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    Is the New Sabah government lifting the lumber log export ban? DETAY
    Is the New Sabah government lifting the lumber log export ban?

    KOTA KINABALU, Dec 22 — The new Sabah government will decide whether or not to continue the ban on the export of logs from the state, a divisive move made by former chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal almost immediately after coming into power. In the winding-up speech made by assistant in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Abidin Madingkir, the new Gabungan Rakyat Sabah government has yet to decide whether the ban is needed. “The government will assess from all angles whether it will continue with the ban or lift the ban on the export of logs. “We will take into consideration the short, mid- and long-term effects and needs,” he said during his speech earlier today. The log export, which went hand in hand with a review of logging concessionaires was a controversial decision made by Shafie, in what was seen as putting an end to decades of timber industry practices. Many hailed the move as one to end any government crony contracts, while some saw it as a misguided move that would not benefit the industry as a whole. Shafie’s plan was to pad up the down streaming industry and push a domestic furniture making industry. https://www.malaymail.com/

    TN plans furniture hub at Turicorin, calls for proposals DETAY
    TN plans furniture hub at Turicorin, calls for proposals

    The hub, which is expected to house over 35 units, could attract a total investment of around ₹4,000 crore The State government plans to establish a 500-acre furniture hub in Turicorin, a first of its kind in the country. The hub, which is expected to house over 35 units, could attract a total investment of around ₹4,000 crore to develop a complete ecosystem for the furniture sector, making it India’s first largescale furniture hub, according to sources. The global furniture industry is a $600 billion industry, with estimated global exports of $125 billion. Currently, India is a minor player, but has a great potential to be among the top three global players. The State-run Sipcot has invited a Request for Proposal (RFP) for ion of a consultant to prepare a techno-economic feasibility report and provide investment promotion and facilitation for setting up the furniture hub. Some of the major challenges that the country needs to address to become a global hub for furniture are the limited availability of certified cost competitive raw materials, lack of scale of operation and in-efficient logistics. Skill development and capacity building across all levels and developing training facilities for the furniture sector are also very important factors to strengthen furniture industry. Setting up large-scale furniture parks near ports, with leading furniture and wood panel companies, will hence be a crucial step to boost the furniture industry, the RFP document says. Tuticorin’s advantage is the VO Chidambaranar port with well established connections to global destinations, and also availability of labour and raw material. A source in the VOC port said that currently India does not have any plug-and-play infrastructure for large scale manufacturing like Vietnam. There is adequate land available, . Besides, wood import is already happening with the port consistently handling over 1 lakh tonnes of timber annually. Skilled labour is available in large numbers, he said. G Sundar of the Karaikudi-based Kalinga Crafts, manufacturers of furniture, said that Tuticorin is one of the best choices due to port. It will help people of southern districts to get jobs. At the furniture hub, one incubator cell will be needed with wood working machines for training. Availability of a large number of skilled workers will be key for the success of the hub. The hub should have an exhibition hall to showcase all types of furniture where sellers and buyers meet on one platform. Plantation promotion is a must for raw materials. This will help in saving huge foreign exchange, he added. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/

    Italian design being showcased in Seoul through Jan. 3 DETAY
    Italian design being showcased in Seoul through Jan. 3

