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Sarawak government to sign MoU with Edge Global Norway

22-03-2019
MoU, Sarawak, Norway

The decision by the Sarawak government to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Edge Global Norway As. has caught everyone’s as well as the media's attention. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties will undertake ecosystem mapping, baseline emission studies, carbon stock assessments and soil condition analysis in order to determine …

Sarawak government to stop issuing new timber licenses

23-07-2018
Sarawak, timber licenses, illegal logging

The Sarawak government will continue not to issue new timber licences in their efforts to protect and retain the remaining indigenous virgin jungle in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that once forests have already been logged, it was very difficult to restore them. “Worse still is the stripping of …

STA to offer RM2.4 Mn in funding for tropical hardwood research

04-08-2017
STA, Sarawak, research, funding

The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) will invest RM2.4 Mn to fund a two-year research project on “Development and Deployment of Improved Genetic Materials of Falcataria Moluccana’ (Moluccan albizia)”. STA Chairman, Wong Kie Yik, said that the latest projects funded by the association include RM400,000 to Universiti Malaysia …

Sarawak timber firms hit by new log export quota

01-03-2017
Sarawak, Malaysia, timber export

Sarawak's timber firms have suffered severely as the state authorities reduce log export quota and tighten timber harvesting activities . Sluggish plywood market and the state government’s foreign exchange earnings have also affected business. In 2016, Sarawak’s export revenue from logs and timber products fell 17.5 percent to …

Editor’s pickShin Yang Forestry: Giving back to the forest

15-08-2016
Shin Yang Forestry, Miri, Sarawak, legality, plywood

The Shin Yang Group, one of East Malaysia’s largest plywood producers, spares no effort in returning the green back to Sarawak’s landscape. Cover image: An aerial view of Shin Yang's forest plantation in Sarawak, a land area totalling 350,000ha. The landscape is not a pretty sight. Recent felling has brought the forest to its knees …

Weak demand affects Sarawak export performance

15-07-2016
Sarawak, plywood, wood products

In the first quarter of 2016, export performance of Sarawak's wood products declined by around 2% to RM1.62 billion as compared to RM1.65 billion during the same period in 2015. According to the Minister, this was due to a lack in global demand. The decline was most obvious in the main importing countries such as Japan, Taiwan P.o.C, China, …

Sarawak to boost wood industry's competitiveness

20-06-2016
sarawak, malaysia, timber, wood, industry

The Sarawak state government is taking steps to boost competitiveness of its downstream timber industries in international markets. Among the steps being taken include establishing technical collaboration between industry players in support of research and development on Acacia and other plantation timbers for the manufacturing of high quality …

Sarawak upbeat about Japan’s plywood market

09-06-2016
ITTO, Japan, plywood, sarawak

Sarawak exporters are upbeat about the Japanese plywood market as the recent price drop seem to have bottomed out. Japanese inventories are also expected to fall in the coming months. Other encouraging factors are the strengthening Yen against major currencies as well as infrastructure investment in connection with the 2020 Olympics, according to …