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May 2020

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Lumin embarks on expansion project
06 March 2020 South American plywood manufacturer Uruply SA (Lumin) is about to embark on a US$30m investment in an additional production line. Stephen Powney spoke to Lumin CEO Alvaro Molinari

Spruce bark’s biophenol future?
06 March 2020 Studies on using Sitka spruce bark-based bio-phenolic compounds as a substitute for standard phenol formaldehyde resin have shown encouraging results but ready availability of petroleum-based products may limit their use for the foreseeable future

Green adhesives provide future potential
06 March 2020 Pine bark tannins and cellulose nanofibres are being researched for use in adhesives to make wood-based panels. Arauco’s research and development division Bioforest has conducted test work which it shared at IPPS 2019 – highlights from the research paper are shared in this feature

Growing the seeds
06 March 2020 Biochemicals business Evertree has made some big strides forward with its advance to the commercial stage of a wood-based binding intensifier for wood-based panels manufacture, reports Stephen Powney

Biocomposites centre plans new pilot plant home
06 March 2020 At the International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS) in October 2019, BioComposites Centre director, Dr Rob Elias, announced an exciting plan to move the centre's pilot plant to a new home, a state-of-the-art multi-millionpound building. Here Dr Elias explains more details about the project

Garnica builds seventh factory
06 March 2020 Leading European plywood manufacturer Garnica has commenced construction work on its seventh factory, in north-central France. Stephen Powney looks at the investment and recent developments at Garnica

Russia sets new panels Consumption record in 2019
06 March 2020 Wood-based panels consumption has been growing in Russia. WBPI correspondent Eugene Gerden looks at the industry’s recent performance