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AMERICAN HARDWOOD EXPORT COUNCIL TO BE MAIN SPONSOR OF SEMINARS AT ‘DELHIWOOD 2011’

 

American Hardwood Pavilion to witness participation from leading U.S. hardwood exporters

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has announced plans that it will be the main sponsor of the Wood News organized seminars on February 18 within the ‘Delhiwood 2011’ exhibition, which runs from 17 to 20 February at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. AHEC is also hosting an American Hardwood Pavilion at the show, which will involve participation from leading U.S. hardwood exporters, in addition to the Hardwood States Export Group (HSEG) and the Pennsylvania Hardwood Development Council. The conference will provide an opportunity to the participants to gain first hand insights on American hardwoods from industry experts.

Aimed at educating and providing the required information to architects, designers and manufacturers who use hardwoods in the production of furniture, flooring and joinery, the seminars will centre around presentations from industry experts - Michael Snow, AHEC Executive Director, Dr. Scott Bowe, Associate Professor & Wood Products Specialist at the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin and Bob Sabistina, AHEC International Grading Consultant. Michael Snow will talk about the environmental credentials of American hardwoods, while Dr. Bowe will look more closely at the U.S. hardwood forest resource and its potential for end use applications worldwide and in India. Bob Sabistina will provide an introduction to the grading of American hardwood lumber according to the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) rules, which will also include a practical demonstration.

Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania, said: “Backed by their strong environment credentials and versatility of usage, American hardwoods are generating high interest not only in the businesses involved in wood trade and manufacturing but also from architects and designers. India's rapidly growing economy is an indication of the great potential in this market for American hardwoods, and we are expecting demand for American hardwoods to witness further growth. Through the seminars in New Delhi, we will be able to offer a unique opportunity to provide information to potential and existing users of imported hardwoods to learn about American hardwoods.”

Michael Snow has been the Executive Director of AHEC since 1999. Based in Washington DC, he oversees the Council's promotional programmes around the globe, and manages AHEC's overseas offices in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong and China. Dr. Bowe, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a wood product marketing, manufacturing and management specialist with expertise in wood product demand, utilization and sustainability and the impacts of wood products through product life-cycle assessment. Bob Sabistina, currently based in Shanghai, is an acknowledged expert on grading American hardwood lumber to the NHLA standard and a highly respected teacher, with a long association with both the NHLA and AHEC.

“Hardwoods from America offer more than 20 commercial species which makes them fit for nearly any project. Apart from their environment credentials, they present specifiers and manufacturers around the world with diverse choices unequalled anywhere - from the warm, darker tones of walnut, red alder, cherry and red oak to the lighter hues of white oak, maple and ash, and it is our vision to offer Indian specifiers and manufacturers an alternative to the familiar,” concluded Wiles.

Having successfully participated in the first edition of Delhiwood in 2009 and then in Indiawood 2010, the American Hardwood Pavilion at ‘Delhiwood 2011’ is set to include a generic American hardwood promotion and lumber grading area, in addition to nine individual U.S. hardwood exporting companies, within the stand located in Hall 18 (Upper Level). The participating companies are Bridgewell Resources, Coulee Region Hardwoods, Graf Brothers Lumber, Jim C Hamer Company, Hill Wood Products, Kretz Lumber, Northland Corporation, Northland Forest Products and Turman Wood Group.

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FMC CHINA 2011

FMC CHINA 2011
Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China
Concurrently with FMC Premium, Furniture China,
September 14-17, 2011, the Expo Theme Pavilion, Shanghai

Woodworking Machinery,
Furniture Components & Raw Materials

750 EXHIBITORS, 59,000 SQM, 32,000 TRADE BUYERS

Move to the Expo Theme Pavilion, Reach a New Level Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2011 (FMC China 2011), concurrently with “Furniture China 2011” held in Shanghai New International Expo Center(SNIEC), will be staged alongside FMC Premium at the Expo Theme Pavilion from September 14-17, 2011. FMC PREMIUM is a show especially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials & components.

“FMC China 2011” moved to the Expo Theme Pavilion from SNIEC is an inevitable trend of development. In the past years, FMC and Furniture China squeezed each other in SNIEC. SNIEC could not meet the development needs of FMC & Furniture China Exhibition with a short of nearly 150,000 square meters. If it goes, both two exhibitions will lose competitiveness and be vanished in the market.

After moving, FMC will get 79,000 square meters (the exhibition area of FMC China 2010 was 37,000 square meters), meanwhile, the concurrent exhibition, Furniture China will have nearly 80,000 square meters more. The total area of the two shows will be over 350,000 square meters. Since no space limitation existing, both FMC and Furniture China welcome the rapid development, there will be undoubtedly more furniture exhibitors and trade buyers attracted to the Expo Theme Pavilion. (The exhibitors in Furniture China are the targeted visitors of FMC). As for overseas buyers, they, be sure, would prefer an independent, strong, professional FMC show instead of a trade show with no room to develop mixed in a Furniture Fair.


The Expo Theme Pavilion is the Second largest new modern exhibition hall in Shanghai, 200m away from “Chinese Pavilion” of the Shanghai World Expo, which will bring a huge flow to FMC. Moreover, the Metro Line 7 directly connects the two venues (SNIEC and the Expo Theme Pavilion), it is convenient for visitors to go around. Moving to new venue is an important development phase of FMC, the organizer will invest more on FMC China 2011, making sure all the trade buyers have been well organized and FMC upgraded to a new level.

FMC China 2011 consists of three parts:
I. Woodworking Machinery & tools (Hall 1) 25,000 sqm
The Asian largest column-free exhibition hall, which provides two times larger space than before, has enough room for a delegation of European Woodworking Machinery Association, TWMA, and local woodworking associations

II. FMC PREMIUM (Hall 2) 17,000 m2
Targeting on high-end furniture components and raw materials products. The Hall 2 will make sure of HIGH quality and comfort style of FMC PREMIUM.

III. the general Furniture Raw Materials(Hall 3)17,000 m2
In order to help visitors quickly find their interested furniture raw materials products, this hall will be again classified into several thematic area. - Furniture Hardware & Fittings - Office Furniture Supplies & Gas Spring - Furniture Fabric & Leather - Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies - Furniture Coating, Adhesives & Chemicals - Furniture Panels & Surface Deco - Furniture Inspection, Design, engineering & Services

In the 2nd half of 2011, FMC is the only woodworking exhibition in China’s market. Industry professionals will not miss such an important event. It can’t be doubt that they will be sure to go visiting FMC in the Expo Theme Pavilion with SUCH short distance of only 7 metro stations’ taking from SNIEC, after their so long journey to Shanghai.

FMC is not a platform built only by organizer, but also exhibitors, trade buyers. FMC organizer takes efforts to make it more powerful, that will benefit to exhibitors, to the industry. For a people who are prepared, change means opportunity. FMC needs your support and foresight. FMC China 2011, an export oriented, will open a new stage in next September.

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FSM IS FOUNDED AND TOOK START ON 17th OCTOBER WOODWORKING & FURNITURE SUPPLIER MAGAZINES FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD FOUNDED A NEW INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION

 

13 well known woodworking and furniture supplier magazines who met in Istanbul by the sponsorship of Intermob 2010 trade fair, founded an organization called FSM (for International Woodworking & Furniture Supplying Magazines) on 17th October 2010.

The board consists in five members: Zeki Yücel, Mobilya (Turkey); Luca Rossetti, Xylon (Italy); Richard Barth, Material Technick Mebel (Germany); Carlos Castelo, L'Echo des Bois (Belgium); Eduardo Kiss, Mobile Fornecedores (Brasil). In the first meeting, after the voting process, Zeki Yücel (Turkey) and Luca Rossetti (Italy) are elected respectively president and vice president of FSM association for two years.

During the first board meeting held on 18th October in Istanbul (Turkey) and on 21st October in Pordenone (Italy), the board members realized the delegation of authority, and the tasks distribution. At the same time, the roadmap of the association, its own future events, 2011 program and other issues were discussed and fixed. In the declared aims, there are articles related to the creation of a synergy and a systematic solidarity between the magazines aiming woodworking, semi finished products and other furniture supplier industries; the providing of healthy and accurate flow of information between the global markets and the exchanging of articles, reports, news and advertisements. The association accepts only one member magazines from one country and has one formal and one informal meeting every year.

The 13 founding members of FSM are: Asora Wood & Technology (Argentina), Supplier Woodworking Magazine (Australia), L'Echo des Bois (Belgium), Mobile Fornecedores (Brazil), Dmt (Bulgaria), Lignum (Chile), El Mueble y la Madera (Colombia), Material Technick Mebel (Germany), Epipleon (Greece), Xylon (Italy), Porte (Mexico), Mobilya (Turkey) and Furniture Technologies (Ukraine).

The association has also 12 candidate members who are accepted as members but couldn’t be present in the founding meeting. They are: Holz Kurier (Austria), Wood Industry (Canada), China Wood Industry (China), Puu Tekniikka (Finland), Bois Mag (France), Wood News (India), Drewno Technika (Poland), Intarzia (Romania), Les Prom Inform (Russia), Fdm Asia (Singapore), Woodworking and Furniture Digest (Taiwan), Furniture Production (Uk) and Wood & Wood Products (Usa).

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August 2010

FURNITURE MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY CHINA 2010 (FMC 2010)

 

Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2010 (FMC 2010) will be staged alongside FMC Premium at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from September 7-10, 2010. Being a part of Furniture China, FMC is one of the largest furniture equipment and material shows in Asia. FMC PREMIUM is a show especially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials & components.

 * Expanded exposition area and a breakthrough in exhibitor numbers
According to multiple needs of the exhibition, the exposition area has exceeded and the number of FMC exhibitors has already reached to nearly 700. The concurrent “Furniture China” is becoming one of the three largest Furniture Fairs in the world. The total exhibition area of FMC and Furniture China is over 400,000 square meters. In 2010 more than 2,300 exhibitors and 70,000 professional visitors from 250 countries and regions are attracted to attend the fairs. FMC exhibition covers 7 broad categories and more than 40 categories of domestic and foreign enterprise in the fields of woodworking machinery and furniture raw materials, including JOWAT AG, KINGDECOR, FRENCHTIMBER, HENKEL, DEHUA TUBAO, JIANGSU YUHUI, M.Y.TIMBER, CHENGUANG VEHICLE, SICAM, CERSOSIMO LUMBER, C.I.KASEI., HUARUN COAT, AHEC, AMERICAN GROUP PARTICIPATION FROM MISSISSIPPI etc. Woodworking Machinery exhibitors include HOMAG, SCM, SHANGHAI CHAOLUN, BIESSE, YUETONG, TONGAN, NEW MAS, JANGJA, NANXIN, etc.

* Technical Seminar- A Platform of exchanging the latest industry information
In order to provide a distribution platform of industry new products and information, the organizer invite Shanghai Timber Association, the main industry media, domestic and overseas suppliers and exhibitors to hold a series of forums and seminars. Interested exhibitors and visitors are welcomed to the conference room E5-M29 and E5-M30 to attend the seminar.

* The 2nd FMC-B2B Buyers Sourcing Event- Selected supplies to meet your special demand face to face.
In order to provide best services to members and show our appreciation for their support, we will continually hold the 2nd FMC-B2B Buyers Sourcing Event after the first one successfully held last year. Cooperating with organizers of Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China(FMC), team of Fmcchina.com.cn will invite a large number of domestic furniture suppliers and worldwide quality buyers to our sourcing meetings which will be held on 8th September 2010 at Shanghai New International Expo Center.

* FMC B2B trade platform online (www.fmcchina.com.cn) – Promote your products throughout the whole year.
FMC-B2B website is newly online this September. Its comprehensive online trading platform provides FMC exhibitors continuous products promotion 365 days a year. Both suppliers and buyers can be linked through the web site platform and receive the latest product information and buyer’s offers. An online discussion can be connected between domestic suppliers and overseas buyers which improves the success rate of transactions.

We wish all exhibitors a successful business at FMC and ensure you that the show will be another great success in 2010.

