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Global softwood lumber trade reaches all-time high in 2015

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According to the estimates of Wood Resources International, global softwood lumber trade reached an all-time high in 2015 with 118 million m3. This year, higher volumes were seen trading around the globe; 1Q 2016 shipments were approximately 20% higher than the first quarter of 2015. All countries on the “top-10 import list” …

Indonesian vice president criticises domestic players for forest exploitation

Indonesia Vice President, Environment and Forestry Week, Jakarta, Jusuf Kalla, forest management

At the launch of Environment and Forestry Week in Jakarta, Indonesia’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, was severe in his criticism on Indonesia’s past forest management - commenting that the forests were exploited in the hope that poverty would be eliminated, but only a few prospered and the impact on the environment …

Myanmar addresses natural forest challanges


In an interview with 7Day News of Myanmar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), Ohn Win, addressed the challenges faced in his administration; how to protect the remaining natural forests and is it possible to rehabilitate degraded forests so as to restore some lost forest cover? He further …

China and India sign MoU for an international industrial park


Companies producing building materials, and home and decorative products will have access to the Indian market after an international industrial park is set up in Andhra Pradesh. A MoU was signed between India's state of governement, China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and China Small and Medium Investment Group Limited in …

Weinig’s second-hand machine business sees boom in sales

Weinig, secondhand machines

Following the expansion of Weinig’s online Pre-owned Machine Exchange, Weinig’s secondhand products are experiencing a real boom: Almost 200 machines were sold in 2015, with planers and moulders accounting for the lion's share. Weinig also offers tool grinding machines, window centres, cutting solutions and finger jointing lines. The …

France seeks PEFC endorsement for the fourth time

France, PEFC

The French Forest Certification Scheme has become the latest national forest certification system to seek PEFC endorsement for the fourth time. France first achieved PEFC endorsement of its national system back in 2001, and now becomes the latest country to have submitted a system for re-endorsement for a third time. The country is home to over 8 …

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher Supplies CPS+ to Placas do Brasil

Dieffenbacher, Brazil, CPS+

Placas do Brasil has ordered a THDF/MDF plant from Dieffenbacher. The new plant is expected to have an annual capacity of 300,000 m³ and is scheduled to begin production at the end of 2017/early 2018. The order includes the complete process from fibre drying to the finishing line, with a new CPS+ press as the key component. The plant’s …

Weak global demand dampens Sarawak's wood-based products export


Sarawak’s wood products exports in 1Q/2016 fell 2% to RM1.62 billion compared to RM1.65 billion during the same period in 2015. The decline is the most obvious in the main importing countries such as Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand and the Middle East. Plywood, Sarawak’s main export product fell almost 14% in value to RM791.5 million …