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    Turkish furniture sector increases exports to USA DETAY
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    The exports to the US, which the furniture sector has set as the target market, increased by 44 compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 52 million 905 thousand dollars. by A. A. correspondent, from the Aegean Exporters' Associations (EIB), according to information compiled, Turkey, furniture exports from 94 countries carried out from January to April 2018 period was 1 billion 31 million dollars. In the same period of this year, the figure rose by 7 percent to 1 billion 104 million dollars. Iraq took the first place in exports; with 146 million 511 thousand dollars. This country was followed by Germany with 78 million 262 thousand dollars and Saudi Arabia with 78 million 77 thousand dollars. The most significant increase in furniture exports took place in the US market. The Turkish exporter, who set this market as his target, sold 36 million 600 thousand dollars of furniture to the US in January-April 2018. This figure increased by 44 percent in the same period of 2019 and reached 52 million 905 thousand dollars. Aegean Furniture Paper and Forest Products Exporters Union Chairman Cahit Doğan YAĞCI, AA said in a statement to reporters, he said he was lucky Turkeys in the furniture sector. YAGCI stated that the most important reason for this was the production of information and the production of hand-weighted furniture, and emphasized that the sector gave a surplus of foreign trade. Turkey is the world's most important one of five furniture exporters  will be. to raise this situation further must market analysis good determination. he said.  "US pays about 50 billion dollars a year on furniture" Yağcı reminded that the USA, which is determined as the target market, pays approximately 50 billion dollars to furniture annually, he said: "The Turkish furniture sector is growing in the US market. We need to pay attention to the certificate demands that are being implemented only in some states. for example in California  'Carb Certificate' is being applied.  Here; of a substance used in for chipboard production; minimum as it should be some ingredients takes place are included. We learn;  according to sensations this certificate also by other states began to be accepted. " YAĞCI, from Turkey to US  dining room, sofa, spring mattress and kitchen products drew attention it was sent. Reminding that they caught $ 3.1 billion in furniture exports in 2018, Yağcı said,  "I think we can reach $ 4 billion this year. There is also an increase in the first 4 months."  Logistics warehouse proposal to USA Expressing that the freight expenses in furniture exports to the US are high due to the distance, Yağcı said, to our ministry Our proposal was to make a logistic warehouse in the USA. I think we will have a serious advantage in freight if we can do this. The costs of this can be provided by the companies that will keep their products in this warehouse. " The goal here; of our products, arrival to warehouse  in the case disassembled. And in here; by assembled ,to sell to the customer in the fastest way. Otherwise, we may suffer because the logistics period is long. I think we will have a serious advantage in freight if we can do this. The costs of this can be provided jointly by companies that will keep their products in this warehouse, "he said.

    Chinas furniture makers struggle to cushion tariff blow DETAY
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    Trade war hampers GDP growth of world's factory LANGFANG, China -- From switching to cheaper fabrics to clearing order books from the U.S., Chinese furniture manufacturers in this city just south of Beijing are hurriedly adjusting to the new reality of 25% tariffs. Home to the largest concentration of furniture factories in northern China, Langfang offers a snapshot of what is happening in the country -- once dubbed the factory of the world -- as it marked the slowest economic growth since 1992, according to statistics released Monday. The yearlong trade war with the U.S. looks to be one key factor in China's weak gross domestic product growth during the April-June quarter.   Inside a sprawling multi-tenant furniture emporium in the city's Shengfang district, few customers were to be seen during an early July visit. The establishment covers 550,000 sq. meters. Multiple stores were closed. "There has been an unmistakable impact ever since the U.S. raised tariffs," a sales associate named Wang said. The company he works for ships l chairs to the U.S. "There were not as many American clients compared to Europe or South Korea to begin with, but the numbers have fallen further," he said. "Order units have shrunk to a smaller scale." A furniture wholesale showroom in Langfang. Orders from the U.S. have ped in recent months. (Photo by Issaku Harada) Furniture is one category of goods targeted by the American tariffs covering $200 billion of Chinese products first levied by President Donald Trump last year. The duties jumped to 10% last September, then to 25% in May. Trump tweeted Monday morning that the "tariffs are paid