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Canadian lumber makes inroads in Huzhou, China

A Sino-Canadian timber co-operation event organized by Canada Wood China was held on January 23, 2019 in Huzhou City of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. The goal was to help the city diversify its wood sourcing channels amid a… more

CW China publishes updated supplier directory

Canada Wood China published its 2018-2019 Directory of Wood Builders and Design Institutes in February 2019, providing company profiles, key services/products and contact information of wood builders and design institutes in China. The… more

China Economic Update

2018 Q4 highlights:

China’s economic growth edged down in Q4 2018 year-on-year due to weak investment and faltering consumer confidence, which led to the weakest annual growth in 2018 within the past 28 years; GDP in Q4 2018 grew 6.4… more

SPF trial partner confirms order for second quarter

A Chinese manufacturer located in southern China’s Guangdong province that used Canadian softwood for a trial confirmed another order of 2,000 cubic metres of SPF in Q1 2019.
Before this, the manufacturer, purchased 3,000 cubic metres… more

China approves master plan for Xiongan New Area

China’s central authorities approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan New Area in early January 2019, stressing it’s a significant step in developing a high-quality city with a modern economic system, according to Xinhua… more

Japan Economic Overview

While still registering positive growth, the Japanese economy is facing headwinds of sluggish consumer demand and slowing exports. In 2018 Japan achieved record number of inbound tourists at 31.19 million; with tourism spending also… more

Japan Housing Starts Summary for November 2018

October total housing starts declined 0.6% to 84,213 units. The recent trend of resilience in owner occupied starts and sluggishness in rentals continued. Owner occupied housing starts increased 2.5%, whereas rental housing fell 6.9%…. more

2×4 Social Media Campaign

COFI Tokyo launched its second YouTube and Facebook advertising social media promotion campaign last month to create awareness and positively brand 2×4 to prospective home buyers in Japan. This year’s campaign runs for three… more

Third Wood Wall Bracing Workshop held at SETEC in Seoul

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with Timber Engineering Lab of Chungnam National University (CNUTim) organized and delivered another Wood Wall Bracing Workshop focused on meeting the code requirements for seismic design.
A maximum… more

Canada Wood Hosts Forest Business Leaders’ Luncheon

The Forest sector mission to Korea led by the Minister Doug Donaldson was successfully held from December 6 – 8, 2018. Over 25 representatives joined the mission, from the Canadian Trade Mission, federal and provincial Canadian… more

MOU with Korean architects will increase wood use

Senior forest sector representatives on the Forestry Asia Trade Mission took part in events that demonstrated British Columbia’s commitment to increasing wood construction in South Korea.
On Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, they witnessed the… more

Tallest wood building construction proceeding smoothly

The National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) announced the 5 storey CLT wood building with CLT in 2018 which would be the tallest wood building in Korea. To enable it, NIFoS has conducted research and tests on structural performance,… more

South Korea Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

South Korea’s economy is expected to lose steam slightly in 2019 due to weakening exports and sluggish investment, coupled with the tepid domestic demand. South Korea’s GDP in 2019 is expected to grow 2.6% which is a slight drop from… more

Midply Makes It’s Debut at the Green Book Seminars

As reported in this blog in August 2018, the Midply Wall System has been officially positioned in the Japanese PFC building code by means of a revision to the “Green Book” structural design manual. Local building officials refer to… more