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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.
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.
WBPI -- the voice of the global panel industry
Sadly for me, this is the last issue of WBPI for which I will be fully responsible.
WBPI: the voice of the global panel industry
The knock-on effects of the slowdown in the Chinese economy have taken some of the gloss off more positive figures for the panel industry seen in the last year or so.
WBPI - the voice of the global panel industry
Welcome to the first edition of WBPI in its brand new clothing.
Year of progress to be followed by year of cautious optimism
So, we have come to the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, in the same issue of WBPI! The year 2015 was obviously over-shadowed by the ongoing economic problems of the Eurozone. Meanwhile, the United States continued its slow climb out of recession; and a resultant increase in the activity of the housing market. Unfortunately, this rebound was not as strong, or as smooth, as many predicted but at least it has continued to move in the right direction.
Difficult economic times but particleboard keeps on growing
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much improvement in the global economy since my last column in the August/September 2015 issue of WBPI. The economic problems facing much of Europe, South America and China have certainly not gone away and show little signs of improvement in the short-term.
Economic woes in some areas a cause for concern?
One of the major editorial sections in this issue of WBPI is of course the second part of our survey of the World MDF industry – the countries outside Europe and North America. Written by acknowledged MDF industry expert Geoff Rhodes, it makes for very interesting reading, not least for his conclusions at the end of the article about total global MDF capacity. Geoff points out that the world’s MDF capacity looks set to go over the one million cubic metre mark in the not-too-distant future!
Shows point the way to improving markets
Although I was unable to attend the Interzum and Ligna exhibitions in Cologne and Hannover in May myself this year, due to ill health, the reports that I have received from my colleague Stephen Powney, who attended in my place, and from the industry in general, are very positive indeed. In fact, one machinery supplier described it as "The best Ligna ever!" and it appears he was not alone in that opinion.
Looking forward to the biennial show season
Finally, I am back at my desk, if only for short periods at a time, but I have been able to relieve Stephen Powney of his additional duties on WBPI and I take this opportunity to thank him most sincerely for acting as full-time editor, as well as carrying out his duties as editor of sister journal TTJ, during my prolonged and unforeseeable absence due to illness.
New year begins with mixed messages
In my comment column in the last issue, I said that I hoped to be back in work by early January 2015, following two spinal operations in September and October 2014.