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LIGNA 2019: Primary wood industry out in force


The LIGNA show in Hannover, Germany, is back again from 27 to 31 May this year with another roundup of products, machinery, solutions and ideas for the entire wood industry. Advanced technologies, digitisation, integration and automation are key trends in woodworking and wood processing – and hence keynote themes at LIGNA. LIGNA is the only …

Vietnam's economy gains as companies flee China in trade war


The U.S. trade war with Beijing continues to boost the Vietnamese economy as companies dodge tariffs by relocating production here from mainland China, fuelling a sharp increase in exports to America. Vietnam's real gross domestic product climbed 6.79 per cent on the year during the first three months of 2019, the government said Friday. The …

Australia’s Deputy PM calls for forestry hub in Southern NSW

Australia, forestry

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, has backed a Regional Forestry Hub in the South West Slopes (Tumut-Tumbarumba region) of southern NSW. In a letter released by the South West Slopes’ Softwoods Working Group (SWG), the Deputy Prime Minister expressed his ‘strong support’ for establishing a …

Sustainable Timber Tas to gain certification from FSC

Australia, timber, sustainability

Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) has launched a process to gain certification for its forestry activities from the Forest Stewardship Council. SCS Global Services will conduct an audit of STT’s forestry practices, starting on 20 May, against the new FSC Australian Forest Stewardship Council. A key issue is the concept of High Conservation …

Flood-damaged timber rescued to boost Nambucca mountain bike park

Australia, timber

Water-damaged timber donated by Boral and Forestry Corporation of New South Wales has seen an exciting new track launched in Jacks Ridge Mountain Bike Park in the Nambucca State Forest. The new track was built by the Nambucca Valley Cycle Club after members decided the park needed more 'zest' to keep pace with the growing enthusiasm for enduro …

Sabah Chief Conservator defends log export ban

Malaysia, logging, harvesting, timber

Chief Conservator of Forests, Mashor Mohd Jaini, said the State Government’s log export ban should spur the development of the wood-based industry in the State. He said the aim of the State government was to see the production of a wide range of high value wood products to support economic development and the creation employment …

“Lightwood’ export promotion in Vietnam

Vietnam, lightwood

The Ministry of Trade will seek ways to help manufacturers boost exports of processed ‘lightwood’ to Vietnam. The first step was made when a Business-to Business event was held in Ho Chi Minh City. The aim of this was to increase the interest of importers in processed Albizia falcataria and Jabon wood (collectively traded as …