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More OSB plants for Russia in coming years 10 November, 2015 Two plants for the production of OSB may be commissioned in the Russian Perm Krai region during the next several years, according to Viktor Basargin, the governor of the Krai region. Eugene Gerden reports from Russia. > read more

Welley's flooring focus 31 March, 2015 In Penang, Malaysia, plywood and engineered flooring manufacturer Welley Timber Industries Sdn Bhd has market-focused objectives based on innovation, reports WBPI correspondent Michael Buckley.

Slower, but still healthy growth in China 31 March, 2015 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, looks at China and assesses the economy, market and panel sector there.

Apsheronsk expands into MDF production 23 March, 2015 Apsheronsk is set to commission one of the largest MDF facilities in Russia, as Eugene Gerden reports.

Russian OSB expansion 23 March, 2015 Russia’s Ugra-Plit is to establish the largest OSB plant in the western Siberia and Ural regions. Our Russian correspondent Eugene Gerden reports.

Production and usage still growing in China 06 March, 2014 Bernard Fuller of Cambridge Forest Products Associates (CFPA) brings his exclusive annual report for WBPI on China’s economy in the past year and says new records will be set in production and consumption, even as growth slows.

Russia grows 06 March, 2014 Swiss Krono Group plans to invest up to RUB8.5bn (USD$250m) in building a plant for the production of OSB in Russia’s Perm region during the coming years, reports our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden.

Major panel project takes shape for Sveza 30 January, 2014 A Russian plant for the production of particleboard is set to produce half a million cubic metres a year, once it is built by the Sveza Group of Companies. This would make it a strong contender to be the leading particleboard producer, not only in the Urals region, but in the whole of Russia, according to local analysts. Eugene Gerden reports.

World class standards 25 September, 2013 Vietnam now has the longest and biggest-capacity MDF line in Asia, at the VRG Dongwha MDF factory in Binh Phuoc province, not very far from Ho Chi Minh City. Mike Botting visited the site to bring us this report.

Adding value 25 September, 2013 Dato’ Sri Yong Seng Yeow is managing director of major Malaysian particleboard producer Mieco, but has also served as president of some regional associations. Mike Botting interviewed him in his Kuala Lumpur office about his company and the markets.

Completing the range 25 September, 2013 Panel Plus has been in panel making since it built a bagasse particleboard line over 20 years ago. The company grew dramatically in 2004 with the acquisition of two particleboard lines in Hat Yai, where it has now added MDF.

Kijchai furnishes MDF 25 September, 2013 S Kijchai MDF Co Ltd is a newcomer to the manufacturing of MDF, although it has used the panel for a long time in the family’s furniture making business in Klaeng, Rayong, two hours’ drive from central Bangkok. Mike Botting visited the new line.

Kronospan considering OSB in Bashkortostan 14 March, 2013 Kronospan Holdings East Ltd says it is considering investing up to six billion roubles (USD$180m) in the establishment of a plant for the production of OSB in Russia’s Bashkortostan region. Our Russia correspondent, Eugene Gerden, reports.

Tomlesdrev plans second particleboard plant 14 March, 2013 Tomlesdrev, with one of Russia’s largest wood processing plants, plans to start construction of a second plant for the production of particleboard in early 2013, according to Anton Nachkebia, chairman of the company, reports WBPI’s Russian correspondent, Eugene Gerden.

Serving a local market 17 August, 2012 As the market momentum builds for particleboard in China, Guangdong Shixing Huazhou Wood Co Ltd is about to join the ranks of major producers of that panel with its new continuous CPS line

Diverse group invests in MDF 17 August, 2012 Dahe is another newcomer to the panel making business, choosing an imported continuous line to make its MDF and thin HDF panels at its factory in Zhengzhou, Henan province

A new player with plans 16 August, 2012 One of the most recently inaugurated thin MDF lines in the country is that of Hunan Senhua in Yiyang City. As a completely new entrant to the panel manufacturing industry, this company had a steep learning curve to follow

China still a major market 25 June, 2012 China’s biennial major woodworking machinery show took place in Beijing in early March with most exhibitors happy with the response, particularly in view of some negative vibes coming from signs of cooling in the national economy

Wulian moves mountains 21 June, 2012 Many Chinese panel companies seem to like a challenge when they decide to build a new line and Guangdong Wulian certainly took one on when it decided to ‘move a mountain’ to make way for its first particleboard line

A family business 20 June, 2012 Tengchong Gulin Tree Industry Co Ltd has four production lines and a tree plantation, all run by members of the same family. Their latest MDF project saw Siempelkamp’s largest scope of supply for a single site in China

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