News archive

Editor’s pickOpen and flexible, Maple Street School promotes their educational philosophy

10-11-2017

A preschool with open and flexible spaces with elements that promote their educational philosophy, the institute, where cooperation and involvement are emphasised, is more reminiscent of a home than a school. There, each child is nurtured in a warm atmosphere, surrouned by maple wood and white walls, and curiosity and play are central to …

Together, FSC and global companies launch new initiative

10-11-2017

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently launched an ambitious new initiative at the FSC’s 2017 General Assembly to increase the use of materials from responsibly managed forests. The Vancouver Declaration allows businesses who use these natural products to pledge their commitment to increase responsible sourcing, with global companies …

Unedited and frank, VICE’s workspace is coherent as it is authentic

09-11-2017

The Quebec headquarters for edgy media outlet, VICE, founded in Montreal, Canada, is unadorned, unedited, and frank, emphasising instead the company’s core values of bluntness, functionality, character, and honesty. Raw materials such as oak, metal, and marble were used to create an authentic effect for the office, with long communal wood …

UPM utilises sustainable wood in an innovative way

09-11-2017

UPM-Kymmene Corporation (UPM) has moved forward with the development of biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst, located in Germany. The new biorefinery would combine novel technologies and utilise sustainable wood raw material in an innovative way. This opportunity is …

Editor’s pickFinland and Singapore expand trade ties

08-11-2017

Many are taking advantage of Southeast Asia’s booming consumer market and the Finns, too, are catching on this trend. Riku Mäkelä, Counsellor (Trade & Innovation Affairs) from the Embassy of Finland in Singapore, shares the next steps for Finland’s business and trade development in the region. Mr Riku Mäkelä, …

Prices of plywood steadily moving up

08-11-2017

According to Malaysian newspaper, The Star, due to surging demand and weakening inventories, Japanese companies are willing to pay higher prices for imported tropical plywood products, including products from Malaysia. As revealed by the Japan Lumber Reports (JLR), the Japanese market has been suffering from a low supply of south sea (tropical) …

Aurore T5B – sculpted, sustainable, innovative

07-11-2017

In Paris, France, an ambitious project is underway. A sustainable and innovative hospitality building, the Aurore T5B in the district Paris-Rive Gauche, is slated to become a landmark for the neighbourhood. A hybrid of wood and metal, the modular wooden structure will be the city’s green lung, featuring gardens and terraces at various …