Timber Design & Technology Middle East - February 2013
The only magazine for Timber industry professionals published in the Gulf region.
www.timberdesignandtechnology.com Issue 06 | February 2013 Wood: The Tasmanian Way ABALON Hardwood: An American style sawmill in Europe GCC timber imports on the rise Sustainable and innovative forest products are key to the future of forests Outlook 2013: Sustainability trends in the timber market PLUS Timber industry news, new products, exhibition previews and listings and more ANALYSIS | INTERVIEWS | DESIGN | SUSTAINABILITY | TECHNOLOGY FROM THE EDITOR Issue 06 | Februar www.timberdesigna ndtechnology.com y 2013 nian Way Wood: The Tasma sawmill in Europe An American style ABALON Hardwood: s on the rise GCC timber import to the future of forests products are key innovative forest Sustainable and timber market the in ability trends Outlook 2013: Sustain , news, new products PLUS Timber industry listings and more s and exhibition preview INTERVIEWS ANALYSIS | SUSTAINAB | DESIGN | HNOLOG ILITY | TEC Y Editor’s comment Cover photo: Cree Buildings T his is the first issue of the magazine for 2013 and I am glad to introduce two new sections - The Source and Species Focus - in this issue. The former will take an in-depth look at the sources of supply and companies that produce timber and timber products whilst the latter will focus on different timber species with a view towards their working properties and applications. Looking at the year ahead, the EU Timber Regulation is perhaps the single biggest development for the timber industry. In his column for the magazine, timber sustainability expert and CEO of the non-profit NEPCon Peter Feilberg talks about the EUTR and offers his bet on key trends during the coming year. In this issue, we have covered a range of interesting topics including a feature on how Cree Buildings is pioneering an innovative timber and concrete hybrid technology that enables architects to design stunning tall wood buildings up to 30 stories. With a vision to bring wood as a primary building material into cities, the company is creating a new basis for modern, urban architecture through its LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system. We were also able to speak to Dominic McNeil from Britton Timbers on Blackwood and Tasmanian Oak, which are providing designers, architects and craftsmen with exciting new options for flooring and fine cabinetry. Confident of a market for Tasmanian hardwoods, particularly for flooring, the company is looking to make inroads into the region. Looking at the developments within the region, this issue features an article from Broadleaf Consulting on the predicted rise in timber imports to the GCC region in 2013. As construction projects gather pace across the GCC, demand for timber is reaching new heights with China, Malaysia, Romania, Germany, Indonesia and the United States emerging as the major suppliers of wood products to the GCC. Significantly, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have now become key destinations for many supplier countries and feature among the top ten or even five export trade partners. As the official GCC Media Partner for the Dubai WoodShow, we are looking ahead to the April issue, which will be distributed at the show. Our plan for the year is to publish six issues and also expand our online activity with updated news, features, exhibition information and technology developments. As always, I would like to encourage you to log on to the website - www.timberdesignandtechnology.com - for the latest updates and please get in touch if you have any suggestions for subjects we should consider covering. 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FOR ENERGY SECTORS. Te l : 0 4 8 8 0 9 8 8 9 | Fa x : 0 4 8 8 0 9 7 7 9 | w w w. fa r l i n d u b a i . c o m NEWS News Strong demand seen for American timbers in the MENA region The most recent data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that exports of American lumber to the MENA region reached a value of USD 92.7 million during the January to November period of 2012. This signals an increase of 22 percent over the same eleven months of 2011. Of the total, U.S. hardwood lumber exports accounted for USD 56.8 million, rising by 17 percent over the previous year and U.S. softwood lumber exports accounted for 35.9 million, rising by a significant 32 percent. It is anticipated that 2012 will prove to be a record year for exports of both U.S. hardwood and softwood lumber to the MENA region, when the December export figures are released by the USDA in early February. The UAE, Turkey, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were the top destinations for American hardwood lumber during January to November last year, taking 13,531 cubic meters (USD 10.8 million), 11,748 cubic meters (USD 8.5 million), 14,716 cubic meters (USD 7.8 million) and 10,407 cubic meters (USD 7.2 million) respectively during the period. Other significant markets included Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Qatar. In terms of species, American hardwood lumber exports to the region were dominated by red oak, white oak, ash, tulipwood and hickory. Key markets for American softwood lumber during the eleven-month period of last year were Pakistan, Libya and Egypt, taking 46,227 cubic meters (USD 11.0 million), 13,392 cubic meters (USD 5.9 million) and 12,550 cubic meters respectively. Other significant markets included the UAE, Jordan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Shipments of U.S. softwood lumber to the region during the period were dominated by southern yellow pine, with Douglas fir and other pine species making up the bulk of the remainder. Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania comments: “I am really buoyed by the significant uptake in U.S. hardwood lumber across the region last year and I anticipate that 2013 will prove to be even better. The Middle East is fast becoming a key destination for U.S. hardwood exporters and they are committed to supplying high quality and sustainable hardwoods for the foreseeable future.” Mathis wins first timber project in Qatar Mathis SA, the European leader in glulam timber construction, has secured its first laminated project in Qatar. Having completed several projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, such as the extension to King Khaled Airport, and a 35,000 square meter storage building for ADNOC, the company has secured the glulam elements of a project in the military parade zone of the new international airport at Doha. The 80m x 20m structure, a mixture of timber and steel elements and a fabric covering, was the obvious and natural choice because of technical, aesthetic, and ecological reasons. Mathis has provided all the structural calculations and drawings, carried out the fabrication of the structure, arranged the transportation from the factory to the site, and monitored the erection of the frame. The timber elements were shipped by sea, and then delivered to site by lorries. Further, the structure was erected in one week without any difficulty. The contractor responsible for the erection was pleasantly surprised by the ease of installing the 23-meter long beams. “Our philosophy is simple: we aid and assist the architects to realize their projects with our timber structures,” said Alan Dolléans, International Project Manager at Mathis SA. “Our trump card is to integrate the engineering design with the digitally controlled CNC fabrication machinery so that when the elements arrive on site they can rapidly and accurately be assembled in record time.” February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 7 NEWS Australia joins global fight against illegal logging Australia is stepping up its fight against the illegal logging trade with the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 having been passed by the Australian Parliament. The landmark legislation outlaws the trade of illegally harvested timber in Australia. Illegal logging costs around $60 billion globally each year and directly threatens timber jobs and businesses by undercutting the price of legally logged timber. It is operated by criminal networks and has serious environmental impacts. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the passage of the legislation reflects Australia’s commitment to legitimate forestry industries. He added: “The illegal timber trade is a trade that benefits no one. It risks jobs, it risks the timber industry, and it risks the environment. The Gillard Government brought a commitment to the last election to outlaw the trade of illegally harvested timber. Today we delivered on it.” Commenting on the fact that the legislation does not discriminate against timber or timber products based on country of origin, Minister Ludwig said: “The Act will make it an offence to import illegally logged timber into the Australian market and to process timber that has been illegally harvested here in Australia. It places requirements on Australian importers and processors not on our trading partners or exporters.” “The Australian Government has consulted widely with importers, processors, industry associations, retailers, conservation groups and our trading partners to develop this Act. We will continue to work with each of these stakeholders as we implement it,” said Minister Ludwig. Tasmania’s first Carbon Flux Tower installed Forestry Tasmania will improve its understanding of the growth of its forests with the installation of Tasmania’s first carbon flux tower at the Warra LTER site. The 80 meter tall tower measures the exchange of carbon and water between the forest and atmosphere and will provide readings every 30 minutes to enable scientists to monitor carbon movement in forests. According to Tim Wardlaw, Principal Research Officer, the tower is set to play a vital role in contributing new knowledge to understanding how the forest is responding to climate as well as improving climate knowledge. “We are able to see if the forest is absorbing carbon or losing it. It’s really important for understanding how well our forest is acting as a sink and how quickly they will change from a sink to a source,” said Wardlaw. “It’s a bit like taking the pulse of the forest and telling you how the forest is functioning and how it responds to extreme wet climate events such as drought and heatwaves. The beauty is we’re seeing it happen in real time.” It is the first carbon flux tower to be built in Tasmania and the 14th in Australia. The flux tower is the most recent piece of research infrastructure at the Warra site, which is a key part of Tasmania’s ecological monitoring program. Interestingly, the tower is located within a proposed reserve arising from the Tasmanian Forest Agreement 2012. The Warra LTER site of 15,900 hectares was designated in 1995 to encourage long-term ecological research and monitoring in wet forests in Tasmania. As of today, the site is supported by eight LTER site partners from Tasmanian and national research agencies. Whatever the final tenure outcome, it is important that the internationally significant monitoring program at Warra continues to be supported. 8 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 NEWS WEINIG WORKS WOOD All innovations for LIGNA in Hall 12. For further information, Laminate flooring industry going from strength to strength with quality and innovation Machines and systems visit www.weinig.com for solid wood processing in WEINIG quality According to a recent statement by the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF), the outlook for 2013 amongst EPLF members is quite varied. The stable situation in Germany is good news. However, looking at foreign markets, the EPLF is hoping that the situation in southern Europe will improve and the association has great expectations of the expanding markets in Turkey and South America. Exports to China, especially in the premium sector, are also increasing significantly again, showing that European quality and innovation are in demand the world over. Total sales by EPLF members in 2012 amounted to approximately 460 million square meters. “Laminate is and remains a success story. But we view the S4S and profiling Automation Tool / grinding systems Ripping / cross cutting Scanner technology Optimization individual markets very differently,” says EPLF President Ludger Schindler with regard to current developments. “The situation in Germany is stable. Debt crises and economic fluctuations in southern Europe continue to affect laminate sales. But overall the Euro zone is slowly recovering. Turkey is the second largest market by volume in Europe. Exports to South America are showing a positive trend. We are even selling more to China.” According to the EPLF, overall economic trends in Germany are being partly shaped by the middle class who continue to invest in lasting values, such as their own property. Replacing flooring is at the top of the list when it comes to medium- and large-scale modernization work. This is where the EPLF believes the laminate industry has the solid foothold it needs in order to invest in the long term in further Windows and doors Furniture Surface sections Finger-jointing Tenoning Coping development of its ranges. Clearly, the German market demands a lot of the quality and look of products. “The EPLF members will continue to set standards for the development of the entire industry,” says Schindler, “as innovations always produce their own economic cycles. This will also be noticeable at Domotex.” Examples of the distinct innovation of European manufacturers are product features such as experimental pine looks, dyed or altered surfaces, the used look, dark oak decors or particularly Your expert www.weinig.com long rustic boards with all-over prints. Volkmar Halbe, Chairman of the Market and Image Committee of the EPLF, says: “Laminate’s market share has continued to grow over other types of flooring for a number of years. This is due to its unique product characteristics: laminate is durable, easy to care for, easy to lay and offers infinite design options. It is the last of these characteristics that many architects are now becoming aware of.” WEINIG OFFERS MORE February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 9 NEWS Researchers to develop high-quality forestry products using Irish timber A new research initiative has begun at NUI Galway to develop highquality forestry products in Ireland using innovative engineering technologies. One of the first activities of the EUR 0.5 million project is the creation of the first database to contain details of all the known properties of Irish-grown timber. Secondly, the research will attempt to re-engineer timber to produce products with enhanced strength and durability. The demand for increased use of sustainable materials in areas such as construction has led to a demand for innovative timber products, which can replace more traditional materials that have poor environmental performance. Dr Annette Harte, a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering and member of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, will lead the research into methods for engineering Irish timber to produce highperformance construction products. The project will utilize the latest technologies at the University’s timber research laboratory, which is the primary timber and engineered wood products testing facility in Ireland. Dr Harte will test the feasibility of using novel technologies such as cross-lamination and internal reinforcement of the timber components with fibre-reinforced polymer rods and plates to manufacture advanced construction products from Irish timber. The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine under the FIRM/RSF/COFORD scheme, and Queens University Belfast is a collaborating partner in the research, giving the results all-island impact. “This funding will help us to develop a world-class competence to exploit Ireland’s natural