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Editor’s pickSuccessful Industrial Product Design award for new Dieffenbacher knife ring flaker

Industrial Product Design award, Dieffenbacher, knife ring flaker

The MRZ knife ring flaker is the first collaborative design project of Dieffenbacher’s Wood Business Unit and the Tübingen design firm defortec. Previously, defortec and Dieffenbacher’s Composites Business Unit successfully collaborated on the design of Fibercon, Fiberforge and Fiberpress products. The clear, lightweight and …

Borneo sees a decline in timber exports


Due to factors regarding the weather, from January to August 2010, Borneo, Malaysia, has seen its total export of timber and timber products fall 5.7 per cent to RM14.6 billion (US$3.51 billion) as compared to the same period from the year before. Datuk Low Kian Chuan, chairman of the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), stated that although exports …

Interfor to reduce production due to falling lumber prices and rising log costs

Interfor, reduce production, falling lumber prices, rising log costs

Interfor Corporation recently announced plans to temporarily reduce production across its operating platform in the BC Interior in 2018’s fourth quarter due to a combination of declining lumber prices and escalating log costs. The curtailment is expected to reduce production in the region by approximately 20 per cent during the quarter and …

Editor’s pickEven as lumber prices drop, homebuilder sentiments go up


In the United States (U.S.), homebuilders continue to overcome numerous obstacles, including a severe labour shortage, but the cost of lumber is falling, leaving homebuilders feeling slightly better. At one point, a monthly sentiment survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) hit 68, a number that has remained unchanged since …

Setra reports growth for third quarter 2018


Wood products company Setra, based in Sweden, is reporting an operating profit of SEK 287 million (US$31.96 million) for the period January to September 2018. Net sales totalled SEK 3,325 million (US$370.25 million). Operating profit for the third quarter amounted to SEK 54 million (US$6 million), with net sales of SEK 966 million (US$107.57 …

Hoa Mai 2019 furniture design competition

Hoa Mai 2019 furniture design competition, Handicraft and Woodworking Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA), American Hardwood Export Council

By Michael Buckley, Counselor to HAWA Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Sixteen years after the Handicraft and Woodworking Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) launched its first furniture design completion Hoa Mai, the 2018-2019 competition was launched in October. Platinum sponsor is the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) which has …