The largest woodworking machinery exhibition of its kind in Asia – Beijing Woodwork Fair 2016 (WMF) – successfully concluded on June 4, 2016. With “Comprehensive Showcase of Sustainable Automation & Smart Factory Solutions for the Woodworking & Furniture Industry” as ...... [more...]
Confirming the January forecast of the FEP (European Federation of the Parquet Industry) issued at the start of the DOMOTEX fair in Hannover, the consolidated data provided by member companies and affiliated national associations indicates that the ...... [more...]
Nikolai Tsukanov, the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region reported that in the short term the local government is going to sign an agreement with Kronospan, the international company who intends to build a particle board plant in the region... [more...]
Brazil’s exports of wood-based panels tripled between January and April 2016 amounting to 269,000 cu.m, compared to 86,000 cu.m exported in the same period in 2015... [more...]
Mid-June sales were unremarkable, and traders struggled to discern the softwood lumber market’s near-term course. This led to conservative, just-in-time purchasing, with buyers taking care to avoid adding to their inventories. Quick shipments were a priority, fueling the notion that there was little inventory cushion in the distribution system. Mills, meanwhile, worked to push order file through the July 4 holiday... [more...]
Italian softwood imports fell 1% overall in 2015, with a 3% decrease from lead supplier Austria offset by upturns from Finland, France and Latvia as the ETTF (European Timber Trade Federation reports in its latest newsletter. Non-EU suppliers' import share was ...... [more...]
On 15 June 2016, the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office (EPO) confirmed the validity of Unilin's European Patent EP 2 077 358, after having considered all the arguments presented by Patentwerk, the external Dutch patent firm of ...... [more...]
Latest EU import data shows that tropical plywood has continued to lose share in the EU plywood market over the last two years.
While EU imports of plywood from all sources increased sharply between 2013 and 2015, from 3.38 million cu.m to 3.92 million cu.m, a level not seen since before the financial crises, imports from the tropics have remained stubbornly low.
After increasing 4% to 324,000 cu.m in 2014, EU imports of plywood from tropical countries fell back 6% to 305,000 cu.m in 2015. The share of tropical countries in EU plywood imports fell from 9.2% in 2013 to only 7.8% in 2015, the lowest level for at least the last 20 years, and probably much longer.... [more...]
Effective 8 June 2016, Deutsche Messe has acquired a majority stake in Magna ExpoMueblera in a key move that expands its footprint in the Americas trade fair market. The acquisition gives Deutsche Messe a presence in Mexico to match its lineup in the USA, Canada and Brazil... [more...]
Further to the completion of the strategic partnership between Sonae Indústria and Arauco for the European and South African markets, Rui Correia and Jan Bergmann have been appointed as CEO and CITO of Sonae Arauco, SA (a company held in 50% by Sonae Indústria and in 50% by Arauco)... [more...]