The furniture business is evolving as consumer habit changes and the landscape become more competitive. Innovation is not always in the form of something completely new, but can also exist in different approaches, thinking and applications. By Jackie Wong

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Inventory management systems and dynamic reliability measures and controls remain challenging at every stage, especially when time variances and operating conditions are considered. A novel, reliability-based robust design optimisation model has been developed to optimally allocate and schedule time while considering uncertainty associated with inventory movement. By AbdulazizAlmaktoom, Effat University

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Wood usually gives people a harmonious and warm feeling with its delicate texture. A study is conducted to clarify the physiological effects of touching wood with the palm, in comparison with touching other materials on brain activity and autonomic nervous activity. By Harumi Ikei, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, and Song Chorong and Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Chiba University

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Pantone’s Color of the Year has been used by many as a reference for future product designs. This year, the company’s colour institute has named a colour that it believes will represent new hope after a year of gloom around the world. By Jackie Wong

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When it comes to flooring for a room with an under-floor heating system, it turns out that how well it works depends on not only the wood type but also the structure of the floorboards. Qingqing Chen, Xiaolei Guo, Jie Wang and Pingxiang Cao from the Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University show us the differences.

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As we move into the second half of the year, FDM Asia rounds up some of the hottest colours of 2016 and share which ones would likely continue to make waves even when 2017 arrives. Keeping abreast of these trends will help your business make the best of them.

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With increasing requirements and complexity of high precision woodworking machines, designers have to explore alternative and innovative materials so as to increase productivity without compromising quality and costs. By Giuseppe Lucisano, SCM Group, MiladinStefanovic, University of Kragujevac, and Cristiano Fragassa, University of Bologna

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Although the utlisation of longer and wider boards for wood flooring has become a popular trend in the sector, some manufacturing challenges most be overcome to ensure success of these formats. By Michael Martin, President & CEO, National Wood Flooring Association

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Lightweight boards and beams in the wood-based construction and furniture industry are not a new topic. Today, many ways to attain a lighter wooden structure are on offer, partially in industrial application. By Marius C Barbu, Transilvania University of Braşov

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As we move towards 2016, it is time to look at the furniture and furnishing design trends that are set to change the market next year. By Jackie Wong

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