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2018

Editor’s pickDelta robotics without control cabinet

22-06-2018

Machines and plants with decentralised automation – this vision is coming closer as Festo implements the CPX automation platform. The technology leader in electrical and pneumatic automation technology is now presenting a development project in which the CPX controls the delta kinematics. Delta robotics without control cabinet: a …

UL EHS Sustainability Named CDP Gold Software Partner

22-06-2018

UL’s PURE platform has been named as a Gold level CDP Software Partner. This marks the eighth consecutive year that UL’s sustainability software has been awarded the honour. The company is one of just three software providers to have Gold level status, CDP’s highest ranking for an accredited software provider. “We’re …

Global softwood lumber prices continue to climb

22-06-2018

Global softwood lumber prices continued undisrupted two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with faster growth seen in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China, according to Wood Resource Quarterly. Lumber markets – North America After softwood lumber consumption in the US peaked at a ten-year high in 2017, demand dropped in early …

Export prices of plywood further increase in Sarawak

22-06-2018

Sarawak’s major timber companies gain as prices in export plywood products to key market Japan continue climbing. Export prices for Sarawak plywood products to Japan have increase more than 10 per cent since late last year and are anticipated to continue the upwards trend. Sarawak’s top plywood manufacturer and exporter, Miri-based …

FSC Asia Pacific Business Forum 2018 to be held in Mumbai, India

21-06-2018

FSC Asia Pacific is delighted to announce that the FSC Asia Pacific BusinessForum 2018 is set to take place from 25th to 26th September 2018 at The Hyatt Regency in Mumbai, India. Titled “Promoting Responsible Value Chains in Forest Products with Brands and Retailers”, this year’s forum will focus on the increasing importance of …

Despite lumber prices at a record high, British Columbia loggers struggle

21-06-2018

Lumber prices may be at a record high, but logging contractors continue to struggle to survive, says British Columbia(B.C.)’s main harvester group. Following a recently completed review of logging contractor sustainability, members of the Truck Loggers Association are hoping for quick action by the B.C. government to make …

Editor’s pickIkea announced this month an ambitious plan to go totally green by the year 2030

21-06-2018

IKEA makes global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products in the range by 2020, as part of new sustainability strategy. (Photo credit: icondigital) IKEA makes global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products in the range by 2020, as part of new sustainability strategy Part of the Swedish company’s plan to pair …

Editor’s pickA Treehouse-like Hotspring Resort

21-06-2018

The Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort project is Netherlands architecture firm, Achterbosch Zantman’s first project in China. It consists of 40 “treehouse” villas high up between the trees, six spa units and a large spa-clubhouse over 1500m2 in size. Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort uses local wood Achterbosch Zantman is the …

Papua New Guinea's forest products seeing growth

20-06-2018

Increase in downstream processing of products from the forest sector such as sawn timber and veneer sheets or plyboards is observed in PAPUA New Guinea, says Forestry Minister Douglas Tomuriesa. He said performance in the sector has been healthy in the past four years and the export of downstream products sees an increase from 8 per cent to 21 …

Architecture, Materials, Systems— BAU 2019 Part 1

20-06-2018

BAU 2019 is bigger than ever before. On 200,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space, this event showcases architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and interior design, for the new-build and renovation as well as modernisation. In a multi-part series, we look at the main focuses in the individual sections …