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  • Timber News Vol 5 / 20161

  • Timber News Vol 5 / 20162

    MS ISO 9001 : 2008 REG. NO. AR3307


    Read eMASKAYU atwww.mtib.gov.my

    Dr. Jalaluddin HarunDirector-General

    Puan Hjh. Norchahaya HashimPuan Hjh. Noor Laila Mohamed HalipPuan Fatahiah MustafaEncik Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd RaniPuan Hjh. Zaibi YakinTuan Hj. Mahpar AtanTuan Hj. Zulkepli Abdul RaniTuan Hj. Kamaruzaman OthmanDr. Mohd Nor Zamri Mat AminPuan Norhaizurah ZulkarngainPuan Hafsah Hasbi

    LEMBAGA PERINDUSTRIAN KAYU MALAYSIA(MALAYSIAN TIMBER INDUSTRY BOARD)Level 13 - 17, Menara PGRM,8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras, P.O. Box 10887,50728 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaTel : 603-9282 2235Fax : 603-9200 3769 / 9283 9792E-mail : info@mtib.gov.myWebsite : www.mtib.gov.my

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    Wood & Lifestyle Fair 2016 New Secretary-General of MPIC

    Timber Mission to Qatar

    Lean Management Mission to Japan

    Industry Briefing on Export and Import of Timber Products

    Bangladesh Towards Industrialisation

    Wooden Pallet Providing Solutions in Material Handling

    National Workshop on Developing Timber Trade Guidelines for Customs Officials

    Eighth Meeting of the Task Force on Wood-based Products

    Keladan - Suitable for Heavy Construction

    Cover : To know more about Wood & Lifestyle Fair 2016, please read page 3.

    Timber World in Brief Domestic Trade News

    Timber Round-Up

    Shipping News MTIB Moments

  • Timber News Vol 5 / 20163


    Dr. Jalaluddin Harun, MTIB Director-General (centre) presenting a certificate (Outstanding Bumiputera Company for 2016) to a representative from Syarikat Meranti Furniture Sdn. Bhd.

    Furniture displayed at One-Tech booth during the fair.

    Cont. page 7

    The Wood & Lifestyle Fair 2016, organised by MTIB was primarily aimed at promoting Bumiputera Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) timber and timber products. The fair showcased timber products ranging from home and office furniture to flooring and mouldings as well as ID services and contract manufacturing of timber products by 34 SMEs. The Wood & Lifestyle Fair was held from 20 to 22 May at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

    In line with one of MTIBs objectives, that is to facilitate and strengthen the development of SMEs, the event was an initiative, dedicated to these enterprises, with the following three-pronged objectives : Promoting products and services by Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the timber industry to domestic consumers Increasing the market shares of the products and services of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the timber industry Raising consumer awareness on the benefits of wood, and its aesthetic and inherent properties and values compared to other materials

    The Fair was also an avenue for SMEs to showcase their products and provide an inroad to access retail outlets and participate in premium contracts with Government-Linked Companies, the corporate sector and residential developments.

    Dr. Jalaluddin Harun, MTIB Director-General officiated the Wood & Lifestyle Fair on 20 May. The Fair targeted specifiers such as architects, building professionals, consultants, contractors and interior designers, property developers, Government agencies, GLCs, the corporate sector and the general public. During the opening ceremony, Syarikat Meranti Furniture Sdn. Bhd. was awarded the Outstanding Bumiputera Company for 2016 and they received a trophy, certificate and cash

    award. Whilst the bulk of the fair showcased timber products, tips on interior design, live demonstrations of wood carving and technical services were also held during the event.

    Some of the SMEs were first timers as they had never participated in any furniture fair before. For these new exhibitors, their participation was mainly to gain knowledge and exposure with respect to marketing furniture in the domestic market. The exhibitors received encouraging feedback and numerous enquiries were made on the products.

    Almost 2,000 visitors mainly from Klang Valley visited the Wood & Lifestyle Fair. The companies recorded more than RM4 million worth of sales. MTIB

  • Vol 5 / 2016

    CANADALower Housing Starts in Most Regions

    FRANCEForecasts on Sales of New Housing

    in 2016

    According to figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in March 2016, building approvals for new homes stood at 19,371 dwellings, a growth of 3.7% seasonally adjusted, whereas approvals for townhouses and blocks rose 6.7%, and approvals for private sector houses grew 2.6%. A 20% decrease in low-midrise approvals in March 2016 partly offset a strong 25%-30% increase in high rise approvals, said Matthew Hassan, a senior economist at Westpac. Excluding Queensland, overall approvals improved in every state during the reporting month compared to a decline in the corresponding year.

