Truss Market Update in Japan

Shawn Lawlor

By: Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan/COFI Japan

The Japan Wood Truss Council (JWTC) held its 22nd annual general meeting on June 29th, 2023, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo with a total of forty-four persons attending. This fiscal year the council welcomed two new members, Kishin in Gifu, Prefecture and MHC Lumber in Aichi Prefecture into the organization, which is currently made up of twenty one member companies that have direct or indirect ties with the truss business and market in Japan. The combined member companies are now operating eighteen truss manufacturing plants across Japan, producing, and supplying roof and floor trusses manufactured largely with SPF dimension lumber supplied from Western Canada. Established in 2001, in recent years the JWTC’s has growth represents the increasing focus that Japan’s wood processing industry is placing on developing large scale non-residential structures. As a founding member, COFI Japan continues to actively support this organization through joint education and promotional programs, joint advertising and events. At the recent AGM members agreed that they were looking forward to moving the dial forward and continue to expand nail plate truss use beyond its traditional markets into the non-residential market segment to further increase business for all.

Images of JWTC members gathered for 22nd AGM & Reception at Canada Embassy on June 29th, 2023.