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Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture to promote wood technologies


Leading the charge in the southeast region of North America on innovative wood research and design is Mississipi State University's (MSU) School of Architecture. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other industry partners pitched in a $12,000 match for the Community Partnerships grant awarded by Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. …

Timber resource crunch in the UK


Unless the UK moves to work on its sustainable supply practices, the country will continue to face a timber resource crunch, according to environmental group WWF. The organization went on to say that UK forest businesses had grave concerns over the future of domestic softwood supply and that global demand for timber was expected to triple by 2050 …

EGGER Group's positive development


EGGER Group was able to increase the Group's turnover by 3.4% to reach Euro 2.34 billion during the 2015/2016 financial year. The EBITDA (result before interest, taxes and depreciation) increased by 9.8 % to Euro 349.6 million with all key indicators experienced a positive development. The EBITDA margin exceeded previous years’ levels at …

Editor’s pickShin Yang Forestry: Giving back to the forest

Shin Yang Forestry, Miri, Sarawak, legality, plywood

The Shin Yang Group, one of East Malaysia’s largest plywood producers, spares no effort in returning the green back to Sarawak’s landscape. Cover image: An aerial view of Shin Yang's forest plantation in Sarawak, a land area totalling 350,000ha. The landscape is not a pretty sight. Recent felling has brought the forest to its knees …

AHEC confirms presence at IFMAC & WOODMAC Jakarta 2016

AHEC, Jakarta, Indonesia, IFMAC & WOODMAC

AHEC at IFMAC & WOODMAC 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image: PFA The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), committed to all Southeast Asian markets, will be present at IFMAC & WOODMAC Jakarta held from 28 to 30 September in Indonesia. The show is said to be the leading procurement platform for the furniture and the woodworking sector in …

Chinese forestry enterprises' investment in overseas investment


The area of overseas forest land rented or purchased by Chinese enterprises amounted to around 61 million hectares and is valued at approximately US$2 billion at the end of 2014. In addition, by the end of 2014, some 167 Chinese enterprises, predominantly from the private sector, participated in overseas forestry projects. The trend in investment …

Editor’s pickAmerican Cherry – A personal view

American Cherry, AHEC, solid wood

By Michael Buckley, MPhil, Fellow of Institute of Wood Science  The hardwood business is like the fashion business. We consume hardwoods for two reasons – performance and personality. 'Seven Days' kitchen unit by Riva Italy We choose hardwoods first because they are fit for many purposes. They perform in strength, durability and …

Myanmar enforces logging ban until March 2017

Myanmar, logging ban, 2017

The new Government of Myanmar has agreed a temporary national logging ban and a 10-year logging ban in the Pegu Yoma region. The national logging ban will run until the end of March 2017, in effect closing the forests for one complete logging season. All exports of round logs from the country have been banned since April 2014. For the duration …

Australia's Big River Group introduces Tasmanian Oak to its prefinished Australian hardwood engineered flooring range

Tasmanian Oak, Australia, hardwood, engineered flooring

Known for its warmth, unique character and stunning beauty, timber is an ideal choice when it comes to flooring options. Important factors such as lifestyle, furnishings, wear, cost and appearance are to be considered when choosing the most suitable type of timber. Offering character and individual richness, Big River, one of New South Wales' …