Wood and wood product exports from Southeast Asia continue to perform well, but the raging Covid-19 pandemic in the region is disrupting production activities and logistics. Various countries are putting plans in place to carry forward this momentum into the future. ITTO tells us more about the happenings around the world.

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Demand for wood and wood-based products maintained a strong momentum for much of 2021. However, the recent resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia has seriously disrupted production activities in the region. ITTO shares more about export performance of Southeast Asian countries and the challenges moving forward.

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Wood and wood-based product demand maintained a surge and would likely continue to perform despite challenges such as raw material costs and container shortage. Across the region, authorities are stepping up their efforts to increase their competitiveness. ITTO tells us more about the happenings in Asia.

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The wood industry has performed quite well in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic and Southeast Asian countries are already looking ahead to boost trade. Despite challenges such as shipping, optimism remains that 2021 would do even better. ITTO shares more about the happenings in the tropical wood sector.

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The latest figures showed that the woodworking industry has beaten expectations in 2020 despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As Asian countries look forward to a road to recovery in 2021, governments and associations look to ways to improve competitiveness. ITTO tells us more.

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As a possible new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic looms with the weather turning colder in certain regions, business performance in the woodworking sector took a surprising turn for the better with more orders. At the same time, timber supply is becoming much more limited. ITTO shares more about the latest happenings in the global market.

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Even though different countries have been reporting economic contractions and warning about further slowdowns, the wood and wood products sectors in Asia have performed surprisingly well given the circumstances. There would likely remain many challenges ahead, but there are signs of possible recovery. ITTO tells us more about the latest around the world.

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Even with more and more countries slowly easing their control measures, most economies are still reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Early data has indicated tougher times ahead, but there are still some signs of optimism. ITTO shares more on the latest developments around the globe.

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The lack of knowledgeable and skilled workers is a major challenge faced by the Malaysian furniture sector. This study is part of an on-going Erasmus+ program funded by the European Commission, initiated in 2018 to develop a university-level education program to train workers capable of handling Industry 4.0 technologies for the furniture and wood industry in Malaysia. The results revealed that manufacturers of wood-based panel and metal furniture were more prepared to adopt automation and Industry 4.0 technologies compared to solid-wood and leather furniture manufacturers. By Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Lee Y Yi, Amir A A Azim, Rasmina Halis, Muhamad M M Daud and Abdul L Senin, Hazirah A Latib, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Lim Choon Liat, Malaysian Furniture Council, Maria V Bueno, Universidad Politecnica De Cartagena, Marcin Zbiec, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Josefina Garrido and Juanjo Ortega, Technological Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia, María V Gómez, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Rokiah Hashim, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sarani Zakaria, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Shahriman Z Abidin, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia, and Mohd Nor Z M Amin, Malaysian Timber Industry Board

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The coronavirus outbreak has caused disruptions to production and trade, and brought about a gloomy economic outlook. How are the countries responding? What is the impact so far? ITTO shares more about the happenings about the world. 

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