Melbourne, Australia: According to Forest and Wood Products Australia, measured at the roadside in US Dollars, European sawlog prices continued their downwards trajectory over the last year, with just a small number of notable and relevant exceptions.  

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Gernsbach, Germany: According to EUWID, Latvian plywood exports in the first quarter were higher than in the same period of a year earlier for the fourth time in succession. At 66,800 cubic metres, last year’s figure was exceeded by 14 percent. 

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Borkum, Germany: The market for Northern red oak (Quercusrubra), a traditional choice for furniture, millwork, trim and flooring, is as strong as ever, according to most hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Putrajaya, Malaysia: In May this year, the Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Royal Malaysian Customs and TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and ITTO jointly conducted a workshop in Putrajaya to develop timber trade guidelines to assist frontline customs authorities in their work.

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Jakarta, Indonesia: According to The Jakarta Post, the Indonesian government hopes to increase timber products exports to the European Union by 10 percent to US$1.1 billion this year, with the full implementation of timber legality verification system (SVLK). 

By using the system, exporting timber products to the EU will be much simpler, said the Trade Ministry’s director of agriculture and forestry export products, NurlailaNur Muhammad. In 2015, the value of Indonesia’s timber products exports to the EU reached US$1 billion.

“If the system runs well, it will help boost our timber products exports to the EU,” she said.

Central Statistics Agency data show timber products exports to the EU decreased in value over the last five years. The value of timber products exports in 2011 was US$1.02 billion, US$934 million in 2012, US$872 million in 2013, US$972 million in 2014 and $988 million in 2015.

However from January to February 2016, it reached US$187 million, a 12 percent year-on-year increase from US$167 million in 2015, according to the Trade Ministry's data.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said SVLK implementation would benefit Indonesia, which currently has a 40 percent market share in the EU tropical timber market. Indonesia agreed to fully implement the SVLK by April, a deadline set by the EU.

Environment and Forestry Minister SitiNurbaya Bakar said SVLK implementation would help the country combat illegal logging and timber trade, improve governance in the forestry industry and guarantee timber legality.

 

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Brussels, Belgium: Indonesian president Joko Widodo, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk have agreed to move swiftly towards reducing illegal logging and promoting trade in legally produced timber between the EU and Indonesia through the start of the first-ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme.

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Industry 4.0 is the future of global manufacturing. The stage is already being set  for  those  nations  that  will emerge  as  the  winners  from  the  global  crisis,  while others  will  lag behind on the industrial level. 

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The  Pesaro-based  multinational  company--Biesse  Group,  dedicated  to manufacturing machines and systems for machining wood, glass, stone and composite materials 

(and  listed in the STAR segment of the  Italian  Stock Exchange), has  announced its acquisition of 100% of shares in Uniteam SpA.

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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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