for by China devaluing & pumping, not by the U.S. taxpayer!" While economists have questioned Trump's rationale, an export manager at a midsized furniture maker in Langfang spoke of efforts on the Chinese side to cushion the impact of the tariffs. "Some furniture manufacturers that export to the U.S. have switched to cheaper materials to avoid final prices jumping due to the additional tariffs," the manager named Huang said. "They have done so after consulting with importers." Even so, he said, higher prices are inevitable, and "the majority of these additional costs are shouldered by the American importers." Some manufacturers have shifted production to Vietnam, but Huang said that many plants there also have seen orders dry up, due to U.S. policy. Chinese furniture manufacturers are said to be alarmed by American efforts to crack down on trade routes designed to circumvent tariffs. The U.S. Commerce Department this month slapped hefty tariffs on South Korean and Taiwanese steel products that underwent final processing in Vietnam. China's dismal economic report for the second quarter highlights the manufacturing sector's troubles amid the trade war. The country's secondary economic sector, which includes manufacturers, grew 5.6%, slowing by 0.5 percentage point from the first quarter. Furthermore, growth by foreign manufacturers operating in China totaled 1.4% during the first half, far below the 6% increase for the entire industrial sector. Many foreign companies are shifting capacity to Southeast Asia. Beijing has acknowledged the strained environment for foreign enterprises. "Business confidence in some foreign firms in the country had been affected by the trade friction provoked by the U.S. side, with some worrying about retaliatory measures [by China]," Gao Feng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, said Tuesday. One senior economic official tried to put a positive spin on the situation. "Factories that leave China because of cost disparities are doing so to upgrade industry, not to withdraw," said the source. But China's economic woes extend beyond trade. About 7.37 million people were hired in urban areas during the first half of 2019, down 2% from a year earlier. This does not bode well for university students, who traditionally begin employment this month. The number of bankruptcies by private-sector companies has reached a high-water mark, adding to the body blow delivered by the U.S. tariffs.

    Robot that can assemble furniture developed DETAY
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    Scientists have taken three years to develop two robotic arms that can assemble flat-pack furniture in just 20 minutes. Both arms are equipped with grips and a 3-D camera.  Researchers from Nanyang Technoligical University in Singapore developed algorithms to help the robot build the chair. They said the human-quality of robotic hands enables it to perform complex tasks. Just like humans, the robot stared at the detached chair pieces prior to starting its task. It then devised a plan using its algorithm to find the quickest route without the robotic arms colliding. Finally, the arms worked together to find out where the holes in each wooden pin were and pressed the parts together. The robot took just 20 minutes and 19 seconds to put together a wooden chair.  Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong said. “Through considerable engineering effort, we developed algorithms that will enable the robot to take the necessary steps to assemble the chair on its own.” “The job of assembly, which may come naturally to humans, has to be broken down into different steps,  such as identifying where the different chair parts are,  the force required to grip the parts,  and making sure the robotic arms move without colliding into each other,”  The researchers are looking to develop the robot so it can learn to assemble furniture through human demonstration or by reading instructions. They are also looking to introduce the artificial intelligence into the automotive and aircraft manufacturing industries.  

    Established with debt; to Turkish company 4 awards from Europe DETAY
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    With owe and rental machines Qzens Furniture & Design, a furniture company founded in Ankara Siteler in 2002 in a 160 square meter workshop won 4 awards in the world's biggest design competition "A'Design Award". With the support of the European Union Design Office In Milan, Italy, regulated;  A'Design Award; Design Awards 2018-2019 results are announced. Qzens Furniture & Design, operating in Ankara, won 4 awards in the competition, where more than 18,000 designs from more than 100 countries around the world took place. Designs, by 250 designers and academics jury evaluated the in 110 different categories. Leaving behind the work of many world-renowned brands, the company was awarded; second place with "Patchwork" table, "Ripple" middle table and "Thorn" lighting product and, "Sufi" table with fourth place. Company; Turkey's most comprehensive design competition; in Design Turkey competition last year, 2 award winned and, 2017 at TOBB's "100 fastest growing companies" had entered the list.

