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.