resource of wood. We aim to identify the potential for producing added-value timber products for construction applications from Irish timber resources. These products will allow Irish timber to be used in more demanding applications than before, such as long-span and multi-storey construction,” explains Dr Harte. Professor Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway added: “In the context of pressures on resources and the environment, innovation and resource efficiencies can go hand-in-hand with steady economic growth. Dr Harte’s work is helping to create better conditions for timber products and services that should have lower impacts across their life-cycles, and are durable, repairable and recyclable.” According to Dr Martina Prendergast, Strategic Development Manager of the Ryan Institute: “As a result of securing the significant grant from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine, we are in a much better position to attract European funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme to develop high quality forestry products which will be recognized around the world.” Myanmar government plans log export ban The Myanmar Ministry of Forestry has announced that it will scale back logging and ban the export of raw teak and hardwood from 2014 in a bid to increase exports of higher-earning finished products. Under the project, the timber export is scheduled to reduce year by year. The government has also expressed readiness to completely stop exporting wood logs. “The project is focusing to save the remaining one-fifth of the country’s total area and also to manufacture high quality wood products to export,” said Thein Lwin, Secretary of the Parliament’s Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Committee. Myanmar’s forest coverage was down to 24 percent in 2008 from 51 percent in 2005, and 57 percent in 1962. The main causes of deforestation are excessive harvesting of trees, rampant illegal logging, increasing use of firewood, as well as shifting cultivation system. Myanmar produces about 283,000 cubic meters of teak and 1.98 million cubic meters of hardwood annually. In addition, the country is also a major exporter of teak in the world, taking up 75 percent of the global market. It ships teak to China, India and other regional countries. In 2011-2012, the country exported 371,000 metric tonnes of teak and 1,789,400 metric tonnes of hardwood. “In the past, we couldn’t export finished products for various reasons. But now we will try to export finished products and we will halt logs exports. That’s a serious aim we will carry out in the future,” said U Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry. 10 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 NEWS www.interzum.com Furniture production Interiors Cologne EU recognizes Indonesian Timber Certification System The European Union is now unconditionally accepting Indonesian timber products that come with a wood certification document based on the Timber Legality Verification System The future starts here. (SVLK), according to Julian Wilson, EU Ambassador. Speaking at the press conference, Ambassador Wilson said: “If a product carries the logo V-legal, it can be ascertained that the product is legal and has clear origins so that there is no need to impose additional controls.” Indonesia and the European Union are also working on a voluntary partnership agreement on law enforcement, management and trade of forestry goods (FLEGT VPA) that is expected to be signed in April. The FLEGT VPA will provide unequivocal legal recognition of Indonesia’s SVLK certification system. Wilson said that although the partnership is only expected to come into force later this year, he believed that there would be no hindrance to the importation of legal timber and wood products from Indonesia. Wilson also promised to work together with the Indonesian government and other concerned parties to promote the recognition of the SVLK among EU consumers. 13 – 16. 05. 2013 interzum New: Monday to Thursday ! World’s Leading Event UNECE, FAO and partners announce plans for European Forest Week 2013 The European Forest Week (December 9-13, 2013) will be celebrated with events in Rovaniemi Finland at Metsä2013 (the joint meeting of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission), and throughout Europe via a variety of events. The week will highlight the contribution of forests and forest products to a green economy and will also provide a unique communication and outreach opportunity to raise the visibility of the forest sector and the multiple services wood contributes to our daily lives. The European Forest Week will provide an umbrella for forest related celebrations organized by different public and private organizations throughout Europe. Many events will be held on-site, at the Metsä2013 venue in Northern Finland, while other activities will take place throughout Europe with countries’ contributions at national and local levels. Celebrations outside of Metsä2013 may include: celebrations of forests at the national and local levels; specific events by private or public organizations; competitions, exhibits, fairs, school activities; videos and publications. In addition, the organizers encourage wide participation of government officials from forestry and non-forest sectors as well as representatives of international, regional and sub-regional organizations that deal with forest-related issues in the region, including NGOs, the private sector, schools and academic institutions. Suppliers primarily deliver one thing: new ideas. Visionary technologies and innovative design – at interzum you’ll find concentrated innovative power for your future sales success. The best ideas and sector innovations for the furniture industry and the home interiors business celebrate their premieres here. As the leading global trade fair for the sector, interzum opens a window into the future. interzum is the meeting place for all of the key players. Gain an innovative edge – and let yourself be inspired. Save time and money ! Register and buy your tickets online. www.interzum.com Koelnmesse GmbH, Messeplatz 1, 50679 Köln, Germany Phone +49 180 5 077 050, Fax +49 221 821-99 1210 firstname.lastname@example.org February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 11 88x273-iz13_M1_INT-Timber Design.indd 1 05.12.12 13:07 SUSTAINABILITY Outlook 2013: Sustainability trends in the timber market Corporate responsibility without greenwash is the future, and thirdparty verification will further cement its stronghold. Timber sustainability expert and CEO of the non-profit NEPCon Peter Feilberg offers his bet on key trends during the coming year. G et a green makeover. Or order a greenwash screening. The fact that such offerings have become commonplace testifies to the significance of sustainability in today’s business environment. In these times of economic crisis, many companies are bolstering their business through enhanced corporate responsibility. A wise choice: trend reports show that companies which strongly embrace sustainability are often the most successful. For example, a recent analysis showed that the top four financial performers in France all belong to a select group of ‘sustainability visionaries’ that use innovation to go beyond laws and voluntary schemes. considerable push for responsible paper became even stronger in 2012, when the Disney Group committed to sustainable sourcing of paper and packaging, following examples set by other iconic brands such as McDonalds, Gucci and LEGO. Within the timber sector itself, leading companies are setting new standards for sustainability. Spectacular highlights from 2012 include the launch of IKEA’s ambitious strategy ‘People and Planet Positive’ and home improvement retailer Kingfisher’s ‘Net Positive’ Responsible timber sourcing becomes mainstream The trend spills over into the timber sector in many ways. Most significantly, responsible timber sourcing is on the fast track to mainstream business, addressing two interrelated issues: growing resources scarcity and public concern over deforestation that leads to biodiversity loss and climate change. For example, the already An Ernst & Young survey of 272 mainly US-based companies found that 65 percent of CFOs are now involved in sustainability initiatives. One of the underlying reasons given for this trend is the growing scarcity of natural resources 12 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SUSTAINABILITY achived full FSC project certification. These projects exemplify an ambitious array of eco-innovative designs and thoughtful procurement policies. M&S explains their approach to sustainability, ‘Plan A’, in this way: “We’re calling it Plan A because we believe it’s now the only way to do business. There is no Plan B”. Natural resources scarcity is a core factor An Ernst & Young survey of 272 mainly US-based companies found that 65 percent of CFOs are now involved in sustainability initiatives. One of the underlying reasons given for this trend is the growing scarcity of natural resources. As many as 76 percent ‘anticipate natural resource shortages will affect their core business objectives over the next 3-5 years’. The report also found that ‘66 percent have seen an increase in inquiries about sustainability-related issues in the past 12 months from investors and shareholders’. In a world of diminishing forests and steep growth of affluent populations, timber is set to become a scarce natural commodity. In order to stay in business, timber-based enterprises need to focus strongly on supply chain management. Timber certification is part and parcel of the solution and this is part of the reason for the steep growth seen in certification. Between 2010 and 2012, the area of FSC certified forest grew by over 22 percent, while FSC chain of custody certification grew by 28.6 percent. According to the latest FSC Global Market Survey, 64 percent of FSC certificate holders are seeking to increase their certified supplies in order to meet demands. approach. Kingfisher’s ambition is to ‘go beyond neutrality and seek to make a positive contribution to the world’s future’. The strategies mark an emerging trend: timber sourcing is increasingly recognized as a key sustainability aspect alongside water consumption, recycling and greenhouse gas emissions. The year 2012 also saw the inauguration of the world’s first FSC and PEFC certified olympic stadium in London and the opening of UK retailer Marks & Spencer’s giant Cheshire Oaks Eco-Store, which has February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 13 SUSTAINABILITY Image ÂŠ Marks & Spencer A diminishing market for forest crime Marketplaces around the world are tightening the nuts and bolts of fences created to exclude illegal timber. Laws that ban illegal timber trade are now in place in the EU, the U.S. and Australia. The ink is hardly dry on the Australian legislation and the EU Timber Regulation will only come into force in March 2013, so their impact is yet to be seen; but doubtlessly these legal frameworks will cause a ripple effect across the global trade. They will also spur growth in timber verification schemes that offer solutions for companies seeking to ensure their legal compliance. At the same time, forest criminals are facing tougher times. Together with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), INTERPOL has launched a major project to crack down on the whitecollar mafias that often orchestrate illegal logging. Although the combat against illegal logging is a long haul, I hope that 2013 will see the emerging contours of a marketplace without unfair competition from illegal timber. Timber certification is part and parcel of the solution and this is part of the reason for the steep growth seen in certification. Between 2010 and 2012, the area of FSC certified forest grew by over 22 percent, while FSC chain of custody certification grew by 28.6 percent. for supplies of legal and sustainable timber is likely to intensify. In the future, the gates to attractive markets will be wide open for suppliers who have put their house well in order and are able to meet demands for documenting legal or sustainable origin. Those who fail to deliver the right assurance are likely to be left behind. This begs the question of whether the development favours the larger and more resourceful operations. There is a great need for incentives and special schemes permitting smaller forest operations and companies to jump on the green bandwagon. Image ÂŠ NEPCon About the author As Executive Director, Peter provides leadership of NEPCon with visionary thinking, drawing on more than fifteen years of active involvement in developing the global forest certification world. His experience and thought-leadership has positioned him as a respected voice within the forest certification arena. He is a frequent speaker at global sustainability events and also contributes behindthe-scenes in numerous ways. Peter is NEPConâ€™s FSC delegate and a former member of the assurance committee of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards. NEPCon is an international, non-profit organization that works to promote the responsible use of natural resources and to safeguard sustainable livelihoods. The organization helps transform business practices and consumer behavior through innovation projects and delivery of certification services. Learn more at www.nepcon.net Changing with the game Put together, these developments are profoundly game-changing. The race 14 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 MARKET REPORT Sustainable and innovative forest products are key to the future of forests UNECE Timber Committee releases market statement on Forest Products Markets in 2012 and 2013 16 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 MARKET REPORT A ccording to the market statement released by the UNECE Timber Committee on forecasts of production and trade for over 30 countries in the UNECE region in 2012 and 2013. Some of the key findings are outlined below. the forest products market in 2012 and 2013, the movement towards creating a sustainable economy represents a bright spot for the future of forests. The report states that the trend towards increased use of wood for construction and other uses of wood through innovation of new and improved products, the potential of wood energy, the sustainability of wood and its low carbon footprint are all causes for optimism. However current market conditions remain challenging, as the UNECE region emerges from the global economic crisis. The UNECE region is made up of three sub-regions: Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It stretches from Canada and the United States of America in the west through Europe to the Russian Federation and to the Caucasus and Central Asian republics in the east. It covers almost the entire boreal and temperate forests of the northern hemisphere - about 1.7 billion hectares - just under half of the world’s forest area and almost 38 percent of the land area of the UNECE region. As part of the annual market discussions during the annual meeting of the UNECE Timber Committee, national delegations forecast for 2012 a decline in regional forest product markets, particularly in Europe, with a slight uptick in 2013 for each of the three sub-regions. Other issues of importance discussed during the meetings included how the EU Timber Regulation will help in assuring the legality and sustainability of forest products along with the United States Lacey Act. However, concerns exist over the cost implications and the regulatory burden. The Committee also reviewed developments in forest products markets as reported in the Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2011-2012, as well as experts’ presentations, country market statements and forecasts for 2012 and 2013. The Committee’s officially adopted Market Statement summarizes the latest market information on forest products market developments, along