This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China
Sino-Canada Wood Conference explores green building, recognizes competition winners
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the...More

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the second-annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Shanghai.

The conference, with its theme of “Wood products for a greener future”, featured speakers discussing topics that include China’s forest policies, wood supply outlook and competitive landscape, how Canada is positioned to meet China’s demand for wood products, industrialization of wood construction and how sustainable wood products provide an environmentally friendly option for building demands, including for mid-rise and tall wood projects.

Some of the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates participated in an industry panel on topics affecting the Chinese wood industry. The panel was moderated by Council of Forest Industries president and CEO Susan Yurkovich.

Among those in attendance at the conference were 50 professors and students involved in the first annual Chinese University Timber Structure Competition for which Thomson presented the top prize. The competition challenges architecture and engineering students from timber design courses at eight Chinese universities to apply their knowledge in a hands-on wood design project. The projects encourage students to continue pursuing an interest in wood design and to translate it into a career to help fill China’s deficit of qualified wood designers.

This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China. The eight-week Timber Engineering Course at Tongji University is taught to senior engineering students. The University of British Columbia, led by Professor Frank Lam, was instrumental in helping with the creation of the course, including training of the Chinese professors involved and with participation in teaching. Approximately 80 students registered for the course in its first year in 2003 and it has since grown to more than 400 students annually, making it one of the largest timber engineering courses in the world.

Conference partners and supporters include the Shanghai Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural Development, the Shanghai Wood Industry Association, the China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association, the China National Furniture Association and the Canadian Embassy.

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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Minister Thomson tours a six-storey 2x4 demonstration project and a two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan.
New opportunities open up in Japan for building with wood
Monday, November 28, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey,...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project and two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan, just outside Tokyo.

The projects are located at the Building Research Institute, Japan’s leading government research organization focused on housing, building and urban planning. The institute has an extensive history of joint research and development with foreign organizations, including programs with the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations and Canada Wood.

Completed in March 2016, the six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project (funded by the Japanese government) shows the viability of six-storey, 2x4, mid-rise structures made entirely from wood by incorporating “fireproof” features. This is the first building to achieve Japan’s two-hour fire-resistive standard for wood construction. Over 1,000 building professionals have visited the project since its completion.

Previously, 2x4 buildings were limited to four floors in wood or four floors in wood atop one floor with reinforced concrete in Japan. However, with achieving a new two-hour fireproof standard, 2x4 buildings can be built as high as six storeys in wood. The demonstration project is the first to incorporate these fireproof features as well as various innovative wall/floor components such as double-midply wall system, I-joists, parallel chord floor trusses and cross-laminated timber floors.

The two-storey cross-laminated timber test house is next to the 2x4 demonstration project and is meant to advance cross-laminated timber construction in Japan. The 130-square-metre test house is constructed from two-metre wide by six-metre long cross-laminated panels made from Japanese Sugi.

Both projects will be equipped with sensors that measure a variety of performance indicators such as durability, energy efficiency and seismic resistance.

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, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

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

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The San Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed using Douglas fir and western red cedar
British Columbia wood products’ contribution to reconstruction efforts in Japan
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mission delegates had the opportunity to visit the Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market in Natori City, and a replica of a famous Japanese historic sailing ship,the Sant Juan Bautista in Ishinomaki City.

The Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market, were two of four public buildings funded by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Alberta under the $4.6-million Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

The library serves Natori City’s 72,000 inhabitants and demonstrates how wood-frame public structures made with environmentally sustainable wood products from British Columbia and the rest of Canada are ideal building solutions. “Donguri” is Japanese for acorn, symbolizing regeneration, and “Anne” is an acknowledgement of “Anne of Green Gables”, Japan’s favourite Canadian novel.

The new Yuriage public market has served as a commercial hub and tourist destination. The rebuilt market draws 6,000 to 7,000 people daily on the weekends – an increase from the 3,000 to 4,000 visitors before the earthquake. Because of this increased popularity, public market officials have since added additional booth spaces to accommodate visitors.

