Panels & Furniture Asia July/August 2022

Panels & Furniture Asia (PFA) is a leading regional trade magazine dedicated to the woodbased panel, furniture and flooring processing industry. Published bi-monthly since 2000, PFA delivers authentic journalism to cover the latest news, technology, machinery, projects, products and trade events throughout the sector. With a hardcopy and digital readership comprising manufacturers, designers and specifiers, among others, PFA is the platform of choice for connecting brands across the global woodworking landscape.

Panels & Furniture Asia (PFA) is a leading regional trade magazine dedicated to the woodbased panel, furniture and flooring processing industry. Published bi-monthly since 2000, PFA delivers authentic journalism to cover the latest news, technology, machinery, projects, products and trade events throughout the sector. With a hardcopy and digital readership comprising manufacturers, designers and specifiers, among others, PFA is the platform of choice for connecting brands across the global woodworking landscape.

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JULY/AUGUST <strong>2022</strong><br />

VATION<br />


Biesse Group is expanding its international presence with a new branch in Japan,<br />

a country with an innovative attitude of the local woodworking industry.<br />

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AUGUST 22–26, <strong>2022</strong><br />





<strong>July</strong> / <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

06<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

08<br />

News<br />

Market Report<br />

16<br />

COVID-19, Russia’s war on Ukraine, and inflation slow<br />

business, but recovery continues for US hardwoods<br />

18<br />

Four trends strengthening outlook of wooden<br />

furniture market over <strong>2022</strong>-2027<br />

Environmental Report<br />

20<br />

Making timber trade in Lower Mekong forests more<br />

sustainable<br />

In Person<br />

22<br />

Binh Duong: A prospering manufacturing centre for<br />

wood products<br />

Product Highlight<br />

24<br />

Addressing quality and processing problems for<br />

coated wooden doors and windows<br />

26<br />

Kitchen & Bath design feature: Improving work<br />

efficiency and design quality<br />

Panel Manufacturing<br />

28<br />

Partnership and innovation between Kastamonu<br />

Entegre and Argos Systems for future solutions<br />

30<br />

Wintersteiger delivers repair system for large panels<br />

32<br />

Non-contact release agent application on multidaylight<br />

presses<br />

<strong>Furniture</strong> Manufacturing<br />

34<br />

“An advanced economy with a strong tradition”:<br />

Biesse Group expands to Japan<br />

36<br />

woodStore 8: Smart storage software for higher<br />

transparency<br />

38<br />

Mass production solution for furniture carcass<br />

Materials<br />

40<br />

American red oak in the new Umm Al Quwain Free<br />

Trade Zone Authority Headquarters<br />

Recycling<br />

42<br />

Artificial neural networks changing wood recycling<br />

Structural Elements<br />

46<br />

Tokyo University of the Arts International Exchange<br />

Centre<br />

42<br />

Columnists<br />

50<br />

Challenges in meeting global GHG emission<br />

reduction standards<br />

Show Preview<br />

52<br />

BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong><br />

64<br />

Malaysian Wood Expo <strong>2022</strong><br />

74<br />

Calendar of Events<br />

75<br />

List of Advertisers<br />

36<br />

22<br />

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W O O D & W O O D W O R K I N G<br />

20-22 JANUARY 2021<br />

HANOIWOOD 2023<br />

河 内 木 工 机 械 展<br />

NEW DATE:<br />

9-11 FEBRUARY 2023<br />

Venue:<br />

International Centre of<br />

Exhibition (I.C.E.), Hanoi<br />

91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem<br />

District, Hanoi , Vietnam<br />

QR Code to exhibition<br />

location on Google Map<br />


M A C H I N E R Y<br />





T R A D E F A I R<br />

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Contact: Rain Ma<br />

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Opportunities abound<br />

Opportunities for partnerships, long-term<br />

collaborations and initiatives, and expansion<br />

are plenty as we are adjusting to the reopening<br />

borders and pandemic. It would be remiss<br />

for companies to not seize them when they<br />

come — after all, who knows when the next<br />

crisis will hit? And true enough, the wood and<br />

woodworking industry across the world is<br />

growing exponentially, taking this new normal<br />

in their stride.<br />

We see woodworking machinery<br />

manufacturers like Biesse expanding into<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>. Daniele Campetella, managing director<br />

of Biesse Group <strong>Asia</strong> and Biesse China, tells<br />

us why Biesse Group is expanding to Japan,<br />

with plans to establish their premises as<br />

early as Q4 <strong>2022</strong> (p.34). Other woodworking<br />

companies like Argos Solutions is partnering<br />

with Kastamonu Entegre to support the latter<br />

in providing inspection systems for melaminefaced<br />

chipboard production (p.28).<br />

With the rising need and importance for remote<br />

working and automation, digital solutions are<br />

also in hot demand now. Coohom, a softwareas-a-service<br />

company that develops design<br />

software systems, recently launched its Kitchen<br />

& Bath feature, a 3D design visualisation<br />

platform to help designers and manufacturers<br />

present their ideas (p.26). The latest<br />

woodStore 8 by HOMAG aims to make the<br />

flow of information and materials in storage<br />

management more transparent, and therefore<br />

more efficient (p.36).<br />

Initiatives to tackle deforestation are also<br />

underway. With forests in the Lower Mekong<br />

region facing threats from overlogging and<br />

land conversion, the Forest Stewardship<br />

Council (FSC) teams up with the United Nations<br />

(UN) to make timber trade more sustainable in<br />

the region (p.20).<br />

Last but not least, in this issue, we are<br />

excited to feature a pool of products, from<br />

computerised numerical control (CNC) centres<br />

and computer-aided design (CAD) / computeraided<br />

manufacturing (CAM) software to<br />

hotmelt adhesives, that various companies will<br />

be featuring in BIFA Wood Vietnam (p.52). But<br />

the preview is only a glimpse — to have a full<br />

taste of what the exhibitors have to offer, we<br />

welcome everyone to join us at Binh Duong,<br />

Vietnam, this coming <strong>August</strong>.<br />

YAP SHI QUAN | Assistant Editor<br />



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Getting what you need can be complex. We make it feel easy.<br />

Why do so many customers continue do business with us? Because we care. As we’ve seen,<br />

the hardwoods industry can be difficult. When it is we are a rock-solid source<br />

of service and support. We put in the time, make the extra call, do whatever we can<br />

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NEWS<br />





The supervisory board of Weinig group has<br />

approved an investment programme that will<br />

reposition the group and its headquarters in<br />

Tauberbischofsheim, Baden-Württemberg,<br />

Germany. In total, more than €120 million will<br />

be invested over the next five years.<br />

For the site in Voitsberg, Austria, where the<br />

production premises of Weinig’s subsidiary<br />

Holz-Her is located, €15m has already been<br />

approved in advance and will be invested in<br />

assembly, production and logistics. The newly<br />

adopted programme focuses on the solid<br />

wood division of the mechanical engineering<br />

company. Around €70m will be invested in the<br />

infrastructure of the Tauberbischofsheim site<br />

alone, which has been around for 117 years.<br />

Weinig has set up a new site concept that will<br />

sustainably modernise production, optimise<br />

delivery capability for customers and improve<br />

the working environment for its employees.<br />

This will include a new logistics centre, a new<br />

manufacturing concept and new production<br />

facilities, as well as new exhibition and<br />

customer training rooms.<br />

The supervisory and management boards<br />

emphasised how the upcoming investments<br />

will position the company for the future.<br />

Thomas Bach, chairman of Weinig’s<br />

supervisory board, pointed out that it is<br />

part of the Weinig DNA to see crises as<br />

opportunities, and the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

has provided room for conceptual work:<br />

“We looked for, identified and seized an<br />

opportunity in the crisis. As a result, we<br />

can confidently say today: Weinig is fit for a<br />

successful future.”<br />

Gregor Baumbusch, CEO of Weinig, explained<br />

that the wood processing industry is a growth<br />

sector that is getting an additional boost<br />

through sustainability and climate protection.<br />

The demand for machines and solutions that<br />

serve this market is correspondingly high<br />

and will continue to rise. A further €40m<br />

will therefore be invested in expanding the<br />

product portfolio.<br />

Baumbusch stated: “Today, we already<br />

have the broadest product portfolio of<br />

any supplier in the solid wood industry<br />

worldwide. Especially in the rapidly growing<br />

segment of timber construction, we will<br />

be able to offer our customers even better<br />

solutions from a single source, namely<br />

Weinig, in the future.”<br />

Georg Hanrath, CTO of Weinig, added that<br />

the future belongs to the triad of sustainable<br />

production, sustainable machines and the<br />

sustainable products manufactured on them.<br />

The workforce of Weinig is reportedly behind<br />

the planned measures and is looking forward<br />

to the improvements the investment will<br />

bring. P<br />


Interzum will therefore offer its exhibitors and<br />

visitors the platform and community to discuss<br />

these themes and develop solutions together.<br />

Interzum has unveiled its 2023 exhibition theme<br />

– New Ecology – which reflects the growing<br />

awareness of climate change, and how the<br />

furniture and interior design industries need<br />

to address the issues of climate protection and<br />

sustainable action.<br />

interzum @home 2021.<br />

Interzum 2023 will<br />

adopt a digital approach<br />

as well, alongside the<br />

physical format (Image:<br />

interzum)<br />

With sustainability as a growing factor,<br />

themes like conserving resources, smart<br />

materials, renewable energies, re- and<br />

upcycling are already tracing a development<br />

in brand companies seeing their future home<br />

less as an assortment than as an attitude.<br />

Even then, the focus will still be on global<br />

business under changed basic conditions.<br />

Participating companies include Hettich,<br />

Häfele, Blum and Vauth-Sagel through<br />

Schattdecor, Impress, Egger, Finsa, Kastamonu,<br />

Leggett & Platt / Global Systems Group and<br />

Atlanta Attachment to Dürkopp Adler, among<br />

others.<br />

With 190,000m 2 of exhibition space, visitors<br />

will be privy to surfaces, fittings, light and<br />

wood materials, as well as components for the<br />

production of upholstered furniture. interzum<br />

will also take place in a digital format alongside<br />

the physical medium, using interzum @home<br />

and the 365-day platform interzum.com. P<br />

8 <strong>Panels</strong> & <strong>Furniture</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>July</strong> / <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

NEWS<br />





Siempelkamp has announced that Mekong Wood MDF Joint Stock<br />

Company, a Vietnamese wood-based panel manufacturer, has placed<br />

an order for a complete medium-density fibreboard (MDF) plant with<br />

Siempelkamp.<br />

The plant will be fed by local raw materials acacia and eucalyptus. At the<br />

heart of the new factory will be a forming and press line with the ContiRoll<br />

in the 8-feet x 47.1m format with the NEO press infeed.<br />

This infeed geometry is designed to process acacia; the extended, flexible<br />

infeed heating plate facilitates deaeration of the mat and prevents<br />

blowouts and steel belt damage, even at high production speeds.<br />

Plant availability, capacity and operational reliability can be increased<br />

with this plant design. Siempelkamp’s plants have been able to process<br />

acacia before, despite the material’s challenging machining properties.<br />

The plant will be designed for an annual production capacity of over<br />

400,000m³, which will be supplied mainly to the furniture industry. The<br />

thickness range for these boards is focused on 15-17mm, with a possible<br />

spectrum of 3.5-32mm.<br />

“This order is a complement to our commitment to introduce press<br />

concepts for processing the most demanding raw materials successfully to<br />

the market,” said Marc Müller, head of commercial sales at Siempelkamp.<br />

“We are pleased to accompany Mekong Wood’s entry into board<br />

production, and to follow up our good reputation with another excellent<br />

performance.” P<br />

Mekong Wood partners with Siempelkamp for a new MDF plant (Image: Siempelkamp)<br />

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NEWS<br />



CIFF 2021<br />

To better respond to their <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

customers’ production needs and issues,<br />

HOMAG has set up the new APAC Hotline<br />

to provide shorter response time by their<br />

specialists in the same time zone.<br />

Previously, HOMAG has a hotline based in<br />

Germany for global service. However, this<br />

meant that <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific customers had to<br />

establish an online connection to Germany in<br />

a different time zone for remote diagnostics.<br />

The challenge of different time zone was thus<br />

addressed with the establishment of the APAC<br />

Hotline.<br />

“APAC Hotline is an organisation consisting of<br />

qualified and competent engineer specialists<br />

with many experiences in their respective fields<br />

who are ready to help customers in <strong>Asia</strong>-Pacific<br />

quickly when they have any problem with their<br />

machines or software via online connection,”<br />

explained Ilham Perdana, project manager of<br />

APAC Hotline.<br />

APAC Hotline consists of engineer specialists<br />

from HOMAG <strong>Asia</strong> based in Singapore, HOMAG<br />

Australia and HOMAG India, and hence the<br />

operational hours of APAC Hotline stay within<br />

this region. The hotline will receive all questions<br />

surrounding the topics of mechanics, control,<br />

electricity, process engineering on the machine,<br />

and any software issues.<br />

Customers can contact their HOMAG local<br />

representatives first by using email, telephone<br />

or various digital solution applications. After<br />

establishing contact, the HOMAG specialist,<br />

whether from the local team or the APAC<br />

Hotline, will take the customer’s request to<br />

work out a solution. The assistance will then be<br />

performed remotely. P<br />



JULY <strong>2022</strong><br />

The organisers of the China International<br />

<strong>Furniture</strong> Fair (CIFF) Guangzhou have announced<br />

that the 49th edition of the furniture trade fair is<br />

postponed to <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The first phase is postponed to 17-20 Jul <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

consisting of furniture items related to home<br />

furniture, home décor, and outdoor leisure. The<br />

second phase is postponed to 26-29 Jul <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

consisting of items related to office, commercial<br />

and hotel furniture, while concurrently hosting<br />

CIFM/interzum guangzhou.<br />

Despite the postponement, the organisers are<br />

confident that the 49th CIFF will be safe and<br />

orderly for the furnishing industry, and it will<br />

make the most of its advantage in mobilising<br />

venue, exhibition and service resources.<br />

With the theme “Design Trend, Global Trade, Full<br />

Supply Chain”, CIFF Guangzhou will adhere to the<br />

promotion of exhibition supply-side reform by<br />

exploring new opportunities and breaking new<br />

ground. P<br />




Michael Berger has moved up to the role of<br />

secretary general and CEO of the Programme<br />

for the Endorsement of Forest Certification<br />

(PEFC). He has been with PEFC since 2011<br />

and has over 20 years of experience in<br />

environmental and quality management,<br />

sustainable supply chain development and<br />

management systems.<br />

technical knowledge, we are confident he will<br />

guide PEFC in the next phase of its evolution.”<br />

With his background in economics and PhD<br />

in forestry, Berger worked as a management<br />

consultant in different sectors, before serving<br />

as a technical expert for accreditation bodies<br />

and at a sustainability consultancy in Germany.<br />

He was also a lecturer in corporate social<br />

responsibility at the school for Forestry and<br />

Sustainable Resource Management at the<br />

Technical University Munich in Weihenstephan,<br />

Germany.<br />

“We will strengthen our capacity and collaboration<br />

with members and partners to better demonstrate<br />

the positive impact that credible certification has<br />

on forests, people, and local economies. As an<br />

innovative service provider, we will collectively<br />

deliver meaningful impact on our journey towards<br />

a low carbon economy.” P<br />

“Michael will be an engaged, responsive, and<br />

dedicated leader for the PEFC alliance,” said<br />

Eduardo Rojas Briales, chair of PEFC. “With his<br />

team-oriented, people-centric management<br />

style, his focus on collaboration and<br />

innovation, and his remarkable expertise and<br />

“Demands on forests have never been so high.<br />

The need for timber is increasing, but forests<br />

are also critical climate change mitigation<br />

champions and biodiversity hosts. We need<br />

to meet and exceed society’s changing<br />

expectations of forests,” Berger commented.<br />

Michael Berger, secretary general and CEO of PEFC<br />

10 <strong>Panels</strong> & <strong>Furniture</strong> <strong>Asia</strong> | <strong>July</strong> / <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

NEWS<br />




Henkel Singapore has opened an upgraded<br />

adhesives application engineering laboratory<br />

housed within its Haw Par Technocentre office<br />

in Singapore, to serve as an innovation and<br />

full-service technical hub for customers from the<br />

general manufacturing and maintenance sectors<br />

in Singapore and the South East <strong>Asia</strong>n region.<br />

trainings and webinars. For example, using<br />

the laboratory’s holographic smart glasses,<br />

customers can connect with Henkel specialists<br />

across the globe for live discussions, therefore<br />

speeding up customer support. P<br />

Henkel Singapore has upgraded its adhesives<br />

application engineering laboratory for customers<br />

from the general manufacturing and maintenance<br />

sectors in Singapore and the South East <strong>Asia</strong>n<br />

region (Image: Henkel)<br />

“We have a strong market presence in South<br />

East <strong>Asia</strong>, where our Loctite brand is trusted<br />

by original equipment manufacturers and<br />

the maintenance, repair and overhaul<br />

markets across a wide spectrum of industries.<br />

Singapore’s location at the heart of the region<br />

enables us to be closer to our customers,” said<br />

Mark Nagel, head of general manufacturing<br />

and maintenance for South East <strong>Asia</strong>, Henkel<br />

Adhesive Technologies.<br />

Nagel elaborated: “At our adhesives application<br />

engineering laboratory in Singapore, we aim to<br />

create lasting partnerships with our customers.<br />

This underpins our holistic, total solutions<br />

approach from product development and<br />

design to the manufacturing stage. Our focus<br />

is helping customers shorten their R&D time,<br />

materialise their design ideas and speed up their<br />

time to market as well as improve the reliability<br />

and sustainability of their operations.<br />

• 2~3 moveable saw blades<br />

(will be launched in <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong>!)<br />

• Laser scan feeding system equipped,<br />

cutting 5~6 boards per minute<br />

BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong><br />

Binh Duong, Vietnam<br />

8 to 11 <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Booth No.: B2081<br />

“In doing so, we also tap on our local, regional<br />

and global expertise and network to maximise<br />

the impact of our solutions for our customers.”<br />

Henkel adhesive specialists work to solve design<br />

challenges, develop new applications and deliver<br />

solutions that enable customers to operate more<br />

efficiently, enhance product performance, reduce<br />

downtime and improve safety.<br />

This includes an Industry 4.0-enabled Loctite<br />

Integrated Dispenser that can be operated<br />

remotely, with the ability to assess solutions<br />

efficacy on simulated customer processes.<br />

According to Henkel, one advantage of<br />

the laboratory is its ability to connect<br />

with customers virtually on equipment<br />

demonstrations, testing, troubleshooting,<br />

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NEWS<br />


TO INDIA IN Q1 <strong>2022</strong><br />

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)<br />

has released the latest figures for US hardwood<br />

exports to India, reporting that the lumber<br />

exports continued their upward trajectory in Q1<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, with the total shipped to the market rising<br />

by 20% in volume to 2,262m 3 and by 36% in value<br />

to US$1.58 million, as compared to Q1 2021.<br />

The statistics, which were compiled from the<br />

latest data released by the US Department of<br />

Agriculture (USDA), were announced on the<br />

sidelines during IndiaWood <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

