This Month’s Highlights
- China Economic Update
- Who will benefit from the American timber tariff?
- CanadaWood.cn Gets Facelift!
- Canadian OSB and SPF Utilized to Construct Vegetable Factory
- Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Event
- COFI Presents on North American Trends at JAS 2×4 Lumber Council Symposium
- Expanding opportunities to use Dimension Lumber in Post and Beam
- Technical Approaches to NLT in Progress
- Japan Housing Starts Summary for September 2018
- Korean Technical Mission Ends in Success
- KWCA’s 5 Star Quality Assurance Program Celebrates 200th Certification
- WFC Seminars during the 2018 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair
- Canada – Korea Wood Festival 2018: University-based Training in Busan
- “Mid-ply Walls” featured at the 2018 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair
- Jeju Island Building with Wood Despite Harsh Climate
China Economic Update
China to Reduce Wood Import Tariffs November 1
2018 Q3 highlights:
- China’s GDP hit the lowest growth in September (6.5%) since the first quarter of 2009 during the global financial crisis and missed market consensus of 6.6%.i
- China Economic growth slowed down in the third quarter due to:
- to a decrease in infrastructure investment
- a negative spillover from financial deleveraging
- the impact of previous economic reforms
- a cooling housing market.
- However, export growth continued to grow strongly in Q3 in spite of trade tension with the U.S.ii
- A recent government announcement effective November 1st, 2018 states that China will cut import tariffs on more than 1,500 products to lower the average import tariff to around 7.8%. Import tariffs on wood and paper products will be decreased to 5.4% from 6.6% which will help wood-based panels and other related imports to grow in China.iii
Who will benefit from the American timber tariff?
China announced a 25% tariff on U.S. imports, on a value of $16 billion from August 23rd. The taxed products include $1.83 billion of wood products and logs.
A large range of wood products are listed in the tariff list, including oak logs, birch logs, OSB, spruce, larch, teak, wooden window frames, shelves, furniture etc.
China is the biggest importer for American wood products. The United States exported 6.14 million m3 logs to China, accounting for 53.9% of U.S. logs, and 3.27 m3 lumber, accounting for 38% of U.S. sawn timber exports, according to the U.S Bureau of Statistics. Read more
CanadaWood.cn Gets Facelift!
Canada Wood China is pleased to announce the official launch of its new website – www.canadawood.cn. We are certain the new website will provide the most relevant, informative and inspiring browsing experience for developers, architects, designers and builders. Read more
Canadian OSB and SPF Utilized to Construct Vegetable Factory
As part of the APA “Canadian OSB Users Newsletter” project, our consultant and I recently visited a housing company in Kanagawa Prefecture to interview them about a 1-storey wooden factory building that will produce organic leaf vegetables for restaurants and supermarkets in the Tokyo area. By analyzing changing demographics and economic conditions, and with climate change impacting outdoor crop production, the housing company decided to strategically shift into this new business – industrialized farming – by owning and operating this plant, called World Farm. Read more
Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Event
The Tokachi 2×4 Association celebrated its 40th anniversary on October 24th and 25th. The organization is made up of twenty-two local 2×4 home builders and they design and build some of the best quality 2×4 homes in Japan. COFI has supported and worked closely with association since inception. In the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, where the association is based, it has expanded the market share for 2×4 homes in the region to 60 percent, the highest in Japan. The organization’s members continue to be valuable customers for Canadian lumber and panel products (SPF and OSB) and strong 2×4 ambassadors for us here in Japan. Read more
COFI Presents on North American Trends at JAS 2×4 Lumber Council Symposium
On October 18th, Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor delivered a keynote presentation at the JAS 2×4 Lumber Council’s symposium for their Building Products Study Group. A total of 45 lumber end users and purchasing managers attended the event. The presentation covered recent North American production, housing, export and supply trends as well as the global movement towards Midrise, large scale and Tallwood construction. COFI informed the group of Japan technical and market development initiatives to expand wood use in Japan. Read more
Expanding opportunities to use Dimension Lumber in Post and Beam
We are working on a technical project to obtain third party voluntary evaluation of 2×10 and 2×12 dimension lumber in post and beam horizontal applications this fiscal year. This project will give both architects and structural engineers solutions ― long span horizontal diaphragms.
Lately, some Japanese lumber producers began to saw up logs into dimension lumber made of Sugi and Japanese dimension lumber was adopted some projects. But their sectional sizes are mainly 2×4 and 2×6, and length is 8 feet. Also, their E-value is typically around E-70. In other words, they are not suitable for horizontal applications as joists and rafters. Read more
Technical Approaches to NLT in Progress
Subsequently to establishing an NLT technical committee in April 2018, COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association has been working together on several Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) test programs. One technical project is to confirm NLT bending performance. From September 5th to 12th 2018, a series of bending tests were conducted at the HOWTEC* laboratory to NLT beams. The test specimens consisted of 2×8 and 2×10 SPF with 8m span (with butt joints), 2×6, 2×8 and 2×10 SPF with 3.7m span (without butt joints) and 2×6 Sugi with 3.7m span (without butt joints). The main objective of these tests was to accumulate basic data for the future evaluation by the MLIT** designated bodies.
Japan Housing Starts Summary for September 2018
In September total housing starts edged down 1.5% to 81,903 units. Owner occupied housing was unchanged compared to a 5.8% decrease in rental housing. Total wooden housing was also unchanged at 48,404 starts. However, weakness in rental apartments drove platform frame starts down 4.7% to 10,614 units. Built for sale spec homes fared considerably stronger. Read more
Korean Technical Mission Ends in Success
Canada Wood Korea has successfully completed its annual Technical Mission, visiting Canada and Japan from September 26 to October 7 with participation of 13 WFC industry leaders including renowned architects, structural engineers and prefab manufacturers and 1 media reporter.
Mission participants attended technical seminars both at FPInnovations and Canada Wood Japan office to learn about technical aspects and commercialization of the Midply Shearwall system, industrialization plants and various buildings sites both in Canada (British Columbia and Alberta provinces) and Japan to learn about innovative industrialized WFC systems including pre-fabrication, modular homes and tall wood mass timber construction. Read more
KWCA’s 5 Star Quality Assurance Program Celebrates 200th Certification
The Korea Wood Construction Association (KWCA) and Canada Wood Korea (CWK) have celebrated the certification of the 200th house under the five-star wood construction quality assurance program on October 11th with two sisters (owners of the house), Haus Style (Designer and Co-ordinator), KS Housing (the builder) and other guests invited for the ceremony including Kug Bo Shim, the head of Wood Construction Research Division, representing the National Institute of Forest Science.
WFC Seminars during the 2018 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair
Canada Wood Korea (CWK) organized a technical seminar on September 14th at BEXCO, Busan during the 2018 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair. Busan is the second capital city in Korea, where people tend to build houses mostly using concrete. However, we find that a large number of people are getting more interested in 2×4 housing here in Busan every year. CWK has participated in the fair since 2008 to promote 2×4 housing. This year CWK invited two renowned architects as seminar speakers. Read more
Canada – Korea Wood Festival 2018: University-based Training in Busan
Canada Wood Korea in collaboration with five universities in Busan city and Yeongnam Chapter of the Korea Wood Construction Association, has successfully completed another Canada – Korea Wood Festival held in Busan, the second largest city in Korea. Eighty-three architecture and design students from five universities have participated in the Festival for six days from September 11 to September 16, 2018. Read more
“Mid-ply Walls” featured at the 2018 Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair
Canada Wood Korea (CWK) participated in the Busan Kyunghyang Housing Fair 2018, which was held at BEXCO from September 12 to 16. Busan is the second capital of Korea and one of the largest cities. This year CWK publicized the advantages of Midply Shearwall structures in the booth. The Midply Wall System is an innovative redesign of standard shear walls that possess outstanding resilience to severe earthquakes and extreme winds. Midply walls sandwich OSB panels between 2x4s that are positioned on their flattest side. Read more
Jeju Island Building with Wood Despite Harsh Climate
Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula. It has a moderate climate; even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C. Despite its mild temperature, it experiences a humid subtropical climate with high winds and heavy rainfall all year long. The harsh weather makes it quite an adventure for housing developers in Jeju that wish to create housing developments there. Read more