Asia was the largest region in the wood products manufacturing market in 2016, accounting for 50 percent market share. The region’s economic growth was the main driver, leading to increased demand for wood and wood products. In earthquake-prone countries like Japan, demand for wooden houses also went up. The Middle East & Africa was the second largest market, accounting for a 21 percent market share, followed by the Americas at 19 percent market share.
Robots are also replacing traditional hand sanding and wood finishing tools, according to the latest report from TBRC Business Research. Robotics and automation tool providers are developing technologies to meet this need, such as for assembling a wooden window frame to routing designs in wood panels for a wide range of materials and surfaces.