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In a virtual press statement, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that the government has revoked 192 forestry sector permits covering 3,126,439 hectares, because companies that have the permits have not carried out any activities in recent years.According to the President, this step was taken in an effort to improve...
According to New Straits Times, Malaysia recorded RM17.9 billion worth of timber export activities from January to October 2021, a 0.41% increase compared to 2020.Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) Deputy Minister II Datuk Willie Mongin reported that wood products which contributed to the revenue increase included wood furniture, sawn...
The Iconic Awards 2022: Innovation Interior, helmed by the German Design Council, has announced the winners of its “Best of Best”, “Winner” and “Selection” labels, and also trends in the furnishings industry and developments in interior design.As part of the German Design Council’s Iconic World platform, the Iconic Awards...
Finnish plywood manufacturer Koskisen is the "first" company, as reported by Stora Enso, to start using the biobased binder NeoLigno by Stora Enso in its new sustainable product family. Koskisen and Stora Enso’s cooperation has resulted in a biobased furniture board, called Zero Furniture Board.NeoLigno is a binder made...
Al Talah Board, a panel manufacturing company from Abu Dhabi, UAE, produced its first branded Desert Board on a new Dieffenbacher plant using recycled date palm tree waste to manufacture oriented-strand boards (OSB) in December 2021. The sustainable plant by Dieffenbacher uses about 15% of the 500,000 tonnes of...
International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Alton Chow as its new managing director of Greater China, effective 3 Jan 2022. With this new appointment, Chow will take the lead to grow Aurecon’s business in Greater China and work with the team to deliver innovative and sustainable...
The Pan African Forest Certification (PAFC) Congo Basin regional system has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). According to PEFC, this is "the world’s first PEFC endorsed regional forest certification system".The PAFC Congo Basin comprises PEFC-member countries Cameroon, Congo, and Gabon, as their...
Yakisugi is a technique of burning or charring wood, hailed from Japan. As a producer and supplier of yakisugi, Nakamoto Forestry found this wood-burning technique is gaining traction in the US, Europe and Asia. Martin Gottschlich, managing director of Nakamoto Forestry Europe, shares more with Panels and Furniture Asia...
The Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) recently appointed Andrew Leighton as their new CEO. His role will commence officially on 1 Feb 2022.According to Craig Taylor, chair of the FWPA Board, Leighton has years of experience in management and leadership roles. His senior executive roles include seven years...
Malaysia saw a double-digit increase in plywood exports to Japan, surpassing figures of Indonesia, its main competitor.According to a report from International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), who quoted from Japan Finance Ministry, Japan imported 683,000m3 of tropical hardwood plywood from Malaysia in the first 10 months of 2021, a...