BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) is a not-for-profit association of BC value-added wood product manufacturers.  The value-added wood manufacturing industry is a vital component of British Columbia’s economy and has significant growth potential.  Established in 1989, our Mission is:

To assist BC’s secondary wood product manufacturers grow faster by helping them access and exploit markets they would not otherwise enter.  By doing this, BC Wood will maximize the dollar value of BC fibre and minimize the business risk by diversifying our members’ market activities.

BC Wood represents every value-added sector (furniture, cabinets, millwork, pre-built structures, engineered wood products, remanufactured products and specialty items) in every region of the province.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the CEO, the Program Manager works closely with BC Wood’s industry members and In-Market Representatives (IMR’s) with a focus on addressing international market development for BC Wood members.

The Program Manager plays a critical role in interpreting the marketing needs of value-added wood products manufacturers, developing BC Wood’s market development programs and participating in the delivery and implementation of these programs.

The Program Manager is responsible for developing strategic relationships with various stakeholders, association members, industry groups, and governments often within a climate of divergent objectives. Ensuring The incumbent effectively manages the marketing activities and investments which endeavor to increase the sales and market share of value-added products for members, within existing and new emerging markets.

The Program Manager must have computer proficiency with Microsoft office products and be willing to travel on an on-going basis

Mission for Senior Program Manager

To develop and deliver international market development programs to help grow the business of small to medium sized, growth-oriented value-added wood products manufacturers, specifically in the European and North American markets..

Outcomes

  • With input and commitment from industry, develops a yearly work plan of selected marketing programs and activities aimed at growing export opportunities for BC’s value-added wood products sectors in the European and North American markets;
  • Annually invite members to form an Advisory Committee to review program options and bring additional program ideas to the table for review by peers
  • Regularly meet with industry at their sites to discuss options and opportunities throughout the year (minimum of 30 company visits per annum)
  • Providing leadership, advice and guidance, works closely with the IMR’s to determine existing value-added niche market opportunities and translate those needs into marketing programs for BC Wood members;
  • Communicate with in-market staff on a regular basis, including during their visits to BC and during off-shore trade events to stay attuned to changing market needs
  • Establishes performance criteria and monitoring methods towards established goals and objectives;
  • Ensure sales activity and reporting out by participating member companies is completed in a timely fashion and results are recorded for BC Wood annual reporting to funders
  • Lead trade missions and trade shows world-wide as required;
  • Act as a recognized expert resource and contact for BC Wood in the European and North American markets;
  • Represent BC Wood at sector events and gatherings

Competencies / Skills

  • Demonstrated industry experience and expert knowledge of manufacturing and marketing value-added wood products;
  • Sales and marketing experience and ability to develop and deliver relevant marketing programs;
  • Strong strategic planning and management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, counsel and effectively influence stakeholders;
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated initiative
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills for all levels of audience;
  • Strong knowledge of channels of distribution within the industry;
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to effectively organize events;

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to hr@bcwood.com by September 30th, 2014.  Only short-listed applicants will receive a follow-up call.  Thank-you for your interest.

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Strong Interest in CLT Among Japanese GBM Participants

This year, we once again are seeing strong interest in the GBM amongst Asian buyers. The Chinese delegation will be around 50 again and we expect around 20 from Korea. The Japanese delegation will also be very large with at least 40 buyers. What is particularly interesting about this year’s Japanese delegation is that a majority of them will be taking part on our Wood First Discovery Tour.

The reason for this is that a JAS certification system was established earlier this year for CLT and a revised building code incorporating CLT is expected by early next year. The adoption of such systems in Japan usually takes many years, but the government sees CLT’s potential in both growing the demand for wood in large-scale commercial buildings in general as well as domestic wood in particular. Therefore, rather than resisting the new system, they seem to have been pushing it along as quickly as possible. As a result, Japanese companies see the new market for CLT developing and want to learn as much as possible.

