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China Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy
China’s exports and imports surged in January as the first hard data of the year pointed to robust domestic demand and a pick up in the economy not solely explained by the timing of the Lunar New Year… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:      “Abenomics 101”
In December of 2012 the LDP’s Abe majority government returned to power with a clear mandate to reinvigorate the economy. The LDP’s economic reform platform, dubbed “Abenomics” consists… more

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Construction Companies Yearn for Skilled Trades

Crown Homes has recognized the need for creating a training system to address the need of a shortage of labour within the wood frame industry.  They have put together a team to lead this initiative and they met with us (Canada Wood) to… more

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Chinese Trades Training Taking Positive Step Forward

SUMC (CW’s Shanghai vocational school parter) held an opening ceremony in January for the new Wood Frame Training Center that was built by cooperation between CW, Crown Homes and SUMC.  This project was originally proposed in early 2011… more

Chinese Developers Visit Wood Demonstrations In China

Canada Wood hosted a mission group consisted of 90 developer companies to visit projects of SIIC, Sanlin affordable housing and Jinqiao townhouse/villa in Shanghai from Dec 19-21. This  largest  ever scale mission tour achieved above… more

Internationally Recognized Award Program Chooses Wood

Xiamen University chose wood for SD China
Solar Decathlon China (SD China) has selected 34 universities to participate in the inaugural SD China competition to be held in Datong, China in August 2013. Co-hosted by China National Energy… more

China Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The State of the Economy

Growth in 2012 was the slowest since the late 1990s (7.8% GDP growth over 2011). The economy was hit by weak demand from its trading partners as well as the effect of policies designed to improve housing… more

Canada Wood Active in Chinese Eco-City Development

In his final address to the People’s Congress during the 18th Party Congress in Beijing on Nov 7th, President Hu Jintao underlined China’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  China is serious about tackling climate… more

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Independent Korean Developers Going for Wood
On my last visit to Seoul I had the pleasure of meeting two dynamic development firms both of which had a recent conversion to wood construction.   Although not ‘chaebol’ scale companies,… more

Seismic Design Workshop

According to the Korean Building Code, any building more than three storeys and with a building area of 1,000 square meters requires seismic design. Since most of buildings in Korea fall within this seismic design category, it is crucial… more

WFC Software Design Course underway

The 13th WFC Software Design Course program (total 20 weeks, 80 class hours) is being held from October 13, 2012 to March 9, 2013 with 21 enrolled professionals. This course is structured around instruction on the Canadian Wood Council… more

Green Climate Fund boosts hopes for Songdo City

Songdo, a newly developed international business district in Incheon, was finally decided as a host city for the Green Climate Fund secretariat. The reclaimed island, Songdo, is the centerpiece of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, launched… more

Korea Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
The overall economy of South Korea could face severe difficulties in the coming months due to a combination of uncertainties at home (upcoming presidential election) and abroad (worsening debt crisis in Southern European… more

Progress on Midply Project

COFI began the technical development project on the Midply Wall System in FY2010-11 and has made significant progresses since then.  We conducted a series of shear wall testing of Midply walls in Japan and the test results were analyzed… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: Have Cash / Willing to Travel: Japan’s Global M&A Activity
The rising pace of Japanese global M&A activity has been raising eyebrows recently. Over the past month Itochu Corp. purchased Dole’s global canned… more

Imitation the best form of flattery

Chinese designers copy proven designs in absence of wood design expertise
Throughout China, there are several new wood buildings that look very similar to other buildings that have been built both in China and in North America. There is a… more