    An exhibition showcasing furniture, kitchenware and other products of contemporary Italian design is running through Jan. 3 in Seoul. The Italian Embassy in Korea said last week it is organizing "Segno, 40 years of Italian design," an exhibition run jointly with Korea branches of the Italian Cultural Center and the Italian Trade Agency from Dec. 16 at High Street Italy./ Situated in the luxury shopping district of Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, High Street Italy is a showroom run by the Italian government for commercial and cultural events. The 19-day long exhibition involves 23 leading Italian furniture and kitchenware brands ― Alessi, Armani casa, Bitossi, Bosa, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Cassina, Driade, Falmec, Flexform, Flos, Foppapdretti, Gufram, Guzzini, Kartel, Living Divani, Memphis, Moroso, Poltrona Frau, Poltronova, Richard Ginori, Venini and Vespa. Italian Ambassador to Korea Federico Failla expressed hope the exhibited items will offer the visitors "an opportunity to appreciate the ideal combination of utility, practicality and creativity." "They are not just beautiful objects. They are used in everyday life to make our lives easier, simpler and more comfortable," he said in a congratulatory message. He also said the exhibition underlines Italy's efforts to inform Korean consumers of "made in Italy" products despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted the embassy, after having difficulty in bringing in items for exhibitions from back home due to the pandemic, managed to get them here with the support of Italian brands and importers operating in Korea. "Despite the tough conditions and constraints of the coronavirus, we have organized the exhibition. The exhibits are the fruits of the passion, research spirit, and originality of Italian designers who combined state-of-the-art technology and art to real masterpieces," he said. Trade Commissioner Vincenzo Cali of Italian Trade Agency Seoul said the Italian design industry is backed by technology, research and investment all of which make creative products to be mass produced. "And we're proud to remain a leading country in design amid growing competition," he said, adding "Such reputation always has been appreciated here in Korea." Renza Fornaroli, the curator for the exhibition, thanked the embassy and other co-organizers, saying, "They made this possible despite obstacles caused by long geographical distance between the two countries and also the pandemic." Meanwhile, High Street Italy opened in December 2019 with support of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development to better promote Italian goods. Before the pandemic, Korea was Italy's third-largest market in Asia, with exports amounting to 5 billion euros ($6.1 billion). https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/    

    International furniture fair postponed to September DETAY
    International furniture fair postponed to September

    INFORMA Markets, the organiser of Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), the biggest industry show in South-East Asia, has moved MIFF 2021 from March 8 to 11 to Sept 1 to 4. The 2021 event will be held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) and Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.   In the absence of a physical show in March, the second edition of MIFF Furniverse will offer an online sourcing native to global furniture buyers. The organiser said the decision had taken into account feedback from exhibitors and buyers to make the best solution for the global furniture community.   MIFF founder and chairman Datuk Tan Chin Huat said, “We feel the new dates will offer our exhibitors and buyers the best experience, while offering the industry the opportunity to convene and trade virtually in the meantime. “MIFF 2021 will return with physical and digital business solutions to provide greater trade experience to the MIFF community. “We would like to thank exhibitors, buyers and friends who have continued to communicate with us during this period. “We look forward to the MIFF 2021 show in September. Our members, the Malaysian manufacturers, are also excited to meet the global furniture trade demand.” Muar Furniture Association president Steve Ong said, “We will continue to work closely with MIFF to sustain the development of the Malaysia furniture industry and enhance the Malaysia furniture export.” The association is MIFF’s strategic partner. Launched in August, MIFF Furniverse attracted 70 exhibitors and 922 total visits of buyers from 84 countries and regions. It also brought new buyers (30% of the total amount) who had not visited the fair before to start sourcing from MIFF exhibitors. Over 2,400 business leads have been generated and exhibitors expect US$1.16mil (RM4.71mil) in sales. The online exhibition connects Malaysian and other furniture companies with buyers virtually from all parts of the world. There is no better time than the present when global buyers are looking for native ways of supply. MIFF is the largest marketplace for Malaysian exporters and their predominantly wooden and upholstery furniture for home and commercial use, and offers the widest range of office furniture in the region from Malaysian and international manufacturers. MIFF attracts buyers from 140 countries and regions while the MIFF-online experience provides a great native for manufacturers and buyers to remain connected. The organiser will continue to closely monitor developments and will provide timely communication. For details, visit www.miff.com.my https://www.thestar.com.my/

    Brazils wood-based product exports increased by 32 in October DETAY
    Brazils wood-based product exports increased by 32 in October

