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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

Recovery of panel demand in Russia restimulates investment
10 July 2020 The demand for wood-based panels in Russia is steadily recovering after several months of decline, caused by the peak of Covid-19 in the country. WBPI correspondent Eugene Gerden reports

Collection selection
09 July 2020 The new Egger Decorative Collection 2020-22 was introduced earlier this year and was the biggest product launch for the company since 2017, offering the very best decors and textures with a focus on the latest design trends

Smart design
09 July 2020 Surfacing giant Schattdecor’s Smartfoil Nature and Smartflex Nature innovations are designed to closely resemble the visuals of natural wood. Stephen Powney reports

Surfaces at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic
09 July 2020 The focus on surfaces in relation to contamination and the spread of infection has probably never been higher than at the moment. Franco Bulian, deputy director of Italian-based testing and analysis laboratory for the wood and furniture industry Catas has been looking at the issue

Ten years of MDF growth
08 July 2020 Since the first board was produced 54 years ago, MDF has become one of the most-produced and widely used panel products globally. Mike Botting looks back at the development of the panel, especially over the last 10 years, in Europe and North America

MDF expansion continues
07 July 2020 New MDF start-ups are seen in Russia, Turkey and US with investment continuing in Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania. In the US, the rice straw MDF plant is nearing completion. WBPI’s MDF correspondent Geoff Rhodes reports

May 2020


Coronavirus raises questions
29 May 2020 The global OSB industry has been one of continual growth but the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is raising challenging question marks in markets for all wood-based panels. Stephen Powney reports

Finishing Touches
29 May 2020 Italy’s Giardina Finishing, a major supplier of finishing technology to wood based panel processors, has been experiencing some intense project activity of late. Stephen Powney reports

OSB4 gains market interest
29 May 2020 OSB4 is the highest performance OSB board in the market, attracting increased interest in global markets. Stephen Powney talks to several mills producing the board and examines the product benefits and applications

Softboard - the rising star?
29 May 2020 Simon Curling, research scientist at Bangor University’s Biocomposites Centre, takes a look at softboard’s growth, the product’s attributes and its further development

Ever thought of OSB variants?
29 May 2020 The global OSB industry has developed considerably since the product’s first creation in the 1970s and now interesting OSB variant products are creating attention on the market, reports Markus Trame, project manager marketing and PR at Dieffenbacher

Building on Talent
29 May 2020 Accsys Technologies’ new chief executive Rob Harris spoke to Sally Spencer about the modified wood product specialist’s predicted growth this year

Going Green in Europe
29 May 2020 Alexis Kuhl sets out the European Panel Federation’s position on the European Green Deal

OSB prices improve after difficult 2019
29 May 2020 The North American OSB sector endured a difficult 2019 with low demand and low prices. However, mill closings and more construction may position the survivors for a better 2020 and 2021, depending on the impact of the coronavirus. This report was compiled by our North American correspondents, Dick and Rich Baldwin

Smooth to the Touch
29 May 2020 Dr Mark Irle of Ecole Supérieure Du Bois and Prof Lidia Gurau of the University of Transylvania explain their research into measuring the surface roughness of wood-based panels

X-Ray vision
29 May 2020 X-ray systems for inspection and measuring tasks have been prevalent in wood-based panel production for many years. However, as Konrad Solbrig, head of technology wood-based composites at Germany-based EWS reports, the latest research and development enables new systems with innovative features to meet the increasing requirements.

March 2020


Ready or not for Bio-based
06 March 2020 Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor asks - are we finally ready for bio-based resins?

Virtual vision changes reality
06 March 2020 ‘Mixed reality’ may be a new expression for some people, but it is entering the world of work with the promise of many benefits. WBPI looks at what Microsoft is doing with its latest technology to empower companies.

Clear Vision
06 March 2020 Sarah Wild reports on the next generation of modified wood – augmented, transparent wood