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Malaysia’s foreign worker levy increase sparks industry body's outcry

19-02-2016

Malaysia’s foreign worker levy will increase 100% from RM1,250 to RM2,500 in the manufacturing and construction sectors; 154% from RM590 to RM1,500 in the plantation sector; and 266% from RM410 to RM1,500 in the agriculture sector. The announcement, made by the government on 31 January, is contrary to earlier proposals to increase the …

Editor’s pickGreenply India orders second MDF line from Dieffenbacher

19-02-2016

Tilman Helmer (left), area sales manager for Dieffenbacher and Shobhan Mittal, joint managing director and CEO of Greenply Industries Limited during the signing of the contract Indian wood-based panel manufacturer Greenply Industries Limited has bought a second MDF line from Dieffenbacher. At 56 metres long, this CPS is the longest continuous …

Lacey and CITES in focus at IWPA World of Wood 2016 Convention

18-02-2016

Lacey and CITES in focus at IWPA World of Wood 2016 Convention will feature panel discussions on the latest in Lacey Act compliance and enforcement, plus CITES and the Paris Climate Agreement. The event will take place from April 5-8 in Austin Texas. Other topics covered are economic trends and market projections, EPA & CARB formaldehyde …

Log trade in Baltic Sea region falls 10% in 2015

18-02-2016

By Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resources International LLC The log market in the Baltic Sea is one of the most active markets in the world with softwood log trade accounting for over 20% of global trade, and shipments of hardwood logs reaching almost 29% of world trade of temperate hardwoods in 2015. Finland and Sweden are the major importing countries, …

Danzer passes LegalSource annual audit

17-02-2016

Danzer companies Danzer UK, Danzer Veneer Europe and Interholco have passed the LegalSourceTM annual audit, achieving LegalSourceTM certificate for all three subsidiaries for five years. “We have one of the industry’s most extensive and experienced procurement networks to ensure a reliable supply from responsibly managed …

Editor’s pickSiempelkamp consolidates market position, to focus on internationalisation

17-02-2016

Siempelkamp will consolidate and expand its market position in the wood-based panel and metal forming industry, with a strong focus on China. The new large-scale manufacturing site in Qingdao, China, which started in October 2015, will take on more intensive production for large-scale parts for press manufacturing. "We will produce where our …

South Korea slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese plywood

17-02-2016

South Korea has introduced a 4.22% to 7.15% anti-dumping duty on Chinese softwood plywood after investigations made by the South Korean Trade Committee early last year. The European Panel Federation the European Union will also conduct a similar investigation of China’s plywood. The HS code of the products involved is HS 44123110 …

Myanmar joins Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

17-02-2016

Myanmar has joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), joining 44 other countries on the EITI Standard which requires disclosure and accountability on how natural resources- including forest resources- are governed. Under this Standard, all statistics related to the timber sector will have to be provided to an …

Biesse at Xylexpo 2016: Simplifying the factory 4.0

16-02-2016

Biesse has confirmed its presence at the 25th Xylexpo. With more than 20 machines on display, Biesse will demonstrate how anyone can seize the rich opportunities offered by the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Having anticipated the future needs of the market and its customers, Biesse can now translate into practice this concept. "For us, 4.0 is not …

SFIC unveils new three-year roadmap for Singapore’s furniture industry

16-02-2016

The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has unveiled new talent development initiatives to sharpen the industry’s capabilities to meet future market needs. The three-year roadmap includes a structured training ecosystem which will attract younger individuals into the industry and help workers above 40 years to acquire new skills …