    Exports of Furniture and Wood Processing in Central Java Slows DETAY
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    Bank Indonesia mencatat pada triwulan I/2019, ekspor luar negeri di Jawa Tengah tumbuh 3,45% (yoy), lebih rendah dibanding pertumbuhan triwulan sebelumnya 7,12% (yoy). Kepala Grup Advisory dan Pengembangan Ekonomi BI Jateng Rahmat Dwi Saputra mengatakan, berdasarkan komoditas, pertumbuhan ekspor yang melambat berasal dari komoditas mebel dan kayu olahan, barang dari karet, bahan kimia, serta produk plastik.   Sedangkan komoditas ekspor unggulan Jawa Tengah lainnya berupa tekstil dan produk tekstil serta alas kaki tumbuh lebih tinggi pada triwulan I/2019. "Dengan perlambatan ini, kontribusi ekspor luar negeri terhadap pertumbuhan ekonomi Jawa Tengah mengalami penurunan," kata Rahmat melalui keterangan resminya Rabu (8/5/2019).   Selanjutnya, impor luar negeri Jawa Tengah juga menunjukkan perlambatan, yaitu dari 21,73% (yoy) pada triwulan IV 2018 menjadi 6,12% (yoy) pada triwulan I 2019. Menurutnya, dari rilis data ekspor impor Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS), perlambatan impor ini utamanya disebabkan kontraksi pada impor migas, sedangkan impor komoditas nonmigas masih tercatat tumbuh positif meski melambat. Penurunan impor migas di triwulan I ditengarai dipengaruhi oleh kebijakan pembatasan impor yang dimulai sejak akhir tahun 2018, dalam rangka upaya perbaikan current account deficit. Sementara itu lanjut dia, perlambatan impor nonmigas tercatat di beberapa komoditas seperti makanan dan minuman, produk kimia, serta tekstil dan produk tekstil. "Berdasarkan penggunaan, selama beberapa tahun terakhir struktur impor Jawa Tengah didominasi oleh impor bahan baku dengan pangsa lebih dari 50%, diikuti impor barang modal," ujarnya. Dia menjelaskan, triwulan l 2019, impor bahan baku dan impor barang konsumsi tercatat kontraksi, sementara impor barang modal masih tumbuh positif meskipun melambat. Sebagai komponen pengurang PDRB, perlambatan impor luar negeri berpengaruh positif terhadap laju pertumbuhan ekonomi Jawa Tengah. Kendati demikian, penurunan impor komoditas migas berdampak pada kegiatan industri yang memberikan nilai tambah lebih besar. Lebih Ianjut, hal tersebut juga menahan kinerja ekspor antardaerah, yang tercermin dari turunnya jumlah muat komoditas migas dari pelabuhan - pelabuhan di Jawa Tengah. Sedangkan untuk, permintaan domestik terpantau masih cukup kuat, tercermin dari pertumbuhan komponen konsumsi rumah tangga, Iembaga nonprofit yang melayani rumah tangga (LNPRT), dan konsumsi pemerintah. "Pada triwulan I 2019, konsumsi rumah tangga terpantau tumbuh 4,79% (yoy), meningkat dari triwulan sebelumnya (4,71%; yoy). Peningkatan ini seiring dengan terkendalinya inflasi sehingga ekspektasi daya beli masyarakat tetap terjaga," katanya. (k28) semarang.bisnis.com   Alif Nazzala Rizqi    8 May 2019

    Inmates should make furniture for ministers: Ronald Lamola DETAY
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    Newly appointed justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola wants his cabinet colleagues to furnish their offices and ministerial homes with furniture manufactured by prison inmates.  Image: Supplied Newly appointed justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola may have a solution to his cabinet colleagues' decor headaches. Lamola, who is the political head responsible for SA's prisons, wants his colleagues to furnish their offices and ministerial homes with furniture manufactured by prison inmates. This comes just weeks after public works minister Patricia de Lille reportedly warned cabinet ministers that she won't be entertaining any requests for new furniture for offices, ministerial homes or parliamentary villages. Lamola was talking about the importance of inmates acquiring skills that could be useful in life after prison. He said the rehabilitation programme in correctional facilities was going to be the focal point of his work so that inmates see being in prison “as something like being in boarding school where they exit with a skill”. Lamola said prisoners were not only cooking their own meals, but were involved in farming, including dairy and furniture production. “The department is one of the best in the country and maybe in Africa in terms of manufacturing furniture. My whole office in Pretoria is furnished by the department of correctional services and we are already in engagement with our colleagues in the department of public works to expand the role that the department can play in terms of the furniture for ministerial houses and offices across the country,” he told parliamentary journalists on Wednesday. The furniture could also be used for some of the country's furniture needs while it d a skills base for inmates. Lamola revealed that he was shocked when he learned that prisoners manufacture furniture. “I engaged my colleagues in cabinet, saying I think we can help you across the country with furniture and this can enable us to play a role,” he said. Meanwhile, the transition from Bosasa to self-catering in the 26 prisons previously catered for by the controversial company was seamless, according to the minister. “It could have d a huge logistical nightmare, but in six weeks the department had been able to in-source the service and was able to do it on its own. As a result, we believe that the department can do many other things on their own, like the production of inmates' uniforms and the manufacturing