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FURNITURE MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY CHINA 2010 (FMC 2010)

July 2010

Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2010 (FMC 2010) will be staged alongside FMC Premium at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from September 7-10, 2010. Being a part of Furniture China, FMC is one of the largest furniture equipment and material shows in Asia. FMC PREMIUM is a show especially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials & components.
The exhibition hall will be classified as follows:
Hall E6 & Outdoor Hall 3K – Woodworking Machinery & Accessories
Outdoor Hall 4J – Saws, Blades & Tools
Hall E5 – FMC Premium (High-end Manufactures of Furniture Components and Raw Materials)
Outdoor Hall 3G/4G – Furniture Hardware & Fittings
Outdoor Hall 3H/4H – Office Furniture Supplies & Gas Spring
Outdoor Hall 3I – Furniture Fabric & Leather
Outdoor Hall 3J – Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies
Outdoor Hall 4F – Furniture Panels & Surface Deco
Outdoor Hall 4I – Furniture Coatings/Adhesives/Chemicals & Media
Outdoor Hall 4K – Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies

Over 650 exhibitors will participate in FMC 2010, including various domestic and oversea famous corporations such as JOWAT AG, KINGDECOR, FRENCHTIMBER, HENKEL, DEHUA TUBAO, JIANGSU YUHUI, M.Y.TIMBER, CHENGUANG VEHICLE, SICAM, CERSOSIMO LUMBER, C.I.KASEI., HUARUN COAT, AHEC, AMERICAN GROUP PARTICIPATION FROM MISSISSIPPI etc. Woodworking Machinery exhibitors include HOMAG, SCM, SHANGHAI CHAOLUN, YUETONG, TONGAN, XINMA, JIANGJA, NANXIN, etc.

The total exhibition area will be over 37,000 square meters. Up to the end of June, the number of pre-registered oversea visitor is 2,785 which have increased about 40% compared with the statistics last year. This year, FMC is expected to attract more than 30,000 domestic and international trade visitors.

In the duration of FMC 2010 exhibition, various kinds of technical seminars will be organized in the E5 conference room. The First FMC Buyers Sourcing Event held on September 8 is the most representative one. As a value-added service to B2B members, we plan to create one brand new B2B service model so as to promote more opportunities between furniture suppliers and global buyers and make a better cooperation between the two sides. Meanwhile, in order to enhance communication between exhibitors and visitors and let exhibitors have more chance to promote their products, each exhibitor will be free to use the new exhibitor conference room for 30 minutes.

With 2010 Shanghai World Expo opened smoothly, more domestic and oversea visitors have gathered in Shanghai. Next year FMC will move to Shanghai World Expo Venue. It is believed to be a great opportunity and a huge challenge for FMC further development.

As a most important woodworking machinery & furniture raw materials industry event in Asia, FMC will keep its status and take effort to catch more people’s focus in the future.

More information, please visit our official website: www.fmcchina.com.cn.

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EUMABOIS SPEAKS FOR SAFETY

 

UMABOIS PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN “Choose the original – choose success” is the slogan of Eumabois’ campaign to defend “original products” against low-cost imitations. The campaign in 2009-2010 will take the form of seven articles highlighting the seven strengths of the sector’s uniqueness - quality, high technology, know-how, reliability, safety, efficiency and experience.

It’s the second year of the communication campaign promoted by Eumabois – the European federation grouping the leading national Associations representing the manufacturers of machines and accessories for woodworking – to safeguard original products. Now more than ever, it is essential to identify the key elements that clearly separate those who pursue research and innovation, developing solutions that create quality, from those who just “follow” with poor imitations. Eumabois is sending out a strong message to industry operators: before you choose a tool, machine, plant or equipment, make sure that it is the result of an industrial process based on a correct sequence of stages, of constant commitment to consistent improvement and knowledge transfer into final products.

In a very complicated economic scenario, the price factor has a very strong appeal, but when the gap is clearly too wide, it is no longer just a matter of competition: you have to think about “what you don’t see”. The Eumabois campaign is casting a spotlight on those apparently intangible values that are actually the foundations of quality production. Seven concepts, seven plusses that distinguish original European technology, values that often cannot be seen, cannot be easily measured.
Before one chooses a production line or even a single bit, a disk blade or a router, one has to analyze it in relation to concepts like quality, hi-tech, know-how, reliability, safety, efficiency and experience. These are the seven keywords of the Eumabois campaign.

SAFETY
This time the focus is on safety, on the increasing commitment to produce equipment, tools, machines and plants that are safe and take into consideration the health of operators.
Woodworking machinery has always been mostly dangerous, also because the workpieces could be handled manually, allowing hazardous proximity between the operator and the moving tool, i.e. the hazardous area. This situation dates far back in time and, to be honest, applies to most production equipment, although accidents have been particularly frequent in the woodworking industry, as shown in the European statistics on industrial accidents.
Safety is one of the most critical factors that must be taken into account when designing any woodworking equipment. For many years now, the laws of all European countries have introduced strict and specific obligations and/or have fixed the essential features and specifications to obtain safety certifications and markings. This action has certainly contributed to a massive and consistent reduction of accidents in furniture factories and joiner workshops.
Another step forward was made in 1995, when all these rules and regulations were combined in a European directive, the Machinery Directive, which was then updated and upgraded in 2009 with the introduction of the 2006/42/EC regulation, coupled with a specific set of standards that provide for clear interpretation and indicate applicable technical solutions to increase the “safety degree” of machinery.

It is worth noticing that this huge “corpus” was created with a significant contribution by European manufacturers, who were involved in the final draft with their tangible experience based on daily work, their skills and the results of research carried out by companies for many years: now, 35 European standards regulate the universe of woodworking machinery, defining and ensuring their compliance with the highest safety levels. Today, safety is no longer a matter of sensitivity of individual entrepreneurs or companies, but rather a set of actions, rules and procedures to be complied with. The safety culture has taken giant steps and new laws have played an important role, not only because they define clear and precise rules, but because they promote a culture that puts operators, their health and their working conditions in the forefront. Responsible entrepreneurs now have a set of rules that give full dignity to the behavior they have always adopted for the sake of workers and their health. And, at the same time, they can count on tools that prevent those who cannot or will not abide by the law from spoiling the market.
And figures prove it: woodworking technology has been recording a strong reduction of accidents. A new, long-awaited age, for which European manufacturers have worked enthusiastically. A success confirmed by the gradual conversion of European standards into ISO standards, through closer and closer collaboration between the standardization institutes of Europe and the United States, China, Japan and many more non-European countries.

There is still one issue to solve, for which a lot has already been done: all manufacturers now offer training courses for the correct operation of complex machines and plants, and in these courses, safety is always a key topic. It’s been a long and tiring way, requiring constant and significant investments, to increase the safety of technology exponentially without compromising on its potential or productivity. As mentioned, this is the result of design, experimentation and research that are carried on only by those who create technology, not those who copy.

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FMC 2010

 

Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China
Concurrently with Furniture China, FMC Premium
September 7-10, 2010, Shanghai New Int’l Expo Centre

Woodworking Machinery,
Furniture Components & Raw Materials

Organizer:
China National Furniture Association
Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd.
650 Exhibitors, 37000 SQM, 30000 Trade Buyers

Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2010 (FMC 2010) will be staged alongside FMC Premium at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from September 7-10, 2010. Being a part of Furniture China, FMC is one of the largest furniture equipment and material shows in Asia. FMC PREMIUM is a show especially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials & components.

Together with the great support of all exhibitors, more than 90% of the stands have been booked - a milestones record in FMC history and a clear sign of an improved worldwide economy. FMC witnesses the rapid development of the country’s furniture and interior design industry. In 2009, FMC attracted 23,000 domestic visitors and 3,674 overseas visitors.
FMC continues upgrade its classification of exhibit display for easy visiting:

Woodworking Machinery – Hall E6, Outdoor Hall 3K, 4K
Saws / Blades & Tools - Outdoor Hall 4J
FMC PREMIUM – Hall E5
Furniture Hardware & Fittings – Outdoor Hall 3G/4G
Furniture Fabric & Leather - Outdoor Hall 3I
Upholstery Furniture Components & Supplies – Outdoor Hall 3J
Furniture Coatings & Chemicals – Outdoor Hall 4I
Furniture Panels & Surface Décor – Outdoor Hall 4F

International and domestic woodworking manufacturers, such as HOMAG, BIESSE, SCM, TWMA, NANXING, Shanghai YUETONG had confirmed their participation in FMC. In addition, a large number of exhibitors have confirmed their attendance in the classified display sections, JIEMA, ANLI in Fabric and Leather hall, HYDERON, BOKE in Furniture Hardware and Fittings hall, CHANGRUNFA PAINT, HUARUN PAINT in Furniture Coatings & Chemicals hall. FMC Premium has been also fully booked, among them such as JOWAT, AHEC, FRENCH TIMBER, HENKEL etc.…Thus FMC is creating an excellent opportunity for great business deals and furthermore to create an international networking platform.

Up to April 25, 460+ exhibitors have confirmed their participation in FMC. And this year FMC is expected to attract 650 exhibitors and more than 30,000 domestic and international trade visitors.

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DIFFENBACHER ON COURSE FOR SUCCESS WITH NEW PRODUCTS

 

Dieffenbacher reported a brilliant 2009 business. Group sales increased by about 10% to €330m. Shareholders' equity grew by €5m with a significant balance sheet profit. "Over the next two fiscal years, we are expecting to achieve similar levels of sales and profits as in 2009," reports the CEO, Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher.

The Wood-based panel division has already signed firm contracts for 2010 amounting to more than 100% of its sales goals, and almost 95% of its goal for 2011. €100m worth of orders have already been placed in the first 3 months, resulting in sales that are running well above expectations for this period. As a result, the Group's order book is currently bulging to the tune of €650m, thus guaranteeing full production capacity has been achieved until well into 2011. Among the orders, several MDF lines have been sold to China, while other orders have come from France and Columbia. The highlight is a complete plant to be supplied to IKEA which will be used for producing extremely thin fiberboards for use in lightweight furniture.

Intensive development work continued during the previous financial year, with successes being achieved in many areas especially those having a significant positive ecological impact. These include energy plants in which wood waste is burned, with the resulting heat energy being used to supply the factory.
Lines for manufacturing wood pellets as well as machines for producing wood fiber insulating panels also form part of the future production range. A step in this direction has already been taken resulting in firm orders for these products.
By acquiring the majority holdings in Shanghai Wood Based Panel Machinery Co., Ltd. (SWPM) during the first half of 2009, Dieffenbacher reinforced its leading position in the Chinese market. This measure also underlines the company's strategy of being present with close proximity to customers in the most important markets in the world, not only with sales, production and engineering capacity, but also with service and local spare parts assistance.

SWPM is the best known domestic supplier of machines for the wood panel industry in China, and has been a consistent driver for international expansion during recent years. SWPM commands significant market shares in the area of multi-daylight machines in China. As a result of the acquisition and a recent development of a four-foot wide continuous press Dieffenbacher is now able to offer a competitive solution in this market segment also.

During the 2009 financial year, Dieffenbacher invested additional sums in the training and education of its employees and apprentices. As a result, the company is taking active steps to counteract the forecast skills shortage resulting from demographic change.

Dieffenbacher sees itself as exceptionally positioned for the coming years. "We have outstanding products, and excellent and highly motivated employees. We find ourselves on a firm financial footing, and thus we can look forward to the next few years with great optimism," comments Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher, CEO of the group of companies.

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IWF ANNOUNCES CHALLENGERS AWARD ENTRANTS FOR THE 2010 FAIR

 

IWF 2010 and the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award will showcase the best the industry has to offer in innovative new technology. Sixty-five companies have entered eighty products to compete for the coveted Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award.

“The Challengers Award and IWF are the platform for innovation and new product introduction. Our industry continues to invest in the future. Industry professionals will have a unique opportunity to see some of the most advanced new products available,” commented Riccardo Azzoni IWF 2010 Chairman and President of Atlantic Machinery Corporation based in New Millford, Connecticut.

New for 2010 the Challengers Award finalists and winners will be recognized all 4 days in a highly visible display area on the show floor. The special area will provide buyers and the media information about the 2010 finalists and winners.

