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20 January 2012

Are we approaching ‘peak timber’ in the tropics?

Over the past few decades, tropical timber production in many Asia–Pacific countries has been akin to the symmetric logistic distribution curve, or ‘Hubbert Curve’, observed in the exploitation of many non-renewable resources—a rapid increase in production followed by a peak and then decline.

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Jan 18, 2012

Komatsu Forest Wins Major Contracts in South America

Forest machine manufacturer Komatsu Forest has signed a major deal with the new Brazilian pulp mill Eldorado Brasil in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. In its entirety, the contract is worth about 1.4 billion Swedish kronor (US$ 200 million).

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Jan 18, 2012

Research Shows Americans Still Prefer Print and Paper Communications

If you prefer to read from paper instead of an electronic screen, you're not alone. According to a recent survey commissioned by Two Sides, the fast-growing non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper, 70 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, say they prefer to read print and paper communications compared to reading off a screen.

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Timber construction techniques gain popularity

The popularity of certain timber construction techniques appears to be spreading, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) proving to be particularly sought-after.

CLD is produced in a factory and involves industrially-drying quick-growing timber boards, before stacking them at right angles and gluing them together. The boards are glued across their entire surface, and one product will usually use three, five or seven layers of timber.

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Jan 17, 2012

New brochure focuses on EU Timber Regulation (EUTR)

The latest brochure in EFI’s Making a Difference: From Science to Policy series is now available! It focuses on EFI’s work coordinating the EUTR Support Study project, which investigated the most effective ways of meeting various requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

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Jan 17, 2012

Georgia-Pacific Completes Sale of Business in Italy

Today, Georgia-Pacific has announced that it has completed the sale of the legal entity in Italy to Cartiera Lucchese (Lucart Group). A definitive agreement for the sale was announced last November and this closing concludes the sale process.

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January 10th, 2012

Federal Government spends $500,000 to promote Atlantic Canadian wood

The Government of Canada is spending $500,000 over two years to encourage the use of Atlantic Canadian wood in regional construction projects.

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Jan 12, 2012

Poyry Joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Finland, Jan 12, 2012 - Global consulting and engineering company Pöyry has become a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Together with other WBCSD members Pöyry contributes to solving some of our planet's biggest challenges that require high-quality consulting and design capabilities.

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Tanzanian minister highlights global demand for timber

The global demand for timber resources has been highlighted by Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources, who has called on international investors to entrust more of their money to alternative funds such as timber funds.

Ezekiel Maige told a gathering of international businessmen in the East African nation that the national demand for timber and its byproducts had reached 5 million cubic metres, while the nation's timber farms currently only had the capacity to produce 1.2 million cubic metres.

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Jan. 3, 2012

It's true: money doesn't grow on trees

OTTAWA, Jan. 3, 2012 (RISI) - Beginning in November 2011, another bastion of the Canadian pulp and paper industry fell by the wayside joining sulfite pulp and greenfield newsprint mills. The Bank of Canada began issuing polymer banknotes, beginning with the $100 bill.


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by Dr. Radut