According to AHEC, shipments to India during<br />

Q1 were dominated by red oak, white oak and<br />

hickory. The increase in exports in Q1 follows a<br />

new record for exports of US hardwood lumber<br />

to India in 2021. The total volume shipped,<br />

11,109m 3 , was almost triple the previous record<br />

set in 2019, indicating far more than just a post-<br />

COVID recovery.<br />

The biggest increases in value and volume<br />

were seen in hickory, which experienced 99%<br />

and 53% growth respectively, white oak with<br />

160% and 121%, and red oak with 51% and<br />

86%. AHEC’s participation in IndiaWood <strong>2022</strong><br />

was a testament to its belief in the Indian<br />

market, which is going through a period of<br />

modernisation.<br />

“American hardwoods are gaining acceptance<br />

in India. The process is slow but sure and many<br />

manufacturers are only using US hardwoods<br />

for the first time now, having been very used<br />

to working with teak, sheesham, mango and<br />

acacia, among other species,” said Roderick<br />

Wiles, regional director of AHEC.<br />

“That being said, India is one of a few<br />

significant global markets that remain largely<br />

untapped for American hardwoods. It offers<br />

a substantial market opportunity, and it is<br />

expected that we will see US hardwood exports<br />

to India rise significantly in the coming years, as<br />

they gain wider acceptance.”<br />

AHEC’s participation in IndiaWood <strong>2022</strong> was<br />

aimed at promoting American hardwoods<br />

across the country’s growing number of<br />

constructions, interior design and furniture<br />

projects and reinforcing its market presence in<br />

India.<br />

During the five-day show, AHEC hosted a<br />

pavilion, which served to highlight the variety of<br />

Roderick Wiles, regional director of AHEC speaking at<br />

Wood in Architecture + Design at IndiaWood <strong>2022</strong><br />

American hardwood species while also throwing<br />

a spotlight on the benefits of processes<br />

undertaken to treat American hardwoods.<br />

“There is absolutely no doubt that India is now<br />

waking up to American hardwoods and many<br />

factors are contributing to the rise in demand.<br />

The country’s wood furniture industry is thriving<br />

and expanding, with production increasing for<br />

both export and the domestic market,” said<br />

Wiles.<br />

“Demand for wood furniture, joinery, doors,<br />

windows, flooring, cladding and other products<br />

is also increasing both in India itself and around<br />

the world, allowing the industry to expand<br />

rapidly and leverage skilled labour and lowercost<br />

manufacturing. At the same time, the<br />

availability of locally sourced hardwoods is in<br />

terminal decline, which bodes well for the future<br />

of American hardwoods in India.” P<br />


Biesse’s new<br />

headquarters in<br />

Curitiba, Brazil<br />

(Image: Biesse)<br />

Biesse has planned to open a<br />

new headquarters in Curitiba,<br />

Parana, Brazil, expanding the<br />

company’s footprint into the region’s<br />

woodworking sector. The new facility<br />

will link Biesse closer to its customers<br />

while allowing the company to<br />

evaluate opportunities for growth in<br />

other countries of South America.<br />

Biesse already has a presence in the<br />

Brazilian market for its solutions in<br />

glass and stone processing since<br />

1987. It has also provided solutions<br />

for the furniture industry with a<br />

network of agents and dealers from its<br />

headquarters in São Paulo, which will<br />

later be integrated with the Curitiba<br />

hub.<br />

The new Curitiba site will have a<br />

showroom of more than 1,300m 2 ,<br />

where customers will be able to join<br />

the Biesse experience and watch<br />

demonstrations of the machinery<br />

designed for processing wood, glass,<br />

stone and advanced materials. They will<br />

have access to a team of specialists to<br />

support them in their decisions, a newly<br />

bolstered assistance service, and training<br />

areas.<br />

To meet, listen and become even closer<br />

to its customers, Biesse will be taking<br />

part in the upcoming Glass South<br />

America trade fair from 29 Jun-2 Jul<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, and in the ForMobile trade fair<br />

from 5-8 Jul <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Biesse is also focused on other<br />

international expansion strategies,<br />

including the opening of new offices in<br />

Israel and Japan. To read more on the<br />

Japan expansion, flip to page 34. P<br />

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NEWS<br />




Vietnam and Malaysian timber industries have<br />

signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)<br />

to develop the timber trade in both countries.<br />

It aims to strengthen economic cooperation<br />

and create opportunities for Vietnamese and<br />

Malaysian timber manufacturers to promote<br />

their exports and imports.<br />

The signatories of the MoC include the Timber<br />

Exporters’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM),<br />

the Malaysian <strong>Furniture</strong> Council (MFC), the<br />

Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association<br />

(VIFORES), the Binh Duong <strong>Furniture</strong><br />

Association (BIFA), the Handicraft and Wood<br />

Industry Association of Dong Nai (DOWA) and<br />

the Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh<br />

City (HAWA).<br />

Muhtar Suhaili, CEO of Malaysian Timber<br />

Council (MTC), also commented that Malaysia<br />

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will commit to further developing the timber<br />

industry sustainably.<br />

Malaysia can benefit from Vietnam’s higher<br />

FDI in furniture manufacturing and access<br />

to the EU market through Vietnam’s free<br />

trade agreements, commented Muhtar. The<br />

availability of skilled and local manpower will be<br />

advantageous for Vietnam, and the border with<br />

China will provide easier access for furniture<br />

parts and wooden panels.<br />

Chua Song Fong, president of TEAM, remarked<br />

that Vietnam’s timber industry has been<br />

growing strongly over the past decade and<br />

TEAM would like to capitalise on this to explore<br />

business opportunities in the country.<br />

Khoo Yeow Chong, president of MFC, likewise<br />

wants to increase its market share in Vietnam,<br />

and the MoC can deepen investment flows for<br />

Malaysia, citing supplying furniture parts to<br />

Vietnam as a good possibility.<br />

According to Vietnam Plus, Malaysia’s export<br />

of timber products to Vietnam in 2021 reached<br />

US$38.44 million, while Malaysia spent<br />

$148.25m on importing wooden products from<br />

Vietnam. P<br />

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NEWS<br />



The International Tropical Timber Organisation<br />

(ITTO) has announced that the G7 Climate,<br />

Energy and Environment Ministers have agreed<br />

to accelerate the transition to sustainable<br />

supply chains that decouple trade and<br />

agricultural production from deforestation and<br />

forest degradation and promote sustainably<br />

produced wood and wood products, including<br />

through ITTO.<br />

ITTO reports that this is according to a joint<br />

communiqué released by the G7 in Berlin. The<br />

G7, or Group of Seven, is an intergovernmental<br />

political forum consisting of Canada, France,<br />

Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US.<br />

In the communiqué, the ministers expressed<br />

“deep concern regarding the triple global<br />

crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and<br />

pollution, recognising that these challenges<br />

are inextricably interlinked and mutually<br />

reinforcing and that they are driven largely by<br />

human activity and by unsustainable patterns<br />

of consumption and production”.<br />

Among other things, the ministers are<br />

committed to supporting a transition to supply<br />

chains that are environmentally sustainable,<br />

net-zero-aligned and climate-resilient, to<br />

reduce pollution, decouple agricultural<br />

production from forest loss and land<br />

degradation, and use resources sustainably,<br />

reduce product environmental impact, and<br />

foster a circular economy.<br />

One way the ministers will do this is by<br />

promoting sustainable forest management<br />

and sustainably produced wood and wood<br />

products, such as through ITTO.<br />

They will work with producer countries<br />

and other consumer countries, indigenous<br />

people, the private sector, non-governmental<br />

organisations, academia, international<br />

organisations and local communities “to<br />

explore opportunities to increase the<br />

coherence of approaches”.<br />

The ministers also reaffirmed their<br />

commitment to work with other developedcountry<br />

parties to urgently implement the<br />

Climate Finance Delivery Plan: Meeting the<br />

US$100 Billion Goal, and they called on all<br />

countries to scale up efforts to mobilise<br />

finance from all sources to support climate<br />

action.<br />



A community forest enterprise in Oaxaca, Mexico.<br />

Sustainable timber supply chains have a role to play<br />

in addressing the triple crisis articulated by the G7<br />

ministers (Image: T. Yanuariadi/ITTO)<br />

Sheam Satkuru, executive director of ITTO,<br />

welcomed the communiqué and expressed<br />

hope that it will encourage the delivery of<br />

more finance for sustainable forestry in<br />

the tropics: “Sustainable tropical forestry<br />

is central to addressing the triple crisis<br />

articulated by the G7 ministers. Forests<br />

are home to a large proportion of global<br />

biodiversity, they capture and store carbon,<br />

and produce wood and other forest products,<br />

which are vital non-polluting materials that<br />

will help power a more circular economy.<br />

Significant financial assistance is needed to<br />

accelerate these efforts.<br />

“ITTO has a proven track record over more than<br />

30 years in implementing sustainable forestry<br />

projects across the tropics, in partnership<br />

with implementing agencies. We are ready to<br />

fully support these laudable aims through the<br />

Climate Finance Delivery Plan, where actions<br />

will speak far louder than words.” P<br />

is right. At the same time, this recognition will<br />

also inspire us to aim even higher.<br />

Teknos has been granted the EcoVadis gold<br />

medal for its sustainability performance in<br />

2021, making the company within the top<br />

5% of 90,000 companies that are rated by<br />

EcoVadis across the globe.<br />

EcoVadis is a provider of business<br />

sustainability ratings. Companies are<br />

assessed in four categories: environment,<br />

labour and human rights, ethics, and<br />

sustainable procurement. Teknos performed<br />

in the environmental part with a score of<br />

80/100 and reached a good level also in<br />

labour and human rights and sustainable<br />

procurement.<br />

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Teknos’s<br />

strategy, and the company aims to be the<br />

most sustainable coatings solutions provider<br />

in the industry. In the past few years, Teknos<br />

has invested in developing its sustainability<br />

practices. The EcoVadis gold medal confirms<br />

this commitment.<br />

Paula Salastie, CEO and owner of Teknos<br />

Group, said: “We are pleased that our<br />

persistent work in developing our<br />

operations and products to be more<br />

sustainable has been recognised with the<br />

EcoVadis gold medal. To be included in the<br />

top 5% of all companies is a great milestone<br />

for us and proves our strong commitment to<br />

sustainability for our external and internal<br />

stakeholders.<br />

“Being able to improve from bronze to gold<br />

level within just a few years is a significant<br />

step forward and shows us that our direction<br />

“For us being sustainable is more than<br />

emissions. It is also about creating a great place<br />

to work and long-term relationships with all our<br />

stakeholders. This is measured by the pride of<br />

being part of the Teknos family.”<br />

Teknos reports that in its sustainability<br />

programme, it will continue to focus on<br />

mitigating climate impact, ensuring the safety<br />

and well-being of its personnel and other<br />

stakeholders, and finding sustainable solutions<br />

to tackle raw material scarcity not only in<br />

procurement but also with lifecycle thinking.<br />

Participation in EcoVadis also allows for<br />

transparency to the whole value chain as it<br />

enables Teknos customers to monitor Teknos’s<br />

sustainability performance and manage<br />

sustainability risks. P<br />

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COVID-19, Russia’s<br />

war on Ukraine, and<br />

inflation slow business,<br />

but recovery continues<br />

for US hardwoods<br />

By Judd Johnson, managing<br />

editor, Hardwood Market<br />

Report Publications<br />

COVID-19 and its mutations are still present and<br />

dangerous, but health risks to humans are not<br />

as severe globally as at the beginning and early<br />

stages of the epidemic-turned-pandemic. By<br />

and large, those threats have been downgraded,<br />

and that is an encouraging development of the<br />

COVID-19 crisis.<br />

On the other hand, businesses in all industries<br />

are struggling to attain consistency. Recovery<br />

has been uneven, at best. Labour is a problem<br />

— in part due to COVID-19 but also for other<br />

various reasons. Transportation is certainly<br />

a primary factor contributing to business<br />

disruptions. Interruptions in ocean vessel, rail,<br />

and truck shipments delay order fulfilment of<br />

materials and goods. Equally troubling is when<br />

delayed shipments deliver simultaneously<br />

and in mass with on-time shipments. Such<br />

circumstances overwhelm the handling<br />

capacities of ports, docks, and yards, rendering<br />

them inefficient and even ineffective.<br />

The irony of supply shortages is that the lack of<br />

one thing can push back purchases and cause<br />

supply surpluses of other things. One example<br />

for US hardwoods is that supply shortages of<br />

hardware can cause a cabinet manufacturer<br />

to suspend purchases of lumber and other<br />

necessary components. The lumber supplier is<br />

then left with extra material that is “sold” but<br />

cannot be shipped.<br />

manufacturers cannot assemble wooden pallets<br />

and containers. Therefore, manufacturers do not<br />

need wood parts or lumber required to make<br />

the parts at that specific point. Again, lumber<br />

supply backs up to the seller at a time in the<br />

marketplace when supplies are limited.<br />

There is no question that supply shortages<br />

have been prevalent these past two years. The<br />

strains have fuelled upward price pressure.<br />

The marketplace has demonstrated that higher<br />

prices can be absorbed for a period of time but<br />

not endlessly. Historically, the sharper the price<br />

increases, the faster the price surge reaches its<br />

end.<br />

Figure 1<br />

24,000,000<br />

22,000,000<br />

20,000,000<br />

18,000,000<br />

16,000,000<br />

14,000,000<br />

12,000,000<br />

10,000,000<br />

8,000,000<br />

6,000,000<br />

4,000,000<br />

But limits on price increases are not only<br />

about what the market can bear. Higher prices<br />

incentivise increases in sawmill production.<br />

As that occurs, supplies begin to build, and<br />

they continue to expand until something in the<br />

marketplace or economy brings that process to<br />

an end.<br />

That is the structure of inventory recovery for<br />

US hardwoods. The problem is the variability<br />

in demand and delays in transportation have<br />

postponed both new order placements and<br />

fulfilment of existing orders. As a result, it<br />

is not uncommon for US hardwood lumber<br />

sales operations to be over-committed on<br />

Quarterly Eastern US Hardwood Sawmill Production<br />

(Annualized - Cubic Meters)<br />

©<strong>2022</strong> HMR<br />

Average quarterly production<br />

from 2012 through Q1 2020 is<br />

17.9 million cubic meters.<br />

Average quarterly production<br />

from Q2 2020 through Q1 <strong>2022</strong><br />

is 14.5 million cubic meters.<br />

Hardwood Market Report (HMR) has received<br />

similar reports of US pallet manufacturers<br />

running short on nails at various times<br />

over these past months. Without nails,<br />

2,000,000<br />

0<br />

2008-1<br />

3<br />

2009-1<br />

3<br />

2010-1<br />

3<br />

2011-1<br />

3<br />

2012-1<br />

3<br />

2013-1<br />

3<br />

2014-1<br />

3<br />

2015-1<br />

3<br />

2016-1<br />

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2017-1<br />

3<br />

2018-1<br />

3<br />

2019-1<br />

3<br />

2020-1<br />

3<br />

2021-1<br />

3<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-1<br />

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certain species, thicknesses, or grade<br />

combinations, while at the same time<br />

being over-supplied on other specific<br />

items.<br />

It is also noteworthy that these<br />

circumstances exist when US hardwood<br />

sawmill production is still well below<br />

average since the end of the Great<br />

Recession (Fig. 1), and the potential for<br />

future demand growth is tremendous.<br />

This is where other forces have come<br />

into play and slowed business. The<br />

economy is the single greatest influence<br />

on demand for consumer goods. Inflation<br />

in the US is running at a 40-year high<br />

and has substantially reduced spending<br />

power. Inflation also weighs on consumer<br />

— and business — sentiment. Sentiment<br />

indices can be barometers of future<br />

spending trends. In the US, consumer<br />

spending accounts for over two-thirds of<br />

the economy.<br />

China’s zero-tolerance policy for<br />

mitigating the spread of COVID-19 forced<br />

shutdowns of some of the world’s most<br />

populated cities and busiest ocean ports.<br />

Russia’s war on Ukraine has complicated<br />

matters all the more by causing global<br />

supply realignment for oil, and it has<br />

closed Ukrainian shipping channels vital<br />

for moving food and other agricultural<br />

products into world markets.<br />

Figure 2<br />

60%<br />

40%<br />

20%<br />

0%<br />

-20%<br />

-40%<br />

-60%<br />

-80%<br />

1999<br />

2000<br />

2001<br />

US Single Family Housing Starts<br />

Percentage Variance From Static Demand<br />

Surplus<br />

2021 single family housing<br />

starts ended 6.4% below<br />

static demand.<br />

Single family housing<br />

starts through Q1 <strong>2022</strong> are<br />

2.4% below static demand.<br />

2002<br />

2003<br />

2004<br />

2005<br />

2006<br />

2007<br />

Sources: US Census Bureau and HMR, Graph: HMR<br />

Sources: US Census Bureau and HMR<br />

Figure 3<br />

Thousand Units<br />

2,000<br />

1,800<br />

1,600<br />

1,400<br />

1,200<br />

1,000<br />

800<br />

600<br />

400<br />

200<br />

0<br />

1959<br />

1961<br />

1963<br />

1965<br />

1967<br />

1969<br />

1971<br />

1973<br />

1975<br />

Sources: US Census Bureau, Source: US Graph: Census HMR Bureau<br />

2008<br />

2009<br />

2010<br />

2011<br />

2012<br />

2013<br />

2014<br />

2015<br />

Annual static demand for<br />

new single family<br />

housing in the US is<br />

based at 1.2 million units.<br />

Deficit<br />

2016<br />

2017<br />

US Single-Family Housing<br />

Permits, Starts, and Completions<br />

Starts Completions Permits<br />

1977<br />

1979<br />

1981<br />

1983<br />

1985<br />

1987<br />

1989<br />

1991<br />

1993<br />

1995<br />

1997<br />

1999<br />

2001<br />

2003<br />

2005<br />

2007<br />

2018<br />

2009<br />

2019<br />

2020<br />

Graph: HMR<br />

2011<br />

2013<br />

Graph: HMR<br />

2015<br />

2021<br />

2017<br />

2019<br />

*<strong>2022</strong><br />

2021<br />

If not for these challenges that<br />

businesses of every type face, this point<br />

in human history should be one of<br />

the most vibrant of times. Developing<br />

economies have been gaining strength<br />

and providing better living opportunities<br />

for their people. Until recently, mature<br />

economies have posted growth. In<br />

the case of the US, there have been<br />

positive economic effects from two large,<br />

young generations. The outlook is even<br />

brighter as these groups gain in age and<br />

affluence.<br />

So, while the business climate currently<br />

is not experiencing the high level<br />

of energy that it should, underlying<br />

demand is still very strong for<br />

housing, furnishings, fixtures, building<br />

components, and building materials.<br />

Fig. 2 shows there is a housing supply<br />

deficit in the US lingering from the Great<br />

Recession.<br />

Increases in US residential construction<br />

in recent years have been a very slow<br />

start to fulfilling the demand for the<br />

millennial generation (Fig. 3). Not far<br />

behind is Generation Z, which is second<br />

in population size in US history only to<br />

the s. Even more housing, fixtures, and<br />

furnishings will be needed in the not-sodistant<br />

future.<br />

Yes, obstacles within and outside<br />

of the hardwood marketplace are<br />

disrupting commerce. But these<br />

obstacles and others that are sure to<br />

come will eventually be surmounted.<br />

As that happens, businesses will regain<br />

momentum for companies that produce<br />

hardwood goods, and US hardwoods will<br />

be a key component of those companies’<br />

future success. P<br />

Hardwood Market Report (HMR)<br />

is the leading source of pricing<br />

and market information for North<br />

American hardwoods. It has<br />

provided reliable, expert analysis<br />

of pricing and market trends to<br />

hardwood companies throughout<br />

the world since 1922. Sample copies<br />

and subscription services for HMR<br />

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available online at www.hmr.com.<br />

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Four trends strengthening<br />

outlook of wooden<br />

furniture market over<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-2027<br />

By Priya Deshmukh,<br />

content writer, Global Market Insights<br />

Image: Chastity Cortijo/Unsplash<br />

The wooden furniture market is<br />

set to grow from its current market<br />

value of more than US$370 billion<br />

to over $550bn, as reported in<br />

the latest study by Global Market<br />

Insights.<br />

The proliferating demand for luxury<br />

furniture, in conjunction with the<br />

increasing consumer expenditure<br />

and rapid urbanisation, has created<br />

an enormous demand for wooden<br />

furniture in recent years. In addition,<br />

the changing consumer lifestyles<br />

and rising disposable incomes<br />

are further driving the adoption<br />

of wooden furnishings. The rising<br />

demand for customisation of home<br />

interiors to enhance aesthetics<br />

is favouring the expansion of the<br />

wooden furniture market.<br />

Apart from these factors, the<br />

introduction of innovative wooden<br />

furniture trends has also enhanced<br />

the industry landscape further.<br />

For instance, in 2020, heritage<br />

office furniture manufacturer<br />

Bisley introduced its latest flexible<br />

furniture collection, which has been<br />

developed to meet the requirements<br />

of the 2020 workplace that have<br />

been created during the pandemic.<br />



The key manufacturers active in<br />

the wooden furniture industry<br />

are focusing on forming strategic<br />

alliances to develop innovative<br />

solutions and gain a competitive<br />

edge in the market. To illustrate,<br />

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Image: GMInsights<br />

in 2021, furniture manufacturers<br />

Herman Miller and Knoll entered a<br />

$1.8bn partnership. This strategic move<br />

is aimed at forming a single design<br />

entity and running the retail as well as<br />

e-commerce business together.<br />



The availability of limited storage<br />

space in average-sized homes across<br />

various countries coupled with<br />

the rising popularity of modular<br />

furniture is providing lucrative growth<br />

prospects for the industry. This has<br />

urged industry players to expand<br />

their portfolio of modular furniture.<br />

For instance, in 2021, Chromcraft<br />

introduced McKenzie & Co, a new<br />

division providing modular and fully<br />

upholstered furniture. In addition,<br />

the increased sales of fitted furniture,<br />

especially in the bedroom segment,<br />

is positively influencing the industry<br />

statistics. Reportedly, the residential<br />

segment in the wooden furniture<br />

market is anticipated to register a<br />

notable CAGR of over 5% through<br />

2027.<br />

versatile and informal dining is favouring<br />

the business growth. Besides, the<br />

increasing adoption of other accessories<br />

such as whiskey, wine, and vodka racks<br />

along with the dining furniture is further<br />

propelling the market value.<br />



The rising demand for furniture such<br />

as kitchen furniture cabinets, dining<br />

tables, storage, upholstered and nonupholstered<br />

components is strongly<br />

driving the industry growth in North<br />

America. The consumers are largely<br />

focusing on enhancing the interior<br />

design and aesthetics which is<br />

further impelling the demand for<br />

wooden furniture with different<br />

colours and textures. The market<br />

expansion is further impelled by<br />

the rising product adoption in the<br />

non-residential spaces including<br />

hospitals, schools, colleges,<br />

hotels, and commercial offices.<br />

Considering the increasing consumer<br />

expenditure, the North American<br />

wooden furniture market is expected<br />

to register a robust CAGR of around<br />

5.5% through 2027.<br />

The rising demand for luxurious<br />

wooden furniture driven by the<br />

growing need to enhance aesthetics<br />

and increasing disposable incomes is<br />

opening ample growth opportunities<br />

for the market. In addition, the<br />

emerging wooden furniture trends<br />

with the rising demand for natural<br />

textures and styles are further<br />

supporting the market expansion. P<br />



Dining room furniture plays a crucial<br />

role in the furniture segment owing<br />

to its essential characteristics and<br />

the significance of food in different<br />

cultures. The growing consumer<br />

demand for counter-height tables,<br />

small case pieces, and dining tables<br />

as a part of fulfilling their need for<br />

Image: Nathan Oakley/Unsplash<br />

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Making timber trade in<br />

