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April 2019


A year of two halves
04 April 2019 2018 began as the best of times and it ended as the worst of times. Industry experts now expect ample OSB supply, relative to demand, in 2019 and 2020. This report was compiled by our North America correspondents, Dick and Rich Baldwin

February 2019


A global shift in wood usage
08 February 2019 Our guest expert in this issue is, once again, Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

A voice for the UK industry
08 February 2019 Alastair Kerr is Director General of the UK’s Wood Panel Industries Federation, a body which represents wood panel manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. Mike Botting spoke to him about his role and that of the Federation he heads

Developments in the industry, 1995-2018
08 February 2019 As he nears the end of his second tenure as full-time Editor of WBPI, Mike Botting looks back on his 22 years’ involvement with the panel business and summarises the major changes which he feels have shaped, improved, and sometimes threatened, that industry

Surface currents
08 February 2019 Dave Huggins, business development director at International Decorative Services (IDS), in the UK, talks about trends in panels

Technology, beauty, innovation
08 February 2019 The Brazilian Tree Industry association (Ibá) represents the entire planted tree production chain, from fields to factory. It says that Brazilian laminate floors are innovative and sustainable, respect the environment, and guarantee well-being and quality of life for consumers

Panel discussions
07 February 2019 Sally Spencer of sister magazine, TTJ, reports from the UK Timber Trade Federation's(TTF) first UK Wood panels Conference which took place in London in November

Yugra-plit's big plans
07 February 2019 Yugra-Plit aims to become a leading producer and exporter of particleboard in Russian West Siberia and the Urals in years to come, by doubling the capacities at its existing plants. Our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports

From IWF to ligna
07 February 2019 Since it took over machinery distributor Stiles Machinery in North America, both Homag of Germany and Stiles in the US have thrived, as Mike Botting reports

Recycled wood: waste or resource?
07 February 2019 During the Wood Based Panels Symposium, held in October 2018, Silvio Mergner (Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting in Munich, Germany) asked if 'waste' wood was, in fact, a valuable raw material. He compared different countries in western and eastem Europe

New hybrid binder
07 February 2019 BASF says that it has developed an innovative binder system which raises the efficiency of particleboard production. The binder is called Kauranat MS 1001. Dr stephan Weinkötz explains the benefits of the new system

Multi-purpose resins
07 February 2019 A novel additive for wood based panels. One product, three applications:flame retardant; formaldehyde catcher; and hardener. That is the subject of this article, written by Dr Georges Francis of Advachem SA, Belgium

A sustainable target
07 February 2019 The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based binders as an alternative to formaldehyde binders currently used for wood based panels in furniture mass production. The goal of the project is to substitute fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources, explains project coordinator RTDS

A challenging, everchanging, business
07 February 2019 In recent decades, the pacific northwest's plywood industry has declined, with survivors diversifying into a variety of veneer-based products. Can the industry continue to stay ahead of evolving markets? Richard F (Dick) Baldwin, PhD and Richard W (Rich) Baldwin, MBA try to answer that question

December 2018


Can panels help slow global warming?
21 December 2018 Our guest expert in this issue is Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, North Wales, UK

Ukrainian industry on edge of growth
21 December 2018 Global panel producers are considering accelerating expansion into the Ukrainian market. This may take place through the building of their own production facilities within the country, or the acquisition of existing players, reports Eugene Gerden

A packed agenda
21 December 2018 The 11th European Wood Based Panels Symposium was jointly organised by the European Panel Federation (EPF) and Fraunhofer WKI and was held in Hamburg in October. Mike Botting was there to bring this summary of some of the papers presented

Industry 4.0 calls
21 December 2018 Established in hydraulic pressing 135 years ago, the multi-faceted company which is Siempelkamp Maschinenund Anlagenbau today, has had a major impact on the wood panel industry ever since. Mike Botting visited its Krefeld headquarters

Pressing on to 100
21 December 2018 As it approaches its centenary, Wemhöner Surface Technologies continues to grow and currently has a full order book for its factories in Germany and China. Mike Botting visited chief executive Heiner Wemhöner at his Herford HQ

Stronger Together
21 December 2018 With a long history in wood-size-reduction machinery, Pallmann is now a wholly-owned company within the Siempelkamp group. Mike Botting visited Pallmann’s Zweibrücken HQ to seek the latest news about its machinery