with detailed Overview of forest products markets in 2012 and 2013 Sustainable forest products have and will continue to play an increasingly significant role in the green economy. Their renewability, recyclability and versatility make them a natural choice for a low carbon future. Further, the future movement towards a sustainable economy is a bright spot in the future of forests, however current market conditions are challenging as the UNECE region emerges from the global economic crisis. Following the improvements seen in 2010 and early 2011, recovery in the UNECE region within forest products markets stalled. The exception was the CIS region, where many markets have improved to pre-crisis (2007) levels. Consumption of forest products in 2011 remained flat in most of the UNECE region 10 percent lower than before the global financial crisis. However, in the Russian Federation, consumption grew by 9 percent. In spite of the continuing uncertainty and the difficult economic conditions, the consumption of some forest products showed slight growth in 2011. Forecasts of consumption are for further weakness in 2012 (-0.9 percent) with a slight uptick in 2013 (0.5 percent), led by North America. China continues to be an important forest products market for the UNECE region. Rising Chinese domestic demand is partly responsible, as is increasing manufacturing and exports back into the UNECE region. In addition, a shortage of raw materials amid rising domestic consumption (increasing faster than GDP) will continue the trend of increased imports. North Africa and the Middle East continue to remain important consumers of European wood products, despite the effects of the ‘Arab Spring’ whilst North America has become an increasingly important supplier of wood pellets for Europe. In addition, South America is producing many products that directly or indirectly compete with products from the UNECE region. North Africa and the Middle East continue to remain important consumers of European wood products, despite the effects of the ‘Arab Spring’ whilst North America has become an increasingly important supplier of wood pellets for Europe Economic and construction developments Global economic growth has been only moderate since economic recovery started in 2009 with growth in the European and North American sub-regions expected to further weaken in 2012. In the developing regions, however, growth has continued, though at variable rates. Further, a significant turnaround in the sluggish recoveries in Europe and North America seems unlikely. Historically, the construction sector has been the primary catalyst for the demand for forest products. Overall, in Europe and North America, the housing market has not yet shown any strong recovery from the recession. New housing starts and sales in the U.S. are at their lowest levels since modern records began to be kept in 1963 but are showing signs of recovery. The market in Canada has seen a much smaller decline and has improved in 2012 but a slowdown is anticipated in 2013 as tighter mortgage qualification standards are introduced. The Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2012) reported that total dwelling floor space increased from 3,229 million square meters in 2010 to 3,272 million square meters in 2011. Further, the country’s 2011-2015 Housing Programme projects an increase in annual construction levels. These figures are representative of the considerable potential for wood to take an increasing market share in construction. There are signs that this is already happening in many countries, particularly in the case of buildings that have been constructed primarily out of wood. February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 17 MARKET REPORT Policy and regulatory framework development The development of policies that address and promote sustainable forest management, including measures to combat illegal logging, climate- and energy-related policies continues to gain momentum, in particular those that promote the use of renewable energy and ‘green building’. Most recently, the Russian Federation has cleared the final hurdle to becoming a WTO member. As such, log exports are likely to increase if, as expected, export duties fall. Further, import duties to the Russian Federation are also expected to fall. Significantly, the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) between Canada and the U.S. which regulates sawnwood exports from Canada to the U.S. was renewed in January 2012, as both countries saw value in extending the agreement for an additional two years. The biggest development for the timber industry is the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which will come into effect from March 3 this year. Its objective is to prevent illegally sourced wood and products derived from such wood from entering the European market by prohibiting the placing of such products on the EU market; requiring ‘due diligence’ by operators and ‘traceability’ throughout the supply chain. Monitoring organizations to assist market operators meet the new obligations will also have been recognized by the European Commission. The EUTR is part of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, which has several measures for banning illegal timber from markets, to advance the supply of legally sourced wood products and to increase the demand for responsibly sourced timber. In 2011, the Russian Federal Forestry Agency published the first version of the State ‘Forestry Development Programme 20122020’ and drafted a legal text, the ‘State regulation on the movement of roundwood’, aimed at improving sustainable forest management, taking measures against illegal logging, improving the transparency and legality of timber trade and reforestation. This is seen as a necessary step in the development of forest law enforcement and to ensure The development of policies that address and promote sustainable forest management, including measures to combat illegal logging, climateand energy-related policies continues to gain momentum that Russian forest product exports are able to comply with the EU Timber Regulation and the U.S. Lacey Act. In addition, for the first time in modern Russian history, a draft ‘National Forest Policy’ has been formulated by the Federal Forestry Agency. This policy aims to increase the emphasis on sustainable forest management, the strengthening of the wood-processing sector and the active participation of citizens in management of forest resources. The U.S. Congress proposed amendments to the Lacey Act in 18 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 MARKET REPORT About UNECE/FAO Forestry & Timber Section The UNECE/FAO Forestry & Timber Section has served as a trusted source of information, data and analysis about the forest sector in the UNECE region for more than 60 years. The section is unique in that it is a joint UNECE/ FAO secretariat, servicing the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission and working closely with other members of the United Nations family and with country stakeholders. It operates to a mandate agreed by the 56 countries, which together comprise the UNECE region, stretching from North America to the Russian Federation and Central Asia. Working with FAO, the Section plays a pivotal role in the regular assessment of the state of forests in the pan-European region and contributes to the periodic global Forest Resources Assessment. In addition, the section’s work with Forest Europe allows a regular critical assessment of the health and sustainability of Europe’s forests, using criteria and indicators drawn up by the countries active in the Forest Europe process. The results are published in the State of Europe’s Forests report. The Section is also active in the field of forest policies and institutions, recognized as an integral part of sustainable forest management. These activities include information collection, analysis and dissemination, monitoring of developments, analysis of trends and capacity building. The Section addresses important crosssectoral aspects of relevance to the forest sector, notably related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, bioenergy, biodiversity, land use, water and agriculture. The Section’s work compiling market and, to a lesser extent, price data for forest products throughout the region, feeds into the prestigious Forest Products Annual Market Review, which appears every autumn and forms the basis for market discussions during the annual Timber Committee session. As well as providing an overview of the changing state of markets, the review sets out to understand the forces that are shaping the timber market and to examine future directions. Underlying all of this is a comprehensive database that provides a unique historical perspective. 2011, called the ‘Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act’. The amendments provide limitations on applications, reduced penalties, changes to reviewing and reporting, and establish standard certification processes. Further, North American timber supply will be affected by the reductions of the annual allowable cut foreseen in British Columbia as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and in eastern Canada due to planned harvest reduction. These effects will be more visible in the future, as demand increases and the salvaging of beetle-killed trees runs its course. The continuing development of green building codes should help to reinforce wood’s position as the environmentally sound construction material of choice Europe and the CIS. The remaining 13 percent is across the southern hemisphere. Chain-of-custody (CoC) certification has continued to grow but more slowly. China is, by a significant margin, the largest user of CoC certificates and the EU Timber Regulation is likely to expand this. The continuing development of green building codes should help to reinforce wood’s position as the environmentally sound construction material of choice, particularly the March 2012 release of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Further, key indicators, including legality, responsible bioenergy and fuel efficiency are Certified forest products markets By May 2012, the global area of certified forest was 394 million hectares, which represents a 4 percent increase over May 2011. Globally, the certified area is not evenly distributed as more than half (51 percent) of the certified forest area is in North America, one quarter (25 percent) in the EU/EFTA region and 12 percent is in other examples of areas where government standards may provide better tools for ensuring sustainability. Significantly, it seems likely that existing timber certification programmes will be challenged to define their niche in the light of the continued development of more targeted standards that address specific market issues, such as climate change policies, illegallogging controls, and bio-based material assurances. February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 19 ANALYSIS GCC timber imports on the rise China, Malaysia, Romania, Germany, Indonesia and the United States are major suppliers of wood products to the GCC A s construction projects gather pace across the GCC, demand for timber is reaching new heights. Whether it is softwood lumber and plywood for concrete forming and general building works or hardwood lumber and wood-based panels for interiors and furniture, the regionâ€™s appetite for wood products is certainly growing. The GCC, and most particularly, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have now become key destinations for many supplier countries and feature among the top ten or even five export trade partners. Not too many years ago, timber exporters to the GCC were limited to a handful of pioneering companies from a few countries. The range of products sold in to the market was far from expansive and their availability was sporadic. Today, however, the region attracts wood product suppliers from every corner of the globe and just about every conceivable wood or wood-based product is represented on the ground and is readily available. Additionally, numerous partnerships have been formed between GCC-based agents and importers and overseas suppliers. Some of these have since developed in to large-scale enterprises with representation across the Middle East and beyond. Various national wood promotion and marketing bodies have also now become very active in the region - some with many years of representation in the Gulf already chalked up, such as the Malaysian Timber Council and the American Hardwood Export Council. Their recognition of the GCC as a major and developing destination for their products has driven them to include the region as a key part of their global promotional strategies. Although reliable complete trade data is 20 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 ANALYSIS Not too many years ago, timber exporters to the GCC were limited to a handful of pioneering companies from a few countries.The range of products sold in to the market was far from expansive and their availability was sporadic. unavailable, it can be estimated that imports of all wood products by the six GCC member states reached a total value of USD 1.7 billion during the first nine months of 2012, rising by around 16 percent from the same period in the previous year. The leading suppliers of wood products were China, Malaysia, Romania, Germany, Indonesia and the United States and shipments from these six nations accounted for around two thirds of all exports to the GCC. The main product shipped to the region was softwood lumber, which accounted for as much as 17 to 20 percent of total imports by value. Hardwood plywood, medium density fibreboard (MDF) and other wood-based panels and hardwood lumber made up the bulk of the remainder, while other products included flooring, doors and door sets, semi-finished panels and components and hardwood veneers. Just taking figures from the top six suppliers to the GCC - China, Malaysia, Romania, Germany, Indonesia and the United States - wood product imports reached a total value of USD 1.3 billion during the January to September period of last year, rising by 16.2 percent from the same three quarters of 2011. Saudi Arabia stood out as the leading destination for exports from these six supplying countries, with total shipments reaching USD 574.3 million and increasing by 18.2 percent from the same period in the previous year. At the same time, the UAEâ€™s imports from these six countries reached USD 496.4 million, rising from USD 439.9 million during the first nine months of 2011. Chinaâ€™s exports of all wood products to the GCC member states grew by 17.5 percent year-on-year in January to September of 2012 and reached a total value of USD February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 21 ANALYSIS Not only has the GCC become an important destination for wood products, but it has also become a vital trading hub for a wider region. This is particularly true for the UAE, where re-exports of wood products account for as much as 30 percent of total imports. Some of this is intra-GCC trade, but major destination markets also include Iran, Somalia, Rwanda and India. GCC TIMBER IMPORTS FROM TOP SIX SUPPLIERS Jan - Sept 2012 (US$ thousands) 600,000 550,000 500,000 450,000 400,000 350,000 300,000 250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 0 UAE Source: Broadleaf Consulting USA Germany Romania Indonesia Malaysia China KSA Qatar Kuwait Bahrain Oman 568.5 million. A significant proportion was accounted for by hardwood plywood, but many other items also made up the product mix. The number two supplier to the region was Indonesia, with shipments of all wood products attaining a value of USD 217.3 million during the period and rising by 18.6 percent on the same nine months of 2011. Plywood and MDF were the key products imported from Indonesia, while these also came from Malaysia, in addition to large volumes of hardwood lumber. Total shipments from Malaysia during the first three quarters of 2012 reached USD 186.6 million, rising by 21.2 percent from the same period in the previous year. Not only has the GCC become an important destination for wood products, but it has also become a vital trading hub for a wider region. This is particularly true for the UAE, where re-exports of wood products account for as much as 30 percent of total imports. Some of this is intra-GCC trade, but major destination markets also include Iran, Somalia, Rwanda and India. The construction sector in the GCC looks set to continue its recovery through this year from the downturn seen in 2009 and, as a result, it is widely anticipated that demand for wood products will continue to rise across the region. More suppliers from even more countries will choose the Gulf as a key destination for their products over the next twelve months and competition is likely to be tough. However, with declining wood consumption in many European markets and just the beginnings of an uncertain recovery being seen in the United States, the battle for market share is likely to be worth the effort. About the author Roderick Wiles has been analysing the Middle Eastâ€™s markets for wood products for the past 14 years. He has travelled extensively throughout the MENA region, developing a wealth of contacts and experience and providing consultancy services to a range of government and industry clients on a long term or one-off basis. For more information, see www.broadleafconsulting.com 22 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 20 - 23 May 2013 Dubai World Trade Centre www.indexexhibition.com For more information about exhibiting at the INDEX International Design Exhibition 2013, contact us: Tel: +971 (0)4 438 0355 Fax: +971 (0)4 438 0357 Email: email@example.com THE SOURCE Baillie Lumber expects increased demand for hardwoods in MENA region Leading player supplies a comprehensive range of North American and Tropical hardwoods B aillie Lumber is one of North Americaâ€™s largest hardwood lumber manufacturers, several partner mills and suppliers in the U.S. and internationally, which supplement its own hardwood manufacturing capabilities thereby giving the company a breadth of specie availability unmatched by other hardwood manufacturers. Participating in all of the major markets around the world and serving customers in various countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Baillie is able to offer customers a range of North American and Tropical hardwoods. The main species that the company currently supplies includes white oak, red oak, hard maple, soft maple, walnut, cherry, ash, poplar, African mahogany, genuine mahogany, and sapele. In addition, the company has established relationships with local and regional importers and agents, which have been driven by its sales representatives, some of whom have over 25 years of experience in the industry. Timber Design & Technology takes a closer look at Baillie Lumber. distributors and exporters. Founded in 1923, the company has grown from a regional supplier of North American hardwoods to an international hardwood manufacturer that can ship hardwood lumber to any region of the world. Today, Baillie is a leading provider of hardwood logs, hardwood lumber and proprietary grade hardwood lumber products with hardwood manufacturing facilities that are spread north to south in the eastern United States. The company owns and operates several sawmills and concentration yards, which are conveniently located near the principal North American shipping routes and seaports. In addition, Baillie also maintains relationships with Baillie solutions As one of North Americaâ€™s premier hardwood lumber suppliers, Baillie is a full-service lumber supplier involved in manufacturing, distribution, importing and exporting of hardwood logs, lumber or lumber products. Aiming to offer value-added services, 24 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 THE SOURCE lumber companies, Baillie aims to provide hardwood lumber solutions that help its customers’ business succeed. The company is able to offer special width, length, color or grade sorts; tailored delivery schedules; and volumes of hardwood lumber in standard grades. The objective is to provide solutions that target two goals: increasing yields and decreasing costs for customers. Environmental Credentials Baillie Lumber is FSC Certified. Moreover, Baillie conducts its business in accordance with sound environmental practices that emphasize sustainable forest management. Currently, Baillie and its partners rely primarily on private landowners who own 57 percent of the timberland in the United States to supply its facilities with raw materials. Most of these lands are intensively managed by professional foresters who practice sustainable forest management. As such, in all of Baillie’s hardwood forests, sustainable forest management has resulted in nearly twice as much new hardwood growth than is removed through harvesting. Baillie’s commitment to sustainable forest management also means that harvest levels should not exceed what the forest grows and should not degrade future growth capability. Each of its sawmill locations has a Certified Forester® as part of its staff who is board certified by the Society of American Image © Baillie Lumber Foresters. In addition, much of Baillie’s lumber comes from the Appalachian Hardwood Forest, a region that the U.S. Forest Service has verified as benefiting from sustainable forest management. Baillie also actively supports many state and national forestry trade associations, forestry groups, colleges and universities, and forest landowner groups dedicated to the advancement of sustainable forest management. Hardwood Lumber and Logs Baillie is able to supply both domestic species from the forests across the U.S. in addition to all the major species from Africa, Asia and South America. The company has an international Image © Baillie Lumber procurement team that has expertise in locating and selecting the best hardwoods from around the world, which are then available for shipment directly from their country of origin, or through Baillie’s U.S. manufacturing and distribution locations. Baillie also purchases hardwood veneer logs and saw logs from loggers and landowners. The company has developed lumber and log markets throughout the United States and is able to offer loggers and landowners the best possible price for their logs. the company provides customers not only with the lumber strips they require sorted by length, width, grade or color but also the option to rip and surface lumber and strips to their exact specifications. In addition, Baillie Lumber’s ‘Custom Lumber Solutions’ program is a no obligation review of a customers’ existing production process. The company utilizes a 5-step evaluation process designed to create a unique and customized lumber solution to meet the customers’ specific production needs. Baillie in the Middle East Baillie Lumber has been active in the MENA marketplace since the 1980’s. Since first entering the region with sales to Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, the company has expanded its operations to virtually all countries. Confident of the demand in the region, the company is actively looking for ways to serve existing and new potential customers in the region through their existing sales teams. Why Baillie? As one of America’s premier hardwood February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 25 SPECIES FOCUS American Softwoods Image © American Softwood A merican softwoods are grown in the western, southeastern and northeastern states of the United Application The diverse and wide-ranging applications of American Softwoods fall into three main categories: Joinery, Structural and Outdoors. Outdoors When pressure preservative treated, timber can provide decades of reliable service exposed to the harshest of climates. Southern Yellow Pine is the preferred species when pressure treatment with wood preservatives is required. The unique cellular structure of Southern Yellow Pine permits deep and uniform penetration of preservatives, rendering the wood useless as a food source for fungi, termites and micro-organisms. Common outdoors applications for States. Renowned for their strength, flexibility, versatility and beauty, they have been exported for almost 200 years. Harvested from sustainably managed forests in the USA, the success of forest management and conservation in the USA means that the area of forested land is now greater than it was 75 years ago. Today, the forests occupy an area equal in size to Germany and France combined and more than 4.5 million trees are planted or seeded naturally every day. America is recognized worldwide as a sustainable source of top quality timber. This popularity is based on: • Standardization of sizes and stress ratings • Quality control through the enforcement of a single unified grading system • Strength and durability • Suitability for preservative and fireretardant treatments • Construction standardization and systemization. The simple cell structure of softwoods’ long, uniformly packed fibres gives them a high strength-to-weight ratio, making them flexible and capable of bearing heavy loads. American softwoods have the strength to sustain longer spans for trusses and joists, as well as the clear, fine-grained timber that is in demand for joinery applications, such as panelling, door frames, windows, flooring and furniture. Joinery The quality grains and textures of American softwoods have long proved popular for many internal uses. Finished naturally, stained or painted, they will enhance the interior of both traditional and modern homes. American softwoods are also growing in demand for furniture manufacture but are ideal for: • Bed frames • Cabinetry • Fenestration • Flooring • Moulding • Panelling • Staircases preservative treated timber include: • Boardwalks • Bridges • Cladding • Decks • Marinas and piers • Playground equipment American softwood timber is marketed by members of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and the Softwood Export Council (SEC), known jointly as American Softwoods. The various species of softwoods from southern and western America provide a wide range of choices, including industrial, commercial, structural and domestic applications. Much of the U.S. softwood exported is for interior applications, such as doors, windows, picture frames, mouldings, flooring, panelling, and other millwork - a prime destination for Southern Yellow Pine, Eastern white pine and fir species. Further, furniture components and edge-glued panels are also key uses for softwood lumber whilst western species, such as Douglas fir and hemlock in clear grades, are prized for wood window and door stock as well as for window frames. Structural Structural timber is graded for its load-bearing and load-carrying capacity in framing systems and in heavy construction, light commercial and residential applications. The dominant American structural framing species are Douglas Fir and Southern Yellow Pine. Typical structural construction applications include: • Churches • Retail developments • Schools • Sports venues • Swimming pools • Theatres February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 27 SPECIES FOCUS Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa General description Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is light in color, with large amounts of creamy white to straw-colored sapwood and minimal amounts of light reddish-brown heartwood. Along with Sugar, Idaho White and Lodgepole pine, it forms a commercially important group called the Western pines (Pinus spp.). Western red cedar Thuja plicata General description Western Red Cedar is a slow-growing, longlived tree, whose aromatic wood is highly decay-resistant. The sapwood, usually less than 2.5 centimetres wide is almost pure white, while the heartwood varies from a dark reddish brown to light yellow. Douglas fir Pseudotsuga menziesii General description Straight-grained and moderately heavy, with limited resin, this is one of the most attractive and strongest of the Western softwood species. The wood has a slight rosy cast; the sapwood generally a light straw color and the heartwood a deep russet brown. Main uses Ponderosa pine is valued primarily for its appearance and is suitable for any application that requires a light to moderately strong, splinter-free, stable wood, such as jointed drawers, windows, shutters and stairs. Main uses Primarily used in cladding, shingles and other exterior applications, such as greenhouses. Also useful in boatbuilding and marine structure as well as interior panelling, window sashes and built-in furniture. Main uses Its appearance is prized for joinery, panelling, cabinets, flooring, windows and cladding. Its strength, straightness and ease of fabrication make it the perfect high-performance timber for structural uses, such as metal plateconnected trusses, framing, bridges and large heavy members. Distribution and availability Ponderosa has a range that extends from Canada to Mexico and from the Pacific Ocean to South Dakota and is widely available. Distribution and availability Found in the Pacific Northwest and inland to the Rocky Mountains in stands totaling 48.7 million cubic metres. Exceptional coastal area trees reach a height of 60 metres, a diameter of 4.9 metres and an age of 1,000 years or more. Readily available. Distribution and availability One of the tallest on the continent, this species accounts for a fifth of North Americaâ€™s total softwood reserves and is grown on 14 million hectares of forest in the Western Woods region. Readily available. Physical and mechanical properties Ponderosa is light and soft-textured, with a uniform, close, straight grain that is delicately figured after dressing. It seasons well, with a minimum of warping and cupping. Physical and mechanical properties A coarse-textured softwood, weighing 376 kg per cubic metre, with a close, uniform, straight grain and an extreme resistance to decay. Dimensionally stable, it takes paint, stains or varnishes easily. When untreated, it weathers to a silvery-grey. Physical and mechanical properties Medium texture, with a weight of 540 kg per cubic metre, and a high density, specific gravity and strength-to-weight ratio. Very stiff, with high strength values in bending, tension, horizontal sheer and compression. High shrinkage when seasoned from a green state, but minimal Working properties Machining Nailing Screwing Gluing Durability Slightly durable and moderately easy to treat with preservative. Working properties Machining Nailing Screwing Gluing shrinkage and swelling once seasoned. Durability Working properties Machining Nailing Screwing Gluing Very durable. Difficult to treat with preservative. Durability Moderately durable. Difficult to treat incising is recommended for maximum penetration of preservative. 28 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SPECIES FOCUS Western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla General description Among the harder, stronger western softwoods, it is marketed and sold separately as well as in the Hem-fir species combination. Springwood is whitish to light yellow-brown; summerwood frequently has a purplish or reddish-brown tinge; heartwood not distinct. Small black streaks often appear in the wood. Southern Yellow Pine Pinus palustris, Pinus elliotti Pinus echinata and Pinus taeda General description The four main species of Southern Yellow Pine are Longleaf (Pinus palustris), Slash (Pinus elliotti), Shortleaf (Pinus echinada) and Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). The wood has a distinctive color and grain - its sapwood ranges from white to yellowish and heartwood from yellow to reddish-brown. It combines looks, strength, and extreme ease of treatment with the highest nail-holding ability. Hem-fir Tsuga heterophylla and Abies spp General description A species combination of Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and five of the true firs: California Red fir (Abies magnifica), Grand fir (Abies grandis), White fir (Abies concolor), Noble fir (Abies procera) and Pacific Silver fir (Abies amabilis). Fine-grained and with interchangeable structural performance, these trees are marketed together as an elegant softwood, classified as a White Wood, combining beauty and strength. A very light colour, from creamy white spring wood to a light strawbrown (hemlock) or reddish-brown (firs). Main uses It is used for framing and architectural members and is a prime species for mouldings, millwork and panelling. Main uses Most is used structurally, for floor and roof trusses, joists, rafters and carcassing. Ease of treatment makes it particularly good for decking and outdoor use. Character and impact resistance make it suitable for flooring, panelling and joinery. Distribution and availability Grows best in the Pacific Northwest between sea level and 1850 metres. Readily available. Main uses Physical and mechanical properties Straight grain and fine texture with a weight of 465 kg per cubic metre. Distribution and availability Grows on 78 million hectares of forest land in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Widely available. Working properties Machining Nailing Screwing Gluing Joinery that requires precision machining, a pale color and excellent gluing, such as mouldings, exposed ceilings, doors, louvres, windows, furniture, flooring and laminated structural and non-structural products. Structural products, such as framing and engineered systems. Physical and mechanical properties Straight grain and fine texture sands to a silky smoothness with virtually no tendency to split. Weight ranges from 537 to 626 kg per cubic metre. Knotty appearance grades for joinery; lower knotty grades for general construction. Good strength and stiffness. Good insulating properties. Holds its original color well. Durability Slightly durable. Difficult to treat with preservative. Physical and mechanical properties Medium texture. Weight ranges from 537 to 626 kg per cubic metre. High density gives it natural strength, weight, and impact and wearing resistance. It has a higher specific gravity than European Redwood and, although easy to work with, stands up well to rough treatment. Working properties Machining Nailing Working properties Machining Nailing Screwing Gluing Screwing Gluing Durability Durability Slightly durable. Extremely easy to treat with preservative. Slightly durable. Difficult to treat with preservative. February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 29 DESIGN & DéCOR The new offices of the Botín Foundation in Madrid Inspired by the building’s historic references, the architects attempt to retain the spirit of the original industrial character 30 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 DESIGN & DéCOR PROJECT Particulars Architects: Diego Varela de Ugarte and Emilio Medina García MVN Arquitectos (www.mvn-arquitectos.com) Client: Fundación Botín Collaborators: Alfonso García del Rey, Laura Sánchez, María Pascual and Alicia Castilla, arquitectos Technical Architect: María Lamela Martín Interior design consultant: Juan Luis Líbano Consultants: Ingenor, Structural and Service engineers; Luis Vallejo Estudio de Paisajismo, Landscape designer Project Manager: Santander Global Facilities Contractor: Ferrovial Wooden joinery Ground floor ceiling: Moinsa Flooring: Parquets Román S.L. Doors and wall panels: Teisa Final completion date: 2012 Gross floor area: 1.541,95 square meters Final contract sum: EUR 1.784 million Photographer: Alfonso Quiroga Image © Fundación Botín T he Botín Foundation originated in Spain in 1964 to ‘mitigate the needs and promote the Architects Diego Varela de Ugarte and Emilio Medina García were inspired by the building’s historic references, which led to their design attempts to retain the spirit of the original industrial character. Exposure of the original steel and brickwork depicts the buildings’ past life and effectively contrasts with the new construction work whose finishes are mainly oak, steel and glass. A key objective was to create an open plan, warm space allowing natural light to fill the whole building. The biggest structural change to the building and one of the most attractive features of the development is a two-storey high atrium for the main lobby. One of the roof trusses was social development’ of Cantabria. Today, nearly 50 years later the Foundation continues to contribute to the development of the society on all levels, detecting and promoting creative talent and exploring new ways to generate cultural, social and economic wealth. After a stunning renovation project executed by MVN Arquitectos, the Foundation has recently opened its new offices in Madrid. Originally built in the 1920s, the building previously served as a Silversmith workshop before more recently being taken on as the Vinçon department store. Project The direct daylight and plants in the lobby bring a great character to this meeting place.The ceiling is made up of longitudinal solid slats of American red oak and acoustic absorbent felt.The red oak slats have a subtle color variation, which adds great character and warmth to the open space. Further, the ground floor is intended for public activities with a flexible but modular, clear open space. February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 31 DESIGN & DéCOR removed and replaced with a metal structure, creating an opening for the skylight over the atrium area. The direct daylight and plants in the lobby bring a great character to this meeting place. The ceiling is made up Image © Fundación Botín of longitudinal solid slats of American red oak and acoustic absorbent felt. The red oak slats have a subtle color variation, which adds great character and warmth to the open space. Further, the ground floor is intended for public activities with a flexible but modular, clear open space. MVN Arquitectos’ choice to use timber for the floor, walls and ceiling adds warmth to this area. Diego Varela says “the use of oak has been essential to emphasize the contrast between old and new, and the wood looks great next to the worn brickwork.” He adds, “After looking at several species options, we chose oak because it combines the warm tone and hardwearing characteristics we were looking for in this unique project.” All of the oak in the building has been treated with colorless oil to show the grain of the timber without altering its natural tone. The first floor is office space for the senior management team of the Foundation with a private area for meetings. The doors and wall paneling as well have been veneered with European oak, which is also used for the flooring throughout. The Botín Foundation are delighted with the new office space. The highlight is without doubt the stunning lobby with striking tones of red oak set against the old brickwork of the Image © Fundación Botín Silversmith workshop. 32 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 DESIGN & DéCOR American Red Oak The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure. The wood is mostly straight grained, with a coarse texture and is widely available as lumber and veneer in a range of grades and specifications. The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength. It is very good for steam bending. Red oak also machines well; nailing and screwing is good and it can be stained and polished to a very good finish. This attractive looking oak, that is widely available, is increasingly being chosen by designers and architects for furniture, joinery and flooring in export markets around the world. Image © Fundación Botín February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 33 PROFILE ABALON Hardwood: An American style sawmill in Europe T he success story that is ABALON Hardwood today can be traced back to the year 2004 when an existing sawmill in south-east Austria was transformed to follow the set up of the best U.S. hardwood mills, which comprise of a headrig and resaw system. Given that markets were excellent, ABALON reached its capacity within 12 months following the start of production. Further, as the global appetite for hardwoods was growing, it became necessary after only two years of its inauguration to think about a second production site. Different options in Slovakia, Hungary and Switzerland were evaluated. However, the decision was made for a location in Germany. Interestingly, Germany is in a region that the Latin author Tacitus named ‘Buchonia’, which best can be translated as ‘the land of Beech’. Today, the company is one of the largest European hardwood companies with mills in Schwalmstadt (Germany) and Heiligenkreuz (Austria). ABALON has an annual cutting potential of approximately 250,000 cubic meters and a specialization in European Beech. One of the key reasons for the success of the company has been its focus on a highquality production process, which follows the innovative and well-known standards of key American mills, both in terms of the grading concept (minimum guaranteed yields for every board) and in terms of equipment and processing. In an interview with Timber Design & Technology, Roland Feit, Sales Director at ABALON tells us about the company. According to Feit, in order to become successful with the single most important hardwood species produced in Europe - Beech - ABALON had to set a few fundamental foundations for their quality. Firstly, an extremely uniform color is obtained using combined steaming and kiln-drying chambers with indirect steaming, from a single manufacturer (Mühlböck). This uniformity of the color saves a lot of time during production at its customers’ factories due to a massively reduced need to sort and match the lamellas. In addition, the company also aims for extremely uniform moisture content (9±1) throughout the entire thickness of every Image © ABALON Hardwood 34 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 PROFILE board. Testament to their precision in this area, some of their customers produce 3-ply panels from ABALON beech, without having to recondition the cuttings. This means that ABALON’s timber can be used right away when it arrives, which results in a lower necessary inventory level. Feit points out that by pre-planning the majority of the production, which allows for a precise and integral vision of all defects and color characteristics of each board, ABALON is able to take these characteristics into consideration during the grading and thereby avoid surprises for the end user. As a result, the customer receives a calculable, reliable and consistent raw material. Moreover, ABALON has also established precise grading criteria by guaranteeing fixed and well-defined standards, where yield forecasting and yield consistency become important values for each customer. This allows the customer to select the most suitable grade based on the final product and also helps them avoid buying expensive grades or grades where many by-products arise during production. By ensuring that its log supply originates from sustainable forest sources, which further guarantees longevity both for the forest resource and for future log supply, ABALON is able to provide customers with PEFC-certified material from the mill in Germany. In addition, the mill in Austria is FSC-certified. Feit goes on to explain that for the mill in Austria, the company sources most of its volume in Hungary given the proximity to the mill. In the case of the mill in Germany, ABALON sources most of its volume from HessenForst, which is the local state forest authority. Significantly, given that ABALON is perhaps the biggest FSC-certified hardwood mill in Image © ABALON Hardwood Europe, the company is still able to give its Today, the company is one of the largest European hardwood companies with mills in Schwalmstadt (Germany) and Heiligenkreuz (Austria). ABALON has an annual cutting potential of approximately 250,000 cubic meters and a specialization in European Beech. Image © ABALON Hardwood February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 35 PROFILE Image © ABALON Hardwood Given ABALON’s production capacity and the ability to cope with rather short lead times, the company is positive of catering to bigger projects in the GCC. Aiming to increase its presence in the region, ABALON partnered with INTERHOLCO a few years ago - the partnership being driven by shared values and principles between both companies. customers the usual short-term delivery possibilities with the same high quality standards for certified timber as well as for its non-certified timber. Feit and the team at ABALON are perfectly aware that they work with a natural resource that has a lot of variation. By specializing in one specie, the company is thereby able to focus on a higher production volume and also offer a more extensive product range in the same specie. According to Feit, whereas traditional sawmills mostly offer three grades (A,B,C), ABALON aims to standardize and industrialize its production and products. Currently, the company offers 7 thicknesses in 8 lengths and up to 13 different grades. As such, the customer is able to buy more specific grades/products than would be possible if the company focused on several species. Given that ABALON puts a lot of attention on consistent quality in terms of moisture content, steaming color and most importantly yield and production cost, Feit is confident of repeat business from customers. In essence, Feit believe that ABALON are transforming the natural resource into a calculable raw material. Quality control at ABALON starts right from sourcing through to delivery of the finished lumber. In order to keep the logs in excellent quality until the time they are cut, they are stored in a yard and are being constantly sprinkled with water. In addition, the impeccable single-length packaging (per unit or per full truck), with planed edges for improved presentation and to display the true color of the product, ensures that agents and local importers are easily able to resell products purchased from ABALON. The company also maintains a sizeable inventory of products ready for prompt delivery in an attempt to offer customers greater buying flexibility and reduced inventory costs. With an absolutely transparent sales strategy and support for their key partners in distribution, ABALON puts great value and attention on the partners they work with. As a result, the company has created a network of highly respected partners for the worldwide distribution of their products, thereby ensuring that their lumber is being sold in more than 50 countries today. More importantly, increased revenue and market penetration are proving that the products and the relationships are both of exceptional quality. Given ABALON’s production capacity and the ability to cope with rather short lead times, the company is positive of catering to bigger projects in the GCC. Aiming to increase its presence in the region, ABALON partnered with INTERHOLCO a few years ago - the partnership being driven by shared values and principles between both companies. Feit is positive that the partnership with INTERHOLCO has helped open many doors for ABALON since customers in the region already trusted the former and were therefore open to trying products from the latter. Today, the two are well established in the region - ABALON for its European Beech and INTERHOLCO for its African and North American products. Confident of even more growth in the region, ABALON will be participating at the upcoming Dubai WoodShow in conjunction with INTERHOLCO. When questioned about future growth, Feit remains positive that there is still a lot of room for growth with Beech. He concludes by stating that we will therefore continue to be ‘the Beech boys’ for the time being! 