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March 2018

Russia dominates China’s sawn softwood market


Softwood sawn timber from Russia dominated the China market and volumes have been increasing over the years. Exports totalled 14.282 million cubic metres in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 23 per cent. The average price in 2017 was US$83 per cubic metre, up six per cent YoY. In total, sawn hardwood and softwood timber from Russia amounted to …

China: New regulations on harmful substances in imported wood products


China has rolled out a new regulation aimed at eliminating potentially harmful products from the market, which industry observers say could affect imports of wood products such as fibreboard, laminated wood and wooden furniture entering China after 1 March 2018. The China National General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and …

Tanzania pledges to step up fight against illegal timber


The government of Tanzania has formed a task force aimed at reinforcing the implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and Other Forest Products, an official said. The task force, formed in February, comprises forest experts from mainland Tanzania and the Zanzibar archipelago, Zanzibar's Director for Planning, Policy …

Wood Awards 2018 opens call for entries


The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has recently opened its call for entries, with anyone associated with a building or project finished within the past two years eligible for entry. Buildings have to be located in the United Kingdom (U.K.), while furniture and other products have to have been designed or …

Editor’s pickWood serves a practical and aesthetic purpose in Oslo’s new terminal expansion


  Oslo Airport Terminal expansion is one of those places we wished we could, like Tom Hanks in The Terminal, stay forever. Norway’s newly-expanded airport is not only dubbed the world’s greenest airport, it was also deliberately designed “to create a particular atmosphere… [especially] in areas where passengers spend …

Editor’s pickAHEC boosted the profile of thermally modified American oak with display at IFFS


With a reputation for unveiling iconic pavilions at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) brought an eye-catching display of American thermally modified (TMT) oak in March. While most American hardwoods, such as white and red oak, tulipwood, maple and cherry, are suitable only for interior …

German Pavilion added to upcoming IFMAC WOODMAC 2018 edition


Every year, the International Furniture Manufacturing Components Exhibition (IFMAC) and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition (WOODMAC) sets its impact value to effectively and efficiently raise Indonesia’s lucrative furniture industry to the global market level. And according to IFMAL WOODMAC 2018, the upcoming edition this year will be …

The 2018 INDEX Architecture & Design Awards reveals its shortlist


The shortlist for the 2018 INDEX Architecture & Design Awards, the Middle East’s leading independent celebration of generation-defining new builds, renovations and interior spaces, is out. Spread over 14 categories, the annual awards show honours the vision, hard-work, innovation and pizzazz of the region’s leading design and …

Editor’s pickJackson Hole Airport, a wooden structure, is at home with the mountains

Jackson Hole Airport

Text: Carney Logan Burke Architects/ Images: Matthew Millman   People fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, all year round to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In summer they hike down the heritage slopes, in winter they ski. It is the only airport in the United States situated in a National Park. In conceptualising its design, …