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Sylva Wood 2016 celebrates outstanding results

From 27 to 29 June 2016, Shanghai hosted 'Sylva Wood 2016', Asia's main wood materials show.

The event attracted around 10,000 visitors, a majority of whom professional buyers from the flooring, furniture, cabinetry, doors and windows, and stairs sector.

Celebrating some of the most exciting innovations in the industry, Sylva Wood 2016 invited experts to present on technology and innovation, and the demand and supply of wood across the globe.

The event agenda featured workshops and debates on a varied gamut of themes: - China's wood products and furniture consumption; - Global timber supply to Chinese market; - Plywood design; - Business opportunities in Africa; - Timber drying & Wood treatment technologies.

Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world included, among the others, Michael Snow, Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council, Mr Tan Ting Wai, Director of the Malaysian Timber Council, Mr Xu Fang, Director of American Softwoods, Mr Jean Francois Guilbert, Managing Director of French Timber, Mr Jeff Lee, Market Director of Canada Wood, Mr James Xu, President of the Shanghai Timber Industry Association Professional Committee.

For the first time, Sylva Wood also saw the presence of the Alberta Forest Products Association, APA—The Engineered Wood Association, representatives from the L’Union Forestiere des Industrielles Asiatiques du Gabon (UFIAG), Malaysian Wood Industries Association Council, Quebec Wood Export Bureau and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation.

“The need to conceive solid business strategy has never been more important at this moment,” said William Pang, Managing Director of Shanghai Pablo Exhibition Pte Ltd, in his opening address, referring to the importance of the China market in today’s economic scenario. 

“The ripple effect from the global economic slowdown can be seen and felt tremendously. With the logging ban in China, domestic demand is set to increase with local manufacturers expecting quality materials that cater to their specific requirements. Addressing this, Sylva Wood aims to be the platform to discover pioneering ideas that can challenge norms and create unconventional possibilities for the industry", Mr Pang concluded.

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Best construction firms to be recognised at Construction Enquirer Awards | 18 October 2016| Birmingham

The Construction Enquirer Awards 2016 will take place on 18 October 2016 at UK Construction Week in Birmingham.

Featuring 12 different categories, the Awards recognise the best construction firms to work for and do business with.

The Construction Enquirer Awards are open to contractors, clients and suppliers with the winners decided by an industry vote. A Top Ten will be published for the twelve different categories, with the ultimate winners revealed on the night.

All Top Ten winners will receive a certificate and branded promotional materials to advertise their success on site hoardings, marketing campaigns etc. 

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BRE Conference on City Regeneration | 24 June 2016 | London

On Friday 24 June 2016 the Building Research Establishment (BRE) will hold a major conference at K&L Gates, One New Change, London, on the theme 'City Regeneration: Delivering financially viable and sustainable brownfield developments.'

The event will explore what brownfield land development means for planning authorities and developers, examining issues around the financial viability and environmental risk of developments, as well as the effective use of data and mapping. It will also seek to create the case for developing more sustainable and connected communities supported by effective infrastructure.

"Government views brownfield land as a key enabler for delivering new housing", underlines BRE. "In 2014 the Department for Local Government & Communities (DCLG) required local authorities to specify which brownfield sites would be subject to Local Development Orders. The government also announced that more than two thirds of new homes would be built on brownfield land, committing £1.2bn towards the preparation of brownfield sites."

For more information please contact Seema Sheth at [email protected] or 03333218811. 

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BWF Members Day | 7 July 2016 | Towcester

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Members’ Day Conference 2016 will take place on Thursday 7th July at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, Whittlebury, Towcester.

BWF Members’ Day will provide joinery manufacturers and woodworking professionals the opportunity to participate in various workshops entirely focused on their needs, and to get up to date with the latest developments in the industry. The event also includes a free exhibition showcasing the latest innovations and technologies to aid the joinery industry.

The programme features BWF technical experts and other guest speakers covering topics as diverse as the fundamentals of stair design and how to deal with conflicting standards and regulations in that market, to managing difficult clients, smarter production processes, the growing use of wood in interiors, maintaining certifications, tackling poor installations, and how to avoid the three big health and safety fines. Kevin Underwood, the BWF’s technical director, will be running a workshop on the practical introduction of CE Marking of fire doorsets.

Keynote speakers include Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive of Build UK, who will give an update on the progress being made on fundamental supply chain issues and Bill Esterton MP who is expected to give his viewpoint on the implications of the EU Referendum and the latest iteration of the Government’s construction strategy.

Prior to the event, the BWF AGM on 6th July will confirm the appointment of a new BWF President for 2016. There will also be a drinks reception and informal networking dinner on the evening of 6th July.

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Carrefour International du Bois 2016 | 1-3 June 2016 | Nantes

From Wednesday 1 June 2016 to Friday 3 June, Nantes (France) will host the Carrefour International du Bois 2016.

The tradeshow - organised every 2 years in Nantes by Atlanbois and The Grand Maritime Port de Nantes Saint Nazaire - offers a wide range of conferences with French and international speakers, covering all the topics of the timber industry: markets, constructive systems, interior fitting, timber architecture in France and from abroad. 

Over 500 exhibitors and 10 000 visitors are expected to join the event.

In details Timber Techniques & Solution conferences include:

  • Wednesday 1st June: The annual report of the latest figures for the French Timber and Forestry Industry, focus on England and the international conference …. “ Reinventing the city … sustainability, creativity and wood”
  • Thursday 2nd June: Morning – visits of buildings and sites in Nantes and in the afternoon, conferences with the topics : timber and energy, timber and the environment, timber in the living space.
  • Friday 3rd June: Technical day, special timber construction, Workshops for specifiers, engineers and constructors.

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