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July 2018

Editor’s pickBIFA Wood Vietnam: In the heart of Vietnam’s furniture manufacturing cluster

Vietnam, Asia, Timber, Wood, Wood Industry, Industry, Material, Business, Manufacturing, Export, Market

Vietnam’s woodworking industry is seeing significant growth in recent years. Just last year alone, the industry saw a revenue of US$8 billion, a 10 per cent growth from US$7.3 billion in 2016. The country’s phenomenal growth in the last decade has made it a serious contender to overtake China as the world’s manufacturing …

Editor’s pickA Norwegian company is transforming the way panel boards are made

Argos, surface inspection systems, Norway, panels manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, precision enginerring, black spots detection

In an age where consumers place a premium on spotless surfaces, imagine technology that can identify the nature of each defect on every wood-based panel that glides out of the press. By inference, this data would then tell you how to reduce or eliminate imperfections. Across the industry, plant managers want this data, which is why Argos …

Villa at Sengokubara


The Villa in Sengokubara, Japan is designed by  Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and built with timber. The 2 storey residential has a unusual design where the main living room surrounds the interior courtyard, with all spaces arranged in a radial manner. The site is a 30 metres square with a 15 metres diameter interior courtyard. The Villa …

Editor’s pickSingaporean students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology identify new applications for Swedish pine

Swedish wood, Singapore, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Swedish pine, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Wood3 by Pine Nordic, a group presenting on a smart interior solution for offices in China. (Photo credit: Swedish Wood) In collaboration with industry organisation Swedish Wood, 27 students on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management programme at KTH, most of them from Singapore, were asked to develop applications for Swedish pine. …

Government stepping in to assist Myanmar’s ailing teak furniture industry


Myanmar furniture, once well-known for its quality and craftsmanship, is seemingly losing lustre in domestic and international markets. Local demand has declined quite drastically due to soaring prices, while overseas interest has waned due to weakening quality over the past few years. Recognising the struggles of the industry, Yangon Chief …

Editor’s pickVRG Dongwha: MDF Line 2 kicks off

MDF, Dongwha, panels manufacturing, Siempelkamp, Vietnam, Buettner

Dongwha’s new MDF line in Vietnam is now running smoothly, thanks to a range of high-speed, high-performance equipment and the man behind the scenes, Mr Kim Yang Il. The name Dongwha is synonymous with quality, so much so that the industry often takes reference from the Korean-owned and managed panel empire. The company’s new MDF …

Virginia forest economy sees growth


Virginia sets a new record for the volume of timber harvested with slight increases in both hardwood and softwood volume compared to 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry’s analysis of the Virginia Forest Products Tax receipts from Fiscal Year 2017. “The rate of forest harvest is still well below forest growth in …

Serpentine Summer House


Designed as part of the Serpentine’s Architecture Programme 2016, the new Summer House is composed of four bands of curved wood structure starting with a bench level on the ground, a second band of three C-shaped walls, with a third band conjoining at the top and the fourth level forming a tree-like canopy roof. The Serpentine Summer …

Editor’s pickVietnam timber industry closely monitoring as U.S.-China trade war escalates

U.S.-China trade war, Vietnam, impact, timber industry

As timber is not on the list of goods between the U.S. and China that are being taxed, Vietnamese businesses in this sector are not yet worried. But as trade tension escalates, more goods may continue to be taxed and Vietnam's timber industry is keeping a close watch. The trade war between the U.S. and China officially started on 6th July …

Editor’s pickBinh Duong, The Next "SMART" City

Vietnam, Asia, Timber, Wood, Wood Industry, Industry, Material, Business, Binh Uuong, Huynh Quang Thanh, BIFA Wood Vietnam, Smart City, Vision, Export

Huynh Quang Thanh, Chairman of Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA) Although second to China, Vietnam still holds an advantageous position when it comes to wood-based products manufacturing and exports. With China’s imposition of taxes on wood products exports and Southeast Asia reporting a labour crunch, Vietnam can expect less …