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Improvement in transportation boosts Nankang furniture exports

20-01-2017

As the Ganzhou (in Jiangxi Province, China)  timber inspection zone was recently upgraded, trade through the zone surged. Timber imports to Nankang, in western Ganzhou city, grew by more than 200 percent in the year, and furniture exports expanded three times. Currently, Nankang has become one of the main furniture production bases in …

Recycling MDF waste moves a step closer with successful concept trials

20-01-2017

UK-company MDF Recovery has successfully concluded proof of concept trials to develop a commercially viable process to recover wood fibre from waste medium density fibreboard (MDF). The work is a the culmination of more than six years’ research and development to create a technology that will offer the first alternative to use landfill …

Japan’s consumer confidence index at a three-year high

19-01-2017

In December 2016, Japan’s consumer confidence index rose, an improvement for the first time in three months. The rise in the December index was the highest for more than three years. Analysts in Japan have offered little explanation for this surge in confidence and, while welcoming the upward trend. But the government remains cautious as …

Modular multilayer flooring becoming a huge success in the market

19-01-2017

Following on from the pronounced trend for more rustic styles, more harmonious effects and finer grains are now gaining ground. – Photo: Designflooring Modular multilayer flooring has been a success in the market, which has resulted in an increase in membership for the Multilayer Modular Flooring Association (MMFA). In the beginning of …

Myanmar experiences highest timber exports since log export ban

18-01-2017

Myanmar’s trade deficit reached US$3.2 billion for the ninth month period - April to December 2016. The current trade deficit was slightly down from a year earlier. Exports of wood products, at US$160 million, were the highest since the log export ban in April 2014. Although this is a small amount compared to exports from Myanmar’s …

Weak logging production for Malaysian timber producer Jaya Tiasa

18-01-2017

The leading fully-integrated timber producer in Malaysia, Jaya Tiasa, is experiencing another year of weak logging due to tightened regulations of limited harvested by Sarawak Forestry Department. The limitation allows only two coupes to run concurrently annually per licensed area. Before that, Jaya Tiasa was running about four coupes …

Value of purchased roundwood in Slovenia grows by 11%

17-01-2017

Purchases of roundwood by private owners in Slovenia in November 2016 was worth Euro 5.7 million, which is about 13 percent less than the previous month, according to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia . This was mainly due to the lower quantity of purchased wood.   The value of purchased sawlogs and veneer logs were …

Window imports in Japan fell by 19.5% in September

17-01-2017

In 2016, Japan experienced a sharp drop year-on-year for its window imports in September. The imports fell by 19.5 percent which also dropped by 24 percent a month earlier.   In the first three quarters of 2016, wooden window imports were down around 7 percent as compared to the first three quarters of 2015. Consistently throughout the year …

Indonesia's first FLEGT-licensed wood products arrive in the UK

16-01-2017

Last year, on November 15, Indonesia became the first country to issue licenses under the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative. And the first licensed cargoes have landed in Tilbury, UK. The wood products were manufactured by Indonesian plywood, door blank and timber product producers arrived with 12 containers at …

Strengthening of US dollar benefits Malaysian furniture exporters

16-01-2017

In the past few months, revenues and profit growth were seen by Malaysian furniture exporters despite the labour shortage due to restrictions on the hiring of foreign workers. The strengthening US dollars also A factor leading to the growth was the strengthening of US dollars which has given a boost to exporters. The past 11 months to November …