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Soaring demand for Japanese wood in Asia


Robust demand from Asian countries such as China, the Philippines and South Korea has boosted Japan’s wood exports. In 2017, exports reached 32.6 billion yen (US$293 million), a 37 per cent growth from 2016 and the highest in 40 years. As such, the Japanese forestry industry sees much untapped potential in Asian markets. Jiang Jian, …

Editor’s pickHow robots will win over the future

ABB, Schuler Consulting, Malaysia, Robotics, Challenges in manufacturing, industry 4.0, Production Data generation, automated Business Processes

By Bjorn Henseler, Schuler Consulting   Malaysia’s furniture industry players spent a day at ABB to understand how robotics can facilitate challenges in production. Today, the end-consumer’s demand for customised furniture is what’s making up most of the orders. The number of furniture per order has also gone down, …

Editor’s pickWood-Mizer releases two new affordable and durable sawmills

Wood-mizer, sawmills, LT15 Power, LT15 Start, low-investment requirement, Asian sawmillers

Wood-Mizer has released two new sawmills in their popular LT15 series. The LT15 POWER and LT15 START are now available to meet low-investment requirements from Asian sawmillers who want to boost yields, lower costs, and have dependable and durable sawmill machinery. LT15 POWER – Simple, affordable, and sturdy The LT15 POWER (Photo …

The Chestnut House

Chestnut House, Valarch Studio

  The Chestnut house got its name from a large, old chestnut tree growing onsite which became a focal point for this house. (All photos are credit to: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice ) The first house designed and built by Valarch Studio is located on a small piece of land between Kopřivnice and Štramberk. The …

Editor’s pickVanachai orders OSB dryer from Dieffenbacher

Vanachai, Dieffenbacher, Southeast Asia, Drum Dryer

Image: Project meeting in Bangkok. From left to right: Holger Ries (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher), Phumsakdi Chullavallibha (Assistant Managing Director, Vanachai), Apichai Boonsawang (Project Engineer, Vanachai), Pitsanupong Ruxpakawong (Project Engineer, Vanachai), Alexander Hoffmann (Managing Director, Maier). After the particleboard and MDF …

Barangaroo House in Sydney

Barangaroo House, Collins and Turner, Sydney

Situated in the Barangaroo South precinct of Sydney, Barangaroo House is the winner of the design excellence competition organised by Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. The curvilineal facade is constructed with steam-bent charred timber. (All photos are credited to Richard Glover) The overarching design strategy was borne of two …

Editor’s pick25 years in the business

Henning Gloede, Managing Director, Siempelkamp Singapore, wood panels machinery, ASEAN, Conti ROll presses, MDF, particleboard

Henning Gloede, Managing Director, Siempelkamp Singapore. All things considered, Henning Gloede had a very exciting life. He is German by birth, but only spent eight of his 53 years in Germany. He grew up in Jakarta in the 1960s when his family moved there for his father’s job. By the time he returned to Europe for further studies, his …