of furniture,” he said. The farming, production of dairy products and baking by inmates was not enough - however, the department, in conjunction with the National Treasury, procures perishable and non-perishable goods from women and youth-owned small enterprises. “We are currently in the process of procuring perishable and non-perishables for the next 11 to 12 months. That process should be finalised at the end of this month where we are looking at local suppliers to provide support to the department,” added correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser. He said the department would be rolling out the “in-sourcing of all nutrition services” to other prisons in February 2020. Lamola's predecessor, Michael Masutha, announced in February this year government's intentions to cut ties with Bosasa. This followed revelations in the Zondo commission of inquiry of how Bosasa bribed the department's officials and in turn received tenders to provide multibillion-rand services to prisons. At the time Masutha said the population of offenders that was being fed via Bosasa stood at 46,434 inmates in 26 prisons. https://www.heraldlive.co.za

    Elmadağ  Furniture  Organized Industrial Zone was established. DETAY
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    Elmadağ  Furniture  Organized Industrial Zone was established. The furniture of Siteler raises its target with Organisation Industrial Zone. Furniture brand,Siteler,which is known for its solidity and quality throughout the world for many years, is now gaining the status of Organized  Industrial  Zone and wide physical structure. Siteler which contribute  significantly  to the employment and export of the country with the production of furniture products with high value added are known globally with their handicrafts. Chamber of furniture Ankara Lakeciler wanted to move Siteler to the status of organized industrial zone, but due to its physical structure, it was not legally possible. For this reason, the choice of place was realised in religion Elmadağ  by the work started in 2015 and In October 2017, Elmadağ Furniture Organized Industrial Zone became the 12th OSB of Ankara with the approval of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology and  became official with its 333 registry number. Elmadağ  Furniture  OSB will consist only of furniture and complementary sectors. OSB  with 116 hectares is on the route of 43 provinces along with Samsun Road. When it is completed, it is planned that makers of furniture OSB, which is thought to provide more than 100 factories and around 20.000 jobs, will be operational in 2021.

    Gujarat: First ever consignment of pinewood from Uruguay lands at Kandla port DETAY
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    The celebration was called for as this first-ever consignment of pine round logs from Uruguay would break the near-monopoly of New Zealand origin pine in the Indian market, making import rates competitive. Members of the Kandla Timber Association at the port as Berge Snowdon arrives with the pine consignment WHEN BERGE Snowdon, a cargo vessel, berthed at cargo jetty No 16 of Kandla port on the Kutch coast on the 19th of this month, members of the Kandla Timber Association (KTA) rushed to welcome the ship and cut a cake with its crew members. The celebration was called for as this first-ever consignment of pine round logs from Uruguay would break the near-monopoly of New Zealand origin pine in the Indian market, making import rates competitive. < frameborder="0" height="250" id="google_ads__/21796214895/324113-300-250-2_0" name="google_ads__/21796214895/324113-300-250-2_0" scrolling="no" style="box-sizing: inherit; touch-action: inherit; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; background: 0px 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: bottom; outline: 0px;" title="3rd party ad " width="300"> Advertising “This is the first ever shipment of pinewood from Uruguay and the first ever major consignment not of New Zealand origin,” Navneet Gajjar, president of KTA told The Indian Express. “So far, we were dependent on imports of pinewood from New Zealand to service the Indian market for soft wood, except for the odd shipment from Australia.” The Panama-flagged Berge Snowdon was loaded with 35,512 cubic metre (CBM) of pinewood from the South American country. The KTA president said the timber industry of Kandla and Gandhidham was excited about the new source of import. “The Uruguayan pinewood cost USD 145 per CBM. The price is very competitive compared to the USD 165 to 170 for New Zealand pine,” said Gajjar. “In fact, there has already been a price correction for New Zealand pine bound for India up to USD 10 after our members ordered the Uruguayan consignment.” EXPLAINED Uruguayan pine a game-changer The Uruguayan pine log consignment may well do for the soft wood industry what consignments of hard wood from countries like Suriname and others did to the hard wood industry around three years ago. Until then, Malaysia serviced around 95 per cent of Indian import demand for hard wood. But when the monopoly began hurting the Indian timber market, importers looked as far away as Suriname, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea, as the prices proved competitive. Diversification of sources reduced the share of Malaysian hard wood to 60 per cent. Chile is another South American country that exports pinewood and is a potential source for Indian importers, say market watchers. He said 65% of India’s timber imports lands at Kandla port, which serves west, central and north India. There are more than 2,000 sawmills and around 100 plywood factories in Gandhidham. “Timber is a Rs 7,000 crore industry here. Every month, around three lakh CBM of wood is imported at Kandla,” he said. “More than 50 per cent of timber imports are of pinewood, as it is the cheapest. Majority of the pinewood is imported in the form of round logs while some is brought in the form of sawn and sized pinewood from the USA and Canada. But such imports cost more as it comes as containerised cargo.”   