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Dutch timber research institute rolls out new certification mark to facilitate responsible buying

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New mark assures buyers that they are procuring timber from a business that sources it legally and responsibly.  Independent Netherlands timber research institute Stichting Hout Research (SHR) has unveiled a new business certification mark, guaranteeing customers that timber is sourced from sustainably-managed forest, regardless of …

Editor’s pickForest products use key to sustainable future: UN

Forest products, UN

Forest products markets are doing well, with improvements expected to continue into next year, the UN forecasts. However, barriers to cross-border trade are an ongoing concern for the forest products industry. Consumers also contribute to reducing carbon emissions when they use long-lasting forest products as it is one of the most effective ways …

China's plywood production in 2016 rose 7 per cent


Total plywood production in 2016 rose seven per cent to 177.56 million cubic metres, valued at 367.5 billion yuan. The figure accounts for 60 per cent of total wood-based panel output. Of the total, 163.82 million cubic metres were plain plywood, 7.34 million cubic metres were laminated or wood/bamboo composite plywood and 6.4 million cubic …

FPInnovations welcomes Stéphane Renou as President and Chief Executive Officer


FPInnovations has appointed Stéphane Renou as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Renou will officially assume his new role on December 14. He succeeds Pierre Lapointe. A native of Montréal, Stéphane Renou has a number of degrees from Université de Sherbrooke as well as Polytechnique Montréal where he went …

U.S.: Homebuilder confidence hits a high


After a sharp dip brought about by three hurricanes, confidence among homebuilders in the United States (U.S.) has outshone expectations and increased more than expected for the month of October. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the monthly sentiment index rose to hit 68, the highest level seen since May 2017 and …

Editor’s pickSarawak: All timber concessions must be certified by 2022


Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister YB Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Bin Ali Hasan. Image credit: Turnstone Singapore Sarawak is making it mandatory for all timber concessions to obtain forest management certification by 2022, Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister YB Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Bin Ali Hasan said. The new law will be …

Malaysia: Mieco's net profit up in 3Q on higher selling prices


Malaysia's Mieco Chipboard announced net profit for the third quarter climbed four times due to higher selling prices and improved production efficiency. Net profit for the three months ending Sep. 30 was15.62 million ringgit ($3.76 million) compared to 4.23 million ringgit the year before. Quarterly revenue rose 11.1 per cent year-on-year to …

In the U.K., timber is completely revamping the homebuilding industry


In the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) construction industry, according to Builders’ Merchant News, homebuilding has emerged as one of the most buoyant sectors over the last half decade, with its rate of growth only overtaken very recently by the infrastructure industry. Presently, demand remains so strong, homebuilders are unable to keep up …

Editor’s pickBC local governments recognised for leadership in wood design


Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. Image: CNW Group/ Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC Six local governments in Canada were recognised for their leadership in the use of wood in their community projects. The Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for …