Lower Mekong forests<br />

more sustainable<br />

By Yap Shi Quan<br />

What does it mean to be a responsible supplier<br />

or buyer? Arguably that means complying with<br />

legal requirements, delivering the promised<br />

quality and ensuring transparent terms and<br />

conditions between stakeholders. But in<br />

this era where the threat of climate change<br />

looms, being responsible now includes being<br />

environmentally conscious — stakeholders<br />

in the forestry industry now need to consider<br />

how timber should be harvested, logged and<br />

delivered sustainably.<br />

However, forests continue to be exploited for<br />

profiteering, with overlogging and conversion<br />

of forest land into other uses plaguing forests<br />

globally. Growing concerns about the plight<br />

of forests spark initiatives on how to better<br />

manage and conserve them, and one of them is<br />

a collaboration between the Forest Stewardship<br />

Council (FSC) and the United Nations (UN).<br />

Named the FSC x UN-REDD Initiative, it is aimed<br />

at halting degradation and deforestation in the<br />

Lower Mekong region.<br />


According to Ma Lichao, executive director<br />

of FSC China, forests in the Lower Mekong<br />

region face threats from overlogging and land<br />

conversion into agricultural use. Thi Que Anh<br />

Vu, country manager of FSC Vietnam, echoed<br />

similar sentiments, adding that natural forests<br />

in Vietnam have been converted to plantations<br />

and other uses, including but not limited to<br />

rubber plantations.<br />

Studies and reports have confirmed that the<br />

conversion of forests into other land use, as well<br />

as overlogging, are unhealthy for the forests’<br />

lifecycles. This is particularly the case for forests<br />

in the Lower Mekong region, where rubber<br />

plantations are in hot demand. According<br />

to the BBC, converting natural forests into<br />

plantations is said to weaken the soil, water and<br />

biodiversity 1 , thus leading to forest degradation<br />

and deforestation.<br />

The current condition of the forests is in part<br />

due to the trade activities around the region.<br />

For instance, Cambodia and Myanmar export<br />

tropical timber to China, and China imports<br />

sawn timber from rubber plantations in the<br />

Lower Mekong region.<br />

“The Lower Mekong region has been important<br />

in supplying tropical timber to China,”<br />

Ma explained to <strong>Panels</strong> & <strong>Furniture</strong> <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

“Furthermore, many of the land conversions are<br />

not really about forestry products. For example,<br />

forests are converted into oil palms and for<br />

other agricultural purposes, such as fruits<br />

and rubber — mostly for these commercial<br />

commodities.”<br />

Actions have been taken to preserve the forests<br />

and halt the degradation. Vu remarked that<br />

in Vietnam, the government has banned the<br />

harvesting and domestic logging of natural<br />

forests until 2050, although non-timber forest<br />

products can still be harvested. This ban started<br />

as far back as 2012, extending to even FSCcertified<br />

areas in 2016. Furthermore, companies<br />

that are FSC-certified are not allowed to convert<br />

natural forests into plantations after 1994,<br />

whether they are for rubber or acacia species.<br />

The same companies are also required to<br />

conserve at least 10% of the certified forests in<br />

their natural condition.<br />



Even then, overlogging and forest conversion<br />

are still rampant in the Lower Mekong region.<br />

For FSC, its key working principle is conserving<br />

the natural value of the forests. But it is<br />

undeniable that market forces are causing<br />

Lower Mekong forests to be in an unsustainable<br />

condition. Rather than circumventing the<br />

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market, FSC decided to tackle it straight on by<br />

encouraging and educating stakeholders in the<br />

supply chain to follow certification values with<br />

the FSC x UN-REDD Lower Mekong Initiative.<br />

In essence, the initiative supports sustainable<br />

forestry in the Lower Mekong region through<br />

improved governance, covering regional<br />

countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,<br />

Thailand, and Myanmar, with China as a<br />

partner. Currently, it offers its members two<br />

avenues to make their trade more sustainable:<br />

First, with the Sustainable Tropical Timber<br />

Trade Network, FSC will connect certified<br />

suppliers from the Lower Mekong region with<br />

interested buyers. This seeks to increase the<br />

demand for certified timber products through<br />

networking and increased reach. Ma explained<br />

that the FSC is not only engaging with Chinese<br />

brands but also buyers from as far as North<br />

America and the EU to see if they are interested<br />

in the trade network.<br />

Second, the Sustainable Tropical Timber<br />

Information Hub is a database about the FSC<br />

certification and legal requirements for the<br />

importing and exporting of tropical timber<br />

and products. The hub also functions as an<br />

extension of the trade network, where FSC will<br />

publish information about interested suppliers<br />

and buyers in it to develop the value chain.<br />

Furthermore, forest managers who put in<br />

additional effort to manage according to FSC<br />

standards will also be published in the hub,<br />

thus rewarding and promoting stakeholders<br />

who practise sustainable forestry.<br />

Ma elaborated: “The focus of the FSC x UN-<br />

REDD project goes beyond education. We<br />

believe that the trade and market play a very<br />

important role in the state of the forestry use<br />

of land. So, what FSC wants to do is really to<br />

facilitate and encourage trading in certified<br />

materials and products, to bring additional<br />

benefits to people who are on the ground<br />

managing these forests, so they can be more<br />

willing to take a more responsible approach<br />

and apply FSC standards.”<br />

(VPA) between EU countries and Vietnam<br />

on EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance<br />

and Trade (FLEGT) — timber companies are<br />

encouraged to be more sustainable in their<br />

operations, since the VPA/FLEGT advocates<br />

for UN Sustainable Development Goals in<br />

sustainable consumption, production patterns,<br />

and forest management. As such, companies<br />

with FSC certification and adhere to VPA/FLEGT<br />

sustainability requirements would be able<br />

to enjoy higher timber demand in the trade<br />

network with EU countries.<br />

“Companies can provide evidence based<br />

on the FSC system to tell buyers how they<br />

have sourced timber material correctly and<br />

responsibly, thus ensuring responsible trading.<br />

At the same time, FSC also has network<br />

opportunities. This is what we can do to ensure<br />

the stakeholders, from the forest to the buyer,<br />

are in a responsible supply chain,” added Vu.<br />



According to Jayco Fung, head of market<br />

development of FSC APAC, with the launch of<br />

the trade network and information hub planned<br />

for November <strong>2022</strong>, FSC is now focused on<br />

actively engaging with the demand and supply<br />

sides, aiming to bridge both of them: “<strong>2022</strong><br />

is all about active engagement, including<br />

meetings with both public and private sectors,<br />

trade expos, hosting webinars and workshops,<br />

among others.”<br />

Vu reiterated: “We are just starting and we<br />

will boost the platform in the next five years,<br />

linking the actors in the supply chain and<br />

educating them in the network. We can also<br />

provide some e-books on the VPA/FLEGT, its<br />

processes and how to link everything to the<br />

programme. This is what I hope the initiative<br />

will develop into — more education, more<br />

linkages in the network, and more information<br />

provided by the FSC.”<br />

After the launch, FSC will be building on<br />

the network by deepening partnerships<br />

with industry players through different<br />

collaborations. To sustain the momentum,<br />

FSC will also advance its search capabilities by<br />

expanding the scope to natural rubber, since<br />

<strong>Asia</strong> supplies 87% of natural rubber globally,<br />

and they see value in incorporating it into the<br />

trade network and information hub.<br />

It is too early to tell whether the initiative<br />

will bear fruit. Even so, Ma believes in<br />

its importance, especially since North<br />

American and European countries have “high<br />

environmental and social requirements for the<br />

tropical timber forest products”.<br />

He concluded: “We are hoping that the FSC<br />

certification can be a strong tool for the market,<br />

for European companies to regain preference<br />

in tropical timber products, to join hands with<br />

forest managers in Lower Mekong region and<br />

bring more value to the forest so that they do<br />

not have to convert forests into other purposes.<br />

And I am hoping that the market can gain more<br />

preference in FSC certification so that timbers<br />

from unknown sources can be phased out,<br />

and we can become a real contributor to the<br />

conservation of forests.” P<br />

References<br />

1. BBC. Demand for rubber ‘threatens forests’.<br />

<br />

Vu also explained that Vietnamese companies<br />

recognise FSC as a “high standard” to support<br />

“responsible tracking in forest products”.<br />

Furthermore, with the VPA/FLEGT in place<br />

— the Voluntary Partnership Agreement<br />

Forests are converted into agricultural use or rubber plantations<br />

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Binh Duong: A prospering<br />

manufacturing centre for<br />

wood products By Yap Shi Quan<br />

The committee of Binh Duong <strong>Furniture</strong> Association<br />

Vietnam is becoming one of the world’s<br />

biggest exporters of wood and wood<br />

products. Especially in recent years with<br />

wooden furniture enjoying a popularity<br />

boom for home furnishing, the country, as<br />

a manufacturing hub of wood products, has<br />

experienced this boom with an uptick in<br />

exports.<br />

“Vietnam’s wood and wood product<br />

manufacturing industry has had a<br />

breakthrough growth in export turnover [in<br />

recent years], and has grown at double digits<br />

for many consecutive years,” said Nguyen<br />

Liem, who has been recently elected as the<br />

chairman of Binh Duong <strong>Furniture</strong> Association<br />

(BIFA). “In 2000, the turnover reached US$219<br />

million, and by 2021, it reached $14.8 billion,<br />

60 times more than in 2000.”<br />

Contributing to this success is the Vietnamese<br />

province Binh Duong, whose manufacturing<br />

output accounts for nearly 50% of the<br />

total export turnover of the country, with<br />

wooden furniture in the top 10 key exports<br />

of the province, according to Nguyen. “I think<br />

industrial production has prospered,” he<br />

commented.<br />

As the representative voice for the wood<br />

processing industry in Binh Duong, BIFA has<br />

worked closely with the Binh Duong provincial<br />

government to implement programmes<br />

to support businesses in trade promotion,<br />

industrial innovation, technology, human<br />

resource training, and creating a foundation for<br />

the local industry’s development. And helming<br />

BIFA is Nguyen, who has 30 years of experience<br />

in the wood processing industry with his<br />

company, the Lam Viet Joint Stock Company.<br />

“My own Lam Viet Joint Stock Company has<br />

been operating for 20 years with the business<br />

philosophy of ‘always be responsible for<br />

what you do’,” said Nguyen. “I apply it to<br />

face all challenges from outside and inside<br />

the business, and now Lam Viet Joint Stock<br />

Company has become a reliable and honest<br />

long-term partner for large furniture importers<br />

and retailers.”<br />


For the local industry to develop sustainably<br />

and effectively, Nguyen, alongside 26<br />

members of the association’s executive<br />

committee, developed strategies that will<br />

create a link between the wood industry<br />

business community with government<br />

agencies to address administrative<br />

procedures, answer and support industry<br />

policies, promote the construction of<br />

wood industry zones and clusters, build<br />

protection and supply chains to increase<br />

competitiveness and advise businesses to<br />

reinvent machinery and equipment in stages<br />

to improve productivity.<br />

BIFA also operates the Lean Manufacturing<br />

Club and the Human Resources Club, which<br />

accompany businesses in developing highquality<br />

human resources, thus strengthening<br />

the connection between the association’s<br />

members. This year, the association will<br />

establish the Digital Transformation Club to<br />

catch up with global smart and advanced<br />

governance trends.<br />

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To improve the local industry’s position<br />

internationally, Nguyen explained that BIFA has<br />

been implementing activities to help businesses<br />

understand and properly apply quality<br />

standards from the international market. For<br />

instance, timber enterprises must<br />

comply with the terms signed in the<br />

VPA/FLEGT agreement, particularly the Decree<br />

102/2020/ND-CP, and the Agreements on Control<br />

of Illegal Logging and Trade law with the US, to<br />

meet international trade requirements.<br />

Furthermore, BIFA has actively connected<br />

with trade offices and international business<br />

associations of other countries such as the US,<br />

Germany, Taiwan, Chile and India during the<br />

pandemic to ensure trade opportunities for their<br />

members. It also leveraged digital opportunities,<br />

organising the Vietnam <strong>Furniture</strong> Fair Online<br />

in 2021, or the VIFFO online market. Topping it<br />

off, BIFA will be co-organising a woodworking<br />

machinery exhibition, BIFA Wood Vietnam,<br />

which will be held from 8-11 Aug <strong>2022</strong> and open<br />

to local and international visitors.<br />


As of 2020, Vietnam ranks second globally in<br />

wood and wood products exports, and in a<br />

recent declaration by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime<br />

“Vietnam’s wood<br />

and wood product<br />

manufacturing industry<br />

has had a breakthrough<br />

growth in export<br />

turnover [in recent<br />

years], and has grown at<br />

double digits for many<br />

consecutive years.”<br />

Nguyen Liem<br />

Chairman of Binh Duong <strong>Furniture</strong><br />

Association (BIFA)<br />

Minister Le Van Thanh, the country aims to<br />

reach $20bn and $25bn by 2025 and 2030<br />

respectively.<br />

Nguyen believes that local enterprises will<br />

have to work hard and try a lot to make<br />

great strides to reach the goal. This is in<br />

consideration of the current difficulties<br />

and fluctuations in the world economy,<br />

with nobody able to predict how the<br />

market will fluctuate in the future: “The<br />

wood industry is facing great challenges<br />

such as signs of trade fraud, counterfeiting<br />

of origin, high shipping costs, and broken<br />

supply chain of raw materials and<br />

auxiliary equipment.”<br />

Even so, Nguyen remains hopeful. With<br />

the support of the government and<br />

businesses’ efforts, the province and<br />

country can reach the wood export sales<br />

set by the government. Working towards<br />

sustainability, efficiency and modernity<br />

with the provincial government to meet<br />

the 2025 and 2030 vision, BIFA will also<br />

establish a specialised industrial cluster,<br />

a wood processing industrial park, and a<br />

supporting industrial cluster that serves the<br />

wood processing industry.<br />

In 2000, Vietnam’s export turnover for wood and wood products reached US$219 million,<br />

and by 2021 it reached $14.8 billion<br />

He concluded: “To face these difficulties,<br />

BIFA will actively coordinate with<br />

state management agencies to review<br />

enterprises showing signs of not being<br />

transparent. Step by step, we will also form<br />

specialised wood industry zones or clusters<br />

to solve supply chain disruptions.” P<br />

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Addressing quality<br />

and processing problems<br />

for coated wooden<br />

doors and windows<br />

Qvesarum, a design manufacturer of windows,<br />

doors, orangeries, bathroom fittings, interior<br />

and exterior furniture, and other carpentry of<br />

interior building details and furnishings, aims<br />

to improve their product quality as well as to<br />

use healthier and environmentally friendly<br />

waterborne coatings. Coating approximately<br />

100 windows, 50 doors, four orangeries, and<br />

20-30 bathroom or furniture items per month<br />

with their former solvent-borne coating system,<br />

they experienced moisture ingress into the<br />

wood, especially at the end-grain, resulting in<br />

cracks and flaking in the paint, poor adhesion,<br />

as well as the inconsistency of colours.<br />

Headquartered in Löberöd, Skåne, Sweden,<br />

Qvesarum produces its products in Indonesia<br />

and exports them to the Scandinavian region.<br />

The company believes in craftsmanship and<br />

professionalism; all products are constructed<br />

with sustainability in mind, and the company<br />

only uses materials that are healthy for both<br />

houses and people. At the request of their<br />

Swedish office, the Teknos South East <strong>Asia</strong><br />

team contacted Qvesarum <strong>Asia</strong> in Jepara,<br />

Centra Java, Indonesia to offer its solutions and<br />

services to help Qvesarum overcome product<br />

quality and performance issues.<br />


With Qvesarum keen on moving away from<br />

solvent-borne systems, the Teknos waterborne<br />

portfolio of exterior industrial coatings was the<br />

optimal fit. Teknos has now been supplying<br />

exterior products to Qvesarum since 2020,<br />

ranging from AQUAPRIMER 2907 wood<br />

preservative, ANTISTAIN AQUA 2901 primer and<br />

tannin blocker, AQUATOP 2600 as the topcoat<br />

and TEKNOSEAL 4000 end-grain sealer.<br />

Yanuar Yogaswara Maryono, exterior coating<br />

expert and business development manager<br />

for Indonesia, Teknos, explained the<br />

recommended system: “The customer coats<br />

pine, teak and mahogany destined for the<br />

cool, wet climate of northern Europe, so our<br />

solution had to include a preservative to protect<br />

against wood discolouring fungi and meet<br />

European wood durability standard EN599-1.<br />

This is followed by a primer that prevents tannin<br />

bleed and finished with a topcoat that is easy<br />

to process and weather-resistant, that provides<br />

reliable protection against ultraviolet (UV)<br />

radiation, tinted in the RAL or NCS colour shade<br />

according to their customer’s demand. Gloss<br />

grades from 15-60 are also possible.”<br />

Teknos also offers ready tinted colours made<br />

from its production site and supplies the colours<br />

ready-to-use to Qvesarum Indonesia for direct<br />

application, without the hassle of mixing and<br />

matching the colours themselves. The colour<br />

pigment used in Teknos exterior products is also<br />

designed for exterior use, thus allowing the final<br />

product to perform with good weather resistance<br />

and light fastness.<br />

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“Qvesarum and Teknos share<br />

similar values where sustainability is<br />

integrated into our strategy, business<br />

model and our everyday work. I am<br />

glad that our Teknos waterborne<br />

solutions and products can help<br />

Qvesarum in achieving their values<br />

to customers of offering long-term<br />

quality for a more sustainable world,<br />

together we make the world last<br />

longer,” said Wanda Smith, managing<br />

director of Teknos Malaysia.<br />

1<br />

In general, compared to other<br />

waterborne exterior products on<br />

the market, Teknos products’ drying<br />

process and time are reportedly<br />

suitable for South East <strong>Asia</strong>’s weather<br />

conditions and tropical climate. Also,<br />

the surface drying is faster, allowing<br />

sanding to take place before applying<br />

the next layer, thus achieving a<br />

faster processing time. Each of<br />

these layers takes 2-4 hours to dry<br />

depending on conditions, according<br />

to Teknos, leading to improved lead<br />

times at Qvesarum Indonesia. After<br />

brushing or spraying the first layer,<br />

the remaining coats are sprayed,<br />

resulting in a smooth and even finish.<br />

Furthermore, with Teknos offices<br />

in both Scandinavia and South<br />

East <strong>Asia</strong>, the product is available<br />

locally, so any small touch-ups to<br />

transit damage can be rectified in<br />

Scandinavia with the same product<br />

that matches the original paintwork<br />

applied in <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

2<br />

“Not only has productivity improved<br />

but the finish is now highly durable.<br />

Switching to waterborne coating<br />

solutions is a better choice for the<br />

health and safety of our employees<br />

and customers. It has reduced our<br />

impact on the environment which<br />

along with our other initiatives, such<br />

as, only working with FSC assured<br />

wood, make us a more sustainable<br />

business. With Teknos’s expertise,<br />

we are developing our portfolio of<br />

waterborne coated products including<br />

wooden gates and interior wood<br />

for bathrooms too,” concluded Emil<br />

Linderberg, CEO of Qvesarum. P<br />

3<br />

Legend<br />

1 Qvesarum faces<br />

moisture ingress<br />

into the wood with<br />

their past solventborne<br />

coating<br />

system<br />

2 Teknos’s products<br />

are reportedly<br />

usable for<br />

various climates,<br />

including northern<br />

Europe’s cool and<br />

wet climate, and<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong>’s<br />

tropical climate<br />

3 Teknos offers<br />

ready tinted<br />

colours<br />

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Kitchen & Bath<br />

design feature:<br />

Improving work<br />

efficiency and<br />

design quality<br />

Coohom, a developer and provider of digital<br />

design tools for designers, retailers and<br />

manufacturers, has launched the Kitchen &<br />

Bath feature, a 3D design tool that simplifies<br />

operations in complex designs for interior<br />

designers. It features thousands of parametric<br />

models of cabinets, appliances, accessories,<br />

materials and styles, and more, and even has a<br />

smart artificial intelligence (AI) decorator at the<br />

user’s service for floor planning.<br />

“Due to the pandemic, people started realising<br />

how important 3D visualisation could be<br />

in affecting consumer awareness. During<br />

lockdowns, people can only shop online,<br />

which accelerates the e-commerce growth,<br />

and kitchens and bathrooms have more<br />

complicated designs than living rooms and<br />

bedrooms,” commented Cook Liao, commercial<br />

vice-president of Coohom.<br />

“Coohom is well aware of that, and hence we<br />

developed this powerful tool to help designers<br />

and manufacturers present their best ideas<br />

and products with a lower cost and higher<br />

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Kitchen & Bath can generate a full<br />

