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Chicago Horizon


Named Chicago Horizon, the pavilion is created for the Chicago Architecture Biennial by ULTRAMODERNE, installed permanently as a public amenity and vendor kiosk in Grant Park, just off Lake Michigan. (Photo credit: Naho Kubota and Chicago Horizon Photographs) The design is inspired by two Chicago prototypes—Mies van der Rohe’s …

Editor’s pickSetra reports growth in profit for first half of year

Swedish wood, Setra, wood industry, trends

Hannele Arvonen, President and CEO of Setra. (Photo credit: Setra) Wood products company Setra has reported an operating profit of SEK 233 million (90) for the first half of 2018. Net sales totalled SEK 2,359 million (2,082). Operating profit for the second quarter amounted to SEK 141 million (57), with net sales of SEK 1,229 million …

Sarawak government to stop issuing new timber licenses

Sarawak, timber licenses, illegal logging

The Sarawak government will continue not to issue new timber licences in their efforts to protect and retain the remaining indigenous virgin jungle in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that once forests have already been logged, it was very difficult to restore them. “Worse still is the stripping of …

Editor’s pickBIFA Wood Vietnam: In the heart of Vietnam’s furniture manufacturing cluster

Vietnam, Asia, Timber, Wood, Wood Industry, Industry, Material, Business, Manufacturing, Export, Market

Vietnam’s woodworking industry is seeing significant growth in recent years. Just last year alone, the industry saw a revenue of US$8 billion, a 10 per cent growth from US$7.3 billion in 2016. The country’s phenomenal growth in the last decade has made it a serious contender to overtake China as the world’s manufacturing …

Editor’s pickA Norwegian company is transforming the way panel boards are made

Argos, surface inspection systems, Norway, panels manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, precision enginerring, black spots detection

In an age where consumers place a premium on spotless surfaces, imagine technology that can identify the nature of each defect on every wood-based panel that glides out of the press. By inference, this data would then tell you how to reduce or eliminate imperfections. Across the industry, plant managers want this data, which is why Argos …

Villa at Sengokubara


The Villa in Sengokubara, Japan is designed by  Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and built with timber. The 2 storey residential has a unusual design where the main living room surrounds the interior courtyard, with all spaces arranged in a radial manner. The site is a 30 metres square with a 15 metres diameter interior courtyard. The Villa …

Editor’s pickSingaporean students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology identify new applications for Swedish pine

Swedish wood, Singapore, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Swedish pine, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Wood3 by Pine Nordic, a group presenting on a smart interior solution for offices in China. (Photo credit: Swedish Wood) In collaboration with industry organisation Swedish Wood, 27 students on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management programme at KTH, most of them from Singapore, were asked to develop applications for Swedish pine. …

Government stepping in to assist Myanmar’s ailing teak furniture industry


Myanmar furniture, once well-known for its quality and craftsmanship, is seemingly losing lustre in domestic and international markets. Local demand has declined quite drastically due to soaring prices, while overseas interest has waned due to weakening quality over the past few years. Recognising the struggles of the industry, Yangon Chief …

Editor’s pickVRG Dongwha: MDF Line 2 kicks off

MDF, Dongwha, panels manufacturing, Siempelkamp, Vietnam, Buettner

Dongwha’s new MDF line in Vietnam is now running smoothly, thanks to a range of high-speed, high-performance equipment and the man behind the scenes, Mr Kim Yang Il. The name Dongwha is synonymous with quality, so much so that the industry often takes reference from the Korean-owned and managed panel empire. The company’s new MDF …

Virginia forest economy sees growth


Virginia sets a new record for the volume of timber harvested with slight increases in both hardwood and softwood volume compared to 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry’s analysis of the Virginia Forest Products Tax receipts from Fiscal Year 2017. “The rate of forest harvest is still well below forest growth in …