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Editor’s pickSan Lim Furniture's search for innovation: To infinity and beyond

San Lim, Weinig, Vietnam

San Lim Furniture is constantly in search for innovative ways to improve their production line. Their search ended with WEINIG, which provided the furniture manufacturer tremendous benefits: improved efficiency, cost reduction and impeccable service. Antonius Sulimro, deputy general director of San Lim Furniture, and Tony Sulimro, president …

Editor’s pickA treehouse-temple of sorts, the Dovecote-Granary is a serene and introspective place


In northern rural Portugal, built of oak and local artisanal knowledge, the Dovecote-Granary, though creative, pragmatic, and sophisticated in design, serves no conventional purpose. Constructed according to dimensions documented on the design and construction techniques left behind by the last granary, this structure is a traditional northern …

Japan to allocate 29Bn yen to improve efficiency in wood industries

Japan, budget, efficiency, ITTO

Japan will set aside 29 billion yen of its supplementary budget for strengthening the plywood and lumber industries. Part of this includes improving log production and logging road maintenance. Other efforts to promote wood products include boosting efficient manufacturing facilities, shifting to competitive items, lowering log producing cost …

Editor’s pickWWW = The world wants walnut


By Michael Buckley Fashion in hardwood for furniture and interiors, often going in cycles, is well-known. Cherry, maple, ash, mahogany, wenge and rosewood are all good examples of high value species that have come and gone over the years. But there are a few that stay the distance. Several species have endured long term in popularity. Now we are …

Wood products trade in Guangdong sees robust activity

ITTO, Guangdong, wood products, furniture

Imports Log shipments into Guangdong Province rose 11 per cent to 34.67 million cubic metres between January and Nov 2017. Sawnwood imports were 8.51 million cubic metres, up 21 per cent over the same period in 2016. MDF imports dropped 13 per cent to 72,500 cubic metres. Particleboard imports amounted to 194,700 cubic metres, a year-on-year …

Court hearing on formaldehyde rule compliance deadline postponed

EPA, formaldehyde

Last October two environmental groups challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to extend the compliance deadlines for the formaldehyde emissions rule. The extension gives manufacturers and importers an additional year before having to comply with the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The …

Editor’s pickKnock Knock Heon perfectly captures the relationship between the old and the new


Situated at the border of Seoul, South Korea, the Knock Knock Heon is the result of the architects drawing on the traditional as well as the modern. The lower floor, constructed of concrete, was based on the bedrock whereupon the traditional Korean Hanok – built of wood – rests. Not only does the project show wood’s …