The premier event for the wood industry in the Middle East and North African regions included the recent American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibit at the Dubai Wood Show. A 17-member AMSO delegation fielded inquiries from importers, distributors and design professionals regarding the uses and benefits of US softwood lumber.
More than 200 exhibitors from 37 countries participated, attracting more than 9,000 attendees for the three-day event. Visitors came from throughout the Middle East, India and Pakistan.
A slowdown in economic growth, political unrest and a strong dollar have led to decreased sales to the region. Egypt continues to be the largest market for American softwoods with sales of $8.2 million last year, up from $6.2 million in 2015.
SFPA members can review a complete report of this activity, including a list of contacts made and additional market data,
Seven SFPA member sawmills are recipients of the Sawmill Safety Award, recognizing outstanding safety records during 2016.
SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division I includes sawmills that produce 50 million board feet or less annually; Division II sawmills produce 51 to 150 million board feet; and Division III mills produce more than 150 million board feet. The seven sawmills being honored this year:
Weyerhaeuser Company – Zwolle, Louisiana
Canfor Southern Pine – Jackson, Alabama
Weyerhaeuser Company – Holden, Louisiana; Millport, Alabama
Canfor Southern Pine – Graham, North Carolina
Weyerhaeuser Company – Bruce, Mississippi; Dodson, Louisiana
“All seven mills receiving the award for 2016 recorded perfect safety records,
This was the fifth year American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibited at Delhiwood at the India Expo Center and Mart, Greater Noida, in Delhi, India. Eight U.S.-based softwood exporters and a member of Oregon State University attended the show under the banner of the American Softwoods Pavilion. Show sponsors stated that over 25,000 visitors toured the displays of 474 exhibitors (239 from India/235 from overseas). SFPA’s European consultant Charles Trevor, based in London, took the opportunity to improve the level of knowledge about American softwood species, grades and sizes among Indian visitors to the stand. Wood samples were a useful aid in explaining the differences. “We are positive that this show offers us a strategic platform from which we can interact with our intended target audience, and enable us to share more knowledge on the wide array of American softwood species and their significant potential for a range of applications,” Charles noted.
Over the past several years, there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability, and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies. To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties, The Softwood Lumber Board’s reTHINK Wood campaign has launched its Wood Research Library to serve as the go-to industry resource for those seeking information on the latest advancements in wood’s performance and advantages in the built environment.
Today, mass timber technologies, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT) and glued laminated timber (glulam), are gaining traction in the United States for mid-rise and tall wood structures. This publicly accessible and comprehensive reTHINK Wood Research Library will be frequently updated with the latest research on wood building products and systems worldwide, as well as demonstrate where research gaps currently exist.
For the fourth consecutive year, attendees at the JLC LIVE, Residential Construction Show in Providence, Rhode Island were attracted to the lobby display of softwood associations. A great number of the 9,000 attendees were eager to get wood product information from all three organizations: SFPA representing Southern Pine, along with Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association and Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. The Softwood Lumber Board sponsored the exhibit promoting North American lumber products, part of its Wood, Naturally campaign. SFPA’s Eric Gee served as the exhibit’s coordinator for this event and he provided this post-show report:
“With this being our fourth year at JLC LIVE, the attendees have grown eager to speak with associations’ staffers about the benefits of using softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and nonresidential construction. The discussions focused around application; specifically,
Erin Graham has joined the SFPA staff as Communications Director. A native of New Orleans, Erin has more than 12 years’ experience in advertising and graphic design. She began her career at Innovative Advertising in Covington, LA, working as an account executive for beverage and restaurant accounts, specializing in creating quarterly ad campaigns and assisting with media buys. In 2007, Erin moved to SPAR, Inc., a package design firm, where she began exploring her talents in the design field. She has designed packages for many of Sazerac, Inc. brands including W. L. Weller Bourbon, Ten High Bourbon and Legendre Ojen Liqueur.
“I’m excited to learn about the Southern Pine industry, meet the members and promote the use of member products in domestic and international markets.” Erin has a BA degree in Integrated Communications with a minor in Graphic Design from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In her spare time she enjoys fishing in Dauphin Island with her family and playing golf with her dad.
Registration to attend the 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – EXPO 2017 – is now open; visit SFPAexpo.com. This three-day event will be held June 14-16 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.
The show for 2017 is shaping up to be another record event – larger than the 2015 show – continuing to benefit from an industry-wide recovery and many companies with ongoing upgrades underway. More than 150 companies are set to exhibit the latest equipment and services for the forest products industry, across more than 51,000 square feet of indoor space.
Some exhibit space remains. “More than 90% of the floor plan is under contract,” notes exposition director Eric Gee. “Many exhibitors returning from the 2015 show have expanded their displays for EXPO 2017, plus we have many first-time exhibitors,” he adds.
Complete registration information, housing details and other show facts are available by visiting SFPAexpo.com.
SFPA welcomes the Crossett Economic Development Foundation of Crossett, Arkansas, as a new Associate member. Since its formation in 2001, the foundation has worked to provide quality economic development services to the City of Crossett. Its primary mission is to create jobs and opportunities for the community, working with existing businesses and also recruiting new industry to the area. Jobs have been both saved and created due to the foundation’s efforts working with local enterprises.
Mike Smith is the Executive Director and will represent the foundation with SFPA. Contact him at 870/364-8745, or send e-mail to email@example.com. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.cityofcrossett.net.
For the seventh consecutive year, shipments of Southern Pine lumber in 2016 have increased, reaching a total of 17.34 billion board feet (Bbf), 4% above the 2015 volume. Tabulation of SP shipment totals is a cooperative effort with the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau and Timber Products Inspection.
SFPA members can review further details, including a month-by-month comparison of shipments over the past three years, within the Members Only section of SFPA.org. Also there is an historical summary of annual SP shipments, 1915-2016.
On behalf of American Softwoods, two recent presentations in Semarang and Surabaya, Indonesia, introduced importers and key decision makers to American softwood products. SFPA’s Eric Gee introduced the features and benefits of Southern Pine materials, including treated products. While markets for pressure-treated lumber exist, a better understanding of proper retention levels and recommended preservative types is needed in the country’s severe wood decay hazard environment. Eric addressed the merits of using SP for interior applications, too, especially doors, stairs and windows. He also covered abundant Southern Pine resources, forest management practices, sustainability, and the legality of timber harvesting.
Eric teamed with Chris Knowles of Oregon State University who spoke about several U.S. softwood species available from the northeastern and western states. The seminars provided an interactive learning environment where the audience eagerly engaged both speakers on a variety of subjects. During the reception which followed each event,