Sylva Wood 2016: The global lumber trade gathers again in June

Sylva Wood 2016 will once again gather wood colleagues from around the world. Be it meeting old friends or anticipating new contacts, the Shanghai show running from June 27 to 29 will truly be as it motto says: Where the world of wood meets.

This year, Asia’s expo for wood materials and wood products only will feature over 100 exhibitors from North America, Africa, Malaysia, Uruguay, Germany, France and Russia. Source for lesser-known hardwood species from Africa, know what’s in demand through business networking and understand North American and African lumber grading rules at daily workshops.

By popular demand, this year’s show will also highlight new topics of interest:

Wood for outdoor uses 

In recent years, China has garnered new interest in landscape architecture. Good landscape design and park planning have become a key focal point in residential projects, so much so that the demand—and consequently, knowledge—for wood for outdoor applications have piqued considerable interest.

After treatment, wood intended for outdoor decking and other purposes can generally stand the test of time and weather for anywhere between 15 and 50 years. Simply put, wood is sealed in a pressure tank where an anti-rot agent is added and then vacuum pressed into the wood. As the agent penetrates into the wood’s cells and tissues, it can hold the wood fibre together. In order for preservatives to work best, the wood’s species also matters. For example treated Russian Pinus sylvestris and Scots Pine can last up to 30 years.

Special attention to wooden houses 

A new space at the show will feature a special exhibition on wooden huts and other wooden structures. These exhibits are exemplary of the properties of well-preserved wood. As human beings naturally have an affinity with nature, wooden houses also demonstrate how organic material enhances one’s living space. For example some studies have shown that living in such an environment helps improve the immune system, memory, lowers blood pressure, and puts people at ease.

Official support from APA

This year APA – The Engineered Wood Associationhas officially endorsed Sylva Wood, bringing the number of international supporters for Sylva Wood to six. The new partnership allows both parties to tap on each other’s synergies. Having APA on board strengthens the event’s international focus, while the location Shanghai will be an ideal launch pad for APA’s members to introduce their products into China and expand their network of contacts and buyers.

APA, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, is a not-for-profit industry association that represents about 150 wood companies in the USA. Its members are well-known industry leaders that produce the majority of North America’s engineered wood such as structural plywood, glulam, I-joists, composite panels and laminated veneer lumber.

APA and its members will be present to share on engineered wood, wood preservation, as well as other technology and applications.

Together with other associations that have endorsed Sylva Wood—Shanghai Timber Trade Association, French Timber, American Hardwood Export Council, US Softwood Export Council, American Softwoods and Canada Wood—Sylva Wood secures its leading position as Asia’s wood materials only platform for the global wood industry to meet.