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  • February 03, 2015 12:13

I4F patent lawsuit against Unilin: ''Hot air'' or revolution?

On the 22nd of December 2014, the company Innovations 4 Flooring (I4F) has filed a lawsuit against the flooring manufacturer Unilin. It concerns the cancellation of the patent EP 1.026.341 from 1997 in the Netherlands. In the patent laminate floorings with click-connection and their production is described. In early January, Unilin made a counter lawsuit against the patent for the Triplelock tecnhology I4F. Reactions from the industry indicate that the action is a marketing measure, in order to start a dialogue. IHB-Fordaq has spoken at this year's Domotex in Hannover, Germany with all stakeholders.... [more...]

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  • January 29, 2015 12:03

FORDAQ launches online auctions service on its website

FORDAQ is pleased to announce the launch of a new online auctions service on its website. You can already check our exclusive auctions with products starting from tools, woodworking machines to full production lines and many more in France, Belgium and the Netherlands... [more...]

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  • September 04, 2014 13:32

Tackling FSC fraud: Will the Online Claims Platform fail or fly?

As the FSC system grows, so does the potential for false claims and labels. FSC’s answer is the Online Claims Platform (OCP), a system enabling users to record and confirm their FSC transactions online. If strong buy-in from the industry can be secured, the OCP may vastly reduce the risk of fraud and errors. Despite serious obstacles, constructive dialogue may be paving the way for a solution. ... [more...]

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  • September 11, 2013 15:26

It´s “only” wood

The underestimated explosion hazards in wood handling facilities. Wood can burn –wood chips and pellets belong to the important secondary fuels category in modern power plants, furnaces or heat generators, so this is quite obvious. But although this feature of wood is known in general, it is still not common knowledge that this combustibility makes wood handling processes some of the most hazardous in industry from an explosion standpoint.... [more...]

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  • August 13, 2013 07:55

DIN and ABNT react against the FSC&PEFC rejection of the new ISO CoC

Recently, FSC and PEFC called upon the members of ISO to not support a proposal for an ISO standard to be developed for certified forest products as it stands. The proposal was launched by DIN (German Institute for Standardization) and ABNT (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas) with the purpose of elaborating a new uniform global standard chain of custody that will reduce current costs for multiple certifications.... [more...]

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  • July 18, 2013 11:16

Immense challenges in implementing EUTR in the furniture sector

The challenges of implementing the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) in the furniture sector are probably more pronounced than in any other sector. The wood content of furniture products is often extremely complex, a single piece combining composite and reconstituted panels with a variety of veneers and sawn timber, a large proportion of which may be finger-jointed from off-cuts in a wide variety of woods from numerous sources. Much of the wood content of a furniture item may be hidden, particularly in upholstered products. For the time being, this is less of a problem than it might be for EUTR for the simple reason that a large proportion of furniture products are not actually covered by the regulation. ... [more...]

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  • July 12, 2013 13:01

Contrary to media reports, Indonesian wood exports to EU decreased

In the past few weeks, various international media reports talked about a supposed doubling (+114%) in Indonesian wood furniture exports to Europe in the first quarter of 2013. These assumptions turned out to be false. Shortly after the Indonesian timber legality assurance system (SVLK) became operational, the Indonesian Trade Minister, Mr. Bachrul Chairi, announced that Indonesian timber exports doubled, particularly based on shipments of furniture to Europe.... [more...]

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  • June 27, 2013 12:52

Irish Government decided not to sell Coillte forests

Facing strong opposition from trade unions, members of the wood industry and environmental organizations, the Irish Government recently decided not to sell its harvesting rights owned by the state company, Coillte. The selling of approximately 181,000 ha of forests, for up to 80 years, was initially agreed with the Troika, as a part of the plan of selling state assets worth €3 billion, to pay the country's debts.... [more...]

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  • June 27, 2013 09:39

European Laminated Flooring Association published sales statistics

At the invitation of Kaindl, the members of the EPLF met near Salzburg for their annual general meeting on 5 and 6 June. ... [more...]

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  • June 12, 2013 10:25

The European Parquet Industries in 2012

Further amplifying the January forecast of the FEP (European Federation of the Parquet Industry) issued at the start of the DOMOTEX fair in Hannover, the consolidated data provided by member companies and affiliated national associations indicates that the market still does not show the signs of the recovery announced and expected by the European authorities. The general picture is, as expected, not uniform with considerable variations from country to country. ... [more...]

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