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Coronavirus raises questions
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
Alexis Kuhl sets out the European Panel Federation’s position on the European Green Deal
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.
Ready or not for Bio-based
Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor asks - are we finally ready for bio-based resins?
Virtual vision changes reality
‘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.
Sarah Wild reports on the next generation of modified wood – augmented, transparent wood
Lumin embarks on expansion project
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Wood-based panels consumption has been growing in Russia. WBPI correspondent Eugene Gerden looks at the industry’s recent performance