The Challengers Award, which will be presented during IWF 2010, is known throughout the world as the woodworking industry’s highest honor, recognizing advancements in technology or significant contributions to environmental improvement: and focuses on companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, materials, supplies and services. The award challenges IWF exhibiting companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry.

Presented every two years, The Challengers Award recognizes seven outstanding exhibiting companies. A panel of distinguished judges will review and analyze each entry and decide on the top 20 entries just prior to the Fair. The final judging will take place August 24th and the winners will be announced on August 25, 2010.

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TECHNODOMUS PREVIEWS THE BEST OF NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2010, ALL STRICTLY MADE IN ITALY……

 

over 250 exhibitors in a 42,000 m² exhibition space bringing you a world preview of the leading technological innovations which we will focus on in forthcoming press releases.

Visitors (over 1500 foreign buyers have already registered) will have the chance to admire and indeed test the exciting new products which companies have chosen to present specifically at TECHNODOMUS.

A new virtual platform for Business Meetings will enable exhibitors and foreign buyers to set up their own personal electronic diaries which they can use to get in touch, arrange appointments and meet on stands as and when suits both parties.

Rimini Expo Centre provides the following services:
                                                 

- FAST PASS for rapid access to the Fair, avoiding long queues at cash desks

- Dedicated RIMINI FIERA railway station on the Milan-Bari line:16 trains each  day

- Free shuttle bus from Bologna airport to Rimini Expo Centre

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DIEFFENBACHER CONCEPT FOR THE INDIAWOOD 2010 in BANGALORE

Dieffenbacher presents itself as the leading supplier for plant technologies for the production of engineered wood products. The decade long experience with many references all over the world and specifically in India enables Dieffenbacher to give an excellent value to customers. Short start-up times, technological support and the service and support from within the region - a package only Dieffenbacher can provide.

A strong financial background and the Know-How of hundreds of specialized engineers in the Dieffenbacher group make sure, that our plants work well and adapt to all kinds of raw material and product requirements. The very big R&D department ensures that Dieffenbacher is always creating the leading edge technology, which improves quality and reduces production cost. The success in developing new technologies in the fields of MDF, HDF, Woodfiber Insulationboard, Particleboard and OSB is proven by the many active patents hold by Dieffenbacher.


Wood-based panel plant

At the Indiawood the Dieffenbacher group for the first time incorporates SWPM in the stand and both companies present new technologies to our customers:

       a.  The Dieffenbacher concept uses a continuous press for the production of particleboard and
            MDF. Dieffenbacher is very proud about having the only references in India with continous
            presses.

       b.  SWPM presents its very successful and proven 4ft- MDF plant concept. It goes along with
            multidaylight and continues presses.

Dieffenbacher will be exhibiting in Hall 1, upper level during the Indiawood, held in Bangalore from 4–8  March 2010.

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WMF2010 & FAM2010 - CREATING A NEW MILESTONE FOR WOODWORKING INDUSTRY IN 2010

Being an excellent trading platform in woodworking industry, the biennial world-class event, The 13th International Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Manufacturing Equipment (WMF2010) and The 13th International Exhibition on Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (FAM2010), will be held on March 10 to 13, 2010 at the China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC) in Beijing, China.

Despite the global economic downturn, the furniture and woodworking industry in China gradually recovers and records an encouraging growth. China is undoubtedly a huge market; Domestic sales for furniture in the first half of 2009 have reached RMB 152.9 billion, with a 10.6% year-on-year growth. Furniture exports in the first half of 2009 remained high at USD 14.1 billion despite a drop of 9.45%. Among all, the decline in China’s wood products import and export trade were less than the national level, trading amount for China’s wood products reached USD 26 billion in the first half of 2009. Second quarter data even showed a more impressive increase rate at 15.05%, when compared to first quarter. Such recovery has reinforced the enterprises’ confidence for the WMF2010 & FAM2010, which in turn has resulted to an overwhelming response in both exhibitors recruitment as well as visitor promotion.

Asia’s Largest Woodworking Fair Hits Record Scale

Following the success in 2006 and 2008, WMF2010 and FAM2010 continue to be Asia’s Largest Fair for Woodworking Machinery, Furniture Accessories and Materials. WMF2010 & FAM2010 will occupy an exhibition area of 70,000sqm, accommodating 700 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, India, Italy, Malaysia, China, Taiwan Province and more. Over 2,000 machines will be presented at the exhibit.

The organizers have also expanded the venue from 10 halls to 12 halls to include theme zones on Woodworking Machinery, Panel Board Manufacturing Technology, Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (Overseas), Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (Local) and others. Meanwhile, the number of pavilions will be increased to 7 to include those from Germany and Italy, and from associations / regions like Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA), Qingdao Woodworking Machinery, Shanghai Woodworking Machinery and Lunjiao Woodworking Machinery.

Numerous renowned woodworking, accessories and materials enterprises have already confirmed / reserved spaces for the event. Lunjiao Woodworking Machinery Pavilion will house Nan Xing, New Mas, Weideli, V-hold, Guangdong Firmy, Tongan, Ente, etc. Qingdao Woodworking Machinery Pavilion will include Friend, Yazhou Gongyou (Weihai), Shanxi Qiulin, Qingdao Yongqiang, Qingdao Haomailong, Qingdao Huashunchang, Qingdao Haozhonghao, Qingdao New-Motivity, Shangdong Dongwei, Laizhou Fulin, Qingdao Qianchuan, Qingdao Huachengtian, etc. Shanghai Woodworking Machinery Pavilion currently partners with Shanghai Yuetong and other renowned exhibitors. Exhibitors from Furniture Accessories, Materials & Wood Products will include Blum and more, while exhibitors from the Woodworking Machinery & Panel Board Manufacturing Technology are namely Guanglong, Jiangsu Jangja, Nantong Guoquan, Dalian Huizhong, Anderson, Beijing Lianzhonglian, Keenman, Sufoma and more.

A One-stop Sourcing Platform for Machinery, Accessories and Materials

To enhance the brand image of the show, the organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. specially designs a new logo for FAM. Incorporating with the original logo of WMF, the show has manifested one-stop purchasing and trading concept of “Machinery + Materials + Accessories” to all visitors.

Since its inception in 1986, WMF & FAM have gained wide support from furniture and related industries. The trade fair, recognized as the most established woodworking fair in China, is now in its thirteenth set. As in the past, WMF & FAM is expected to demonstrate the latest woodworking machinery, accessories and tools to professional buyers. Exhibits on machinery and tools will include Wood Processing Machinery, Furniture Manufacturing Machinery, Panel Board Manufacturing Machinery, Knife and Blade, Machinery Accessories, Hand Tools, Grinder, Measuring Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, etc. Exhibits on the materials will include Logs, Panel Board, Hardware, Semi-finished Wood Products, Chemicals, Decoration Materials and more. Building Construction Products and Interior Decorative Materials and Software will also be displayed in their specific theme zones.

Supported Exclusively by EUMABOIS

WMF & FAM have gained exclusive support from European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS) for three consecutive years (2008, 2010, and 2012), which further consolidates the show’s international and local support.

With diversified and extensive promotion campaigns, organizers have collaborated with various local and overseas trade media, as well as furniture-related professional markets for visitor promotion. Several buyer delegations and associations from the Hebei Province and more have been invited. Over 30,000 visitors from all over China and the world are expected to visit the show.

The honorary organizers of WMF and FAM are the State Forestry Administration of P.R. China, China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. The organizers include China National Forestry Machinery Association, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., China Forestry Group Corporation and China Building Decoration Association.

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‘FMC 2009’ WHERE HIGH-END SUPPLIERS OF FURNITURE COMPONENTS AND  RAW MATERIALS MEET

Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2009 (FMC 2009) and FMC Premium will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from September 9-12, 2009 alongsde Furniture China 2009, the 4th largest furniture exhibition in the world, which is expected to attract 2,300 exhibitors and more than 70,000 domestc and international trade visitors.

Strong support from our exhibitors ensure FMC 2009 was fully booked a month before its opening. FMC will host more than 600 exhibitors of woodworking machinery and furniture matereals over 36,000 sqm of exhibition space. The show is proud to attract a large numbe of famous machinery equipment brands, including HOMAG, BIESSE, WEINIG, YUETONG, NANXING, YUANTIAN, many other wel-known Chinese woodworking machinery manufacturers as well as a pavilion organized by the Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) with more than twenty Taiwanese companies. At the same time, more than 350 domestc furniture matereal suppliers will present a full variety of high-quality products and exhibits, together with well-known international brands like AHEC, JOWAT, ITC, CHENGUANG, FRENCHTIMBER, KINGDECOR etc. Firms like HUARUN coating and BASF will be participating in the show for the first time.

Located in hall E5, FMC PREMIUM 2009 will feature 150 selected exhibitors over 6,000 sqm of exhibition space. Exhibits will cover all necessities for furniture manufacturing rom raw materials to chemicals, fittings, semi-finished products and many more.

The Organiser is arranging a series of seminars and other activities during the show to foster cooperation between domestc and overseas companies. Organised in cooperation with "China Wood", the "Legal & Sustainable Furniture Raw Mateal Forum" will be held on September 10, 2009. WWF-CFTN, FSC\PEPC, AHEC, Canada Wood and French Timber will come together to discuss timber availability, classification and application in China, and about sustainable development of furniture matereal.

FMC 2009 will be a testimony to the rapid development of the country's furniture and interior design industry. This year the show will again bring the most updated products and designs and market deas.
 

 

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DOORS, WINDOWS & ROOFING - DEDICATED CONSTRUCTION SOURCING PLATFORM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

   DWR Exhibition March 2010
   SHARJAH (UAE)
   United Arab Emirates

 

Doors, Windows & Roofing is the only dedicated sourcing platform in the Middle East catering to the construction sector’s  requirements of doors, windows, walls, roofing, claddings, related equipment & accessories, is scheduled at Expo Centre Sharjah from March 8--10, 2010.

The event is one of the Middle East largest dedicated displays of products for fenestration and exterior façade industry. This exhibition in just its first edition has established itself as a solid and reliable platform which caters to the requirement of the regions construction industry. Due to its exclusive profile, “DWR” is a must-visit trade show for buyers with a short and medium term requirements of fenestration and façade solutions, resulting in definite business and sales leads for the exhibitors.

The exhibition provides and excellent opportunity for exhibitors to establish new links and increase their market share in the Middle East region.

The show brings together a number of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of doors, windows, walls, roofing, and claddings products from Europe, GCC, CIS, Asia & Oceania countries & Far East Countries.

Given its exclusive profile, the show attracts visitors from UAE, GCC, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, North Africa and India.

In order to cater to the demanding regional and international markets Gulf Glass will be co-organized with DOORS, WINDOWS, & ROOFING 2010. The shows would cover over 16,000 sqm of indoor hall area with the leading participating brands from the industry.

DWR has so far had very successful editions and is now clearly the most credible sourcing platform for the Middle East construction industry, being a very focused and exclusive profile the show provides industry with the complete fenestration and facade solutions.

The regional construction sectors most preferred sourcing hub

The coming edition of Doors, Windows Roofs & Walls will be a one-stop platform for the complete range of fenestration and exterior façade products and solutions. Exhibits at the event will include Windows, Doors, Grills, Gates, Shutters and Sun Protection, Sun blinds and Awnings, Louver blinds and Interior roller blinds, Profiles & Insulation, , Paints and Chemicals, Drives and Drive technology, Raw material, Components and Machinery,  Accessories, Business fitting curtains, Wall coverings, locks, Access Control Systems, and Door operating devices.

Doors, Windows Roofs & Walls  will host key players from the global roof and cladding industry and will feature Roofing systems, Architectural Cladding, Structural Glazing, Curtain Walling, Façade Engineering, Metal Building Systems, Prefabricated Houses, Skylights and Sky domes, and Waterproofing.

Given the exclusivity of the profile Doors, Windows Roofs & Walls will attract senior personnel including top decision makers from the region’s construction industry.

Categories of visitors to the event will include Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Construction professionals, Consultants, Civil and structural engineers, Planners, Importers, Property Managers, Investors, and Government Authorities.

