Wood Based Panels


VMG opens LVL plant opens in Lithuania
02 October, 2023 Eastern European mega wood industries enterprise VMG Group has added to its considerable wood assets by officially opening an LVL and I-joist factoy in Lithuania.It becomes the first LVL facility in Lithuania.
  • Siempelkamp realigns Management Board
    The Siempelkamp Group has realigned its Management Board to include seven members to bundle market-oriented core competencies together and integrate a modern management concept.
  • Timberpak opens recycling super site in Leeds
    Recycling and reprocessing company, Timberpak Ltd, has unveiled its new site in Leeds following a multi-million pound investment into the six acre site on Cross Green Industrial Estate.


Safe handling training
31 July, 2023 Global chemicals company Huntsman is a leading provider of non-added formaldehyde, fast-curing resins for the composite wood sector. Huntsman played a significant role in pioneering the use of MDI (methylene diphenyl di-isocyanate) in the composite wood panel industry, introducing MDI into particleboard (PB) products in the 1970s and OSB in the 1980s. WBPI spoke to Erik Vangronsveld, Huntsman’s global materials and industry sustainability director to find out more about MDI, the latest regulatory changes relating to di-isocyanates and the training support on offer to resin users moving forwards
  • Birch ply alternative
    The shortage of birch plywood in Europe due to the Ukraine conflict has opened the door, says plywood manufacturer Garnica, to an alternative product
  • Sunds fibertech aims for next level
    At the Ligna exhibition in Germany during May, Sunds Fibertech announced that investor Priveq had bought a majority stake in the firm to help facilitate growth. Several new product innovations were also on display, reports Stephen Powney
  • Dieffenbacher celebrates milestone at LIGNA
    At the Ligna fair this year in Hannover, wood-based panels technology specialist Dieffenbacher celebrated its 150th anniversary and updated the press about its progress and plans for the future. Stephen Powney reports


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.