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FENESTRATION BAU unveils seminar line-up


FENESTRATION BAU China will offer an overview of the latest technologies for Asia’s rapidly growing construction industry. Key topics for the leading construction markets in Asia are energy efficiency and sustainable construction. These are reflected at the exhibition by the addition of new segments as well as in the supporting program and …

Editor’s pickWith love, from life


Life has a funny way of righting itself when decisions you make toss you into the unknown. Ningbo designer Zhou Zhenghui talks about design in a time when no one in China cared for it. It may or may not have been a coincidence that Zhou Zhenghui became a furniture designer. After all, his father was a carpenter. His family owns Ningbo Hamn …

China: Sawnwood imports up 5% in 1Q/2018


China’s sawnwood imports reached 8.29 million cubic metres in the first three months of 2018, up five per cent over the same period of 2017. Sawn hardwood imports rose 15 per cent to 2.91 million cubic metres. Of total sawn hardwood imports, sawnwood imports from tropical countries were 1.67 million cubic metres valued at US$662 million, up …

Brazil’s wood-based product exports up 19% in March


Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) in March increased 19 per cent in value compared to the same period a year before, from $226.6 million to $270.4 million, the ITTO reported. The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 13 per cent between March 2017 ($39.2 million) and March 2018 ($44.3 million) while in terms of …

Editor’s pickAHEC 23rd SEA & GRCH Convention to be held in Xi'an

Bell Tower, Xi'an, China

Xi'an Bell Tower by Lin Qiang/ Unsplash John Chan, regional director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has announced details of the 23rd Southeast Asia & Greater China Convention in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, China on 21st and 22nd June 2018 at the Westin Hotel, Xi’an. Xi’an is often called the …

Soft Maple - The best substitute for Walnut and Cherry

soft maple, cherry, walnut

By James Xu, Chairman and CEO, Shanghai AM In 2017, Walnut and Cherry experienced the biggest price increase compared to other North American hardwoods. Walnut increased by 40 per cent; Cherry by 30 per cent. The price hike for Walnut and Cherry is partly due to the large volume of log exports to China (including these two species), resulting in …

Pfleiderer Group's FY 2017 EBITDA increased by 9.3% to EUR 120 million


The Pfleiderer Group ended 2017 with a consolidated revenue of EUR120 Mn, a 4.8 per cent increase year-on-year. The Group’s gross margin amounted to 23 per cent, remaining at a stable level YoY due to the implementation of the new pricing policy despite significant increases in raw material prices. The Group's EBITDA amounted to EUR120 …

Sumitomo Forestry plans world's tallest timber tower

Sumitomo, Forestry, timber building

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has announced plans to build a 350-metre timber building that will rise head and shoulders above all the world’s wooden structures. The W350 Plan development commemorates the company’s 350th anniversary. When completed in 2041, it will also stand as Japan’s tallest building and the …

BAU unveils topics for 2019 edition


Exhibitors will align their presentations at BAU 2019 according to the following themes: Digital: Processes + Architecture Digitalisation has been picking up pace in the building industry in recent years. Although construction offices have been working with digital planning tools (eg: CAD), they have done so only in 2D format. Today, …