This is the final issue of the magazine for 2012 and the end of our first year of publishing. It has been quite a steep learning curve for me, but I have met a good number of seasoned wood industry professionals who have helped me get a grasp of the industry both here in the region and internationally. Recently I was delighted to be the first representative from the Middle East to attend the annual meeting of the Woodworking and Furniture Suppliers Magazine Association in Istanbul. This is a group of 28 publishers from every corner of the globe from Argentina to Taiwan with a total distribution to over 250,000 industry professionals. We will now have access to the best possible wood industry news and trends and we plan to share some of this information in our forthcoming issues.
In this issue, we have covered a range of interesting topics including a feature on how DNA testing of wood can help combat illegal logging and trade in illegal timber. This has been pioneered by a company based in Singapore – DoubleHelix – and we were able to track down Jonathan Geach, Executive Director at the company to learn more about this unique service. Sticking with the same theme, we have covered a recent report from INTERPOL-UNEP, which estimates the global economic value of illegal timber trade to be in the region of USD 30 – 100 billion annually. The report focuses at length on the different methods employed by those involved with illegal logging and outlines key recommendations to counter this global problem.
As always we invite readers and industry professionals to share their thoughts with us and in this issue we have featured articles submitted by Dovetail Partners and Broadleaf Consulting. The former looks at the current state of certification within the timber industry and what next whilst the latter focuses on the Turkish economy and the market for hardwoods in the country. For those of you who have been with us from the start, you might remember that in our first issue, we introduced Cross Laminated Timber and the world’s tallest building – the Stadthaus in London – made from CLT. Recently, the world’s tallest building made from timber (CLT again) has topped out in Melbourne and we take a closer look at this structure in this issue.
Looking ahead, we plan to publish five issues of the publication again in 2013 starting in February and then our Dubai WoodShow special issue in April. We will also be expanding our online activity with updated news, features, exhibition information and technology developments.