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South Korea slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese plywood

17-02-2016

South Korea has introduced a 4.22% to 7.15% anti-dumping duty on Chinese softwood plywood after investigations made by the South Korean Trade Committee early last year. The European Panel Federation the European Union will also conduct a similar investigation of China’s plywood. The HS code of the products involved is HS 44123110 …

Myanmar joins Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

17-02-2016

Myanmar has joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), joining 44 other countries on the EITI Standard which requires disclosure and accountability on how natural resources- including forest resources- are governed. Under this Standard, all statistics related to the timber sector will have to be provided to an …

Biesse at Xylexpo 2016: Simplifying the factory 4.0

16-02-2016

Biesse has confirmed its presence at the 25th Xylexpo. With more than 20 machines on display, Biesse will demonstrate how anyone can seize the rich opportunities offered by the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Having anticipated the future needs of the market and its customers, Biesse can now translate into practice this concept. "For us, 4.0 is not …

SFIC unveils new three-year roadmap for Singapore’s furniture industry

16-02-2016

The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has unveiled new talent development initiatives to sharpen the industry’s capabilities to meet future market needs. The three-year roadmap includes a structured training ecosystem which will attract younger individuals into the industry and help workers above 40 years to acquire new skills …

furniPRO Asia 2016: Innovative furniture production technologies to be featured

16-02-2016

Back for the 3rd time, furniPRO Asia, the biennial regional trade exhibition for the woodworking, furniture and panel production industries, will take place from March 10 -12, at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre. The show will feature 130 international exhibitors from 24 countries, including 5 national pavilions from China, …

Editor’s pickA Journey to America: Getting acquainted with U.S. softwoods

11-02-2016

Interfor lumber yard   Through the airport’s windows, Detroit’s sunset beamed a warm welcome to a group of tired but excited travellers from nine wood trading and processing companies from China, Thailand, and Malaysia. Our U.S. softwood lumber tour has just begun.   Fine products made from Southern Pine The U.S. South …

Sharp rise in sawn wood imports through China's Manzhouli Port

11-02-2016

Sawn wood imports through China’s Manzhouli port soared 20% to 4.98 million cubic metres in 2015, accounting for one fifth all national imports. Korean Pine, Scots Pine and Larch make up about 90% of all imported sawn wood, according to data from Manzhouli Customs. Since 2008 sawn wood imports have increased over 300%, from 1.20 million …

INDIAWOOD 2016: 650 exhibitors to showcase furniture and woodworking innovations

11-02-2016

Over 650 domestic and international companies will be at INDIAWOOD from 25 – 29 February 2016 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). The 9th edition will feature furniture production technologies, woodworking machinery, tools, fittings, accessories, raw materials and products. Over 40,000 individuals from the global …

U.S. imports of Brazilian tropical hardwoods up 45%

11-02-2016

U.S. imports of Brazilian hardwoods were up 45% in November compared to the previous month. Species in demand were mainly Jatoba and Virola. Tropical sawn wood imports from most other suppliers were down in November. Malaysian shipments to the U.S. fell by almost half, but year-to-date imports were higher than last year. The U.S. imported 1,039m3 …

New timber rule will make Australia’s mid-rise apartments more affordable

05-02-2016

Australia’s new building code, which now allows timber buildings up to eight storeys, is expected to make mid-rise residences more affordable as construction cost is cut by up to 25%. Managing director of FWPA, Ric Sinclair, said since the change allows developers to explore new options, timber buildings will be quicker and cheaper to build …

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