Panels & Furniture Asia September/October 2021


The world is moving, and we have to move with it
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic shifts in the pricing, supply chain, transportation and logistics areas of the wood and woodworking industry. Per Friis Knudsen examines these shifts and argues we must factor them into the way we work, in order to survive the trauma that the pandemic has inflicted on the industry.

The key is “togetherness”: Metro and Siempelkamp celebrate 20 years of cooperation
How did the partnership between Metro Ply Group and Siempelkamp last 20 years? What constitutes the value of a family-owned business in today’s globalised world? Vipas Piyasombatkul and Kanatuch Piyasombatkul, managing directors of Metro MDF and Metro Particle respectively, share with Panels & Furniture Asia their responses and their projects, visions and values.

Adapting to the new normal
While countries are still struggling to contain COVID-19, another problem is also occurring — climate change. The UN Climate Change Conference has outlined net zero goals for emissions by 2030, but Peter Fitch and IOI Palm Wood strive to go beyond that by becoming Climate Positive, to create an environment beneficial to the atmosphere. Read on to find out.