Wood Based Panels
Homag, the world’s largest woodworking machinery manufacturer, has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a €10m extension to its main Schopfloch production site in Germany.Read more
One of India’s largest laminates manufacturers Merino Industries Ltd is to start particleboard production after ordering a new particleboard plant from Dieffenbacher.Read more
Metro Ply Group and Siempelkamp have signed a contract for the supply of a new particleboard plant with Generation 9 ContiRoll in the 8ft x 40.4m format to the Metro site in Surat Thani.Read more
Leading India plywood manufacturer has told the Times of India that it hopes to return to pre-pandemic revenue levels in July.
Shandong Huan GE Decoration produces first ultra-thin MDF board at Linyi
Chinese MDF producer Shandong Huan Ge Decoration Co Ltd has produced its first board at the new ultra-thin MDF plant in Linyi, Shandong Province.
Homag starts €10m extension of Schopfloch production facilities
Homag, the world’s largest woodworking machinery manufacturer, has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a €10m extension to its main Schopfloch production site in Germany.
Canadian formaldehyde rules published
Health Canada has published its final formaldehyde regulations for composite panels in the July 7 issue of Canada Gazette, according to the Composite Panel Association (CPA) in its latest newsletter.
EPLF members re-elect their Board of Directors
Members of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring Association (EPLF) have re-elected their board of directors at the group’s General Assembly.
Dr Athanasios Dimitriou, research scientist at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University explores the subject of light and vision, explaining the benefits technology can bring in this area
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Go Lab in Wood Fibre Insulation Board First
Plans to establish the first wood fibre insulation board plant in the US are moving apace, with equipment already transferred to the Maine site from Europe. We look at the plant plans
Making the most of wood
Global demand for wood fibre, coupled with the need to be cost-competitive and sustainable has led to increasing use of recycled wood in the wood-based panels industry. Stephen Powney looks at the topic and speaks to two different equipment suppliers in this area – PAL and Dieffenbacher
In the second panel discussion of WBPI’s Beyond Covid Conference, we examine the pandemic’s impact on different world regions in the panel industry. Clive Pinnington, managing director of the European Panel Federation, moderated a panel including Andy O’Hare, president of the Composite Panel Federation; Pablo Figueroa Lopez, co-managing director, Finsa; and José Carlos da Fonseca Junior, executive director, IBA (Brazilian Tree Industry).
As I write this column, the coronavirus pandemic was starting to impact the international woodbased panels industry, with reports of mills starting to adjust production and even temporarily close some operations in North America and Europe.
Trade Show calendar will look different in 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has dominated the news of late and it is now having some ramifications on elements of the global wood-based panels sector and exhibitions.
Investment and growth continues
Judging by the amount of investment and expansion news we have in this issue, the buoyancy in the global panels industry continues unabated.
Innovation drives industry
In wood we have a material that lends itself to innovation.