720 virtual walkthrough by piecing<br />

photo-realistic panoramas together<br />

efficiency. Providing all-in-one and end-toend<br />

solutions has always been Coohom’s top<br />

goal, and with our Kitchen & Bath feature,<br />

users will get to experience the best possible<br />

3D interior design process. We will realise<br />

their imaginations.”<br />

Similar to the other 3D design tools by<br />

Coohom, the Kitchen & Bath is easy to apply<br />

and cloud-based, which means users can<br />

start designing as long as the Internet is<br />

available, with a rendering speed of up to<br />

16K resolution.<br />

The augmented reality (AR)-like experience<br />

will piece the photo-realistic panoramas<br />

together to generate a full 720 virtual<br />

walkthrough. The Kitchen & Bath tool also<br />

auto-generates construction drawing from<br />

3D designs to 2D drawings with reportedly<br />

no barriers at all, and these designs can be<br />

edited online and exported to various file<br />

formats, such as .dwg, .jpg, and .pdf.<br />

Additionally, Kitchen & Bath has an Industry<br />

4.0 interface, and can directly send design<br />

data to computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)<br />

platforms. Similar to the other Coohom<br />

tools, it supports various CAM programmes,<br />

such as the HomagIX or WoodCAD|CAM,<br />

TopSolid, Cabinet Vision, and more. Lastly,<br />

it increases efficiency by minimising manual<br />

disassembly, back-and-forth communication,<br />

and offline data exchanges. P<br />

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Partnership and innovation<br />

between Kastamonu Entegre<br />

and Argos Systems for<br />

future solutions<br />

Argos Solutions, a manufacturer and developer<br />

of surface grading and panel repair systems,<br />

plays a role in supporting Kastamonu Entegre’s<br />

site at Gebze, Turkey, in its quality inspection.<br />

Kastamonu Entegre is committed to increasing<br />

its quality level and decreasing costs by<br />

implementing efficient quality systems in every<br />

stage of production.<br />

“Kastamonu Entegre is a company that has<br />

established itself as a major player in their<br />

local as well as global markets. Their focus<br />

on automatic grading systems is an example<br />

of how the Turkish industry has developed<br />

and adjusted to international standards over<br />

the years,” said Rune Gotfredsen, area sales<br />

manager for Argos Solutions.<br />



Kastamonu Entegre used automatic grading<br />

systems for their flooring lines before they<br />

decided to install an Argos system for the<br />

production of melamine faced chipboard (MFC).<br />

“For us, the installation of the Argos systems<br />

has been a game changer,” said Emre Akkus,<br />

production manager at Kastamonu Entegre,<br />

Gebze, who has seen how the production<br />

processes and quality demands have changed<br />

over the years.<br />

It has been essential for Kastamonu to grade<br />

and control every board, ensuring that they<br />

deliver the quality their customers demand and<br />

expect. The combination of high production<br />

speed, large boards and minimal errors is not an<br />

easy task for the human operator, and the use<br />

of digital inspection systems is now the solution<br />

for an effective and smooth-running production<br />

process.<br />

“Ten years ago there were no embossed-inregister<br />

(EIR) surfaces,” said Akkus, referring<br />

to EIR as a method used by manufacturers to<br />

create the appearance of wood grain similar to<br />

real hardwood. “With EIR, whether they are small<br />

batches and larger colour varieties in the panels,<br />

it is impossible for the human eye to detect all<br />

defects. In addition to this, production quantities<br />

increase while cycle time decreases. With high<br />

production capacity, undetected defects have a<br />

major impact. All these factors, combined with<br />

customers’ expectations for flawless quality,<br />

make automatic grading systems a trusted and<br />

integrated part of our production lines. Now we<br />

know that all the panels we sell and our export<br />

have the desired quality.”<br />


The Argos Automatic Grading System (AGS) is a<br />

computerised device with integrated cameras<br />

and lights. According to Argos, it captures<br />

images at “lightning speeds” and analyses the<br />

board’s surface quality live in the production<br />

line.<br />

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The AGS solution can control board sizes from<br />

small components to large master panels and<br />

works at production speeds of up to 150m/min.<br />

It generates up to 35-megapixel images to find<br />

small defects on a large surface. A recipe set-up<br />

allows the quality control (QC) management to<br />

tailor the sensitivity of the system and specify<br />

any number of quality standards based on<br />

product, applications, market, or customer.<br />

The system inspects every panel before it either<br />

leaves for the customer or moves up in the<br />

value-adding chain and enables the producer<br />

to maximise the quality without sacrificing<br />

customer satisfaction.<br />

Argos’s MFC grading systems also handle<br />

demanding surroundings in the production<br />

facility. In addition to precise grading of the<br />

panels, the system’s software provides statistical<br />

data, error reports and relevant information<br />

to the entire production line. The collected<br />

data enables further enhancements for the<br />

production process. When additional systems<br />

are being installed on other sites, the different<br />

production facilities will be able to exchange<br />

information and experiences.<br />

“There are many advantages with the Argos<br />

system. We know that we get the quality we<br />

request. It is no longer possible to rely 100%<br />

on the human eye for MFC grading. With an<br />

automatic grading system, we can adjust the<br />

requirements based on the input we get from<br />

our customers. We are not able to calibrate our<br />

operators in the same way,” said Akkus.<br />


Argos felt they had the expertise, knowledge,<br />

and experience to provide Kastamonu Entegre<br />

with the ideal grading system, knowing that<br />

the Turkish company was looking to optimise<br />

their production, and they reached out to offer<br />

cooperation. This resulted in the installation of<br />

an automatic grading system for their melamine<br />

faced medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and<br />

particleboards in Gebze.<br />

“Our first project together with Kastamonu<br />

Entegre in Gebze was a success,” said<br />

Gotfredsen. “Kastamonu Entegre has been both<br />

professional, proactive, and very supportive<br />

when it comes to cooperating and finding the<br />

best solutions for the factory and the operators.<br />

MFC grading is a demanding task for the human<br />

eye. It is difficult to detect faults on large boards<br />

and that is one of the reasons why we need to<br />

provide solutions that the operators and the<br />

company can trust.”<br />

For Argos, it is the opportunity to develop,<br />

innovate and grow together with their<br />

customers and partners that makes a solid<br />

foundation for success. Previous collaborations<br />

with companies such as Egger, Uniboard and<br />

Pfleiderer have resulted in innovations and<br />

improvements that have benefitted their quality<br />

inspection.<br />

“Our cooperation with Argos has been very<br />

good,” said Akkus. “A customer-supplier<br />

relationship such as ours will not work well<br />

without close cooperation, and I believe that we<br />

will continue to develop the system to be better<br />

together. When we suggest improvements,<br />

Argos is always positive to support and discuss<br />

our feedback. Their experiences from quality<br />

grading at some of the world’s largest panel<br />

producers have been very valuable for our<br />

production and focus on quality inspection.”<br />


Currently, Kastamonu Entegre has one Argos<br />

system in operation, but they have placed<br />

orders for several additional systems. The two<br />

companies have also started a cooperation that<br />

will be a breakthrough for a new segment in the<br />

Argos grading portfolio.<br />

“Both operators and management have<br />

learned that the Argos systems are helping and<br />

improving our products. The system does not<br />

replace our employees, it enables us to use our<br />

resources better. It also enables us to define<br />

the acceptable quality level from management<br />

and not leave this responsibility to different<br />

operators, securing a consistent and reliable<br />

grading that is not dependent on human<br />

variables,” said Akkus.<br />

Gotfredsen concluded: “This cooperation is<br />

beneficial for both of us, and we strongly believe<br />

that this will provide Kastamonu Entegre with<br />

increased flexibility, higher performance, and<br />

a better user experience for the operators. The<br />

system we are developing together has so far<br />

delivered above and beyond expectations. We<br />

are confident that this new addition can beat<br />

any competitor in the field.” P<br />

1 2<br />

Legend<br />

1 The AGS can capture images at reportedly “lightning speeds” and analyse the board’s surface quality live in the production line<br />

2 The AGS Solutions can control board sizes from small components to large master panels<br />

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Wintersteiger delivers<br />

repair system for<br />

large panels<br />

Wibeba-Holz, an Austrian<br />

hardwood specialist, has deployed<br />

Wintersteiger’s TRC Panel 2000 to<br />

handle furniture panel repairs fully<br />

automatically on both sides and with<br />

large panel dimensions. The new<br />

TRC system can lift weights of up to<br />

150kg, making panel handling easier<br />

while freeing up personnel resources<br />

for other tasks. The system repairs<br />

60,000m 2 per year, primarily oak.<br />

The TRC Panel 2000 was developed<br />

for Wibeba-Holz with a little detour.<br />

Wolfgang Sunk, CEO of Wibeba-Holz,<br />

explained: “When looking for a way to<br />

automate our repair processes, I came<br />

across Wintersteiger. Originally, the<br />

scanner could not scan panel widths<br />

of 1,300mm, so at first, we pursued a<br />

semi-automatic solution. Throughout<br />

our cooperation, Wintersteiger<br />

was able to develop a solution for<br />

these panel dimensions. The new<br />

system is perfectly tailored to our<br />

requirements.”<br />

Despite the panel size — with lengths<br />

up to 3m and widths up to 1.25m<br />

— the TRC Panel 2000 is a compact<br />

system. It features a turning unit and<br />

repairs the panels on both sides: After<br />

scanning and repairing the front, the<br />

vacuum gripper turns the panel 180°<br />

to process the back.<br />


HEADS<br />

With the TRC Panel 2000, the repair<br />

process starts with the panel being<br />

scanned. The scanner scans the entire<br />

panel in one sweep. As soon as it is<br />

finished, it sends the data to the two<br />

injection heads and the defects are<br />

repaired in a high-pressure injection<br />

process. Only the volume calculated<br />

by the scanner is filled into the crack or<br />

knothole; the surrounding grains of the<br />

wood are not processed. Once the front<br />

of the panel is completed, the turning<br />

unit turns the panel 180° and the back<br />

undergoes the same process.<br />

To a limited extent, the TRC Panel 2000<br />

can also repair fully penetrating defects<br />

such as knotholes. The repairs can<br />

be made in various material colours.<br />

It is possible to carry out remote<br />

maintenance of the TRC system via the<br />

Internet.<br />


Wintersteiger developed the “Faulty<br />

Spot Eye” defect scanner, especially<br />

for wood surface repairs. In contrast to<br />

conventional scanners, the dimensions<br />

are calculated based on height<br />

differences in a laser triangulation<br />

process. This involves the use of<br />

algorithms and filters developed by the<br />

company.<br />

This specialty makes the scanner unique<br />

because the evaluation is not based on<br />

database comparisons with samples:<br />

All defects are calculated for each panel<br />

from scratch, with the “Faulty Spot Eye”<br />

working quickly and precisely for optimal<br />

The TRC Panel 2000<br />

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results. It detects defects from a size of<br />

0.5mm, such as knothole diameter and<br />

cracks width, and the scanner works<br />

at a speed of approximately 680mm/s.<br />

Additionally, the scanner can be used<br />

for quality checks, with a final scan<br />

performed after the repair process.<br />

The interplay between scanner<br />

technology, high-pressure injection,<br />

and temperature regulation of the<br />

filling material for optimal flow<br />

behaviour ensures optimal panel<br />

repairs. Applicable for furniture panels,<br />

solid wood boards, and multilayer<br />

boards, the system can also take care<br />

of the transport and handling of panels<br />

weighing up to 135kg, with a stacked<br />

weight of up to 2,000kg.<br />

1<br />



When asked what the main benefits of<br />

the new system were, Sunk answered:<br />

“The accuracy of the scanner, which is<br />

the defect detection, and the quality<br />

of the repairs are both excellent. The<br />

system works around the clock with<br />

unwavering precision, which means the<br />

quality always remains constant. The<br />

TRC system works fully automatically,<br />

and we were able to reshuffle our<br />

work processes. We used to have 2-3<br />

employees assigned to filling.”<br />

Besides saving personnel resources,<br />

filling material savings are another<br />

bonus. Sunk estimates that at least<br />

“50% too much filling material was<br />

applied” previously with regards to<br />

material wastage. With the TRC system,<br />

the defect scanner precisely measures<br />

the affected area and calculates the<br />

amount of filling material. This exact<br />

volume is then injected into the defect<br />

at high pressure and high precision.<br />

The high standard of quality is one of the<br />

constants in the success of Wibeba-Holz,<br />

alongside availability and the ability<br />

to deliver. “Customers must be able to<br />

rely on a company long term, and we<br />

prove that every day,” concluded Sunk<br />

about his view on the future of the wood<br />

processing industry. P<br />

2<br />

3<br />

Legend<br />

1 (From left) Andreas<br />

Gruber, software<br />

developer at<br />

VAP-Wintersteiger,<br />

and Wolfgang Sunk,<br />

CEO of Wibeba-<br />

Holz, with the TRC<br />

Panel 2000<br />

2 Defects from a size<br />

of 0.5mm, such as<br />

knothole diameter<br />

and crack width,<br />

can be filled in a<br />

material-saving way<br />

3 The scanner scans<br />

the entire panel in<br />

one sweep<br />

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Non-contact release<br />

agent application on<br />

multi-daylight presses<br />

For a cleaner working environment and increased board quality,<br />

water and release agents are applied before the press, resulting in<br />

various advantages for panelboard production.<br />

The use of release agents in powder form<br />

is maintenance-intensive and often leads<br />

to dust. The application of water and<br />

release agent offers an alternative which<br />

can increase the quality of production<br />

and speed it up.<br />

Water or water combined with the<br />

release agent will be applied in a precise<br />

and repeatably even manner across the<br />

mat. The water transports the heat from<br />

the press more quickly, deeply and<br />

evenly through the mat and reduces the<br />

press time. Additionally, the agent will<br />

ensure a smooth and fast release from<br />

the forming and the press belt. Even<br />

if there is minor damage to the belts<br />

there will be no sticking, as claimed<br />

by Weko. The application of fluid will<br />

adapt to the machine’s speed, and only<br />

the desired amount will be applied to<br />

the mat.<br />

With water, the fibres will be smoother<br />

and more flexible, and it will be easier<br />

to press the fibres homogeneously.<br />

This results in a higher board density<br />

on the top and bottom, and therefore<br />

a higher bending strength with a<br />

release agent.<br />

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Weko reported that the results of<br />

their research with German research<br />

facility Buesgen Institute showed<br />

that all variants in which the fibre<br />

mat was moistened before pressing<br />

have higher bending strengths than<br />

the unmoistened references. A high<br />

surface density should therefore<br />

result in high bending strength.<br />

The fluid will be first applied<br />

onto the forming belt before the<br />

forming station and will transfer<br />

the moisture to the mat core. The<br />

second unit with a high regulation<br />

device is usually located behind the<br />

pre-press and applied onto the mat<br />

surface with the height regulation<br />

device.<br />

Spray disks, or rotors, are arranged<br />

side by side in the rotor carrier.<br />

They are supplied with the desired<br />

amount of fluid, and multi-daylight<br />

presses will not pose a problem for<br />

the system. The rapid rotation of<br />

the rotors will produce a uniform<br />

flow of microscopically small<br />

droplets. The individual spray fans<br />

are side by side, thus providing<br />

uniform application.<br />

The Weko-FlowTec fluid supply<br />

unit has an integrated band filter<br />

which replaces itself when it<br />

is clogged and is ideal for 24/7<br />

production with low maintenance<br />

effort. Other benefits of the<br />

system include: an increase<br />

in press speed, higher surface<br />

density, improved surface density,<br />

minimal sanding required, longer<br />

sanding tool lifetime, smoother<br />

surface for easy lacquering, and<br />

is independent of existing water<br />

pressure.<br />

The system can be used on a<br />

range of products for thick, thin,<br />

small and large wood-based<br />

boards. Depending on the type of<br />

board, used material, thickness<br />

and other parameters, Weko’s<br />

fluid supply unit can reduce press<br />

time up to 30% and more, thus<br />

increasing productivity and board<br />

quality. P<br />

The Weko-FlowTec<br />

fluid supply unit<br />

uses a water-based<br />

release agent<br />


Traversing Area Weight<br />

Gauge<br />

High system availability<br />

(robust + low-maintenance system design)<br />


High measuring resolution +<br />

long life time of the X-ray tubes<br />

thanks „MultiEnergy“ Technology<br />

No re-calibration required!<br />



www.electronic-wood-systems.com<br />

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“An advanced economy<br />

with a strong tradition”:<br />

Biesse Group expands to Japan<br />

Biesse Group will be establishing a new premise in Osaka,<br />

Japan to strengthen its presence across the country.<br />

Daniele Campetella, managing director of Biesse Group <strong>Asia</strong><br />

