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October 2017

Editor’s pickFancy a night in a wooden barrel?


Image: Egger Cosy is the word for these wooden egg-shaped homes in Cantercel, south of France. The land, reserved for construction experiments, was recently dotted with these barrels made by students from the school of architecture and civil engineering at the University of Innsbruck. These l livable—and lovable—spaces are require …

Editor’s pickJowat opens new office in Ho Chi Minh City


Jowat Vietnam. From left: Tran Thi Khanh, Finance & Admin Manager; Sebastian Schäfers, General Director; Dr Ralf Schelbach, Chairman; Ho Ngo Vo Hai and Pham Anh Kiet, Technical Account Managers. Jowat has established a new company in Vietnam in response to the growing demand from regional customers. The new office, based in Ho Chi …

New guidelines for verifying timber legality at the border


A draft set of timber trade guidelines is underway to help Customs officers across the world verify legal timber passing through border check points. The Draft Timber Trade Guidelines for the World Customs Organization (WCO) is a joint project by the International Tropical Timber Organization, TRAFFIC and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board …

Guangdong province is still China’s key furniture powerhouse


In the first half of 2017 China’s wooden furniture production exceeded 13 million pieces. The top 10 producing regions are Guangdong, Zhejiang, Shandong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Liaoning, He’nan and Beijing capital. Of the national total, 21 per cent of furniture output originated from manufacturers located in Guangdong …

Editor’s pickKengo Kuma’s new Parisian eco-luxury hotel lobbies wood in sustainable architecture


View from planted promenade. Image: LUXIGON As part of an ambitious development above the railways in the district Paris-Rive Gauche, architects at Kengo Kuma have designed a green lung for the French capital. 1 Hotel, an eco-friendly luxury hotel, is intended to stand as a concept for sustainable and innovative hospitality project. …

Carl Hansen & Søn acquires Søborg Møbler


Danish furniture industry giant Carl Hansen & Søn has taken over Søborg Møbler, adding the firm’s current collection to its already impressive roster. In addition, Børge Mogensen and Knud Holscher will also be going to be joining Hensen’s exhaustive repertoire of furniture designers. The acquisition, …

Brazil’s wood panel and laminate flooring output fall slightly


In 2016, Brazilian production of reconstituted wood-based panels dropped 2.4 per cent compared to 2015, ending the year at 7.3 Mn cbm. Production of MDF/HDF and HB fell 8.8 per cent and 8.9 per cent re spectively while production of MD particleboard increased nine per cent. Part of the decline in sales of MDF/HDF and HB panels was due to reduced …

Sarawak aims to end illegal logging by 2020


Sarawak will eradicate illegal logging by 2020, said Jack Liam, deputy director of the Sarawak Forest Department. However, this task is not without challenges as the state is vast and loggers have their way of avoiding capture. The Forest Department is collaborating with other government agencies especially the Marine Police, General Operations …

Market update: Global timber and wood products


According to Wood Resource Quarterly, China’s lucrative log markets have resulted in Australia quickly becoming a major exporter of softwood log, with export volumes rising over the past four years and making the nation the globe’s sixth largest log exporter in 2016. In 2012, annual exports from Australia only came up to 1.2 million …

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