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Thousands of panel mills told to shut down in China

ITTO, panel mills, China

Nearly 3,000 wood-based panel enterprises in Hebei province have been told to cease production, affecting over 10,000 jobs. Some have been required to re-tool to meet environmental requirements while others have been encouraged to relocate to their original home provinces, such as to Shandong Linqing, Liaoning Benxi, Xinjiang Yanqi and Hebei …



The future belongs to the young and those who dare to dream, as this year’s graduating class of Singapore University of Technology & Design demonstrate.  What does the city of the future look like? No long queues at the bank, or perhaps a more equal world in which the less mobile can live, work and play like everyone else? Or maybe …

Editor’s pickWood finds a place in AZ Awards


Of the finalists of the annual AZ Awards, at least five feature wood strongly, be it re-imagining new uses for its applications in interior design or as a structural element.  These projects define wood's beauty, versatility and strength. They also exemplify how, in the deep recesses of the human mind, nothing is impossible. The awards are …

MTE confirms private sector to be contracted for logging

MTE, Myanmar, harvesting

The private sector will be contracted to undertake log harvesting and transport this year, according to the Deputy General Manager of the Extraction Department in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) MTE may rent out heavy machinery and elephants to contractors. Previously harvesting was suspended for a year, but will resume in fiscal year 2017-18 …

STA to offer RM2.4 Mn in funding for tropical hardwood research

STA, Sarawak, research, funding

The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) will invest RM2.4 Mn to fund a two-year research project on “Development and Deployment of Improved Genetic Materials of Falcataria Moluccana’ (Moluccan albizia)”. STA Chairman, Wong Kie Yik, said that the latest projects funded by the association include RM400,000 to Universiti Malaysia …

US flooring retailers suspend sales of hardwood products linked to illegal logging in PNG


Major US flooring retailers have suspended sales of exotic wood flooring products following a Global Witness report which suggests that the timber is sourced illegally from Papua New Guinea (PNG). The report tracked the 9000-mile journey of timber from PNG through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S. Its report, Stained Trade, …

Brazil’s wood-based panel exports register healthy growth

ITTO, Brazil, wood-based panels

The trade balance in the Brazilian forest plantations sector reached US$2.9 Bn between January and May, up 4.9 per cent over the same period last year according to the Brazilian Tree Industry (IBA). The sector registered total exports of US$3.3 billion, 3.2 per cent more compared to the same period in 2016. International sales of wood-based …

Thailand: ANDRITZ to supply the fifth pressurised refining system within two years


From left to right: Vichai Sangwongkit, Managing Director of S.Kijchai; Michael Rupp, Director of Sales and Marketing from ANDRITZ; and Harnsiri Saengvongkij, Director of S.Kijchai ANDRITZ, an international technology group, has received an order from S. Kijchai Enterprise PCL (SKN), a leading international producer of particle board and …

SCM shows its technological excellence


With continuous growth and an outstanding performance in the first half of 2017 that exceeded even the successful results of the past two years, SCM shows its technological excellence with their Lean Robot Cell 4.0, which takes Industry 4.0 concepts and puts them to practical use. Completely automated and served by two anthropomorphic robots, the …

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