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Timber exports expected to hit RM23 billion


In Sarawak, Malaysia, exports of timber and timber products are anticipated to hit RM23 billion (US$5.5 billion) this year, an increase from the RM 21.86 billion (US$5.23 billion) seen the year before in 2016, according to Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. He also added that the Malaysian …

Century Ply's new MDF line nears completion

Century Ply, MDF

Indian wood-based panel producer Century Ply is in the final stages of completing its MDF plant in Hoshiarpur, an investment worth Rs four billion (US$60 Mn). The plant will have an annual capacity of 198,000cbm, making it to one of the largest MDF plants in the country. Expansion of the additional two lines in its laminates unit is expected to …

Integra Indocabinet outlines expansion plan for 2018


A major wood products producer is about to expand production using some of the US$24 million earned from its recent initial public offering on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. Integra Indocabinet plans to launch new products, including wooden floors and wooden blinds, build new warehouses, establish new distribution points and a retail business in …

Editor’s pickBirch bicycles prove wood's surprising versatility and lightness

Birch, Koskinen, bicycles

Image: Wiilubike/ Ilari Alaruka and Lassi Kaikkonen  Have you ever admired the white-washed beauty of Finnish birch? The makers of Wiilubike have, and they want to share this feeling with bicycle lovers. The wooden bicycle, made from Finnish birch, celebrates the value of Finnish wood and forests, and draws on the high standards of …

Editor’s pickDeforestation contributes more to global warming than previously thought


Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The land will be used for agricultural purposes. Image credit: John Cannon The fact that carbon released by deforestation on a large scale contributes to rising global temperatures is certainly not a new one. But now, a new research study, titled Are the impacts of land use on warming …

After final determination, softwood lumber duties have gone down


After making its final determination of lumber duties that have been plaguing Canadian softwood lumber, the United States (U.S.) Department of Commerce has revealed that it will be applied to most of the shipments of Canadian softwood lumber that would be entering the U.S. According to the BC Local, the final countervailing duty rate has been …

Editor’s pickFSC connects suppliers and buyers at inaugural APAC meeting

FSC, Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia Pacific

“Diversifying your FSC Supply: Connecting Suppliers and Buyers”, the first FSC Asia Pacific regional business forum held at Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Vietnam, on 8 November 2017. The demand for sourcing forestry products responsibly from the Asia Pacific region has increased exponentially. To bridge the gap between sourcing and supplying …

South Africa still "weak" but signs point to an economy out of recession

South Africa, ITTO

South Africa is still “weak and confidence, what little remained, is evaporating fast.” On the political front, the cabinet’s reshuffling has brought about instability, analysts write. Major storms have also hit Johannesburg, and Durban, being so badly affected that the port closed for a few days. News reports say three ships …