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November 2020


Innovation imperatives
27 November 2020 There has never been a better time to be involved in research for the further development of wood products, says Dr Graham Ormondroyd of Bangor University, Wales

The show must go on
27 November 2020 Despite taking place just six weeks after the rescheduled 45th CIFF Guangzhou, the 46th CIFF Shanghai incorporating WMF was a success with good visitor numbers

Automatic Systematic
27 November 2020 OHRA has delivered a racking system for an automatic sheet material warehouse in the Czech Republic

IMAL’S ‘full house’ lab testing
27 November 2020 Wood-based panels production technology manufacturer IMAL PAL has invested time and resources developing a collection of laboratory production equipment to allow companies to produce sample boards without having to use any elements of their main production line. Stephen Powney reports

Ukrainian market shows potential despite pandemic
27 November 2020 The wood-based panels market in the Ukraine shows potential for growth despite challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, writes WBPI correspondent Eugene Gerden

LIGNA makes preparations
27 November 2020 Many woodworking machinery and technology companies plan their innovation cycles around the biennial Ligna fair in Hannover, which next take place in 2021. In this interview, Dr Bernhard Dirr, director of the woodworking machinery division of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), and Christian Pfeiffer, global director LIGNA & Woodworking Shows for Deutsche Messe explain how the pandemic has impacted LIGNA.21. Here they outline the hygiene precautions and other measures that will be implemented and what to expect from the global industry’s flagship fair

Evaluating high gloss surface structures
27 November 2020 A new device has been developed to evaluate the surface structure of high gloss surfaces in accordance with new standard EN 17214. Stephen Powney spoke to its developer Magali Hanser

Prism shines more light
24 November 2020 Arauco North America has held a virtual launch for the additions to its Prism TFL collection, which are inspired by holistic wellness and human centric design

Particleboard growth slows
24 November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has added an extra layer of uncertainty to the international wood-based panels industry and while there have been several particleboard projects reaching fruition in Europe and North America, the road forward in terms of further capacity growth looks to be quieter than before. Stephen Powney reports

September 2020


Rising to the challenge
28 September 2020 Sanding technology producer Imeas reports that business has picked up in recent months since lockdown lifted in Italy and in other countries, while it is also seeing good results in its cross-laminated timber (CLT) product group. Stephen Powney talks to Imeas sales director Francesco Zenere

New Connections
28 September 2020 CMC Texpan found itself near the epicentre of Italy’s initial Covid-19 outbreak but it has worked hard to maintain contact with customers, adapt its operations to continue supplying projects and look for new business opportunities. Stephen Powney talks to CMC Texpan chairman of the board Paolo Gattesco

Recycling – a key for the future
28 September 2020 Wood preparation technology specialists PAL predicts more recycled wood will be used in MDF production as manufacturers look to find new and cheaper wood resource streams. Stephen Powney talks to Andrea Dal Ben, PAL director

Powering up
28 September 2020 Italian power technology specialist Turboden is a new company on WBPI’s radar for our annual Focus on Italy and one that has been coming up with novel solutions for the wood-based panels industry. Stephen Powney spoke to Simone Passera, Turboden’s sales and business development manager

The surfacing world
28 September 2020 Longoni is a world leader in know-how, machinery and materials for the global panel surfacing and finishing sectors and it remains confident of longer-term market prospects despite the current impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stephen Powney talks to CEO Roberto Longoni

Have we hit the buffers?
28 September 2020 The BioComposites Centre’s Dr Morwenna Spear takes a look at resin building

Global MDF capacity rises
28 September 2020 In this 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 now looks at new developments and summarises the current and future global position for MDF in the ‘rest of the world’

IMAL brings new horizons to pallets
28 September 2020 Developments in the field of recycled woodchip pallets and wood insulation board are among the latest news at IMAL-PAL Group. Stephen Powney spoke to group managing director Loris Zanasi

Protection and enhancement
28 September 2020 Over the last 10 years, the Kleiberit HotCoating process has successfully established itself worldwide as an innovative new technology in surface finishing

The shows will go on
28 September 2020 The WMF and CIFF exhibitions will take place in Shanghai in September, as planned

July 2020


The rise and rise of LCA
10 July 2020 Campbell Skinner, life cycle assessment analyst at the BioComposites Centre in Wales explains why wood-based products are well-placed to take advantage of the trend for LCA