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Editor’s pickNobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu honoured with Arch for Arch

10-04-2018

Image credit: David Southwood In South Africa, set between the National Parliament and St. George’s Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Cape Town and where Archbishop Desmond Tutu used to hold numerous anti-Apartheid protests, the Arch for Arch is an intertwined wooden archway erected in the honour of the Nobel Peace Prize …

India a key market for Swedish pine

09-04-2018
Swedish Wood, pine, India Wood

India seems to be warming up to the idea of Swedish pine, particularly for furniture and joinery. Architects and designers alike have shown great interest in this versatile and sustainable material, an observation made by Swedish Wood at the India Wood trade show held from March 8 – 12 in Bangalore. “The younger generation is showing …

USA: Lower incomes to affect consumer spending

09-04-2018

America’s GDP increased 2.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to the second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Unemployment rate remained unchanged in February at 4.1 per cent. The job market continued to be active in construction, manufacturing and retail trade, according to the US Bureau of Labor …

Editor’s pickIn Helsinki, a high school and community centre pushes the boundaries of timber construction

09-04-2018

Based in Helsinki, Finland, AOR Architects has been commissioned to design Monio High school and Community Centre in Tuusula, Finland. Innovatively using timber construction, upon its completion, the building will be the largest school building made of timber logs in the world, with a community college, high school, and music institute combined to …

Brazil February export round-up

08-04-2018

Brazilian exports of wood-based products increased 27 per cent in value in February 2018 compared to February 2017, from US$192.3 million to US$244 million. The value of pine sawnwood exports rose almost 26 per cent from US$30.8 million to US$38.7 million over the same period. In terms of volume, exports increased 21 per cent over the same period …

Plywood from Indonesia skyrockets with no sign of abating

06-04-2018

Export prices of Indonesian plywood continue to climb with no sign of the trend abating. In particular, prices of 2.5mm thin panel shot up to about US$1,000 per cbm C&F, the highest record. With the weather in Indonesia doing much worse than Malaysia and with tightening control of illegal harvest, log production is plunging. In fact, log …

Peru a major buyer of Ecuador’s particleboard

06-04-2018

Ecuador’s exports of particleboard amounted to US$97.3 million in 2017, an increase of 8.5 per cent compared to 2016. Colombia and Peru were once again the main export markets for Ecuador’s particleboard. Exports to these two markets accounted for 94 per cent of total exports in 2017. Exports to Colombia amounted to US$57.3 million …