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Lignin for all things bio

Using the testbed LignoCity in Kristinehamn, Sweden, RISE together with partners has shown how lignin can be used to produce both bioplastics, biocoatings, bioresins, biofuels as well as carbon fibre for lightweight applications and energy storage. Now, a new project is being launched
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Log salvage in Ghana Lake Volta

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, recently commissioned a log salvage facility that will operate in the Volta Lake in the Eastern Region. The company concerned, Kete Krachi Timber Recovery Company Ltd. (KKTR), aims to salvage tree stumps from the lake. Source: Timberbiz Operations a
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Indonesia marks major milestone against illegal logging

Indonesia and the EU have marked the second anniversary of a major milestone in their partnership against illegal logging — the launch of the world’s first ‘FLEGT’ licensing scheme, guaranteeing the legality of timber products exported to the EU. Since Indonesia began issuing FLEGT li
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Wooden tyres with renewable tread

Wooden tyres don’t have the best ring to them, but Michelin firmly believes they’ll be a reality in 2020. The French tyre maker told Motoring of its plans to introduce wood into tyres, and it’s all about moving away from oil. Cyrille Roget, Michelin’s worldwide
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Women lead in verified teak furniture exports from Indonesia

Maria Murliantini is a trailblazer, the factory she owns in Indonesia’s furniture making capital Jepara was one of the first to export only products made from verified legal teak to buyers in the EU. Her efforts are helping to build Jepara’s reputation as a home to legally-registered
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Elmia builds for the future

Jönköping City Council has given the green light for Elmia’s planned development of its facilities. The first shovel will be put in the ground in autumn and the new exhibition hall of 10,000 square metres is scheduled for completion by 2021. Source: Timberbiz “It’s a hugely pleasing a
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Good forest management globally: certification and beyond

  “What is the value PEFC as a sustainability organisation can deliver – beyond certification?” asked Ben Gunneberg, PEFC International CEO and Secretary General, during his reflections at the 23rd PEFC General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. “Currently, around 10% of forests ar
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International Mass Timber Conference

The International Mass Timber Conference, the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, will be held in Portland, Oregon, 19-21 March 2019. It will have a special focus on manufacturing and mid- to high-rise construction. Source: Timberbiz
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Precision forestry: a revolution in the woods

This report by Harsh Choudhry and Glen O’Kelly for McKinsey & Company looks at which advanced technologies for forest management are most promising, and how forestry companies can start their digital transformation. The authors argue that while digital technology is revolutionisin
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Hardwood chip prices up 3.6% in China in September

A sure sign of continued strength in fibre markets, the Australian hardwood chip price rose 3.6% to an average USDFob156.78/bdmt (bone dried metric tonne) in September. The record average price was on softer volumes of 233.1 kbdmt however, shipments to China in the September Quarter t
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