Canadian Wood seminar provides Indian market a fresh perspective

Architects, interior designers and manufacturers in India were invited to an evening of designing and building possibilities with Canadian Wood at a Designing with Canadian Wood seminar on January 7 in Surat.

Hosted by the Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pte Ltd (FII India), the market development agency for Canadian Wood and in association with Core, the event showcased wood species from British Columbia now available in India – Western Hemlock, Yellow-Cedar, Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar and Spruce-pine-fir (SPF).

FII India technical advisor Peter Bradfield introduced each specie’s properties and versatility.

“Canadian wood species deliver on sustainable material. The educational meet helped highlight the wood’s versatility, durability, character and unmatched individuality as an all-weather wood. The session was aimed at enabling wood working professionals explore creative opportunities in using the different wood species for its different applications,” said Bradfield.

Backed by products manufactured by Indian manufacturers the session also demonstrated how well the wood performs in India’s tropical climate. Applications ranged from solid wood and flush doors, door frames, furniture, paneling, cladding, gazebos, pergolas and other millwork.    

The seminar also threw light on:

–          Understanding the species, grades and end-use applications

–          Challenges of demand and supply of timber in India and solutions that Canadian Wood offers

–          Brief of overview on emerging wood trends and technologies

–          Emergence of Canadian Wood as a natural, renewable and sustainable building material certified by PEFC/FSC

Mr Mangilal Sharma from Saras Plywood said, “Savvy consumers in India are increasingly demanding that companies demonstrate a commitment to conserve the environment. The insatiable demand for wood products in India means producers are searching for sustainable suppliers of wood that can demonstrate their environmental credentials. The evening provided an interesting and unique perspective on the use of wood.”


Source: Canadian Wood/ Edited by Panels & Furniture Asia