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China Monthly Manager’s SPF Report, May 2012

MARKET ACCESS
Codes & Standards Development (Helen Guo & Haiyan Zhang)
1.     Adoption of Canadian timber products into GB5 system
As the follow-up work of the Hangzhou meeting, Chun and Helen drafted a technical document to… more

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Japan Monthly Manager’s SPF Report, May 2012

Market Development
Seminars
Web Seminars
One more web seminar was successfully completed on May 8th, with 63 persons logging on to COFI’s virtual web portal site in Japan to participate in the two hour live session or to review the taped… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economy:
Beyond the hype of the high yen leading to a hollowing out of corporate Japan, if 2011 corporate earnings are any indicator, Japanese companies are proving to be remarkably resilient. Despite the impacts of the Great Eastern Japan… more

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Pinggu Resort Houses

Ruitao Group, the developer of the “warm” villa project in Pinggu, near Beijing, has finished their first 220 houses in this resort housing project with success. The Chinese customers’ acceptance to this kind of structure has… more

The Russians are Coming

A large delegation from Russia’s Association of Wood Housing toured China on a fact-finding mission in May. The delegation was led by Director General Chernykh Alexandr Grigorievitch
from St Petersburg.
Canada Wood was not able to… more

China Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

China Economy:
A new World Bank report projects GDP growth in China will be 8.2 percent in 2012 and 8.6 percent in 2013. The China Quarterly Update, released 20th of May, says that the prospects for a gradual adjustment of growth remain… more

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Korean Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economy Update
South Korea’s economic recovery slowed noticeably in April as Europe’s debt crisis and other external sources of uncertainties persisted.Exports fell 4.7% from a year earlier to $46.3 billion and imports dropped… more

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2×4 Component Plant Activity in Japan

The Tokai 2×4 Council reported that for the month of April, twelve of its regular member companies supplied 301 units (40,547 m²) of 2×4 framing packages in the Tokai region (Aichi, Mie, Gifu and Shiga Prefectures) and that… more

Elevated Wooden Viewing Deck in Heart of Tokyo

Famous Japanese designer, Tadashi Kawamata constructs a wooden viewing deck at a small park in the heart of Tokyo along the Sumida River. This project is one of a series of objects that was commissioned for the TOKYO IN PROGRESS… more

HOWTEC New Span Table for P&B

Structural calculations are required for post and beam wooden houses when the homeowner wants his or her home designed to the performance labelling system standards even in cases for one or two storey homes.  For this practice, designers… more

New PFC Elderly Care Facility Design Manual Released

Over the past year COFI Japan in collaboration with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association’s Public Building Technical Committee has been working to develop a comprehensive designers guide for fireproof elderly care facilities…. more

Popularity of 2×4 Rising for Tohoku Housing

Tohoku Housing Reconstruction Trends:
Canada Wood recently visited Sendai’s largest 2×4 home builder, Selco Home Co., Ltd. and interviewed the company on recent building trends in the Sendai region. The company’s head architect… more