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LIGNA 2019: Industry 4.0 tech for product individualisation


Opening Press Conference LIGNA (27 - 31 May 2019): Dr. Andreas Gruchow and Dr. Johann Quatmann This year, from 27 to 31 May, LIGNA is opening a window on the future of the wood processing and woodworking industries. The trade show features all the latest smart technologies, automated systems, digital platform solutions, wood industry trends and …

Komatsu Forest Invests in Northern Sweden

Sweden, Komatsu Forest

Komatsu Forest in Umeå, Sweden, is implementing one of its largest investments in industrial Sweden – a future-proof factory in large format, with a focus on sustainable production. The company's investment aims to further strengthen the region's position as a leader in the field of forest technology. "The forest industry is an …

Mandatory height restrictions restrict timber building

timber, Australia, architecture

A new report has found that mandatory height controls in the Victorian planning system have unintentionally penalised timber building systems, favouring the use of expensive, energy-intensive concrete and steel alternatives. The report is titled Timber Construction and Building Height Planning Controls – The unintended consequences of the …

Foresters knowledgeable in HCVs to be in demand

Malaysia, High Conservation Values, forestry

Knowledgeable foresters on High Conservation Values (HCVs) identification, management and monitoring practices will be in high demand as Sarawak moves towards having all of its Forest Management Units (FMUs) certified by 2022. As such, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and …

Myanmar: 143K Tons of Trafficked Timber Seized Over 3 Years

Myanmar, timber

More than 143,000 tons of trafficked hardwood have been seized since the current administration took office three years ago, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s Forest Department. “Thanks to tip-offs from members of the public, we were able to make those seizures,” the …

Plywood firms in India see flat future despite GST lift

plywood, India

The future hasn't panned out the way organised plywood and particle board makers envisaged post the coming of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Benefits of the new tax regime which was supposed to accrue to the industry leaders have played out, but slowly, and in bits and pieces. The sector was largely unorganised where small units …

Deutsche Messe and IFMAC join forces


Deutsche Messe is further expanding its portfolio of international shows by joining forces with Indonesia's leading event for woodworking machinery and components, the IFMAC show in Jakarta. The tradeshow company based in Hannover, Germany has been operating LIGNA, the world's leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery …