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February 2018

EGGER products bag top mentions at German Design Awards


From left: Michael Gerbl, Head of Marketing and Product Management EGGER Flooring Products; Carsten Ritterbach, Head of Marketing and Sales EGGER Building Products; Franz-Josef Susewind, Head of Product Management EGGER Decorative Products. Image: German Design Award. Every year, the German Design Council recognises unique design trends with …

Editor’s pickProtected and historical, this boutique hotel in Lijiang literally mixes the old and new


Found in Lijiang ancient town, Yunnan Province, China, the Back and Forward Boutique Hotel is under the protection of Lijiang heritage authorities on account of its particular wood structure. However, over its long history, the building has seen renovations, with the occasional intervention altering its original layout, though the wood used was …

US market demand for hardwood down but sales value up in 2017


Demand for temperate and tropical sawnwood fell for the second year in a row in 2017. Annual imports of sawn hardwood fell 13 per cent in 2017 from the previous year, but the value of imports was up. While overall hardwood imports were down, tropical sawnwood seemed unaffected by the overall decline in 2017. In fact, tropical imports increased …

Sawn temperate hardwoods to EU decline 7%


EU imports of sawn temperate hardwoods declined in 2017, although less dramatically than imports of sawn tropical hardwoods. Total imports were only 1,072,300 cbm in the first 11 months of 2017, down seven per cent compared in 2016. The sharpest falls in EU imports of sawn temperate hardwood were from Ukraine, down 19 per cent to 287,300 cbm, …

Europe is buying less tropical sawn wood, why?


European timber businesses suggest a range of factors that may explain the apparent dichotomy between good underlying demand for hardwoods and the sharp fall in imports of tropical wood in 2017. Some are short-term trade trends, others longer-term international market structural changes. According to some importers, one reason is adjustment …

Editor’s pickProjects in wood are among this year's Frame Awards winners

Frame Awards, Herman Miller, Zhongshuge, Chengdu, China, Maggie's Oldham, UK, Produce

Winners of the Frame Awards 2018 were announced last week at the Frame Awards Show in Amsterdam. Over 250 international guests attended the celebrations and prize-giving ceremony. 28 winners were recognised from across the Spatial, Executional and Societal.  Four additional winners received the Honorary Frame Awards, including Lifetime …

China: Total flooring sales rise 5% in 2017


China's wood and bamboo flooring sales in 2017 totalled 415.2 million square metres, a year-on-year increase of five per cent, according to the flooring Committee, China National Forestry Forest Industry Association (CNFPIA). Of the total, solid wood flooring sales rose nine per cent to 47.9 million square metres; wood composite flooring sales …

China national accreditation body now recognised by US EPA

China, US, EPA

China’s National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) is now recognised by the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA), according to a news report from China Daily. The CNAS offers accreditation services that China’s wood product traders can use to prove their products meet specific regulations and …