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June 2018

Editor’s pickSylva Wood opens its doors for its fourth edition


The opening ceremony at Sylva Wood 2018. This year, June 25th to 27th marked Sylva Wood’s fourth edition. Set in the multi-cultural metropolis of Shanghai, Sylva Wood is the only specialised wood materials show in Asia that does not include any machinery or finished products. It has established itself to be the golden platform which enables …

A collaborative study of sources of softwood lumber to the US is released


Wood Resources International & ForestEdge LLC jointly release “Sources of Softwood Lumber to the US 2017-2030”, a collaborative multi-client study intended to analyse how U.S. demand for softwood lumber can be met as dynamics and production costs of North American and overseas markets’ evolve over the next decade. The …

Editor’s pickNew areas of application for collaborative robotics


OnRobot, which recently emerged from the three international companies On Robot, OptoForce and Perception Robotics, presented its first new products at automatica 2018: The "Gecko Gripper", "Polyskin Tactile Gripper", "RG2-FT" and a technical upgrade of the existing "HEX" force-torque sensor product line based on OptoForce technology. These …

Exports of waste wood products decline as UK markets grow


In general, exports of waste wood biomass and panel board feedstock in the UK fell by 50 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016, according to the latest figures released by the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA). A yearly survey carried out by the association also showed a significant rise in the use of waste wood within the UK. The WRA …

First West & Central Africa ‘Responsible Trade’ Summit for wood product industry


On the 18st of June, for the first time, representatives of national and regional associations representing the wood product industries across West and Central Africa are convening to examine the shared challenges and opportunities of responsible trade and to build their capacity to respond. The Global Timber Forum’s Summit brings together …

Editor’s pickLaos-EU VPA negotiations advance


The European Union (EU) and Laos have held their second round of face-to-face negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The talks took place in the Lao capital Vientiane from 4-7 June 2018. “The second round of negotiations with the EU underlines that enhancing forest …

Editor’s pickSegezha Group negotiates in Europe for CLT-panels production equipment supply


Heads of Housebuilding Division of Segezha Group (affiliated to Sistema JSFC) and Sokol Timber Company JSC, Russian leader of housebuilding, visited enterprises of the leading European manufacturers of equipment for the production of glued beams, bars and CLT-panels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Against the backdrop of the European wooden …

Plywood trade in China interrupted by domestic environmental controls


EU importers had reported that Chinese plywood supply are affected by tough new national environmental requirements, forcing mills to interrupt production to enhance or replace emission and waste treatment technology. Prices are also reported to have increase by 10 per cent in the last six months. one importer/distributor said that inspectors …

Swedish laminate sales up slightly


At the meeting of the EPLF (Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring) in Sweden in May this year, Max von Tippelskirch (Swiss Krono), Vice-Chairman and Convenor of the Markets & Image Committee of the EPLF presented the current sales statistics at the Viken meeting: EPLF members have been able to increase laminate sales globally. …

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