Pine timber is a soft wood, which is used as building material as well as in the manufacturing of flush-doors, plywood, pellets for packaging and so on. “The breakthrough came after a delegation of timber businessmen visited Uruguay a few months ago,” Gajjar said. “So far, the importers had not looked beyond New Zealand for pinewood, and the monopoly was adversely impacting the timber industry. We are hopeful that new source will provide competition in pinewood exports to India.” India has imposed restrictions on imports of timber logs of certain types of pine from countries like Australia, USA, China, North America, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and even New Zealand. Imports from these countries are allowed only if the timber logs are fumigated with methyl bromide or are heat-treated so that pests are destroyed before the consignments land on Indian shores. “Many developed countries have shifted to phosphine fumigation, which is more environment friendly,” a source indirectly associated with the timber industry said. “However, Indian laws mandate methyl bromide fumigation. So, exporters of some countries give importers the options of both treatments. But the opening of a new source of import is definitely good for the Indian timber market. Until recently, nobody had thought about an nate source to New Zealand. The status quo seems to have broken with the arrival of Uruguayan consignment.” G P Singh, deputy director of the regional plant quarantine station at Kandla said that the Uruguayan consignment met Indian phytosanitary standards. Uruguay is a major producer of pinewood with around 2.75 lakh hectare of land under plantation of pine trees. It is also a major producer of eucalyptus logs.

    1,000 timber workers and supporters gather to protest cap and trade, diesel standards DETAY
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    Logging trucks line up in front of the Oregon Capitol. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Loggers and logging trucks made their way from the fairgrounds in Salem to the Capitol this morning to protest two bills – House Bills 2020 and 2007.  A long convoy of logging trucks drove along Court Street honking, while people held signs and cheered. Traffic backed up into south Salem along Commercial Street SE and Liberty Street SE as more trucks drove toward the Capitol. By 8 a.m., hundreds of people were on the Capitol Mall, wearing chrome and colored hard hats, suspenders and boots, cheered on by pop songs blaring from overhead speakers. Dozens if not hundreds of semi trucks and pickup trucks with flags and painted messages protesting the bill circled the block, sounding their airhorns. The Capitol on Thursday was transformed. The business suits were swapped out for camo, cutoff shirts and Three Percenter sweatshirts. Lawmakers were mostly absent as the House was not scheduled to convene, yet the building teemed with more state police than at any point during the legislative session. When the Senate convened briefly at 9:30 a.m. – not its usual time – semitruck airhorns immediately began sounding, reminding lawmakers that they are being watched. In the gallery above sat loggers and truckers, peering down at the faux floor session that lasted mere minutes, no one expecting any real work to be done. Senator Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, one of the more vocal and liberal members of the Senate, said she’s had a police escort the past two days but so far hasn’t had any issues with protesters.  The log truckers have become a recent presence at the Capitol. HB 2020 would increase the cost of motor vehicle fuels, and they also fear it could further limit how much logging could be done in the state. However, this week, the Senate Democratic leaders said the bill is dead: The votes aren’t there. Opponents, including Republican senators, have said they don’t trust that’s the case. The senators, who left the state last week in protest, said Wednesday night they would like to see the bill go on the ballot. The group is also protesting HB 2007, which establishes a diesel standard for medium and heavy-duty trucks. However, the bill only regulates trucks driving through the greater Portland metro area, and logging trucks – among others – are exempt from the standard. The rally was organized through the Facebook page Timber Unity, which has grown to more than 38,000 members in just a couple weeks. The movement has constantly been portrayed as a pure grassroots movement by members and lawmakers in opposition of the bill, but the group recently formed a political action committee directed by Andrew Miller, chief executive officer of Stimson Lumber. The PAC reports about $13,000 in contributions since it was registered with the state last Thursday, June 20 — the same day Senate Republicans walked out. Of that money, $5,000 came directly from Miller. 