and Biesse China, tells us more about it. By Yap Shi Quan<br />

Can you share with us the details for the<br />

launch of Biesse Japan?<br />

Daniele Campetella: Biesse Group entered the<br />

Japanese market approximately 25 years ago.<br />

Last year, we established Biesse Japan K. K. to<br />

strengthen our presence in the Japanese market.<br />

It is an incorporated company with a shared<br />

capital of 5 million yen, wholly owned by Biesse<br />

Group <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

We are in the middle of securing a premise<br />

in Osaka, Japan, as the permanent office<br />

and showroom. The official launch of<br />

Biesse Japan K. K. is expected to be between<br />

Q4 <strong>2022</strong> and Q1 2023, once the office and<br />

showroom in Osaka are ready. There is already<br />

a fully operating sales and service team that<br />

operates across Japan. With the expansion of<br />

Biesse Group’s business and network into Japan,<br />

the team will continue to grow to accommodate<br />

the market needs.<br />

What are Biesse’s expectations for the launch?<br />

Campetella: Japan is a very important market<br />

to Biesse Group. It is a country with huge<br />

potential that combines an advanced economy<br />

with a strong tradition, not just in wood<br />

processing but in the transformation of other<br />

materials as well.<br />

In this framework, Biesse Group, with over<br />

50 years of global experience in developing<br />

and manufacturing solutions to the service of<br />

an array of industries, can support processes<br />

transformation, provide technology, and<br />

help to increase efficiency, high standards of<br />

productivity and ultimately competitiveness.<br />

Why did Biesse decide to expand into the<br />

Japanese woodworking market?<br />

Campetella: For a company that achieves 80%<br />

of its consolidated turnover abroad, it is natural<br />

for Biesse Group to constantly look around<br />

for new market expansion opportunities and<br />

to strengthen its position. What makes Japan<br />

interesting to Biesse Group lies on the general<br />

evolution and transformation of an important<br />

industry, such as woodworking. We also see<br />

an ongoing shift of mindset and receptiveness<br />

towards new ways of working.<br />

Since Biesse Group stepped into the Japanese<br />

market through valuable partnerships with<br />

various local organisations, the company can<br />

no longer deny the significance of this market,<br />

with the aweing demand for technologies<br />

from the industries. Although the export<br />

trend is not substantial according to the data,<br />

wood product manufacturers have slowly<br />

started to venture overseas to seek export<br />

opportunities. In this respect, Biesse Group can<br />

support the manufacturers in enhancing their<br />

competitiveness in the global market, which<br />

ensures consistent quality, high productivity<br />

and efficiency through advanced technology<br />

and intelligent machines.<br />

In line with the objective mentioned earlier, a<br />

subsidiary was officially founded in Japan in<br />

March 2021 as a response to the industry and<br />

market needs.<br />

“By strengthening our presence in Japan, we aim to have an<br />

even better and unbiased insight into the local market, to<br />

look at it from a new perspective and to understand better<br />

the challenges our partners and customers are facing.”<br />

Daniele Campetella<br />

Managing Director<br />

Biesse Group <strong>Asia</strong> and Biesse China<br />

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Legend<br />

1 Biesse Group’s 25th<br />

anniversary with<br />

Tomoe International<br />

2 Biesse participated in<br />

Mokkiten Japan 2021<br />

1<br />

2<br />

What can Biesse offer to the local industry,<br />

and what do you foresee the Japanese<br />

woodworking industry can take away<br />

from this expansion?<br />

Campetella: Biesse Group is determined<br />

to help companies and manufacturers<br />

increase business growth and boost business<br />

operations by improving manufacturing<br />

efficiency and product quality, in order to<br />

enhance their competitiveness in both local<br />

and international markets.<br />

Being in the market for over two decades<br />

allows us to learn the Japanese way of<br />

thinking about the whole ecosystem.<br />

We saw Japan as a market with a lot<br />

of potentials, where we could propose<br />

improvements to the manufacturing<br />

process. Hence, living in the market closely<br />

will help establish a positive dialogue with<br />

all stakeholders, better adapt to the local<br />

needs and tailor our offer, as we want to<br />

focus on having the flexibility to meet<br />

customer needs and offer better support to<br />

our partners in Japan.<br />

By strengthening our presence in Japan,<br />

we also aim to have an even better and<br />

unbiased insight into the local market,<br />

to look at it from a new perspective and<br />

to understand better the challenges our<br />

partners and customers are facing. With<br />

years of experience in foreign markets,<br />

Biesse Group can offer our Japanese<br />

customers and distributors end-to-end<br />

solutions and services, based on each<br />

company’s needs.<br />

Can you describe Biesse’s current<br />

performance in <strong>Asia</strong> compared to the<br />

Western region, and what other plans<br />

does the group have for the region?<br />

Campetella: Generally speaking, the<br />

company passed through the storm quite<br />

well while facing multifaceted challenges<br />

caused by the pandemic in the past two<br />

years. Despite being scattered around the<br />

region, the business was well managed in a<br />

safe and healthy environment according to<br />

local regulations in different countries. This<br />

is all thanks to the team here in <strong>Asia</strong>, and<br />

<strong>2022</strong> is the glimpse of light at the end of the<br />

tunnel.<br />

Compared to the Western countries, the<br />

recovery in <strong>Asia</strong> is slower. On the other<br />

side of the world, the post-pandemic<br />

came earlier and this has given Western<br />

economies the advantage to pick up sooner<br />

and faster. The support from governments<br />

has also played a strong role in the<br />

economic recovery.<br />

Needless to say, the economy in <strong>Asia</strong><br />

is catching up soon, as is our industry.<br />

With the regulations loosened in most<br />

countries, I am confident that the market<br />

will eventually return to normal. As we can<br />

see now, the momentum is gaining pace.<br />

To ensure we have our skin in the game,<br />

we are ever ready to seize all possible<br />

opportunities. Biesse Group will further<br />

strengthen its presence in <strong>Asia</strong> and continue<br />

to expand the local teams around the<br />

region.<br />

Can you elaborate on how Biesse Group’s<br />

partnerships with the local players has<br />

helped the company to grow in Japan? What<br />

are your hopes for these partnerships?<br />

Campetella: Biesse Group in Japan always<br />

has knit collaborations with the local business<br />

community of the industry. In the past 20-over<br />

years, we have worked with various companies<br />

who have directly and indirectly contributed to<br />

our success in Japan today, and we have indeed<br />

developed a solid sales network with many<br />

partners across the country.<br />

Tomoe International is a strong partner of<br />

Biesse Group. We have just marked the 25th<br />

anniversary with Tomoe, and I am happy to<br />

say that the partnership continues to grow<br />

stronger. The establishment of Biesse Japan is<br />

the result of this long-standing partnership and<br />

the good work done together over the years.<br />

Shinx is another company whom Biesse has<br />

built a good relationship with over the years.<br />

The collaboration brought both companies<br />

interesting experiences and positive results in<br />

sales, market expansion, brand reputation and<br />

brand experience. Besides Tomoe and Shinx, the<br />

list of partners whom we truly value goes on.<br />

We will continue to grow our partnership<br />

network as part of our business development<br />

plan. My ambition is to keep strengthening<br />

Biesse Group’s business network across the<br />

country. Our goal for Japan is clear, and I am<br />

counting on these partnerships and our team<br />

towards greater success in the coming years.<br />

Having our facilities in Japan will add value to<br />

both Biesse Group and its business partners. P<br />

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woodStore 8: Smart<br />

storage software for<br />

higher transparency<br />

If the suction cross rail is the<br />

heart of a HOMAG storage system,<br />

then woodStore is the brain. The<br />

intelligence and efficiency of a storage<br />

software is demonstrated by how<br />

transparent the flow of information<br />

and materials it achieves within a<br />

company. In this regard, woodStore 8<br />

by HOMAG sets new standards.<br />

The latest intelligent storage<br />

management system from HOMAG<br />

links the ordering process with order<br />

processing more closely than before,<br />

automatically detects and analyses in<br />

and outgoing movements, manages<br />

materials through to panel off-cuts,<br />

and controls the flow of material under<br />

ongoing self-evaluation.<br />

Such optimal transparency is key<br />

to effective process optimisation.<br />

According to HOMAG, woodStore 8<br />

ensures that users have and can use<br />

this key feature more effectively than<br />

before. In contrast to its predecessor,<br />

it also boasts several features that<br />

improve storage management and<br />

material management. woodStore<br />

8 is easier to use than its preceding<br />

versions and makes more logical use<br />

than mobile solutions and networked<br />

operations.<br />

This includes, for example, the<br />

option to link two adjacent but<br />

physically separated storage systems<br />

and to connect a greater number of<br />

processing machines to each system.<br />

Furthermore, with woodStore 8,<br />

users can now use the storage<br />

return position up to 100% as a<br />

restacking position. This increases<br />

the capacity with random storage<br />

management, especially if the<br />

storage system is equipped with a<br />

few stack positions.<br />

The software links order<br />

management with job processing,<br />

management of materials down to<br />

panel waste, analyses movements,<br />

controls material flow and optimises<br />

material movements. The new<br />

version has adopted many of the<br />

selling points from previous versions<br />

while incorporating several new<br />

features.<br />

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For example, if the material composition<br />

of a job changes, the software moves<br />

the stored material around: Stacks that<br />

are required are automatically stored<br />

near the machine for quick removal,<br />

thus optimising the storage process.<br />

woodStore Analyzer also shows possible<br />

efficiency improvements in the storage<br />

facility, carrying out analysis per month,<br />

week, day or hour. It is a system for<br />

automatic evaluation of the analyses<br />

recommending courses of action. In<br />

this way, the analyser determines which<br />

board materials have to be disposed<br />

of or relocated based on the frequency<br />

of use. This is an example of how<br />

intelligent existing process data from a<br />

system can be used in a meaningful way.<br />

1<br />

Legend<br />

1 woodStore 8 is the<br />

brain of the storage<br />

system<br />

2 Smart connected<br />

system: complete<br />

integration of<br />

optimisation, saw<br />

and storage into<br />

one cutting-tosize<br />

system with<br />

standard interfaces<br />

that match<br />

3 Integrated decor<br />

selection: Decor<br />

images for a<br />

realistic display<br />

of the panels<br />

available in the<br />

storage<br />

One feature that has been developed by<br />

HOMAG for woodStore 8 is the ability to<br />

operate over Wi-Fi using a smartphone<br />

or tablet. Production duration,<br />

material equipment, job overviews or<br />

information about missing boards can<br />

then be accessed. This allows users<br />

to estimate when additional panels<br />

need to be transported from the block<br />

storage to the storage return position.<br />

The operator can then start the storage<br />

return process directly from the forklift.<br />

Using predefined barcodes, the operator<br />

scans materials, enters the number of<br />

plates to be stored and starts the storage<br />

process — conveniently and quickly<br />

using a mobile terminal.<br />

2<br />

The storage return position can now<br />

be used as a restacking position,<br />

which is useful for companies with<br />

smaller horizontal storage systems.<br />

Capacity also increases compared to<br />

random storage management. Smaller<br />

convenience functions have also been<br />

integrated. For example, the “cover<br />

function” for light-sensitive plates no<br />

longer needs to be started manually.<br />

Instead, it can be started automatically<br />

on a timed basis.<br />


With woodStore 8, HOMAG has<br />

increased the number of processing<br />

machines and storage return positions.<br />

Users can group their machines with a<br />

3<br />

separate production list for each, thus<br />

increasing efficiency. With the extended<br />

linking of multiple storage systems,<br />

users can have an automatic master<br />

data and production list comparison,<br />

cross-system manual offcut storage and<br />

prior removal from storage.<br />

Moreover, HOMAG reported that 100%<br />

of users’ storage return positions can<br />

be used as a restack position, and old<br />

plate stocks can be disposed quickly<br />

and easily. Users can manage their<br />

warehouse on the move with woodStore<br />

8, thus simplifying operation with a<br />

better overview and integration of<br />

the camera to support functionally. It<br />

automatically controls the covering<br />

of plates made from light-sensitive<br />

material. P<br />

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Mass production solution<br />

for furniture carcass<br />

KD cabinet double-width processing with maximum output<br />

Although customised furniture is prevalent<br />

today, finished furniture still arguably<br />

occupies an important place in the furniture<br />

market in many countries. Unlike the batchsize-one<br />

production mode of customised<br />

furniture, the size of one batch for finished<br />

furniture is large, and the processing<br />

method is relatively fixed, which has higher<br />

requirements on the production efficiency and<br />

processing quality. Moreover, it is necessary<br />

to minimise manual intervention, reduce<br />

the waiting time of boards transference<br />

and maximise efficiency to enhance the<br />

competitiveness of enterprises.<br />

During processing, sizing is generally done<br />

by a panel dividing saw, edgebanding by<br />

double-sided edgebanding machine, and<br />

drilling by a multi-row type drilling machine.<br />

Yet the edgebanding and drilling are the main<br />

bottlenecks for efficiency. Nanxing Machinery<br />

has launched a solution taking into account<br />

the quality, efficiency and stability of the<br />

mass production mode of finished furniture,<br />

which doubles the production capacity by<br />

edgebanding and drilling the double-width<br />

panel and splitting it into two at the back-end.<br />


The panel only needs to be edge-sealed on<br />

three sides since the end of the carcass panel<br />

against the wall need not be edge-sealed.<br />

Therefore, two groups of robots are used<br />

for feeding, corresponding to two tables<br />

for workpiece feeding, two infeed standby<br />

tables, two for base plate stacking, and two<br />

to wait for the base plate to roll out. After<br />

the robot feeds the boards on the conveyor<br />

roller in the long direction, it enters the NB825<br />

edgebander through the splitting device<br />

for the narrow plate to complete the edge<br />

sealing of the two longer sides. Then it turns<br />

90° to the NB826 double-ended edgebander<br />

to complete the edge sealing of the two<br />

shorter sides. The drilling is completed by<br />

the throughfeed multi-row type drilling<br />

workstation NDC742A×2. Then boards turn<br />

90° to be split into two parts along the long<br />

direction. Through plate combing and speed<br />

control, the boards would be out-fed by two<br />

sets of robots, corresponding to two sets<br />

of unloading table and two sets of standby<br />

table to complete the entire process.<br />

The maximum capacity of each robot is<br />

about 10 work cycles per minute. The<br />

maximum speed of the NB825 double-sided<br />

edgebander is 50m/min, and the NB826<br />

double-sided edgebander is 32m/min.<br />

After drilling the four-sided, edge-sealed<br />

double-width plate, the plate is split into<br />

two parts by the halving machine to become<br />

two pieces, thus doubling the efficiency.<br />

Moreover, the whole line is controlled by<br />

the supervisor, which saves the adjustment<br />

time as much as possible during batch<br />

switch. The calculation of the production<br />

capacity of each machine shows that the<br />

design production capacity is about 36-50<br />

workpieces per minute.<br />


Two sets of robots are used for feeding<br />

and blanking. In this line, the maximum<br />

production capacity of each robot is about<br />

10 working cycles per minute, totalling 20<br />

cycles per minute. When the plate width is<br />

narrow, the robot can grab two plate pieces<br />

side by side at a time, and the plate-dividing<br />

device on the conveying table can assemble<br />

the plates into a row. To minimise the<br />

waiting time, each robot is equipped with<br />

one workpiece feeding station and one for<br />

the waiting of workpiece feeding. When the<br />

plates in the current feeding station are used<br />

up, the robot can grab the plates in another<br />

waiting position at once.<br />

In addition, the line is also equipped with<br />

one set of the base plate stacking table, and<br />

one base plate outfeed table to roll out,<br />

which enables the plate to roll out timely and<br />

make up for the next, thus achieving minimal<br />

waiting time and seamless switching. The<br />

robot in the blanking part is the same. The<br />

plate-combing device can assemble a single<br />

row of narrow workpieces side by side,<br />

and the robot can grab two plates at a time<br />

for blanking. Compared to the traditional<br />

gantry-type feeding and blanking machine,<br />

the robot is more intelligent, flexible and<br />

easy to control, and has a lower error rate.<br />



For edgebanding, the line is equipped with<br />

double-ended edgebanders NB825 and<br />

NB826. The long side is first squared and<br />

sealed by NB825 and grooved for the boards’<br />

first and second sides, then being squared<br />

and sealed by NB826 for the third and fourth<br />

sides. The maximum speed of the NB825<br />

double-ended edgebander is 50m/min, and<br />

the NB826 double-sided edgebander with<br />

servo corner rounding is 32m/min. The steel<br />

upper-pressure beam and the heavy-duty<br />

rack with an integrated welding process<br />

ensure the stability and strength of the<br />

equipment under continuous and intensive<br />

production conditions. For squaring, the<br />

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hogging unit cooperates with the heat-treated<br />

steel track and chain with stop cams, which<br />

supports the particle plate and honeycomb<br />

plate.<br />

To ensure speed, neither of the two machines<br />

is equipped with the end-cutting unit. Only<br />

2-3mm tape overhang are left on the front- and<br />

rear-ends of the panel, and the NB876 servo<br />

controls the corner rounding and trims off the<br />

sidebands hanging from the front- and rearends.<br />

The Beckhoff controller used in the servo<br />

corner rounding makes the response speed<br />

faster and the tracking more accurate, ensuring<br />

both the speed and quality of the result. In<br />

addition, each processing mechanism adopts<br />

servo adjustment and is commanded by the<br />

supervisor, which reduces the waiting time for<br />

machine adjustment during the replacement of<br />

workpiece batches.<br />


The drilling workstation is connected by two<br />

sets of NDC742A, which have four drill rows<br />

at the top, seven drill rows at the bottom, and<br />

two horizontal rows. Drilling depth, drilling row<br />

movement and rear positioning are all servo<br />

controlled to ensure speed and precision. There<br />

are two processing modes for the two machines<br />

connected: one is the synchronous processing<br />

mode by the two machines — that is, the two<br />

machines can process two pieces of the same<br />

workpiece simultaneously — and the other is<br />

the two machines cooperating to process one<br />

workpiece.<br />

can increase the plate conveying speed to 110-<br />

120m/min, which matches the speed of the CNC<br />

drilling machine, and it can control the rhythm<br />

of the plate entry when the two machines are<br />

processing two workpieces simultaneously.<br />

The rear of the front-end variable speed table<br />

is equipped with a pressure roller mechanism<br />

to ensure the plate can enter the CNC drill row<br />

smoothly. The variable speed table at the backend<br />

reduces the speed of the plate and better<br />

matches the rear discharge table. This design<br />

not only ensures a smooth transition but also<br />

fully releases the production capacity of the<br />

CNC drilling machine, which is better matched<br />

with the production capacity of the edgebander<br />

at the front end.<br />

The average speed is 20-30 parts per minute<br />

depending on different drilling patterns, with a<br />

maximum speed reaching 30 parts per minute.<br />

Double holes are drilled along this drilling<br />

workstation on the double-width plate, and<br />

production capacity is doubled after splitting<br />

the board into two on the halving device.<br />

1<br />


The efficiency of the line is doubled by<br />

making the bisection saw split the edgesealed<br />

and drilled plate into two, so that<br />

the four-sided sealed plate is cut into the<br />

required two pieces, with the three sides<br />

sealed.<br />

Nanxing Machinery offers a mass<br />

production solution by double-width<br />

processing and splitting into two boards.<br />

The supervision is PC-based with the<br />

machine and the sensing device on the<br />

automatic equipment provides real-time<br />

monitoring and feedback on the plate,<br />

thus enabling the line to be connected,<br />

regulated and commanded through the<br />

master control to improve the adjustment<br />

speed during batch replacement. It doubles<br />

output while ensuring quality and stability,<br />

providing finished furniture manufacturers<br />

with cost-effective solutions for the mass<br />

production of the furniture carcass, and<br />

enhancing their competitive advantage. P<br />

A variable speed table is also added at the<br />

front and rear. The front variable speed table<br />

Legend<br />

1 The NB826 servo corner rounding<br />

2 The NB825<br />

2<br />

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American red oak in the new<br />

Umm Al Quwain Free Trade<br />

Zone Authority Headquarters<br />

NIU blends materiality with spatial programming to deliver<br />

a stimulating but visually appealing interior.<br />

the suspended floor-to-ceiling oak<br />

elements add drama and elegance to<br />

the area, but they also serve to create<br />

partitions and divide the space while<br />

maintaining an open-plan concept.<br />

In addition, the louvred oak provides<br />

visual privacy and sound absorption.<br />

The centrepiece is a<br />

3.5m-high element<br />

suggesting an<br />

ancient tree<br />

NIU, a multi-disciplinary boutique<br />

design studio based in Dubai, has<br />

unveiled the interiors of the new Umm<br />

Al Quwain Free Trade Zone Authority<br />

Headquarters. The studio was tasked<br />

with designing a space that has a fresh,<br />

simple, and friendly environment with<br />

as many natural elements as possible<br />

to welcome stakeholders into the three<br />

main floors of the office.<br />

The design phase started in September<br />

2020 and ended in May 2021, in the<br />

middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

Because of this, the design had to<br />

include specific details for the safety of<br />

guests and employees. The challenge<br />

was to create a stimulating but visually<br />

appealing interior around the already<br />

existing structural columns that could<br />

allow visitors to maintain their social<br />

distancing and comply with flow<br />

guidelines, within the limited space.<br />

The architects considered natureinspired<br />

elements, and so they decided<br />

to use timber slats. Taking advice from<br />

the American Hardwood Export Council<br />

(AHEC), American red oak was used to<br />

create louvres to conceal the structural<br />

columns, but also to provide discreet<br />

lighting and suggest separate areas<br />

while maintaining open sightlines. The<br />

centrepiece is a 3.5m-high element<br />

suggesting an ancient tree.<br />

According to the architects, the existing<br />

floor plan was shaped like a segment<br />

of a ring, which further increased<br />

the design challenge. Not only do<br />

A customised seating area was also<br />

constructed at the base of the tree<br />

trunk and spread about in pebbleshaped<br />

pouffes. In addition, solid and<br />

veneered oak louvres were used to add<br />

interest and dimension to the glass<br />

façades of the closed meeting rooms.<br />

The area is flooded with daylight due<br />

to the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall<br />

windows on the two sides. At the<br />

main entrance, the double height<br />

8m-high ceiling of the main reception<br />

and information desk makes a bold<br />

statement in white Corian.<br />

“In our projects we pay a lot of attention<br />

to the issue of sustainability, for this<br />

reason, we like to consider this material<br />

for its qualitative aspects both from an<br />

aesthetic and technical point of view,”<br />

said Giorgio Palermo, founder of NIU.<br />

“A natural material capable of creating<br />

a visual and tactile relationship with<br />

the users of the space in which it is<br />

used. From the design point of view,<br />

in this specific project, it was used<br />

to create elements of organic shape<br />

to emphasise the very origin of the<br />

material in nature.”<br />

Commenting on the decision to use<br />

American red oak, the architects said:<br />

“The particular natural colour and<br />

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veins of this species were selected and<br />

incorporated into the project since<br />

the concept design and it remained<br />

a characterising element of the<br />

project, giving it a plus value highly<br />

appreciated by the customer and<br />

above all by the users of the space.”<br />

According to AHEC, American red oak<br />

has a distinctive grain, and the wood<br />

is not always red. Generally, the<br />

sapwood of red oak is light brown,<br />

and the heartwood is often pinkish<br />

to reddish brown. American red oaks<br />

have good overall strength properties<br />

relative to weight, and thus its main<br />

uses are for furniture, flooring,<br />

doors, and certain construction<br />

applications.<br />

1<br />

To manage traffic flow and also<br />

comply with COVID-19 guidelines, the<br />

white Carrera marble floor links the<br />

main entrance to the rear door and<br />

elevators. Adding some contrast, a<br />

few of the structural columns were<br />

rendered in ceramic. In addition, NIU<br />

specified a sustainable carpet made<br />

from recycled plastic bottles, which<br />

adds soundproofing and underfoot<br />

comfort to the seating areas.<br />

The earthy ambience stretches to<br />

the mezzanine and first-floor levels<br />

where windows flood the interior<br />

with daylight. In the 50 square metre<br />

conference or multi-function room,<br />

there are a few chairs that replicate the<br />

slat motif, and as part of the natural<br />

ambience, numerous plants are found.<br />

Finally, the walls are painted in shades<br />

of sky-blue and green, giving the space<br />

a natural and calming ambience.<br />

“For this project, the amount of red<br />

oak that was used equals two full 40-<br />

foot containers, which is around 2,300<br />

cubic feet. This means that 69.5 metric<br />

tonnes of CO2 were kept out of the<br />

atmosphere as part of carbon capture<br />

feature, and with a replacement rate<br />

in the US hardwood forest, through<br />

natural regeneration, of just 68<br />

seconds,” concluded Roderick Wiles,<br />

regional director at AHEC. P<br />

2<br />

3<br />

Legend<br />

1 Solid and<br />

veneered oak<br />

louvres were<br />

used to add<br />

interest and<br />

dimension to the<br />

glass façades<br />

of the closed<br />

meeting rooms<br />

2 Chairs in multifunction<br />

rooms<br />

that replicate the<br />

slat motif<br />

3 American red<br />

oaks have good<br />

overall strength<br />

properties<br />

relative to weight<br />

and can be used<br />

for construction<br />

purposes<br />

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Artificial neural networks<br />

