Wood Based Panels


Vietnam wood product exports grew in March
18 April, 2024 The value of Vietnam’s timber and wood products exports grew by 46% in March compared to the previous month but are lagging year ago rates, according to Vietnam’s Customs Office figures cited by the International Tropical Timber Organisation’s latest market bulletin.
  • Plywood showcase held at Tilbury
    Timber traders were invited to the Port of Tilbury last week for a Malaysian rubberwood plywood showcase held by Plaut International and its manufacturing supplier Hok Lai.


Harnessing the power of spectroscopy
22 January, 2024 Dr Morwenna Spear FIMMM, of the BioComposites Centre, examines the use of FTIR spectroscopy to identify glues, binders and coatings used in panel products
  • Milestone year ends in style
    Dieffenbacher’s milestone 150th anniversary year finally culminated at the end of November with an event in Finland, topping off 12 months of celebration around the globe with its staff, partners and customers
  • Boosting recycling
    Swiss Krono’s Sully-sur-Loire has been the subject of extensive modernisation in recent years. Dieffenbacher has helped the company optimise and expand its wood recycling line
  • Dieffenbacher powers up
    The acquisition of the assets of BERTSCHenergy has supercharged Dieffenbacher’s capabilities in the energy generation technology field. Stephen Powney spoke to Wolfgang Lashofer, managing director of Dieffenbacher Energy, and head of the new business unit Energy, and Johannes Ohlsson, head of the Dieffenbacher product group solid fuel fired power plants
  • Global PB capacity grows
    Panels markets have cooled greatly post-Covid, but while there may be uncertainty in key economies around the world, particleboard production capacity is still nudging up with a number of ongoing projects being delivered. Stephen Powney reports


Bright spots despite difficult markets in 2023
28 December, 2023 The approach of a New Year often brings an equal measure of trepidation and optimism.
  • Ukrainian panels sector surprise
    It seems incredible that wood-based panels factories can operate successfully in a war zone, but that is exactly what is happening in the west of the Ukraine for Swiss Krono’s two facilities there.
  • Caution signalled on markets ahead
    Gatherings of representatives from the global wood-based panels industry are always a good bellwether of market trends and a means of identifying opportunities and challenges in the sector.
  • Getting our Ligna fix - digitally
    I’m sure many readers of WBPI have the familiar experience of walking the halls of the Hannover Messe for the biennial Ligna exhibition of the global woodworking industries.