October 22, 2020

EU Launches Antidumping Case Against Russian Birch Plywood

EU Launches Antidumping Case Against Russian Birch Plywood

The Woodstock Consortium, which represents nearly 60% of all EU production of birch plywood, has filed an antidumping complaint against Russia. The complaint presents evidence of a high level of dumping, ranging from 23% to 84%, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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Vietnam's Wood Product Producers Told To Optimize For U.S. Market

Vietnam exported timber and wood products worth $8.38 billion in the first nine months of 2020, up 11.2% vs. one year ago. Shipments to the U.S. exceeded $4.19 billion in the first eight months of 2020, an increase of 27.4%.

USTR Blocks Illegal Timber Imports From Peru

The U.S. Trade Representative directed U.S. Customs to continue to block timber imports from a Peruvian exporter due to illegally harvested timber found in its supply chain. "We remain committed to trade and investment that accelerates economic growth and simultaneously protects the environment," said Ambassador Lighthizer.

Beech Tree Woodworks Wins Top Award In Columbia's Competition

Beech Tree Woodworks, based in Olympia, WA, won the top prize in Columbia Forest Products' PureBond® Quality Awards in the "Residential Other" category. Judges were impressed by Beech Tree’s full-scale remodeling project that included custom-built cabinets, bathroom vanities, wall panels and soffits, and a custom dining table and outdoor seating.

The Return Of Honest, Beautiful Wood Furniture

Wood is inspiring designers to get creative with carpentry. From birch plywood to solid mahogany, see how designers are using more wood. One of our favorites: a piece with maple veneer slats that turn corners.

COVID-19 Accelerates Trend Of Designing Healthier Buildings
See The New Timber-Topped Terminal In Portland
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States Industries Recruits Industry Veterans To Join Its Sales Team

States Industries has hired Chris Acree as OEM Account Manager and Al Harrison as Sales Account Manager. Both have more than 20 years of experience in the wood products industry.

It's National Forest Products Week

National Forest Products Week was created by Congress to celebrate the value of forests and forest products and to reinforce that a diversified wood products industry enhances the resiliency of our ecosystems, sequesters carbon, and creates jobs in rural communities.

Capital Testing (Formerly HPVA Laboratories) Provides Fire Testing For New Products

Capital Testing's ASTM E1354 cone calorimeter testing is most often used to determine compliance with regulations and standards and for ongoing quality control. In addition, it's a cost‑effective way to assess the fire performance of new products still in development. For more information on how the experts at Capital Testing can help with the new product development process, visit the Capital Testing website.

Bulleit Teams Up With American Forests To Plant One Million Trees

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is collaborating with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S., to plant one million trees over the next five years. The decision reaffirms Bulleit's long‑standing commitment to a more sustainable future.

Soon, Satellites May Map Every Tree

Expert analysis of satellite images has identified individual tree canopies in West Africa. Researchers believe that in the near future, it will be possible to map the location and size of nearly every tree on Earth.

Logging Is America's Most Dangerous Job

A recent study of the most dangerous occupations in the country concluded that logging is the most dangerous job. Logging workers had a fatal injury rate of 111 per 100,000 workers in 2018. On-the-job deaths, adjusted for employment, rose 2.2% in four years.

The Emerald Ash Borer Marches On

Since September 1, the deadly imported pest has been detected in 19 more counties across the U.S.: Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Vermont.

Invasive Asian Jumping Worms Threaten Forests

Two species of Asian jumping worms are winding their way across North America, chewing through forest leaf litter to leave behind bare, unprotected soil. The worms have been here for more than a century but have begun to spread widely in the past 15 years.

Fire Experts Say That Choked Forests Are The Result Of Decades Of Mismanagement
Harvard Fund Dumps Investment Ahead Of Court Ruling

In September, a court in Brazil ruled that Caracol Agropecuaria, a company in which Harvard University's endowment fund was invested, had illegally acquired a 346,000-acre farm in the Cerrado grasslands. The Harvard Management Company fully divested from Caracol in June 2019 and told reporters that it "is not invested in Caracol and has not been during any of the times in question."

Swiss Open Criminal Case Against IKEA

Switzerland opened criminal proceedings against IKEA for alleged false declarations about where it sources its timber, based on a claim that IKEA did not comply with a Swiss law that requires the company to declare the country of origin of all wood used in its products. IKEA Switzerland has rejected all charges.

Illegal Logging Alleged In Protected Habitat

The Forestry Corporation of New South Wales could be fined more than $1 million for alleged illegal logging in exclusion zones and protected areas in the Wild Cattle Creek state forest in 2018. The company faces two charges for logging in areas considered "high use" habitat for koalas.

Home Building: Sales Outpace Starts By A Historic Margin
Single-Family Permits Rise
Home Builder Confidence Sets Another Record
Remodeling Industry Confidence Surges
Expect A Tougher Global Housing Market In 2021
Housing Starts Fall 20.1% In Canada
Home Prices Across Canada Could Fall Almost 7% Next Year
AHEC Market Report For Asia: Hardwood Exports Down By 10%

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