BC Wood has been collaborating with the newly founded CLT Association of Japan on the Wood First Discovery Tour; therefore, many of the CLT Association’s members will be taking part. This group includes companies ranging from glulam producers to builders and architectural firms specializing in large-scale wood buildings. Interestingly, the largest engineering firm in Japan that usually focuses on skyscrapers is also sending staff. Also, many trading companies that typically come to Canada for lumber products are also signing up for the tour. Obviously CLT has caught the imagination of the Japanese construction industry and as a result we will be hosting a very unique group from Japan at this year’s GBM.

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USA Market Update

On August 13th, 2014, posted in: Markets, USA by

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest to the industry…

The US market continues to heat up and construction in both the single family and multi-family construction market is at 5-year high. In order to capitalize on the growth in this sector, the US market development program is organizing a market mission to Northern California which is tentatively scheduled from September 23nd through the 26th. We will take a select group of members to the market to meet with architects, builders, and distributors in the region. Our plan is to start in San Francisco, travel up the I -80 corridor, finish in Lake Tahoe, and fly out of Reno on the evening of the 26th.

The goal of the mission is to introduce members to key buyers, decision makers, and influencers. We will meet with prominent architects in the region including Shay Zak Architects and Busby Perkins & Will in San Francisco, as well as, Dale Cox, Ward Young, and Dale Munstermann Architects in Lake Tahoe. We will use a lunch and learn format in the architect meetings and are hoping to organize some site visits in the prestigious Martis Camp Resort where Dale Cox has a number of high-end residential projects currently under construction.

The mission will also connect members to residential and light commercial builders in the market. In Lake Tahoe, we plan to meet with Loverde and Crestwood Construction in Truckee and with Webcor Builders in the Bay region who specialize in multi-family, light commercial construction.

Finally, we will try to close the distribution channel by meeting with a number of building product distributors in San Francisco and along the Interstate highway leading to Lake Tahoe. Contacts in the distribution market include Beronio Lumber and Restoration Timber in San Francisco and Tahoe Truckee Lumber Company, Tahoe City Lumber, and Meeks Lumber in Lake Tahoe.

The mission is still in the organization stage; however, if it sounds of interest to you and your company, please email me atdfarley@bcwood.com or on my cell at 604 728 8786. We will have a limited number of spots available and preference will be given to members that have AIA accredited presentations.

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In late September, BC Wood and its’ members will participate in the Denver Log and Timber Frame Home show, Sept. 26th -28th. The Denver show features displays from manufacturers of log and timber frame home manufacturers, pre-fabricated 2×4 and 2×6 house packages, and finished building products such as roofing, flooring, decking, and rustic furniture. Over the past few years, a number of BC Wood members from the log and timber frame home sector have used the Denver show to maintain a toe hold in the US market while they cut back on some of their other promotional activities during the slower economic times.

The B.C. log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the U.S., like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that have has shown some activity. The Rocky Mountain States, due to their close geographic proximity to BC, product acceptance, and the clustering of resort developments catering to a wealthy demographic, have continued to be a relatively strong market for BC producers.

The feedback from the members attending recent Denver shows has been generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, has been growing each year since 2011. Most exhibitors reported a more positive attitude from the attendees at the show last year. Individuals who had been hesitant over the past few years to take the final step towards building their projects came to the show ready to build.

For more background on the Denver show or to register to exhibit at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com

 

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This year, BC Wood is planning a return to the Mexican market to look at opportunities for BC’s wood products. Mexico is a market which was showing good initial promise prior to the economic and construction downturn in the United States in 2008. Even during the downturn, Mexico’s dependence on imported wood products, now at US $1.4 billion per year, has been increasing at 5.5% annually. Softwoods comprise the vast majority of wood products imported into Mexico with some hardwoods used primarily in the furniture industry (hard maple and alder are popular imports).

