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November 2021


Fitting the profile
16 November 2021 The BioComposite Centre’s Dr Morwenna Spear looks at the density profile of MDF

Russian panels market booms
16 November 2021 Good market dynamics exist in the Russian wood-based panels market, with a rise in plant investment projects there, reports WBPI Russia correspondent Eugene Gerden

Kronospan invests in Slovakia
16 November 2021 Kronospan is planning a €120m MDF investment in central Slovakia, reports WBPI’s Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski

What the future holds?
16 November 2021 Cellulose and carbon – what can be done with this waste? HONEXT is one of the latest propositions of panelboard products made using alternative materials. WBPI correspondent Geoff Rhodes report

IMEAS develops four-sided sanding innovation
16 November 2021 Sanding technology manufacturer Imeas sees growth in industry investment levels and is innovating with new developments in the engineered wood sector. Stephen Powney speaks to Imeas sales director Francesco Zenere

Lynx cleans up recycled wood
16 November 2021 CMC Texpan’s northern Italy base was near the epicentre of the initial European Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020. It is reporting better, more stable market conditions in 2021 and has been busy working on innovations. Stephen Powney interviewed sales manager Marco Granzotto

Pagnoni presses on
16 November 2021 The name Pagnoni can be seen on presses all over the world in both primary wood-based panels production and lamination of value-added panels. Stephen Powney interviews managing director Michele Pagnoni about the company’s recent developments

IMAL PAL Group sees OSB industry investment growth
15 November 2021 WBPI’s annual Focus on Italy feature kicked off by talking to Modena-based wood-based panels plant supplier IMAL PAL Group. CEO Loris Zanasi updated Stephen Powney with company developments and how equipment supply to the panels industry has progressed through the pandemic

Brighter sparks follow initial pandemic uncertainty
15 November 2021 A downturn in new line investments in 2019 was followed by the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and yet there are now some bright sparks of particleboard investments, particularly in eastern Europe and Russia, with one large project also said to be looming in western Europe. Stephen Powney reports on the particleboard industry in Europe and North America, with updates on new projects and investments

August 2021


Cutting our carbon
20 August 2021 The BioComposites Centre’s Dr Morwenna Spear looks at carbon emissions

Huber plans OSB capacity expansion
20 August 2021 Soaring North American OSB demand and prices have activated investment in production capacity. Huber Engineered Woods (HEW) has announced plans to increase capacity with a new mill in Minnesota, reports Stephen Powney

EPF highlights growing OSB and softboard sectors
20 August 2021 The European Panel Federation (EPF) held a press conference in June to share the results of its annual report charting the performance of European wood-based panels industries in 2020-21

Developing through the decades
20 August 2021 Spanish chemical company Fusoni is the only producer of additives for the wood industry in Spain. Stephen Powney gets the latest update from the company

The appliance of science
20 August 2021 Resin technology specialist NTL Chemical Consulting has over 30 years of experience in the field. Stephen Powney interviewed NTL founder and managing director Nikos Pargianas about the company’s recent developments and his experience of doing business during the Covid-19 pandemic

Next level
20 August 2021 Bio-based MDF, using 100% bio-resin, is now a commercial reality. A partnership in France has launched the Next product, with prospects for further similar panel products expected to follow. Stephen Powney interviewed Evertree CEO Nicholas Masson

LIGNA enters the virtual world
20 August 2021 The biennial Ligna woodworking technology show has been a staple on the global wood industry calendar since 1975. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced a change to a digital event this year, reports Stephen Powney

New MDF projects announced
20 August 2021 In this, the second part of our annual survey of the MDF industry worldwide and for the countries outside Europe and North America, independent industry consultant Geoff Rhodes now looks at new developments and summarises the current and future global position for MDF in the ‘rest of the world’

July 2021


How much can you see?
16 July 2021 Dr Athanasios Dimitriou, research scientist at the BioComposites Centre, Bangor University explores the subject of light and vision, explaining the benefits technology can bring in this area

A lead a minute
16 July 2021 Interzum @home attracted 10,000 participants from 132 countries and featured 230 digital events

Go Lab in Wood Fibre Insulation Board First
16 July 2021 Plans to establish the first wood fibre insulation board plant in the US are moving apace, with equipment already transferred to the Maine site from Europe. We look at the plant plans