Doors, Windows Roofs & Walls are an initiative of Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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THE 11th ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY FORUM
WILL BE HELD IN  ST. PETERSBURG ON  OCTOBER 6-9, 2009

Program of the Forum’2009 will be based on the advanced principles of modern European forest-based sector technology platform (FTP). The following leading industry experts are taking part in development of the program: representatives of forestry enterprises, forestry sector, science and government agencies of different levels. The forum is mainly aimed at establishment of a full-fledged state-business dialogue.

The Forum will be opened by the Plenary Session on the Russian Forestry Agenda for 2009–2010. The Session will feature such issues as the forecast of industrial production development in the forestry sector, product market, adaptation of forestry sector development strategy to the conditions of the financial crisis, forest plans of the subjects of the Russian Federation, international experience of quality spurts with participation of Brazilian and Chinese forestry representatives.

 

A Panel Discussion on Forest Investments: Myths and Reality will feature discussion of marketing mechanisms in forestry sector and will be the key event of the program. The following topics will be discussed at the Panel Discussion: forest product markets overview, government support of forest enterprises, mechanisms for attraction of financing to the industry (investments, government guarantees, subventions).

 

Issues of forestry activity organization will be raided at the Forestry Conference. Among the key topics for discussion: management of government property, reforestation activity (genetics, seed production), development of transport and social infrastructure, marketing analysis of region’s resources.

 

Various aspects of application of timber in modern house-building, such as infrastructure, technologies and materials will be thoroughly discussed within the framework of the I.Z.BA. from Outside Conference. The Conference will feature the I.Z.B.A. From Inside Workshop which will be devoted to the market and technologies of finishing materials and joinery production.  Engineering features of board production, market trends in the wooden board industry, environmental and energy-saving qualities of wooden boards, news and industry products will be discussed at the Wood Board Production Conference.

 

The 4th International Pulp, Paper & Tissue Russia Conference on new available technologies and improvements for pulp, paper and tissue industry will be held within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Forestry Forum on October 8, 2009.

 

For the first time the Forum’2009 will feature a cycle of Forest Dialogue workshops on lease relations and logging. The following events are planned to be held: Land relations on issues of change of the designated purpose of wood lots, logging camps and municipal forests; Phytosanitary Troubles covering issues of phytosanitary barriers in domestic forest transportation and forest export problems; Forest Arithmetic on special features of converted wood accounting and a the Customs Gives Green Light Workshop which will feature discussion of manifesting procedures necessary for export of timber.

 

The World After Kyoto Conference covering issues of implementation of forestry sector’s bioenergy potential will be the key event of the Forum. Russia’s climatic doctrine, Kyoto forests in Russian Regions, science ТВ bioenergy technologies, carbon market – these are just few of the topics to be discussed at the event. The Conference will be followed by the Model of a Municipal Power Facility Off-site Event.

 

The International Specialised Exhibitions which cover the whole cycle of forest production are a significant part of the Forum: Tekhnodrev, Transles, Wooden Construction, Regions of Russia. Forestry Complex Potential. The Exhibitions will feature a Forestry Matchmaking Center.

 

Forum Organising Committee is chaired by the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the North-Western Federal District. Official support: Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, State Duma Committee for Natural Resources and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO UN) Forestry Department.

 

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INDIA WOOD 2010 TO DRAW AUDIENCE FROM SOUTH ASIA,
SOUTH EAST ASIA & THE GULF

 The 6th edition of India Wood is being organized from the 4-8th Of March 2010 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, Bangalore.

In a press release, Co-organizers of India wood, PDA TRADE FAIRS, have indicated Indiawood-2010 the sixth edition of Asia’s most definitive international exhibition on woodworking, machinery, tools, fittings, accessories, raw materials & products will pay special attention to providing the exhibitors an opportunity to address buyers from the entire South Asian, South East Asian & the gulf region.   

Mr. Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman & CEO, PDA TRADE FAIRS is confident, INDIAWOOD is now more than ever in a unique position to cater to the requirement of the above markets in addition to India.  

INDIAWOOD had a modest beginning in 1999 as an educative platform for the INDIAN WOODWORKING INDUSTRY. Ever since then, it’s broken new ground edition after edition. INDIAWOOD 1999 had 103 exhibitors from India and overseas. By 2002 with 147 exhibitors from 15 countries & country pavilions from Germany and Italy, INDIAWOOD had started catalyzing the Indian Woodworking Industries growth by providing a platform that show cased modern technologies.

By 2004, the event had 223 exhibitors from 22 countries with country pavilions from Germany, Italy, Spain & Taiwan & INDIAWOOD had arrived to stay.

By 2006, INDIAWOOD, started attracting audience from the neighboring countries as well, Srilanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan started looking to Indiawood for sourcing their woodworking technology. INDIAWOOD 2006 was over 18000 sq. mtrs. of exhibition space to become the new single largest sourcing ground for woodworking technologies for the entire South ASIAN region. The event had 343 participants from 26 countries and country pavilions from Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan & USA.

 

Indiawood 2008 was a resounding success, setting a new benchmark amongst the woodworking industry events in the whole of Asia.  The exhibition was 27000 sqm with over 400 exhibitors and country pavilions from Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA. The edition attracted audiences beyond South Asia & drew visitors from Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand too.

PDA Trade Fairs, in the press note reiterate - As the world is going through a financial crisis, many smaller regional trade fairs could become untenable due to minimal internal demand. The automatic choice therefore for exhibitors would be to look at a successful trade show that would cater to many regions.

India alone after seeing a growth rate in excess of 9 per cent for the last 3 years, has held its ground, industry experts estimate India’s growth rate in the current year at between 7 and 8 per cent Per Annum. There are over 40 million households in the mid to upper affluence level. About 1.6 million households earn over USD 100,000 and spend USD 9,000 of this on luxury goods, each year. In light of these statistics, most International companies from various sectors and from the wood working sector would be looking at a strong potential market such as India to revive their sales and revenues.

The woodworking industry in India is considered a sunrise sector and Indiawood has fuelled the growth of this Industry. Indiawood 2010 will showcase everything from simple hand saws to the latest CNC machines. Indiawood will also showcase the full range of wood processing technologies, fittings, Raw materials, accessories & tools from around the world. 

Helping to meet the demands of the booming local furniture manufacturing industries, Indiawood 2010 will, once again, continue to catalyze the growth of this sector also spawn the growth of new Industries, thereby creating immense employment opportunities for skilled wood workers.

Indiawood, as the most definitive wood working industry show outside USA and Europe, now more than ever is in a position to deliver potential business not only through the Indian market’s internal requirements but also from buyers from the rest of the Asian and the Gulf region.  

To be a part of the estimated US$4.4 billion Indian furniture manufacturing sector and make new contacts for your business from the rest of the Asian and Gulf region - Indiawood 2010 promises to be the most definitive platform. INDIAWOOD 2010 has already sold out over 65% of the 30,000 Sq Mtrs space, with country pavilions from Germany, Italy, Taiwan and USA having already confirmed large spaces for their respective country pavilions. INDIAWOOD 2010 is expecting a phenomenal participation from China too.

 

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WOOD AND WOOD MACHINERY TO WITNESS HUGE DEMAND
 AMIDST CALL FOR GREATER SUSTAINABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show 2009’ aims to drive activity within the regional wood trade business

The wood and wood machinery sector is expected to witness huge demand amidst intensifying call for greater sustainability in the Middle East, according to Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organisers of the ‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show 2009’. The event, which is the Middle East’s only industry exhibition of its kind, is set to host global exhibitors under themed national pavilions, with aims to drive activity within the regional wood trade business. The organiser has further revealed that the show, which will run from April 21 to 23, 2009 at Central & East Hall of the Dubai Airport Expo, will capitalise on the stability of demand for wood and wood machineries in the region amidst the global economic downturn.

Established as an effective platform for showcasing a wide spectrum of wood products and technologies, the ‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show 2009’ is set to attract distributors, suppliers, interior designers, furniture manufacturers, carpenters, wholesale traders and retailers, building material manufacturers, construction suppliers and project developers from across the globe. The show has earned a distinctive repute as a high impact platform for the latest technologies in wood processing as well as new product offerings from industry-leading companies. High impact networking activities also serve as one of the highlights of this annual event, which opens up great business and partnership opportunities for all participants. In addition, the organiser has also revealed that the latest woodworking technologies from leading innovators from across the globe are set to make their debut at this year’s show.

“The ‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show 2009’ marks the fourth staging of this high-impact event, and we are pleased that we have secured a significant number of participants due to the strong response given by the global wood and wood machinery community amidst the challenges caused by the global crisis,” said Saif Hashmath, Exhibition Director, Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions. “Through the year, our focus remains on providing an opportunity to industry players to maximise the region’s growing market for high quality wood products and equipment. With most of the leading wood-exporting countries well-represented in this year’s event, we have high expectations that this show will be a success.”

Aiming to help industry players establish profitable relationships and leverage the ‘green initiatives’ being undertaken by regional property construction and development organisations, this year’s ‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show’ is set to host globally-reputed players from leading wood-exporting and importing countries. This includes industry majors from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America. Also set to participate are companies from Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and African and Northern Baltic countries.

“We are confident that the participation of leading wood exporters at the show will attract customers, who can access a wide range of top quality wood products and leading edge wood machinery and equipment. We are delighted to once again stage this show, thereby providing the industry with an ideal venue to stimulate marketing and trade activity and foster the overall growth of this sector. It is with much anticipation that we await the opening of the show,” concluded Hashmath.

Some of the wood products that will be showcased at the show include high quality finishing and fittings, plywood and hardboard products, timber, hardwood and softwood, kitchen cabinets, wooden furniture units, wooden decorative materials and units, polishing products, wood and timber flooring, veneer, spraying treatments wood raw materials and laminator among others. In addition to the national pavilions, which will showcase world-class products from the international delegations, the ‘Dubai International Wood & Wood Machinery Show’ will also host the largest wood and wood machineries companies from the UAE and across the region who will showcase their own brand of local but high quality products.

 

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EXHIBITORS UNANIMOUSLY DECLARE DELHI WOOD 2009 A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

The First edition of DELHI WOOD, international exhibition for wood working machinery, fittings, accessories, raw materials and products closed on the 17th of Feb 2009 after a highly successful four exhibition days.

“Delhi Wood 2009” was organised by PDA Trade Fairs, organizers of “INDIA WOOD”, & was supported by “EUMABOIS” – the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Associations. The first edition of Delhi Wood evoked phenomenal response from the industry with about 300 exhibitors confirming participation from 29 countries.

The organizers, PDATF say, “Although it was a first time show, DELHIWOOD attracted an overseas exhibitor participation of 63%, which is highly satisfactory.”

Mr. Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman & CEO of PDATF stated, “The response to the first edition of Delhi Wood is ample proof that ‘India is where the market is’ in times of economic adversities”. He said, “The group participation from China, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA emphasized our belief that India is a market with scope for business for companies that are willing to be aggressive in difficult times.”

Delhi Wood attracted over 13,000 visitors during the four days of the event. It was quite apparent from the happy reactions from the exhibitors that the visitors were serious buyers with many exhibitors having signed contract orders and having generated ample enquiries.

A key part of the sensational success of Delhi Wood was the support provided by a number of international trade associations and industry organisations, including the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the Italian Woodworking Machinery and Tool Manufacturers Association (ACIMALL), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA), the CBTC (Cane & Bamboo Technology Centre),the Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), the Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) and the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA).

In addition, Delhi Wood’s many media partners provided invaluable assistance in establishing Delhi Wood’s good name. In addition to the PRINCIPAL OFFICIAL PUBLICATION of Delhi Wood and India’s oldest and foremost trade publication, WOOD NEWS, other media and e-media partners included Timberhunt.com, Wood & Panel World, Modern Woodwork, FDM Asia, Hardware Sanitary Construction World, Panels & Furniture Asia, Panel World, Lakda Udyog Darshan, Sino-foreign Woodworking Machinery, busytrade.com, fordaq, indiaplywood.com, trade-india.com, Machine Junction and Indiamart.com.


