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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As the most recent effort by EU to curb imports of illegally sourced timber, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) raises important questions concerning

the international timber trade. For its successful implementaion, it is cruical to identify and classify various actors involved and examine the roles they play.  By AlexandruGiurca, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and RagnerJonsson, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission

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As the manufacturing sector embraces Industry 4.0, it is time for manufacturers to consider the benefits offered by software solutions which allow them to create complex and customised solutions that customers demand. By Simon Zhu, Horst Klaus Software (China)

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