Wood Based Panels


European wood-based panel production dips 5% in 2022, provisional stats suggest
25 May, 2023 European wood-based panels production fell by more than 6% in 2022 according to provisional figures released by the European Panel Federation (EPF) at the Interzum fair in Cologne.


Emerging species
30 March, 2023 Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre looks at the issue of using different timber species in industrial timber product manufacturing
  • Smartech works smarter
    Israel-based wax and resin suspension system innovator and the developer of the Autonomous Manufacturing platform solution SMARTECH has been making strides forward in the wood-based panels industry. Stephen Powney spoke to the company
  • Woodfibre insulation trend
    Wood fibre insulation boards remain a growth product area in the international wood-based panels industry, with several projects ongoing to increase production capacity. Stephen Powney reports
  • Kronospan adds wow factor in design
    Kronospan’s Global Collection 3.0 launched with a big splash for 2023 and is now making waves in interior design, along with trending colour Mursala


Ukrainian panels sector surprise
30 March, 2023 It seems incredible that wood-based panels factories can operate successfully in a war zone, but that is exactly what is happening in the west of the Ukraine for Swiss Krono’s two facilities there.
  • Caution signalled on markets ahead
    Gatherings of representatives from the global wood-based panels industry are always a good bellwether of market trends and a means of identifying opportunities and challenges in the sector.
  • Getting our Ligna fix - digitally
    I’m sure many readers of WBPI have the familiar experience of walking the halls of the Hannover Messe for the biennial Ligna exhibition of the global woodworking industries.
  • Responding to the coronavirus challenge
    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.