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U.S. wood products imports sees ups and downs in Jan 2018


Flooring Tropical veneer and hardwood moulding imports grew in January 2018, while imports of flooring (both solid and engineered) declined from the previous month. Tropical veneer imports from China were worth US$830,795, compared to just US$231,827 the same period in 2017. Given the relatively small size of U.S. imports of tropical veneer, it …

Siempelkamp to supply Russian CJSC Murom complete OSB line


Contract agreement at the trade fair stand, Woodex 2017/Moscow (from left to right): Alexey Filatov (Technical Director CJSC “Murom”), Olga Tikhonova (General Director ZAO “Murom”), Hans-Joachim Galinski (Siempelkamp), Martin Krobbach (Siempelkamp), Jürgen Philipps (Siempelkamp Management Spokesman), Valery …

WTO establishes panel to rule on US - Canada lumber dispute


At the request of Canada, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed on 9 April to establish two panels to examine Canada’s complaints regarding anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, WTO announced. Canada recalled that on 27 March it had first requested the …

Japan: Rough sailing ahead


Shawn Lawlor, director of Canada Wood Japan, suggests that Japan’s economy may experience some speed bumps this year.   Although Japan has seen one of the longest periods of uninterrupted growth since the 1980s, recent indicators point to some rough sailing ahead, according to Shawn Lawlor, director of Canada Wood Japan. Exports …

Tropical veneer loses market share in EU during 2017


Many of the same factors contributing to the downturn in EU imports of tropical sawn timber are also now impacting trade in tropical veneer. Following three years of recovery, EU imports of hardwood veneer from the tropics declined six per cent to 310,000cbm in 2017. The decline in EU imports of tropical veneer contrasts with a significant rise …

Wolfgang Pöschl to continue as Weinig's CEO until 2020

Weinig, Wolfgang Poschl

Wolfgang Pöschl, CEO of The Michael Weinig Group   Michael Weinig Chairman Wolfgang Pöschl will continue to serve his term until retirement on December 31, 2020. The supervisory board expressed its fullest confidence in him at a meeting on March 15, 2018. Chairman of the Supervisory Board Thomas Bach, said, “The Weinig …

One in three BAU exhibitors considers Asia to be a key market

Bau, Shanghai, Munich

BAU´s exhibitors named Asia and North America as current or future target or sales markets, according to an online survey conducted by the IfaD Institut für angewandte Datenanalyse and Gelszus Messe-Marktforschung. Initiated by BAU, the international trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, the survey aimed to gather data to …

Editor’s pickThe Energy Academy Europe, the most sustainable energy building in The Netherlands


With both an energy positive structure that will be able to offset its carbon footprint within the next four decades and a BREEAM Outstanding score, The Energy Academy Europe (EAE), winner of the International BREEAM Awards 2017 in the category of Mixed Use & Other, is the most sustainable building in The Netherlands, according to …

USA: Slow start to year for furniture and cabinet businesses


U.S. furniture manufacturers reported contraction in February according the Institute for Supply Management’s survey (Manufacturing ISM Report On Business). Wood products manufacturing was unchanged from January, while most other manufacturing industries in the U.S. reported growth. In 2017, new furniture orders were up four per cent over …