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

01-04-2020
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 …

World of Wood Convention Now Virtual Event on Coronavirus Concerns

16-03-2020
2020 World of Wood Convention, first ever, virtual event, coronavirus, outbreak, measures

The 2020 World of Wood Convention is being reimagined as the first-ever Virtual World of Wood Convention from April 1 to 3, the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) has announced. Escalation of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization characterised as a pandemic, has led to concerns being raised by …

Jiangsu Baolong successfully installs first OSB manufacturing line in Thailand

04-03-2020
Jiangsu Baolong, debarker, OSB production, flaker, first continuous OSB production line, Thailand, VANACHAI group

Jiangsu Baolong has installed a debarking and material preparation line for OSB production for Thailand-based VANACHAI Group.  Installation and testing were completed in January this year. VANACHAI Group is one of Asia’s leading producers of particleboard and medium-density fibreboard. It has recently set up Thailand’s first …

Freres Lumber Installs First Horizontal Plywood Press from Taihei in the United States

04-02-2020
Freres Lumber, first, horizontal plywood press, United States, Taihei, innovation, latest investment, technology, plywood, long-length panels

Freres Lumber is the first U.S. company to install and operate the Taihei Horizontal Press Model P25-AB, a horizontal hot press for laminating plywood after the gluing and prepressing processes. In keeping with its history as a leader in early adoption and innovation, Freres is already reaping the numerous benefits the horizontal press offers over …

First All- Timber Neighbourhood to be designed in Copenhagen

20-01-2020
Fælledby, Denmark, Copenhagen, first, all-timber neighbourhood, mini-villages, Henning Larsen, architect

Denmark-based practice Henning Larsen has been picked to design the city’s first all-timber neighbourhood. Named Fælledby, the new community will resemble a rural village that will feature three “mini-villages” connected by green spaces for local wildlife, such as turtles, songbirds, and deer. An impression of …

Decline in China’s tropical sawnwood imports in first half of 2019

09-10-2019
China, sawnwood, imports, first half of 2019, tropical sawnwood, softwood, hardwood

Data from China Customs shows that there was a slight rise in sawnwood imports in the first half of 2019. China’s first half sawnwood imports totalled 18.83 million cubic metres valued at US$4.43 billion, a year on year increase of 4% in volume but an 8% drop in value. Sawn softwood imports rose but sawn hardwood imports fell Of total …

WA’s first timber-framed office tower approved

03-10-2019
first, cross-laminated timber, office, tower, West Australia, six-storeys, CLT, Haris Jenkins Architects, Fremantle

West Australia’s local council has approved an office tower in Fremantle to be constructed out of cross-laminated timber, in a ‘first’ for Western Australia.   The first CLT six-storey building approved for Fremantle (Image Harris Jenkins Architects and Yolk Property Group) The six-storey building, designed by Harris …

Taobao’s first physical store in Southeast Asia opens in Singapore’s Funan mall

12-09-2019
Taobao, e-commerce marketplace, furniture, China, Virmall, Funan mall, Singapore, first, Southeast Asia

Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao has opened its new store at Singapore’s Funan mall, a first in Southeast Asia, as demand rises for its home furniture goods. Named Taobao Store by Virmall, the shop is a partnership between Taobao and Virmall, a local firm that helps to curate and introduce products from merchants on Taobao. The shop, …