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September 2022


Spot the difference
19 September 2022 The BioComposite Centre’s Dr Morwenna Spear explains the differences between the bioeconomy and the circular economy and how the wood-based panels industry fits both

Opening doors
19 September 2022 North American door manufacturing giant VT Industries has partnered with Biele in extensive growth and expansion projects over the last few years

Tecnologia Italiana
19 September 2022 It’s been four years since the last Xylexpo due to Covid, but organisers are looking to get the show back on track in Milan in October. Stephen Powney reports

European panels sector gathers in times of uncertainty
19 September 2022 European panel sector representatives came together in Belgium to hear about industry developments at a time of increasing economic uncertainty. WBPI’s Stephen Powney was there

Innovating the future
19 September 2022 IMAL PAL Group has completed the turnkey installation of a wood fibre insulation plant in Sardinia and is progressing with a unique wood fibre moulded pallet plant installation in Italy, reports Stephen Powney.

Expansion of MDF capacity globally continues
19 September 2022 In this Part 2 report of our annual global MDF survey, independent industry consultant Geoff Rhodes focuses on countries outside Europe and North America, looking at new developments and summarising the current and future global position for MDF.

Dry phenolic process in spotlight
19 September 2022 Surfacing and finishing technology specialist Longoni has taken remarkable steps forward on a dry phenolic resin application process, which it believes could revolutionise operations for HPL manufacturers. Stephen Powney reports

July 2022


Downstream challenges of diversification
13 July 2022 The BioComposite Centre’s Dr Morwenna Spear says the wide range of feedstocks and adhesives being considered in the panels industry will keep future recyclers on their toes

EPF prepares for symposium
13 July 2022 The EPF’s Wood Based Panels Symposium will take place in Hamburg in Germany from October 13-14

Global ambitions
13 July 2022 Kastamonu Entegre eyes top three spot in the global wood-based panel market

Bioproducts serving society
13 July 2022 Ambassador José Carlos da Fonseca Jr, executive director of IBA (Brazilian Tree Industry), explains how Brazil’s wood-based panels sector has been ready to meet heated demand

BC centre embarks on recycled wood research
13 July 2022 The BioComposites Centre at Bangor University, Wales, has embarked on a recycled wood research project to improve perspectives on use of the material in particleboard

Founded on innovation
13 July 2022 TOMRA is a Norwegian-headquartered company celebrating a 50-year history in recycling technologies. Over the last 10 of those years, the company has specifically focused some of its attention on the wood recycling sector, as WBPI consultant Mike Botting reports

MDF expansion continues
13 July 2022 Changing ownerships in France, UK and North America, US Rice Straw plant files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and significant investment continuing in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Turkey. Geoff Rhodes reports

May 2022


Biele delivers higher yield
27 May 2022 Biele has completed a complex project in two stages for Hessen-based Bürstadt Furniture and the installation has given the company the ability to produce lightboards

Innovus marks decade
27 May 2022 The Innovus decorative panels brand of international wood-based panels producer Sonae Arauco has reached a 10-year milestone in the market

Investor brings leading brands together
27 May 2022 Consolidation in the wood processing technology industry has been advancing, with the USNR and Wood Fiber Group acquisitions and merger by a private equity group one of the most recent examples

Turbo charged Turboden
27 May 2022 Turboden SpA’s biomass and wood-based industry consultant Alessandro Guercio, highlights the company’s drive towards energy efficiency and decarbonisation

Homanit full steam ahead in Lithuania
27 May 2022 Germany’s fibreboard maker Homanit is advancing plans to ramp up the company’s production capacities in eastern Europe with its recently launched project to build a new MDF and HDF factory in Pagiriai, in south-eastern Lithuania, reports WBPI’s Poland correspondent Jaroslaw Adamowski

Nature’s way
27 May 2022 Stora Enso has partnered with several players in the wood-based panels industry in the innovative use of its lignin-based binders. Stephen Powney reports