36 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 PASSION FOR HARDWOOD a e Dub h t n us o Meet l , Hal 1 O Booth 8 i ABALON HARDWOOD Hessen GmbH www.abalon-hardwood.com In the GCC we are partnering with: Please contact Benoit Moreau for all inquiries you may have: +973-39.71.06.30, Benoit.Moreau@interholco.ch TECHNOLOGY Nature with Structure Cree pioneers innovative timber and concrete hybrid technology that enables architects to design stunning tall wood buildings up to 30 stories T o take new paths, you have to rethink. As part of the internationally renowned Borrowing the philosophy and lifestyle of the North American natives of the same name, which in its modern interpretation means Creative Resource & Energy Efficiency, Cree is also a source of ideas and initiator of new strategies of sustainable treatment of and coexistence with nature and its resources. Certified ISO 9001 (quality) und ISO 14001 (environment), the company’s LCT system offers a wealth of benefits including energy and resource efficiency, an extremely reduced carbon footprint, completion time almost halved, low lifecycle costs and the latest safety standards, to name but a few. on the premise that building better naturally means using more renewable raw materials. On the one hand, countless prestigious and architecturally sophisticated buildings are constructed all around the world on a daily basis and this urban development is based primarily on conventionally produced prototypes. However, the complex construction work that this involves goes hand-in-hand with high building costs, long construction times and high planning risks. A closer look at the facts reveals that the construction industry’s conventional construction methods today accounts for some 40 percent of energy and resource consumption as well as 40 percent of waste generation and CO2 emissions. The construction industry is Rhomberg Group, Cree is the logical outcome of four generations of experience in construction. Not just a construction company, Cree is an innovative company, pioneering tall timber building architecture, and new building strategies involving the sustainable handling of natural resources. With a vision to bring wood as a primary building material into cities, the company is creating a new basis for modern, urban architecture by enabling reduced life cycle costs, higher conservation of building value, best possible comfort and state-of-theart safety requirements through its LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system. Why the future is about doing more with less Cree’s building philosophy is based 38 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 TECHNOLOGY THE LCT System A hybrid-timber construction system: - 3 to 30 stories - 90 percent improved CO2-balance - Reduced input of resources Innovative System building: - Construction period cut by half - Cost certainty - Reduced sources of errors Best quality of life: - Individual design - Passive house standard (if desired) - Pleasurable atmospheric environment Image © Cree also responsible for 60 percent of the world’s transportation emissions. Given that over 50 percent of the world’s current population lives in urban areas and with this trend increasing, resources are becoming ever scarcer and CO2 emissions from the global construction industry even higher. As such, it is hardly surprising that the global debate focuses on sustainability when considering the future. Having a deeper understanding of today’s climate and global living conditions, Cree’s vision stems from the realization that new strategies are imperative. Given that cities today account for over three quarters of world energy consumption, Cree aims to construct large hybrid buildings that are based on a sustainable, natural main component. The company’s vision can be summarized as: We build in wood - and we do it in a system. Nature as a role model According to the experts at Cree, if you want to build economically and sustainably, you should work with a system. The fewer the detail solutions to be implemented, the shorter the construction period and the less dust, noise and waste will be generated on the site. Further, implementation of complex details, which are hard to control on site under normal building conditions, is completely eliminated by series prefabrication. However, meticulously planned standard solutions do not necessarily mean the end of all individuality. The modular Given that cities today account for over three quarters of world energy consumption, Cree aims to construct large hybrid buildings that are based on a sustainable, natural main component. construction of the LCT system components - slab, columns, facade and building services - is fast, efficient and standardized. This saves resources, time and money but leaves plenty of scope for visionary design ideas. The rationale behind the LCT system is that an innovative system can grow better than individual February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 39 TECHNOLOGY projects. In essence, the LCT system is ‘individual industrialization’. Based on a sustainable wood-hybrid system for mid and tall buildings that has been thought-out down to the last detail, the LCT can be designed individually and constructed off-site in short order, to guarantee the minimal use of resources and energy over its whole lifecycle. A LifeCycle Tower can also be converted to another use at any time in its lifecycle, and its modular design makes renovation much easier. When a building has reached its full useful life, urban mining of the LCT system can be employed, extracting materials to reuse, recycle or convert into bioenergy, thus protecting landfills from unnecessary waste. Image © Cree Image © Cree LCT: The wood-hybrid high-rise The LCT system can simply be defined as a hybrid timber construction system for large buildings that guarantees minimized use of resources and energy over its full lifecycle. The result of this concept of individual industrialization is the world’s first LifeCycle Tower in Austria - LCT ONE. Whilst essential elements of the building services are already contained in a LifeCycle Tower, the various system components (core, slab, façade columns) are prefabricated on an industrial scale and are therefore suitable for modular installation. The LCT system therefore is suitable for a variety of commercial uses including offices, hotels, restaurants, and public buildings (museum, library, town hall, etc). The LCT building system uses prefabricated components manufactured to an architect’s exact specifications. The wall facades are made from glue-laminate posts, while the floor slabs are constructed from a hybrid of glue-laminate posts and concrete. While these components are manufactured off-site, the foundation of a building is laid and the structural elevator shaft core is erected. This core, made out of either steel and concrete or wood, stiffens the building and provides a frame from which the walls and floors can hang. The slabs and posts are then assembled by interconnecting the preset pins and holes of the components. With this skeleton structure, architects can design a wide variety of layouts and exterior skins, to create dramatic and sustainable buildings. With no structural dividing walls, the system is highly flexible and allows individual division of space. The building can be converted throughout its lifecycle - and the materials installed hold their value significantly from a deconstruction standpoint, even viewed over many decades. Moreover, the LCT system components can be produced by many different enterprises and provide excellent opportunities for regional craftsmen and the timber industry. Significantly, in contrast to other timber construction projects, Cree takes a top-down approach, whereby all components are planned in such a way that they can be easily adapted to the requirements and regulations of different countries. the ceiling. The building services can be integrated in other places, which allows for ceilings with a solid visible timber underside. Through LCR, the company is positive that living in harmony with nature and using global resources responsibly can be achieved in the city center in future. The LCR system is compatible with the LCT system, so that multiple-use buildings such as apartment and office towers are possible without any problems. And the system allows for much shorter construction periods particularly compared with conventional Image © Cree When a building has reached its full useful life, urban mining of the LCT system can be employed, extracting materials to reuse, recycle or convert into bioenergy, thus protecting landfills from unnecessary waste. LCR: Indoor environment quality that only nature can provide Building on the success of the LCT system, Cree is working on creating LifeCycle Residential (LCR): a system specifically adapted to the requirements of residential and hotel buildings, which incorporates many of the well-known advantages found in every LifeCycle Tower. The main difference contributing to an even better indoor environment quality and comfort is found in the LCR system on 40 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 TECHNOLOGY Vision becomes Reality: The LCT One Cree’s first building is its global headquarters in Dornbirn, Austria called the LCT ONE. Built to a passive house standard, the eight-storey pilot project was erected in eight days after the foundation was finished. More importantly, the LCT ONE serves as inspiration to see the bigger picture: as a ‘LifeCycle Hub’ that is open for visitors as a showroom for sustainable solutions. Cree’s vision was of a hybrid wood high-rise building up to 328 feet high and with up to 30 stories. The reality is the LCT ONE with up to 90 percent improved carbon footprint, drastically reduced use of resources, and an exceptionally pleasant indoor climate - thanks to plenty of visible, exposed wood. The company’s second building is the Illwerke Center Montafon (IZM) building in Montafon, Austria. Currently under construction, this is Cree’s first commissioned project and is set to be one of the largest tall wood commercial buildings in Europe. A hydropower competence center with a staff restaurant and visitors’ center, the IZM will be the first green building of its size in Vorarlberg, as well as a milestone for resource-efficient and sustainable construction. The features that convinced the client to choose the design were primarily the technological, ecological and economic advantages of the LCT system - as well as its proven high fire safety standard. Image © Cree Image © Cree Image © Cree Image © Cree reinforced concrete and masonry apartment buildings. As in the case with the LCT system, individuality does not have to be sacrificed when using the LCR system. Flexible division of space, optional comfort solutions in the package and variable façade design, and a much wider variety of configurations can be achieved than would be expected with a pre-specified system. lower CO2 emissions. Some might argue that building with wood is not sustainable. The truth is that constructing buildings with conventional designs requires resources in abundance - wood on the other hand grows back. Nature supplies us with the building material of the future that offers all the characteristics demanded by innovative urban architecture. It is naturally resistant, of high structural quality and has indeed the very best fire prevention properties, which makes it perfectly suited for system building and prefabrication of complete building sections. As a natural raw material, wood can also be found in many parts of the world and has a positive impact on the world’s carbon footprint. According to Cree, the wood used as building material in the LCT system can grow in the world’s forests, normally within a few hours, depending on the size of the project. One major concern is the fact that wood burns. However, it is important to note that wood burns safely, because through science we can predict how long wood will withstand the flames. This is in striking contrast to conventional buildings made of reinforced concrete where the steel, can collapse very quickly at certain temperatures. A number of large-scale fire tests have been carried out in Europe for the floor slab elements of the LCT system. These tests show the technology is able to withstand up to a two-hour fire test. Based on the results of these tests, the Cree components have been optimized leading to a reduction in the amount of concrete used, and the granting of the required REI 120 certificate. Another misconception is that wood is not durable. Wood is extremely durable if used properly. Wood is not only durable outside, but inside as well, where it requires no chemical protection. Thanks to its natural resilience, the world is surrounded by wooden structures that have stood the test of time. In fact, one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world is the five-storey pagoda at the Horyu-ji Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Japan. It is important to note that even if a timber building is demolished after several decades of use, it still produces usable materials in reclaimed wood and bioenergy. Building a future with wood Cree’s innovative timber and concrete hybrid technology enables architects to design stunning tall wood buildings up to 30 stories, that can be erected as quickly as a storey a day. An environmentally feasible option, the innovative LCT system is a slab and post wood design method that requires up to 50 percent shorter construction time compared to reinforced concrete and steel construction. The LCT system also requires 39 percent fewer resources, over the life of a building and takes advantage of engineered timber products. By combining wood and concrete together, the LCT system substantially reduces the amount of concrete used in the building, resulting in a lighter structure, with a smaller foundation and up to 90 percent February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 41 FLOORING Wood: The Tasmanian Way Blackwood and Tasmanian Oak from the deep south (42 degrees South to be exact) are providing designers, architects and craftsmen with exciting new options for flooring and fine cabinetry T asmania - Australia’s island State, has been quietly producing quality timbers for two centuries and through state’s temperate northwest that it thrives, and that’s where the Britton Timbers’ story begins. Blackwood lies at the heart of the Britton’s Tasmanian operation and it is from here that the generally light, golden- brown timber begins its journey to world markets via Britton’s international distribution network. Blackwood is a fine timber for bespoke flooring where highlights and a ‘designer’ feel is called-for. The timber can exhibit a reddish tint and occasional black streaks which add to its individuality. The grain of the wood also has designers excited. Whether it’s used for flooring, high-quality furniture or modern large-scale commercial fit outs, Blackwood’s distinctive and sometimes wavy grain provides a welcome addition to the architect’s and craftsman’s design palette. “Blackwood is a very versatile timber, available in set widths and defect free, easy to use and with a magnificent grain, color Britton Timbers, these iconic species are now available to the world. There’s something of an air of mystery surrounding Tasmania - it is an exotic island that lays at the edge of the great southern ocean - just an ice-breaker trip away from Antarctica. And the timbers that grow there are highly prized - hence the almost unheard of levels of protection by world standards. The timber that is allowed out courtesy of strict environmental controls and compliance with international regulatory systems is simply stunning. One of Tasmania’s best kept secrets is Blackwood: Acacia Melanoxylon to be precise. Also known as Black Wattle, it is, as the name suggests, a member of the wattle family and a hardwood. It grows throughout Tasmania’s native forests from sea level to about one thousand meters, but it is in the 42 