changing wood recycling<br />

With over 15 years of experience<br />

in wood-based solutions and<br />

production, Jose Matas joined<br />

Tomra Recycling as segment<br />

manager in 2021 to advance<br />

the material recycling and<br />

circularity of waste wood for<br />

the panelboard industry. His<br />

international experience with some<br />

of the world’s largest wood-based<br />

producers offers insights into<br />

the challenges and future of the<br />

industry.<br />

Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably<br />

making headline news everywhere,<br />

but what is behind this instrument,<br />

and what implications does it have for<br />

the wood-based panel industry and<br />

recyclers? Specialists in the AI field and<br />

players in the recycling industry are<br />

convinced that machine intelligence<br />

can help solve some of the panelboard<br />

industry’s biggest challenges. While AI is<br />

quite the buzzword today, it is nothing<br />

new. It has existed since the 1940s, but<br />

only with the emergence of personal<br />

computers and greater computing<br />

power has it taken on a completely<br />

different meaning. While we might<br />

not know it, we interact with AI daily:<br />

whether searching on Google, using<br />

navigation systems to find the fastest<br />

route to our destination, deploying<br />

robots to carry out mundane tasks, and<br />

more.<br />

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Thanks to AI, automated sorting systems<br />

are no stranger to the recycling industry.<br />

Optical sorters employed in recycling<br />

circuits have employed AI algorithms<br />

to sort materials for over 30 years and<br />

are now experiencing another wave of<br />

technological advancement with the<br />

use of deep learning. We are living in a<br />

moment of technological revolution,<br />

where AI-driven solutions become<br />

increasingly powerful and the tool to<br />

improve recycling performance. As for<br />

waste wood recycling, plant operators<br />

often face the challenge of scale. They<br />

need to recover as much recyclable<br />

waste wood as possible and create the<br />

purest material fractions to scale and<br />

meet the market’s demand. With deep<br />

learning technology, it is now even<br />

possible to detect and separate wood<br />

category types, such as processed<br />

wood and non-processed wood.<br />


AI can be defined as any technique<br />

that enables computers to mimic<br />

human intelligence, using logic,<br />

if-then rules, decision trees, and<br />

machine learning. Deep learning is a<br />

subfield of machine learning that can<br />

process large volumes of complex<br />

data, which is beneficial for sorting<br />

applications of heterogenous waste<br />

streams. Unlike machine learning,<br />

deep learning does not require active<br />

feature engineering and can extract<br />

additional characteristics from the<br />

picture, if trained with sufficient data.<br />

Considered a promising approach, it<br />

unites numerous concepts, delivering<br />

future-forward solutions for diverse<br />

sorting tasks:<br />

One of AI’s concepts is image<br />

classification, which allows a sorting<br />

machine to categorise what it sees<br />

in a picture, such as medium-density<br />


Deep learning technology works<br />

based on artificial neural networks<br />

that consist of artificial neurons.<br />

Grouped in multiple layers of different<br />

functions, artificial neural networks<br />

learn how to identify and classify<br />

objects. Deep learning can extract<br />

a hierarchy of features from raw<br />

input data and group it into different<br />

categories of data.<br />

To make use of deep learning in<br />

sensor-based sorting, our engineers<br />

train the network by exposing it to<br />

thousands of annotated images.<br />

Once a trained network receives<br />

information about an object scanned<br />

by the sensors, it uses the features<br />

extracted from the annotated images<br />

and connects them to the material,<br />

predicting what the scanned object<br />

can be.<br />

Recent breakthroughs in object<br />

detection are enabled by<br />

convolutional neural networks, a<br />

particular type of artificial neural<br />

network made of varying cascades of<br />

convolutional and pooling layers.<br />

The first layer type, also called the<br />

convolutional layer, extracts distinctive<br />

features from a scanned object. These<br />

features can be edges, textures or any<br />

other abstract object properties.<br />

The second layer type, or the pooling<br />

layer, condenses the image information,<br />

enabling subsequent convolutional<br />

layers to look at the bigger picture and<br />

detect additional features, like the<br />

shape of a whole object.<br />

After all relevant object features<br />

have been extracted by the first- and<br />

second-layer types, the last part of<br />

the neural network, which is the<br />

“fully connected layers”, assigns or<br />

classifies the object into a wood<br />

type.<br />

All layers can be combined and<br />

repeated as required to carry out the<br />

respective classification task and<br />

reach the desired result.<br />

Sebastian<br />

Solbach, team<br />

leader, application<br />

development deep<br />

learning at Tomra<br />

Recycling<br />

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Deep learning can<br />

extract a hierarchy<br />

of features from<br />

raw input data and<br />

group it into different<br />

categories of data<br />

fibreboard (MDF). Since the object’s<br />

position delivers crucial information<br />

for the classification and sorting<br />

decision, methods such as traditional<br />

image processing are applied to<br />

crop out objects before image<br />

classification.<br />

Another concept is object detection.<br />

Knowing that the picture contains a<br />

wood chip is not sufficient for a factbased<br />

and precise sorting decision. The<br />

machine also needs to know where the<br />

material is located on the conveyor belt.<br />

Object detection pinpoints the wood<br />

chip’s position on the belt.<br />

Semantic segmentation is another<br />

method that carries out pixel-level<br />

classification and delivers more<br />

detailed information on the object’s<br />

position. Since the wood chips are fed<br />

on the conveyor belt in bulk, they can<br />

easily overlap and negatively impact the<br />

classification and sorting decision.<br />

There is another approach called<br />

instance segmentation that demarcates<br />

targeted materials for high precision<br />

sorting. As a result, two overlapping<br />

objects of the same material class can<br />

be detected as individual instances.<br />



As noted in our previous articles,<br />

recycling waste wood is a business<br />

opportunity and means to mitigate<br />

the environmental impact of using<br />

primary resources. Once waste<br />

wood is collected, it undergoes<br />

a purification process to remove<br />

unwanted materials, such as stones,<br />

metals, or inert materials using<br />

x-ray sorting technology. The clean<br />

woodchips can then be further sorted<br />

by material type according to the<br />

operator’s requirements.<br />

Today, operators have a choice of<br />

various sorting methods ranging in<br />

size, efficiency and initial costs. The<br />

most effective, scalable and flexible<br />

solution combines technologies to<br />

generate the purest wood fractions.<br />

Unlike conventional sorting methods,<br />

the combination of the near-infrared<br />

(NIR) and deep learning technologies<br />

enables ideal performances in sorting<br />

accuracy and purity levels. With<br />

sensors and artificial neural networks,<br />

the sorting system is trained to<br />

distinguish different material types,<br />

such as processed wood and nonprocessed<br />

wood. Since only the<br />

purest non-processed wood fractions<br />

are suitable for the production of<br />

particleboards made of recycled<br />

content, separating wood by type<br />

is a step in modern particleboard<br />

manufacturing and wood recycling<br />

plants.<br />


The performance of deep learning<br />

technologies is based on artificial neural<br />

networks. Trained with thousands<br />

of object images that can usually be<br />

found in the waste stream, artificial<br />

neural networks hold a pool of object<br />

information they draw on when<br />

detecting and separating materials.<br />

Based on the annotated data, the<br />

system recognises patterns and<br />

properties of individual wood chips and<br />

connects this information with data<br />

scanned by sensors. Wood chips are<br />

then categorised by material type and<br />

separated according to the customerdefined<br />

sorting task.<br />

Deep learning-based systems offer more<br />

flexibility to the operator, allowing them<br />

to choose the types of materials they<br />

like to target in the sorting process.<br />

For example, MDF and plywood can<br />

be recovered from processed wood.<br />

Operators can take advantage of the<br />

sorting flexibility to recover more types<br />

of recyclable materials and create new<br />

revenue streams.<br />

In conclusion, combining advanced<br />

NIR systems and deep learning gives<br />

particleboard manufacturers and<br />

wood recyclers a competitive edge in<br />

optimising their operation and reducing<br />

the costs of limited and expensive<br />

primary materials. P<br />

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Photo Credit: LEITZ Toolings<br />

International<br />

Wood & Woodworking<br />

Machinery Expo<br />

20-22<br />

NOV<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />




Ministry of Plantation Industries<br />

and Commodities (MPIC)<br />

Endorsed by:<br />

Malaysian Timber Industry<br />

Board (MTIB)<br />

Malaysian Wood Industries<br />

Association (MWIA)<br />

Malaysian Panel-Products<br />

Manufacturers’ Association<br />

(MPMA)<br />

Malaysian Wood Moulding<br />

& Joinery Council (MWMJC)<br />

Malaysian <strong>Furniture</strong><br />

Council (MFC)<br />

The Timber Exporters’<br />

Association of Malaysia<br />

(TEAM)<br />

Association of Malaysian<br />

Bumiputra Timber & <strong>Furniture</strong><br />

Entrepreneurs (PEKA)<br />

For enquiry, contact us at:<br />

Pablo Publishing & Exhibition Pte Ltd<br />

+65 6266 5512<br />

williampang@pabloasia.com<br />

American Hardwood<br />

Export Council<br />

FrenchTimber<br />

Thai Timber Association<br />

Softwood Export Council<br />

Malaysian Timber Council<br />

+603 9281 1999<br />

info@malaysianwoodexpo.com.my<br />

Malaysian Timber<br />

Certification Council<br />

(MTCC)<br />

China Timber & Wood Products<br />

Distribution Association<br />

International Wood<br />

Product Association<br />

Guangdong Timber<br />

Industry Association<br />

Hong Kong Kowloon<br />

Timber Merchant<br />

Association<br />

Malaysian Woodworking<br />

Machinery Association (MWMA)<br />

Thai Hevea Wood<br />

Association<br />

The Federation of<br />

Thai Industries


1<br />

Tokyo University of<br />

the Arts International<br />

Exchange Centre<br />

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Location:<br />

Tokyo, Japan<br />

Floor area:<br />

1494m 2<br />

NLT/Steel hybrid<br />

portion area:<br />

346m 2<br />

Developer:<br />

Tokyo University of the Arts<br />

Architects:<br />

Maeda Construction<br />

Efforts are spearheaded by Canada<br />

Wood Japan to integrate naillaminated<br />

timber (NLT) technology<br />

into the International Exchange<br />

Centre building at the Tokyo<br />

University of the Arts, in an NLT<br />

demonstration project in Japan<br />

where timber panels are utilised on<br />

the third, fourth and fifth levels.<br />

2<br />

Located in the heart of the Ueno<br />

Campus of Tokyo University of the<br />

Arts, the project is made possible<br />

with the joint effort by the Council<br />

of Forestry Industries, Japan<br />

2×4 Home Builders Association<br />

in obtaining Japan’s Ministry of<br />

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and<br />

Tourism (MLIT) quasi-fireproof NLT<br />

floor assembly approvals in 2020.<br />

Supported by funding from the<br />

Alberta government, the project is<br />

meant to showcase the potential<br />

of NLT use in improving building<br />

sustainability, cost-effectiveness<br />

and overall design compatibility<br />

in hybrid steel and wood frame<br />

structures.<br />

3<br />

Legend<br />

1 The in-progress International Exchange<br />

Centre building at the Tokyo University of<br />

the Arts<br />

2 NLT panels were prefabricated in a nearby<br />

factory and flat-packed to the construction<br />

site<br />

3 An NLT panel manufactured from planks of<br />

dimensional SPF lumber<br />

4 Planks are placed on their sides and nailed<br />

to each other to form NLT panels<br />

4<br />

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where they were erected in six weeks,<br />

according to Canada Wood.<br />

Once completed, a case study video<br />

report will be prepared to share with the<br />

broader construction industry which will<br />

cover topics such as the construction<br />

advantages of NLT, the effectiveness<br />

of sound and fire performance, and<br />

recommendations on installations.<br />

Japan’s building industry will benefit from<br />

lessons learned and key findings that can<br />

help drive wider NLT adoption in Japan’s<br />

fast-growing mass timber industry.<br />

Ongoing construction<br />

of the exchange<br />

centre. NLT panels<br />

are used for the third,<br />

fourth and fifth levels<br />

NLT is manufactured from planks of<br />

dimensional lumber, in most cases<br />

spruce-pine-fir (SPF), that are placed<br />

on their sides and nailed to each other<br />

to form panels. One of the key appeals<br />

of NLT for the Japanese construction<br />

market is its economic viability. NLT can<br />

be an attractive alternative to crosslaminated<br />

timber (CLT) with its ease of<br />

fabrication and installation that yield<br />

cost savings in materials and on-site<br />

labour.<br />

The fabrication process also does not<br />

require a dedicated manufacturing<br />

facility. In this project, the panels were<br />

prefabricated in a nearby factory and<br />

flat-packed to the construction site,<br />

The Canada Wood team has been<br />

working with Maeda Construction<br />

since 2019 to realise what is reportedly<br />

the first large-scale application of NLT<br />

construction in Japan. The project is<br />

scheduled to complete in October<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. P<br />

This article was first published on Canada<br />

Wood’s website and is reproduced here with<br />

permission.<br />

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Challenges in meeting<br />

global GHG emission<br />

reduction standards<br />

threatens species and ecosystems. For climate<br />

change mitigation, Malaysia aims to reduce<br />

GHG intensity emissions by 45% by 2030,<br />

compared to the emission levels in 2005. The<br />

most important goal of climate protection is to<br />

reduce energy consumption through increased<br />

energy efficiency while at the same time<br />

reducing non-renewable shares in the energy<br />

mix. The development of strategies to avoid<br />

negative environmental impacts affects all and<br />

therefore must also include the forestry sector.<br />

Inspiring the next “material revolution” by<br />

creating sustainable and high-performance<br />

materials from oil palm waste, Peter Fitch<br />

together with IOI have set up IOI Palm<br />

Wood to commercialise this untapped<br />

potential.<br />

Wood is a renewable product, but to enable<br />

the supply of wood, non-renewable materials<br />

are also necessary, which can have negative<br />

environmental impacts. The provision of wood<br />

is climate-friendly, and its use enables the<br />

substitution of fossil fuels or materials with<br />

higher negative effects on climate change such<br />

as plastics, aluminium, steel, or concrete.<br />

The concept of sustainability in the forestry<br />

sector should consider three dimensions of the<br />

whole forest wood supply chain: economic,<br />

environmental, and social. Avoiding negative<br />

environmental impacts in the manufacturing<br />

process of products and the provision of<br />

services is becoming increasingly important.<br />

In terms of the magnitude of the environmental<br />

impacts on forestry, assessments often focus<br />

on certain aspects, such as biodiversity, water,<br />

soil and air. In the last few decades, there has<br />

been a prevailing discussion about climate<br />

change and the increasingly critical attitude<br />

of consumers in terms of sustainability and<br />

mitigating climate change.<br />

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG)<br />

emissions tend to lead to an increasing<br />

annual average surface temperature, which<br />

In general, increased usage of wood as a<br />

renewable raw material is seen as part of the<br />

solution to mitigate climate change. However,<br />

it should be considered that non-renewable<br />

resources are used for the harvesting and<br />

supplying of wood to the industry and<br />

consumers, which does not allow the<br />

designation of wood as a 100% CO2-neutral<br />

product. Although studies have shown that the<br />

non-renewable share is low compared to the<br />

carbon storage of wood, holistic analyses of<br />

the total forest supply chain are important to<br />

demonstrate and reduce the non-renewable<br />

resources and thereby the environmental<br />

impacts for the supply of wood and the<br />

provision of wood products.<br />

For analysing the environmental impacts of<br />

products or services, the lifecycle assessment<br />

(LCA) method is a useful and well-known<br />

approach. Following the EN ISO standard<br />

14040 definition, an LCA is the “compilation<br />

and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and<br />

the potential environmental impacts of<br />

a product system throughout its lifecycle<br />

system”, assuming that the LCA is able to<br />

identify most of the environmental impacts.<br />

The impact on climate change is one of a<br />

manifold set of possible categories. Although<br />

LCA has its origin in industrial production<br />

systems, they are now also widely used in<br />

the forestry sector (Fig. 1).<br />

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Based Targets initiative (SBTi).<br />

Under this scheme, forests, land and<br />

agriculture have been identified as<br />

contributing nearly 25% of global<br />

annual GHG emissions. Moreover,<br />

forestry production is expected to<br />

double by 2050 to meet the demands<br />

of the world’s growing population.<br />

Fig. 1: Elements that<br />

contribute to GHG<br />

emissions<br />

The number of LCA studies for wood<br />

supply has increased in recent years.<br />

However, many of the LCAs dealt with<br />

the supply of fuel wood, and the number<br />

of studies covering the production of<br />

sawlogs, pulpwood, sawn timber and<br />

furniture is still small.<br />

The provision of raw material wood can<br />

be described as climate-friendly. Wood<br />

can replace fossil fuels or, in the case<br />

of material use, materials with a higher<br />

negative impact on climate change.<br />

However, these positive effects apply<br />

only if sustainable forest management<br />

is carried out and the carbon stocks in<br />

biomass, organic layers, and mineral<br />

soils do not decrease significantly<br />

over a longer period of time.<br />

The United Nations and other<br />

environmental non-governmental<br />

organisations (NGOs) are drafting<br />

standards and protocols for the<br />

measurement and definition<br />

of carbon and GHG reduction<br />

benchmarks. One such system which<br />

is gaining prominence is the Science<br />

Under these new standards it is<br />

proposed that there should be zero<br />

tolerance for deforestation, which has<br />

been defined as the loss of natural<br />

forests as a result of: conversion to<br />

agriculture or other non-forest land<br />

use; conversion to a tree plantation;<br />

or severe and sustained degradation.<br />

Changes to natural ecosystems that<br />

meet this definition are considered to<br />

be conversion, regardless of whether<br />

it is legal or not.<br />

If these standards and protocols<br />

are adopted universally it will be<br />

extremely difficult to increase<br />

the volume of sustainable timber<br />

material coming from recognised<br />

and established sources. This is<br />

where the opportunity to develop<br />

new and sustainable sources of<br />

quality raw materials arises, like<br />

palm wood (Fig. 2). P<br />

Fig. 2: Palm wood<br />

can be an alternative<br />

material for wood<br />

products<br />

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BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong><br />

