The State of the Economy
The economy only grew by 8.1 percent in 2012Q1. This was the slowest increase since the depths of the crisis. While the National Bureau of Statistics reported quarter-over-quarter growth of 7.4 percent… more
Check out a panoramic 3D tour that offers a touring experience of 5 wood frame demo projects in China. Tour the “Xiang E Elementary School” “Mianyang Special Education School” “Beichuan Elderly Care… more
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
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
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
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
The notion of the establishment of the China Modern Wood Frame Construction Industry Association has been greatly welcomedby developers, builders, suppliers, designers, and institutions. It is being established with the assistance of… more
This is the first project involving wood trusses on new buildings that Canada Wood will be involved with, and likely the first in China. These wood trusses will be on 37 low-density duplex concrete townhouses developed by the Zhong An… more
The State of the Economy
Constrained by sluggish domestic demand and sustained weaknesses of the Euro-zone economy, China’s GDP expanded by 8.1% in Q1 2012, lower than the consensus estimate of 8.3%.
“China’s economic… more
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