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Optimistic outlook for New Zealand's timber industry despite challenges

13-10-2016

“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 …

Qatar aiming to become MENA's leader in green building

12-10-2016

Qatar has been taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve sustainable development, Meshal Al Shamari, director of Qatar green Building Counil (QGBC). This further signifies that the Gulf state will achieve the highest number of green or carbon neutral buildings in the Middle East and North Africa by 2030. “In Qatar, currently …

Use of Oak in Underhill house reflects the Quaker settlement of simplicity

12-10-2016

Inspired by an early Quaker settlement of simplicity, humility and inner focus, Bates Masi architects designed a house known as ‘Underhill’ for a couple who desired to live in an urban environment but yet found the city to be unable to afford the lifestyle they were seeking for their children. The Quaker is a member of the …

Globus announces delivery of 100th mill

11-10-2016
IMAL, PAL, Globus, flaker mill

Globus is proud to announce the sale of the hundredth ring flaker mill. The 100th mill represents the ultimate evolution of up-to-date technology for the production of wood flakes in particleboard manufacturing. The company developed the famous wobble disc to distribute chips evenly all over the length of the 690mm knife. This system reduces up …

Students build a floating structure for the seasonally flooded area in Estonia

11-10-2016

During a summer camp in August this year, a group of students from the Estonian Academy of Arts built built three floating structures – a shelter, a fireplace and a sauna – as a response to the changing and challenging environment in the Soomaa forests area in Estonia. Soomaa is a mixture of boglands and meandering …

Overview of the pallet market across the globe

11-10-2016

An overview of the pallet market by the movers and shakers of the industry. Asia Pacific - Loscam According to available research on world pallet demand, the annual growth from 2012 to 2017 should increase 5% from under four billion units in 2012 to over five billion units in 2017. Asia Pacific countries will likely grow at 8.1% between …

China to be a priority for Malaysia Timber Council

11-10-2016

Despite the sluggish global economy, the Malaysia Timber Council (MTC) had managed to meet the sales target that was set. However, there is no denying that the slowdown economy was felt.  “We are not immune to the current economic climate but staying focused on market trends and meeting its needs have always been our goal,” said …

Growth in global softwood lumber prices

10-10-2016

The latest market update from Wood resource Quarterly charted the upward trend of global softwood lumber prices.  In the first half of 2016, the global softwood  lumber prices saw higher prices due to higher demand and a weaker dollar. According to the report, the major importing countries have imported more lumber during the first …