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US: Furniture and home furnishing retails sales rise in 1Q/2018


The furniture and wood products manufacturing industries reported growth in March, according the Institute for Supply Management’s survey (Manufacturing ISM Report On Business). New furniture orders in January were up two per cent over orders in January 2017, according to the Smith Leonard survey of U.S. residential furniture manufacturers …

Thailand: Positive growth in the rubberwood industry

Thailand, Sylva Wood 2018

The Economic Intelligence Center (EIC) predicts local rubberwood production in Thailand is set to increase by three per cent in the medium term, from 20 million tonnes in 2016 to about 23 million tonnes in 2020. This is due to the new plantings between the period 1991 and 1995. A rubber tree’s latex production capacity usually lasts about …

Editor’s pickLIGNA Conference goes to China

LIGNA, conference, China

Guangzhou skyline The LIGNA Conference is moving to Guangzhou to be held on 4 and 5 December in the run-up to the China Shunde International Woodworking Machinery Fair (Lunjiao), Foshan. The conference rides on the success of 2016’s conference and will, this year, cover "Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions", one of the key …

US EPA declares biomass energy carbon neutral


Biomass from managed forests is considered carbon neutral when burned for energy production. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which made the announcement, said the decision was not based on scientific evidence or recommendations by the independent Scientific Advisory Board. The Board was tasked to establish a factor for carbon …

China: First quarter GDP exceeds expectations, wood imports fall to a new low


By Eric Wong, Canada Wood China Total wood imports in 1Q/2018 dropped to 5.49 million m3 in February, a 14.81 per cent year-on-year and 35.2 per cent month-on-month fall. Chinese ports tend to transact fewer shipments of wood and instead stock more in their inventories in the first two months of the year due to the Chinese New Year season. …

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher ramps up Martco Corrigan OSB multi-opening plant in Texas, USA


When contracts were signed in early 2015, it was the first big greenfield project in the North American wood-based panel industry in 10 years. Now, Martco’s new OSB plant in Corrigan, Texas, is up and running with the first 14 boards produced on April 24. In addition to the 12x26 ft multi-opening press, Dieffenbacher also delivered the …

Editor’s pickIs France about to witness a renaissance for its timber industry?

France, Sylva Wood 2018

A log yard in France. Image: French Timber. With a turnover of EUR60 billion and 440,000 jobs distributed across the country, France’s timber industry is witnessing a renaissance and revitalisation as the nation looks to sustainable timber production.  Made up of a long value chain consisting of numerous individuals and companies, …