After a two-year hiatus, BIFA Wood<br />

Vietnam <strong>2022</strong>, jointly organised by<br />

the Binh Duong <strong>Furniture</strong> Association<br />

(BIFA) and <strong>Panels</strong> & <strong>Furniture</strong> Group<br />

of wood magazines, is back to gather<br />

entrepreneurs, specialists and thought<br />

leaders together in Binh Duong,<br />

Vietnam, to explore the latest trends<br />

and machineries in the wood and<br />

woodworking industry.<br />

to the exhibition,” said Nyugen<br />

Liem, chairman of BIFA. “Similar<br />

to international wood industry<br />

exhibitions, this will certainly be a huge<br />

opportunity and a strong lever for the<br />

growth of the industry.<br />

“In the future, with the support from<br />

the Binh Duong provincial government,<br />

and the strong development of wood<br />

businesses today, BIFA Wood Vietnam<br />

<strong>2022</strong> promises to be a specialised<br />

exhibtion when expanding its scale.”<br />

According to Nguyen, Vietnam’s<br />

exports of wood and wood products<br />

in 2021 reached US$14.21 billion, a<br />

17.6% increase compared to 2020, in<br />

Held at the WTC Binh Duong New City<br />

Expo from 8-11 Aug <strong>2022</strong>, BIFA Wood<br />

Vietnam <strong>2022</strong> is an internal miniature<br />

market that aims to promote trade<br />

links between domestic and foreign<br />

enterprises. With visitors coming from<br />

as far as Italy, Germany, and Denmark<br />

and from neighbouring countries like<br />

South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China,<br />

as well as participating exhibitors<br />

supplying wood materials from the US,<br />

Canada, Europe, Australia and New<br />

Zealand, the exhibition is international<br />

and diverse in its visitor, exhibitor and<br />

product base.<br />

“Here, participating and visiting<br />

businesses will receive the true<br />

values they desire when coming<br />

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which Binh Duong, with more than 1,200<br />

enterprises operating in the wood industry,<br />

is the leading locality.<br />

Binh Duong’s value reached $6.12bn,<br />

accounting for 43% of the total export<br />

turnover of the country’s wood and wood<br />

products. As such, to suggest Binh Duong<br />

as “Vietnam’s furniture capital” is not<br />

far-fetched, and it is also why the province<br />

is the prime location to hold a wood and<br />

woodworking trade exhibition.<br />

“Here, participating and visiting<br />

businesses will receive the true values<br />

they desire when coming to the exhibition,<br />

similar to international wood industry<br />

exhibitions, this will certainly be a huge<br />

opportunity and a strong lever for the<br />

growth of the industry.”<br />

Nyugen Liem<br />

Chairman of BIFA<br />

BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong> will be a place of<br />

trade, connecting suppliers with potential<br />

customers, diversifying import and export<br />

markets and businesses looking for new<br />

markets. This takes into account the impacts<br />

of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the<br />

supply chain and face-to-face interactions<br />

are disrupted, which led to the wood<br />

industry making efforts to promote sales<br />

on e-commerce platforms to minimise the<br />

negative impacts to export activities.<br />

Nguyen added: “Meanwhile, many<br />

international buyers have also tended<br />

to trade in the Vietnamese market. The<br />

industry’s phenomenal growth has made<br />

Vietnam a formidable competitor, surpassing<br />

China as the world’s manufacturing power.”<br />

After the success of BIFA Wood 2018, in the<br />

context of adapting to the pandemic, BIFA<br />

Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong> is expected to return<br />

stronger and more professional. It aims<br />

to create trading opportunities between<br />

businesses, exchange information and<br />

the latest trends in the market, and create<br />

business cooperation to further deepen the<br />

chain of vertical links in the industry — from<br />

suppliers of raw materials and accessories<br />

to providing machinery and technology<br />

as well as manufacturers and trades<br />

providing opportunities for cooperation and<br />

sustainable development.<br />

During the four-day exhibition, the BIFA<br />

Wood <strong>2022</strong> will also host seminars on<br />

automation technology in the wood industry<br />

and the source of wood materials from the<br />

US and Europe. The event will house a total<br />

of 1,000 booths and is expected to attract<br />

more than 5,000 visitors.<br />

“This is a great trading session for visitors and<br />

exhibitors alike, with opportunities to unlock<br />

the business possibilities in Vietnam and the<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong>n region,” concluded Nguyen.<br />


Exhibiting companies include Nanxing<br />

Machinery, a manufacturer of computerised<br />

numerical control (CNC) equipment and<br />

edgebanders sold across the world; Cabinet<br />

Vision South East <strong>Asia</strong>, whose computer-aided<br />

design (CAD) / computer-aided manufacturing<br />

(CAM) software solutions are widely deployed<br />

in the woodworking industry; Jowat, a<br />

developer and supplier of adhesives used<br />

across various industries; and more.<br />

Read on to find out what some of the<br />

exhibiting companies will be featuring for BIFA<br />

Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2098<br />

which provides bevel milling with diamond<br />

forming milling cutters. Glue is applied on the<br />

board’s edge for smaller glue lines.<br />

Nanxing Machinery is presenting an array of<br />

machinery, from computerised numerical<br />

control (CNC) machining centres to<br />

edgebanders, as briefly described:<br />

The NPC330 is a panel dividing saw with a<br />

3.3m working width that fits most cutting<br />

requirements. The optimising software<br />

enhances the reliability of the machine.<br />

The NCG2812LED presents a multi-functional<br />

CNC nesting machine with automatic loading<br />

and unloading. It features a 9kW automatic<br />

tool changer (ATC) main spindle and one<br />

drilling block, plus a 12-slot ATC to meet<br />

complicated processing.<br />

The NCG2813E is a CNC machining centre<br />

with an entry-level nesting and top processing<br />

solution by four main spindles.<br />

The MJ1132F sliding table saw features a 3.2m<br />

cutting width, sliding table, and a body of longer<br />

service life.<br />

The NB7CG+PUR is an edgebanding machine<br />

with v-belt presser. With a maximum speed of<br />

up to 26m/min, it presents a fast switch between<br />

polyurethane reactive (PUR) and ethyl vinyl<br />

acetate (EVA) glue.<br />

An edgebanding machine for inclined edge, the<br />

NB5X is a solution for handleless cabinet doors,<br />

The NB5J is a compact function edgebander.<br />

The MF50S is a manual edgebanding machine<br />

with high flexibility for the edgebanding of free<br />

shape parts.<br />

With the NCB612D, six-sided drilling, top and<br />

bottom side grooving and routing can be done<br />

in one cycle. It also works together with the<br />

CNC to deliver high flexibility for batch-sizeone<br />

production.<br />

The NCB2806D side drilling machine pairs<br />

up with the CNC nesting machine to finish<br />

side drilling of cabinet cam fittings holes<br />

automatically by scanning the top-hole<br />

position.<br />

MJ1132F<br />

NCG2813E<br />

NB5J<br />

NPC330<br />

MF50S<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2007<br />


ALPHACAM is a computer-aided design<br />

(CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing<br />

(CAM) software for woodworking, metal<br />

and stone cutting, that aims to enhance<br />

productivity, reliability and flexibility. The<br />

CAM solution for manufacturers delivers<br />

efficient toolpaths and machine-ready<br />

G-code. The modules on the ALPHACAM<br />

include routing, milling, turning with twoto<br />

five-axis machining.<br />

All ALPHACAM modules are built using one<br />

core foundation which includes geometry<br />

creation commands. Import options for .dxf,<br />

.dwg, .iges and other solid model formats<br />

ensure compatibility with other CAD<br />

systems. All modules have user-defined tool<br />

and material libraries controlling machining<br />

parameters such as tool direction,<br />

automatic lead in and lead out, corner cut<br />

options such as straight, roll round or loop,<br />

G41/42 tool compensation, and automatic<br />

calculation of speeds and feeds.<br />

The Automation Manager allows 2D and<br />

3D CAD files along with solid models from<br />

third-party suppliers to be batch processed<br />

— from file preparation right through to<br />

applying toolpaths, with numerical control<br />

(NC) code being generated automatically.<br />

In addition, the file creates a full report<br />

structure, along with part labels and bar<br />

coding.<br />


CABINET VISION simplifies workflow for<br />

furniture, woodworking, or case good<br />

manufacturers of all sizes by using a<br />

single, fully-modular software package<br />

that covers design to manufacturing. With<br />

CABINET VISION, only necessary features<br />

are purchased. This allows the user to<br />

accommodate their software usage in<br />

line with their business, making CABINET<br />

VISION scalable and cost-effective.<br />

Enhanced usability simplifies and<br />

eases visualising and performing for<br />

a range of tasks, while responding to<br />

changing design requirements for both<br />

customised pieces and basic elements.<br />

Furthermore, CABINET VISION can<br />

convert designs into the information a<br />

user needs on the factory floor to manage<br />

the manufacturing process. With the<br />

parametric function, users can capitalise<br />

on previous designs by resizing elements<br />

without reprogramming. The result is a<br />

reproduction of designs and the reduction<br />

of both time-consuming processes<br />

and human error. CABINET VISION also<br />

Rendered design with Vortek Spaces<br />

support sales with features that include the<br />

production of reports that help customers<br />

understand and visualise the scope of<br />

services as well as the end product.<br />


Lastly, Vortek Spaces is a sales tool for<br />

design and professional presentations.<br />

With an interactive and immersive<br />

visualisation platform, customers can<br />

change the material on the floor, bench<br />

top, cabinet doors and take a walk through<br />

their design. Users can also use it as a<br />

marketing tool by uploading the design<br />

walkthrough to YouTube and sharing it<br />

on social media. Design professionals<br />

can use their CAD software to design their<br />

works, and use Vortek Spaces to present —<br />

through the form of live 3D walkthroughs,<br />

images, videos, 360 videos, virtual reality<br />

(VR) and more.<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: B2016<br />


Lignar Engineering provides dust control equipment and other<br />

pollution control solutions and equipment for the woodworking, fibrecement,<br />

mineral wool, and pulp and paper industries, with a focus in<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong>, South <strong>Asia</strong>, and China. It also develops and provides<br />

products to help its customers achieve their ESG and sustainability<br />

goals by reducing energy consumption, increasing performance, and<br />

providing employees with a safe and clean working environment.<br />

Lignar’s dust control systems are energy efficient and electric-saving,<br />

and allow for reportedly 24/7 continuous production capabilities. They<br />

also allow for minimal downtime, and their modularity allows for easy<br />

expansion of capacity. They are durable with low maintenance cost<br />

and effort, and are equipped with fire and spark detection systems for<br />

safety assurances.<br />

Dust control systems by Lignar<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2088<br />

With an array of working units to choose from, covering<br />

cutting, profile moulding, chamfering, sanding, drilling<br />

applications, and experience in material transfer<br />

automation for turnkey automatic lines, E-Chain<br />

Machinery is featuring the fully automatic double-ended<br />

tenoner, model ECT-88NC, which serves to reduce<br />

operator calibration time when switching from one job to<br />

the next.<br />

Fully automatic double-ended tenoner, ECT-88NC<br />

The tenoner features an AC positioning of top-pressure<br />

hold-downs and a movable side of the machine for<br />

the automatic setting of working width and working<br />

thickness; a numerical control (NC) servo positioning of all<br />

working units, including the horizontal and vertical axes,<br />

and of the infeed reference fence for the horizontal axis;<br />

and the HSK 63F tool interface, which has direct-driven<br />

high-frequency motors for the quick-lock or -release<br />

tooling changeover. It also features a user-friendly humanmachine<br />

interface (HMI) which allows for tooling offsets,<br />

and can be upgraded to feature recipe storage or to<br />

upload working parameters of up to 100 sets of tooling.<br />

Edgebander,<br />

ECE-500J<br />

E-Chain Machinery is also exhibiting its automatic and<br />

multi-functional edgebanding machine, model ECE-500J.<br />

Its design is optimal for the production of cabinet door and<br />

drawer.<br />

Leadermac, a Taiwan-based designer and<br />

manufacturer of woodworking machinery, is<br />

displaying its surface pre-working machine<br />

for the edge gluing of wood-based panels, the<br />

LMC723C(2M).<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: B2080<br />



The LMC723C(2M) achieves high productivity and<br />

efficiency with a continuous output. According to<br />

Leadermac, with a working height of 15-75mm,<br />

the machine uses a milling spindle to produce the<br />

high-friction surface, thus ensuring a longer lifetime<br />

and better quality of the edge-glue production. The<br />

top spindle defines the thickness and width first,<br />

before milling the surface with the trimming saw<br />

blade spindle installed within the machine. After the<br />

panels have been edge-glued, they can be used for<br />

producing edge-glued furniture, including tables,<br />

chairs, walls and counters, among others.<br />

LMC723C(2M), the surface pre-working<br />

machine for edge-glue manufacturing<br />

Leadermac is also showcasing a four-sided moulder,<br />

a four-sided moulder with infeed system, and G320B,<br />

an automatic cutter grinder.<br />

Trimming saw blade to mill the wood-panel<br />

surface<br />

The G320B<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2081<br />

Every company faces manpower<br />

issues, regardless of the industry. In<br />

the wood processing scene, not only<br />

do companies need enough workers<br />

to handle timber sawing, the workers<br />

must also be trained to handle<br />

procedures in case of equipment<br />

faultiness.<br />

MRS-340M2 + SKEW SMART<br />


This is where automation and smart,<br />

intelligent sawing equipment comes<br />

in with Kuang Yung’s MRS-340M2 +<br />

SKEW smart scanning movable saw.<br />

Compared to traditional single rip<br />

saws, the MRS-340M2 + SKEW delivers<br />

2-3 times higher productivity, and is<br />

able to handle around 180-250 boards<br />

in an hour. This results in a 7-10%<br />

increase in yield.<br />

The MRS-340M2 + SKEW is also able<br />

to join the wood panels directly<br />

after ripping. With minimal risks<br />

of the hazard of board kickback,<br />

operators can use the saw from a safe<br />

position. Furthermore, production<br />

can be optimised with a computer<br />

programme within the saw. The<br />

programme generates production<br />

report, production control and cost<br />

analysis, thus providing optimal<br />

value out of less inventory material<br />

preparation in smart production.<br />

MRS-450M3 + QUICK RIP<br />

The MRS-450M3 + Quick Rip is a heavyduty<br />

type with a wider cutting width<br />

of maximum 450mm. By applying<br />

three moveable saw blades, different<br />

widths of products can be completed in<br />

one cut. At twice the productivity and<br />

weight of the MRS-340M2 + SKEW and<br />

with the same software and auto-skew<br />

system, it delivers high efficiency and<br />

cutting optimisation.<br />

CFS-100<br />

An economical, compact and<br />

easy-to-use option, the<br />

CFS-100 is a<br />

semi-optimising,<br />

automatic cut-off<br />

saw designed for<br />

anterior stage<br />

wood preparation<br />

of fingerjointed<br />

lumber<br />

production.<br />

It offers a productivity load of 2-4<br />

times a traditional manual machine,<br />

according to Kuang Yung.<br />

CFS-200AB<br />

As Kuang Yung’s “most cost-effective”<br />

cut-off saw, the CFS-200AB features a<br />

control software with five cutting modes<br />

for fixed lengths, sequential, mark,<br />

waste minimisation, and prioritisation<br />

of optimum value. The cutting of A-<br />

and B-grade material is included, and<br />

remaining material may be reused.<br />

CFS-100<br />

MRS-340M2 + SKEW<br />

MRS-450M3 + Quick Rip<br />

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Conventional Dryer, Vacuum Dryer, Heat Pump Dryer & Dehumidifier<br />


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SEE YOU AT BIFA WOOD VIETNAM, 8 -11 Aug.<strong>2022</strong> , BOOTH No. B2009<br />

For sales inquiries, please email us - sales@tritherm.com, or visit www.tritherm.com , Tel : +65-68534270<br />

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Technik Associates’ DET-2000-H8MS doubleended<br />

tenoning and sanding series is equipped<br />

with edge moulding and profile sanding<br />

functions. There are two moulding units for<br />

edge profiling, belt profile sanding units with<br />

vibration for various profiles, and a roller-type<br />

sanding unit with automatic compensation for<br />

sanding edges.<br />

The DET-2000-H8MS combines moulding<br />

and sanding functions with two sides on one<br />

machine, instead of the traditional way of<br />

working where the workpiece needs to be<br />

profiled in one machine first before being<br />

sanded in another. The combination of<br />

moulding and sanding in one machine improves<br />

working efficiency, thus reducing manpower<br />

and processing time.<br />

Technik explains that the panel travels on a<br />

linear guideway to be parallel at x-axis, and<br />

the feed-chain track system, enhanced with<br />

a precision track linkage and mounted with<br />

dust-proof and free lubricated needle bearings,<br />

ensures the panel is parallel at y-axis.<br />

With various trends on click furniture and<br />

Välinge profiling necessitating different<br />

processing requirements, customisation is<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: B2095<br />

arguably the future trend for woodworking.<br />

According to Technik, the company is able<br />

to integrate clients’ standalone machines<br />

in their current factory into an automatic<br />

production line. Additionally, it is able to<br />

standardise processes, follow the single-minute<br />

exchange of die (SMED) principle to shorten<br />

the time needed for R&D, electrical design, and<br />

manufacturing, and modularise each spare<br />

part and component to ensure all machines<br />

are consistent with high quality. The purpose<br />

and functions of Technik’s machines are able<br />

to extend further accordingly to different<br />

demands.<br />

The machine is suited for processing panels<br />

used for wooden doors and kitchen doors.<br />


Cloud Kiln is a data-driven networked and<br />

automated timber drying control technology.<br />

Developed by Waygo and Tritherm, it allows<br />

for centralised kiln controlling and monitoring,<br />

drying data archiving and visualisation, remote<br />

monitoring, data statistics, and reporting via a<br />

cloud service and Telegram.<br />

The cloud-based Sacada Dryer Control (SDC)<br />

system is a plug-and-play system where all<br />

controlled components are prewired and<br />

plugged into the control panel. To modify an<br />

existing dryer, the customer has to replace<br />

the heating control valve, spray valves and<br />

vent actuator with feedback system. The<br />

timber dryer controller and electrical panel<br />

will also have to be changed. The system uses<br />

psychometric temperature measurements to<br />

determine humidity and equilibrium moisture<br />

content (EMC) of the chamber environment.<br />

all drying parameters in the form of plots; 24/7<br />

real-time notifications via Telegram; 60 preset<br />

drying programmes for various timber species<br />

and thicknesses, and reportedly unlimited userdefined<br />

programmes; the option to monitor<br />

power consumption and boiler operation; and<br />

real-time kiln operation and historical drying<br />

data, as available in the cloud service.<br />

Tritherm also provides annual subscription<br />

packages where members can feedback drying<br />

issues. In addition, the system keeps track of all<br />

important drying data and can provide reports<br />

on the typical drying time for a particular wood<br />

DET-2000-H8MS<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: B2009<br />

species, how many cubic metres of timber<br />

had been dried by each kiln, and the power<br />

consumed for drying each batch of timber.<br />

The company plans to set up small<br />

experimental dryers for developing special<br />

fast drying schedules, at a fee for members<br />

only. Should any dryer component be faulty,<br />

the member will be informed quickly without<br />

having to wait for the dryer manufacturer’s<br />

engineer to arrive to troubleshoot the problem.<br />

Customers can terminate the subscription<br />

should they decide that the system has not<br />

improved their operations.<br />

With Cloud Kiln,<br />

operators can<br />

control and<br />

monitor multiple<br />

kilns from the<br />

control room<br />

Some of the major benefits of the Cloud Kiln<br />

timber drying control system provides include:<br />

reduction of labour costs as an operator can<br />

control and monitor multiple kilns from the<br />

control room; recording of real-time trends of<br />

Cloud Kiln system in operation<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2015<br />

Jowacoll<br />

103.18<br />

Jowatherm 280.58<br />

Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) dispersion<br />

adhesives are classified into four<br />

durability classes, D1-D4, in accordance<br />

with EN 204 based on their resistance to<br />

water. Dispersion adhesives of the latest<br />

generation facilitate efficient bonding<br />

processes with low emissions at the<br />

workplace as well as from the finished<br />

product. Jowat supplies a portfolio with<br />

different adhesives for each durability<br />

class. The company’s portfolio provides<br />

products for interiors with relative<br />

humidity of less than 15%, for wet<br />

environments that have high humidity<br />

and short-term exposure to water, as<br />

well as for exteriors exposed to weather<br />

with protection from a suitable surface<br />

coating.<br />

Jowacoll 103.18 is a PVAc adhesive used<br />

for bonding hard and softwood species,<br />

and the flat lamination of wood-based<br />

materials which have to meet high<br />

requirements. The dispersion has been<br />

tested in accordance with EN 204/205 at<br />

the ift Rosenheim in Germany and meets<br />

D3 durability class. Jowacoll 103.18<br />

is characterised by good resistance to<br />

water and heat, and by easy processing.<br />

Jowacoll 103.18 can be applied<br />

manually by hand or using industrial<br />

roller applicators, and has fast drying<br />

and process times. Especially due<br />

to its high initial strength, it is used<br />

in a range of furniture and assembly<br />

bonding applications. It is manufactured<br />

in Malaysia according to German<br />

production standards to ensure short<br />

process and delivery distances.<br />

Jowatherm 280.58 is an edgebanding<br />

hotmelt known for its processing<br />

characteristics and bond strength.<br />

Transparent and crystal-clear in the<br />

melt, it provides colourless and opaque<br />

bond lines suited for dark décors or<br />

combinations of different décor materials.<br />

Jowatherm-Reaktant 607.50 is a<br />

polyurethane reactive (PUR) hotmelt for<br />

edgebanding with good initial strength,<br />

optimal flexibility at low temperatures,<br />

and good resistance to solvents. It has<br />

a pure white version, the 607.51, that<br />

adapts to current modern furniture<br />

designs.<br />

The Jowatherm-Reaktant 609.00 PUR<br />

hotmelt is applied to flat lamination, and<br />

has high green strength for substrates<br />

with high restoring forces. Its long open<br />

time allows flexibility in processing, and<br />

its flexible processing characters and<br />

stringing-free application allows speed<br />

feeds of up to 40m/min.<br />

Lastly, the Jowat 950.00 ureaformaldehyde<br />

(UF) resin is ideal<br />

for standard veneering and flat<br />

lamination of furniture and interior<br />

finishing. Its powder form is not only<br />

low in formaldehyde — and thus<br />

non-fossil, meeting requirements<br />

for CARB P2 – TSCA IV — it is also<br />

convenient for transport and storage.<br />

Jowatherm-Reaktant 607.50<br />

Jowatherm-Reaktant 609.00 Jowat 950.00<br />

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Innovator Machinery’s splicers use<br />

pressurised and heating mechanical<br />

structures, and thermosetting glue is used to<br />

bond veneer edges with no visible joint lines.<br />

In particular, the longitudinal veneer splicer<br />

with an integrated gluing system, VeneerPlus<br />

G1, removes the pre-gluing process. After the<br />

veneers are fed into VeneerPlus G1 and aligned<br />

by the synchronised infeed rollers, the veneers<br />

are conveyed to the singular gluing unit to glue<br />

the edges, then transported to the heating<br />

section for glue curing. The veneer gluing and<br />

splicing processes are accomplished within a<br />

single machine.<br />

Different from traditional “zig-zag” stitchers,<br />

Innovator’s butt-jointed longitudinal veneer<br />

splicers are ideal for processing high-quality<br />

glue-spliced veneer faces. The main advantage<br />

of butt-jointed splicers over “zig-zags” is<br />

to avoid thread marking and the<br />

opening gap of jointing line onto the veneer<br />

surface after veneers are pressed onto the<br />

board.<br />

“Zig-zags” use glue thread to put two veneers<br />

together, but in actuality, the two veneers are<br />

not jointed, just connected by glue thread. This<br />

results in an opening gap after being heated<br />

by the hot press. Additionally, users might still<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: B2082<br />

