The August 3-4 event in New Orleans, sponsored by the Wood Products Council, will showcase opportunities to use wood products and systems for rebuilding coastal areas hit by last year’s hurricanes.

The summit will also debate challenges to the timber industry, including campaigns by rival building material industries, while wood sector representatives will discuss how to co-ordinate an industry-wide promotion plan.

Meanwhile, SFPA has sold more than 50% of available space for EXPO 2007 – the 29th biennial Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition in Atlanta. More than 100 companies have booked 48,960ft2 of space.