Inspired by British Columbian timber frame design, the main pavilion integrates a food court, exterior deck and public meeting spaces. The project also consists of two additional separate structures which house seven commercial booths each, which were constructed in the platform frame method. Locally, it is nicknamed “Maple Hall” in recognition of Canada’s humanitarian assistance.

Natori City officials also showed trade mission delegates their plans for further reconstruction in the area.‎

During the 2011 Forestry Asia Trade Mission, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson met with the governor of the Miyagi Prefacture, at which time the vice-governor asked for replacement masts for the San Juan Bautista. This ship’s masts had been destroyed in the March 2011 earthquake.

The Sant Juan Bautista was a Japanese-built Spanish galleon that led an expedition from Miyagi Prefecture to Mexico and Europe in 1613 and is viewed as a symbol of the region’s outward engagement with the world. It is a local cultural treasure.

Western Forest Products was able to donate five specially harvested Douglas-fir and one western redcedar logs needed to replace the masts. The Sant Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed as a local historical treasure in time for the 400th Anniversary Celebration held in November 2013.

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 on the trade mission visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan and China
2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan, China
Friday, November 25, 2016

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, 2016.

It is Thomson’s fifth trade mission to China and Japan as forests minister. China and Japan are respectively B.C.’s second- and third-largest markets for softwood lumber products.

Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

 

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FII India hosts B.C. Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong during networking event
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister,...More

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister, accompanied by a delegation of senior provincial and federal government officials, joined a networking event with over 30 Indian wood industry leaders.

The event provided an opportunity to promote B.C. wood species to a target audience and position Canada as a long-term sustainable source of fibre able to meet India’s growing demand. The Minister also used the occasion to announce FII India’s regional expansion (Delhi and Bangalore), and the completion of FII’s first wood demonstration project in India.

With Budget 2016, the Province committed $5 million over three years to promote a stronger B.C. wood brand in India. This investment is helping B.C. companies establish themselves as the world’s leading suppliers of sustainably harvested wood products to a market that includes the world’s largest middle class.

The visit to FII’s office in Mumbai formed part of a larger trade mission by Minister de Jong who also met with Indian Finance Minister, Minister of Corporate Affairs in the cabinet of India, Arun Jaitley to discuss ways to continue to strengthen economic ties between India and B.C.

FII India was established in Mumbai in 2012 as a subsidiary company of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII). Market development efforts are delivered in partnership with the B.C. forest industry and supported by the Government of Canada through contributions from Natural Resource Canada. FII India’s primary role is to increase awareness for B.C. (and Canadian) wood species by communicating the benefits of B.C. wood and by providing technical support to customers. For more information on FII India, visit www.canadianwood.in.

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The new naturally:wood website
FII updates its leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’...More

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’s manufacturing jobs, and supported over 7,000 B.C. businesses, directly supporting the BC Jobs Plan.

Not only does forestry contribute to the economy, but our province is increasingly recognized as being a leader in sustainable forest management and at the forefront of developing new wood products and building systems. Projects such as the UBC Brock Commons tall wood hybrid student residence is gaining attention at an international level, creating new markets for B.C. products. 

To communicate B.C.’s world-leading sustainable forest practices and to increase global awareness of our diverse range of forest products, we recently updated our leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website.

The website connects B.C. suppliers with international buyers, profiling approximately 500 B.C. wood product manufacturers through a comprehensive supplier directory. Other resources provide credible information on the environmental benefits of building with wood, showcase B.C.’s sustainable forest management practices, and highlight the latest building trends and innovation.

The naturally:wood website also includes:

  • B.C. softwood and hardwood species information
  • A Project Gallery profiling innovative wood buildings across B.C.
  • A green building toolkit
  • Videos and case studies on leading edge non-residential and mid-rise structures using B.C. wood products
  • Case studies on the use of wood in a variety of sectors including tall wood, healthcare, and education

Visit www.naturallywood.com for more details.

