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Indonesian wood export sector optimistic about 2018 growth

Indonesia, ITTO, wood exports

Indonesia’s wood product exports rose just over one per cent in 2017; exports in tonnage terms on the other hand, fell. Yet timber sector entrepreneurs are optimistic that 2018 will see increase in exports, according to Soewarni, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Sawn Timber and Processed Timber (ISWA). According to association …

Editor’s pickIn Belgium, a street library built of nothing but wood


Light and mobile, a series of wooden modules that form a street library in Varna, Bulgaria, pays homage to its title “The marine capital of Bulgaria.” Resembling a sea snail, the library, constructed entirely out of 240 pieces of wood, provides Varna’s citizens with a public space in which books can be stored and shelved. The …

NZ log exports reach a record $2.4Bn in 2017, sparking concerns over future log supply and efforts to value-add exports

New Zealand, log, exports, China

New Zealand log exports hit a new record last year, exporting $2.41 billion of softwood logs in the first 11 months of 2017, surpassing all previous records for a full year, according to Statistics New Zealand. 75 per cent of these exports—worth $1.81 Bn—went to China, which has banned forest harvesting and reduced tariffs on imports …

Editor’s pickHow robots will win over the future


By Bjorn Henseler, Schuler Consulting Today, the end-consumer’s demand for customised furniture is what’s making up most of the orders. The number of furniture per order has also gone down, forcing factories to shift from mass manufacturing to producing in small batches instead. At the same time, the industry has had to deal with …

More oil palm stem recycling needed: Malaysia minister

Malaysia, oil palm, research, commodities

Prototype of a panel made of recycled oil palm revealed at LIGNA 2017. The research project was a collaboration between Malaysia and Germany's universities as well as companies Jowat, Minda Industrieanlagen, Möhringer, Leitz, Oberkochen, Boehlerit and Palmwood R+D, Freiburg.   Rather than discarding them, unused oil palm stems can …

Editor’s pickWithout any fixings, this wooden pedestrian bridge can hold up to 500 kilograms


The prototype, created by Diego Poblete and Professor Francisco Quitral (Architect) Developed by architect Diego Poblete, this wooden pedestrian bridge, capable of supporting up to 500 kilograms, was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge and based on a modular design. Assembled without the use of a single screw, the …