2018 seems to be a year of further growth, but policy challenges and market consolidation may cause disruptions in the tropical timber markets around the world. To start off the year, ITTO shares insights on the happenings in different countries and regions.

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The Malaysian government is stepping up efforts to promote automation by providing soft loans; Europe is starting to see the effects of legal wood push; China showing signs of slowing consumption. ITTO shares the happenings around global wood market.

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Is automation the answer to labour shortage in Malaysia? How big is the custom made furniture market in China? What effects does improving Euro zone economies have on timber and wood product imports? ITTO tells us the latest happenings in the global tropical timber market. 

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ITTO takes us around the world to take a look at the latest headlines on different timber markets.

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The furniture shows in Southeast Asia confirmed that new trends are few and far between, but recently established trends are developing further.By Michael Buckley in Singapore

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The wood business has traditionally been a slow moving one. The material has been well-known, much loved and reasonably well understood for centuries. But things are changing now, mainly in the way we use wood. By Michael Buckley, World Hardwoods

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As we welcome a new year, we take a look at the latest happenings in the timber markets across Asia. By ITTO

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Industry 4.0 is lauded as the natural next step for the manufacturing industry, but its adoption, especially in Asia, has been slow. Despite the apparent benefits, the most important question remains—are Asian furniture manufacturers ready for Industry 4.0? By Jackie Wong

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As the market becomes more competitive with more companies fighting for market share and increasing customer expectations, furniture manufacturers have to continue to find new ways to cut costs and increase profit margins. Total Autonomous Maintenance can decrease downtime and improve overall production efficiency. By Sara Miranda and Isabel Lopes, IAENG

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Lowering costs is an important objective in the furniture manufacturing business and in this respect, accounting information systems (AIS) can provide significant contributions. By Orhan Bozkurt, Uludag University

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