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Editor’s pickMalaysia strengthens ties with Africa to boost wood products trade


Malaysia built up a RM9.88 billion trade surplus in June, the 236th consecutive monthly surplus since November 1997 and the highest surplus since April 2016. Bilateral trade between Malaysia and new markets in Africa is expected to grow three to four per cent this year as the government embarks on an active campaign to promote Malaysian products. …

Gabon may ban bubinga export


Gabon is considering a one-year ban on the felling of bubinga/kevazino. The restrictions are aimed at buying time to regulate the forestry industry, to allow only large sawmill operators to export bubinga. The new regulations would allow only export of sawn and processed bubinga. Source: ITTO

OU ALLIN clothing store in China traces the ancient concept of Zen to its simple source


With vast and diverse expressions of traditional Chinese ideology of Zen to draw from, chief designer of OU ALLIN clothing store, Zhang Zhiwen, decided to forge a quiet new path that attaches importance to meaning over form, and returning to simplicity and nature. The design, not too formal, still subscribes to the ideals of Zen, but also …

Louisiana-Pacific to acquire International Barrier Technology, Inc.


Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) recently announced that it has entered an arrangement agreement to acquire publicly-traded British Columbia company, International Barrier Technology, Inc., based in Watkins, Minnesota, United States (U.S.) for US$22 million. LP will buy over 100 per cent of Barrier’s shares, making it a wholly-owned …

CIAT and BDAV sign a Collaborative Arrangement


With the signing of a Collaborative Arrangement with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV), the Architectural Technology/Building Design is furthering extending their global reach. The Arrangement provides a platform for collaboration on matters related to …

Editor’s pickNZ's largest CLT structure nears completion


The new student accommodation village at Otago Polytechnic. Image: Otago Polytechnic. New Zealand’s tallest and largest laminated building is well underway at Otago Polytechnic. The $20 Mn student accommodation village in Dunedin is made from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a first for the university and the city. The engineered wood …

Editor’s pickSFIC launches new specialist diploma to power up furniture industry


Mr Albert Lim (left), Director of Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design and Mr Jake Tan, Chairman of SFIC Institute, mark the start of a joint specialist diploma programme. Image: Nanyang Polytechnic A new specialist diploma course jointly launched by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council Institute and Nanyang Polytechnic …

Editor’s pickThe WE NEW DO Beef Hot Pot Restaurant reinterprets the “urban ranch”


As the global population continues to move into cities around the world, isolation from nature is mounting – and that is what WE NEW DO Beef Hot Pot Restaurant is fighting. Leather rivet furniture and green plants bring back the primitively simple elements of ranch living, and highlight the natural atmosphere of the restaurant. With …

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