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SPF Shipments to Korea

Year 2011 was marked as the first year reached to 100,000 MFBM of Canadian SPF import in Korean history. This record was mainly owed to the progressive increase in wood housing starts and high market preference for Canadian SPF in… more

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Korea Housing Update

Korean Housing Starts Summary and Market Condition:
Korea’s housing starts in January, 2012 considerably increased 36.9% to 4,523 buildings from a year earlier 3,305 buildings owing to the continuous government extended policies to shore… more

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Wood Building Seminars in Japan

Designing Small & Medium 2×4 Buildings
Six seminars were conducted by COFI in conjunction with the cooperation of the Japan Wood Truss Council (JWTC) over a four week period. The seminar locations were; Fukuoka on February 9th… more

Canadian Wood Miles Comparison

In recent years Japan’s domestic wood lobby has argued that it is more environmentally friendly to source local wood products since purchasing closer to home eliminates significant transportation related CO2 emissions when compared to… more

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Japanese Government Pushes CLT

On February 14 MOAFF announced the formation of a new Japan CLT Association with an objective of stimulating new end uses for wood products. This development illustrates is how the Japanese wood industry and government are joining forces… more

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Japan Economic Overview

As welcome relief to Japanese exporters, the yen continued to edge lower in March. Against the Canadian dollar, the Japanese yen has weakened from the 76 level in January to 83 in March. The improving profitability outlook for Japanese… more

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Japan Housing Construction

January Housing Starts Edge Slightly Lower
Japan’s housing market moved slightly lower in January. Total housing starts fell 1.1% to 65,984 units. Total wooden housing finished at 35,117 units, a 1.7% decline. Condominiums fell… more

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Phytosanitary Project

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

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CAF Codes Developed

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

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Promoting Demonstration Buildings in China

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

NRCAN signs MOU with China MOHURD

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

Lumber Exports to China

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

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China Housing Market Update

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

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China Economic Update

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

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Korea Economic Update

South Korea outgrew the average economic output of OECD member countries in the final quarter of 2011 showing the country’s relative resilience against external economic risks. The South Korean economy expanded 3.4% on-year in the… more

Alberta Talks Green in Korea

Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with the Province of Alberta and Alberta Forest Products Association held Round Table Discussion and networking dinner on February 24, 2012. CWK invited 50 architects, builders and media to the meeting to… more

Kyunghyang Housing Fair Showcases Lumber

CWK in collaboration with Alberta Forest Products Association(AFPA) and Alberta Province Office participated in the 27th Kyunghyang Housing Fair – the largest building products trade show in Korea – at KINTEX, Ilsan from… more

CMHC Super-E technology a Hit

CMHC international training team, Oliver Drerup and Ken Klassen in collaboration with Canada Wood Korea held Super-E technology transfer training workshops with two major wood frame construction companies in Korea, Best House Korea (BHK)… more