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

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 …

US hardwood flooring imports up 11% in July

US, hardwood flooring, assembled flooring, ITTO

US hardwood flooring imports were expanded 11% in July compared to the same period last year to reach US$4.3 million, while assembled flooring imports fell to US$15.5 million. Hardwood flooring from Indonesia declined while imports from China and Malaysia were up. Products from China were almost one third higher in July compared to the same …

Illegal logging persists in Congo despite FLEGT VPA: FERN


Systemic illegalities persist in the Republic of Congo’s (RoC) forest sector, despite the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) signed with the EU to combat illegal timber trade, claims the environmental NGO Fern. In fact, according to the RoC’s Independent Monitor of the implementation of forest law and …

Editor’s pickValmet to supply defibrator system to Action Group in India

Valmet, Action Group, India

Valmet will supply a new defibrator system to the Action Group in India, an order valued around EUR1.5-5 million.   The defibrator is an essential part of Action Group's new fibreboard line being built, and it will produce 28 tons per hour bd (bone dry) fiber. Start-up is scheduled for September 2017. "The defibrator to be delivered …

Pfleiderer Grajewo S.A. changes name to Pfleiderer Group S.A.


Panel board from Pfleiderer   Pfleiderer Grajewo S.A. has now changed the name under which it does business to Pfleiderer Group S.A. This name change has been duly registered by the KRS National Court Register. At the same time, the Company’s registered office has been relocated from Grajewo to Wrocław, Poland. The changes …

Wind and Rain Bridge: Inspired by traditional Chinese wood-joinery technique


A group of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong has built the Wind and Rain Bridge to provide a meeting place for residents of a rural community in southern China. Linking two river banks together on the outskirts of Peitian, a village in China’s Fujian province, the bridge was inspired by the region's traditional wooden …

Qatar's hospitality sector poised to experience strong growth


With more than $40billion worth of investments in the next 15 years, Qatar’s hospitality industry is poised to experience strong growth even with construction of new hotels and additional rooms are in the pipeline. “Qatar’s investment in the hospitality sector is clearly visible with nearly 105 upcoming hotels and approximately …

Resolute Forest Products CEO demand for unrestricted U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade


"The last softwood lumber trade arrangement between Canada and the United States was incredibly destructive, particularly for Central Canada. The previous Government of Canada not only agreed to limiting access, through quotas and taxes, it also paid over $1 billion "in ransom" to the U.S. softwood lumber producers, financed by Canadian workers. …

Optimistic outlook for New Zealand's timber industry despite challenges


“Challenges facing the New Zealand timber industry are real and significant but the industry is generally in a good demand cycle and sentiment is positive,” New Zealand Timber Industry Federation (NZTIF) president, John McVicar, said. “Domestic demand for timber is very strong at the moment” he said. “However the …