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Japan releases wood demand projection for 2016

25-04-2016

According to Japan’s Forestry Agency, logs, plywood and laminated lumber are likely to increase compared to 2015 while imported lumber is expected to fall in 2Q and 3Q/2016. Projection for North American logs, European lumber, Radiata Pine logs and lumber from New Zealand and Chile, imported plywood for the first half of 2016 was revised …

Editor’s pickCambridge researchers re-imagine London’s skyline with 80-storey wooden building

25-04-2016

  Researchers from Cambridge University are working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork on the future development of tall timber buildings in central London. The conceptual proposals currently being developed would create over 1,000 new residential units in a 1 million sq ft mixed-use tower and mid-rise terraces in …

Sylva Wood 2016: The global lumber trade gathers again in June

25-04-2016

Sylva Wood 2016 will once again gather wood colleagues from around the world. Be it meeting old friends or anticipating new contacts, the Shanghai show running from June 27 to 29 will truly be as it motto says: Where the world of wood meets. This year, Asia’s expo for wood materials and wood products only will feature over 100 exhibitors …

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia to expand R&D initiatives for timber

25-04-2016

The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has been handed a budget of RM13.34 million (~US$3.41 million) this year to spur research and development in support of the timber industry.  A new Bill is expected to be tabled during Parliament’s next sitting to expand the functions of FRIM allowing it to become more involved in timber …

FLEGT: EU and Indonesia to start first-ever licensing scheme for legal timber exports

23-04-2016

EU and Indonesia are ready to move towards the start of the first ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme on legally produced tropical timber. On 21 April 2016, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk agreed to move …

2016 shows strong start for UK timber and panel imports

19-04-2016

UK imports of timber and panels in January 2016 reached 756,000m3 with a 1.6% increase compared to December 2015. The result was similar to the one registered in January 2015, but better than each of the January volumes since 2008 with the exception of 2014. In the latest Statistical Bulletin published by the UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF) the …

Editor’s pickNew site layout unveiled for LIGNA 2017

19-04-2016

Next year’s LIGNA will feature a brand new site layout to reflect changing trends and market developments. The new layout, conceptualised by organisers Deutsche Messe, the woodworking branch of the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA) and LIGNA exhibitors, will make it easier for visitors to navigate as themed …

Save the Date: PEFC Forest Certification Week to be held from 14 to 18 Nov

19-04-2016

"Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods" is the topic of this year’s PEFC Forest Certification Week, (14 – 18 November 2016) the annual meeting of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the world's leading forest certification system. How can trees best contribute to lifting people out of poverty? What …

Alberta Forest Products Association 2015 output reach $3 billion

18-04-2016

The value of forest products from members of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) rose 5% to reach $3 billion in 2015, marking the fourth consecutive year of increases. The most significant gains came from pulp and paper, which grew 16%. Panel also had a strong year, with 7% growth. Lumber production values declined by …

FSC certification promotes responsible Merbau for consumers

18-04-2016

PT Wijaya Sentosa, a forest concession in the Indonesian region of Papua has recently become the first large scale forest operation in the world to achieve FSC Forest Management certification for merbau, a tropical timber popular for use in decking, flooring and outdoor furniture. FSC Certification Opens Door to Responsible Merbau for Consumers …