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November 2018


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

Stronger Together In Imal-Pal Group
29 August 2018 The Imal-Pal Group continues to prosper and grow, with 2018 set to be another record year for this diverse company. Mike Botting met with managing director Loris Zanasi in Modena

Wear protection
29 August 2018 Located in Arconate, near the northern city of Milan, Saro Srl provides wear protection solutions for a wide range of applications. Mike Botting visited them, for the first time for WBPI, to bring this report.

Capacity still growing as Algeria joins the club
22 August 2018 In this second part of our annual MDF survey, covering the countries outside Europe and North America, industry consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future position for MDF in the ‘rest of the world’

June 2018


Picking up the durable baton
29 June 2018 Dr. Simon Curling FIMMM, project officer at the BioComposites Centre in Bangor, outlines how biological durability needs to be a critical element of product development.

Flexible working
29 June 2018 APA – the Engineered Wood Association has adapted to changes in the wood based panels industry while remaining true to its core principles. President Ed Elias talks to Keren Fallwell

Lion-Hearted Hardboard
29 June 2018 The hardboard market in the UK might be small but it is growing. Sally Spencer reports

Green river panels scores a hat-trick
29 June 2018 Green River Panels’ third particleboard line will help the company expand its market share. Keren Fallwell reports.

Changing ownership still affects industry
28 June 2018 In the first part of our annual survey of the global MDF producing industry, independent consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at the MDF Mills and their capacities in Europe and North America in 2017 and at the prospects for 2018 and beyond.

Sterling work
27 June 2018 Norbord’s new £95m OSB line in Scotland is up and running and ready to capitalise on the booming market for the panel product. Keren Fallwell reports

Lemeks expands into plywood
27 June 2018 Estonian company AS Lemeks is establishing itself as a plywood manufacturer, building a plywood and birch veneer plant in Jõgeva. Jaroslaw Adamowski reports

Kronospan has big ambitions in Russia
27 June 2018 Kronospan has big plans for business in Russia, including creating one of the largest particleboard plants in eastern Europe and a new MDF mill. Eugene Gerden reports

Modifying markets
27 June 2018 A dedicated UK production facility for Tricoya modified wood chips – the key ingredient in Tricoya modified wood panels – will open early next year. Stephen Powney reports.

Designs of the future
27 June 2018 Just yards away from the towering Alps and spectacularly positioned on the Austrian-German border is the founding company of Egger, an ideal example of growth and determination