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January 2021


Steinemann looks to the future
29 January 2021 Swiss wide belt sanding machine manufacturer Steinemann is looking to give panel producers full transparency over their sanding processes and greater quality control. Stephen Powney talks to Sebastian Kohlhase, Steinemann’s product manager, marketing & sales

Refining the future
29 January 2021 Andritz, a leading supplier of fibre preparation equipment, identifies saving energy as a main current requirement from its customers worldwide. Stephen Powney talks to Michael Rupp and Michael Frint, joint vice presidents Panelboard Group

Wemhöner presses on
29 January 2021 World leader in short-cycle presses Wemhöner is meeting the furniture industry’s increasing requirements for small batch production and higher-value products. Stephen Powney catches up with the German company

A year to remember
29 January 2021 This second part of our annual global particleboard survey focuses on developments outside Europe and North America. Stephen Powney reports

Rapid response
29 January 2021 Wood-based panels technology specialist Dieffenbacher says it has adapted to the “new norm” of the pandemic and it is managing to fulfill its orders worldwide. Stephen Powney interviewed Stefan Zipf, Dieffenbachers’s head of Business Unit Wood at the end of October

Sensor data is fuel for the future
29 January 2021 Dr Athanasios Dimitriou, materials scientists at The BioComposites Centre, Bangor University explains how sensors are providing data with incredible accuracy to gain insight into industrial processes

Making a mark
29 January 2021 UK-based printing and marking systems specialist Timbermark is helping Swiss Krono to improve export sales with high quality marking on OSB panels

Egger Commits to US Market
29 January 2021 The internationally-operating Egger Group is headquartered in the beautiful Tyrol region of Austria. Until recently, it only manufactured particleboard and MDF in Europe and Argentina, but now has a greenfield factory in the US, which began production in September 2020, reports WBPI consultant editor Mike Botting

New top team at Fagus-GreCon
29 January 2021 A leadership change and new innovations on the fire protection front are among the news at Fagus-GreCon, Stephen Powney reports

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


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

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