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April 2018

Editor’s pickDomestic demand for U.S. softwood to go up in next decade


Image: Interfor lumber yard The demand for U.S. softwood lumber is expected to continue on an upward trajectory from the lows of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, reaching an all-time high by mid 2020s, according to the US Lumber Outlook Study by ForestEdge LLC and Wood Resources International LLC. The new study reports that lumber …

China: Furniture industry doing well but lacks global brand presence


China’s furniture industry may be growing at a healthy rate but still lacks an international brand presence. There were about 6,000 major furniture manufacturing enterprises recorded in operation in 2017, an increase of 439 compared with the previous year. The turnover of the top furniture manufacturing enterprises in 2017 topped 906 …

PEFC launches 2018 photography competition


PEFC UK and PEFC Ireland are relaunching the 2018 photography competition with the theme of Forests, our Home, Workplace and Playground, following the successful 2017 competition. The contest aims to highlight the importance of caring for forests and why sustainable forest management and certification are such important element of this. The PEFC …

Altendorf Group acquires Hebrock


The Altendorf Group has taken over Maschinenbau Hebrock GmbH and EBM Maschinenbau GmbH, based in Bünde and Hüllhorst respectively. The formal acquisition takes effect from April 25. Hebrock, a family-owned business that manufactures edge banding machines since 1980, will see its family members continuing in the business. Said Horst …

Editor’s pickSiempelkamp supplies modern PB plant in Lithuania

Siempelkamp, VMG

Contract Signing Ceremony (From left): Ričardas Šalkauskas (Director of AB "Klaipedos Mediena), Esfira Zaslavskaite (VMG - Member of Supervisory Board), Ulrich Kaiser (Siempelkamp- Sales Director),  Hans- Joachim Galinski  (Siempelkamp – Sales Director Eastern Europe ), Jürgen Philipps (Siempelkamp- Spokesman of the …

NA’s 13 biggest lumber companies increase production by 2.3% to 34.2 billion board feet in 2017

North America, Canada, lumber, production, Canfor, Interfor, Tolko, West Fraser

The annual Wood Markets’ “Billion Board Foot Club” list of top global lumber companies showed further gains in production by 10 of the 13 companies making the list in 2017 (as compared to 2016 output). Three companies recorded output declines despite robust U.S. and export market demand (due to timber supply issues in the B.C. …

Editor’s pickWeinig launches new finger-jointing series for timber construction

Weinig, Grecon, fingerjointing

Increased performance, more flexibility and an upgraded technology, the new generation of Weinig Grecon’s compact finger jointing lines provide endless possibilities. "We are well known for our ability to quickly identify new market needs and specifically implement the customers' requests by highly efficient technology on the market," said …