Show Facts:
                     Exhibition Area – 16,300 Square Meters.
                     No of Exhibitors – 297
                     No of countries – 29
                     Percentage of overseas participation – 63%
                     Total trade visitors – 13,378

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PANELEXPO 2009 STEERING COMMITTEE FORMED

The 4th edition of Panelexpo focusing on Plywood, Bamboo, Medium Density Fibreboard, Laminates, Flush Doors, Woodworking Machinery will be held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 2 - 5 April 2009. This International Exhibition-Cum-Conference is organized by the apex body of plywood & allied panels, Federation of Indian Plywood & Panel Industry (FIPPI) which has been espousing the cause of the woodworking industry since 1962 & has been organizing the event with the active support and cooperation of Fair Design Indian Pvt. Ltd.

 

Panelexpo 2009 is being sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Planning Commission, Ministry of Environment & Forests, CAPEXIL, Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute, National Mission on Bamboo Applications, International Tropical Timber Organization, International Network for Bamboo & Rattan and a number of other trade bodies.

 

According to Mr. B. K. Banerjee, the spokesperson of FIPPI, a high level Steering Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Sh. S. K. Thade, Director in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to provide guidelines and also to ensure proper conduct of Exhibition & Conference to achieve the objective of the development of the industry.

 

Panelexpo provides ideal platform for the Plywood & Panel manufacturers to establish contacts with the buyers on one hand and the machinery manufacturers and other agents on the other. Mr. Banerjee mentioned that the exhibition has provided an opportunity for the technological upgradation of the woodworking machinery and many international players have either set up new establishments or entered into tie up with the Indian entrepreneurs for marketing and manufacturing state of the art technology, woodworking machinery in the country. The industry, despite the constraint of raw material, is on expansion mode and a number of units have gone for either captive plantation or sourcing it from social forestry besides using agricultural residues from manufacturing quality panels and boards.

 

A number of delegations, at least from 20 countries, are expected to visit the Panelexpo 2009 with a view to sourcing the requirements of Panel and boards, Mr. B.K. Banerjee added. Panelexpo 2009 would thus be organized with a much fanfare this time. Mr. B.K. Banerjee urged the industry to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Federation to upgrade the technology and product quality and ensure increased exports as well as domestic sales.

 

The focus this year will be greater use of bamboo in the manufacture of Panel and boards besides a number of handicraft items manufactured out of bamboo. Lack of raw material availability has pushed the industry to look for alternative raw-materials and bamboo, which is available abundantly in the North-Eastern areas and has come to occupy a place of pride as a raw material for manufacture of Panel products. The technology which is developed indigenously will be showcased in the Panelexpo 2009 Exhibition, Mr.B.K. Banerjee added.

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AS DEMAND FOR AMERICAN HARDWOODS SOAR, AHEC PREPARES FOR A SUCCESSFUL DELHIWOOD EXHIBITION

 

Next February 14th to 17th, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), which represents the US hardwood industry, will take part in the inaugural Delhiwood show at Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre, New Delhi.  Following two successful Indiawood exhibitions in Bangalore, AHEC aims to take advantage of this important forum for the wood trade and to service the rapidly growing demand for American hardwoods in the Indian market.

Now, more than ever before, American hardwoods are becoming increasingly well-established in India’s rapidly developing market for imported hardwoods. According to the latest data available, US$3.3 million worth of hardwood logs, lumber and veneer were shipped from the USA to India during the first eight months of this year. This marks a staggering increase of 83.3% on the same period in 2007, when imports only reached US$1.8 million. Of the total value imported this year, hardwood logs accounted for US$1.3 million, hardwood lumber for US$0.96 million and hardwood veneer US$1.1 million.

While demand for US hardwood logs still remains higher than for lumber, the increase in imports of US hardwood lumber this year has been nothing short of exceptional. In fact, over the January to August period, shipments of hardwood lumber from the United States to India grew from just US$281,000 in 2007 to US$959,000 this year, marking a rise of 241.3%. This increase in demand for lumber signals changes within the Indian wood sector, both at the level of increased awareness of US hardwoods, as well as in terms of how the furniture and interiors manufacturing sector is becoming more modern and mechanised.

This trend, as well as the overall growth in US hardwood demand is expected to continue for the remainder of 2008 and, in fact, for the foreseeable future. While many parts of world are now entering a phase of economic uncertainty, the Indian market continues to enjoy a period of relative fiscal buoyancy and overall economic expansion. One obvious outcome of this period of economic growth has been the onset of a construction boom, which has led to an urgent and substantial need for building materials, including wood products, which cannot be supplied from within India itself. As a result, imports of wood products have surged in recent years. American hardwoods have benefited directly from this increase in demand. They perform well in interior applications and their wide variety of colours and grain patterns, as well as their sustainable credentials and availability in a range of specifications have meant that Indian architects, joiners and furniture manufacturers are beginning to turn to them for high end projects, both commercial and residential.

It is hoped that the Delhiwood show will create another specialised forum for the wood sector in India’s northern region and AHEC looks forward to an opportunity to showcase American hardwoods, to distribute technical information and to network with the industry.

 

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I NEW SHOW DATES FOR DELHIWOOD
EVENT RESCHEDULED BY TWO DAYS


DELHIWOOD” the largest International woodworking TRADE FAIR for NORTHERN INDIA is now rescheduled by two days, the exhibition will now be held from the 14-17 FEBRUARY 2009  at HALLS 14 & 18,PRAGATI MAIDAN, NEW DELHI, INDIA.

The organiser, PDA TRADE FAIRS, explains the change in schedule: “Delhiwood has drawn a phenomenal response in its inaugural edition from the originally planned one hall i,e., Hall 18 & has grown to a 16000 sqm event & includes Hall 14 now. In spite of this tremendous growth we were unable to provide more than the initially planned 2 days as build up period to exhibitors as the venue was not available, the event was sandwiched between two other exhibitions. The venue authorities (ITPO, Pragati Maidan) have informed us that due to some changes in the bookings, we would now be able to extend the dates.

We now wish to utilize this opportunity to offer our exhibitors one more days move in time, we also know from experience it is imperative for an event of this size to have a minimum of 3 days build up. Since, we can now, extend the booking days we are providing a 3 day build up time. Hence the exhibition opening is being moved ahead by two days. DELHIWOOD therefore will now be held from 14-17 FEBRUARY 2009. 

Mr.Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman & CEO, PDA TRADE FAIRS adds “a look at INDIAWOOD’s growth reflects the way the Indian wood working industry has matured. In 2002 INDIAWOOD was a platform that showcased the advantages of technology & mechanization.For the first time in INDIA a complete wood processing line was showcased in INDIAWOOD 2004 & by then the event was facilitating the conversion of INDIA’s woodworking industry from manual carpentry to mechanized production. By 2006, the market dynamics positioned INDIAWOOD as the most fulfilling sourcing ground for the woodworking Industry in India, which reflects the extent to which the market had matured since 2002. Thanks to the industry’s growth & the rapid modernization of woodworkers in INDIA, INDIAWOOD 2008 set a new bench mark for woodworking industry shows outside USA & EUROPE, the event showcased besides state of the art panel processing & Solid wood processing machinery, semi finished products, fittings, accessories, Raw materials, Plywood mfrg machines, lamination machines, lumber & timber from around the world. The show was a whopping 30,000 Sq Mtrs exhibition & drew over 18,000 visitors. “INDIAWOOD” had arrived in style”. 

Mr.Pradeep opines that DELHIWOOD is a logical brand extension of INDIAWOOD. Given the GEOGRAPHICAL size of INDIA & the unprecedented growth the country is witnessing, there is a latent need for a comprehensive exhibition to address the needs of the NORTH INDIAN markets requirements. Leveraging INDIAWOOD’s experience we announced DELHIWOOD aiming to showcase the latest in wood processing technologies like sophisticated CNC machines, accessories and tools from all over the world.  It also aims to bring together a comprehensive range of materials and fittings to help give an impetus to the growth of industry in this region.  This will also go a long way towards the creation of new entrepreneurs to enter this arena.”

The Delhiwood team is also upbeat about the event & a team member says   “Indiawood’s proven track record of attracting the biggest machinery companies with live displays of production lines attracted pan Indian visitors and visitors from South Asia and South East Asia.  The industries’ trust in our ability to deliver similar audiences is amply reflected in the response to Delhiwood within a short span post the announcement”.

The press release by PDA TRADE FAIRS also states visitors can hope to see industry majors such as BIESSE, JAI INDUSTRIES, HOLZHER, HOMAG, HBR, SCM, WEINIG, WOODTECH as well as Country Pavilions from Taiwan, Italy and Germany and groups from Malaysia, Turkey and China. Special efforts or on to attract Architects & Interior decorators to provide additional value to Non-machinery exhibitors such as HAFELE, REHAU, Asian Paints and others .

In keeping with our philosophy of delivering complete value to exhibitors, the DELHIWOOD PROJECT TEAM will target visitors from the following segments: Furniture Manufacturers, Particle Board Manufacturers, Architects and Builders, Manufacturers of Wood-Based Articles, Craftsmen, Forestry Officials, Plywood Manufacturers, Interior Decorators and Saw Millers.           

PDA is committed to sparing no effort and money to ensure that exhibitors leave Delhi Wood with their order books full, like in the past with India Wood says Mr.Pradeep Devaiah.

He adds to drive home the point “In the face of uncertainty in most markets, due to the global economic meltdown, INDIA is in a unique position to offer scope for companies looking to gain from INDIA’s internal requirement. One such sector that still has enormous potential due to INDIA’s internal requirement is the woodworking industry. The tremendous response the first edition of “DELHIWOOD” India’s largest International woodworking exhibition in North India is adequate testimony to the Indian markets stability & strength of internal requirement. 

The Delhiwood team looks forward to welcoming all to another woodworking industry “MEGA EVENT.”

 

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EXHIBITION SPACE AT DELHI WOOD ALMOST SOLD OUT

 

Mr. Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman and CEO of PDA Trade Fairs say’s the response to the INAUGURAL edition of DELHIWOOD has been overwhelming & the entire exhibition space in HALL 14 & HALL 18 UPPER & LOWER LEVELS is almost sold. Going by the current trend & considering the fact that we have a phenomenal number of enquiries yet to be addressed, PDA TRADE FAIRS the organizers say, they are exploring the possibility of additional hall/s to accommodate new bookings.

It would be important to note here says Mr. Devaiah “the phenomenal response should be attributed to the value INDIAWOOD has been delivering to the exhibitors, the response to DELHIWOOD is a direct reflection of the faith the industry has placed in our ability to deliver value as promised. We understand the exhibitors had the option of choosing another event, but have chosen to repose their faith in the experience & expertise of PDA TRADE FAIRS”.

 
With the successful experience of Indiawood, over 85% of exhibitors from INDIAWOOD have confirmed participation at DELHIWOOD, of the envisaged 350 + exhibitors there are over a 100 new exhibitors both from INDIA & from overseas DELHIWOOD has already attracted. These companies influenced by the success & the delivery of INDIAWOOD have confirmed participation to tap into the enormous potential the Indian market offers & are making a foray into the Indian market or are consolidating their position via DELHIWOOD.

 The “Delhiwood” team at PDA TRADE FAIRS believes that “The domestic small, medium & large companies from the fittings, accessories & the hardware segments were looking for a platform that would showcase their products & services to a defined audience, the success of INDIAWOOD combined with the reasonable pricing structure of DELHIWOOD have motivated these companies to explore business opportunities through DELHIWOOD”.

Mr.Devaiah concludes by saying “Rather than we organizers talk about “DELHIWOOD” I feel it’s more appropriate to share with you what the Industry had to say about “DELHIWOOD”. Below is a glimpse of industry speak about DELHIWOOD, according to the organizers the same was recorded during their chat with the industry heads about the proposed event during “INDIAWOOD”

Here’s what some of the major industry players had to say about Delhiwood 2009:
Dr. Fulvia Scherini, Secretariat
Eumabois*
We started our co-operation with PDA Trade Fairs many years ago, organizing the second edition of Indiawood. This year’s exhibition was a big success. Everybody is satisfied. There were a lot of sales. For this reason, we at Eumabois are happy to continue our so-operation with PDA Trade Fairs with the exhibition in New Delhi – Delhiwood

*Eumabois is a non-profit federation grouping 12 national associations representing the major European manufacturers of machines Martino Castellani, Trade Promotion Official accessories for woodworking. Approximately 800 industrial companies belong to Eumabois.

