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Editor’s pickThe Beehive House by Jima Design

19-09-2018
Beehive House, Jima Design, Japan

The Beehive House in Japan is a home designed to stimulate the mind and the body. The interiors play around the idea of a beehive structure, while the overall design is based on the traditional Japanese Castle. The clients are castle enthusiasts and the father of the family is an amateur theatre director, hence the unusual request for a house that …

Jump in landed cost of North America logs

14-09-2018
landed cost, timber, China, trade war, plywood, import, Japan

Traders in China are blaming the depreciation of RMB and the trade war between China and the U.S. for the 30 per cent jump in the landed cost of imported North American logs. Despite the lowered log prices by U.S. shippers to maintain market share in China, the higher costs continue to be a major challenge to Chinese importers. However, landed …

Editor’s pickB.C. forest companies look to Asia

26-07-2018
British Columbia, lumber, value added wood products, BC Wood, two-by-four housing, Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, India

Despite the housing boom in the United States in the last few years driving up demand for British Columbia (B.C.) wood products, Asia remains a crucial market as Canada seeks to diversify its global market presence. Several industry officials have recently highlighted the potential in expanding existing markets like China and Japan, as well as …

Japan’s wooden furniture imports sees some rise and fall

30-01-2018
Japan, furniture, imports

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 …

Japan to allocate 29Bn yen to improve efficiency in wood industries

25-01-2018
Japan, budget, efficiency, ITTO

Japan will set aside 29 billion yen of its supplementary budget for strengthening the plywood and lumber industries. Part of this includes improving log production and logging road maintenance. Other efforts to promote wood products include boosting efficient manufacturing facilities, shifting to competitive items, lowering log producing cost …

Japan’s PB shortage sees construction schedules delayed

22-01-2018
Japan, construction, particleboard, ITTO

Particleboard, a commonplace for flooring in condominiums, is in shortage in Japan. Inventories have been low throughout the year and since late Nov, delaying construction schedules. Construction has also been delayed due to labour shortage anyway so the demand for PB was not particularly busy. However builders are still anxious to finish …

Japan’s plywood market sees increased activity towards end 2017

19-01-2018
ITTO, Japan, plywood supply

Japan’s total plywood supply in Oct 2017 was 511,900 cbm, up four per cent YoY and four per cent more compared to September figures. The plywood market was very active with total domestic supply in October reaching 280,300cbm, of which softwood plywood made up 267,800cbm. Plywood exports reached 286,200cbm, 4.8 per cent more YoY and 2.2 …

Wood demand and supply projection for Japan in 2017

26-12-2017
ITTO, Japan, forest, timber, supply, demand, wood

Japan’s Forestry Agency’s second meeting estimates the following trends for wood demand and supply in 2017. Forecast for domestic log supply is difficult because of the damage caused by severe heavy rain. Demand projection for the second half of the year is likely to decline slightly. The demand for domestic lumber in the second …

Japan optimistic about growth as consumption picks up

20-11-2017
Japan, economy, ITTO

Exports and industrial output will continue to drive the Japanese economy, according to an October report from the Cabinet Office. Consumption is picking up while capital expenditure is on the rise. The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has pushed forward its target for two per cent inflation to 2020 but this may be too optimistic, analysts say. The Japanese …