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Government of Canada officials visit FII India in Mumbai
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and senior federal government officials visit FII India in Mumbai
Thursday, September 15, 2016

On September 9, 2016 Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, James Carr, accompanied by a delegation of senior federal government officials, visited FII India’s office in Mumbai. The...More

On September 9, 2016 Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, James Carr, accompanied by a delegation of senior federal government officials, visited FII India’s office in Mumbai. The Minister and his delegation participated in a roundtable discussion with the wood community in India, including leading Indian wood product manufacturers, importers and real estate developers.

The purpose of the visit was to better understand and explore opportunities for collaboration between India and Canada. The roundtable facilitated an in-depth discussion around the challenges faced by the Indian wood industry and the opportunities that exist for Canadian wood in India.

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Federal and provincial representatives join UBC to celebrate the completion of Brock Commons
Federal and provincial representatives join UBC to celebrate the completion of Brock Commons
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Federal and provincial government representatives joined UBC at the Brock Commons tall wood student residence site to celebrate the completion of the mass timber structure, which...More

Federal and provincial government representatives joined UBC at the Brock Commons tall wood student residence site to celebrate the completion of the mass timber structure, which finished weeks ahead of schedule. At 18 storeys (53 metres), it will be the world’s tallest wood building when completed in fall 2017.

Visit FII's naturally:wood website to learn more about UBC’s tall wood student residence including the latest time-lapse construction video, case studies and factsheets about the advantages of building taller with wood. 

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FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson (centre) and FII CEO Michael Loseth (second from left) met with various delegations during the GBM in Whistler.
2016 Global Buyers Mission
Monday, September 12, 2016

Wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products during the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler from September 9-11, 2016. The GBM...More

Wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products during the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler from September 9-11, 2016. The GBM is a business building event for wood products manufacturers interested in growing their export market opportunities.

The B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson was on hand to welcome delegates and officially open the GBM. In addition to representatives from B.C.'s forest product industry, in attendance were over 300 pre-qualified international buyers and North American architects, designers, builders, contractors, developers, and engineers.

FII’s presence at the three-day tradeshow included a naturally:wood booth where delegates were able to view videos, as well as pick-up fact sheets and case studies detailing B.C.'s sustainable forest management and products. FII also profiled market research available to industry.

The Global Buyers Mission is organized by BC Wood, a not-for-profit trade association that represents B.C.’s value-added wood sector.

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Strong Past, Bright Future
Province sets agenda to address forest sector competitiveness
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PRINCE GEORGE - The provincial government today released its agenda to enhance the competitiveness of B.C.'s forest sector so that it continues to make investments and provide family-...More

PRINCE GEORGE - The provincial government today released its agenda to enhance the competitiveness of B.C.'s forest sector so that it continues to make investments and provide family-supporting jobs in communities throughout the province.

The agenda called "Strong Past, Bright Future" contains 49 strategic actions to address three key inter-related goals: healthy, resilient forests; diverse, globally competitive industry; and stable communities and First Nations.

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First ever Wood Best Practices: Industry Forum takes place in Vancouver
First ever Wood Best Practices: Industry Forum takes place in Vancouver
Monday, June 6, 2016

In partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Canada Wood, and other program delivery partners, FII will deliver the Wood Best Practices: Industry Forum from June 6–10, 2016 in Vancouver...More

In partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Canada Wood, and other program delivery partners, FII will deliver the Wood Best Practices: Industry Forum from June 6–10, 2016 in Vancouver.

The purpose of the Forum is to enhance working relationships across organizations, discuss best practices and lessons learned in geographic and sector markets, leverage knowledge from program delivery staff in North America and across Asia, and ultimately to grow more opportunities for B.C. and Canadian wood products domestically and internationally.

The Forum will feature presentations, roundtables, workshops, site visits, and networking opportunities. Speakers will include architects, engineers, building owners, scientists and fire protection consultants. Roundtables and workshops will allow attendees to discuss a wide range of topics including mid-rise/ taller/ non-residential buildings, building performance (fire, maintenance), remanufacturing, climate change, sustainable forestry and business operations including communications and performance metrics. Site visits to new construction projects will demonstrate innovative uses of wood including the 18-storey mass-timber hybrid Brock Commons building under construction at UBC, commercial buildings using mass timber, elderly care facilities and other mid-rise projects.

