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Editor’s pickSteinemann highlights at LIGNA 2017

LIGNA 2017, Steinemann, sanding, belts

Steinemann, with its motto “Total Surface Quality” highlighted its digital technology competencies with the Board Quality Cockpit (BQC) and latest model in the satos family the SATOS TSQ. The new generation of sanding belts, the TSQ belts as well as the free-to-download Steinemann App were also introduced. Board Quality Cockpit …

Brazil’s timber trade opportunities draw interest from China


China is interested in opportunities for investment in Brazil’s timber sector. The delegation from the Chinese Forest Industry Association comprising representatives of the government and the business community visited the headquarters of the Federation of Industries of the State of Amazonas (FIEAM). A spokesperson for the Chinese …

It may be called a shed, but The Hackney Shed is a workspace and studio


The entrance is guarded by completely retractable oak framed full-height doors that also give a clear view of the garden outside, and inside, a “hidden” rooflight at the back of the space offers a playful and unexpected peek at the sky. The sheet and rough-sawn timber was sourced from sustainable sources, backing the …

The new architectural woodwork standards in North America will be effective from July 1


The Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI) – based in Sacramento, California, United States (U.S.) – released the North American Architectural Woodwork Standards 3.1 (NAAWS 3.1), and stepping away from the standards from the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), based in …

Editor’s pickLIGNA 2017: Sandvik technology for tomorrow’s panels

LIGNA 2017, Sandvik, steel belts

The Sandvik Productivity Center at LIGNA  Press belt manufacturer Sandvik showcased its array of tools, technologies and global support platform to meet production challenges in wood-based panel manufacturing.  At the centre of this was a self-contained Productivity Centre at LIGNA, where visitors could handle tools, view videos and …

Editor’s pickEU wooden furniture imports from SEA sees decline in 2016


The value of furniture imports from tropical suppliers fell in 2016. Imports from Vietnam were down two per cent to EUR 716 million; from Indonesia, six per cent to EUR 299 million; from Malaysia, five per cent to EUR 183 million; from Thailand, 18 per cent to EUR 63 million and from Brazil, three per cent to Euro 118 million. India was the …

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics is not just extragalactic – it’s sustainable


Durham University, in Durham, England, United Kingdom (U.K.), has a new facility for cosmology and astronomy. Known as the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, the 2,500sqm building with a sharp geometric design consists of stack timber volumes that intersect with each other with bold architecture meant to inspire creative thinking. Designed …

Researchers are looking at how cross-laminated timber can help earthquake-proof buildings


In WSU, research scientists have been looking at how builders in earthquake areas can use CLT. Photo credit: Washington State University Research scientists from Washington State University (WSU) were recently given a US$1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to look at how builders in earthquake-prone areas can use sustainable …

Editor’s pickBiesse announces a successful LIGNA worth EUR 450Mn

LIGNA 2017, Biesse

LIGNA 2017 was a special time for Italian woodworking machinery company.   Daniele Campetella, Managing Director of Biesse Asia, addresses the delegation from Malaysia The great number of visitors from all over the world who came to the over 5,000-square-metre stand and the positive feedback received from customers, partners and the …