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Editor’s pickSCM announces 35% growth in orders and 20% more new technicians

SCM, Holz Handwerk

SCM had success and a record number of visitors during the four-day Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, which ran from March 21 – 24. The number of orders and new contacts increased considerably compared to the 2016 edition, supporting the company’s prediction of a very important market – Germany. The order portfolio rose 35 per cent …

Editor’s pickHOMAG launches new solutions at Holz-handwerk

homag, holz handwerk

At the HOLZ-HANDWERK trade fair in Nuremberg, HOMAG appeared under its new company image for the first time. Thanks to two strategic partnerships — Kuka and Grenzebach — there were also developments in automation expertise. "Design meets digital": HOMAG gives a face to the digital future In line with the motto "Design meets …

New River Hardwoods to invest $3.8 million in its Roan Mountain, Tennessee, operations


New River Hardwoods, Inc. will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, according to a company press release. New River Hardwoods plans to create approximately 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. The company will install new equipment and convert its Roan Mountain log yard into a lumber manufacturing …

Editor’s pickThe science behind saunas

science, sauna, Finland

Enjoying a hot bath in a wood-clad sauna is perhaps a very Finnish past time. This lakeside sauna is no different from others, but has a story behind it. One 1951 winter, a sauna was pulled in with a Citroën 15CV over the frozen lake. Decades later, it fell into disrepair and was dismantled. A new one was rebuilt on the same site, a …

Brazil’s forest products sector posts 18% growth in January

Brazil, ITTO

Brazil’s forestry sector exports totalled US$901 million, an 18 per cent increase year-on-year in January 2018, buoyed by increased demand for pulp, wood-based panels and paper. Forest products account for almost 15 per cent of the value of the country’s agribusiness exports and five per cent of total exports. China was the main …

Timber exports have not improved since FLEGT licensing approvals: Indonesia

FLEGT, Indonesia

Indonesia’s watershed approval on FLEGT licenses have not expanded marketing opportunities in the EU, contrary to what was originally believed, according to the Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI). Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, Director General of Sustainable Production Forest Management from the Ministry of Environment and …

EU plywood imports down 7% in 2017

ITTO, EU, imports, plywood

Total EU plywood imports in 2017 were down seven per cent to 2.159 million metric tonnes (MT), sparked by contraction in the ‘other hardwood’ plywood category, with imports down over 20 per cent from 1.346 million MT to 1.076 million MT. Analysts say part of this was likely due to a revision of customs product codes in 2017, which saw …

Ghana industries welcome dramatic cut in utilities bill


Described as the best news of the year, Ghana’s industries have lauded the government’s decision to reduce electricity tariffs by 30 per cent from mid-March this year. A statement from the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) Executive Secretary, Mami Dufie Ofori, said homes will enjoy a 17.5 per cent reduction, while those …