As part of the Forum, Canada Wood will also host an evening reception with remarks by Minister Steve Thompson, FLNRO; Assistant Deputy Minister Glenn Mason, NRCan; and Rick Jeffrey, Chair and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association and Chair of the Canada Wood Group. 

Forum participants include representatives from BC Wood, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Canada Wood (Canada, China, Korea, and Japan), Canadian Wood Council, Ceco Bois, Council of Forest Industries, FII (Canada, China and India), Forest Products Association of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, NRCan, and Wood Works (B.C. and Ontario).   

For more updates about the Forum, please follow FII on LinkedIn

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The Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and industry representatives embark on trade mission to India
The Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and industry representatives embark on trade mission to India
Representatives from the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and industry embark on trade mission to India
Monday, May 30, 2016

MUMBAI – Representatives from the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and the B.C. forest industry have embarked on a six-day trade mission across India to identify opportunities...More

MUMBAI – Representatives from the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada and the B.C. forest industry have embarked on a six-day trade mission across India to identify opportunities for Canadian wood products, meet with Indian wood product manufacturers and build relationships with the wood using community. 

Organized by FII India staff in Mumbai and led by Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the Province of B.C., the 15-person delegation includes senior-level representatives from the Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada), Canfor, Coast Clear Wood Ltd., Tolko, West Fraser, Western Forest Products and Canada Wood.  

The mission program includes a day-long information and strategy session, a political update from the Consul General of Canada to Mumbai, and eight site visits to wood product manufacturers in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore.

The program includes visits to several furniture manufacturers including some who have or are currently undertaking product trials using B.C. wood. For example, MAS Furniture Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of furniture is currently undertaking product trials using western hemlock and SPF. The group will also visit Kelachandra Veneer Industries, one of the largest wood products manufacturers in India using Canadian products for doors.

Economic, demographic and industrial indicators continue to support the case for market development efforts in India and government, industry and trade associations recognize the important role trade missions play in opening emerging markets for Canadian forest products.

For more information, photos and updates on the mission as they happen, follow FII on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/forestry-innovation-investment

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Chinese Minister issues strong official endorsement for wood construction
Chinese Central Government Minister issues strong official endorsement for wood construction
Friday, May 20, 2016

Thursday May 4 was an important day for China’s wood construction community, as Minister Chen Zheng Gao of MOHURD (Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development) publically championed...More

Thursday May 4 was an important day for China’s wood construction community, as Minister Chen Zheng Gao of MOHURD (Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development) publically championed for wood construction in a speech to a gathering of senior officials in Beijing. The full speech was posted on the China Network Television homepage (www.CNTV.cn), China’s 16th most visited website with approximately five million weekly visits. 

During his speech, Minister Chen highlighted the environmental benefits of building with wood compared to steel and concrete and discussed the need to promote wood construction in China, to correct prevailing misconceptions about deforestation, and to continue to develop favorable conditions for wood construction.

The message signals a new, more positive tone from the central government and marks the first time that a senior government leader has become an advocate of wood construction. Contents of the speech have also been included in training materials for the National State Council’s Chinese Academy of Governance, which is the highest level organization offering political training in China.

Minister Chen discussed a wide range of topics in addressing an audience of approximately 800 officials and members of academia. Topics ranged from urban planning and construction strategies to wood construction as a viable solution for construction industrialization (prefabrication). During this speech, the Minister recognized new opportunities to use wood, including a reference to the 18-storey “wood building” under construction in Canada. 

According to FII China General Manager Lisa Dou,Public support of a high-ranking government official will help strengthen the profile of wood with different levels of government and within the construction industry. We are also hopeful that the Minster’s support will help drive forward policy development work and draw the construction industry’s attention to wood. However, we still have a lot of work to do in order to bridge the gap between government recognition of wood and commercial activity”. 

