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According to VNFOREST, over the first three months of 2021, ten new wood product plants were opened by foreign investors from six countries with a total invested capital of US$112.51 million. China continued topping number of new foreign direct investment projects in Vietnam's wood industry sector. Out of the ten...
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has launched a new PEFC FOR-TRADE project in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme’s initiative for the Lower Mekong. The PEFC FOR-TRADE initiative stands for Forestry and Trade for Development in the ASEAN region. It aims to strengthen trade through the institutionalisation of forest certification...
In Q1 2021, Great Britain and China became the fastest-growing markets for timber sold on the Belarusian Universal Commodities Exchange. During this period, British companies purchased 8,500 cubic metres of sawn timber to the tune of US$2 million. Thus, export sales increased three-fold in kind and six-fold in monetary terms. The...
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Form International and the International Tropical Timber Technical Association have signed a new agreement for the expansion and improvement of the Timber Trade Portal (TTP) aimed at assisting the growth, transparency and diversity of legal and sustainable tropical timber trade. The TTP is an answer to the numerous questions...
The new Future Cabin included in the PONSSE Scorpion launched in February has won a product design award in the internationally acclaimed Red Dot design competition. The award in question was the Best of the Best award in the Product Design category, granted for the cabin’s innovative design. This...
In order to provide plant investors with even more targeted support for future projects, Siempelkamp has reorganised and expanded its South America team; this includes passing on the "baton" from Werner Masnitza – still active as a senior consultant – to the sales team for South America. South American...
The softwood timber harvest in Germany is likely to reach almost 50 million m3 in 2020, about ten million m3 more than a typical year before the spruce bark beetle-infestation in 2018, reports Wood Resources International. In addition, Germany has harvested 6 to 7 million m3 of hardwood species annually...
UPM Plywood, Arctic Astronautics and Huld announce today a joint mission to launch the first ever wooden satellite, WISA WOODSATTM, into Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021. WISA Woodsat will go where no wood has gone before. With a mission to gather data on the behaviour and durability of plywood over an extended period...
The HOMAG Group has launched the largest investment programme in its corporate history. Over the next three years, 60 to 80 million euros are to be invested in the modernisation of its main location in Schopfloch, Germany. HOMAG is investing a further 15 million euros in a new plant...
Following the positive evaluation of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) chain of custody by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), European accreditation bodies can now provide accreditation against the 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody and Trademarks standards. This decision enables certification bodies to update their accreditation and clears...