Deputy Managing Director of Canada Wood’s China operations Greg Hoing last week tendered his resignation, effective the end of April. Greg will be moving on to work for Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in a management capacity as that firm… more
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget on March 29th included a welcome renewal of $105 million over two years for programs related to expanding market opportunities. The new Expanding Market Opportunities Program (EMOP) rolls up… more
On March 30th, Canada Wood College graduated students that attended the Builders Training program and students that attended the Designer Training Program at the Huairou Beijing Jingbei Vocational College. This was the first time that… more
Canada was featured prominently at the 8th MOHURD Green building Show that took place in Beijing from March 29th-31st.
The booth featured the various applications of both wood frame and heavy timber applications through the demonstration… more
Timber Engineering Course at Tongji
A nine-week Timber Engineering Course at Tongji started Feb 27th. About 350-400 students took the course this year.
Prof. Frank Lam delivered part of the course at the beginning. Given the number of… more
Phytosanitary specialist Mr. Brian Zak was in China in the week of March 19th and gave an overview on Canadian Forest Industry and its Market Directions as well as Phytosanitary related issues to Canada Wood staff, Canadian Consulate reps… more
The expert approved meetings of the three newly developed codes and standards by CAF was held on March 29 and 30 in Shanghai. Two of them are national codes, which are Laminated veneer lumber for timber structures and Wood I-beams, while… more
A point of discussion at the last Canada Wood strategy session was whether more could be done to promote the demonstration projects in China.
The primary purpose of demonstration projects is to convince project partners of the feasibility… more
MOU between the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada Concerning Cooperation in the Technology of Development of Eco-Cities (Haiyan Zhang)
This MOU signing was the highlight of… more
BC softwood lumber export volume to China in January’12 reached 613,945 cubic meters, a 56% increase over January’11. BC softwood lumber export value for January’12 reached $68.8 million, a 12% increase over… more
A collapse in the housing market remains one of the greatest risks to the Chinese economy. Investment in housing accounts for about 10 percent of GDP. It grew by about 25 percent in real terms last year. A slowdown to 10 percent this… more
January-February indications: further slowing
Two of the three demand indicators suggest that the economy has continued to slow in 2012Q1. Real sales averaged 11 percent in January-February, down from 13 percent in Q4.
The trade data has… more
Work on the 1070, Super E, wood frame residential units in the Shining Star project in Kunming, will resume next month. As we reported in January, over the winter work on the wood frame villas slowed significantly while the developer… more
A set of modern light weight wood frame construction designer training is currently underway from February 20 to 29, 2012 at the Nanjing Forestry University. Canada Wood worked collaboratively with the university’s Wood Industry… more
An introductory training to Wood Frame Building Systems is currently underway from February 20 to March 9, 2012 at the Shanghai Urban Management College (SUMC). The college is a pioneer partner of Canada Wood whose cooperation relationship… more
Xinjiang has been an emerging market since 2010, and the Xinjiang government has issued favorable policy for wood frame construction. Xinjiang currently has implemented WFC in resort housing, reroofing, villa projects, and rural housing… more
February 9, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper escorted a group of journalists to the Green Building Design Centre in Langfang to highlight the forest industry’s market development achievements.
Fifteen Canada Wood College… more
BC softwood lumber export volume to China for the year 2011 reached 7.31 million cubic meters, a 60% increase over 2010. Similarly, BC softwood lumber export value for 2011 reached $1.1 billion, a 60% increase over 2010. Information from… more
The IMF concludes that the government’s efforts to cool the property sector have been effective. The market is beginning to deflate, with price growth slowing and transaction volumes down. However, underlying investment remains… more