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July 2021


How much can you see?
16 July 2021 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

A lead a minute
16 July 2021 Interzum @home attracted 10,000 participants from 132 countries and featured 230 digital events

Go Lab in Wood Fibre Insulation Board First
16 July 2021 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
16 July 2021 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

Global recovery
16 July 2021 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).

Panel Prospects
16 July 2021 The global wood-based panels industry has fared better during the Covid-19 pandemic compared with average GDP and to an extent the construction industries. Frank Goecke, director of Afry Management Consulting, gave an update on the wood-based panels market to Beyond Covid delegates

Ligna organisers remain optimistic
16 July 2021 Deutsche Messe and Germany’s VDMA organise the biennial Ligna woodworking technology show. Ligna show director Christian Pfeifer and VDMA research analyst Dominik Wolfschuetz explained to conference delegates how they are dealing with the impact of Covid-19

The pandemic’s impact on the furniture sector
16 July 2021 The furniture industry is a massive customer of the wood panels industry, but how has it fared during the pandemic? In our Beyond Covid panel discussion tackling the subject, WBPI editor Stephen Powney asked questions of several key industry representatives. The panel was made up of Paolo Fantoni, president of Fantoni SpA and president of the European Panel Federation; Ulrich Bühler, head of sales and marketing at Egger Group; and Edi Snaidero, chairman of the European Furniture Industries Confederation

Unleashing new design opportunities
16 July 2021 WBPI’s Beyond Covid opening keynote speaker Giulio Masotti, CEO of Wood-Skin, showed delegates how his company is combining digitalisation, CNC machining, the latest design software and use of composite materials to give new applications and possibilities for wood-based panels

Looking Beyond Covid
16 July 2021 WBPI’s first virtual conference – Beyond Covid-19 – The global wood-based panels industry adapting for the future – was held on May 11 as a forum for the sector to hear about industry developments

The circular argument for sustainable MDF
16 July 2021 Recycling waste MDF would give a valuable new wood raw material source against a background of increasing global demand for wood fibre. Craig Barlett, managing director of MDF Recovery (MDFR), gives an update on his company’s efforts towards achieving this goal

MDF Expansion continues
16 July 2021 Significant MDF investment is continuing in Canada, Lithuania, Russia, and Turkey, while in the US the rice straw MDF Calplant 1 has started up in California, reports WBPI consultant Geoff Rhodes

May 2021


When density is a superhero
28 May 2021 Dr Athanasios Dimitriou, research scientist at The Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University discusses the virtues of densified wood

Wood makes climate case
28 May 2021 Wood panel industry representatives were among the speakers at a prominent virtual conference focusing on wood as an ecological solution for wood construction. Stephen Powney reports

Mission incredible
28 May 2021 Innovative solutions presented by the exhibitors and trends proposed by the designers to improve the quality of all living and work environments, design events and conferences were all part of the 47th CIFF Guangzhou event, which organisers have hailed as “an incredible success”

Beyond Covid
28 May 2021 Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the latest on wood-based panels markets at WBPI’s Beyond Covid virtual conference taking place on May 11. Stephen Powney reports

Particleboard line number three for green river
28 May 2021 Green River Panels (Thailand) Co Ltd started up its third production line during the global pandemic. WBPI consulting editor Mike Botting interviewed the company’s Alex Hsieh and Konstantinos Karakolidis

Segezha expands ply capacity and product quality
28 May 2021 Russian integrated forest business Segezha Group has boosted its plywood operations, started production of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and posted healthy 2020 results despite the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Powney looks at recent developments at the company

Global majors ready for further expansion in Russia
28 May 2021 Investment activity in the Russian wood-based panels sector is picking up, writes WBPI Russia correspondent Eugene Gerden

Russia and China lead the way
28 May 2021 Despite the pandemic, demand for OSB (including OSB hybrid products) and rising product prices are supporting further investment in global OSB capacity, with Russia and China leading the way. Stephen Powney reports