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Timber exports from Japan ride high on Chinese demand


Japanese sugi cedar logs bound for China. Image credit: Nikkei Asian Review  In 2017, export values of Japanese timber products high levels not seen for 40 years, fuelled by industrial demand in China as the nation continues to grow economically, providing a healthy alternative for lumber producers badly hit by a contracting domestic housing …

Japan’s wooden furniture imports sees some rise and fall

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The cyclical trend in bedroom furniture imports is once again repeated in 2017. After peaking in the spring Japan’s imports of wooden bedroom furniture traditionally drop back in the months to year end only to pick up once again. Wooden kitchen furniture on the other hand have seen a surge in imports, partly due to home owners cashing in on …

Editor’s pickRushil Decor orders complete MDF plant with Siempelkamp


From left: Mrs Krupa Thakkar, Mr Krupesh Thakkar, Mr Samiron Mondal, Mr Bert Kehr, Mr Keyur Gajjar, Mr Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, Mr Rananjoy Mitra, Mr Sebastian Eickhoff, Mr N.M Chacko, Mr Rama Ganapathy; Mr H.K Modi, Mr Dharmik Kumar Thakkar Indian wood-based materials manufacturer Rushil Décor has commissioned Siempelkamp to build an MDF …

Siempelkamp Logistics appoints Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt as third managing director


Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt, Managing Director of Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH (SLS) Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH (SLS) has appointed Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt the latest member of the management with effect from January 1. He joins two other acting managing directors, Stefan Wissing and Thomas Dahmen. He will manage …

Japan economy poised for an optimistic 2018 ahead


Japan has much to smile about with 2018 prospects looking very bright for the world’s third largest economy. With Shinzo Abe’s cabinet now at its five-year mark, the country is currently experiencing its second longest growth phase since the end of the Second World War. GDP growth for 2017 is widely expected to reach 1.8 per cent, …

Editor’s pickMoving along with time and tide: A view on China's hardwood market by James Xu


By Wendy Wei Under pressure from the government, up to 60 million square metres of factories were forced out of Shanghai in 2017. As the Chinese government invests in the development of high-tech industries, traditional industries have, to some extent, limited land use. What prospects are left for Shanghai’s timber trade? James Xu, …

Business momentum for U.S. hardwood lumber to carry over into 2018


By Judd Johnson, Managing Editor, Hardwood Market Report Business results for 2017 have U.S. suppliers feeling optimistic about 2018. Exports of hardwood lumber were trekking 13 per cent higher through the first 10 months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The total volume shipped through October was the third highest of any full year …

Editor’s pickChina launches world’s largest national carbon trading market

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Chimney smoke. Photo by veeterzy on Unsplash   China has rolled out the world’s largest carbon emission trading market, a milestone that marks the country’s efforts to tackle growing environmental challenges, China’s top economic planning body announced on Dec 19 last year. The nationwide carbon …