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March 2020


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

Pfleiderer invests in polish production
06 March 2020 Germany’s Pfl eiderer is continuing to invest in raising the output capability of its production facility in Grajewo, our Poland correspondent, Jaroslaw Adamowski, reports

January 2020


Modified wood In panels – Where next?
31 January 2020 Dr Morwenna Spear of the BioComposites Centre in Bangor looks at the potential for panel products made from modified wood fibre

Hurricane force
31 January 2020 ACS designs customised cyclone systems to serve specific client needs

Novopan expands horizons
31 January 2020 Novopan del Ecuador’s recent expansion of its medium density particleboard factory in Quito is a standout recent project in the South American panels industry, reports Stephen Powney

Roseburg responds to LVL demand
31 January 2020 Roseburg Forest Products opened a laminated veneer lumber plant in late-2019, adding to its already extensive portfolio

Renewing an Industry
31 January 2020 Arauco’s new particleboard plant in Grayling, Michigan is up and running. Mike Botting reports

A Significant addition
31 January 2020 One of the biggest stories to come out of North America recently is the start-up of Kronospan Particleboard’s brand new line in Oxford, Alabama. This large new production line has added significantly to US production capacity. Mike Botting reports

Moving forward
31 January 2020 Wood panel plant supplier Dieffenbacher says it is maintaining healthy business performance and product innovation despite a more challenging global economic environment. Stephen Powney reports from the company’s Eppingen base

Rice Straw futures
31 January 2020 Siempelkamp says the rice straw plant for CalAg LLC represents a potential vision for the fututre for the panel industry, with climate protection benefits

Made to measure
30 January 2020 An extension to the factory in Alfeld and new innovations in measuring technology are some of the latest developments at Fagus-GreCon. Stephen Powney reports

Lowering Emissions
30 January 2020 This year our Focus on Germany trip started off with a journey to coatings and adhesives manufacturer Kleiberit. Stephen Powney reports

Particleboard growth continues
30 January 2020 The first part of our annual global survey of the particleboard industry was published in our October/November edition. In Part 2, Stephen Powney looks at developments outside Europe and North America

Krafft beating the Drum
30 January 2020 Drum and roller specialist Krafft enters its 150th year of trading in 2020. Stephen Powney visited the company’s Düren headquarters to find out its latest developments