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Plywood: Seeing Through TTF managing director David Hopkins stresses the need for greater clarity in the Chinese plywood trade
New voices speak out on forestry, environment and FLEGT A technically aware, environmentally committed new generation in supplier countries is increasingly shaping the development of the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) initiative, and other forestry and timber sector legality and sustainability programmes worldwide. Mike Jeffree asked a range of them in VPA signatory countries worldwide about their views, outlook and aspirations. Here are the responses from Indonesia, Ghana and Honduras
Worldview at Global Timber Forum
Delegates from around the world gathered to discuss key international wood industry issues
at the second Global Timber Forum summit in China. Mike Jeffree reports
Not quite so Great Expectations The hardwood trade may have lost some momentum this year, but the outlook remains positive. And it’s unfazed by talk of an EUTR enforcement focus on the sector. Mike Jeffree reports.
The rise and rise of LVL New production lines and boosted capacity will result in more LVL on the market in future. Sally Spencer reports.
Sector Focus: Panel Products, “The China Question” China has rapidly grown from being one of the world’s largest importers of plywood to one of the largest exporters and that shift has brought recognised sourcing problems for the timber industry, highlighted by recent issues on EUTR compliance. Keren Fallwell reports.
Welley Floor Focus
In Penang, Malaysia is plywood and engineered flooring manufacturer Welley Timber Industries
Sdn Bhd which has market-focused objectives based on innovation, reports Michael Buckley
Despatches from the Malaysian forest Turnstone Singapore’s Michael Buckley recently visited Malaysia and discovered a country that is keen to make the most of its timber resource but that also values its environment.
FLEGT – forging legality links The battle against illegal logging is being joined by timber consumer and producer countries worldwide, and taking interesting new directions. Mike Jeffree reports.
Timber Expo: Seismic debut Suteki’s presence at Timber Expo underlined the growing overseas interest in the developing UK timber construction market.
VPA vision for legality Implementing EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements is taking longer than hoped, but supplier countries signed up to the initiative have already made major progress on legality assurance. Mike Jeffree reports.
Indonesia’s legality milestone It once topped the world league table of illegal timber suppliers, but Indonesia has taken radical steps to shed that status. Andy Roby, DFID-funded industry adviser in the country, reports on latest significant developments
Certification plus Scott Poynton of global not-for-profit organisation The Forest Trust says the tropical timber trade needs to do more to convince consumers of its environmental commitment
Suitable substitutes The timber trade needs to explore the potential of alternative tropical species, and the WWF has produced a new guide to help, reports James Horne of the environmental organisation’s Global Forest & Trade Network
All Bases covered Lionex says its latest diversification makes it even more of a one-stop hardwood shop. Mike Jeffree reports
Plywood rises to EUTR challenge The EU Timber Regulation may cause some disturbance for the tropical plywood trade, but long term it will benefit the sector and its image, according to three leading importers
EUTR - the supplier’s view Tropical timber suppliers still have concerns about the EU Timber Regulation, but they’re working hard to ensure compliance, says Malaysian Timber Council London director Sheam Satkuru-Granzella
Testing tropical times According to one supplier, OK is good enough for business in a tropical timber sector facing continuing tough market conditions and major new anti-illegal logging legislation. Mike Jeffree reports
Tackling illegal timber A major conference in Malaysia highlighted both the achievements of anti-illegal timber measures, and trade anxieties around them. Mike Jeffree reports