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During the past year, Canada Wood Group made significant progress opening up the market for five and six-storey platform-frame construction (PFC) wooden mid-rise buildings in Japan. New market research has identified opportunities in the midrise and hotel segments that could generate an additional 250,000 m3 annually of new forest products demand.

In May, 2016 Japan’s largest platform frame structure was completed: the fivestorey 9,000 m2 Asakaen Elderly Care Home in Adachi Ward, Tokyo signaled the first large-scale adaption of B.C.-developed Midply technology. In addition, an MOU was signed with one of Japan’s largest homebuilders to further advance the adoption of Midply in Japan. Design improvements with Midply technology ensures that PFC is well-positioned commercially as a leading seismic solution for large/ multi-story buildings.