as at the end of 2014. We also look at the markets, and the prospects, for the industry in the future.

September 2015


Size matters
01 September 2015 Commercial hot presses are very large compared with typical laboratory-scale ones. It would be nice to have a big press in the laboratory, but then I would need a big forming station, a larger blender and so on.

Calibrating the finish
01 September 2015 Sanding technology manufacturer Imeas has a long history in sanding panels and in grinding stainless steel, for instance for continous press belts. Stephen Powney dropped into its Villa Cortese factory near Milan to see the latest innovations.

Cleaning the raw material
01 September 2015 Technology for cleaning recycled wood and virgin fibre can help panel producers to optimise their production and reduce costs. Stephen Powney reports from Instalmec.

New lease of life
01 September 2015 Impregnation machine manufacturer Tocchio has redesigned its machines to be more efficient and cost-effective. Stephen Powney reports from the company’s Vigevano base near Milan.

Onwards and upwards
01 September 2015 Imal-Pal was the next stop for our Focus on Italy trip, with the company having just celebrated its 45th anniversary. Stephen Powney reports.

August 2015


A market leader in design
13 August 2015 Sesa has been working hard from its base near Milan to stay ahead in the design trends for interior decor panels, as Stephen Powney reports.

A Show of strength
13 August 2015 Ligna is always the international event in terms of panel industry technology showcases and this year’s exhibition did not disappoint. Stephen Powney sums up Ligna 2015 Hannover and highlights some of the news from the show.

Capacity set to top 100 million cubic metres!
13 August 2015 In this second part of our annual survey of the worldwide MDF industry, covering the countries outside Europe and North America, independent specialist consultant Geoff Rhodes summarises the position for this panel in the ‘rest of the world’ and looks at the current and future situation for the global industry as a whole.

Paged Group plans to expand plywood plant
05 August 2015 Polish industrial conglomerate Paged Group has unveiled plans to expand its plywood production facility in Morag, in Poland’s northern Pomerania region. Our Polish correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports

Plywood fights back
05 August 2015 The plywood manufacturing industry has shown resilience to fight back against market challenges of recent years, US expert Dick Baldwin told traders in London recently. Stephen Powney reports