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(third from left) SGS Malaysia General Manager, Mr Kenny Looi; (middle) Setia-Wood Industries Sdn Bhd General Manager, Mr Shanthan Suppiah, and (fifth from left) MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Yong Teng Koon, with senior team members from Setia-Wood Industries. Kuala Lumpur, 2 October 2018 – Setia-Wood Industries Sdn Bhd …

Vietnam’s forestry exports are slated to hit US$6.64 billion

Vietnam, forestry exports

According to Nhan Dan (People) newspaper, trade surplus of key forestry products in Vietnam hit US$4.97 billion, with wood and wood products making up US$4.64 billion alone. For the first nine months of 2018, the United States (U.S.), Europe, China, and the Republic of Korea were the leading importers of wood and wood products from Vietnam, …

Editor’s pickOn a rocky seashore, Hotel Kirkenes explores artificial boundaries

Kirkenes, Norway

With some 6,000 inhabitants, Kirkenes is a city in North East Norway, close to Russia. Far from dynamic business headquarters and political and economic centres, the city has developed its own identity. A small hotel that offers a roof, a warm fireplace and view of the Barents Sea, Hotel Kirkenes was built in 10 days on a small budget. To combat …

Editor’s pickAn overview of the global forest industry in 2018’s second quarter

Global forest industry, Q2/18

On the global timber market, the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell 1.4 per cent in 2Q/18. This was the first quarter-on-quarter decline since the fourth quarter of 2016. Sawlog prices fell all over the world in US dollar terms except for in North America, where prices in 2Q/18 went up 3.3 per cent from the previous quarter, and up a staggering …

Angeles Equity Partners and Clearlake Capital acquire Meek’s Lumber Company

Angeles Equity Partners, Clearlake Capital, Meek’s Lumber Company, acquisition

Angeles Equity Partners, LLC, a private investment firm focused on value creation through operational transformation, and Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a leading private investment firm, have announced the acquisition of the Meek’s Lumber Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Meek’s is one of the largest …

Editor’s pickIn Ruhewald Schloss Tambach’s cemetery, a peaceful chapel

Ruhewald Schloss Tambach, chapel

On the gentle rolling landscapes near the German town of Coburg, a forest cemetery can be found, allowing people to find their final resting place in surrounded by nature. A sacred and scenic place, the devotional room there is simple and open, and offers protection to those who seek its shelter. Built of wood, seven wooden arches rise to form …

Architecture & Building Services 2018 series returning to Marina Bay Sands


In 2016, the Singapore Government announced a S$4.5 billion (US$3.29 billion) Industry Transformation Programme to address issues within each industry and deepen partnerships between Government, firms, industries, trade associations and chambers. The ITMs were grouped into six clusters, including the Built Environment which comprises various …

Editor’s pickExponential growth awaiting custom furniture market in China, with Custom Furniture Suppliers Zone at CIFM / interzum guangzhou to double in size

Exponential growth, custom furniture market, China, CIFM / interzum guangzhou

Following positive response from the furniture production industry for the launch of the Custom Furniture Suppliers Zone at the international exhibition area of CIFM / interzum guangzhou in 2018, organisers of the show have announced the return of an expanded feature showcase next year to take up twice as much space in view of strong growth …