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The SFI now recognised by PEFC


According to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Fibre Sourcing Standard, it is now recognised by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), in a development that the two organisations have stated will offer a tool to meet the requirements of the PEFC and avoid controversial sources in the PEFC Chain of Custody …

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher sells fifth CPS+ in Thailand to Kijchai

Kijchai, Dieffenbacher, rubber wood, panels

Kijchai MDF plant in Rayong Thai company Kijchai is expanding production capacity with new THDF plant. The featured CPS+ is Dieffenbacher's fifth sale in Thailand in two years. Thai company S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL in Rayong—approximately 200km southeast of Bangkok—has produced MDF boards from a Dieffenbacher plant for the past …

Editor’s pickSteinemann Asia: A decade of dedication and friendship

Steinemann Asia

Hansjorg Prettner, managing director of Steinemann Asia, looks back at 10 years of partnership with Southeast Asia’s panel manufacturers. Mr Prettner begins by saying that Asia is his favourite place to be. He also liked that the wood-based panel sector was a closely-knit community where everyone knows everyone, “just like …

Pope Resources: Markets for Douglas fir and whitewood sawlogs are improving


According to Pope Resources, a leader in the timber sector, has realised an improved overall average price for Douglas fir and whitewood sawlogs in comparison to the previous quarter – though the data was veiled by the simultaneous improvements of lower-valued species mix. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the company recorded a net …

EU and Vietnam conclude VPA negotiations

EU, Vietnam, VPA, FLEGT

The EU and Vietnam have formally concluded negotiations towards a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), by initialling the document. Initialling indicates that both parties confirm that the text is what they agreed. It sets the stage for the parties to later sign and ratify the agreement, after which the VPA will become legally binding. The VPA …

Editor’s pickThoughts from Tauberbischofsheim

Weinig, Tauberbischofsheim, woodworking, machinery

Michael Weinig AG showroom in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany   By Lee Zhuomin From the land that gave the world luxury automobiles, eau de cologne, Riesling and the delicious black forest cake, almost everything German is a stamp of quality and assurance. The country has a reputation for no-nonsense efficiency and discipline, from which …

IFFS 2018 brings new delights to thrill exhibitors and visitors


IFFS 2018 will take place from 8 to 11 March. The International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltdhas announced their plans for the 2018 edition of the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS). Co-located with the ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia, IFFS 2018 will take place at the Singapore EXPO from 8 to 11 March. Regarded by industry …