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November 2023


Making the nucleus dance with NMR
28 November 2023 Carlo Kupfernagel, a PhD student at the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University in Wales, explains NMR spectroscopy

IMAL PAL Group Opens New Lab
27 November 2023 For our Part 2 Focus on Italy report, we interview IMAL PAL Group – the wood-based panels technology supplier based in Modena. Stephen Powney spoke to group managing director Loris Zanasi

Ireland bound
27 November 2023 Geoff Rhodes, independent consultant and former long-serving marketing and sales director at MEDITE looks back 40 years to Medford Corporation’s multi-million dollar investment in the Clonmel factory

Markets See Downward Swing
27 November 2023 Reduced demand and a generally difficult market situation has added pressure for manufacturers of particleboard. Stephen Powney looks at markets and mill investments in this Part One Focus on Particleboard report, looking at Europe and North America

Proactive customer service
27 November 2023 Wood-based panels production technology manufacturer Dieffenbacher has now had an operational presence in the US for 11 years. The company provides this update on the development of its US subsidiary.

Pagnoni Celebrates 175th Year
27 November 2023 Pagnoni has been a leading light in the world of HPL, short-cycle and compact presses for the value-added panel product industry. Stephen Powney interviews director Michele Pagnoni about the company’s developments and his view on markets.

IPPS innovation focus
27 November 2023 The International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) in Wales covers a wide field of research papers involving wood composites. This year’s event, attended by WBPI’s Stephen Powney, saw wood scientists from across the world share their latest findings.

Evo evolution
27 November 2023 The new generation of Biele’s EVO handling system focuses on energy savings.

US Market Movements
27 November 2023 High interest rates have been a factor weighing on the US housing market, a key sector for the North American wood-based panels industry. But despite challenges, economic forecasters predict a soft landing for the US economy. Stephen Powney reports

Becoming circular with recover
27 November 2023 Unilin Panels is finding ways to bring waste wood back into the loop through its wood takeback programme, Recover.

September 2023


A leaner and keener future
29 September 2023 CMC Texpan of Colzate, Italy, has been at the forefront of wood preparation technology for the global panel industry for over 60 years. Mike Botting spoke to its managing director about the company’s products; and its future plans

Understanding resin chemistry
29 September 2023 Carlo Kupfernagel, a PhD student at the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University in Wales, explains why it can be useful to have an understanding of resin chemistry

WMF attended by major players
29 September 2023 It was once again time for major technology suppliers to present their brands and solutions to the Chinese market at WMF in Shanghai, co-located with the massive CIFF

India Investment Focus
29 September 2023 Indian panels market to be major investment focus in years to come, reports WBPI contributor Eugene Gerden

Global MDF Capacity Increases
29 September 2023 In the second part of our annual survey of the industry worldwide and for the countries outside Europe and North America, independent industry consultant Geoff Rhodes looks at new developments and summarises the current and future global position for MDF in the ‘rest of the world’. The current dynamics, issues and realities of 2022 and 2023 are also considered

Lithuania’s first LVL plant opens
29 September 2023 VMG Lignum as a part of VMG Group incorporates a wide range of wood product operations in Lithuania and now it has added LVL and I-joist production to its capabilities, reports Stephen Powney

Turboden targets panels sector
29 September 2023 Energy is an important topic among wood-based panels producers due to their massive use of energy in the manufacturing process and the need to be more efficient. Stephen Powney speaks to Alessandro Guercio, biomass sales and business development manager of Turboden

July 2023


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
27 July 2023 The shortage of birch plywood in Europe due to the Ukraine conflict has opened the door, says plywood manufacturer Garnica, to an alternative product

Combustibility challenge
27 July 2023 Dr Daniel Brandon discusses recent advances in fire safety for mass timber buildings