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Innovative sawmill technology at LIGNA 2017

19-10-2016

The sawmill industry has long since abandoned labour-intensive manual operations in favour of efficiency-enhancing automated processes. At LIGNA 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, all leading providers will be showcasing technology solutions that take …

Expansion in the China's state enterprises

19-10-2016

In September, the National Bureau of Statistics of China revealed that activity for September in the manufacturing sector expanded at the same rate as in August with the official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) reflecting at 50.4 - a reading above 50.0 signals an expansion. The PMI for large-sized enterprises (mostly state enterprises) was 52.6 …

Japan plywood imports down 6% in first half of 2016

18-10-2016

In the first half of 2016, Japan’s plywood imports were down 6% year-on-year but June imports were some 8% higher than in June 2015. Compared to a month earlier, the value of June imports were virtually unchanged. The main suppliers of plywood to Japan are Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Malaysia’s first half shipments to Japan were …

Wood-Mizer introduces Vortex™ sawdust-removal bandsaw blade

18-10-2016

From top: 3g of sawdust - Indsutry favourite blade #1; 2g of sawdust - Industry favourite blade #2; No measurable amount - New Vortex™ blade. For customers who need boards as free from sawdust as possible, Wood-Mizer, the world’s leading portable sawmill manufacturer, has engineered the new ground-breaking Vortex™ …

Export prices rise in Malaysia

17-10-2016

Malaysia’s exports rose 1.5% to RM67.58 billion in August from a year ago. This was far removed from the decline forecasted by economists. Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) said in a press release that compared to July’s exports of RM59.85 billion, exports rose 12.9% to RM67.58 billion in August, which …

Commune introduces virtual reality concept and targets expansion in the region

17-10-2016

From left: Joshua Koh (Chief Financial Officer), Julian Koh (Head of Design), Gan Shee Wen (Vice President, Group Sales and Marketing). To enhance customer experience and drive sales, furniture design and lifestyle brand Commune, a subsidiary of SGX-listed KODA Ltd, has unveiled a new retail concept incorporating virtual reality …

CITES to increase strict regulations on global Rosewood trade

17-10-2016

New regulations adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will subject approximately 80% of the multi-billion dollar global trade in precious Rosewoods to stricter regulation and increased transparency in order to assess legality and sustainability. Since 2010 there has been a booming rise in demand, and the …

SCA Timber Supply UK Acquires Swedscot Timber

17-10-2016

In a move to expand capabilities, SCA Timber has acquired Swedscot Timber. SCA Timber Supply UK comprises of three business streams located at Stoke, Welshpool, Melton and Cumbernauld. They supply a range of timber and associated products to the home improvement and building material sector. Combined, SCA has a manufacturing capability of …

Editor’s pickResearchers find new solution for charting Russia’s forest resources

17-10-2016
Russia, forestry, Luke

Russian softwood logs. Photo credit: Lesnaya Industriya Journal Russian and Finnish researchers at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) are combining expertise to collect forest data in Russia, giving the country’s forest resources database a much-needed boost where up-to-date data is only available for less than 10% of …