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November 2019

Lessons learnt from the implementation of the FLEGT in Indonesia

EU FLEGT, implementation, Indonesia, lessons, licensing, issues, challenges

The EU FLEGT Facility has issued a briefing note that draws lessons from three years of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing in Indonesia. Indonesia was the first country in the world to start issuing FLEGT licences in 2016. From November 2016 to July 2019, Indonesia issued a total of 104 719 FLEGT licences for exports …

Latvia’s IKTK invest 2 mil euro in glulam plant

Latvia, IKTK, glulam, new production plant

The Latvian timber building structures producer IKTK has invested about two million euro in large-sized glued laminated timber structures production plant, reported LETA. The company has built a new production plant and acquired high precision timber processing equipment which includes CNC type machines for complicated precision processing of …

Massive boost for Ghana's wood industry as CSIR-FORIG sets up wood testing centre

CSIR-FORIG, wood testing centre, UNIDO, accreditation, wood quality

The newly set up CSIR-FORIG wood testing centre is being manned by experts ranging from wood scientists, technologists and engineers trained both locally and internationally and has been installed with state-of-the-art equipment by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Centre has also received technical support and …

Newly opened University of Arkansas is now America’s largest mass timber building

University of Arkansas, Adohi Hall, mass timber building, cross-laminated timber, Leers Weinzapfel, wood, timber, construction, architecture

With the opening of the University of Arkansas, it is now America’s largest mass timber building. Adohi Hall is the 202,027-square-foot residential project that spreads across a series of interconnected structures and is constructed from cross-laminated timber.  Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates led a national design team of …

Editor’s pickFor DIEFFENBACHER, diversification is key

DIEFFENBACHER, woodworking, machinery, APAC, ASEAN, Southeast Asia, markets, Holger Ries, Area Sales Directo

In the past two years, DIEFFENBACHER has observed shifts in the Asian Pacific market, as manufacturers in the wood industry sought ways to avoid colliding head-on with challenges brought about by world events such as the U.S.- China trade war and an impending economic slowdown. PFA speaks to Holger Ries, DIEFFENBACHER's Area Sales Director in …

Vietnam’s exports and imports continue to grow

VIetnam, wood, wood products, exports, imports

Vietnam exported wood and wood products valued at US$995 million in October 2019, bringing the total export value in the first ten months of 2019 to US$ 8.52 billion, up by 17.8% compared with the same period in 2018, reported ITTO. Combined, the US, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea accounted for 80.6% of the total export value in the first …

IKEA buys extensive amount of forestland in the U.S.

IKEA, Ingka Group, forest land, Piney Woods, Southeast Oklahoma, sustainability, environment, climate positive

With two recent land acquisitions, including one in East Texas’ Piney Woods, IKEA’s parent company has almost doubled its U.S. forestland portfolio, reported The Dallas Morning News. The most recent purchase of 42,000 acres included the Piney Woods land, following a separate deal for 18,000 acres of forest in Southeast Oklahoma. The …

John Deere introduces new 959ML shovel logger

John Deere, 959ML shovel logger, forestry

John Deere introduces a new shovel logger. Available in one of two configurations from the factory - shovel logger or directional feller - the 959ML machine boosts productivity, even in the most challenging of applications. “We are continuing to see loggers moving into steeper terrain, and, understanding the demands and unpredictability …

Amazon India expands furniture range

Amazon, India, furniture, small and medium-sized businesses

Amazon India has expanded its range in the furniture category to over 160,000 products, especially from small and medium-sized businesses, ahead of the festive season, according to a report by Press Trust India. Amazon has been injecting billions of dollars into its Indian operations in recent years, where its furniture business has seen a growth …

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