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October 2017

Editor’s pickSylva Wood: Get set for 2018!

Sylva Wood

Excitement is building up as organisers announce new dates and expect increased participation for Asia's wood materials only trade show. What a joy to discover a soulmate in life and at work. If you are in the business of trading lumber or manufacturing furniture/flooring, meeting serious, like-minded people at trade shows is a breath of fresh …

Rapid industrialisation, a powerful influence in the engineered wood market


Engineered wood, also known as composite wood, or even man-made wood, is a material that has gained immense popularity as a substitute for concrete, steel, and hardwood recently due to their environmentally-friendly properties and cost efficiency. Constructed of strands, fibres, and particles all bound together to make composite materials held …

Findings from LCA to promote greater use of sustainable tropical timber


According to the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF), a 12-strong group of Netherlands Timber Trade Association (NTTA) members is planning to use the findings of two recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) projects as the basis of a campaign to promote greater use of sustainable tropical timber. The campaign will target civil engineers and focus …

Malaysia receives the Wood-Mizer HR700


In Johor Bahru, a pallet maker recently received a two head HR700 resaw, the latest model in this American Wood-Mizer range of resaws. As the pallet maker was undecided between having two or four heads, he opted for the smaller number knowing more can be added later on - up to six heads.  Each sawhead has a 25kW motor to power the 38mm wide …

Editor’s pickLarge potential for Swedish Wood in Vietnam

Swedish Wood, Vietnamwood, seminar

During Vietnam Wood (18-21 Oct at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, HCMC), Swedish sawmillers gathered in a Swedish Wood pavilion and presented a seminar supported by HAWA, BIFA and FPA Binh Dinh. Swedish Ambassador Pereric Hogberg addressing the audience at the seminar Participants at a seminar held by Swedish Wood on Oct …

Editor’s pickEvoL: Sanding EvoLution


At LIGNA 2017 IMEAS launched EvoL, its new line of calibrating and sanding machines for wood-based panels. The new EvoL model is the ninth generation of sanding machines. As the name suggests, it is the evolution of the company’s 50-year-long experience and know-how in sanding for MDF, particleboard, plywood and other wood-based …

Editor’s pickBringing the forest back into the city

urban forestry, peri urban forestry

Urban and peri-urban forestry is not a new concept. In fact, it has been around for years. Simone Borelli from the Food and Agriculture Organization shares its numerous benefits.  Cities and metropolises may cover two per cent of the planet’s surface, but that is nothing when compared to the forest blanket sprawling over 30 per cent …