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Bahrain's real estate growth bolsters confidence in property project developers


In recent reports by property business analysis firm, REIDIN, growing demand in Bahrain real estate sector amid construction and tourism markets expansion has resulted in brick-wall confidence for mega project developers. With the construction industry reaching 4.5% year-on-year growth rate and the influx of 11.6 million tourists in 2015 …

Rougier announces 1H/2016 earnings


French company Rougier announced revenues of EUR79.3 million for the first half of 2016, down 8.5% year-on-year. The second quarter demonstrated solid earnings of EUR43.5 million but still fell short of the EUR47.6 million earned during the same period last year with Euro 47.6 million, according to a company press release. Rougier Afrique …

New line of log splitters added into Wood-Mizer's range of wood process equipment


Designed for farm operations, small businesses and commercial wood splitting companies, Wood-Mizer introduced three new log splitters to their diverse line of wood processing equipment.  Wood-Mizer FS300 Log Splitter Wood-Mizer FS350 Log Splitter The heavy-duty log splitter models - Wood-Mizer FS300, FS350, and FS500 Log Splitters - …

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2017 to be held from March 21 - 23, 2017

DOMOTEX 2017, China Flooring

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR will take place on March 21-23, 2017, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. About one-third of the display space has been book for the 19th edition and 13% more has been sold during this period compared to last year. Major suppliers that will be attending include Armstrong, Gerflor, KCC, KDF, LG Hausys, Nox, US …

Australia takes steps to address skilled labour shortage in forestry


An initiative to address forest industry skill shortages in the Green Triangle region is one step closer following a forum organised by the Australian Forest Products Association – SA Branch (AFPA-SA) last week. State Manager of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA-SA), Ms Clare Scriven (pictured sixth from left) with Holden …

Associations meet to boost Sino-Japanese wood trade


In early July, Japan’s Timber Export Association met with representatives of the China Timber Protection Industry Association and the Guangdong Timber Industry Association to outline opportunities for Chinese buyers of Japanese timber. Japan has 5 billion m³ of forest stock growing annually at 100 million m³, but …

Sweden's softwood export up 2% from Jan to May


Swedish softwood exports of sawn and planed lumber rose to 5.7 million m³ between January and May, 2% more compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics Sweden. The Nordic country's largest single market, the UK, also retained its top position with export volume reaching 1.148 million m³. Planed exports were also …

Timber-clad Split View Mountain Lodge in Norway


Using the same timber cladding on all outer walls and roof, the Split View Mountain Lodge in Buskerud, Norway, is unified into one structure by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA).  The holiday home's clean-cut appearance gives ways to a main wing, housing mainly bedrooms, which naturally adapts to the terrain and divides into two …

Swiss government passes new law to protect forests

Switzerland, forestry law

Switzerland will spend US$10.3 million more annually to protect its forests, with new policies coming into effect as early as next year. Other measures include fighting non-native pests such as the Asian longhorn beetle, whose numbers have recently increased. The new law also allows for taking measures to combat such invasive species outside of …