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High construction activity increases worldwide demand for lumber

22-01-2021

In November 2020, the index of completed buildings construction (eg, residential, schools, shops, etc) in the European Union increased by 0.7% compared to previous month, according to Eurostat. The index remains at a high level."The high construction activity, combined with a very active 'do it yourself' sector in several European countries, …

Profit warning: Raute Corporation's net sales to decrease from 2019

22-01-2021

According to preliminary, unaudited information, Raute's net sales outlook for 2020 has weakened and will decrease clearly from 2019. According to the preliminary information, Raute’s net sales for 2020 will be approximately EUR 115 million (2019: EUR 151.3 million). Previously, the company has estimated net sales for 2020 to …

Scientists develop sustainable polymer made from sugars in wood

21-01-2021

Photo: Leszek Kobusinski Not only does the new nature-inspired material reduce reliance on crude oil products, but its properties can also be easily controlled to make the material flexible or crystalline. The researchers, from the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), report the polymer, from the polyether family, has a …

INDEX Design Awards returns for 2021 edition; entries now open

20-01-2021

Entries are now open for the INDEX Design Awards 2021 as the region’s longest-running industry celebration returns to headline the world-renowned international trade exhibition. An anchor event of INDEX Dubai for almost three decades and recognised for its independently assessed, unbiased judging process, the INDEX Design Awards program is …

MADE expo 2021 postponed to November

19-01-2021

Organisers of MADE expo has announced new dates. Moving from March to November, it will be held from 22 to 25 November 2021 at Fiera Milano (Rho), Italy, just eight months later than its original date, hoping that the shift to November will be enough to overcome the pandemic and truly represent a global restart. The construction sector already …