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EPF extends reach In the spring of 2015, Clive Pinnington became the fi rst managing director of the European Panel Federation (EPF). Mike Botting, editor of TTJ sister magazine Wood Based Panels International, spoke to Mr Pinnington
Recovery position The panels sector may not be enjoying the significant gains seen in 2014 but the house building recovery is still providing good levels of business. Sally Spencer reports
Breathing boards Breathable racking board Panelvent is 20 years old. Mark Wilson, managing director of Panel Agency, looks at the background behind the product and recent developments
Importers’ perspective UK hardwood plywood and OSB imports charted growth in 2015 while chipboard and MDF shipments reduced, reports Sally Spencer.
Norbord Inverness expansion under way Norbord’s £95m Inverness OSB plant expansion is now underway. Sally Spencer talks to Norbord Europe managing director Karl Morris.
A taste for timber A new kitchen can range from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds but whatever the price range, timber products are the main ingredients. Sally Spencer reports
Panel product futures Alastair Kerr, director general of the Wood Panel Industries Federation, answers key questions surrounding the development of the panel products sector in the UK and Ireland
Supply and demand Manufacturers and distributors are key players in the kitchen sector and eager to capture more business.
Sterling Work TTJ conducted a whistle-stop tour of part of Scotland’s timber industry earlier this year, seeing panel manufacturing, engineered timber production and timber importing, processing and merchanting operations at several companies. We kicked off with a visit to Norbord’s Sterling OSB mill near Inverness, reports Stephen Powney.
Investing in innovation Market conditions have improved for panel producers who are demonstrating their confidence by increasing capacity and stepping up product development. Sally Spencer reports