    In October 2020, the value of Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased 32% compared to October 2019, from $222.6 million to $293.7 million, as ITTO reported. The value of October pine sawnwood exports increased 29% year-on-year from $36.6 million in 2019 to $47.1 million this October. In volume terms exports increased 40.6% over the same period, from 190,600 m3 to 267,900 m3. On the other hand, tropical sawnwood exports fell 2.4% in volume, from 41,200 m3 in October 2019 to 40,200 m3 in October 2020 and in value terms exports declined 4% from $16.6 million to $15.9 million, over the same period. Pine plywood exports achieved a massive 60% boost in October 2020 in comparison with October 2019 rising from $37.6 million to $60 million. The volume of exports jumped around 23% from 169,100 m3 to 207,900 m3. However, the volume of October tropical plywood exports ped 21% year-on-year from 8,000 m3 ($2.9 million) in October 2019 to 6,300 m3 ($2.6 million) in October 2020. The wooden furniture export earnings increased from $50.5 million in October 2019 to $57.2 million in October 2020, a 13% jump.

    US Dept of Commerce sets new duty rates for Chinese plywood & flooring exporters and producers DETAY
    US Dept of Commerce sets new duty rates for Chinese plywood & flooring exporters and producers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has completed its review of hardwood plywood antidumping and countervailing duty rates for the 21 Chinese exporters and producers who requested a review, as the Decorative Hardwood Association (DHA) reported. For these 21 companies only, the new combined duty rate is 14.95% (first review AD final) plus 23% (first review CVD final) plus 25% (301 tariffs), resulting in a combined rate of about 63%. All other Chinese companies remain subject to the 183% antidumping duty rates from the investigation. The final results of the review of 2017 countervailing duty rates for multilayered wood flooring are Baroque Timber, 14.09%; Jiangsu Guyu, 122.92%; and all other non-examined companies, 20.75%, which will apply to most Chinese producers. The new rates will go into effect shortly and retroactively cover shipments during the 2017 review period. More than 150 Chinese companies are covered by the higher countervailing duty rate. https://www.lesprom.com/

    Furniture design training impresses Awg Tengah DETAY
    Furniture design training impresses Awg Tengah

    KUCHING: The customised training provided by Indonesia’s Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) for trainees under the Sarawak Young Designers (SayD’SignersSarawak) programme has helped the young designers gain further exposure and experience in designing and producing furniture for both local and international market, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. He said he was pleased to learn that training for the programme has been successfully implemented especially in instilling and developing the talents of the graduates in their journey towards becoming successful young designers in design knowledge and skills. “This training is very unique and a special one of its kind in Sarawak, if not in Malaysia, because it focuses on developing skills and knowledge of fresh graduates in furniture design. “Our collaboration with ITB, a prestigious university in Indonesia, has added value to our training programme through their thoroughly researched customised curriculum for SayD’SignersSarawak Furniture Training Programme,” he said following a virtual meeting on Zoom yesterday with Dr Imam Santosa, the manager for the training programme at ITB, as well as the institute’s lecturers and programme trainees. The International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal & Entrepreneur Development Minister added that he had seen the designs and prototypes produced by the young designers and was very impressed with the outcome. Awang Tengah, who is also Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) Board of Management chairman, was also briefed by Imam, a former dean at ITB’s Faculty of Art and Design, on the progress of the second batch of trainees conducted by the institute in 2020. ITB has trained nine graduates as trainees for SayD’SignersSarawak this year following a syllabus and curriculum developed by the institute for the training programme. Awang Tengah was also informed that the training programme had been adjusted accordingly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic with most classes being conducted virtually and that the programme, which was supposed to be completed next month, had been extended until the middle of next year. STIDC has collaborated with ITB since 2019 to develop and implement a one-year fully customised furniture design training programme for SayD’SignersSarawak. SayD’SignersSarawak is a two-year training programme developed by STIDC in 2017 for fresh graduates from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) in line with the corporation’s vision and long-term strategic plan to boost the development and increase the export earnings of high value-added timber products especially furniture by 2030. Its first intake in 2018 comprised six trainees, all of whom had completed their training and were now employed by furniture companies in Sarawak. To date, STIDC has trained 21 graduates, of whom 15 had undergone training at ITB. Also present at the meeting were Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal & Entrepreneur Development Datuk Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh, STIDC general manager Hashim Bojet and deputy general manager Dayang Nena Abang Bruce. https://www.theborneopost.com/

