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Editor’s pickVRG Dongwha: MDF Line 2 kicks off

MDF, Dongwha, panels manufacturing, Siempelkamp, Vietnam, Buettner

Dongwha’s new MDF line in Vietnam is now running smoothly, thanks to a range of high-speed, high-performance equipment and the man behind the scenes, Mr Kim Yang Il. The name Dongwha is synonymous with quality, so much so that the industry often takes reference from the Korean-owned and managed panel empire. The company’s new MDF …

Virginia forest economy sees growth


Virginia sets a new record for the volume of timber harvested with slight increases in both hardwood and softwood volume compared to 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Forestry’s analysis of the Virginia Forest Products Tax receipts from Fiscal Year 2017. “The rate of forest harvest is still well below forest growth in …

Serpentine Summer House


Designed as part of the Serpentine’s Architecture Programme 2016, the new Summer House is composed of four bands of curved wood structure starting with a bench level on the ground, a second band of three C-shaped walls, with a third band conjoining at the top and the fourth level forming a tree-like canopy roof. The Serpentine Summer …

Editor’s pickVietnam timber industry closely monitoring as U.S.-China trade war escalates

U.S.-China trade war, Vietnam, impact, timber industry

As timber is not on the list of goods between the U.S. and China that are being taxed, Vietnamese businesses in this sector are not yet worried. But as trade tension escalates, more goods may continue to be taxed and Vietnam's timber industry is keeping a close watch. The trade war between the U.S. and China officially started on 6th July …

Editor’s pickBinh Duong, The Next "SMART" City

Vietnam, Asia, Timber, Wood, Wood Industry, Industry, Material, Business, Binh Uuong, Huynh Quang Thanh, BIFA Wood Vietnam, Smart City, Vision, Export

Huynh Quang Thanh, Chairman of Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA) Although second to China, Vietnam still holds an advantageous position when it comes to wood-based products manufacturing and exports. With China’s imposition of taxes on wood products exports and Southeast Asia reporting a labour crunch, Vietnam can expect less …

Editor’s pickNingbo Borcci commits to gaining reputation in the international market

Ningbo wood, cabinets, wood manufacturing, Wood in China, wood operations, Biesse

In 2013, a phone call changed Liu Bin’s life. He was successful in the corporate world and about to open his own teahouse after quitting his previous job. Instead, he accepted a job offer from Borcci, a high-end cabinet brand under the Fotile Group, turning around the business and stemming its four-year loss. Liu Bin, General Manager of …

Woods of Net


Woods of Net is a permanent pavilion for Japanese net artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, in collaboration with structural engineers TIS & PARTNERS. Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam knitted the net entirely by hand, which is designed for children to crawl in, roll around, and jump on the net. The architects hoped the pavilion would allow people to …

Unfavourable outlook for Malaysia's wood-based manufacturing sector


As the second half of 2018 approaches, analysts have projected that the wood-based manufacturing sector will remain pessimistic as the weaker ringgit currency is insufficient to stop the negative factors such as potential minimum wage increase and high rubber wood prices. The research arm of Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB Research) revealed …

Editor’s pickStrong exhibitor line-up for LIGNA 2019


LIGNA, the leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking (Photo credit: Deutsche Messe AG) The next LIGNA may be staged only from 27 to 31 May next year, but its organisers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers' Association (VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen), have announced that exhibitor …

Editor’s pickThe Growth of Binh Duong

Vietnam, Asia, Timber, Wood, Wood Industry, Industry, Material, Business, Binh Uuong, Tran Thanh Liem, BIFA Wood Vietnam, Economy, Growth

Mr Tran Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Binh Duong Province Binh Duong is located in southeast Vietnam. The city is part of the Southern Key Economic Zone, which also includes Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An and Tien Giang. The gateway to Ho Chi Minh …