American hardwood is widely used in furniture, flooring, furnishing and construction for its environmental quality and physical properties. American Hardwood Export Council chairman Dave Bramlage, executive director Michael Snow and regional director, Greater China & Southeast Asia John Chan and executive director from National Hardwood Lumber Association CEO Lorna Christie share more about this unique material with FDM Asia. By Sandy Sun

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IMA Schelling Group is committed to offering good after-sales services and advanced precision machinery. CEO Bernhard Berger shares their service concept and future plans with FDM Asia. By Sandy Sun

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To mitigate global climatic changes, long-term carbon trading and carbon taxes have been implemented in many countries. However, carbon prices have varied in many of these regions, making it necessary to evaluate the effects of carbon prices on trade-offs between forest carbon and timber management objectives in spatial harvest scheduling problems. By Qin Huiyan, Dong Lingbo and Huang Yingli, Northeast Forestry University 

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The new year of 2017, whether calendar or lunar, is ushered in with more uncertainties than has been the case in recent memory. When the financial collapse of 2008 was fully appreciated at the start of 2009, the uncertainty was all about money and markets. This time it is about a lot more and definitely more complex. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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When investigating psychological differences, wood is usually compared to carpets, glass, leather, stone, or plastic but is not compared to a visually similar material such as laminate. This study is designed to analyse and compare the various psychological characteristics related to wooden and laminate materials in interior settings. By Paul Jimenez, Anita Dunkl, Kerstin Eibel and Elisabeth Denk, University of Graz, Vincent Grote, Human Research Institute for Health Technology and Prevention Research, Christina Kelz, ArchitekturpsychologieKelz, and Maximilian Moser, Medical University of Graz

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The sustainable competitive advantages (SCA) approach showed promising insight on furniture manufacturers in Malaysia and provides hints to what the industry should do going forward. By RosmainiTasmin and AliyuAlhaji Abu Bakr, UnivesitiTun Hussein Onn Malaysia, JosuTakala and DarynaShylina, University of Vaasa, Izabela Nizialekm Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and MS CheRusuli, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

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Furniture manufactures often perform customer satisfaction analyses after purchase, but performing a research before designing and producing the furniture can reap many benefits. By Branko Liker, University of Ljubljana

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IMA and Schelling have joined forces and formed a strategic partnership. FDM ASIA has taken this opportunity to interview the company’s representatives and professionals in wood industry to have deeper insights about the background of their alliance and future development plan.

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Driven by the growing awareness of the finite nature of fossil raw materials and the need for sustainable pathways of industrial production, the bio-based economy is expected to expand worldwide. Wood-based bioeconomy has a certain potential to develop further, if adequate political framework conditions are implemented, and if consumers exhibit an enhanced willingness to pay for bio-based products. By Nina Hagemann, Erik Gawel, Alexandra Purkus, Nadine Pannicke and Jennifcer Hauck, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

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At the dawn of a new year, Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods, shared his insight on how the global market will evolve in 2016.

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