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US housing starts to take a dive

After cresting a 15-year high in March fuelled by a breakneck building pace in the United States Midwest (where total housing starts were up nearly 123% month-over-month), homebuilding reversed course and surprisingly dropped in April. Source: FOREST2MARKET Privately-owned housing sta
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Welding wood becomes a reality

In a proof-of-concept collaboration between TWI Ltd and the University of Cambridge and enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, researchers have developed a sustainable process to rapidly join timber elements using linear friction welding. Source: University of Cambridge Two years
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Arbor Day initiative to plant seeds of change

A new Arbor Day initiative announced by New Zealand Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. Source: Timberbiz The initiative is open to more than 2400 primary schools. It is a partnership be
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$200M timber tower for inner city Melbourne

Global investment manager Hines will begin construction of a speculative $200 million timber office tower in Collingwood in the second half of the year, confident it can secure tenants seeking more affordable premises in a new building designed for the post-COVID-19 age. Source: Finan
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Patchy recovery for the paper sector

Latest analysis shows the paper sector’s trade has recovered some ground in the first quarter of 2021, but it’s a patchy and limited recovery at best. Source: IndustryEdge And moments after IndustryEdge published its latest edition, it learned of the sale of the Whakatane Board Mill i
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Forestry and wood processing scholarships open in NZ

Nine more New Zealanders can begin to study for a career in forestry and wood processing with 2022 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships now that the application process is open. Source: Timberbiz “It is an exciting time to be studying and working in the forestry and wood pro
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FSC rescheduled AGM

FSC Australia has now rescheduled its Annual General Meeting (AGM), for Responsible Forest Management Australia Ltd (Trading as FSC Australia) for Wednesday 28 July 2021. Source: Timberbiz At this stage (subject to any further Covid restrictions) the Board wants to hold a physical mee
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Bunnings sees surge in timber demand and angry customers

Australian hardware chain Bunnings expects elevated timber prices to squeeze its margins for up to another year as a boom in home improvement and construction drives a surge in demand. Sources: Reuters, Timberbiz, News “We think about timber (and) we’ve probably got another six to 12
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No white knight for South Australia just a dark future

A “white knight” solution by the South Australian Primary Industries Minister to address the State’s chronic timber crisis demonstrates his total lack of understanding of the crisis gripping the state $16 billion building and construction industry, according to SA-Best. Source: Timber
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Underwater cypress forest intact since the ice age

When saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths and giant sloths roamed North America during the last Ice Age about 18,000 to 80,000 years ago, the Gulf Coast’s climate was only slightly cooler, more similar to regions to the north like Missouri and North Carolina’s climate tod
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