The Japan Furniture Industry Development Association has established a new ‘labelling’ system for domestically made furniture. The aim is to generate higher sales of locally made furniture.
To meet the criteria for labelling manufacturers must be implementing a raw material chain of custody system such as that of FSC, PEFC and SGEC, or have a supplier’s certificate verifying the legality of the wood raw material.
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Sixty percent of Sarawak’s 2013 log exports go to India
Bank of Guyana reports increased loans to forestry sector
China’s forestry “go global” accelerating
Signs of revival in European wooden furniture manufacturing
European furniture shows highlight continuing strong fashion for oak
Canada and US partnership develops EPDs for MDF and particleboard
German buildings permits (thousands units)
Source: Federal Statistical Office, Germany
German housing market is warming up
The euro area housing market is extremely diverse, and does not respond as a single market, but rather as independent economies. The German housing market is warming up after a decade and house prices and construction activity are increasing because record low interest rates are encouraging house purchases.