Martino Castellani, Trade Promotion Official
ACIMALL (Italian Woodworking Machinery and Tools Manufacturers’ Association)

We are quite happy with the results we have had in India. Our trade in the sector has grown by 50% between 2006 and 2007 and we think it’s also thanks to Indiawood. Therefore, we look forward to taking part in Delhiwood 2009. We had 50 companies exhibiting at Indiawood and we hope to have a similar number at Delhiwood. Our trade will surely benefit from this new show in Northern India.

Ingo Bette
VDMA (German Engineering Federation)

We had 51 German companies within the German Pavilion and several other ones at Indiawood 2008. The exhibition was incredibly successful for all the German Exhibitors. They are all extraordinarily happy, have met many customers and have done very good business. The Indian market is now growing at a very, very fast pace and it has actually matured to an extent that there is a definite need for another show in India to cover the Northern region even beter than is the case now. So, we are very happy that Delhiwood 2009 has been announced and we’re going to give it our support. We are looking very much forward to Delhiwood 2009.

Bill Hung, Chairman
TWMA (Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association)
Since the first time, I have joined Indiawood every time. I enjoy this machine show. I’ve already seen all the exhibitions in India but now we’re looking for some other shows for the TWMA, like Mumbai or New Delhi. Last year we have joined that. Next year we want to find a better show in New Delhi. Taiwan members can be there to develop their markets in India. I also believe that the Indian market is now growing so seriously, so it’s better for foreign woodworking machinery manufacturers to be here.

Jürgen Wolf, Managing Director
Häfele India
Indiawood has always been a fantastic platform for us to launch new products and to come closer to the market. Now we’ve heard that there will be a “Delhiwood”; we think this is a great idea and we will definitely participate in it because the northern market is developing very, very strongly, just like the southern market. We will be looking forward to also using Delhiwood as a platform to launch our products from next year onwards.

Stephano Bottene, Sales and Marketing Manager
Biesse
For us, Indiawood has been a great success. We had a huge amount of visitors. We think that one exhibition in India is not enough. We need at least one exhibition per year, so I firmly believe that next year we should also have an exhibition in Delhi so that we can cover the north part of India. Biesse is investing a lot in India and to be closer to our customers we have decided to open a facility in Bangalore.

T. Gopi, Managing Director
Woodtech Consultants
Indiawood 2008 was a wonderful show. There is a need for a similar show in the capital of India, that is in North India, to cater to the North Indian market. So Delhiwood is going to be a very major exhibition and a very important show for the North Indians and for the North Indian market.

Nirav Shah, Managing Director
JAI Industries
With over 100 agents spread across the country and 24-hour, round-the-clock service, JAI Industries is now the fastest-growing company in this sector in India. After successful Indiawood shows, we have also decided to participate in Delhiwood on a large scale to cater to the North Indian market. We invite you all to Delhiwood in February 2009. Welcome to India!

V. Ramakrishnan (Ramu), Chairman
RMPL, Homag India
Indiawood 2008 is undoubtedly a roaring success, with over 25,00 visitors and a phenomenal amount of business done. It is a runaway success all the way but India is a very big country, 3,500 km from north to south and a somewhat distance from east to west. While Indiawood is the largest show and most necessary for India, it is also necessary at this stage to go to other places in India to participate in the growth in every area. I invite you to come to Delhiwood in 2009, which is specially for the the whole of the Northern Region. Delhiwood will be the start of the journey in the northern zone, one of the most upcoming areas for investments in India. Come to Delhiwood!

Mr. Ashok D’Souza, Executive Director
HBR Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
From the minute Delhiwood 2009 was announced, we had decided to participate. Personally, I’m not concerned about how good the show will be, we don’t doubt that at all. We are planning to cooperate with Zindia who import New Zealand pine logs into India with live sawmilling demonstrations on Wood-Mizer machines. We are really looking forward to Delhiwood.

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     BAJAJ ECOTEC IN TUNE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT - BRINGS IN GREEN  
BUILDING CONCEPTS

World-over today there is an increasing demand for sustainable green building concepts and practices which can work towards considerably reducing the negative environmental impact by improving building design, construction and operational practices. With real estate and furniture industry booming across the country, the demand for wood and wood based substitutes is considerably surging. Today, the need of the hour is for products which have the strength and versatility of wood while being wood -free and eco-friendly.

Bajaj eco-tec Products Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of India‘s largest sugar and ethanol manufacturer, Bajaj Hindusthan Limited, with the launch of its unique eco–friendly particle and MDF boards, represents the realization of this innovative business proposition. The underlying concept is the use of an agricultural residue i.e sugarcane bagasse, which is left behind after sugarcane is crushed, to manufacture India’s finest engineered bagasse-based Medium Density Fiber (MDF) Boards, Particle Boards, High Density Fiber (HDF) Boards and Laminated Flooring. All these products are completely wood-free and totally environment-friendly.

Particle board which is the second generation substitute of plywood, is a panel product formed by arranging particles of bagasse in a graded manner such that the smallest particles form the top most layers and the largest form the middle layers. In the Bajaj boards there is a gradual variation in size of the particles from the outer surfaces to the centre of the panel.

As against this, MDF, which is the third generation substitute of plywood, is a panel product formed by de-fibrizing bagasse, wherein high quality bagasse fibres are bonded with resin under pressure. Bajaj MDF board has a homogenous internal structure with a super smooth surface. The high-tec manufacturing process of the board eliminates the need for seasoning while ensuring there is no warping, cracking, splitting, knots, and keeping the material termite and fungus resistant. Being moisture and fire resistant, Bajaj MDF boards provide excellent dimensional stability, making them ideal for use in both residential and commercial environments”. Moreover, due to its homogeneous nature, the Bajaj MDF Board has machinability as its premium property. It can be sawn and routed easily. Moulding can be carried out easily without exposure of core voids. In many respecee months ago, the company is now concentrating on creating a distributor and dealer network. A major grass root initiative undertaken by the company is its efforts to create awareness through education about the workability, proper usage and benefits of its products among its key customers. The company has undertaken to conduct a series of hands on workshops for architects, wood contractors, crafts
ts Bajaj MDF Boards can be treated as high quality solid timber, but without knots and grains.

According to Mr Himanshu Shah, Managing Director, Bajaj ecotec products ltd, “world-over 90% of the furniture is made from Particle Board and MDF. In India it is the other way round with 90% furniture being made from Plywood. However with depleting forests, wood supplies have drastically reduced and prices of timber and plywood increased substantially. This together with the popularity of imported readymade modular furniture made from MDF and particle board, it is only a matter of time when in India too the bulk of the furniture will be made from wood substitutes. People have realized that furniture made from particle board and MDF is convenient, saves time and is a lot more economical. A pre- laminated particle board and MDF board will cost almost 50% less than pre–laminated plywood!”

Being one of the only two companies in the world manufacturing 100% wood free Particle Boards from sugar cane bagasse , Bajaj eco-tec has commissioned three state–of–the-art plants in Uttar Pradesh, two of these manufacture bagasse-based MDF Boards and the third facility produces bagasse-based Particle Boards. With a combined installed capacity of 2.10 Lac m3 (CBM) Bajaj eco-tec is now the single largest manufacturer of MDF/HDF, Particle Board and flooring in India. The total investment in setting up these plants is pegged at Rs.290 crore.

With commercial production having commenced just about thr
man and artisans and is providing them with product literarture and technical manuals in user friendly formats.

In a yet another “first of its kind in the world” milestone, Bajaj eco-tec also plans to manufacture 100% wood-free and eco-friendly laminate flooring. This green product is expected to surface in the market before the year end. The flooring will come with a unique inter-locking system which has been specially designed for it by Valinge of Sweden, one of the two leading companies in the world in this field.

Bajaj eco-tec’s innovative wood-substitutes are thus slated to help replace scarce wood in building construction and furniture manufacture and thereby help protect India’s invaluable forest coverage which stands alarmingly low at barely 19.3% against 33% stipulated by the National Forest Policy. At full capacity production of 2.10 m3, Bajaj boards will help save over 400,000 mature trees from being cut annually.

Mr Yogesh Arora, Director , Marketing & Operations, adds that “ unlike other existing wood substitutes available in the market our products are genuinely eco –friendly, having a “zero” percent wood content. Most importantly despite being legitimately “green” building material, our boards are relatively cheaper than their traditional counterparts”.

By pioneering the manufacture of engineered wood-substitutes from Bagasse, that are 100% Wood Free, Bajaj eco-tec is committed to the preservation of threatened forest resources and invaluable wood which otherwise would be felled for timber.

Bajaj Eco-tec Products Ltd is also committed to constructively using sugarcane bagasse residue to protect and enrich the environment, generate rural employment and enable rural development. The company is a member of the Indian Green Building Council and its boards have been recognized as Green Building Material.

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GULF INDUSTRY INVESTING $300 MILLION IN SOFTWARE

                                 GCC industrial growth fuelling demand for ERP software,
                               say organisers of region's leading manufacturing exhibition


With Arabian Gulf countries embarked on major investment in expanding the domestic manufacturing sector, demand is growing for industry-related software - a market forecast to hit $300 million by next year, according to industry observers.

"Recent years have seen huge expansion in the economies of the Gulf Co-operation Council countries fuelled by oil and gas revenues and successful moves into large scale property development and tourism ventures," said Tim Wilson, Exhibition Manager of the Middle East Manufacturing Exhibition (MEMEX), which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 23 to 25 November 2008.

"The manufacturing sector expansion, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is leading to increasing demand for what are known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions," he added. "Research indicates ERP spending in the GCC rising faster than the projected world average to around $300 million by 2009 and leading IT companies are competing for a share."

ERP software solutions are critical in manufacturing industry for production, scheduling, on-time delivery, maintenance, quality control, inventory, warehousing, and purchasing.

The Gulf countries are seeking to decrease economic dependencies on oil and gas by setting up industrial zones to stimulate large-scale growth in manufacturing. Zones Corp – the Abu Dhabi Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones - is headline sponsor of MEMEX. Gold sponsor is General Holding Corporation of Abu Dhabi.

According to a recent report, manufacturing companies in Saudi Arabia are posting an average 6% annual growth rate with the contribution of manufacturing industry to non-oil GDP increasing from 7.8% in 1975 to 17.3% in 2006.

The manufacturing industry plays an equally important role in the economy of the UAE. Manufacturing is the third largest job provider in the UAE, employing about 13% of the workforce, and about 17% of UAE gross fixed capital is created in the manufacturing sector, the second highest after transport and communications.

MEMEX is the leading manufacturing, production and industrial trade show held in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, providing a platform for suppliers to the manufacturing industry to meet with importers, distributors and decision makers from the regional manufacturing sector.

MEMEX features a series of pavilions showcasing machine tools; warehousing and materials handling; health and safety; information technology; process and control; welding, joining and heat treatment; automation and robotics; air technology; and engineering.

Industryscape, a dedicated exhibition and conference for the industrial, manufacturing and production real estate will take place alongside MEMEX. Run by the organisers of Cityscape, the world’s largest business-to-business real estate event brand, it will bring together international investors, developers, governments and investment authorities, leading architects, designers, consultants and professionals involved in the industrial, manufacturing and production real estate industry.

The first edition of MEMEX in 2007 attracted over 100 exhibitors from 16 countries and trade visitors from the Middle East and North Africa. An exhibitor survey shows that the vast majority of exhibitors reported MEMEX had generated anything from six to 50 business leads and new contacts for future sales.

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOOD & WOOD PRODUCTS TRADE CONFERENCE IN CHINA WILL COMMENCE FROM 13TH NOV 2008


'“The 5th China International Wood & Wood Products Trade Conference” is sponsored by mujiaohui.com and Asia Green--Culture Association. Since May, wood trade committee has already sent invitation letters to about 300 thousand lumber industries all over the world, and got substantial support of related government officer and Medias within and out of China. Foreign government and organizations include: Russian Irkutsk Government, Burma Forest Bureau, Asia Green--Culture Association、Japan Forest Research Institute, Japan Forestry Association, TIMBERHUNT.COM, Foreign Medias: Nippon Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation, ASIAWOODWEB.COM, INDIAPLYWEB.COM, TimberWeb, WOODY.LT, DEALWOOD, world panel industry and so on.

