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Upturn in oak optimism 20 July, 2016 A range of factors are adding impetus to French oak production. Mike Jeffree reports > read more

EPF extends reach 21 June, 2016 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 20 April, 2016 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 20 April, 2016 Norbord’s £95m Inverness OSB plant expansion is now underway. Sally Spencer talks to Norbord Europe managing director Karl Morris.

Importers’ perspective 20 April, 2016 UK hardwood plywood and OSB imports charted growth in 2015 while chipboard and MDF shipments reduced, reports Sally Spencer.

Breathing boards 20 April, 2016 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

Supply and demand 20 November, 2015 Manufacturers and distributors are key players in the kitchen sector and eager to capture more business.

Panel product futures 20 November, 2015 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

A taste for timber 20 November, 2015 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

Sterling Work 20 June, 2015 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.

Sector Focus: Panel Products, “Modifying the Panel Marketplace” 20 April, 2015 Modified wood panel products are a reality and boast vastly superior stability and durability characteristics compared to standard wood-based panels, reports Stephen Powney.

Investing in innovation 20 April, 2015 Market conditions have improved for panel producers who are demonstrating their confidence by increasing capacity and stepping up product development. Sally Spencer reports

Welley Floor Focus 20 March, 2015 In Penang, Malaysia is plywood and engineered flooring manufacturer Welley Timber Industries
Sdn Bhd which has market-focused objectives based on innovation, reports Michael Buckley

Talking about a Revolution 20 February, 2015 Around the world efforts are being made to create a fourth industrial revolution that will radically change manufacturing as we know it. Large wood-based panel producers are already plugging in to the process. Stephen Powney talks to Siemens about “Industrie 4.0”, as it is known in Germany

Ideas for innovation 20 January, 2015 Representatives of the global wood panel industry converged on Hannover to hear market reports and technical papers on research and innovation. Stephen Powney was there to bring this report.

The other side of the coin 05 May, 2014 For every argument there is a counter argument and woody biomass is no exception. Norbord UK managing director Karl Morris talked to Sally Spencer about his objections to burning wood for electricity.

Powering forward 05 May, 2014 Love the idea or hate it, burning wood for energy generation looks to be here to stay. Drax is often cited as the timber sector’s potential nemesis so Sally Spencer asked its external communications manager Matt Willey for the power generator’s side of the story.

The regeneration game 11 January, 2014 Norbord’s OSB mills have entered a period of major cash regeneration, thanks largely to the turnaround in the housebuilding sector. Sally Spencer reports

Fresh starts for finishes 15 June, 2013 Andy Ransom, purchasing manager for panel products at IDS, provides a round-up of some new product highlights from Kronoswiss and the benefits they offer

Keeping the customer satisfied 15 June, 2013 Norbord is focusing on giving its customers what they want in terms of product development. Sally Spencer reports

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