The two leaders in advanced furniture manufacturing technology -the Austrian cut-to-size specialist Schelling Anlagenbau GmbH and the German pioneer in high-performance edgebanding, drilling and CNC technology IMA Klessmann GmbH have entered strong and new partnership through the newly founded ISG GmbH (IMA Schelling Group).

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Taichung, Taiwan: On November 20, 2015, Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) announced the appointment of Michael Chang, CEO of Leadermac Machinery, as the chairman for the next three years.

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Ha Noi,Vietnam: According to the Vietnam News, the country expects a year-on-year growth of 10 percent in export of timber and timber products this year, an official from Vietnam Wood and Forestry Product Association said.

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Brussel,Belgium:The European Wood-Based Panel Federation (EPF) has announced the new Pan-European project “Compulsory E1” that seeks to ensure common legislation throughout Europe for the production, import and marketing of wood-based panels, and of products made from them at E1 level (or below).

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Geneva, Switzerland: In mid-October this year, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) made announcements expressing mutual support for new approaches to forest management planning and certification, which will help streamline forest certification, and ensure access to the global marketplace.

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Eskilstuna, Sweden: The Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) is investing SEK 180 million (US$19.2 million) in two new research programs to develop more efficient and economical methods for the biofuel production. 

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Milan, Italy:  Daniel Schrenk, MD for Sales and Marketing with LEUCO, has been nominated as the new president for the Eumabois Toolgroup. He is successor to Paul Oertli of OertliWerkzeuge AG, Switzerland, who was president for four years. 

“I am really looking forward to this new task. The European tooling industry will be facing many challenges in the next few years: speedier transformation from suppliers to service providers with an extensive range,” MrSchrenk says. 

Users in the wood and furniture industry benefit significantly from the toolmakers’ procedural expertise. This is an area the industry must develop further to be prepared for the future. 

“This is the field we would like to actively participate in as the European representative for companies. I would like to thank my predecessor for his commitment and dedication to developing safety standards and to making the industry known to the public,” he continues.

The Eumabois Toolgroup represents the interests of the approximately 250 precision tool manufacturers within the European umbrella association for woodworking machinery producers.

 

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Changzhou, China: On June 8, 2015, Wemhoener, the global surface technology provider, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second wholly-owned subsidiary in Changzhou, China. 

Located at the sci-tech industrial park of West Taihu lake, the new facility is set up to further expand the group’s business network. With a total investment of US$6 million and covering an area of 50 acres, the construction project is scheduled to be completed in two phases. In phase I, a production plant of about 15,000sq m will be built on the site.

The new plant will introduce more new equipment and technologies, including digital printing machines and roller coating technologies of lacquer designed for the woodworking industry. These machineries will be sold to the global market. On top of that, the company has set a sales target of RMB 200 million to be achieved by 2016.

 

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Paris, France: WWF France, a global environmental NGO, and Rougier Group, an integrated forest & trade company will work together in a three-year strategic collaboration that focuses on advancing sustainable forestry in Africa and responsible supply chains in Europe. 

 

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London, UK: The Chinese authorities have put in motion major reforms to the forestry sector which will include a ban on logging of natural forests in important areas and ordering state forestry plantations to cut back harvesting by 20 percent each year, as reported by Wildlife News.

 

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