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Editor’s pickSurrounded by the forest, it is only natural for this park centre in Quebec to be made of wood

Quebec, Canada, wood architecture, park, forests

Surrounded by lakes, mountains and forests, it is no wonder that the design team behind the Centre de Services Le Bonnallie took inspiration from nature. Quebecois architecture firm Anne Carrier incorporated wood in various forms for the building, giving both interior and exterior spaces warmth and coziness. Set in Mont-Orford National Park in …

Editor’s pickFAO: Global wood production growth accelerates

FAO, global wood production, OSB, particleboard, MDF

MDF in a factory in Vietnam Global production of major wood products surged in 2016 for the seventh consecutive year with a growth rate of three to six per cent, according to new data published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The fastest increase in major wood products (industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels, wood …

Editor’s pickFinnish softwood exports rise 15% in 3Q/2017

Finnish softwood exports

Finland’s timber sector enjoyed a good year with softwood lumber and planed lumber exports rising 15 per cent to 2.07 million cubic metres in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period the year before, according to a EUWID report. Shipments to Europe rose nine per cent to 812,148 cubic metres while exports to East Asia were 59 …

Malaysia closes 2017 with expectations for a good year

Malaysia, wood exports

The value of wood product exports from Malaysia jumped from RM20.79 billion in 2014 to RM22.15 billion in 2015 before taking a slight dip last year to RM22.11 billion. The domestic market in 2016 was worth another RM18 billion bringing the total value of output to around RM40 billion. For 2017, the value of wood product exports up to June was …

Positive outlook for 2018 U.S. hardwood flooring market

hardwood flooring, US

America’s hardwood flooring consumption rose 5.9 per cent in 2016, according to a market research report released by Catalina Research. Growth in laminate flooring was much lower at less than one per cent. The U.S. hardwood flooring market was worth US$3.64 Bn in 2016. In laminate flooring, imports have grown, especially from Asia, but U.S. …

Difficult times ahead for Vietnam's rubber wood supply

GoViet, Vietnam, rubber wood supply

By Nam Anh, GoViet Vietnam’s decision to shut down natural forest harvest and the sustained demand for rubber wood has created a sharp increase in timber prices and even larger demand for rubber wood. The problem of scarcity is further exacerbated by China’s harvest ban, which has also seen Chinese traders buying up large amounts of …

Wood demand and supply projection for Japan in 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 …