    Polish furniture exhibition postponed to May 2021 DETAY
    Polish furniture exhibition postponed to May 2021

      Poland's Meble Polska and Home Decor exhibitions, which were to take place in February, have been postponed to 25-28th May 2021. Due to the current and predicted course of the pandemic, the Board of Directors of Grupa MTP decided to postpone most of the events organised at the MTP Poznan Expo in the first half of 2021.  "There was a significant risk that a large group of foreign buyers would not be able to come to Poznań in February due to various restrictions," says Meble Polska's director, Józef Szyszka. "After consultation with a group of the largest exhibitors and representatives of ed buyers groups, we came to the conclusion that the optimum date for the fair will be May. This is a temporary return to the old date when the furniture fair in Poznan was held. However, we hope that next editions can be organised again at the beginning of the year." Kinga Dobrowolska-Baczkun, the director of Home Decor, adds: "We have received signals that May is also beneficial for the interior design industry."  Due to its more varied audience, which comprises design enthusiasts including students and the general public, Arena Design's next edition will not take place until 2022. https://www.furniturenews.net/   

    Mattress importers moving to Taiwan, Bangladesh, India DETAY
    Mattress importers moving to Taiwan, Bangladesh, India

    NEW YORK – Mattress importers are moving their operations from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia to Taiwan, Bangladesh and India, according to a report from Piper Sandler. Piper Sandler, based here, says the moves are in response to high preliminary antidumping duties assigned to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. “Mattress production appears to already be shifting,” the firm wrote in a report on the impact of the preliminary antidumping duties announced in late October. “Based on our industry conversations, we believe the overly prohibitive antidumping duty rates for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are because these were the primary countries that Chinese manufacturers moved to in early 2019 to avoid the China antidumping rates,” Piper Sandler said. “As we understand it, some (if not all) of these manufacturers are picking up and moving again to Taiwan, Bangladesh and India. These manufacturers are now moving all equipment and employees to the new countries to allow for a more efficient re-start to production.” Piper Sandler said pricing of mattress imports could move up, perhaps from 5% to 15%, as a result of the production changes and moves to new countries. But it said many domestic manufacturers are also moving up prices by a comparable amount in the fourth quarter. The preliminary determination of antidumping duties for Thailand was 573% to 763%. It was 253% for Cambodia and 191% to 990% for Vietnam. Piper Sandler said that domestic manufacturers “may see some modest short-term benefit in Q4 and early 2021” as a result of the announcement of the preliminary determinations of antidumping duties. “But we expect the import dynamics to get back to normal by mid-2021,” the firm said. https://www.furnituretoday.com/

    Floridas first Wood Pro Expo set for June 8-10, 2021 DETAY
    Floridas first Wood Pro Expo set for June 8-10, 2021

