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July 2017

Editor’s pickDieffenbacher signs first continuous press in North Africa

Dieffenbacher, Big Star, Algeria

Visit to Eppingen. From left to right: Guelai Mohamed Chiheb (CEO, BIGSTAR), Christian Dieffenbacher (Member of the Board of Management, Dieffenbacher), Didier Goesaert (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher), Volker Kitzelmann (Member of the Board of Management, Dieffenbacher), Guelai Belkacim (President, BIGSTAR), Li Jie (Sales Manager, Dieffenbacher …

Acimall Annual Report now ready for download


The new ACIMALL Annual Report is now available online. Published by the Italian woodworking association’s Studies Office, figures for the previous 12 months are presented. It also provides industry operators comprehensive and in-depth insight on key indicators of Italian wood technology in 2016 (production, export, import, apparent …

Editor’s pickTimber features strongly at the heart of a new pier in Hastings, UK

dRMM, Hastings Pier

The 2010 destruction of Hastings Pier in the UK by fire was an opportunity to redefine what a pier could be in the 21st century; moving away from the accumulation of commercial booths of poor quality construction. The fire cleared the way for a new approach to creating a generous amenity space for Hastings & St. Leonards residents and …

Weinig Cube Draw winner announced

Weinig, Cube Draw

The happy Thomaseth family with the Weinig Management Board     Staircase manufacturer Thomaseth Treppenbau walked home with a Weinig Cube Plus four-sider, the grand prize of the lucky draw held during LIGNA in May. The machine was presented at Weinig’s summer festival at its Tauberbischofsheim …

Editor’s pick2,000-piece plywood staircase bags a RIBA Award


Up, down, and round the corner of stairwells are where people converge, interact, brush past, bump into each other and have conversations. Its purpose as a piece of architecture and social space is undeniably important, so when the original grand staircase in a London home was removed to make way for another, it was no surprise when the designers …

Editor’s pickEGGER announces stable results for FY2016/2017, has big plans for the future


  The EGGER Group announced new records for 2016/2017. Group sales rose 1.7 per cent to EUR 2.38 Bn while EBITDA climbed 4 per cent, hitting EUR 363.7 Mn, reaching record levels for the company’s 56-year history. The volume of raw boards (incl. timber) produced increased to 7.9 million m3 (+3 %), suggesting that all primary production …

Poly WeDo explores and develops children’s gifts in music and art


Located within the Yongli International Shopping Centre in Beijing, China, Poly WeDo aims to explore and develop children’s talents in music and art.   Designed with an open, free, and flexible concept, the environment, full of wooden shelves, floors, and even ceiling finishes, disregards any rigid structures placed on teaching, and …

Södra releases strong second quarter results


With a consolidated six per cent increase in net sales to SEK5.244 million (US$637,000), and a nine per cent increase in operating margin, among others, Södra Wood’s second quarter results are strong. However, the increase was mainly due to the improved earnings for sawn timber, growing demand for Södra’s products, and …

Editor’s pickAn inspiration from nature dominates this year's Serpentine pavilion


This year's Serpentine Pavilion is an indigo-blue structure with a latticed canopy and a courtyard at its centre that will be transformed into a waterfall when it rains. Designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Berlin-based architect from Burkina Faso, he is the 17th architect to take on the annual commission for the …