    Wayfair workers protest selling of furniture to contractor running migrant detention center DETAY
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    BOSTON (AP) — Employees at online home furnishings retailer Wayfair walked out Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell $200,000 worth of furniture to a government contractor that runs a detention center for migrant children in Texas. The protest triggered a broader backlash against the company, with some customers calling for a boycott. Several hundred people joined the protest at a plaza near the company's Boston headquarters, a mix of employees and people from outside the company.   More than 500 employees at the company's Boston headquarters signed a protest letter to executives when they found out about the contract. Wayfair refused to back out of the contract but told employees Wednesday morning that it would donate $100,000 to the Red Cross. "Last week, we found out about the sale and that we are profiting from this. And we are not comfortable with that," said Tom Brown, 33, a Wayfair engineer at the protest. "For me personally, there is more to life than profit." Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both said they stood by the Wayfair employees who are protesting, as did Congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Wayfair's stock initially slipped more than 5% Tuesday as word of the walkout spread. On Wednesday, the stock rose about 1%. The protest comes amid a new uproar over revelations of terrible conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, first reported by The Associated Press , including inadequate food, lack of medical care, no soap, and older children trying to care for toddlers. Emotions were also running high one day after photos published by the Mexican newspaper La Jornada and distributed worldwide by the AP showed the bodies of a migrant father and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal permission. The unprecedented surge of migrant families has left U.S. immigration detention centers severely overcrowded and taxed the government's ability to provide medical care and other attention. Six children have died since September after being detained by border agents. As the controversy grew, the acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday, though he did not give a reason for leaving. In a letter to the employees, Wayfair leaders said that it's standard practice to fulfill orders for any customer acting within the law. "We believe it is our business to sell to any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries within which we operate," said the letter. Wayfair said it would have no further comment on the protest. Wayfair sold the beds to Baptist Children's Family Services, a non-profit with federal contracts to manage some of the camps along the border. "We believe youth should sleep in beds with mattresses," the organization said in a brief statement. Madeline Howard, a product manager at Wayfair, said company leaders had held a town hall earlier this week to listen to employee concerns but would not budge on their stance. She said the company's donation to the Red Cross did not satisfy the demands of the employees, who had asked that the profit from the sale — about $86,000 — be donated RAICES, a non-profit that is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. In a statement, the Red Cross said it was "grateful for Wayfair's generous donation." The organization said it would put the funds toward "the increased aid we have provided for the past six months to community-based organizations helping with the border crisis in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico." Brown, the Wayfair engineer, said there is no one answer on what the company policy should be, with some employees calling for the company to stop providing for the detention centers altogether, and others arguing it would be enough for Wayfair to forego profits from such sales. Mimi Chakravorti, executive director of strategy at the brand consulting firm Landor, said Wayfair must decide whether the damage to their brand from the controversy will ultimately prove more costly than foregoing a $200,000 contract. "Unfortunately, they are not going to able to get out of this without being burned on one side or the other," said Chakravorti. "Is it about moral standards? Or is it about the bottom line dollars, and being able to sell to anyone in a legal way?" Other companies have also been drawn into the controversy over the Trump administration's immigration policies. Last year, American Airlines and United Airlines said they asked the government not to put migrant children who have been separated from their parents on their flights. Employees have protested work by Amazon and Microsoft to assist police agencies and federal immigration agents with facial recognition and other tools. Microsoft executives defended the company's immigration contract despite a protest letter that circulated through the company over the summer. The children's magazine Highlights jumped in Tuesday, with CEO Kent Johnson posting a statement on Twitter condemning the separation of families at the border and calling for "more humane treatment of immigrant children" at detention centers. The country's politically polarized atmosphere has become a minefield for many businesses as workers increasingly take on their employers for issues they care about. At Google, employees walked out of their offices last year to protest the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. And workers at Amazon.com Inc. publicly published a letter addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year