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IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at the age of 91

As the whole world already knows, the IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad has died at the age of 91. IKEA is the paragon of the global players in the wood industry and perhaps the only representative who deserves this qualification. This company continues to expand its commercial presence in the world, while developing a vertical integration that extends from the forest to the house. Even though the founder had already retired from operational activities for ages, he retained some form of control of his empire. It can not be said that the major developments in IKEA in recent years have been against his will... [more...]

EU imports of furniture from tropical countries rising in 2017

In the first nine months of 2017, EU imports increased from all four leading tropical supply countries; rising by 3% from Vietnam to euro567 millio... [more...]

Growth in hospitality sector creates new opportunities for the furniture industry

According to recent CSIL research carried out with focus on 16 Western pean countries, the total value of the European market for contract furniture and furnishings in 2016 was euro7.5 billion while total production was 9 billion... [more...]


Domotex 2018: FN Neuhofer Holz presents digital printed panels and more

Already renowned for its innovation in marketing, services and product development, the Austrian family-owned company FN Neuhofer Holz also shone at this year's edition of Domotex in Hanover. The numerous visitors were able to admire exciting new products and get professional advice from the FN team at two stands with a total presentation area of 380 m². ...... [more...]

End-of-show report on Magna Expo Mueblera (17–20 January 2018):

This year’s Magna Expo Mueblera – consisting of two international flagship fairs, Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial and Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores – delivered top-notch results. The double-header event featured 210 exhibitors from around the world, including countries such as ...... [more...]

EU FLEGT Independent Market Monitor launches website and newsletter

The EU FLEGT Independent Market Monitor (IMM) project has launched its website and published the first edition of its quarterly newsletter. Funded by the EU and managed by the International Tropical Timber Organisation, the role of the IMM is to monitor trade flows from ...... [more...]


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Unilin reacts on termination of sublicensing agreement with UWC

Unilin reacts on Ulrich Windmöller Consulting’s (UWC) intention to terminate the exclusive sublicensing agreement it has entered into with Unilin’s IP division in 2010. According to Unilin, this exclusive sublicense contract ...... [more...]

I4F signs strategic partnership agreement with Ulrich Windmöller Consulting (UWC)

Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a company providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ulrich Windmöller Consulting (UWC). UWC owns all the patent rights for ...... [more...]

Domotex: I4F and Classen extend strategic partnership

Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring solutions, announced an extension to its strategic partnership with the Classen Group. With immediate effect, I4F obtains exclusive sub-licensing rights for one of Classen’s IP portfolios, comprising over ...... [more...]

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Company accused by EIA of supplying illegal teak for luxury yachts denies allegations

Two of the biggest exhibitors at the London Boat Show, which took place between January 10-14th are accused by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) of building luxury yachts with illegitimate teak from Myanmar. The investigation made on Sunseeker International and Princess Yachts International has revealed that the Burmese teak entering the supply chains of the companies had been traded in breach of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)... [ more...]

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