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Forest product exports now one of Vietnam’s top three commodities

17-01-2020
Vietnam, forest products, top three, commodities, Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association, 2025 target

Having achieved exports of over US$11 million in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 18%, the industry is expected to achieve US$20 billion in export earnings by 2025, said Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture. He spoke about Vietnam’s timber products performance at a meeting with the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product …

Sarawak Timber Association warns of effects of raising minimum wages

17-01-2020
Sarawak Timber Association, minimum wage hike, government policy, rising costs, plywood, logs, exports, foreign labour, production, costs

Sarawak Timber Association (STA) expressed concerns over the Government’s latest decision to raise minimum wages (MW) to RM1,200 in 57 major cities and towns effective from 1 January 2020. In its press release, STA said that while the association continues to support the Government’s efforts and policies in spurring sustainable and …

Queensland’s government and local company developed new sustainable timber product

16-01-2020
Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Eco Cottages, research and development, new, sustainable timber, product, high-quality, cypress, glulam, beams

Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and Eco Cottages have collaborated to research and develop a new sustainable timber product, leading to additional jobs being created.  “An innovative collaboration between DAF and Eco Cottages, which began in 2017, has resulted in high-quality cypress glue-laminated …

The Outdoor Classroom in Pune, India / Studio Inifinity

13-01-2020
Kindergarten, India, timber, wood, design, material, aesthetics, child-centric approach

The client approached architect firm Studio Infinity with a requirement to design a pre-primary school for about 80-100 students on a site, which was part of a commercial building abutting a large residential colony. The client (already having two operational schools) gave a very clear brief for this new addition. She wanted a school that will …

Stora Enso to sell its sawn construction timber mill in Pfarrkirchen, Germany

09-01-2020
Stora Enso, saw construction timber mill, Pfarrkirchen, Germany, divest, profit protection

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sawn construction timber (KVH) mill at Pfarrkirchen in Germany, to the fund LEO II. – VV1 GmbH, managed by the private equity firm Dubag Group. The divestment is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme and it is in line with the Group’s strategic transformation to focus …

Construction of timber football stadium finally gets the go-ahead

09-01-2020
Football stadium, Forest Green Rovers, Gloucestershire, UK, timber, Zaha Hadid Architects, carbon neutral

A 5,000 seat stadium for Forest Green Rovers in Gloucestershire has finally received the green light to begin construction following appeal and several amendments to the project to win over the planning authorities. Impression of the new timber football stadium for Forest Green Rovers  Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the 5,000 seat …

FSC responds to media reports of wrongful activity in Ukraine

08-01-2020
FSC, Austrian parquet market, Ukrainian suppliers, forest management, illegal timber trade

Recent media reports examined the Austrian parquet market and its Ukrainian suppliers, and some have raised doubts about the effectiveness of FSC controls in Ukraine. They suggest FSC certification is not an effective means of punishing or exposing violations of FSC standards in cases where companies or forestry operations are associated with …

SLB: Optimistic growth in mass timber construction projects in the U.S.

07-01-2020
mass timber, construction, projects, United States, WoodWorks, Softwood Lumber Board

Mass timber construction continues to expand across the United States, where WoodWorks provides project assistance in every region. While mass timber projects continue to see a heavier concentration in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Texas, WoodWorks is now tracking 664 mass timber projects in design or construction across the United …

Continued efforts needed to improve Indonesia’s legal forestry management

06-01-2020
Indonesia, timber production, report, monitor strengthening, independent forestry monitoring network, timber legality verification system, SVLK, effective, VPA implementation, JURnal Celebes

Indonesia’s civil society organisation, Jurnal Celebes recently released a report "Strengthening Indonesia’s Independent Forestry Monitoring Network to Ensure a Credible Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) and Effective VPA Implementation", reported ITTO. Between October 2018 and December 2019, Jurnal Celebes monitored the …

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