AHEC confirms presence at IFMAC & WOODMAC Jakarta 2016

AHEC at IFMAC & WOODMAC 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image: PFA

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), committed to all Southeast Asian markets, will be present at IFMAC & WOODMAC Jakarta held from 28 to 30 September in Indonesia.

The show is said to be the leading procurement platform for the furniture and the woodworking sector in Indonesia. More than 250 industry leaders are expected to gather for three days to offer solutions to the current market demand. Among them will be American hardwood suppliers. “The unique craftsmanship, such as Indonesian furniture, is in high demand, especially from the global market,” according to the organisers.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is bringing four companies, who are all members of AHEC – Northland Forest Products, JL Gardner Hardwoods LLC, Boss Lumber Corporation and Turman Wood Group. In addition AHEC members MacDonald & Owen Lumber from Wisconsin, Robinson Lumber Company from New Orleans and overseas member APP Timber from Kuala Lumpur will exhibit.

In total seven U.S. companies are expected to exhibit together with AHEC, which is coordinating the event for the American hardwood industry with an expanded American Pavilion. It will feature AHEC’s award-winning design from the Singapore International Furniture Fair held earlier in March. This follows on the success of the show for American hardwood last year.

“We continue to believe that there is good potential for further growth in the consumption of American hardwoods in Indonesia, especially given their proven forest sustainability and legality of harvesting,” said AHEC regional director John Chan.

In 2015 Indonesia imported over US$21 million worth of hardwood lumber, US$7.9 million of hardwood veneer and $4.5 million of hardwood logs from the USA. White Oak was the leading species in lumber and veneer, while Red Oak was the number one American species in log-form. The value of lumber shipments were up 17% on the previous year.