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LIGNA 2017: New layout for Forestry Technology

13-06-2016
LIGNA 2017, hannover, forestry

LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, is gearing up for its 2017 season (22 to 26 May) with a new, more visitor-centric layout of themes LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing …

Malaysia aims to combat illegal timber trade

10-06-2016
illegal timber trade, Malaysia

More than 100 customs, Forestry Department, timber trade enforcement and private sector representatives and other stakeholders from across Malaysia met in Putrajaya, Malaysia to develop timber trade guidelines to assist frontline customs officers in their work. The Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Malaysian Timber …

Korea joins PEFC

10-06-2016
PEFC, smallholders, Forest certification, Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea is the latest country to have become part of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). "We are very happy and proud to officially become part of the PEFC family,” said Hyemi Lee, from the Korea Forestry Promotion Institute (KoFPI), following the acceptance of Republic of Korea as a …

Australia to extend 'soft-start' compliance period

09-06-2016
Australia, 'soft start' compliance, illegal logging, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Illegal Logging Compliance Advice Notice 1/2016 has been published and is available on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.  The notice advises that the illegal logging ‘soft-start’ compliance period has been extended beyond its original expiry date of 30 May 2016. The Department of …

Malaysia wood-based exports to rise 7% in 2016

09-06-2016
Malaysia, wood products, exports

Malaysia's wood products export is expected to increase 7% to RM24 billion (approx. US$5.9 billion) this year. Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MITB) Director General Dr Jalaluddin Harun said higher international sales will be driven by developments in Qatar, Iran, USA, EU, India and Australia. In 2015, the total value of Malaysian wood product …

Sarawak upbeat about Japan’s plywood market

09-06-2016
ITTO, Japan, plywood, sarawak

Sarawak exporters are upbeat about the Japanese plywood market as the recent price drop seem to have bottomed out. Japanese inventories are also expected to fall in the coming months. Other encouraging factors are the strengthening Yen against major currencies as well as infrastructure investment in connection with the 2020 Olympics, according to …