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July 2016

MTCC bids farewell to founding Chairman

MTCC, chairman, Malaysia

MTCC Founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che Yeom (left) receives a special commemorative photobook from Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Datu Nasrun bin Datu Mansur. Photo credit: MTCC The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) bade farewell to its founding Chairman, Dato’ Dr Freezailah Che …

Volume of timber imports continues to grow in the UK

timber imports, UK, growth

In the latest imports statistics compiled by the UK Timber Trade Federation (TTF), the UK shows a volume growth of 5% in the first four months of 2016 as compared to a year ago. The increase was principally due to a rise in panel product imports from the countries such as Brazil (+31% rise in softwood plywood) and Indonesia (+53% rise in …

SFIC signs MOU with Seoul Design Foundation to boost Singapore's design capabilities

Singapore, SFIC, furniture design, Korea, Seoul Design Foundation

The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) signed its very first MOU with Seoul Design Foundation (SDF) to foster stronger collaboration in the field of design, in a bid to encourage talent development in the furniture industry. Under the MOU, the two parties will boost innovation in design especially in furniture for “Smart …

Improvement in wood product manufacturing in the U.S. but decline in furniture retail sales

wood product manufacturing, furniture retail sales

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector for the U.S. expanded in May for the third consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management. In April, wood product manufacturers reported the strongest growth of all manufacturing industries. The wood products industry led the manufacturing sector in terms of production growth and …