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Editor’s pickDesigned for moisture-prone rooms - New laminate floors conquer kitchens and bathrooms


Laminate flooring suitable for rooms exposed to moisture: combining top quality design with excellent performance characteristics. Image: Classen. Laminate for the kitchen or bathroom – really? Opinion used to be divided on this, but not anymore, because innovative product development has meant that laminate can now be applied in rooms that …

Editor’s pickRossi Group becomes first Premier Sponsor of NHLA Convention 2018


NHLA Convention 2017 The Rossi Group has become the first Premier Sponsor of the 2018 NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase. As the first Premier Sponsor, the Rossi Group has committed to be a supporter of NHLA through a multi-year commitment of advertising, education, inspection services and convention. "Ted Rossi has been an important …

Japan’s wood export in 2017 up 37%


Japan shipped a total of 32.6 billion yen worth of wood products in 2017, up 37 per cent compared to 2016. In terms of product categories, logs accounted for 970,000cbms, 49 per cent more; lumber, 130,000cbm, 49 per cent more. Wood from Japan has been on the upward trend since 2013. The total value in 2013 was 12.37 billion yen then, three times …

India: SMEs drop out as real estate sector undergoes consolidation


India’s housing market is undergoing significant change where an ongoing consolidation of house builders in the informal sector which, until recently, accounted for most almost 90 per cent of home construction in the country. These small-and-medium-sized companies are struggling to cope with stringent regulations in the Real Estate …

Congestion at Douala Port continues, exporters exasperated


Businesses continue to be frustrated at the congestion at Douala Port, Ghana. Reports suggest up to 60,000cbm of logs destined for China are still stuck, awaiting shipment. The situation has worsened with ships having to leave with only part cargos; in some cases, sawnwood shut out from loading is being left by the quay. Almost all export …

Double digit rise in India’s Maharashtra forest cover

India, forest cover

Forest cover in the Indian state of Maharashtra has grown by 6,839, roughly 16 per cent, in the past 20 years. The mangrove forests have also nearly doubled from 155 sq. km in 1995 to 304 sq. km in 2017. The two main reasons cited for this growth were improved conservation efforts at the district level and the active participation of local …

Editor’s pickChimar: Suppressing Pre-curing in Industrial MDF Production


Formaldehyde & Resin Plant. Image: Chimar A very well-known issue in MDF production today, is the inadequate catalysis of the adhesive(s) used, which could lead to an extension of production cycles and thus reduced productivity. The wide use of conventional catalysts all these past years and up to date, which are either pre-mixed with the …

Editor’s pickWood-Mizer Acquires MOReTENs AB

Wood Mizer, acquisitions

The factory in Sweden marks Wood-Mizer’s fifth manufacturing plant throughout the world Popular woodworking machinery from MOReTENs AB is now available through Wood- Mizer's global distribution network. Wood-Mizer has acquired the Swedish company, MOReTENs AB, placing a full range of popular four-sided moulders, planers, table saws, …