to push the online shopping giant to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Anne Gilson, a human resources expert at the employee benefits agency OneDigital, said companies have been traditionally more accustomed to handling employee dis about internal workplace problems, not politics. "This is new territory for many organizations," Gilson said, adding that companies need to strive to ensure employees feel they are heard before a controversy spills out into public view. "Why do people feel they have to take drastic action?" Gilson said. "How was the conversation initially managed? Is the culture, 'Yeah, thanks Johnny,' and eye-rolling and sighs?" ©2019 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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    Chinese firm buys Swiss office furniture maker DETAY
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    Switzerland-based office furniture company Lista Office Group (LO) was recently acquired by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Henglin Chair Industry (Henglin). Switzerland-based office furniture company Lista Office Group (LO) was recently acquired by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Henglin Chair Industry (Henglin). LO said the sale forms part of its international expansion and growth strategy, with its Leinhard family owners having been looking for some time for a strategic partner. After talks with a number of companies from the US, Europe and Asia, they opted for the offer from Henglin, a firm established 20 years ago by the Wang family and now publicly listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Henglin is a major exporter of office chairs and employs around 3,000 staff. It has reportedly been looking to develop its manufacturing infrastructure outside China in an attempt to minimise the impact of trade tariffs imposed by the US and now it has established a foothold in Europe. LO has two manufacturing sites in Switzerland, around 330 employees and annual sales estimated to be in the region of CHF100 million ($100 million). The company can trace its origins back to 1945 when young engineer and entrepreneur Alfred Lienhard started a garden furniture and steel products company. Leinhard’s granddaughter, Franziska Lienhard Nava, is currently the group’s chairwoman. The transaction was effective 31 May. Financial details were not released. Degersheim, Switzerland www.opi.net    17 June 2019  

    Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules DETAY
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    A logger cuts a large fir tree in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Federal land managers are proposing a sweeping rule change that could expand commercial logging on Forest Service land. DON RYAN / AP Federal land managers on Wednesday proposed sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. The U.S. Forest Service, under Chief Vicki Christiansen, is proposing revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act regulations that could limit environmental review and public input on projects ranging from forest health and wildfire mitigation to infrastructure upgrades to commercial logging on federal land. "We do more analysis than we need, we take more time than we need and we slow down important work to protect communities," Christiansen told NPR. The proposed rule changes include an expansion of "categorical exclusions." These are often billed as tools that give land managers the discretion to bypass full-blown environmental studies in places where they can demonstrate there would be no severe impacts or degradation to the land. U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, shown in her office in Washington, D.C., says the proposed rule changes are about efficiency, not shortcuts. SHURAN HUANG / NPR John Gale, with the conservation group Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, says that if applied carefully and narrowly to certain projects, these exclusions could help lower the fire risk. But he's skeptical because the administration recently rolled back protections for clean water and wildlife. "We also don't want to see this become the Trojan horse for unchecked resource extraction," Gale says. The Forest Service insists this is not about ramping up commercial logging in public forests. On average, according to Christiansen, it can take big restoration projects that generally have broad support as long as two years to approve. She predicts that time could be cut by more than half if the rule changes move forward. "Let me be clear that the Forest Service will continue to deliver high-quality, science-based analysis," she said. "We're proposing more efficiency, not shortcutting. In fact, [we're] enhancing, where we can, public involvement." Federal agencies have long complained of "analysis paralysis" when it comes to getting large landscape-scale projects approved. Policymakers frequently decry what they call frivolous lawsuits by litigious-minded environmental groups who use the courts to try to stop logging on public land. But according to the government's own analysis — the last done in 2010 during the Obama administration — fewer than one-fifth of all timber and forest projects are appealed by citizens or environmental groups. A bigger holdup is budget cuts, particularly in the Forest Service, where money has been diverted away from wildlife, habitat and forestry programs to pay for the skyrocketing costs of wildfire suppression. The proposed rule changes are subject to a 60-day public comment period. Barring litigation or other holdups, the Forest Service hopes to finalize them by summer of next year.   www.vpr.org June 12, 2019

