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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

EU rules offence to sell illegal timber products

New European Union Timber Regulations coming into force on 3 March 2013 will affect all British retailers. This means that from this date it will be an offence to sell products that contain timber that has been harvested illegally within the EU. Source: Bdaily Business Network
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Green Timberland has Greenheart for China

The Greenheart Group Limited of Hong Kong has appointed Green Timberland Development Limited, a New Zealand incorporated company specializing in softwood sales in China, as its non-exclusive sales agent for the sales and marketing of New Zealand softwood for Greenheart in China. Sourc
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National carpenter award nominations

The National Carpenter of the Year and National Apprentice Carpenter of the Year awards are now open for nominations. Source Timberman
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FTMA national awards

The FTMA Australia National Awards for the Australian frame industry provide members with an opportunity to have their business audited by independent judges against a set criterion and receive a detailed report identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. Source: Timberma
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Forest & timber feature event a definite winner

“I’ve been involved in events like this for many years, all over the world and AUSTimber 2012 is the best I have experienced.” That quote from Robert Sanders, Market Development Engineer/Demo Operator, Caterpillar, summed it all up for the four-yearly feature event of the forest and t
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Gunns raising $400 million

Gunns Ltd has said that it is in confidential discussions with institutional investors about a $400 million capital-raising venture. Sources: ABC, The Mercury Tasmania
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Ballarat earmarked as bioenergy centre

Ballarat City Council in Victoria has voted on sending its public spaces and environment manager Ian Rossiter to the World BioEnergy 2012 conference in Sweden this month. Sources: Ballarat Courier, Timberman
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Green case for tall buildings

Michael Green, principal at Michael Green Architecture has made available his 200+ page book looking at the case for tall wood buildings which shows how safe, economical and environmentally friendly this solution is for the building industry. Sources: WoodSolutions, Arch Daily
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Deforestation, biodiversity loss top list of major woes

Massive deforestation and the need to rehabilitate the country’s degraded forests in the face of climate change tops the list of many environmental challenges faced by the Aquino administration. Source: Business Mirror (Philippines)
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