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May 2017

Wood manufacturing processes have the potential to open up new market opportunities


According to Woodworking Network, dynamic buyer preferences hold keys and promises to opening, new and exciting wood industry market opportunities, though managers will have the task of taking on fresh views on how they conduct their businesses and operations. New materials and new manufacturing approaches, frequently conceptualised and developed …

Editor’s pickThermally-modified American ash proves a success for coastal structure in Izmir

Thermally-modified Ash, American hardwoods, Bostanli Footbridge, Bostanlı Sunset Lounge

Bostanli Footbridge and Bostanlı Sunset Lounge promise a new urban space to experience different forms of 'idleness' The ‘Bostanlı Footbridge’ and ‘Bostanlı Sunset Lounge’ by Studio Evren Başbuğ Architects were created for the İzmir Sea coastal regeneration project.  Opened in July 2016, the site has …

interzum 2017 drew a record-setting crowd


The crowd in interzum 2017 set a new record for the tradeshow. Photo credit: Koelnmesse GmbH New developments and solutions in a varied range of products spanning from cabinet doors to new overlay textures were behind the high interest from interzum 2017’s record-setting crowd. From the 15th to the 19th of May, 69,000 visitors hailing from …

Plywood market growth will be boosted by construction in North America


According to Research Nester, the global plywood market is projected to experience growth by the end of 2017, driven up by the burgeoning demand from construction of houses and numerous other factors. Additionally, the economical prices of plywood will act as a further boost for the market. In regards to demand for plywood, North America …

Editor’s pickVietnam: Navigating, negotiating new challenges

Vietnam, challenges

Vietnam’s furniture industry has a host of issues to address to remain competitive amidst the country’s growing popularity as a manufacturing hub. There can be no question that Vietnam is currently Southeast Asia’s hottest hub for wood products manufacturing. Where China used to be the world’s powerhouse for …

Wholesale sales of lumber exports exceeded CAD$60 billion for the very first time


CAD$60 billion (US$44.64 billion) mark for the very first time. In total, wholesale sales of Canadian lumber exports hit CAD$60.2 billion (US$44.79 billion) as the robust growth of lumber export sales offset decreases in motor vehicle and heavy machinery export sales. The growth was paved by the subsector of building materials and supplies, …

NAFTA renegotiation backed by the U.S. Lumber Coalition


The United States (U.S.) Lumber Coalition has thrown its support behind the Trump Administration’s and Congress’ efforts to develop the U.S. economy by improving opportunities for the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “These issues are of utmost importance to American companies, workers and communities …

Editor’s pickA simple decision that made all the difference

Wisewoods, Thailand

Southeast Asia’s wood-based panel manufacturing industry has had one of the best performances in recent years. One of Thailand’s newer MDF lines, Wisewoods, features state-of-the-art equipment, and is set for an exciting future in the export market.    Thai panel manufacturer Wisewoods has a single-minded focus for its new …