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – New woodworking machinery and supplies, presentations of industry best practices and tours of three south Florida facilities are among the highlights of Wood Pro Expo (WPE) Florida. The three-day event, co-located with the Closets Conference & Expo, will take place June 8-10, 2021, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This is the first time that Wood Pro Expo, a regional market place for woodworking professional, will be held in Florida. The Miami metropolitan area, of which West Palm is a part, is home to more than 6.1 million people.   “We’re excited to be launching another edition of Wood Pro Expo in one of the most vibrant spots in the U.S. for the woodworking industry,” said Harry Urban, publisher of Woodworking Network, organizer of the event. “Our research shows that regional events are the best way for industry suppliers to connect with small and mid-size wood products companies because they are less likely to attend the national woodworking shows. Our main goal for Wood Pro Expo is to deliver really strong educational , technology, and material and design trends by way of both the exhibits and the conference.” The full-day Wood Pro Expo and Closets conferences, June 8, will kick off with a keynote presentation by Rich Harshaw, CEO of Level 10 Contractor. Harshaw is the author of Unlocking Unlimited Lead Flow: A Blueprint for Remodeling & Home Services Contractors. He will draw upon his vast experience in the marketing and advertising industry to discuss how to generate more high-quality customer leads that result in sales. His expertise spans copywriting, strategic planning, business development, marketing strategy, and media buying.  Urban said FDMC magazine is collaborating with the Cabinet Makers Association to develop a timely and well-rounded Wood Pro educational program for owners and managers of custom cabinet and woodworking companies. He confirmed that Will Sampson, editor of FDMC, will present highlights of the magazine’s annual pricing survey and point out some common pitfalls to avoid when putting together bid packages. “Obviously it would be impossible to ignore the impact COVID-19 has had on the way we work and live,” Urban said. “We’ll devote a portion of our program to look at how the pandemic has changed the design and use of furniture and cabinets in residential, commercial and institutional settings. Wood Pro Expo will be a great opportunity to discover life after COVID. “We are also planning to make parts of the educational program of Wood Pro Expo available digitally,” Urban continued. “Even though Wood Pro Expo is a regional event, we will bring portions of our education program to our full North American audience.” Facility tours round out conference The full-day June 8 WPE and Closets conferences will conclude with visits to three area businesses. They include: Doormark Inc., a manufacturer of 3D laminate, acrylic and TFL cabinet doors and components based in Deerfield Beach;  The Closets Company, a family-owned manufacturer and installer of  closets, garages, home offices and other home storage solutions based in Pompano Beach; and Ultrapan,  a supplier of  ultra-modern polymer panels used in the manufacture of cabinets, closets furniture and other applications for the home and office, based in Coral Springs. “Woodworkers love to see how other companies manufacture their products and manage their workflow,” Urban said. “I'm certain the tours we have planned will not disappoint.” Urban noted that educational programming is also being planned for the expo, June 8-10. The exhibition will feature woodworking machines, cutting tools, software, cabinet and closet hardware, decorative panels, components and much more. “Each morning of the show will open with a keynote presentation free to all attendees and exhibitors,” Urban said. “During the show, we’ll feature the popular Running Machine Program. This is an opportunity for woodworkers to see scheduled demonstrations of high-tech equipment and get answers to their questions.” Attendee registration will open in January. About the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Florida The Closets Conference & Expo (Closets Con) is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Filorida (WPE), a regional marketplace for the woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-billing event is scheduled for June 8-10, 2021, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Palm Beach, Fla. Closets Con and WPE both lead off with a separate full-day conference on June 8, followed by the two-day expo, June 9-10, featuring woodworking machinery and supplies. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key components of the event. For information about exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For inquiries about WPE, contact Harry Urban, publisher of of Woodworking Network.  Additonal Woodworking Network events Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct.14-15, 2021, Warehouse at the Nook, Lancaster County, Pa. -- Annual woodworking trade show and conference Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) Sept. 8-10, 2021, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Annual forecast of economic, technology and design trends for the North American woodworking industry. Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 4-6, 2021, International Centre, MIssissauga, Ontario -- Canada's national woodworking show https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/  

    Istanbul furniture fair is counting days. DETAY
    Istanbul furniture fair is counting days.

