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Second Act Norbord is embarking on the second phase of expansion at its OSB mill in Inverness. Sally Spencer reports.
Value Propositions The UK’s panel manufacturers have witnessed good growth in consumption over the last year and continue to focus on added value. Sally Spencer reports.
Expo extras Timber Expo 2016 has a host of added attractions, from linked UK Construction Week events, to awards, seminars and a beer festival
Forest forward Forest Garden’s British-grown pedigree should be a post-Brexit benefit, but it’s not relying on that alone for success. Sally Spencer reports
Design on veneers Decospan is on a mission to encourage more architects and specifi ers to use wood veneer. Keren Fallwell reports
The show grows on Carrefour means cross roads. And that has what the Carrefour International du Bois has become; a crossroads for the global timber sector, suppliers, buyers, manufacturers and specifi ers alike. Mike Jeffree reports
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
Carrefour – a creative global trade hub France’s premier timber trade exhibition is now also a window on the international wood sector. Mike Jeffree reports
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
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.
Importers’ perspective UK hardwood plywood and OSB imports charted growth in 2015 while chipboard and MDF shipments reduced, reports Sally Spencer.
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
Finishing touches Sales of mouldings have grown in line with the improving house building and RMI markets. Sally Spencer reports
Compulsory E1 in Europe - a defence Clive Pinnington, the new, and first, managing director of the European Panel Federation, finds that not all publicity is good publicity – especially when it comes via a TV news programme that promoted alarmist views on emissions from wood products
Timber Expo joins UKCW Timber Expo joined the UK Construction Week fold this year in what was a hotly-anticipated show. Stephen Powney reports
The appliance of science The International Panel Products Symposium in Wales is always an opportunity to hear about how science and research is helping to improve products in the panel industry. Mike Botting, editor of TTJ sister title Wood Based Panels International, was there to bring this report
Supply and demand Manufacturers and distributors are key players in the kitchen sector and eager to capture more business.
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