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“Timberscrapers”, beneficial and long-lasting

06-10-2017

The Sakyamuni Pagoda. Image credit: Wikipedia The idiom “they don’t make them like they used to” can be used not only for products; they can be applied to buildings as well. For instance, the Sakyamuni Pagoda, built in 1056, has withstood countless earthquakes, including seven that shook the region within five decades of its …

July sees US buying more flooring from Vietnam and Thailand

05-10-2017

Vietnam has become a significant supplier of assembled flooring panel to the US with July figures worth over US$1 Mn. Thailand shipped close US$900,000 worth of flooring panels to the US in July, up 30 per cent from June. Flooring imports from China were US$1.7 Mn, down 12 per cent from June. Imports from Indonesia were down 13 per cent at …

US imports of wooden furniture up in July

05-10-2017

Wooden furniture imports in the US were up one per cent in July from the previous month. Year-to-date imports increased 11 per cent from July 2016. Furniture imports from China, Mexico and India declined in July, while imports from most other countries increased. Vietnam’s shipments to the US increased four per cent in July to US$318.9 Mn. …

Japan's plywood market stabilises, producers finally see profits

05-10-2017

Japan’s plywood sector has a tumultuous history marred by price fluctuations and trade imbalance. The price-sensitive commodity also faces competition from imports, which used to account for over half of the market share. Many of them come from South Sea hardwood and Russian larch logs for many years. Up till 2015, the industry was hit by …

Editor’s pickThis loft takes advantage of long views to draw light in and through

05-10-2017

The award-winning Photographer’s Loft, located in New York, United States (U.S.), designed by Desai Chia Architecture, includes everything from a library, dining areas, kitchen, photo studio, bedrooms and bathrooms, and storage space. The home takes advantage of its long axial views, drawing light through and letting light and space …

Brazilian sawnwood exports up 39 per cent as currency falls against USD

04-10-2017

Brazil’s domestic consumption of wood due to slackening construction activity may have reaped poor results for the second year running but its sawnwood is doing impressively well in the international market. Sawnwood exports rose 39 per cent compared to 2015. 2016 exports totalled 2.2 million cubic metres. According to the Brazilian Tree …

Softwood sawn lumber dominate China's wood products exports in 1H/2017

04-10-2017

It appears that China’s sawnwood imports have again increased in the first half of 2017, totalling 18.12 million cbm valued at US$4.75 Bn, a year-on-year increase of 16 per cent in volume and 24 per cent in value. The average price for imported sawnwood in the first half of 2017 was US$262 per cubic metre, up 7 per cent over the same period …

Editor’s pickDongyuan Qianxun Community Centre, Scenic Architecture for a scenic place

04-10-2017

Bordered by residential lands to the east and west, and a Wetland Park in the south, Dongyuan Qianxun Community Centre is a closed commercial housing community. Designed by Scenic Architecture, alternately stacked shear walls, cast by carbonised wood formwork provide enclosure while also dividing different spaces.   Design company: Scenic …

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