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November 2014


The story of knots
17 November 2014 The appearance of knots in sawn wood and veneer is caused by grain deviation to accommodate the wood found inside the branches of trees.

Life begins at 40
17 November 2014 Technology solutions for the forestry and woodworking industries will be on display in Moscow during the LesDrevMash exhibition. Stephen Powney reports. Russia’s premier exhibition for forestry and woodworking technology – LesDrevMash – is being held in Moscow during October at a time of growing regional uncertainty due to the Ukraine conflict.

LVL – make more with less
17 November 2014 Two new state-of-the art Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) mills of leading EU wood based product manufacturers (Pollmeier in Creuzburg, Germany and Steico in Czarna Woda, Poland) will arrive on the Engineered Wood Products (EWP) scene in Europe soon, both with a large part of their LVL production equipment engineered and manufactured by Raute. What convinced these two visionary companies to bet their 'chips' on LVL?

LVL moves to next level
17 November 2014 German hardwood sawmiller Pollmeier has invested in panel production equipment to help it manufacture what it calls the ultimate high strength wood product. Stephen Powney reports.

IWF signals better times
17 November 2014 An improving North American economy helped boost this year’s International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) in Atlanta. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report.

Slowdown runs its course
17 November 2014 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, turns his experienced eye on South America and assesses how the economies, the markets and the producing industry in the major countries of the region might fair in the coming months and years.

Adding MDF
17 November 2014 Duraplay de Parral, an old-established Mexican panel producer with a name for customer service on both sides of the US border, has joined in the challenge to build Mexico’s first worldscale MDF plant, says Richard Higgs.

Masisa sparks MDF rush
17 November 2014 It has taken a major Chilean wood panel manufacturer to finally kick-start world-scale MDF production in the potentially huge, still largely unexploited, fibreboard market in Mexico. Richard Higgs visited Masisa México.

Growing experience
17 November 2014 Proteak group, a fresh name in Mexican wood panel manufacturing, is promising to break the established sector's mould, opening up a new plantation-fed mill in the south of Mexico, reports Richard Higgs.

In the right direction
17 November 2014 Mexico’s wood panel industry appears to be on the verge of a slow motion revolution as the sector is poised to resolve some long-standing key issues that have left it trailing its South American counterparts, says Richard Higgs in the first of his reports from Mexico.

Eastern Europe shows the way
06 November 2014 In the first part of our annual world survey, we list the particleboard mills in Europe and North America up to the end of 2013. We also look at the markets in that year and at the prospects for the future.

Chocolates and canals
06 November 2014 The annual meeting of the European Panel Federation (EPF) took place in Bruges, Belgium, in late June. Mike Botting was there to bring this report.

September 2014


Superfici launches UV LED curing and 3D scanning for spraying
23 September 2014 Italian finishing specialist Elmag-Superfici has new updates to its technology in response to market demand. Stephen Powney reports from the company’s base in Monza.

Stop-per & think!
17 September 2014 Cork is a fascinating material with quite amazing properties. We are all familiar with its uses as stoppers for wine bottles, flotation devices and insulating materials, but not many know where it comes from and why it has these superb characteristics.

Supplying process energy to the world
17 September 2014 Headquartered in Harelbeke in Flanders, Vyncke NV is a family-owned company which, from small beginnings 102 years ago, has grown into a truly global business. Mike Botting visited its new factory in the Czech Republic.

Strong force since 1848
17 September 2014 The Pagnoni company was established in 1848, even before the state of Italy, when it made presses for the food industry. Over 160 years on, Pagnoni is still family-run, and still making presses, although now they are for panels, as Mike Botting reports.

Global prospects for MDF and particleboard
17 September 2014 MDF and particleboard producers in Europe and China will, over the next five years, benefit from a strong recovery in demand, driven by a US housing recovery. In this exclusive report, Bernie Neufeld of BIS Shrapnel highlights key findings in the company's recent global study.

Longoni in joint venture
17 September 2014 A new joint venture and the first Korean contract are two recent highlights for Italian surface lamination industry supply specialist Longoni. Stephen Powney visited Longoni's offices in Monza.

A new direction
10 September 2014 A slower market in recent years was taken as an opportunity by CMC Texpan as the company invested in new machinery and products. Now the market is booming for this specialist machinery maker, as Mike Botting reports.

Something for everyone
10 September 2014 The Imal-Pal Group is a versatile supplier of components and engineering for the complete panel line, with an extensive reference list in a growing number of applications, from panels to pallets; and pellets. Mike Botting visited Imal’s Modena headquarters.

Better control
10 September 2014 As a major manufacturer of wide-belt sanders for the primary panel manufacturing industry worldwide, Imeas SpA of Villa Cortese, near Milan, is looking at ways to improve its products and their ease of use.