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January 2018

Editor’s pickNext generation entrepreneurs


What does the future of panel manufacturing look like? The answer may be found in the young managers of Thailand’s Metro Ply Group.   From left: Rangsinee and Kanatuch (Ekky) Piyasombatkul At 28 and 26, Rangsinee Piyasombatkul and Kanatuch (Ekky) Piyasombatkul represent a new generation of plant managers in Southeast Asia that will …

Editor’s pickA life partner for clean air technology


Scheuch Asia is now almost three years in Bangkok. The office may be new, but Andreas Köck, managing director, says the company is more than qualified to support Southeast Asia’s panel industry with technology for clean air. Andreas Köck, Managing Director, Scheuch Asia Bangkok, or anywhere in urban Southeast Asia, is nothing …

Timber exports from Japan ride high on Chinese demand


Japanese sugi cedar logs bound for China. Image credit: Nikkei Asian Review  In 2017, export values of Japanese timber products high levels not seen for 40 years, fuelled by industrial demand in China as the nation continues to grow economically, providing a healthy alternative for lumber producers badly hit by a contracting domestic housing …

Japan’s wooden furniture imports sees some rise and fall

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The cyclical trend in bedroom furniture imports is once again repeated in 2017. After peaking in the spring Japan’s imports of wooden bedroom furniture traditionally drop back in the months to year end only to pick up once again. Wooden kitchen furniture on the other hand have seen a surge in imports, partly due to home owners cashing in on …

Editor’s pickRushil Decor orders complete MDF plant with Siempelkamp


From left: Mrs Krupa Thakkar, Mr Krupesh Thakkar, Mr Samiron Mondal, Mr Bert Kehr, Mr Keyur Gajjar, Mr Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, Mr Rananjoy Mitra, Mr Sebastian Eickhoff, Mr N.M Chacko, Mr Rama Ganapathy; Mr H.K Modi, Mr Dharmik Kumar Thakkar Indian wood-based materials manufacturer Rushil Décor has commissioned Siempelkamp to build an MDF …

Siempelkamp Logistics appoints Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt as third managing director


Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt, Managing Director of Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH (SLS) Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH (SLS) has appointed Dr Stephan Niggeschmidt the latest member of the management with effect from January 1. He joins two other acting managing directors, Stefan Wissing and Thomas Dahmen. He will manage …

Japan economy poised for an optimistic 2018 ahead


Japan has much to smile about with 2018 prospects looking very bright for the world’s third largest economy. With Shinzo Abe’s cabinet now at its five-year mark, the country is currently experiencing its second longest growth phase since the end of the Second World War. GDP growth for 2017 is widely expected to reach 1.8 per cent, …

Editor’s pickMoving along with time and tide: A view on China's hardwood market by James Xu


By Wendy Wei Under pressure from the government, up to 60 million square metres of factories were forced out of Shanghai in 2017. As the Chinese government invests in the development of high-tech industries, traditional industries have, to some extent, limited land use. What prospects are left for Shanghai’s timber trade? James Xu, …