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India's plywood and particleboard losing market share to MDF and wood plastic composites

10-04-2016

Plywood and particleboard players are losing market share to MDF, HDF and WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) boards. These products are finding wider acceptance in the more sophisticated urban markets, especially pre-laminated particleboard and MDF panels as they are perceived as elegant and cheaper than plywood. WPC boards are gaining popularity as …

Gabon introduces restrictions on air dried sawnwood export

10-04-2016

Gabon will restrict export of air dried sawnwoo. Species that fall under the new regulations will be issued in a list by mid-April. Reports say that okoume will be included in the new regulation. For export, 60% must be kiln dried while the remaning may be air dried. It is also understood that ozingo has been removed from the list of timbers that …

Swedish Court revokes Andritz's Swedish patent against Valmet

10-04-2016

As Valmet announced by stock exchange release on February 20, 2015, Andritz Oy had filed a summons application with the Stockholm District Court against Valmet AB, a subsidiary of Valmet Corporation, regarding patent infringement.  In the claim Andritz is asking that Valmet under a penalty ceases to …

Editor’s pickInspirational furniture at Clerkenwell Design Week

10-04-2016

London’s Clerkenwell Design Week will showcase the latest products in contemporary design from Britain and beyond, demonstrating the breadth of creativity that makes CDW such an important part of the London design calendar. Fred & Juul/ Photo Credit: v2com Occee Design/ Photo Credit: v2com H Furniture will launch their WW …

Much uncertainty for the global furniture market

06-04-2016

Global wood furniture consumption over the next few years may slow down due to difficulties in Russia, low oil price as well as a more subdued Chinese economy. Europe’s financial instability as well as the “Brexit” issue continue to threaten mid to long term outlook for the world market. The German IFO Institute’s Eurozone …

Biesse announces 21.4% increase in revenue for 2015

06-04-2016

The Biesse Group reported a revenue increment of 21.4% to EUR529.8 million for the year 2015. Profits doubled to EUR 21.1 million. Biesse is an equipment supplier for wood, glass, marble and stone manufacturing. Established in Pesaro in 1969 by Giancarlo Selci, Biesse SpA has been listed since June 2001 in the STAR segment of the Italian …

"Trends are no longer rigid, absolutely anything is possible" - Claudia Kuchen

06-04-2016

Text and images by Schattdecor  Claudia Küchen, Schattdecor head of Design and Marketing, shares about Decor Selection 2016.   Q: What is Decor Selection 2016 exactly? CK: It’s a selection of 12 decors with very high potential that represent the essence of our current trends and are valid for all markets. Customers can, of …

China home sales recovers in Jan-Feb 2016

05-04-2016

China’s real estate showed signs of recovery in the first two months of 2016, with total investments up 3% year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Investments in residential projects spiked 1.8% and accounted for two thirds of total investment in the sector. Residential sales during the first two months rose as …

Chilean radiata pine exports to Japan takes a hit over sluggish demand

05-04-2016

Japan bought considerably less radiata pine logs and lumber in 2015 due to sluggish demand for crating lumber and pallet, according to the ITTO. Imports of New Zealand radiata pine logs fell 20% to 421,850m3 while radiata pine lumber fell 10% to 75,936m3. Chilean radiata pine lumber import was 222,353m3, a 14% decrease. A weaker yen (exchange …

UNECE: Forest and water resources key to 2030 Development Agenda

05-04-2016

Forest ecosystems safeguard clean water supply, aquatic wildlife and increase landscape resilience to water-related hazards. As global demand for freshwater rises and demand for water resources increase, land managers and policy-makers need to carefully manage this resource.   About a third of the world's 105 largest cities obtain a …