Demand on the British lumber market raised UK imports of rough sawn and planed softwood lumber in the fourth quarter of 2013 by 29% above those in the same quarter of the previous year to 1.269m m3. Source: EUWID
A Norwegian building society will start work on the world's tallest wooden apartment block, a 14-story structure, which will rise to 49 metres eclipsing the existing record holder in Melbourne, Australia. Source: The Local (Norway)
Hong Kong-listed Greenheart Group that owns the 13,000 hectare Mangakahia forestry estate in Northland, New Zealand narrowed its annual loss as the New Zealand unit propped up the forestry group with growing Chinese demand for logs. Source: The National Business Review
The Victorian Association of the Forest Industries (VAFI) is a small but professional team that develops and manages a range of media and government relations strategies for dealing with a wide range of complex issues facing the forest and wood products industry. Source: Timberbiz
A Lincoln-based research group said that missing out on NZ$20 million in government funding would put New Zealand's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk from biosecurity threats. Sources: Scoop NZ, Fairfax NZ News, The Press NZ
Peak industry body Timber Queensland (TQ) said the safest solution to combat potential deck and balcony collapses forecast by the Australian Institute of Architects is for homeowners to have them built by licensed builders. Source: Timberbiz
The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and the Forest Industries Federation of WA (FIFWA) have said they are disappointed that WA senate hopeful Scott Ludlam has chosen to spruik misinformation about Australian forestry in a transparent attempt to gain election publicity.