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Editor’s pickLet wood be wood: Azman Md Nor

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Malaysian architect Azman Md Nor is a huge fan of wood. He is quietly championing this material in his country, but the lack of skilled craftsmen and quality timber, he says, is hindering progress. Timber is experiencing a renaissance in Southeast Asia as local architects return to their roots, drawing inspiration from the traditional kampong …

Roseburg to acquire Pembroke MDF in Ontario, Canada

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Oregon-based Roseburg Forest Products has reached an agreement to purchase Pembroke’s medium density fiberboard (MDF) and moulding production facilities in Ontario, Canada. Upon final due diligence and Board of Director approval, the parties expect the sale to close by April 9, 2018. The acquisition will be Roseburg’s first …

Editor’s pickMasters of innovation


By Wendy Wei What does creativity in wood flooring look like? The answer can be found in INNOMASTER. Speaking of flooring companies, the first few names that come to mind is very often Nature, Treessun, Powerdekor or Boer. While these brands are well-known for superior quality and have significant market share, they also end up flooding the …

Raw material and skilled labour shortage could hamper industry performance


Made in Malaysia furniture on display at MIFF 2017. Image: Turnstone Singapore Malaysia’s timber exports are expected to increase five per cent this year from RM23.22 billion in 2017, according to Dr. Jalaluddin Harun, Director General of the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB). Malaysia ships to more than 160 countries with Japan, the …

India announces plans to increase forest cover


India plans to increase its current 24 per cent forest cover to raise the carbon sink to 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes in 2030. The focus will be on planting trees outside the forests and in the agro-forestry sector, according to former Forestry Director General S.S Negi, at the opening of the Commonwealth Forestry Conference in Dehradun, India. The …

Editor’s pickForm and function


The Sayama Forest Chapel, open to all religions and denominations, contemplatively rises out of the forest, offering tranquillity to those who seek it The breathtaking Sayama Forest Chapel in Saitama, Japan, is a stunning combination of form and function, creating a tranquil space facing the deep forest, which is, according to architect Hiroshi …

Brazil: Furniture exporters enjoy good start in Jan 2018


2018 started well Brazil’s furniture export sector, reaching US$41.7 million compared to US$37.5 million last year. Amongst its three main markets, the United States, UK and Argentina, the Jan exports topped US$20 million (US$18.5 mil. in 2017), accounting for almost 48 per cent of all furniture exports. Imports also rose in January …

China approves use of Japanese softwood for housing


The China Wood Structural Design Standard will be revised in August to allow the use of Japanese cedar, cypress and larch for post and beam construction in China after over seven years of discussion between the Wood Export Promotion Association of Japan (WEPA) and the Housing Construction department of China. The breakthrough in negotiations …