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Towards greater transparency in the tropical timber markets

The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.


 

 

1-15 October 2015

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CLT creates new opportunities for hardwoods

Cross-laminated lumber (CLT) offers new opportunities to extend the use of hardwood in high-end structural applications. CLT panels consist of several layers of sawnwood stacked and glued crosswise.
 
The result is a light but very strong panel product that can be made off-site and erected quickly to form structural walls, floors and ceilings. CLT is used in a wide range of applications in single-family houses, multi-storey towers, public buildings and specialty construction.
 

Also in this issue

  • Malaysian manufacturing to get boost from TPP
  • Indonesian importers face due diligence              
  • Indonesia plans relaxation of legality verification requirements
  • Policy changes could stimulate private sector development of affordable housing
  • TPP implementation a challenge for Japan’s agri- and timber sectors
  • ‘Long March to Quality’ a product quality campaign in China
  • European construction activity stalls
  • US industry welcomes Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
  • US housing market recovery continues despite dip in consumer confidence
 

Data snapshot

Global Competitiveness 2015-16



 

The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 presents indices that provide detailed profiles highlighting competitive strengths and weaknesses for each of the 140 economies featured.
 
The press release announcing the latest report says “A failure to embrace long-term structural reforms that boost productivity and free up entrepreneurial talent is harming the global economy’s ability to improve living standards, solve persistently high unemployment and generate adequate resilience for future economic downturns.”
 
See: http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2015-2016/competitiveness-rankings/

 

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