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January 2018

NZ log exports reach a record $2.4Bn in 2017, sparking concerns over future log supply and efforts to value-add exports

New Zealand, log, exports, China

New Zealand log exports hit a new record last year, exporting $2.41 billion of softwood logs in the first 11 months of 2017, surpassing all previous records for a full year, according to Statistics New Zealand. 75 per cent of these exports—worth $1.81 Bn—went to China, which has banned forest harvesting and reduced tariffs on imports …

Editor’s pickHow robots will win over the future


By Bjorn Henseler, Schuler Consulting Today, the end-consumer’s demand for customised furniture is what’s making up most of the orders. The number of furniture per order has also gone down, forcing factories to shift from mass manufacturing to producing in small batches instead. At the same time, the industry has had to deal with …

More oil palm stem recycling needed: Malaysia minister

Malaysia, oil palm, research, commodities

Prototype of a panel made of recycled oil palm revealed at LIGNA 2017. The research project was a collaboration between Malaysia and Germany's universities as well as companies Jowat, Minda Industrieanlagen, Möhringer, Leitz, Oberkochen, Boehlerit and Palmwood R+D, Freiburg.   Rather than discarding them, unused oil palm stems can …

Editor’s pickWithout any fixings, this wooden pedestrian bridge can hold up to 500 kilograms


The prototype, created by Diego Poblete and Professor Francisco Quitral (Architect) Developed by architect Diego Poblete, this wooden pedestrian bridge, capable of supporting up to 500 kilograms, was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge and based on a modular design. Assembled without the use of a single screw, the …

Wood provides temporary shelter and insulation from glacier


Constructed over a period of ten days with basic tools such as wood chisels and Japanese saws by architecture students from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), or Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the Bonatti Bivouc looks to the envelope as a structural object, thus rendering metal, nails, and …

Editor’s pickSignature International becomes Malaysia’s first kitchen manufacturer to obtain CoC certification

MTCC, Signature, kitchen

Signature International Bhd receives its CoC certification from MTCC at its lifestyle gallery. The company is the first in Malaysia to receive the certification. Signature International Berhad is the first in the kitchen systems sector to obtain the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). The …

HOMAG expands Schopfloch site to include staff centre and new customer showroom


Image: The HOMAG Group The HOMAG Group is expanding its premises to include a customer centre in Schopfloch site. The building, worth EUR15 Mn, is scheduled to break ground in the second half of 2018. It is due to be completed by early 2020. The new area spans 8,000m2 over two floors. One of the key elements of the new building will be a …