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Tim Cook acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts


CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, manually plants a tree in the company of Sustainability Manager of Iggesund Paperboard, Johan Granås, and CEO of the Holmen Group, Henrik Sjölund. Image credit: Iggesund Repeatedly ranked among the world’s most sustainable companies with its sustainably managed forest as a cornerstone of that achievement, …

Editor’s pickNew EIA report reveals China’s billion dollar illegal timber trade

EIA, Nigeria, China, rosewood

Over 1.4 million logs allegedly legalised by Nigerian official, now a UN senior diplomat One of the largest timber smuggling operations in history is revealed today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in a report that shows how over 1.4 million illegal rosewood logs from Nigeria, worth US$300 million, were laundered into China. …

Egypt: Furniture exports down


According to the Egyptian Furniture Export Council’s (EFEC) monthly report, over the first nine months of 2017, furniture exports from Egypt dropped 10 per cent. Although furniture exports in January 2017 had 34 per cent increase as compared to the figure in January 2016, exports declined in February 2017, and continued to drop in March and …

EIA: Dutch timber company found in breach of EUTR

Dutch, Netherlands, EUTR, timber, EIA

The Dutch Food and Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, or NVWA) has found Dutch timber company Boogaerdt Hout to be in breach of the Due Diligence requirements of the EUTR. The decision follows the submission of evidence by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Boogaerdt Hout and one other …

Editor’s pickVanachai orders longest 4’ ContiRoll® from Siempelkamp Qingdao

Siempelkamp, Vanachai

Latest deal is Thai company’s 12th order with Siempelkamp and marks a new milestone for a long-standing relationship which has existed since the 1980s. Thai Vanachai Panel Industries’ latest signed deal with Siempelkamp for a particleboard line sees the Krefeld-based equipment supplier delivering a 48.7m forming and press …

According to a new report, the American timber industry is not investing in R&D


Freshly cut planks going through a sorting line where optical and mechanical scanners separate boards with different sizes and quality, a process that was originally done manually. Image credit: Tommy Martino/Missoulian According to the Missoulian, a group of analysts from the timber industry have released a report stating that the forest …

Sumitomo Forestry signs business alliance agreement with An Cuong


Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd., headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sumitomo Forestry Singapore, Ltd., signed a capital and business alliance agreement with An Cuong Wood-Working JSC, based in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. An Cuong is Vietnam’s largest interior building material …

Editor’s pick"Inside Out": TMT American hardwoods debut in SEA

TMT, American hardwoods

While thermally modified timber is not new, what is, is the availability of thermally modified American hardwoods in Asia. The use of American hardwoods has been mainly inside buildings since the pioneer European settlers arrived in the new world.  Of course they used hardwoods like red oak for barns, fencing and railways ties, but the prime …