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December 2018


Building on success
21 December 2018 With another successful year approaching a close, complete line supplier Dieffenbacher is looking forward to the future with new developments and new markets to explore. Mike Botting visited the company's Eppingen headquarters

Global plywood industry update
21 December 2018 This update has an emphasis on North America, where lowerthan- expected housing starts, cheap imports and OSB are adversely affecting the industry. Will Canadian and US makers be able to maintain plywood and veneer-based volumes? Richard F (Dick) Baldwin PhD and Richard W (Rich) Baldwin MBA, analyse the situation

China and Latin America lead with new capacity
21 December 2018 The first part of our annual global survey of the particleboard industry was published in our October/november edition. In part 2, Mike Botting looks at the mills outside Europe and North America and summarises global capacity and the future prospects for the industry

November 2018


Future feedstocks for mdf production
15 November 2018 Our guest expert in this issue is Dr Rob Elias, director of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

Greenjoist shows potential
15 November 2018 A number of international players, including Imal, are backing the GREENJOIST project, whichaims to open up applications in industrial logistics markets for a recycled wood beam

High performance with elegance
15 November 2018

Machinery for all
15 November 2018 With a double-digit growth rate over the past two years, SCM of Rimini, Italy, says it is a world-leading producer of secondary woodworking machinery and that its solutions are unique in the industry

The next generation
15 November 2018 Hexion says that its new R&D facility is developing next generation resin technologies for panel producers, with the focus on faster panel production processes

IWF highlights
15 November 2018 More than 1,000 exhibitors took up over 625,000ft2 of space at this year’s IWF exhibition, held in Atlanta in August, and more than 93 foreign countries were represented among the visitors. Mike Botting was there to bring this report

The EPF is ready for the future
15 November 2018 The European Panel Federation’s (EPF) General Assembly in Lucerne, Switzerland, covered a vast range of subjects affecting the panels sector. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report

Innovative cleaning
15 November 2018 In May 2018 another Cleaning Tower was successfully commissioned at the Sonae Arauco plant in Portugal, says Pal, which is headquartered in Ponte di Piave in northeastern Italy

A new technology
15 November 2018 Longoni Roberto e figli srl operates in the field of the manufacturing components for the furniture and building industry, particularly plastic decorative laminates, particleboard and panels coated with melamine papers or foils

Leading the way
09 November 2018 Pagnoni is the longestestablished company in Italy to be involved in the panel industry. However, the company is still at the cutting-edge today, as Mike Botting discovered when he visited its factory

A Sharper Future
09 November 2018 Fabio Paron is justly proud of the company which he founded 37 years ago, in July 1981. From small beginnings, his ‘baby’, Globus srl, is now part of a major group of machinery suppliers and is continuing to innovate. Mike Botting visited his company in Galliate

New capacity coming
09 November 2018 In Part 1 of our survey of the world’s particleboard capacity Mike Botting looks at Europe and North America and discusses the findings. North America has some major new lines coming up, while Europe has also shown some increase

August 2018


Volatile organic compounds and indoor air quality
29 August 2018 The quality of air within our buildings has a great effect on our bodies, with the temperature, humidity, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds(VOCs) all affecting our health, says Dr Graham Ormondroyd of the BioComposites Centre.

Altailes builds one of biggest MDF lines
29 August 2018 Altailes, one of Russia’s largest woodworking enterprises, is finishing construction of large-scale woodworking combine in Pavlovsk. Our Russian correspondent Eugen Gerden reports.

Milan machine mart
29 August 2018 The Xylexpo woodworking technology fair in Milan during May was again a hot point of innovation. Stephen Powney reports from the show, held at the Rho Fairgrounds

Together and alone
29 August 2018 Since it became 100% owned by Siempelkamp, CMC Texpan has been able to make some positive changes to the way it manufactures its products. Mike Botting visited Colzate to bring this report

A Big Evol-Ution
29 August 2018 Established in 1966, wide-belt sander manufacturer Imeas SpA can look back at a long reference list of panel makers worldwide; and forward to a growing order book. Mike Botting visited its headquarters near Milan