B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in...More

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in the first major commercial wood demonstration project to showcase B.C. forest products in India.

As India's economy grows, traditional wood supply cannot meet increasing demand. As a leading supplier of sustainable forest products, British Columbia is seen as an attractive long-term supplier. Support for the project is being provided by the Government of B.C.'s market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), through its India office.

The wood products will be used to construct a facility housing several design workshops at India's Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University located in Ahmedabad, Gujurat State and will serve as a showcase to help grow awareness and demand in India for B.C. wood products.

Incorporating wood, concrete and steel, the project will not only inspire the school's students who work and design with wood, but will also be a model of sustainable architecture and environmental responsibility for the Indian design community. By introducing Canadian wood species through special projects and course curriculum, the university sees the project as providing a long-term opportunity for collaboration with British Columbia and Canada.

In addition to the glue-laminated arches for the roof assembly supplied by Penticton-based Structurlam, other B.C. wood products, including those made of hemlock, Douglas fir and yellow cedar, are being used extensively throughout the project in a range of interior and exterior applications. These products are being supplied by Surrey's Coast Clear Wood and through a donation of lumber from the Coast Forest Products Association.

During an October 2016 trade mission to India, Finance Minister Michael de Jong visited the CEPT University campus to support a partnership between the Province and the University. In November, FII India entered into an agreement to support the extensive use of B.C. forest products in the project. Under the agreement, the Province will invest approximately $100,000 to share the costs, with CEPT, of the B.C. wood used in the project and to cover import duties for B.C. products not currently available in India. Industry will donate an additional $11,000 worth of B.C. lumber already in India.

This demonstration project is a direct result of the Province's accelerated market development efforts in India. In addition to pursuing product trials and other high-profile commercialization projects, the strategy for growing demand for B.C. wood products in India includes collaboratively promoting the Canadian wood brand with Natural Resources Canada and industry through Canada Wood.

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province's goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.'s Forest Sector.

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CFPA President and CEO Rick Jefferey, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor during this mission to Asia
Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website. 

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led...More

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province’s focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets.

More than 25 senior executives from provincial forest companies and associations toured Japan and China amplifying the latest efforts to maintain and expand the industry’s overseas market reach as well as strengthen key Asian markets.

Among the places the group visited in Japan was the Tohoku region where they viewed the progress made on reconstruction since the 2011 earthquake devastated the region. At that time, the governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with 14 forest companies, contributed a total of $4.6 million to rebuilding key public buildings with Canadian wood products. In China, the group went to Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing where they spoke at the second annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference where discussions with industry executives and government officials on advancing wood design systems.

B.C.’s top five lumber customers by volume are the U.S., China, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea.

This mission would not have been possible without financial support from the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada and the B.C. government through FII.

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Mission delegates meet with counterparts in Nanjing, Jiangsu province during the 2016 mission to Asia.
Prefabricated wood project highlights final leg of Asia trade mission
Monday, December 5, 2016

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of...More

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of Housing Urban and Rural Development to discuss progress on a memorandum of understanding that Thomson signed with the minister in 2014. The agreement includes enhanced co-operation and communication between the two governments, and commitments to research opportunities and locations for wood-frame construction in Jiangsu Province.

Building on the successful re-roofing initiatives in the Jiangsu cities of Nanjing and Zhenjiang, the two ministers discussed the potential for wood infill wall systems. A wood infill wall is a standard wall made from 2X6s and drywall, and installed between concrete floors, ceilings and pillars. About 21,600 households have benefited from the wood truss re-roofing projects.

Green building and construction industrialization, such as prefabrication, are two trends driving China’s construction sector, along with the development of regulations and policies that include ambitious targets of increasing prefabrication construction to 30% over the next 10 years.

The use of the new wall system was showcased during a site visit to Nanjing Middle School of Vocational Studies – the first commercialized project for wood infill walls. The wood infill wall is used in the school’s office building, which has a total wall area of 1,000 square metres. This trial project will allow for further study on the commercial viability of interior partition wall applications in Jiangsu.

Scheduled for completion in early winter, the school will leave a portion of the wood components visible to showcase the green building technology used in its construction and to promote wood as an environmentally friendly alternative to China’s traditional construction materials of steel and concrete.

Trade mission delegates also visited Nanjing Tech University, where they discussed potential long-term opportunities in China in the field of mass timber construction, learned about research being conducted for hybrid construction and helped promote the university’s wood research program. Delegates also used the University of British Columbia’s 18-storey Brock Commons and the six-storey Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George as examples to strengthen British Columbia’s image as a leader in mass timber and tall wood construction.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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John Kozij (NRCan) address the audience at the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
Friday, December 2, 2016

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to...More

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to advance discussion around sustainable forest management practices during the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging in Beijing.

Organized jointly by Natural Resources Canada and China’s State Forestry Administration, the roundtable was officially opened by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson as part of the 2016 Asia Trade Mission. During the roundtable, the Canadian delegation made presentations regarding Canadian government policy on combating illegal logging and its trade, Canadian industry practices to ensure sustainability, legality and traceability, and forest governance across Canadian jurisdictions. Thomson’s remarks to start the conference specifically noted British Columbia’s track record for producing legal and sustainable forest products.

In addition to the Chinese industry’s view and actions on responsible forest product trade, the Chinese delegation provided a summary and expected outcomes of recent policies announced by the central government, encouraging the use of wood in construction. They also provided context for how these policies align with the Chinese government’s top priorities of reducing carbon emissions, tackling climate change, and resource and energy conservation.

Representatives from non-governmental organizations in attendance gave presentations on their support for China in its efforts to promote legal trade and to combat illegal logging and its trade.

Canada is the world leader in sustainable forest certification, with more than 40% of the world’s third-party certified forests equal to 166 million hectares certified to one of three international standards. British Columbia alone has 52 million hectares certified to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards, more than any other jurisdiction in the world apart from Canada as a whole.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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