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Brazil: Exports from the forest sector surpass US$4 billion in the first half of 2017 (+7.3%)
7 August, 2017
IBA
From January to June of 2017, pulp exports rose 6.8% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tons; exports of wood panels increased by 34.8%, with 597,000 cubic meters directed to foreign markets, and paper exports grew 1% with almost 1.1 million tons traded. read more
Plantation-grown eucalypt timbers transformed into high-end furniture
26 July, 2017
The advocate
Plantation-grown eucalypt timbers are being given a new life through the creation of high-end furniture. The use of the timber, which is typically grown for pulp, was part of the first commercial trial of its kind in Australia, looking at the potential of blue gum and shining gum to create furniture. read more
AWC, AF&PA Support House Passage of Ozone Bill
25 July, 2017
AF&PA
American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements following United States House of Representatives passage of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. read more
Extended agreement with New Forests Company
25 July, 2017
Dolphin bay
We are extremely pleased to have extended our agreement with New Forests Company (NFC) to include Tanzania, making us the sole supplier to the NFC group in Africa. Dolphin Bay previously supplied NFC's operations in Rwanda and Uganda. read more
Concrete from wood
25 July, 2017
Physorg
Houses can be made of wood, as they were in the past - or of concrete, as they are today. To build for tomorrow, the two building methods are being combined: These hybrid structures, which contain both wood and concrete elements, are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary architecture. read more
3D printing with plants
24 July, 2017
Friday Offcuts
Engineers have developed a way to use plant cellulose as a feedstock for 3D printers - a solution researchers say is not only environmentally friendly but could also be cheaper and stronger than conventional alternatives. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) post-doc Sebastian Pattinson... read more
Light-filled timber home is a modern zen haven in Seattle
20 July, 2017
Inhabitat
How do you combine countryside tranquility with urban style? MW|Works Architecture+Design strikes a thoughtful balance in Helen Street, a beautiful modern home with handsome craftsmanship and careful attention to detail. Filled with light and views of the landscape. read more
2 guys built a nature-themed motorcycle completely out of wood that runs on algae oil
18 July, 2017
Indian times
A major pain for any car or bike enthusiast isn't that parts are hard to come by or minor scratches can ruin the pristine look. It's that rising fuel prices make it considerably more expensive to use a modified vehicle to commute, let alone take joyrides. read more
New era for timber construction company
17 July, 2017
Cape business news
Rustic Homes, forerunner of timber home design and construction in South Africa and leader in the field since the 1980s, has recently undergone a change of ownership, that being Werner Slabbert, timber construction industry stalwart. read more
7 designers work with American hardwoods for ‘Seed to Seat’ project at 100% Design SA 2017.
12 July, 2017
100% design
Furniture design and Life Cycle Assessment project aims to throw the spotlight on versatile, yet less well-known American hardwood species and identify the true environmental impact of design. The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association... read more
Paper-based bacteria-powered battery
5 July, 2017
Forest and wood product
Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have developed paper-based, bacteria-powered fuel cells, essentially creating low-cost, portable, disposable batteries for use in remote areas. Each device mounts onto a single piece of paper that can be folded and stacked... read more
Pulp, paper, and packaging in the next decade: Transformational change
3 July, 2017
Mckinsey and Company
From what you read in the press and hear on the street, you might be excused for believing the paper and forest-products industry is disappearing fast in the wake of digitization. The year 2015 saw worldwide demand for graphic paper decline for the first time ever. read more
Global Study: Most People Highly Value Paper and Print
3 July, 2017
Two sides
The recent issue of Paper360 (May/June) features consumer survey results on global attitudes towards paper and print, as well as toward corporate environmental claims promoting digital over paper-based communications. The article concludes that there is a clear preference for print on paper... read more

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