Edgebanding is an important part of furniture making that is easy to overlook. With Asian consumers demanding products of higher quality, edgebanding can become a deciding factor in purchase decisions. Beyond technological innovations, a key to helping furniture makers achieve better productivity is information sharing. By Jackie Wong

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As a global leader in the adhesive market, Henkel offers comprehensive solutions for clients both in China and aboard. FDM Asia speaks to Nancy Huo, Marketing Manager of Henkel Industrial Packaging and Consumer Adhesives Asia Pacific, at 2019 CIFM / interzum Guangzhou about the company's latest products and technology highlights. By Sandy Sun

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The ‘Amazon Effect’ and Industry 4.0 are disrupting a whole host of industries, including furniture production and distribution. There are a number of unique facets of the furniture supply chain that complicate the usual responses to these trends. By Brian Hoey, Flexis

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The 25-year history of C&I work in forestry has had significant positive impacts, though challenges do remain for the implementation of C&I and progress towards SFM. By Stefanie Linser and Bernhard Wolfslehner, European Forest Institute, Simon R J Bridge, Canadian Forest Services, David Gritten, RECOFTC, Steven Johnson, ITTO, Tim Payn, Scion—New Zealand Forest Research Institute, Kit Prins, Independent Forest Sector Consultant, Rastislav Rasi, National Forest Centre, and Guy Robertson, US Forest Service

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The lack of national grading rules is one of the problems faced by global lumber trade. National grading rules can safeguard both sellers and buyers by providing essential information on the quality of the products. By Michael Hermens, Group MD, APP Timber

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Natural hardwoods provides both allure and sustainability and there is no better place to find hardwood than in North America. By Jacob Schriner, Marketing Specialist, Northwest Hardwoods

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Tge Annual American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Southeast Asia & Greater China Convention wrapped up on June 22, 2018 in Xi’an, China. Michael Snow, executive director, Scott Seyler, chairman and John Chan, regional director of AHEC, and Scott Bowe, professor and wood products specialist at the University of Wisconsin elaborated on the trade of American hardwood in major markets and its unique advantages in the field of architecture and design. By Sandy Sun

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Since the merger between IMA and Schelling, the group has continued to grow. The company recently set up a new consultancy to upgrade its services further. FDM Asia say down with Bernhard Berger, MD, Andreas Bischoff, MD and Eric Zhu, GM of IMA and Schelling Group China to learn more about the company’s direction moving forward. By Sandy Sun

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Furniture is one of the major contributors to Indonesia’s economy. By measuring the eco-efficiency of production processes, companies can save costs and lower waste. By Dyah Ika Rinawati, Sriyanto, Diana Puspita Sari, and Andana Cantya Prayodha, Diponegoro University

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The furniture market in China is expected to grow further as the country continue to urbanise and living standards improve further. However, what does this mean for business owners and the timber industry? What are the new consumer trends that companies should look out for? By Mike Adams, ITTO, and Tan Xiufeng, Chinese Academy of Forestry, originally for Tropical Forest Update, from a survey published by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

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