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 FLOORING Blackwood flooring Image © Britton Timbers Image © Britton Timbers Tasmanian Oak Image © Britton Timbers Blackwood Image © Britton Timbers Blackwood Image © Britton Timbers Blackwood is a fine timber for bespoke flooring where highlights and a ‘designer’ feel is called-for. The timber can exhibit a reddish tint and occasional black streaks which add to its individuality. Tasmanian Oak Image © Britton Timbers February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 43 FLOORING Blackwood Image © Britton Timbers Image © Britton Timbers Blackwood Image © Britton Timbers One of the reasons Britton’s Blackwood,Tasmanian Oak and its range of imported timbers are increasingly being featured in major building and design projects, is the fact that the company takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously.Tasmania’s timber supply is regulated and the highest environmental standards must be observed - that’s the way it works in Tasmania. and luster, specifiers will find Tasmanian Blackwood will make their next project unique & special,” says Dominic McNeil, Britton Timbers. “Tasmanian Blackwood is available in all thicknesses and widths plus we can supply the matching veneer which makes this species ideal for any application especially commercial furniture and joinery fit outs.” At the harder edge of things, Tasmanian Oak: Eucalyptus Obliqua in this case, caught the attention of European timber workers early in Tasmania’s settlement, who named it after the timber they thought it most resembled, English Oak. Tasmanian Oak is a warm, dense and resilient timber that lends itself to a variety of applications- always with a superb finish. It’s a lightly colored timber with variations from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink. It holds stain particularly well which allows ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings. In Tasmania, eucalypts may live for four hundred years and attain a height of seventy meters; indeed, some have reached one hundred meters with a three to four meter girth. Tasmanian oak is by nature, robust and perfect for flooring, furniture manufacture and paneling. “Tasmanian Oak is a hard and very stable species which makes it ideal for flooring applications. The blonde color and character gives any flooring or furniture project a clean and modern look,” adds McNeil. Britton Timbers imports and exports more than fifty special species timbers internationally and sees itself as partnering with architects and building and design professionals to enhance projects across the spectrum from residential to large-scale commercial fit-outs. Britton Timbers has embarked on a significant expansion in its warehousing and distribution facilities in Australia with centers in Melbourne, Sydney and ever-expanding Brisbane, to meet the rising domestic and international demands of its customers. One of the reasons Britton’s Blackwood, Tasmanian Oak and its range of imported timbers are increasingly being featured in major building and design projects, is the fact that the company takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously. Tasmania’s timber supply is regulated and the highest environmental standards must be observed - that’s the way it works in Tasmania. Britton Timbers sources all of its Tasmanian timber from the sustainablymanaged and PEFC certified temperate forests of the north-west region of the state. Sustainability is also achieved through compliance with the provisions of the Forest Practices Code and the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement. From the lush Tasmanian forests to the Middle East and beyond, Britton Timbers international export division has been structured to ensure the timely delivery of timbers guaranteed to put the stamp of creativity and individuality into design projects and major developments. “Tasmanian Blackwood and Oak are new to the Middle East and will bring a fresh feel and look to the timber selection in new projects. Our dedicated export team has decades of experience to ensure all orders are delivered on time anywhere in the world,” concludes McNeil. 44 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SHOWTIME Top Industry WoodMac China 2013 Held once every two years, WoodMac China (The International Forestry & Woodworking Machinery and Supplies Exhibition) is the leading specialized exhibition in China targeted at manufacturers and suppliers to the timber industry. As the only specialist trade show in China that offers a complete platform for the â€˜total woodworking technology sectorâ€™, the event is celebrating its 12th edition this year. Along with FurniTek China (The International Exhibition of Machinery and Accessories for Furniture Production, Upholstery and Furnishings) and WoodBuild China (The International Exhibition of Timber and Wood Products for Furniture and Building Industries), the event is an unparalleled showcase of Exhibitions coming up This season Eurobois 2013 Eurobois is being organized at the heart of the second biggest forestry region in France and is the only exhibition that showcases wood as the basic resource for all activities in the sector. Held every two years, the show embraces all stakeholders in this industry, enhances across-theboard communication for more efficiency and mobilizes production capacities. Given that the wood processing industry is still looking to improve production efficiency and that Europe still remains the leading manufacturer of wood processing machines (60 percent of worldwide production), a key priority at the show this year will be to showcase European machinery performance levels. As such, 65 percent of the floor space has been dedicated to wood processing machines and tools. Other highlights at the exhibition include a Forestry Conference where more than 400 forest owners will discuss the theme of forest resource mobilization; a dedicated area for forest management equipment; an outdoor demonstration area dedicated to wood fuel; seminars and workshops on equipment and performance; a focus on interior design; and a full scale production line within the show. The product range on display at Eurobois will include 1st and 2nd stage processing machines; vacuuming; tooling; sharpening; waste treatment; production equipment; and equipment and appliances for wood treatment and finishing. technology and components for the timber industry in China. Everything from forestry to logging machines; saws to wood processing; wood panel and veneer technology; machinery for furniture, wood flooring, window and door production; wood products and hardware will be on display. Apart from machinery, WoodMac also includes a large section for the suppliers of tools, saw blades, abrasives, routers and other components used in woodworking machines. As such, the visitor profile at the event includes architecture & design institutes; building developers; building & interior decoration materials trading enterprises; furniture accessories & components trading enterprises; furniture manufacturers; wood products manufacturers; wooden building & interior decoration materials manufacturers; timber processing machinery trading enterprises; and woodworking machinery & supplies trading enterprises. Date: 5 - 8 March Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center Location: Shanghai, China Expected Attendees: 17,000+ WEBSITE: www.woodmacchina.net/en/index.asp Date: 19 - 22 February Venue: Eurexpo Location: Lyon, France WEBSITE: www.eurobois.net February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 45 SHOWTIME FIMMA Brasil 2013 The International Fair of Machines, Raw Materials and Accessories for the Furniture Industry (FIMMA Brasil) is the largest trade fair in Latin America for the wood and furniture production chain and showcases leading edge technology for this sector. Every two years, in Bento Gonçalves, in Serra Gaúcha, the entire production chain comes together to get to know new products and to do business at one of the world’s six largest trade fairs in this segment. Having completed twenty years, FIMMA Brasil has consolidated its position as the only fair held by and for the furniture sector itself. This unique feature ensures that the event is committed to the real needs of the wood and furniture production chain from Brazil and abroad. According to the organizers, FIMMA Brasil is being strategically hosted at the leading national furniture production center in the country. Data from the Socioeconomic Overview of Bento Gonçalves revealed that the turnover of the furniture industry grew by 16.7 percent in 2010. Moreover, the sector is the second largest in number of companies registered in the city. There are 300 furniture companies (35.4 percent), according to the Furniture Industry Association of Bento Gonçalves (Sindmóveis), which is a further indication of the strength of the furniture and woodworking segment in the city. In addition to exhibiting cutting-edge equipment and inputs for the furniture sector, FIMMA Brasil hosts projects that are held concurrently with the fair, bringing those who sell closer to the buyers. The Buyer’s Project aims to put importers of machinery, raw materials and accessories for furniture and Brazilian exporters face-to-face and negotiate during simultaneous 20-minute meetings. The Innovation Award encourages manufacturers of machines, raw materials and accessories for the furniture industry, exhibiting at FIMMA Brasil, to display their innovations during the fair. Further, the FIMMA Joiner Project aims to encourage the participation of small companies in FIMMA Brasil, promoting the development and the dissemination of an entrepreneurial culture. Following the success of the inaugural WoodEX for Africa Exhibition at Gallagher Convention Center in Midrand in March last year, WoodEX for Africa promises to be bigger and better in 2013. The show is the biggest event in Africa focusing exclusively on the timber industry and creates the ideal platform for wood and woodworking enthusiasts to be at the frontier of the timber industry and to network with key players in the industry. The show will feature exhibitors showcasing innovative timber and woodworking products and services such as woodworking machinery, decking, flooring, structured timber, timber treating, saw milling and logging, pulp and paper manufacturing and wood material and veneer production. As the leading event of its kind, the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to view a range of products, technologies and equipment related to the Date: 12 - 18 March Venue: Parque De Eventos - Bento Gonçalves Location: Bento Gonçalves, Brazil TIMINGS: 10:00 - 18:00 WEBSITE: www.fimma.com.br/en WoodEX for Africa woodworking industry. The range of exhibits include - forestry industry and forestry technology; wood materials, machinery and veneer production; furniture machinery and production; solid woodworking, machinery and production; industrial surface and preservative treatment technologies; timber construction; wooden arts and crafts; and related services in the timber industry. WoodEX for Africa 2013 will also feature Timber Talks, a number of short seminars, which will provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience enabling visitors to share knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. Date: 21 - 23 March Venue: Gallagher Convention Center Location: Midrand, South Africa WEBSITE: www.woodexforafrica.com 46 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SHOWTIME DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR 2013 DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR is the largest floor covering trade show in the Asia Pacific region, and the second largest in the world. Held every March at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, this event attracts 40,000 visitors from around the world and hosts more than 1,100 Chinese and international exhibitors. Held since 1999, DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR will be back for its 15th installment from March 26-28 at the Shanghai New International Expo (SNIEC) in Shanghai. According to the organizers, around 50 percent of the total show floor in 2013 will be dedicated to wood and laminates including solid and engineered woods, laminate, cork and bamboo flooring. In 2013, for the first time, DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR will add ceramic tiles and stone floorings to the show focusing on high end products. Asia is the largest consumer of ceramic in the world and demand for fashion oriented, innovative products is on the rise. As such DOMOTEX Asia/ CHINAFLOOR gives Western manufacturers an opportunity to reach that market with the new CER Tiles & Stones venue. Like other segments, the new ceramic/stone sector broadly includes ceramic tiles and stones in both finished slabs and unprocessed natural stone, floor laying materials and supplies, machinery and tools, cleaning and maintenance and associations. With over 80 percent of the show sold out, the organizers have singled out enthusiasm for the new programs including forums on heated flooring technology, green building practices, and building materials distribution; the addition of a new segment to the show; and recognition that DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR sits at the epicenter of one of the world’s fastest growing flooring markets as being factors that have fueled exhibitor bookings this year. In recognition of the growth potential, the show floor space has also been increased to 130,000 square meters and based upon early figures the organizers believe that turnout could increase to around 45,000 in 2013. The success of the show can be largely attributed to the fact that China and the greater Asia Pacific region offers unparalleled emerging opportunities for the floor covering industry. The Chinese Government has shifted its focus from an export led economy to increasing domestic consumption making China among the fastest growing economies in the globe and the world’s second largest luxury market. As such 60 percent of China’s citizens are expected to migrate to urban settings by 2020, generating the largest migration and the largest demand for new urban construction the world has ever seen. This booming urban growth is producing an unprecedented domestic demand for floor covering with around 1.6 to 1.9 billion square meters of new floor space due to be built by the end of this decade in China. The show is perfectly positioned to allow exhibitors a platform from which to reach these emerging opportunities. Date: 26 - 28 March Venue: Shanghai New International Expo (SNIEC) Location: Shanghai, China Expected Attendees: 40,000+ WEBSITE: www.domotexasiachinafloor.com/en 48 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SHOWTIME CIFM / interzum guangzhou CIFM / interzum guangzhou is the most comprehensive trade fair in woodworking machinery, furniture production and interior design industry in Asia and the definitive one-stop platform for participants to meet buyers, manufacturers and suppliers from all vertical sectors of the furniture manufacturing, production and design industries. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the 130,000 square meter showcase spanning areas B and C of the China Import and Export Fair Complex (Pazhou Complex) is expected to host over 1,000 top furniture manufacturers, 8 national pavilions and draw more than 56,000 professional buyers from across the globe. With a focus on design, raw materials and components, woodworking process, or manufacturing and finishing technology, the show, being held concurrently with the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), provides an international avenue of business opportunities for buyers and manufacturers. The exhibitor profile includes companies involved with materials and components for furniture production; machines, materials and components for upholstery and bedding; machines, materials and components for interior works; machines and auxiliary machines for woodworking and furniture production; and trade associations. Located in Area C, the Raw Materials & Components Zone will be represented by four distinct product segments with hardware and components as well as Turkish and Spanish pavilions. The zone will feature materials and equipment for upholstery and bedding, wood products and adhesives, materials and equipment for interior design in addition to participation from Turkey, Germany, the U.S./Canada, Italy, Chile and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). In addition, the Machinery Zone in Area B will highlight bedding and upholstery machinery, woodworking machinery, tools and other machinery and a German pavilion. According to the organizers, senior executives, industry veterans and representatives from trade associations will be sharing new concepts and trends at themed seminars centering on innovative technology and furniture materials to be held at the Piazza on the second and third day of the show. The ‘Original Technology & Innovative Product Forum’ and the ‘Furniture Material Trends & Furniture Design Forum’ will allow well-known industry players from China and across the globe to throw the spotlight on the latest products and technologies as well as on overseas exports in an attempt to reveal what the trending furniture materials are. Date: 27 - 30 March Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex (Pazhou Complex) Location: Guangzhou, China Timings: 09:30 - 17:30 Expected Attendees: 56,000+ WEBSITE: www.interzum-guangzhou.com February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 49 SHOWTIME World Teak Conference 2013 The World Teak Conference aims to examine the multiple aspects of teak cultivation and management in the context of sustainable development with social, ecological and economic implications. Organized by The Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG), TEAKNET and FAO, the conference will cover a wide range of topics, including Genetics, Silviculture and Utilization; Environments & Climate Change and Carbon Trading; Economic & Investments; and Rural Development. Besides the participation in the excellent symposia and discussion sessions which encourage exchange of ideas and sharing experiences, the participants will also have the opportunity to meet high-level industry leaders, academicians, developers and decision makers from the region and various parts of the world. The theme of the conference is - Sharing our Planet: Teak Model Development towards the Improvement of Mankind. In addition to the main conference, several other activities including a teak project site visit, plantation field trip, exhibition, business/investment matching session and a â€˜Songkranâ€™ - a Thai new year social event have been planned for delegates. The conference will host teak growers, traders, researchers and other players such as investment agencies, bankers and government officials associated with teak providing them with a platform to interact and mutually benefit out of the deliberations. It also serves as a forum to present innovations, discuss problems and seek solutions, suggest regulatory changes, make development plans and above all to develop and strengthen relations. UMIDS, the International Exhibition of Equipment, Technologies and Products for the Woodworking and Furniture Industries, is one of the biggest exhibitions for the furniture and woodworking industry in Russia. The exhibition gathers the leading Russian and foreign suppliers and producers of industrial equipment, furniture and components for furniture production, Date: 25 - 30 March Venue: Centara Grand Bangkok Convention and Exhibition Location: Bangkok, Thailand WEBSITE: www.worldteak2013.org UMIDS 2013 timber merchants, business owners and representatives of authorities serving as an effective business platform to discuss professional issues, conduct negotiations, and establish new business contacts. The exhibition is important to the region as it attracts interest from large Russian and foreign companies, which further helps to bring advanced equipment and technologies to woodworking industry in the south of Russia, to realize investment projects, and to strengthen new forms of mutually profitable cooperation. As an internationally established event, the exhibition attracts exhibitors from Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, the USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, Sweden and Russia. In addition, a number of seminars and workshops are held on the sidelines of the exhibition for the furniture business. Date: 3 - 6 April Venue: Kuban Expo Center Location: Krasnodar, Russia Timings: 3 - 5 April (Wednesday - Friday), 10:00 - 17:30 and 6 April (Saturday), 10:00 - 15:00 Expected Attendees: 12,000+ WEBSITE: www.umids.ru/home.aspx 50 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SHOWTIME Dubai WoodShow The Dubai WoodShow returns in April as the foremost exhibition in the Gulf that offers a chance for the timber industry to meet wood and woodworking professionals and develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of business and learn about new techniques and sources of supply. According to the organizers, the show is a prestigious platform for creative ideas and new technologies, as well as innovative resources that can initiate new transactions. The showâ€™s development has mirrored the growth of the UAE as an important wood processing hub, particularly Dubai, which has developed a world-class infrastructure, provides easy access to qualified manpower, and offers convenient air connections, making it an extremely well connected and businessfriendly destination. With 16,000 square meters of space available, the organizers expect exhibitors from over 40 countries at the show this year, displaying products such as timber, hardwood, softwood, plywood, panels, MDF, wood flooring, treatment products, spraying equipment and raw wood materials for the Middle East region. In addition, the woodworking machinery zone will include highlight a range of wood machinery, such as boring and combining machines, blades and knives, edgebanders, sanding, finger jointing equipment, plywood manufacturing machinery, wood accessories and components and dust control equipment. As a must-attend event for a wide range of wood industry players, the event provides a platform for visitors to meet with potential business partners and suppliers and learn from industry leaders at the WoodShow Conference. Date: 9 - 11 April Venue: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center Location: Dubai, UAE Timings: 10:00 - 18:00 Expected Attendees: 7,000+ WEBSITE: www.dubaiwoodshow.com February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 51 SHOWTIME INTERVIEW 8th edition of Dubai WoodShow set for April 2013 T he 8th edition of the Dubai WoodShow is set to take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from April 9 - 11 this year. With over 500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries expected to take part, the show remains the leading exhibition in the region that offers a chance for the timber industry to meet wood and woodworking professionals and develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of business and learn about new techniques and sources of supply. Timber Design & Technology talks to Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO of Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, ahead of the show. a conference, which aims to explore and promote wood solutions in the design and construction sectors of the GCC. This underlines the Dubai WoodShow’s commitment to involve more construction-related sectors, thus involving professionals who are directly involved in projects where the use of wood, both as a building and decorative material, can be explored and maximized. At this year’s show, we will be organizing a seminar centered on the various possibilities of building with wood. The four main topics that will be covered are: Wood as a building material for interiors and exteriors in the GCC; wood as a design component of architectural projects; the current state of wood use in the GCC; and timber legality. The timber legality seminar, which is being hosted for the second year running, will talk about the need for certification for timber-producing companies exporting to Europe and also highlight the benefits and challenges of this mandatory certification. 1. In retrospect, what were the major achievements of the Dubai WoodShow 2012? The show was able to expand and bring a diverse range of offerings for visitors whilst also presenting a wider range of potential networks for exhibitors as well. There were new exhibitors from countries like Mozambique, Cameroon and Taiwan. In addition, the exhibitors were successful in expanding their business to new markets, such as Pakistan and Iraq. Another major achievement was the first edition of the seminar on timber legality, which opened the discussion for the growing need for producers to certify their products. 3. What are the main objectives for this year’s edition? The show will offer a chance for timber industry professionals to interact and develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of business. The main objective is to involve more sectors in the show and increase the range of suppliers and products being showcased. Evolution, divergence, and additional growth opportunities are the objectives set for this year’s show, with the main intention being to facilitate the show in helping this year’s wood machinery exhibitors meet new contacts and generate key opportunities in the Middle East region. 5. How does the Dubai WoodShow aim to be different from other timber industry trade fairs? Dubai WoodShow is a unique and specialized wood and woodworking exhibition in Middle East as it provides a business platform for buyers and sellers to build their network and showcase their products in the region. The show hosts specialized trade visitors who are knowledgeable and are serious buyers from all over the world. Significantly, exhibitors can forge ties with new customers and catch up on 2. How is this year’s edition positioned? Our focus this year has been on attracting the latest products from new markets in an attempt to support the show’s position as a business platform and thereby increase the product range for visitors. We have also strived to involve more entities from across the industry by organizing 4. Are there any events such as awards, seminars and workshops at this year’s edition? 52 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 SHOWTIME INTERVIEW success for our exhibitors if not more this year. 9. What - in your opinion - are the major trends for the timber market at the moment? The EU Timber Regulation will change the timber market. In June 2012, the EU released detailed information about the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation. From that point onwards, importers and their suppliers located outside of the EU have been busy adapting to the new requirements before they come into effect in March this year. This process is likely to influence the entire timber industry and move it in the direction of enhanced focus on both legal and sustainable timber. 10. What is the long-term plan for the WoodShow series of exhibitions in the Middle East? The long-term plan is to establish the Dubai WoodShow as the Middle Image © Dubai WoodShow East hub for wood products and Image © Dubai WoodShow the latest trends and technological developments in the industry. 6. How many visitors and exhibitors are likely to be there at the fair this year? What percentage of them are repeat exhibitors and how many of them are new? The exhibition is being held in approximately 16,000 square meters of exhibition space and will showcase more than 500 brands and exhibitors from over 40 countries. To date, around 90 percent are repeat exhibitors and the remaining 10 percent are new exhibitors from Latin America and Africa. Last year the show attracted a little over 7,000 trade visitors and we expect an even greater turnout this year. Image © Dubai WoodShow Accumech Trading Machinery & Equipment (UAE), Pfeifer Holz GmbH & Co KG (Austria), Royal Trade Links Inc.(Canada), Tridel International Building Materials Trading LLC (UAE), GiZiR Ahsap Insaat Turizm San Tic A.S.(Turkey), Starwood Veneers Private Ltd (India), El Tawheed For Modern Wood Paint (Egypt)and Fein (Metallic Building Materials) (UAE). wood machinery trading. We aim to accomplish this with a new formula for the event, which includes a conference and business roundtables. The show should ideally allow businesses to launch their regional operation strategy and connect with the worldwide network in the wood industry. To address this objective, as an initial action, the show will hold a conference to discuss the use of wood in the GCC. Architects, engineers, developers and contractors will also be invited to the seminar to participate in the discussion and to look into UAE projects, which are already incorporating wood solutions in their building activities. 7. Who are some of the new exhibitors making their debut at the show this year? To mention some of them, we have 8. Do you have an idea of the volume of business that might be conducted at the show this year? According to the survey filled by exhibitors, Dubai WoodShow 2012 reported sales of 100 million dollars. We anticipate similar February 2013 | www.timberdesignandtechnology.com 53 EXPO Calendar Lumber and Building Material Expo 6th - 8th February John B. Hynes Memorial Convention Center Boston, United States of America SHOWTIME DOMOTEX Asia/CHINAFLOOR 2013 26th - 28th March Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) Shanghai, China Dubai WoodShow 9th - 11th April Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center Dubai, UAE www.domotexasiachinafloor.com/en World Teak Conference 25th - 30th March Centara Grand Bangkok Convention and Exhibition Bangkok, Thailand www.nrla.org/content.aspx?id=3030 Eurobois 19th - 22nd February Eurexpo Lyon, France www.dubaiwoodshow.com Residue to Revenues 2013 10th - 11th April Auckland, New Zealand www.worldteak2013.org CIFM / interzum guangzhou 27th - 30th March China Import and Export Fair Complex (Pazhou Complex) Guangzhou, China www.eurobois.net ABCFP Forestry Conference and AGM 20th - 22nd February Prince George Civic Center Prince George, Canada www.woodresiduesevents.com BWS 10th - 13th April Messezentrum Salzburg Salzburg, Austria www.interzum-guangzhou.com UMIDS 2013 3rd - 6th April Kuban Expo Centre Krasnodar, Russia www.expofor.ca Drevostavby 2013 21st - 24th February Incheba Prague Exhibition Center Prague, Czech Republic www.bwsmesse.at/en/index.html DREMA 16th - 19th April Poznan International Fairground Poznan, Poland www.umids.ru/home.aspx www.idrevostavby.cz WoodMac China 5th - 8th March Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) Shanghai, China www.drema.pl www.woodmacchina.net/en/index.asp HYTTE 2013 7th - 10th March Norway Trade Fairs Lillestrom, Norway www.hytte2011.no Las-Expo 8th - 10th March Targi Kielce Kielce, Poland www.las-expo.pl FIMMA Brasil 2013 18th - 22nd March Parque De Eventos - Bento Gonรงalves Bento Gonรงalves, Brazil www.fimma.com.br/en WoodEX for Africa 21st - 23rd March Gallagher Convention Center Midrand, South Africa www.woodexforafrica.com Holzhaus 21st - 24th March VVC Moscow, Russia www.holzhaus.ru OUTDOOR DESIGN BUILD & SUPPLY SHOW 25th - 27th March Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center Dubai, UAE www.theoutdoorshow.ae 54 www.timberdesignandtechnology.com | February 2013 Keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. Naturally. American hardwood. American red oak Hakkasan Dubai, Dubai, UAE Each kilogram of U.S. hardwood product stores the equivalent of 1.835 kilograms of CO2 for as long as it remains in use For more information visit: www.americanhardwood.org Follow us on Twitter