According to the Wood trade committee, this conference will host a summit forum on trade policy, home and abroad business situation report. And also Wood trade committee will organize trade negotiations, exhibitions, wood market and factories visiting around Guangzhou. There are 4 areas of the exhibition: A, B. C. D. They are raw material and processed materials area, board area, woodworks area, FSC products area. The conference create a special “International Certification Products Area” ( FSC CoC, PEFC certification products, FM Approvals) in order to help domestic wood production companies build up distributing channels for certification materials and facilitate foreign companies to buy. Up to now, the conference have received about 500 letters and calls all over the world The workers of conference have answered all the questions for the inquirers and helped those who needed further help in order to meet buyers and sellers’ needs. More than 10 enterprises have already reached an agreement although the conference hasn’t begun.

The meeting is drawing near, foreign enterprises have been signing up one by one. The State Forestry Administration has registered 2 international telephones in order to serve for the foreign friends at anytime. Till now the registered foreign enterprises are mainly from Germany, Canada, Singapore , Portugal, Russia, Burma, America, New Zealand, Finland, Japan and so on. In addition, this conference is also improved a lot in language. The working language on forum is Chinese and English, simultaneous interpretation will be provide on site, and we could also provide French and Japanese according customers’ need.

This conference is sponsored by mujiaohui.com and Asia Green--Culture Association, relying on numerous experience of undertaking professional wood products exhibition of Organizing Committee, this conference will be the largest conference in China, and will bring participating enterprises limitless business opportunity and heavy harvest.

 

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THE 5TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL WOOD TRADE CONFERENCE


China International Wood and Wood Products Trade Conference”is the high-end trade fair oriented for the international purchasing and supplying of wood material and wood products
The conference using the new “order form” pattern: making sure the purchasers’ name and the purchasing list, arrange the purchasing agents and the suppliers have a face-to–face discussion, looking at samples. It is designed to build up a public platform for wood technology exchange and trade of wood and wood products.

The 5th China International Wood and Wood Products Trade Conference will be held on November 13-15, 2008 in Guangzhou, P.R.China. Relying on the powerful wood industry chain in Pan-Pearl River Delta led by Guangzhou, Shunde, Dongguan and the powerful wood markets, such as Yatai, Yuzhu, Jilong, The conference content mainly contains: Summit Forum, Trade Negotiation, Displaying and Exhibition, Market Visiting, Business Banquet. Leaders of domestic and overseas wood and wood products industrial associations, procurement groups and chain stores are invited to the event, and contacts between buyers and sellers, information release and cooperation opportunities will be arranged for participants to seek business opportunities.

This conference is sponsored by State Forestry Administration and Zhonglin Huida International Exhibition Co., Ltd, relying on numerous experience T of undertaking professional wood industry exhibition of organizing committee, this conference will be bound to bring participating enterprises limitless business opportunity and heavy harvest. Welcome the wood industry traders and media to attend and cooperate.

 
 

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DELHI WOOD – PHENOMENAL INDUSTRY RESPONSE TO INAUGURAL EDITION OF “DELHI WOOD”


DELHI WOOD – PHENOMENAL INDUSTRY RESPONSE TO INAUGURAL EDITION OF “DELHI WOOD” slated to be held between 12-15 February 2009 at Pragati maidan, NEW DELHI.....
The organisers of Indiawood – Asia’s Largest Sourcing Ground for Woodworking Machinery, Tools, Accessories, Raw Materials and Products PDA TRADE FAIRS have announced another woodworking industry platform –“DELHIWOOD” scheduled between 12th and 15th February, 2009 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Industry sources say response from the Industry to the Inaugural event has been phenomenal, 85% of space in Upper & Lower Level of Hall 18 & Hall 14 has already been sold

Mr. Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman & CEO, PDA TRADE FAIRS says DELHIWOOD 2009 is a comprehensive exhibition envisaged to address the needs of this growing market. It aims to showcase the latest in wood processing technologies like sophisticated CNC machines, accessories and tools from all over the world. It aims to bring together a comprehensive range of materials and fittings, to help give an impetus to the growth of industry in this region. This will also go a long way in creation of new entrepreneurs’ to enter this arena.
Delhiwood will create a hub for exhibitors and woodworking entrepreneurs from Northern India, Central India, Eastern India, North Eastern India South and South East Asia in a single platform in the country’s capital city. To keep abreast of the technological advancements in the woodworking industry, Delhiwood is being organized between two Indiawood events.

“INDIAWOOD’S” proven track record of attracting the biggest machinery companies with live displays of production lines attracted pan Indian visitors & visitors from South Asia & South East Asia. The industries trust in our ability to deliver similar audiences is amply reflected in the response to “DELHIWOOD” within a short span post the announcement says Mr. Devaiah.

“Delhi wood” has received a tremendous response already from the Industry. Bookings opened with HALL 18 of Pragati Maidan, the Industry response necessitated expansion into Hall 14 & the Upper level of Hall 18. With the industry majors such as HOMAG, HBR, JAI INDUSTRIES, WOODTECH CONSULTANTS, TAIWAN PAVILION, ITALIAN PAVILION, GERMAN PAVILION, Groups from MALAYSIA, TURKEY, CHINA having confirmed participation 85% of space is already sold. Non-Machinery, Fittings & accessories giants such as HAFELE, ASIAN PAINTS also have continued to place their trust with the Organizers of INDIAWOOD & have confirmed participation in “DELHIWOOD”.Further expansion will be planned on a need based manner in temporary hangers within the vicinity of halls 14 and 18, since the other halls are too far from these existing halls.

Mr. Devaiah also stressed that the visitor promotion team at PDA TRADE FAIRS would target to acquire visitors from the following segments: Furniture Manufacturers, Particle board Manufacturers, Architects & Builders, and Manufacturers of wood based articles, Craftsmen, Forestry Officials, Plywood Manufacturers, Interior Decorators and Saw Millers


A comprehensive visitor promotion plan for “DELHIWOOD” is being put in place & would ensure attendance of quality visitors through advertisements and articles in industry specific magazines, major dailies and other media. The activity will also include mailing of invitations and visitor information brochures to a large database (close to 150 thousand) compiled from the successful 5 editions of Indiawood. All these along with strategic support from furniture, wood and related industry associations would ensure attendance of the right quality of visitors to Delhiwood.
Stating that exhibitors were thoroughly dissatisfied with the visitor turnout in past exhibitions in Delhi, Mr. Devaiah stressed that PDA is committed to sparing no effort and money to ensure that exhibitors leave Delhi Wood with their order books full, like in the past with India Wood.

It would be important to note here that Mr. Devaiah’s take on how the organizers are now in a unique position to offer participants at both Indiawood & Delhiwood added advantages. “WOOD NEWS” India’s leading Industry publication is now owned & Published by PDA TRADE MEDIA a division of PDA Pvt Ltd. WOOD NEWS will now target readers beyond the Indian boundaries & would reach Furniture manufacturers in South ASIA & South East ASIA. As the official Publication for the event “WOOD NEWS” would provide exhibitors the opportunity to leverage their participation VIA carrying profiles of participants in the edition coinciding with the event. This would ensure visibility for participants not only amongst the buyers in India but also buyers from the neighboring countries. Besides, extensive event publicity through WOOD NEWS will drive quality visitors to “DELHI WOOD”


With the experience of Indiawood, PDA Trade Fairs is ideally placed to guarantee the type of visitor profile that makes the exhibition a success for the exhibitor. Given the background of the success of consecutive INDIAWOOD shows, one can fairly assume that every effort is being made and no cost spared to make Delhiwood the most successful and premier exhibition catering to the North, East & Central India.

 

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GCC INVESTS US$18 BILLION IN NEW STEEL PLANTS

Race to close the gap in supply and demand means big business opportunities, say organisers of region's leading manufacturing exhibition

More than US$18 billion is being invested in 46 steel manufacturing plants throughout the Arabian Gulf in an attempt to close the widening gap between supply and demand for steel - a major component for the construction industry as well as materials handling machinery for manufacturing, according to latest industry research.

"While there is talk of a slowdown in other parts of the world, the growth in the Middle East manufacturing base continues to expand with demand for steel far outstripping supply," said Spencer Felix, Exhibition Manager of the  Middle East Manufacturing Exhibition (MEMEX), which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 23 to 25 November 2008.

"In the race to plug the supply gap a swathe of new steel plant projects as well as expansions to existing plants have been unveiled across the region with huge potential business opportunities for industry stakeholders," added Felix.

According to the database of research company Proleads, which monitors major construction projects across the region from initial study to completion, Saudi Arabia with 17 and the United Arab Emirates with 16 are leading the way in steel plant projects individually varying in value from US $2 billion to US$15 million. Oman has six steel plants on the books, Bahrain four and Qatar three.

Topping the list of projects is an integrated complex of steel factories in Saudi Arabia which will turn out 500,000 tons a year of railway track, three million tons a year of iron and steel processing and production plant and 800,000 tons a year of pipeline manufacturing plant.

Top ten GCC steel plant projects

The following are the top ten new steel production projects in Gulf Co-operation Council countries by value according to the database of research company Proleads, which monitors major construction projects across the region from initial study to completion:

1. Al Tuwairqi Group Integrated Steel Complex, Saudi Arabia

The $2 billion planned project is for an integrated complex of steel factories in Dammam industrial area. The complex will have a 500,000 ton per annum (tpa) railway bar manufacturing plant, a three million tpa integrated iron and steel processing and production plant and 800,000 tpa steel pipeline manufacturing plant.

2. Qatar Steel Company Mesaieed Integrated Steel Facility

The $1.5 billion project currently being executed is for an integrated steel facility with a hot briquette iron plant and a flat rolled steel products plant. The facility will have a production capacity of four million tpa.

3. Saudi Iron & Steel Company - Jubail Mill Expansion 3

The $1 billion planned project calls for expanding steel production by one million tons per year.

4. Sojitz Corporation Steel Plant, UAE

The $1 billion planned project in Fujairah is for a plant that will turn iron ore pellets into steel billets with capacity of 1.5 million tons a year.

5. Essar Group Steel Plant, Qatar

The $800 million project currently being carried out is for a 1.5 million ton per year steel rolling mill plant and a one million ton per year hot briquette steel.

6. Al Ruya Industries Hamriya Steel Plant, UAE

This $700 million project under study is for an integrated steel making facility in Hamriya free zone.

7. Sohar Industrial Port Company Iron Ore Pellet Plant, Oman

The $700 million project is being carried out for an iron ore pellet plant. The plant will receive 7.5 million tons of raw materials a year. Sohar will export the pellets to steel producers in the GCC.

8. Boulder Seamless Tube Project, UAE

This $600 project in the design phase for a seamless steel tube finishing facility with a capacity of 175,000 tpa in Hamriyah Free Zone. Feedstock will come from Boulder steel mill in Queensland, Australia.

9. Saudi Iron & Steel Company - Jubail Mill Expansion 2

The $600 project currently being carried out is for a direct reduction iron plant with a capacity of 1.76 million tpa. It includes increasing annual production capacity of electric steel making by 1.22 million tpa.

10. Pan Kingdom Investment Company Jizan Economic City Steel Plant Future Expansion, Saudi Arabia

This $600 project is under study for expanding the production capacity of the plant, including a rolling mill, melt shop and a direct reduction iron plant.

MEMEX provides a unique platform for suppliers to network and conduct business with organizations currently producing or manufacturing in the Middle East or with plans to do so. After its successful debut in 2007, MEMEX has established itself as the region's leading manufacturing exhibition.

New this year will be Industryscape, a complementary vertical show which runs in parallel with MEMEX. Industryscape will be the region's first dedicated trade show for industrial, manufacturing and production real estate. Industryscape, managed by the organizers of Cityscape, the world’s largest business-to-business real estate show, will bring together international investors, developers, governments and investment authorities, leading architects, designers and consultants.

