Wood flooring remains in style, according to Andrew Denny of Textures Flooring, and the expert highlights European white oak, French oak, Northern Appalachian white oak, and walnut as popular wood choices. 

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Canadian forestry stocks with strong fundamentals and recent price momentum, reports by THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

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According to Wood Resources International, softwood lumber exports from Brazil have increased 36 percent from January through November this year as compared to the same period in 2017. In US dollar terms, the export price has only gone up a modest three percent from the 3Q/17 to the 3Q/18, but because of the weakening Brazilian Real, there has been a 26 percent increase in the export price in the local currency over the past year. 

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Muar, recently declared the “Furniture City of Malaysia” by the government, will take centre stage at Southeast Asia’s largest industry show next year when the annual Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) opens its doors again from March 8-11.

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Furniture and fittings made of natural materials create a sense of wellbeing, are aesthetically pleasing, can improve indoor air quality and, ideally, are produced in an environmentally friendly way. Since they fit with current trends, such as health consciousness, premium quality and environmental sustainability, they offer great potential for the entire sector, reports by Ambista from koelnmesse.

The natural look of products such as wood, cork, natural stone, wool products and leather can be used to create design ranges that offer floor-to-ceiling harmony – where every product works with every other product. 

One of the most popular natural and long-lasting materials is wood. Solid wood furniture is durable and signs of wear often make it even more beautiful. With its unique grain pattern, each piece of wooden furniture has its own individual character. Most softwoods have a more subtle structure, whereas the contrasts in hardwoods such as acacia, oak and cherry wood create a strong focal point in the room. 

Interiors that feature wood have a calm, cosy ambience and the wood has a positive impact on the indoor air quality – solid wood parquet flooring, floorboards, tables, shelving and beds absorb moisture and release it again if the air is dry. Any surface scratches can be removed by sanding the wood. These are all good selling points for retailers. The only disadvantage to the material is its sensitivity to light. Wood darkens in colour if it is exposed to strong UV light. Wooden furniture has a particularly natural look if it has been treated with oil or wax.

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According to Transport Topics, it reports that spending on U.S. construction projects essentially was unchanged in September, the weakest showing since June, as an increase in home construction was offset by a slide in spending on government projects.

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Dean Alanko of Allegheny Wood Products gave an overview of the Eastern hardwood industry. The timber resource is in good shape, but a paradigm shift in hardwood lumber consumption has occurred since the Great Recession. Because of shrinking grade lumber use — attributed to the collapse of the housing industry, which is slowly recovering — markets for industrial lumber now comprise the dominant sector. When grade prices fell after the housing industry collapse, hardwood sawmills had to realign to produce more industrial lumber, a trend that has continued. Based on 2018 data, industrial markets will use 53.1 percent of hardwood lumber and grade markets, 46.9 percent.

Among the industrial markets, the pallet industry dominates, consuming 69 percent of industrial hardwood lumber. The railroad tie industry takes 23 percent, and the remaining 8 percent goes for board road and crane mats, reports from PALLET ENTERPRISE.

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According to ARCHITECTURE DESIGN, Australia’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has launched an Australian certification standard for responsible forestry, achieving a ground-breaking first in the protection and management of the nation’s forest wealth.

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Waste wood is a precious resource that is available in large volumes and may be used either for material recycling or energy production, depending on the quality grade. 

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According to ITTO, Ghana exported a total volume of 173,899 cu.m of wood products during the first half of 2018 and earned Eur 103 million according to data from the latest, but as yet unpublished, Ghana Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD) export report. For the first half 2018 the volume of exports grew almost 14 percent while the value of exports expanded 24 percent.

Nine out of the 17 wood products exported recorded positive growth in the first half of 2018 as against the 2017 figures.

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