When market development efforts began in China over a decade ago, there were no policies that favored wood. In fact, public perception of wood construction was generally negative and official endorsement of wood was non-existent. This speech reflects the valuable work carried out by market development agencies including FII China and Canada Wood China. Ongoing activities include technical transfer, government relations, education and training, as well as marketing and promotion.

Minister Chen’s speech was part of the “Reports of the prospects of the 13th Five-Year Plan” held at the Great Hall of People. During the session, each of China’s ministers detailed how the latest 5-year plan will impact the direction of their respective ministry. MOHURD is one of China’s 20 ministries under the State Council and is responsible for providing housing and regulating construction, including policy development and establishing codes and standards.

TRANSLATION OF THE SPEECH

Link to the video (in Chinese). The Minister discusses wood at 1 hour 33 minutes to 1 hour 38 minutes.

I believe that it is important for China to create favorable conditions for modern wood construction. Why do I say “favorable conditions”? When MOHURD drafted the proposal of promoting wood construction to the State Council some people expressed concern regarding deforestation. However, it is incorrect to assume that building wood structures will lead to deforestation.

It has surprised me that the State Forestry Council has been our greatest supporter in promoting wood construction - I wouldn’t have expected this. I myself am a long-time supporter of wood construction; I believe we owe this to our future generations. When we look at Japan, more than half of their residential buildings are built with wood; in rural areas this figure is almost 100%.

The benefits of wood are manifold. First of all, wood is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Wood can grow from the earth – concrete and steel can’t. We have to damage our environment to produce both. We will see how many years we have left until there is nothing left to extract.

Secondly, wood structures have several advantages. They are low-carbon, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and better insulated. They are also suitable for high seismic areas and are fast to construct. According to our study, a wood frame building uses 45% less energy during the construction phase and 50% – 70% during the usage phase compared to a concrete structure.  

Moreover, we can build both low and high-rise wood structures. In Canada the highest wood buildings are up-to 18 stories. Wood is also suitable for both residential and public buildings. I have a photo of the waiting room of a foreign airport where the long-span beam was made from manufactured glulam.

However, China lacks localized codes for both construction and building materials industry that relate to wood. Therefore, we have applied North American and Northern European standards. We are far behind - if China would promote wood structures to even half of the extent of Japan, we would dramatically improve the construction industry’s environmental footprint and building energy-efficiency. We would also give birth to a new industry that would need lots of manpower to plant trees and to manufacture materials. Wood needs to be treated and fabricated, this is a huge industry. Therefore, we need to collaborate and do our best to promote wood structures in China.

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B.C. invests $8 million to advance wood and grow global markets
Friday, April 8, 2016

KELOWNA - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, help advance wood building systems and products, and to...More

KELOWNA - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, help advance wood building systems and products, and to expand global markets for B.C. wood products.

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Peter Bradfield, FI India Technical Advisor, addresses the local wood importer community in Gujarat, India
Peter Bradfield, FI India Technical Advisor, addresses the local wood importer community in Gujarat, India
FII promotes Canadian lumber in Gujarat, India
Saturday, February 13, 2016

On February 13, 2016 FII India participated in the Vibrant Kutch event held in India's westernmost state of Gujarat. Gujarat is a notable market for wood imports and exports as the ports...More

On February 13, 2016 FII India participated in the Vibrant Kutch event held in India's westernmost state of Gujarat. Gujarat is a notable market for wood imports and exports as the ports of Mundra and Kandla have emerged as forerunners accelerating economic growth in the region. In order to engage with the wood import community, FII India organized an information session to share creative applications and design possibilities when using Canadian wood. The hour-long interactive seminar focused on wood import and export trends, growth of sawn lumber and the adoption of Canadian wood by large-scale Indian manufacturers. The presentation gave the audience a comprehensive overview of Canadian wood and its possible applications in India.

“It is heartening to note that in spite of the country's fascination with tropical hardwoods, the import of softwoods has been growing steadily from 29% to 38% over the last three years. We have also seen a positive trend in the import of lumber growing from 2% to 10% over the last three years." - Peter Bradfield, FII India Technical Advisor. 

For more information on FII India and upcoming events in India, please visit www.canadianwood.in/about-us

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