    Preparations for the furniture fair, which will bring the furniture industry together at two exhibition centers in Istanbul between 26-31 January 2021, continue. Approximately 300 İnegöl companies are expected to participate in the fair, which is the largest furniture fair in Europe. Istanbul Furniture Fair, which will take place simultaneously at TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center and Istanbul Fair Center with the support of the Furniture Associations Federation (MOSFED), will be held between 26-31 January 2021. $ 1 billion new business contacts Istanbul furniture fair ,The area to be covered and with the number of brands it will host, Europe and Turkey will be the largest organization of fairs. Also Istanbul furniture fair's; 8th largest furniture exporter in the world; to Turkey furnishings industry, For the year 2021, It is expected to provide $ 1 billion in new business connections. Approximately 300 İnegöl companies are expected to participate in the fair, which will be opened simultaneously in two exhibition centers in order to implement coronavirus measures completely. The largest 10 thosand furniture buyers in the world were invited. MOSFED President Ahmet Güleç stated that one billion dollars of business connections are expected to be made in 2021 at the fair, where the world's largest 10,000 buyers are invited, “Istanbul Furniture Fair will be; held in 23 halls with the participation of hundreds of domestic and foreign brands. The fair will offer our brands, which have a total production volume of 10 billion dollars, serious opportunities for more comprehensive collaborations with industry professionals and buyers from all over the world. “I think the role this organization undertakes is extremely strategic and will play a key role in achieving the 2023 goals. We must seize every opportunity. Istanbul Furniture Fair; Turkey's in world It was organized to show that it was the most important furniture base." he spoke. "We are preparing for the biggest fair of all sectors" TÜYAP Fair Organization General Manager İlhan Ersözlü said, “We are getting ready for the biggest fair of all sectors to be held simultaneously in TÜYAP and Istanbul Fair Center. We aim to bring tens of thousands of people from over 100 countries to this fair.  With this fair, Turkey; It will become the center of attraction for all countries that are importers of furniture, especially Europe. Istanbul Furniture Fair, over 260 thousand square meters, both design and furniture sector in Turkey will be one of the most important events demonstrating production power. All exhibitors and visitors will enter the fair after sensitive controls. Rules for maintaining social distance will be strictly applied. Common areas will be disinfected frequently and maximum hygiene will be provided for all our guests with the disinfection stations we will establish in the fair area. All employees, exhibitors and visitors who will enter the fair area will be admitted after HES code and identity check ”. Furntr News Center

    A consultation meeting was held for the sponge raw material production facility, in the organization of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KAYSO). DETAY
    A consultation meeting was held for the sponge raw material production facility, in the organization of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KAYSO).

    A consultation meeting was held for the sponge raw material production facility in the organization of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KAYSO). With the participation of Çetin Ali Dönmez, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, in the written statement made by KAYSO It was reported that a meeting was held via video conference. Dönmez, whose views were included in the statement, stated that the ministry will investigate what they can do about this and that they have the opportunity to give incentives in case of such an investment. Mehmet Büyüksimitci, Chairman of the Board of KAYSO, emphasized the importance of sponge raw material production and stated that they met with the industrialists producing sponge in Kayseri a while ago and held a consultation meeting on sponge raw material production. for  sponge raw material to be produced in Turkey, As Kayseri Chamber of Industry conveying their readiness for all kinds of support Büyüksimitci;  "Having a very serious import; and not only in the furniture industry We are talking about raw materials used in many sectors. I hope this is our meeting it helps to do good. I thank you all for your participation. " https://www.milliyet.com.tr/ 

    International furniture award calls for nominations DETAY
    International furniture award calls for nominations

    The International Furniture Leadership Awards (FLA International) 2021, which recognises individual excellence and outstanding furniture businesses from around the world, is calling for nominations. The annual programme, which is organised by Singapore's APS Media Group and endorsed by CIFF Guangzhou and the International Alliance of Furnishing Publications (IAFP), has strived to identify exceptional companies in the furniture and wider trade, including retailers, wholesalers, traders, manufacturers, equipment and material suppliers, and service providers such as trade agencies and exhibition organisers, since 2008. The categories are: Outstanding Enterprise; Brand Excellence; Product Excellence; Rising Star; Outstanding Woman Leader; Outstanding Young Leader; Best Company Of The Year; and Global CEO Of The Year. Eleven leading furniture trade media platforms have pledged to support the awards: Furniture News (UK); Furniturk (Turkey); IFJ (India); Gagu (Korea); Magmob (Romania); MD (Bulgaria); Mebelny Biznes (Russia); Mobile Lojista (Brazil); Moblaje (Mexico); The Home Living (Japan); and Furnitureandfurnishing.com (Singapore and Malaysia). The 2021 programme will be held in conjunction with the inaugural International Interior Design Awards (IDA International) 2020/21. Nominations will close on 15th December 2020. The application form and further details are available here. https://www.furniturenews.net/

    Turkeys exports of the bed increased by 12 per cent. DETAY
    Turkeys exports of the bed increased by 12 per cent.