VeneerPlus G1<br />

see the jointing line after<br />

sanding. For buttjoint<br />

splicer,<br />

the machine<br />

applies glue<br />

on the veneer<br />

edges and sticks them<br />

together without<br />

overlap; as such, there<br />

will be minimal gap and visible<br />

line after pressing onto the board<br />

and sanding.<br />

Further features of the VeneerPlus G1 include:<br />

complying with European safety standards;<br />

has a cooling system for prolonging glue-pot<br />

life; allows easy adjustment and quick access<br />

of the integrated gluing system; has motorised<br />

driven infeed discs instead of traditional rollers<br />

for smoother infeed; and transporting chains<br />

of engineering plastics for reducing heat on<br />

veneers.<br />

BOOTH NUMBER: C1009<br />

Five-axis machining centre<br />





New MAS Woodworking Machinery & Equipment is a<br />

manufacturer of various kinds of woodworking machinery,<br />

covering 260 acres of land and plants. Since 1994, the company<br />

has produced more than 200,000 units of moulding machines and<br />

saws of various kinds. The company has also established a longterm<br />

collaboration platform with technology universities, working<br />

and researching on issues from field testing of new products to<br />

operator and safety training programmes.<br />

NC double-sided four-spindle tenoner<br />

The team consists of more than 30 technicians and engineers<br />

with experience both in machine design and wood processing,<br />

with over 400 skilled workers and approximately 500 set quality<br />

manufacturing equipment, including 30 advanced numeric<br />

control (NC) metal and sheet metal processing machines like laser<br />

cutting, vertical and horizontal machining center. At BIFA Wood<br />

Vietnam <strong>2022</strong>, it is demonstrating a range of equipment, including<br />

a NC double-sided four spindle tenoner, a NC mortising machine,<br />

and a five-axis machining centre.<br />

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BOOTH NUMBER: B2095<br />

With 40 years of experience under<br />

its belt, Jun Shiau Machinery has<br />

its own brand, Sheng Shing Wide<br />

Belt Sander, that produces a range<br />

of light- and heavy-duty sanders.<br />

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

over the past two years, furniture<br />

manufacturing companies, which<br />

are labour-intensive in <strong>Asia</strong>, have<br />

stopped production due to pandemic<br />

prevention policies or infected staff,<br />

bringing up the problem of the<br />

reduction in manpower.<br />

In light of this, Jun Shiau began<br />

thinking about how to solve the<br />

manpower problem that customers<br />

are facing. Therefore, in the past<br />

two years it has promoted its top<br />

and bottom sander BSD + FSD for<br />

constant pass line. According to Jun<br />

Shiau, the bottom sander BSD goes<br />

with the table fixed sander FSD.<br />

Customers can install the conveyor<br />

table in between the sanders and<br />

connect the production line with a<br />

software to reduce the dependence<br />

on manpower, and users can match<br />

the automatic production line<br />

themselves.<br />


With a wide belt sander for sanding<br />

solid wood, jointed panels, and<br />

calibration, the SD series, which<br />

includes SD3130, offers customers<br />

with a working width standard from<br />

610-1,300mm; widths of 1,580mm<br />

and upwards can be requested.<br />

The two head series offers both<br />

roller types for general sanding.<br />

For sanders with three sanding<br />

heads, the third sanding head is<br />

a combination type in addition to<br />

the roller type, which is capable of<br />

calibration and fine sanding in one<br />

pass. The three head series offers fine<br />

finishing.<br />

300mm or 420mm at the customer’s<br />

choice. Ideal for sanding veneers,<br />

medium-density fibreboard (MDF),<br />

parquet, or plywood, the SV series<br />

delivers with high precision sanding<br />

with a dimensional tolerance within<br />

0.1m.<br />

In addition, the SV series features<br />

a pressure plate welded from steel<br />

and plated with hard chrome,<br />

presenting a hardness up to RC 70°.<br />

Maximum stability and smoothness<br />

of panel feeding is enabled through<br />

the incorporation of the pressure<br />

plate with a rubber coated pressure<br />

roller. P<br />

The SD-3130 wide belt sander<br />

The SV-3130 wide belt sander<br />


The SV series comprises a sanding<br />

head constructed with a contact<br />

drum, with a roller diameter of either<br />

BSD-31300 + FSD-31300<br />

bottom and fixed table sanders<br />

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“Bigger and Better”:<br />

Malaysian Wood Expo <strong>2022</strong><br />

MWE 2019<br />

although it continues to face some<br />

challenges.<br />

The US recently imposed a higher<br />

average import duty on softwood<br />

lumber from Canada at 17.9%,<br />

from the previous 8.99%. Canada<br />

is the world’s largest softwood<br />

lumber exporter and the main<br />

exporter of plywood to the US.<br />

The steep increase in import duty,<br />

together with the US’s ongoing<br />

trade war with China, forces<br />

US importers to source timber<br />

products from other countries<br />

such as Malaysia, Vietnam and<br />

Indonesia amid booming housing<br />

demand in the US.<br />

With a booming wood processing scene,<br />

Malaysia is set to become one of the biggest<br />

players in the global wood-based industry,<br />

and the Malaysian Wood Expo (MWE) is here<br />

to leverage it from 20-22 Nov <strong>2022</strong>, at the<br />

Malaysia International Trade and<br />

Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.<br />

Muhtar Suhaili, CEO of Malaysian Timber<br />

Council (MTC), the co-organiser of MWE,<br />

shares more about Malaysia’s timber<br />

industry and the exhibition.<br />

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What are some of the current<br />

trends in the wood and<br />

woodworking industry?<br />

Muhtar Suhaili: The COVID-19<br />

pandemic has forced businesses<br />

to reduce their dependency on<br />

foreign labour and motivated the<br />

industry to embrace automation<br />

and digitalisation. The timber<br />

industry continues to perform<br />

well despite the pandemic and<br />

associated fallout, and the outlook<br />

for the industry is positive this year,<br />

Robust demand from the North<br />

American region is driven by<br />

work-from-home policy and the<br />

US-China trade war. The current<br />

market sentiment for Malaysian<br />

timber in the US is bright,<br />

especially for Meranti and Keruing.<br />

Medium density fibreboard (MDF)<br />

manufacturers are also enjoying<br />

an upcycle in the panelboard<br />

market, supported by the growing<br />

demand from furniture makers in<br />

Malaysia and Indonesia as well<br />

as the increase in export demand<br />

from the Middle East.<br />

At the same time, there is a<br />

growing demand for particleboards<br />

from Japan for the production of<br />

ready-to-assemble furniture sales<br />

growth to e-commerce sellers.<br />

Export of particleboard from<br />

South East <strong>Asia</strong> to Japan is also<br />

expected to increase due to the<br />

rising costs of European timber,<br />

which forced the Japanese to shift<br />

their import from Europe to South<br />

East <strong>Asia</strong>.<br />

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In terms of furniture design, what do<br />

Malaysians want and how have their<br />

tastes changed over the years?<br />

Muhtar: High-rise residential properties<br />

such as condominiums and apartments<br />

are becoming more popular, especially<br />

among the younger generation. Limitation<br />

of space also makes homeowners go for<br />

multi-functional space-saving furniture.<br />

The younger generation of ages 25-35 is<br />

more attracted to trends of simplicity and<br />

minimalism. At the same time, this age<br />

group has purchasing willingness.<br />

Speaking of minimalism and simplicity,<br />

Scandinavian design has a big influence<br />

on today’s furniture making, instead of<br />

heavy classic Victorian-like furniture.<br />

The increase in wealth income has made<br />

Malaysians develop a taste for modern<br />

luxury design furniture and sustainable<br />

furniture materials. To embrace the digital<br />

era, especially after the pandemic, furniture<br />

manufacturers or traders have started<br />

selling their products online. <strong>Furniture</strong><br />

stores are making use of the online<br />

marketplace and e-commerce platform.<br />

How will the Malaysian Wood Expo (MWE)<br />

<strong>2022</strong> address the previously mentioned<br />

trends and challenges? What can visitors<br />

look forward to during MWE <strong>2022</strong>?<br />

Muhtar: We want the expo to be the<br />

preferred buying-and-selling platform<br />

in South East <strong>Asia</strong> where international<br />

suppliers and buyers of timbers, timber<br />

products, and woodworking machinery<br />

congregate under one roof. The presence<br />

of decision-makers who are shaping the<br />

industry, prominent manufacturers, and<br />

suppliers from around the globe will create<br />

an ideal platform for partnerships to be<br />

forged and business opportunities to be<br />

seized.<br />

We are anticipating a high number of<br />

international buyers who will boost<br />

business opportunities. MWE <strong>2022</strong> is<br />

endorsed by the Malaysian Wood Industries<br />

Association (MWIA), Timber Exporters’<br />

Association of Malaysia (TEAM), the<br />

Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturers’<br />

Association (MPMA), Malaysian Wood<br />

Moulding & Joinery Council (MWMJC),<br />

Malaysian <strong>Furniture</strong> Council (MFC),<br />

Association of Malaysian Bumiputra Timber<br />

& <strong>Furniture</strong> Entrepreneurs (PEKA) as well<br />

as the Malaysian Timber Industry Board<br />

(MTIB), Malaysian Timber Certification<br />

Council (MTCC), Malaysia External Trade<br />

Development Corporation (MATRADE)<br />

and Malaysian Woodworking Machinery<br />

Association (MWMA). The fair is also<br />

recognised and endorsed by timber-related<br />

associations from countries such as China,<br />

France, Hong Kong, Thailand and the US.<br />

Our infrastructure, geographical location<br />

and business facilities make us a good<br />

timber hub for importing and exporting to<br />

ASEAN countries which have a combined<br />

population of over 622 million and a GDP<br />

of US$3.08 trillion. The GDP of the ASEAN<br />

region has been skyrocketing for a few<br />

years now, reflecting the region’s thriving<br />

economy.<br />

MWE <strong>2022</strong> plays an important role in<br />

rebuilding the economy, especially post-<br />

COVID. This will help to address the<br />

struggle of maintaining sales during the<br />

pandemic. Through the Business Matching<br />

Programme, suppliers and importers get to<br />

meet up and discuss potential businesses.<br />

At the same time, this will help to secure<br />

new business sales, and thus contribute<br />

to rebuilding the economy. Businesses<br />

that have lost important clients because<br />

of the pandemic will have another shot at<br />

generating new leads and other potential<br />

clients through the exhibition. There is also<br />

an opportunity for them to attract other<br />

businesses that may want to collaborate.<br />

Last but not least, MTC offers various<br />

financial incentives for local manufacturers,<br />

such as the import of raw materials,<br />

purchase of software systems, acquirement<br />

of new woodworking machineries, and<br />

more. Only in MWE will local industry<br />

players be able to enjoy these incentives.<br />


Can you rate Malaysia’s performance<br />

in terms of wood product exports and<br />

production capacity?<br />

Muhtar: Malaysia is an important player<br />

in the international market for tropical<br />

wood and wood products, and is also<br />

the top 10 exporter of plywood, wooden<br />

frame and wooden furniture globally.<br />

“We want the MWE to be the preferred buyingand-selling<br />

platform in South East <strong>Asia</strong> where<br />

international suppliers and buyers of timbers,<br />

timber products, and woodworking machinery<br />

congregate under one roof.”<br />

Muhtar Suhaili<br />

CEO of MTC<br />

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Over the years, the Malaysian wood-based<br />

industry has become one of the major<br />

revenue contributors to the country’s<br />

economic growth, encompassing the export<br />

of sawntimber, veneer, panel products,<br />

mouldings, builders’ joinery and carpentry<br />

(BJC) as well as furniture and furniture<br />

components.<br />

Timber is the third largest export contributor<br />

in Malaysia’s agri-commodity sector after<br />

palm oil and rubber, with the exports of<br />

timber products recording a 3% growth<br />

from RM22.08 billion in 2020 to RM22.7bn in<br />

2021. Demand for Malaysian timber products<br />

grew as people around the world began<br />

working from home, leading to a rise in<br />

home construction, repairs, and remodelling.<br />

Products such as plywood, sawntimber,<br />

mouldings and BJC contributed to the gains<br />

chalked up by the industry last year.<br />

Malaysia’s total timber and timber products<br />

trade from January to March <strong>2022</strong> increased<br />

by 10.1% to RM8.69bn from RM7.89bn in<br />

the same corresponding period in 2021. In<br />

particular, the exports from January to March<br />

increased by 8.2% to RM6.54bn compared<br />

to RM6.04bn in the same period in 2021.<br />

Wooden furniture remained the highest<br />

contributor with RM3.1bn or 47.3% in Q1<br />

<strong>2022</strong> exports, followed by plywood with<br />

RM896.5 million or 13.7%, and sawntimber<br />

with exports of RM640.9m or 9.8%.<br />

The top three export destinations for<br />

Malaysia’s timber and timber products in<br />

Q1 were the US at 34.8%, Japan at 14.8%,<br />

and China at 9%. The country’s exports<br />

of wooden furniture were mainly to the US<br />

at 59.3%, followed by Japan at 5.6% and<br />

Singapore at 4.4%.<br />

The industry is moving progressively<br />

towards producing higher value-added<br />

products, leveraging automation, as well as<br />

investing in the upskilling of its workforce<br />

to boost the country’s GDP. For the timber<br />

industry to improve its export ranking, the<br />

industry has to adopt automation and move<br />

towards Industry Revolution (IR) 4.0 to<br />

improve efficiency and productivity.<br />

As the leading timber promotion council, we<br />

encourage the timber industry players to<br />

Ongoing business networking sessions in MWE 2019<br />

focus on creativity and innovation in their<br />

production processes, enabling them to<br />

start venturing into automation and IR 4.0<br />

and moving up the value chain from original<br />

equipment manufacturer (OEM) to original<br />

design manufacturer (ODM) or the original<br />

brand manufacturer (OBM).<br />

In light of the Russia-Ukraine war<br />

affecting timber material supplies,<br />

how exactly can Malaysia become an<br />

alternative supplier?<br />

Muhtar: The Russia-Ukraine war has<br />

heightened uncertainty and unsettled the<br />

commodity markets. Risks include the<br />

escalation of the invasion, further sanctions<br />

of commodities from Russia on top of the<br />

existing financial instability caused by<br />

the US Federation’s monetary tightening,<br />

hyperinflation and stagflation, and the<br />

emergence of more deadly COVID-19<br />

variants and disruptions associated with<br />

China’s current outbreaks. Furthermore,<br />

the impact of the war on supply chains<br />

worldwide not only created pockets of<br />

demand for timber products not originating<br />

from Russia and Ukraine, but it has also<br />

affected commodity prices, with timber<br />

prices increasing year on year.<br />

While it is still too early to see the impact<br />

of the war and its correlation to Malaysia’s<br />

timber products trade, since sanctions<br />

on Russia were only announced and<br />

implemented from late February to March<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, we can however see potential<br />

increases in demand for primary timber<br />

products from the European and Eastern<br />

<strong>Asia</strong>n regions to fill in the supply vacuum<br />

left by Russia and Ukraine.<br />

As for the available high-quality timber<br />

species offered by Malaysia, the most<br />

common ones are Meranti, Keruing, and<br />

Hevea, also known as rubberwood, Kapur,<br />

Kempas, and Balau. Moving forward, we<br />

would also like to promote the lesser-known<br />

species such as Sepetir and Kembang<br />

Semangkuk, also known as KSK.<br />

In your opinion, how will Malaysia’s wood<br />

and woodworking industry evolve in the<br />

next 5-10 years?<br />

Muhtar: The timber industry will continue<br />

its focus on going further into downstream<br />

processing to achieve higher value from<br />

its timber resources. There will be more<br />

interest in emerging markets from ASEAN<br />

member countries that are offering<br />

business opportunities for timber-based<br />

manufacturers.<br />

Timber product manufacturers will also<br />

explore new technological advancements<br />

to enhance their productivity and efficiency<br />

in keeping with the ever-changing taste of<br />

customers and the business environment.<br />

They should also embrace the digital<br />

economy as it will enable timber products<br />

to be sold online.<br />

E-commerce has become vital for local<br />

producers to access customers globally.<br />

Such a trend is inevitable and remains a<br />

long-term solution, not only for the timber<br />

industry but also for other sectors. The<br />

younger generation is also more inclined to<br />

shop online, and we should move fervently<br />

in this direction.<br />

We also need to increase awareness of<br />

the sustainability of the forestry and<br />

timber industry. Malaysia will endeavour<br />

to build its strengths on this aspect with<br />

the collaboration and partnership with key<br />

stakeholders.<br />

Bigger and Better — MWE <strong>2022</strong> is set to<br />

take your business to the next level. Do look<br />

out for details on our programmes which<br />

will be announced soon. See everyone<br />

there! P<br />

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SEPTEMBER, 05 – 08<br />

<strong>2022</strong> 2023<br />

JULY, 17 – 20<br />

49th CIFF<br />

Guangzhou (Phase 1)<br />

Guangzhou, China<br />

Shanghai International <strong>Furniture</strong> Machinery<br />

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Shanghai, China<br />

FMC China <strong>2022</strong><br />

Shanghai, China<br />

SEPTEMBER, 13 – 17<br />

DOMOTEX 2023<br />

Hannover, Germany<br />

JANUARY, 12 – 15<br />

JULY, 26 – 29<br />

49th CIFF Guangzhou (Phase 2)<br />

Guangzhou, China<br />

AUGUST, 08 – 11<br />

BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong><br />

Binh Duong, Vietnam<br />

AUGUST, 18 – 21<br />

Indonesia International<br />

<strong>Furniture</strong> Expo<br />

Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

AUGUST, 25 – 28<br />

Korea International <strong>Furniture</strong> & Interior Fair<br />

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125th NHLA Annual<br />

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Ohio, United States<br />

IFMAC & WOODMAC <strong>2022</strong><br />

Jakarta, Indonesia<br />

Xylexpo<br />

Milan, Italy<br />

SEPTEMBER, 21 – 23<br />

SEPTEMBER, 21 – 24<br />

OCTOBER, 12 – 15<br />

OCTOBER, 18 – 21<br />

VietnamWood <strong>2022</strong><br />

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam<br />

NOVEMBER, 20 – 22<br />

Malaysian Wood Expo <strong>2022</strong><br />

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia<br />

DECEMBER, 15 – 18<br />

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Hanoi Wood Vietnam<br />

Hanoi, Vietnam<br />

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Dubai WoodShow<br />

Dubai, United Arab Emirates<br />

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Taiwan<br />

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Cologne, Germany<br />

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FEBRUARY, 09 – 11<br />

MARCH, 02 – 05<br />

APRIL, 20 – 23<br />

MAY, 09 – 12<br />

MAY, 15 – 19<br />

LIGNA<br />

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JUNE, 26 – 28<br />

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Cairo WoodShow <strong>2022</strong><br />

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Shanghai, China<br />

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INDEX OF<br />


PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA • <strong>July</strong> / <strong>August</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


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Baumer Inspection GmbH 27<br />

Biesse Malaysia Sdn Bhd<br />

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BIFA Wood Vietnam <strong>2022</strong><br />

OBC<br />

Dai Phuc Vinh (Fuvico) 68, 69<br />

Dieffenbacher Industriemarketing GmbH 1<br />

Electronic Wood Systems GmbH 33<br />

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on mat surface<br />

Top moistening<br />

on mat surface<br />

Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd.<br />

IFC<br />

Hanoi Wood 2023 5<br />

IMEAS spa 13<br />

Kim Thuan Cuong 70, 71<br />

Kuang Yung Machinery Co., Ltd 11<br />

Lensaya Industriya Journal 67<br />

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Long Phat CNC 57<br />

Malaysian Wood Expo <strong>2022</strong> 45<br />

Nanxing Machinery Co., Ltd 2, 3<br />

Northwest Hardwoods 7<br />

Technik Associates, Inc<br />

IBC<br />

Teknos (M) Sdn Bhd 15<br />

TOMRA Sorting GmbH 76<br />

Tritherm Technology 59<br />

Truong Hung 72, 73<br />

Weitmann & Konrad GmbH & Co KG 75<br />

Yalian Machinery Co., Ltd 49<br />




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