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Editor’s pickWeinig 2017 revenue to hit EUR471Mn, buoyed by 'successful LIGNA'

Weinig, LIGNA 2017

The Weinig Group stand was a hive of activity on all five days of the trade fair As LIGNA drew to a close, the Weinig Group announced a successful five-day show that raked in orders worth EUR47 million. Visitors from 90 countries filled the Weinig stand at LIGNA, of which eight per cent were new customers, proving a very successful trade fair …

America’s first high-rise built completely out of wood will be located in Oregon


A rendering of the proposed building, Framework, which will be the very first high-rise in the United States to be built completely out of wood. Image credit: Lever Architecture According to Business Insider, in Portland, Oregon, United States (U.S.), city officials have approved a construction permit for the very first high-rise building in the …

Editor’s pickCLT vs lightweight timber frames – Friends or foes?

CLT, Margules Groome, Australia, New Zealand

By Margules Groome Is the market for mass timber building products expanding? Will it be a lengthy process or it will happen quickly? The days when CLT was seen as a “hobby” in Australia, or more exactly as “an interesting trial”, have passed. Currently there is hardly a day goes by without a new CLT or glulam development …

Editor’s pickWooden extensions atop old buildings could be the solution for more urban space


In Paris, a home owner wanted to build an extension on the roof of his home in Saint-Ouen, Paris, to welcome a new neighbour. The tricky job was outsourced to FREAKS freearchitects, who had to work around the existing configuration of the building where the client and his family lived. The process involved installing wood-based panels …

ITTO: Wooden furniture imports from China down


The value of US wooden furniture imports declined for the second consecutive month in March to US$1.24 billion. Year-to-date imports were still 7 per cent higher than in March 2016. As in February, the month-on-month decline was mainly in imports from China (-17%) and Vietnam (-15%). Year-to-date imports from Vietnam however, were still 15 per …

US tropical hardwood flooring imports robust in March 2017


Hardwood flooring imports to the USA may have fallen 38 per cent in March from the previous month to US$2.7 million. However year-to-date imports remain robust from last year. Indonesia and China had the strongest year-to-date gain along with smaller suppliers like Brazil. Hardwood flooring imports from Brazil rose to US$238,520 in March; …

Weyerhaeuser to sell timberlands and manufacturing business in Uruguay


Weyerhaeuser Company disclosed that it entered an agreement to sell its timberlands and manufacturing business in Uruguay to a consortium led by BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group (TIG), including other long-term institutional investors, for a total of AUD$402.5 million (US$302.8 million). The company expects that it will incur …

Editor’s pickThe New York Public Library seamlessly combines the old with the new


The New York Public Library in Stapleton, Staten Island, New York, United States (U.S.) was to be expanded, having served the community for over 100 years. Andrew Berman Architect was asked to design a new concept, which had to be an inviting, open, and accessible public space for the community. It had to be on a single level, joined with the …

Editor’s pick"LIGNA did not disappoint": Wood Mizer

Wood-Mizer, LIGNA 2017

Wood Mizer's stand in the outdoor exhibition area at LIGNA 2017 With many new products to debut, LIGNA 2017 was very important for Wood-Mizer. The world’s largest woodworking show did not disappoint – resulting in the best LIGNA experience for Wood-Mizer in the past 10 years. The TITAN wideband sawmilling range, a new version of the …

Editor’s pickWhy are saunas made of wood?

wood, softwood, sauna, Finnish, Viba's sauna, Latvia

The word “sauna” means “room of wood” in Finnish. The use of wood is both a tradition and practical consideration in constructing a sauna. Firstly, they are good heat insulators; if you touch a wooden surface, the heat doesn’t sting as severely as a stone wall, for example. Wood also has antiseptic and antibacterial …