    Turkey's exports of the bed with the effect of the pandemic  2020 year of January-September period increased by 12 percent in the reached $ 175 million.  The decrease in time spent outside with the pandemic led people to meet their domestic needs. This situation has increased the demand for the mattress as in many products. Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) According to the data, Turkey in 2019 year January-September period By selling beds to more than 70 countries  While providing 157 million dollars of foreign currency input, In the same period of this year export  it increased by about 12 percent to 175 million dollars. When mattress exports are analyzed on a provincial basis, Kayseri ranked first. While approximately 69 million dollars of beds were exported from Kayseri; Mattress export of İzmir, where large capacity investments were put into use in recent years, increased by 32 percent annually and reached 18.5 million dollars in the said period. Bursa, which increased its exports by 30 percent, followed İzmir. Production capacity increases Making a statement on the subject, Cahit Doğan Yağcı, Chairman of the Aegean Furniture Paper and Forest Products Exporters Association, drew attention to the high demand for the furniture sector in both foreign and domestic markets. Stating that the first days of the pandemic were difficult for the sector, Yağcı said,  ''However, people got used to it over time. When people stay home in the pandemic; the they'll spend outside they spend the money for their homes. This is the same both at home and abroad. " said. Expressing that the recovery in the sector is rapid, Yağcı drew attention to the fact that long-term delivery dates have started to be given in the domestic market. Yağcı said, "Turkish companies have been bought by foreign investors. We see examples of this. Especially in İzmir, the production potential is growing. We see that both new investments are made in mattress production and the existing facilities are enlarged."  Stating that there were problems due to the price increase in the foam used in mattress production, Yağcı said, "Okay, the exchange rate is changing, but the change here is beyond the exchange rate. I hope it will be solved in a thesis time." said. https://www.dunya.com/

    January Furniture Show postponed to April 2021 DETAY
    January Furniture Show postponed to April 2021

    Extended travel restrictions across the UK, coupled with the re-imposition of lockdown in England through to December, has led Clarion Events, the organiser of the UK's principal furniture trade exhibition, January Furniture Show, to reschedule the show (now Furniture Show Birmingham) from late January to 25-28th April 2021. Cleere Scamell, event director, says: “The furniture show at the NEC is the most powerful UK trade event of its kind. Over the past months we have been working towards January, determined to deliver the strong show the sector needs. The large footprint of the show, combined with a very targeted professional audience, means that we remain confident in being able to fully implement the Government’s All Secure Standards guidance for event safety. "However, recent developments, combined with the necessarily long lead times exhibitors need to prepare and present their products, mean that it is important for us to be realistic, and put safety first at this stage. Additionally, after a turbulent year globally there are significant supply-side issues in parts of the furniture sector, and this move will allow more time for material supplies to normalise. “Over the past few weeks we have been surveying furniture and interiors buyers across the sector, and I am pleased to share that we have had a very strong and positive response from regular visitors, who are in favour of moving to April. 84% of buyers say they will certainly attend, and a further 13% plan to attend when they have more details about the practical Covid measures in place. “Particularly encouraging has been the response from those who have been unable to visit over recent editions of the show during the traditionally busy January period, but will now take the opportunity to visit in this new spring window. Interestingly, the reaction from these buyers is equally as strong as those of our regular visitors, so we expect to see many new clients in April. "We are in the process of connecting with exhibitors, visitors and other industry stakeholders, and this will continue over the course of the next few weeks as we finalise plans for Furniture Show Birmingham in April. With nearly six months to go until the show opens, we are looking forward to what will be the first large-scale opportunity for the industry to get together.” The announcement comes a week after news of Spring Fair 2021's cancellation, and mirrors moves made by German events including Heimtextil and Ambiente to bypass the winter months and opt instead to run spring shows. https://www.furniturenews.net/