By using agri-fibre, a substitute raw material for the production of various wood-based panels, together with the utilisation of specific manufacturing plants, a type of green particleboard is created with the aim to alleviating the problem of timber shortage, achieving sustainability. By Corinna Weidner, marketing, Binos

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Defining as a peeling technology and process, an innovative cutting tool with larger shear angles and equipped with special cutting edge and tooth geometry will contribute to the enhancement of production efficiency and the improvement of the tool’s processing quality and service life. By Alvis Ren, manager of application technology, Leuco China

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Since its invention in Europe 20 years ago, cross-laminated timber (CLT) has become a widely used construction material in parts of the old continent and has started to attract global attention. A survey conducted in Europe to understand the level of awareness among stakeholders, barriers to adoption and areas that require further research showed some surprising results. By Omar Espinoza and Maria Fernanda LaguardaMallo, University of Minnesota, Rodriguez Trujillo, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech

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Thin-cutting technology is currently experiencing a shift from frame to band saw technology. Reasons for this trend reversal are an increasing demand for flexibility on the manufacturer side, powered by the customer demand for more individual appearance of wooden products as for example floors with wide country style planks or furniture made of heartwood. By Christian Klingsberger, Wintersteiger AG 

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Despite the growing interest in indoor quality, little research has been done on VOC emissions and air pollution caused by industrial practices. The use of automated finishing lines can increase production efficiency and reduce the amount of pollution. By Wlodzimierz Prqdzynski, Poznan University of Life Sciences

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Sawmilling small diameter logs results in lower yield compared to sawing large diameter logs. However, a trapeze edging method has shown promised in terms of increasing volume yield as long as the boards can be properly taken care of in a cross-laminated timber production process. By Magnus Fredirksson, Peter Bomark, Olof Broman and Anders Gronlund, Lulea University 

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The current universal work safety and health standards pertaining to wood dust in factories lack the localisation required. As a study has shown, there is a urgent need to re-evaluate the current guidelines and practices. By Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Lim Tau Wai and Geetha Ramasamy, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Florin Ioras, Buckinghamshire New University, and Ishak Tadin, Centre for Occupational Safety and Health Singapore

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