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BoKlok UK appoints modular housing manufacturer, TopHat, to deliver first UK homes

Boklok, IKEA, Skanska, TopHat, UK, modular housing manufacturer,

Illustration of a coming BoKlok area in the UK (Image credit: Boklok) The five-year contract will see TopHat work with BoKlok to manufacture two and three-bedroom houses. Like all BoKlok developments, the homes will be made from timber frames and will feature key BoKlok characteristics such as natural light, low energy consumption and IKEA …

Furniture giant IKEA making masks to help fight coronavirus

IKEA, mask, production, coronavirus

Furniture giant IKEA has already begun manufacturing face masks and other protective gear for hospitals, joining a growing list of companies that are branching out of their normal business areas to help meet equipment shortages in the fight against coronavirus. Having already produced masks for staff in China in early stages of the pandemic, the …

IKEA partners with Alibaba to open the first virtual IKEA store on Tmall

IKEA Retail China, Alibaba, Tmall, ecommerce, first virtual IKEA store,

On March 10, Inter IKEA Systems B.V. (owner of the IKEA concept and global franchisor), IKEA Retail China and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. launch the first virtual IKEA store during a digital signing ceremony via Taobao Live Streaming from IKEA Shanghai Baoshan and Hangzhou Ali Park. The virtual IKEA store on Tmall will offer around 3500 IKEA …

India's increased import duty an issue for Ikea

Indian, import duties, furniture, IKEA

In the latest budget the Indian government increased import duties on furniture from the present 20% to 25%, a move aimed at supporting domestic SME furniture makers, reported ITTO. It has been reported that an executive of Ikea, which has stores in India, met with the government to explain the increase will impact its business which is centred …

Södra, IKEA and Linnaeus University partner to promote forestry

Södra, IKEA, Linnaeus University, long term, investment, research, education, promotion, forestry, forest products

Södra and IKEA of Sweden are now partnering with Linnaeus University in a unique long-term and strategic investment in research and education to promote forestry and the forest industry. The partnership will gather expertise in forest management, ecology, social sustainability, economics and the raw material’s properties and uses under …

IKEA buys extensive amount of forestland in the U.S.

IKEA, Ingka Group, forest land, Piney Woods, Southeast Oklahoma, sustainability, environment, climate positive

With two recent land acquisitions, including one in East Texas’ Piney Woods, IKEA’s parent company has almost doubled its U.S. forestland portfolio, reported The Dallas Morning News. The most recent purchase of 42,000 acres included the Piney Woods land, following a separate deal for 18,000 acres of forest in Southeast Oklahoma. The …

UV LED curing in furniture finishing used by major Ikea supplier in Europe

UV LED, furniture finishing, IKEA, Europe, Lithuania, SC Freda, Efsen UV

A new finishing line in Europe was designed to provide UV-LED curing on all positions except the final topcoat cure, reported Woodworking Network. SC Freda has started production on their new high-speed furniture coating line. The oldest furniture company in Lithuania specialises in manufacturing flat-pack furniture from particleboard, MDF and …

IKEA closing only U.S. plant due to high material costs

IKEA, North America, plant, cease production

IKEA announced it will cease production at its Danville, Virginia plant in December. The company said it will move production to existing plants in Europe, eliminating an estimated 300 jobs in the United States, according to Woodworking Network. High costs for raw materials were cited for the closure, which was announced July 10. The company has …

UPM ensures wood supply via enhancing cooperation in Russia


HASSLACHERLES, UPM Chudovo, IKEA Industry Novgorod and the Administration of the Novgorod region have signed a four-parties letter of intent aiming at securing wood sourcing for UPM, IKEA Industry and HASSLACHERLES sites located in the Novgorod region in Russia. HASSLACHERLES will lease a forest from the Novgorod region and use coniferous species …

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