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Materials shortage in Vietnam's wood processing industry

22-12-2016

In the past decade, Vietnam's wood processing industry has grown exponentially with last year's export revenue figure doubling the figure in 2010. This has resulted in an increase in demand for wood materials, from 25.7 million cubi metres in 2013 to 31.3 million in 2015, said Nguyen Ton Quyen, General Secretary of the Vietnam Timber and Forest …

U.S' Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood seeks duties on Chinese imports

21-12-2016

To seek duties on hardwood plywood products imported from China, a group of U.S. hardwood plywood manufacturers has once again submitted a petition to the U.S. government. The petition was filed on November 18 by the Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that China is shipping these …

Myanmar looking to boost its furniture manufacturing industry

21-12-2016

At a recent meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe, Union planning and finance minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win reported that as a first step in reversing the 25-years decline in the furniture manufacturing sector in the country, ways need to be found to ensure the sector has access to a sustained supply of timber raw materials. He also reported that …

Malaysian furniture makers meet sales target in China expo

20-12-2016

Malaysian furniture manufacturers are on track to meet annual sales targets even in the face of the current weakening of demand in international markets. The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) and 18 Malaysian furniture manufacturers participated in the China International Furniture Expo - Furniture China with an eye on sales of RM40 million. As it …

More timber companies to receive FLEGT-licensed shipments in the UK

20-12-2016

As Indonesia’s first official shipment of FLEGT-licensed timber nears the UK, further timber companies are announcing they are to receive some of the products.   Recently, Plaut International, James Latham and Falcon Panel Products declared their excitement about preparing to receive the first shipment – due to arrive around …

Editor’s pickUS EPA issues final ruling on formaldehyde emissions

20-12-2016

All wood-based products sold, manufactured or imported into the U.S. will have to adhere to new Formaldehyde Standards from February 10 onwards The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its final rule on Formaldehyde Standards for composite wood products in the Federal Register on December 12. The ruling reduces exposure to …

FAO reports rise in wood production and demand for bioenergy

19-12-2016

Global production of wood products has been increasing for the past six years, while wood trade saw a slight decline, according to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “Our data registers a healthy growth in the global production of wood products and a rapid growth in production and trade of relatively new products …

Wooden furniture in Japan dropped by 8% in September

19-12-2016

In September, year-on-year imports of wooden office furniture were down 8% and month-on-month imports dropped a huge 17.5%, according to ITTO. While shippers in China dominate the trade in office furniture with Japan (60% of the total) the second and third ranked suppliers alternate between suppliers in the EU. In the same month, the second …

New veneer plant in Australia will generate jobs for the locals

16-12-2016

Following its recently lodged planning application to the Wattle Range Council, Sydney-based company, Shield Formply, announced that plans are underway to build a $20 million timber veneer plant at Kalangadoo, a small district in south Australia.  Established in 2007, Shield Formply manufactures high standard formply for the Australian …