    100 million-euro plant  investment from Turkish furniture surface manufacturer DETAY
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    Germany-based Turkish kitchen and furniture surface manufacturer Fine Decor is building a plant with an investment of up to 100 million euros to expand in Europe. Founded in 2004 by Sekman family living in Germany, Fine Decor accelerated its activities to become one of the biggest in Europe. Serving with the vision of becoming one of the leading companies of the kitchen and furniture industry, the company laid the foundations of its new production facility. The project aims to employ approximately 300 people. The amount of investment in the project is expected to reach 80-100 million euros. He recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for the company's production factory. Ruken Sekman, Chairman of the Board of Fine Decor GmbH, General Manager Hasan Sekman, Mayor of Oelde Knop, Mayor of Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Aurea Industrial Zone, Dr. Mettenborg, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the North Rhine-Westphalia. Göske was also present. Will provide job opportunities for 120 people According to the information provided, the first stage of the production factory has a closed area of ​​12 thousand 500 square meters and will be established on a total of about 25 thousand square meters. The first stage, which is said to be about 35 million euros, is scheduled to end in February 2020. Approximately 120 people will be employed in the factory production will be transferred to the recycling of plastic waste materials reported. The second stage is planned to start in 2022 as a result of the feasibility studies conducted in 2016. Furthermore, with the second stage, the investment amount of the company is expected to reach approximately 80-100 million euros. It is stated that the machine lines equipped with the latest technology to be used in the production facility are the first in Europe and that they will continue to be one of the pioneers in the furniture and kitchen industry worldwide by being integrated with Industry 4.0. As a result of the project, it was emphasized that approximately 250-300 people will be employed.

    Former PM Raila Odinga meets stakeholders over Kenyas forest cover DETAY
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    NAIROBI, KENYA: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday held talks with key environment stakeholders on areas to improve conservation around the country. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chief Conservator Julius Kamau shake hands after a meeting in Nairobi The meeting at Karura Forest hosted by the Kenya Forest Service Board Chairman Peter Kinyua and the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau explored collaboration between counties, national government, and Kenya Forest Service in hastening the process of signing transition implementation plans (TIPS). This will an enabling environment that can support a diversified approach towards the rehabilitation of riparian lands and swamps with bamboo, as well as reviving the bamboo industry in Kenya. Currently, 29 Counties have already signed TIPS with 18 County governments yet to sign.   Also deliberated on were strategic interventions aimed at restoration of degraded gazetted public and community forests in the country towards the attainment of the 10 per cent forest cover by 2022 in line with the Presidential directive. “Met with stakeholders in the forestry sector and discussed strategic interventions aimed at increasing forest cover in Kenya including engaging County Governments, promoting PPP in forest conservation and banning the use of cedar products among other measures,” posted Raila on his Facebook timeline. The meeting comes a day after Kenya Forest Service kicked off a sh114.9million Mikoko project in Lamu County. The two- year project will focus on generating important scientific information about mangroves, to inform best practices for conservation. Mikoko Project will also enhance the development of the Blue Economy which targets to protect Kenya's marine environment and fragile coastal ecosystems and preserve biodiversity in the Indian Ocean. KFS will work with French Research institutes, CIRAD, and IRD among other partner organizations. Ambassador of France, Aline Muster - Menager and Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau. Ambassador of France, Aline Muster - Menager and Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau. The project was officially launched on Tuesday at a ceremony graced by the Ambassador of France, Her Excellency Mrs. Aline Muster and Conservation Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Gideon Gathaara and Chief Conservator of Forests, Julius Kamau. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke 20 Jun 2019  

    South Korean Designers Develop Surface Color Changing Furniture DETAY
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    Designers at Orijeen, a South Korean design company, developed furniture that could change surface color. Furniture with a lenticular surface reflects different colors according to the user's viewing angle. Reflections produce different colors according to the reflection of light to furniture. The small book-shaped furniture shines with the colors of fuchsia, lilac and sky blue. The large wardrobe reflects the shades of turquoise blue, mint green and sunlight yellow. Let's watch these colorful designs alive…         With the title color changing furniture in our video gallery