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  • December 01, 2017 15:00

IHC Venice 2017: Globalisation, branding and building for the future

On 15 and 16 November 2017 the International Hardwood Conference took place in Venice. Several speakers pointed out recent achievements of the hardwood industry as well as their threats and challenges as there are ...... [more...]

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  • November 10, 2017 15:21

Natural fibre-reinforced plastics: establishment and growth in niche markets

More than 30 compound companies produce over 80,000 tonnes of granulates with wood and natural fibres in Europe 2017 – new producers with major growth plans. World's largest conference and exhibition on biocomposites in December in Cologne (www.biocompositescc.com). ...... [more...]

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  • June 02, 2017 11:52

Interzum: Fordaq interviews Sonae-Arauco's CEO Rui Correia

In 2016, the Portuguese Sonae Indústria, SGPS, S.A. and the Chilean Inversiones Arauco Internacional, Limitada founded the 50/50 joint venture Sonae Arauco S.A. The new JV has production sites in Germany, Spain, Portugal and South Africa. Now German Glunz AG belonging to... [more...]

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  • September 07, 2015 11:01

Global timber industry to be affected by the current Chinese financial crisis?

Global markets are once again trembling. China has been experiencing a stock market crash all summer, which for the moment, has unknown repercussions. Some analysts say that this crisis will have enormous implications for the real Chinese economy, and consequently for the world economy. Will the timber trade be affected?... [more...]

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  • May 13, 2015 12:24

Interzum 2015: Veneer industry sees light on the horizon

At Interzum fair held in May, 5-8 in Cologne, IHB-Fordaq asked the exhibitors how they estimate the current market situation. Almost all of them declared themselves more satisfied now than a year ago, with few exceptions... [more...]

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  • February 03, 2015 12:13

I4F patent lawsuit against Unilin: ''Hot air'' or revolution?

On the 22nd of December 2014, the company Innovations 4 Flooring (I4F) has filed a lawsuit against the flooring manufacturer Unilin. It concerns the cancellation of the patent EP 1.026.341 from 1997 in the Netherlands. In the patent laminate floorings with click-connection and their production is described. In early January, Unilin made a counter lawsuit against the patent for the Triplelock tecnhology I4F. Reactions from the industry indicate that the action is a marketing measure, in order to start a dialogue. IHB-Fordaq has spoken at this year's Domotex in Hannover, Germany with all stakeholders.... [more...]

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  • January 29, 2015 12:03

FORDAQ launches online auctions service on its website

FORDAQ is pleased to announce the launch of a new online auctions service on its website. You can already check our exclusive auctions with products starting from tools, woodworking machines to full production lines and many more in France, Belgium and the Netherlands... [more...]

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  • September 04, 2014 13:32

Tackling FSC fraud: Will the Online Claims Platform fail or fly?

As the FSC system grows, so does the potential for false claims and labels. FSC’s answer is the Online Claims Platform (OCP), a system enabling users to record and confirm their FSC transactions online. If strong buy-in from the industry can be secured, the OCP may vastly reduce the risk of fraud and errors. Despite serious obstacles, constructive dialogue may be paving the way for a solution. ... [more...]

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  • September 11, 2013 15:26

It´s “only” wood

The underestimated explosion hazards in wood handling facilities. Wood can burn –wood chips and pellets belong to the important secondary fuels category in modern power plants, furnaces or heat generators, so this is quite obvious. But although this feature of wood is known in general, it is still not common knowledge that this combustibility makes wood handling processes some of the most hazardous in industry from an explosion standpoint.... [more...]

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  • August 13, 2013 07:55

DIN and ABNT react against the FSC&PEFC rejection of the new ISO CoC

Recently, FSC and PEFC called upon the members of ISO to not support a proposal for an ISO standard to be developed for certified forest products as it stands. The proposal was launched by DIN (German Institute for Standardization) and ABNT (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas) with the purpose of elaborating a new uniform global standard chain of custody that will reduce current costs for multiple certifications.... [more...]

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