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Editor’s pickWhat are U.S. hardwood lumber suppliers’ sentiments on conducting business with China?


By Judd Johnson, Hardwood Market Report Turning to industry sources to answer this question, they were very clear in stating they do not do business with China, specifically. Rather, they conduct business in China with Chinese wood products manufacturing and distribution companies. Add to that: they do business with Taiwanese and Vietnamese wood …

EU imports of hardwood mouldings led by Indonesia and Brazil


Indonesia and Brazil continue to be the key exporters of decking and interior decorative products—such as moulded skirting and beading—to the EU. Indonesia’s leading supplier position was due to the popularity of bangkirai for decking as well as Indonesia’s ban on rough sawn exports to encourage greater focus on profiled …

The 66th International Softwood Conference to be held in Riga


The 66th International Softwood Conference will be held on 10-12 October 2018 in the largest city in the Baltics – Riga, Latvia. The event is hosted by the Latvian Timber Traders & Producers Association, the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS). As per tradition, the …

Editor’s pickVietnam’s VPA implementation progresses as stakeholders meet


First Joint Preparatory Committee meeting. Image: FLEGT The third meeting of the multistakeholder group set up to support implementation of the EU-Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on forest law enforcement, governance and trade took place on 8 March 2018 in Hanoi. Participants discussed how the group will operate, what tools and …

Editor’s pickMalaysia: Timber exports to increase by five per cent

Malaysia, Sylva Wood

Malaysia's rich forest resource is certified under the Malaysian Timber Certification Council and endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Timber exports from Malaysia are forecasted to increase by five per cent this year, from RM23.22 billion in 2017, supported by high demand from Japan, U.S., Europe, Australia and …

China plans new SEZ around Beijing, 3 times the size of New York City


By Lydia Chen, Canada Wood China China is planning a new special economic zone (SEZ) that will effectively extend the sprawling metropolis of Beijing, transforming the area around the Chinese capital into a “mega-region” that could also see Tianjin and Hebei province come under its sphere of influence. The 100sq km Xiong’an New …

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher enjoys improved earnings and good business development for 2018


Machinery and plant manufacturer sees improved earnings in 2017 and good order intake for 2018. Dieffenbacher closed the 2017 financial year with significantly improved earnings from Wood, Composites and Recycling. The three business units enjoyed full order books and are expected to receive more orders in 2018. In the first four months of 2018, …

Indonesia overtakes China to become largest supplier of hardwood plywood to US


Indonesia has replaced China as the largest supplier of hardwood plywood to the US in volume terms. Still, hardwood plywood imports were down 14 per cent in February (173,179cbm). Imports from most countries declined month-over-month with the largest fall in shipments from China and Russia. Imports from Malaysia increased from January, but …

A look back at the 7th MedWood Expo, Athens

MedExpo, Greece, Athens

The seventh MEDWOOD offered four days of exchange for professionals in the furniture, wood and machinery industry. Architects, decorators and hoteliers also had a chance to meet the 120 exhibitors at the event, held in Athens. This year’s MEDWOOD also grew in the number of international visitors from Europe and the Middle East. There was …