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Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy continues to soldier on with modest growth. The IMF forecasts GDP growth of 0.8% for 2016. Despite some bright spots in infrastructure investment, construction and tourism, corporate and consumer… more

Shanggu Shuijun – A Wood Truss Hybrid Project

Shanggu Shuijun (上谷水郡) is a commercial residential project located in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. Its total construction area is 1.3 million m2, consisting of eight phases of construction. For the first phase, there are 115… more

Canada Wood centered in the Korea Wood Design Award 2016

The Korea Wood Design Award 2016 (KWDA 2016), co-hosted by the Korea Association of Wood Culture and the Korea Wood Construction Association, was held at the Most Hall on the 12th floor of the Diplomatic Center on November 29, 2016. KWDA… more

Earthquakes prompt increased interest in seismic design

The majority of Koreans are concerned about earthquakes. An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred in the southern part of Korea called Gyeongju last September (2016), injuring 23 people and causing damage to more than… more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

October/November economic highlights: 

As the world’s second largest economy China’s growth-rate has stayed constant for the last three consecutive quarters of 2016.[i]
With the strong growth in Q4, the Central Economic Work… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: Tourism Continues to Surge
Despite a stronger yen in the first 9 months of 2016, international tourism to Japan continues to surge at double digit rates. Total annual visitors to Japan grew from 6.2 million in 2011… more

China’s Freight Rail Expansion Undergoing Upgrades

China’s freight railway network is undergoing continual upgrades. The development of rail transportation aligns with “The Belt and Road” initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. This initiative will improve trade ties between… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s third quarter GDP beat expectations by registering a 2.2% increase on an annualized basis. So far this year Japan’s GDP expanded 0.5% between January and March and 0.2% April to June. Although consumer… more

China’s Softwood Lumber Inventory Update

Author: Jane Guo, Research Consultant, International WOOD MARKETS Group, China
China softwood lumber inventories at Taicang port and the surrounding area were reported to be 549,000 m3 on November 18, a large decrease of 11.5% compared… more

Korean Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update
The South Korean economy, internally constrained by sluggish consumption and investment, is also surrounded by growing external risks.  The export-driven economy, in particular, is significantly dependent on its two… more

Canada Wood China Welcomes High-Profile Visits

Senator Terry M. Mercer; Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais; Senator Raymonde Gagné; Senator Victor Oh; Senator Claudette Tardif; Senator Pana Merchant; FII China General Manager Lisa Dou; Senator Ghislain Maltais

Canadian Senators visit Dream… more