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Editor’s pickHOMAG first quarter sales jump 31%


Image: HOMAG at LIGNA 2017/ Credit: Deutsche Messe The HOMAG Group’s sales revenue climbed 31 per cent to EUR 401Mn in Q1/2017. Order backlog reached its highest level in the company’s history with EUR 520 million as of March 31, 2017 while sales revenue increased 14 per cent to EUR 296. Operating EBIT climbed to …

Huizhou City furniture exports climb 17%

Huizhou, Guangdong, China, furniture, exports, market

Furniture coming out of Huizhou City in Guangdong province climbed 17 per cent to US$133 Mn in 2016, according to Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Wooden furniture exports from Huizhou City have been going up annually for the past seven years. According to available statistics, the export value of wooden furniture manufactured in …

Is it possible to construct skyscrapers inside trees?


Is it even possible to save dying trees by constructing skyscrapers inside them? That is what a design team from South Korea conceptualised, proposing the construction of towers within the hollowed out trunks of the sequoiadendron giganteum – also known as the giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Wellingtonia, or very simply, Big Tree – …

Editor’s pickSpiritual spaces in the woods

wood, construction, architecture, church, chapel, spiritual spaces

Designing the Joa Chapel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a unique challenge because of the irregular topography of the land. In these natural surroundings where trees kiss the sky in the presence of the sea, worshippers can experience a quiet haven away from urban traffic. The conceptual search for simplicity has guided the design of the project …

Editor’s pickDesign for Success


The largest and longest running collection of interior, design and trend exhibitions in the Middle East, INDEX Design Series is, again, hailed a huge success. The event took place from 22 to 25 May. The sun set on the INDEX Design Series forest after a four-day showcase of some of the best international and local designs at the Middle …

Södra construction timber sales reach an all time high

Sodra, construction, timber, wood, sales

Swedish timber giant Södra broke its record for construction timber sales in its own market in April and May with the latter month seeing figures hit an all-time high.   Almost 275,000 cubic metres of construction timber were delivered, “a clear signal that the use of wood in building construction is increasing, which is positive …

China particleboard imports up over 30% in 2016

China, particleboard, ITTO, imports, panels

China’s wood-based panel imports in 2016 rose 31 per cent to 1.4 million cubic metres in 2016, valued at US$450 million, a YoY increase of 21 per cent. Particleboard were the main products, accounting for 65 per cent of total wood-based panel imports. The volume of particleboard import was 900,000 cubic metres valued at US$180 million, up …

In St John’s Wood, a shed and office become one


The Shoffice, with a small office within its curving walls, can be found in St John’s Wood, London, United Kingdom (U.K.). A curling sculptural art piece that is reminiscent of a shaving of wood, forms an elliptical shell made of timber that flows into the garden where it is situated. Lined with oak, the structure boasts two …

Editor’s pickVenjakob at LIGNA: Accelerating from zero to full speed

LIGNA 2017, Venjakob

At this year’s LIGNA, Venjakob showcased the VEN SPRAY SMART, COMFORT and PERFECT spray painting machines as well as the VARIO robot technology, all of them competing under the theme of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race. Faster to the finish Trade fair visitors particularly appreciated the ease of operation of the three machines, which were set up …