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American hardwoods make a move into Vietnam

The American Hardwood Export Council showed its commitment to a Vietnamese partnership with more than 30 members joining the pavilion at the recent VietnamWood show held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. A further 10 booked their own booths.Source: Ti
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Next gen forestry tyres from Nokian

A new generation of tyres from Nokian will offer advanced features for 6-wheel forestry machines. The latest addition to the product line is the Nokian Forest King TRS 2+, an advanced tyre that brings next gen features such as soil-friendly grip, durability and excellent support for c
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Africa and Asia sound alarm over accelerating forest loss

During September, environmental and human rights defenders from Africa and Asia went to the EU to sound the alarm over accelerating forest loss in the Congo Basin, West Africa and the Lower Mekong regions. Their message was clear, the EU must play a key role in finding global solution
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Flame retardant treatment changes noted in UK

Flame-retardant treatments for timber products has undergone a major revision following changes to Building Regulations resulting from the Hackitt Review in the UK now TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association UK) has released information to detail the changes. Source: Ti
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Swatch’s new HQ snakes around Switzerland

Swatch has opened its new headquarters at Biel in north western Switzerland. The wooden building, one of the world’s largest timber structures, was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and looks like a massive wooden snake. Source: Timberbiz, Swissinfo.ch “We have invested CHF22
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Simplified Forest Management Standard for smallholders tested in Asia

FSC is testing a standalone regional forest stewardship standard and associated tools in four Asian countries to improve smallholder access to the FSC certification scheme in the region, by introducing a simplified standard more suitable to their needs. Source: Timberbiz Smallholders
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Rains halt Amazon fires

Heavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4 million hectares of land, local authorities said on Monday. Sources: Timberbiz, Reuters The storms hel
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US lumber prices bounce back despite low housing starts

North American lumber prices have bounced back but how long will this last? Madison’s Lumber Reporter has been following the ups-and-downs of North America construction framing softwood dimension lumber prices in 2019, which remain baffling. Sources: Timberbiz, Forest2Market A look at
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Bio-asphalt uses lignin as a binder

Lignin is a renewable, wood-based, non-toxic performance enhancer that can be used to amend and even replace fossil-based materials in various applications and to reduce the carbon footprint of the end product. One of those applications is asphalt. Source: Timberbiz Lineo by Stora Ens
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The Scottish Climate Change Act is tough, and includes forestry

The Scottish Government has hailed the new Scottish Climate Change Act as the ‘toughest climate change laws in the world’. During the debate on the Act, which passed recently, the interim target to reduce emissions was increased to an ambitious 75% of 1990 levels by 2030. Source: Timb
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