Value-added manufacturing is job-intensive, ranging from 36 jobs per 1000 m3 for cabinets; to 12 per 1000 m3 for millwork; and 1-3 per 1000 m3 for engineered wood, furniture, etc. This compares favourably to the less than one job per 1000 m3 in woodlands and primary mill operations, but the two are not mutually exclusive because most value-added companies source their feedstock from primary producers.
Countries participating at the 2018 GBM included Australia, Belgium, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In conjunction with the GBM, BC Wood will once again host the popular WoodTALKS event for architects, designers, developers, public officials and other wood specifiers. WoodTALKS educates, inspires and informs on the use of wood in design and construction.
Finally, more than 60 attendees will participate in the GBM’s extended-mission program tours to see how value-added wood products are made and used, and lay the foundation for future business relationships. This includes tours of production facilities that process both coastal species and SPF, as well as large-scale mass-timber buildings.
Developed and managed by BC Wood, the GBM is supported by funding from government, industry and attending delegates. Government supporters include BC’s Forestry Innovation Investment and the Government of Canada; both Natural Resources Canada and the Ministry of International Trade.