 

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BAJAJ HINDUSTHAN FORAYS INTO MDF BOARD & PARTICLE BOARD


Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd., from Bajaj Group - one of the largest industrial groups of India, is diversifying from sugar and allied products and has set up a 100% subsidiary - Bajaj Eco-tec Products Ltd. (BEPL), to produce Medium Density Fibre Board (MDF), High Density Fibre Board (HDF) and Particle Board (PB) from sugarcane bagasse. BEPL has already tied up with some of the reputed technology and equipment suppliers from Europe and China, for use of their state of art technology for manufacturing high quality MDF, HDF & PB from sugarcane bagasse. This will save cutting of Wood/Forest and save valuable foreign exchange.

The Company plans to set up three new plants at an estimated total cost of Rs. 240 crores . Two of these three plants will manufacture MDF / HDF, and are being established in Eastern and Central U.P. and the third unit will manufacture Particle Board, which will be set up in Western U.P. The total production capacity will be about 2.10 lakh cubic meters per annum, making Bajaj Eco-tec Products Ltd, the single largest manufacturer of MDF, HDF & PB in India. 

Orders for all the three brand new imported lines have already been placed and construction activity has also commenced. All the three plants are scheduled to commence commercial production by November 2007.

Bajaj’s USP is that the entire raw material for making MDF and PB is available in-house. This in turn will ensure continuous availability of MDF & PB, something which has been the single most hurdles for all MDF and PB manufacturers.  

This forward integration into the manufacture of MDF/PB has been envisaged to fulfill the anticipated exponential growth in demand for the Housing and Furniture sectors.  The boom in housing will inevitably boost the demand for Engineered Panels. Besides the se, the rapid growth in IT and Organized Retailing sectors will further push up the huge demand for these engineered panels.

BEPL plans to manufacture the following range of products:

      a)   Plain & Prelaminated MDF Board with thickness ranging from 6mm to 30mm in size 8’ x 4’

 

      b)   Plain & Prelaminated Particle Board with thickness ranging from 8mm to 30mm in size 9’ x 6’

 

     c)    Plain & Prelaminated High Density Fibre Board with thickness ranging from 8mm to 12mm in

 size 8’ x 4’

      d)   Laminated Flooring

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LIGNA+ 2007 – AN AWE-INSPIRING SUCCESS STORY

The outstanding success of this year’s LIGNA has given a significant boost to the international wood industry and effectively underscored the show’s reputation as the world’s No. 1 event for its sector. “Attendance was up by over 10 percent, with a major increase in the number of high-caliber visitors and more guests coming from abroad than ever before”, reported Stephan Ph. Kühne, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “LIGNA 2007 has delivered exactly the kind of stimuli needed for even more solid growth ahead.”

This year’s LIGNA (staged under the motto “World of Wood”) was referred to by many exhibitors as the “best LIGNA ever”, and surveys confirmed a significant increase in the number of business contacts generated at the show. LIGNA has always highlighted future trends, and this year’s event – boasting a total of 134,583 square meters of net display area (up from 129,083 sq. m. in 2005) – again set new standards for the various sectors of the wood industry, highlighting a host of impressive innovations and revealing the shape of things to come. With 1,879 exhibitors (up from 1,800 in 2005) from 49 countries (2005: 44), LIGNA 2007 had broken records even before the gates opened. The over 107,000 visitors in attendance (2005: 96,675) were every bit as enthusiastic as the exhibitors, who reported a strong upwind in virtually every segment.

Among the show’s featured themes, the “Handwerk, Holz & mehr” showcase devoted to wood craft professionals, drew a lot of attention, as well as displays on timber construction, energy and surface treatment.

More visitors from abroad, more trade professionals and more deals closed

Part of the upsurge in attendance at LIGNA 2007 was accounted for by five percent more visitors from Germany (with significantly more visitors coming from Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and the eastern German states). But it was again the soaring figures for attendance from abroad — topping the previous show by 21 percent — that cemented LIGNA’s reputation as an unparalleled international event. This huge upswing was mainly due to a greater turnout from the EU, Asia and North America. A total of 50,200 foreign visitors (2005: 41,400) boosted the international visitor ratio to 46.5 percent, as compared with 42.8 percent in 2005. Trade visitors from EU countries increased by 23 percent, to 28,900 (23,500 in 2005).

The figures for Asia were even more impressive, with visitor numbers up 32 percent to 5,800 (2005: 4,400). The same 32-percent growth rate was achieved by the United States and Canada, which together accounted for 4,500 attendees compared with 3,400 in 2005. The list of the top ten visitor nations was headed by Italy and Austria, followed by the United States and Canada.

The outstanding caliber of the show’s attendees was clearly confirmed by visitor surveys, which revealed that the number of visitors who play a “decisive” or “advisory” role in their company’s capital investment decisions rose from an already impressive 78.3 percent to 82.3 percent, or 85,900 in absolute terms. This excellent visitor profile was also reflected in terms of deals done at the event: One Finnish supplier of biomass power stations reported contract signings worth a total of 100 million euros.

 

Wood crafts showcase “Handwerk, Holz & mehr” attracts 30,000 visitors

In terms of sectors, attendance was up for the retail trade, the wood processing industry, the furniture industry and the wood-based materials segment. A highly popular attraction was “Handwerk, Holz & mehr” (Wood Crafts), an event targeted at joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters, assembly and prefabrication firms and architects and planners. A total of around 30,000 professionals turned out to see this show-within-a-show, which registered a steep rise in attendance from the following fields: carpentry, joinery and wood-based construction (up from 4,700 to 7,900); assembly and prefabrication (up from 1,200 to 4,000); engineering and architecture (a more than twofold increase, from 2,500 to 5,700). Several firms who were not yet exhibiting in the “Handwerk, Holz & mehr” section have already chosen to book another stand there for the next LIGNA.

Upbeat mood among exhibitors

LIGNA 2007 once again succeeded in topping the previous show’s foreign exhibitor turnout: This year a total of 1,033 firms came to Hannover from aboard (2005: 956), while 846 came from within Germany (2005: 844). This puts the foreign exhibitor ratio at 55 percent — further confirmation of LIGNA’s status as the world’s No. 1 meeting place for the wood and forestry industries. Italy once again headed the list of exhibitor nations, with 330 participating firms (2005: 307), followed by Austria with 89 (93), Taiwan with 50 (43) and Sweden with 47 (40). The exhibitor survey revealed a significantly more optimistic climate throughout the industry than in 2005. Interestingly, German exhibitors were even more upbeat than their foreign competitors. Sales expectations were also noticeably higher than before.

Exhibitors identified their main objectives for coming to LIGNA as staying in touch with existing customers and generating new leads. The main criterion for a successful fair was cited as being the caliber of its visitors, and LIGNA fully met all expectations in this regard. Accordingly, exhibitors rated the benefits derived from participating in the show even more highly than in 2005.

Sector trends

Exhibitors of technical solutions for the furniture industry were highly satisfied. Along with the latest automation techniques and equipment for furniture manufacture, panel and veneer processing, their displays featured machines for surface treatment, assembly and packaging, plus goods handling and storage systems. Innovations at this year’s LIGNA included the new “hot melt” coating technique, which eliminates the need for filler application and primer machines, as well as any intermediate sanding. Other innovations included ink printers for wood panels, providing exceptional flexibility for design changes and eliminating the cumbersome need to change surface rollers.

The displays in the halls devoted to sawmilling technology, solid wood working, wood materials and veneer production featured machines for wood sawing, milling, planing, sanding and pressing, all in continuous operation. Here, too, there was an emphasis on the topics of wood optimization, new surface technologies for laminates and parquet floors, and high-performance machines. This included several “world premieres”, for example a new thin-kerf band saw for dividing wood blocks into thin wood slices for sandwich panels, and a saw for kerfs of less than 0.7 mm.

 

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                      ASH - ONE OF AMERICA’S FINEST HARDWOODS


American ash is mainly white ash, Fraxinus
americana, but includes black or brown ash, Fraxinus nigra.  This is sometimes the root of confusion, for the heartwood of white ash is also frequently referred to as brown ash.  The percentage of brown heartwood in americana depends very much upon growing location.  For example in the faster grown southern ash the heartwood accounts for less than the slower grown colder climate northern ash.  White ash is often sold as northern or southern.  And the density varies too.  Its provenance extends from New England to Florida in the east and as far west as Minnesota and eastern Texas.  So the old adage, when specifying American hardwoods, (not a wives tale) is “know your source”!  Most European hardwood importers and distributors are well versed in their different characteristics.

Ash represents about 10% of the American hardwood sawn timber imported into the UK making it the second most popular after white oak, which compares to 6% for Europe as a whole, where ash is number four or five.  In the first six months of 2006, the UK imported $4.7million. 

One of the earliest uses of American ash was as a snake preventative, the leaves being worn in hunter’s boots and pockets. Since then it became better known for baseball bats, tool handles and anything where wood needs to be bent or absorb shock.  The seeds are a huge source of wildlife food - important because ash is spread thinly throughout the entire eastern US forest rather than in isolated concentrations. The tree grows to 70 or 80 feet, rather larger than its European cousin, thus producing long wide boards relatively free of defect.  Ash may only represent 4.5% of the total standing hardwood resource (Source: USDA/FAS, 1992) but that nevertheless amounts to 373 million cubic metres.  Ash has been cut continuously for widespread use since the settlers first arrived and yet it increases its growing volume by sound management and natural regeneration – a true measure of sustainability.   

Lincoln (ISBN 0 85442 028 2) describes American ash as “weighing around 660 kg/m3 with very good bending properties, good strength, elasticity, toughness, stiffness, and hardness qualities allied to its relatively light weight….and excellent shock resistance.”  This was enough to encourage the American Hardwood Export council in Europe to select ash, along with red and white oak and tulipwood for structural testing by BRE several years ago.  The results are contained in the publication, Structural Design In American hardwoods which provide architects and engineers with structural data under Eurocodes not previously available.

The Sage Gateshead, UK 

Average Weight (12% M.C.): 

Average Volumetric Shrinkage:

Modulus of Elasticity:      

Hardness:         

673 kg/m3

10.7% (Green to 6% M.C.)

11,977 MPa

 5,871 N

Values based on Fraxinus americana

American ash is classified as non-durable although the sapwood is permeable and easily treated with preservative, whereas the heartwood is moderately easy to treat.  This fact also enables American ash to be more easily treated with fire retardant chemicals than some other hardwood species.  For example, using the heartwood treatability designations given in EN 350-2, Trada lists American ash as being Class 1, easy to teat, while European ash is listed as Class 2, moderately easy to treat.  This better permeability of American ash leads to a greater uptake and retention of chemicals necessary to achieve the Class 0 fire rating demanded by Building Regulations for internal linings used in escape routes and circulation areas in public buildings.  Other properties lead to the harder wood needing pre-boring for nails, but it machines well and also glues, stains and polishes well to a fine finish.  The decorative properties of ash are derived from its strong grain patterns and generally warm colour, which varies from pale to yellow.       

There are many references for the use of American ash.  Joan Bakewell’s kitchen in Fulham won a Carpenters Award for the white ash joinery some years ago.  A whole generation of young people grew up with black ash furniture, a fashion that still lingers today.  Many shop-fitters have used the species to good effect in high street renovations for such clients as major building societies and banks; and at airport shopping facilities where natural light is minimal or non-existent.  Wherever a light and airy feel is needed, designers have turned to this fresh looking wood.  In performance it hardness makes it ideal for flooring, and with its distinct grain pattern it shows wear and tear less than some other light species such as hard maple, another American favourite.  But its most recent recognition was the FSC certified white ash specified by Foster and Partners in their Sage Gateshead complex on the river Tyne for Gateshead Metropolitan Council.  The conference and concert Auditorium, seating an audience of 1,700 was completely lined out in solid wood to a very complex curvature which required the assistance of TRADA for the work done by Abrahams and Carlisle in Bradford.  This highly experienced joinery contractor used an MDF base to make up the profile with ash to provide the visual and acoustical surface.  The effect has drawn praise from musicians and audiences alike.  The Office of Public Works in Dublin also specified ash for its highly acclaimed EU Veterinary Office and more recently in the new Marine Institute in Galway. 

Source: American Hardwood Export Council

 

 

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