    In March 2016, the value of total buildings dropped for eight consecutive months to 0.9%, as a decrease of 3.9% in the value of non-residential building offset a growth of 0.4% in the value of residential building, ABS said. For the year ended March 2016, building approvals declined 6.5% as approvals for townhouses and blocks fell 11.5% and approvals for private sector houses edged downwards 0.2%.

    Australian (The), 3 May

    AUSTRALIAABS Says Building Approvals Improve

    in March

    4Timber World In Brief

    Compared with 195,535 housing starts in 2015, Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) is estimating home construction starts between 172,600 and 183,000 units in 2017 and between 181,300 and 192,300 in 2016. Between 2016 and 2017, the national average housing price is forecasted to increase to CAD501,000 (EUR342,416.19/ USD387,197.03) from CAD495,800. There were 505,673 house resales in 2015, compared to estimates ranging from 485,500 to 508,400 units in 2017 and from 501,700 to 525,400 units in 2016.

    British Columbias (BC) housing starts have risen from 31,446 in 2015 to between 35,300 and 36,700 in 2016. Estimates of housing starts in Ontario have also increased from 70,156 in 2015 to a range from 71,300 to 73,500 in 2016. Alberta has reduced its forecasts for housing starts from 30,300 units for 2017 and 29,800 units for 2016, to between 25,600 and 28,000 units for 2017 and between 24,100 and 26,500 units for 2016.

    Canadian Business Online, 18 May

    Crdit Foncier forecasts an 8% rise in the sale of new housing and a 3% increase in the sale of existing housing in 2016 (following a 15% increase in 2015). The number of building permits granted in the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2016 was up 7.7% compared with the previous year, whereas building work over the same period was up 3%. Some 74% of property professionals are optimistic about the future of the market, compared with 59% a year earlier.

    In spring 2016, loan rates are below 2%, compared with rates above 5% in 2008. Some 78% of professionals are not expecting to see a rise in rates for new buildings, while this figure stands at 82% for existing property. State measures, such as the extension by a year of Pinel property investment assistance supports the plans and sales of promoters.

    Le Monde, 9 May

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    According to the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), construction production in the Czech Republic fell by 12.5% year-on-year and by 11.4% year on year and by 5.1% one month after seasonal adjustments in March 2016. The drop was mainly due to building construction production drop by 12.2%, with engineering construction also down by 13.5% year-on-year. New flats construction, started in March 2016, was down by 16.7% year-on-year to 1,667 units, as well as the number of completed flats by 5.4% to 2,274 units.

    The number of issued building permits, however, was up by 2.3% year-on-year to 6,374, with their value decreasing by an estimated 21.6% year on year to CZK18.10 billion (EUR670.34 million/USD764.47 million). Building and engineering construction production in the whole of the first quarter of 2016 fell by 9.9% and 5% year on year respectively. The number of started flats construction up by 2.1% to 5,164 and of completed constructions down by 0.7% year-on-year to 6,177 units. The number of building permits in first quarter 2016 rose by 1.7%

    CZECH REPUBLICConstruction Production Fell in March

    year-on-year to 17,438 units at an estimated value of CZK 56.4 billion, up by 6.9% year-on-year.

    Ihned, 9 May

  • Vol 5 / 2016

    Production of medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and high-density fibreboard (HDF) in Germany increased slightly in the fourth quarter of 2015. HDF production reached 591,551 m3, up 4.4% from a year earlier. HDF destined for sale reached 480,604 m3, up 4.7%. Unprocessed MDF production reached 211,478 m3, up 4.8%. Unprocessed MDF destined for sale reached 156,991 m3, up 7%. Processed thin MDF reached 53,416 m3, up 2.2%. Processed MDF furniture board reached 69,402 m3, down 10.1%.

    EUWID Wood Products and Panels, 10 May

    According to data revealed by the Hungarian central statistics office KSH, a total of 1,407 new homes were built in Hungary between January and March 2016. This represents a 10.5% decline year-on-year. The number of building permits reached 4,765 over the monitored period, up from 2,381 in the first