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January 2018

Editor’s pickWWW = The world wants walnut


By Michael Buckley Fashion in hardwood for furniture and interiors, often going in cycles, is well-known. Cherry, maple, ash, mahogany, wenge and rosewood are all good examples of high value species that have come and gone over the years. But there are a few that stay the distance. Several species have endured long term in popularity. Now we are …

Wood products trade in Guangdong sees robust activity

ITTO, Guangdong, wood products, furniture

Imports Log shipments into Guangdong Province rose 11 per cent to 34.67 million cubic metres between January and Nov 2017. Sawnwood imports were 8.51 million cubic metres, up 21 per cent over the same period in 2016. MDF imports dropped 13 per cent to 72,500 cubic metres. Particleboard imports amounted to 194,700 cubic metres, a year-on-year …

Court hearing on formaldehyde rule compliance deadline postponed

EPA, formaldehyde

Last October two environmental groups challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to extend the compliance deadlines for the formaldehyde emissions rule. The extension gives manufacturers and importers an additional year before having to comply with the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The …

Editor’s pickKnock Knock Heon perfectly captures the relationship between the old and the new


Situated at the border of Seoul, South Korea, the Knock Knock Heon is the result of the architects drawing on the traditional as well as the modern. The lower floor, constructed of concrete, was based on the bedrock whereupon the traditional Korean Hanok – built of wood – rests. Not only does the project show wood’s …

Editor’s pickWorld’s tallest timber building progressing as scheduled


Construction of the world's tallest timber building is coming along as scheduled. When completed, the 'HoHo Tower' in Vienna, Austria, will be 84-metre, 24-storey high and 76 per cent made of wood. It will house a hotel, apartments, a restaurant, a wellness centre and offices. All included, HoHo Vienna comprises five structures ranging from six …

Siempelkamp delivers short-cycle press for Egger in St. Johann


Another order for a Siempelkamp KT700 short-cycle press was made at the end of last November. The new machine, to be delivered to Egger’s main plant in St. Johann, will enable Egger to expand its production capacities to meet the demand for its special products such as the benchmark synchronised pore products. To ensure maximum production …

Editor’s pickThe Dutch Mountains to be the largest wooden building in the world


Image credit: Studio Marco Vermeulen The plans for what is to be the “largest wooden building in the world” have been revealed. Named the Dutch Mountains, the complex will be situated in the De Run industrial park in Veldhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Developed through a multi-disciplinary partnership between technological …