18 April, 2016
American hardwood seminar attracts leading players from timber sector in Western Cape region
U.S. hardwoods offer sustainability, wide diversity and standardized
grading for complete transparency and assurance
April 13, 2016 - The
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade
association for the American hardwood industry, has successfully hosted a
seminar in Cape Town, which was attended by over 35 specifiers, importers,
traders, and end users of hardwoods. Aimed at helping attendees obtain a better
understanding of the physical properties, grades and the potential for
applications offered by the different species of American hardwoods, the
high-impact event also emphasized the wide variety of American hardwood species,
their environmental credentials, as well as their importance in sustainable
highlight of the seminar was a discourse on the wide variety of American
hardwood species as well as their solid environmental credentials and their
importance in sustainable design. Roderick Wiles, AHEC Regional Director,
provided an introduction to American hardwoods, covering topics including
sustainable forest management and selection harvesting in the United States,
hardwood production, U.S. hardwood species and suitability for applications.
Neil Summers, AHEC's Technical Consultant talked on new market opportunities
for American hardwoods. His presentation covered thermally-modified American
hardwoods (TMT) and also looked at the potential for American hardwoods in
structural applications and cross-laminated timber (CLT).
addition, Dana Spessert, Chief Inspector, National Hardwood Lumber Association
(NHLA) provided an introduction to grading American hardwood lumber and a
practical demonstration of the NHLA Rules for grading American hardwood lumber.
Although the NHLA grading rules were originally conceived for the U.S.
marketplace, a reasonable knowledge is essential for buyers worldwide in order
to attain their expected degree of quality. With this in mind, the seminar aimed
at making the most of Dana's valuable experience, which encompasses over 27
years as an inspector of hardwood lumber, in a bid to educate buyers of
hardwoods in South Africa.
the event's sidelines, Roderick Wiles
said, "With its long and proven record of sustainability and continuity
of supply, the U.S. hardwood industry offers high quality timber to address the
demands of global customers. With this in kind, AHEC is taking major
initiatives to educate buyers, end users and specifiers across the globe. South
Africa is an established market, with an increasing volume of hardwoods being
consumed in the country and our presence through this seminar is part of our
strategy to support the efforts of our export companies and achieve further
growth for U.S. hardwoods globally."
The American Hardwood Export
Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the U.S.
hardwood industry, representing the committed exporters among U.S. hardwood
companies and all the major U.S. hardwood production trade associations. AHEC
runs a worldwide programme to promote American hardwoods in over 50 export
markets, concentrating on providing architects, specifiers, designers and
end-users with technical information on the range of species, products and
sources of supply. In addition, AHEC also produces a full range of technical
For more information, please visit: www.americanhardwood.org.