Almost half of the total wood imports come from the US; much of this share is vulnerable to Canadian competition. Deforestation remains a severe problem and Mexico’s substandard infrastructure compels the country to rely on foreign sources of wood products. As the US and Canadian economies continue to expand, it is expected that Mexico will be forced to depend on larger and larger volumes of wood imports. In 2012, Canada exported almost $17 million of manufactured wood products to Mexico. This was an increase of 30.1% from the previous year. BC’s share of this total was $6 million, a year over year increase of 49%.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the Expo CIHAC in Mexico City. Expo CIHAC is the premier event in Mexico and Latin America for the construction industry. This trade event focuses on the importers and distributors of construction and building products, but also goods that are used in industrial application like the packaging and furniture manufacturing sectors. The Expo CIHAC will be a suitable fit for many suppliers for hardwood and softwood lumber and other wood based building materials.

BC Wood will also coordinate a trade mission component post CIHAC that will take participants to directly visit and meet with Mexican wood importers, distributors, and manufacturers. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, meet with qualified buyers, and increase the sales potential of their products. Space is limited in this program so for more information on CIHAC trade show and the proposed mission, contact Ken Hori at 604-882-7100 or by email at khori@bcwood.com.

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We are delighted with the response from industry this year. We know that the program works and everyone benefits. If you are too late to register for a booth, call us to see how else you might participate in the event.

Recruiting for both international wood product buyers and our Wood First Specifiers program is also going extremely well and we expect a sell-out again this year. There are lots of new registrants so you will most certainly meet new interested buyers. Our goal is to have 70% new buyers again – some we can’t keep away no matter what, since the GBM has become their “go to” event for North America – but the interest from new buyers and new markets has again been excellent.

We have created more great opportunities for exhibitors to participate in other related activities to enhance their exposure during and after the event. The cost of advertising in the Program Guide and each company’s donation of a prize/gift are good ways to get your name in front of the entire delegation at the GBM.

If you have not yet registered for our Friday afternoon golf tournament, this year sponsored by the Teal Jones Group, please call for the registration link. You can sign up as a single, double or foursome!

Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 4th

  • BC Wood AGM; WRCLA BOD meeting; Wood First Seminars; Exhibitor set-up
  • Evening Welcome Reception at the spectacular Roundhouse Lodge at the Peak of Whistler Mountain for all participants

Friday – September 5th

  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Afternoon Teal Jones Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Gala Evening Reception in the Grand Foyer at the Whistler Conference Centre

Saturday – September 6th

  • Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings

If you haven’t already registered, contact us for your online registration link at gbm@bcwood.com or call Randi at 604-882-7100.

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The Wood First Forum and Other Programs at the GBM for Specifiers

This program has consumed most of our energy this past month due to the GBM’s significance. For my part, I am focusing on the Wood First Forum which features numerous activities for the specifiers whether they are architects, designers, contractors, or engineers.

Thursday’s Wood First Forum speakers are now finalized with the addition of our 8th speaker. All are world-class and have won numerous awards for their respective categories. The biggest dilemma facing attendees will be which session to attend in the afternoon when we will have 6 sessions of which you can choose 3 – each featuring great speakers on very topical subjects. Our international speakers are from Austria (2), Finland (1) and the US (1) as well as the Lower Mainland.

The exhibitor selection for the Friday afternoon mini-seminar program is also close to completion. We will now work with each exhibitor on an as required basis, making sure their presentations are both educational and interesting!

The Saturday tours and seminars are also finalized with the inclusion of the Audain Art Museum which is now under construction and features large prefabricated engineered wood systems for the roof.Architects from BC, Alberta, and the US Pacific Northwest have all received invitations to come to this great event and registrations are now coming in. We have also included contractors and engineers. We will continue to follow up throughout August, or until we are fully booked, which we expect to be very soon.

Ongoing Specifier Activities

While our focus has been on the GBM over the past few weeks, we have still conducted a couple of Lunch & Learn sessions and continually work to book more even as we prepare for the GBM.

As always, if you want to become involved in the Specifiers Program or simply want information on what it is about and how effective it can be to have your products specified, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com.

 

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Cedarland Forest Products is a remanufacturing plant in Maple Ridge, BC that specializes in clear, old growth Western Red Cedar paneling products. Harald Mischke established Cedarland in 1975 as a cedar retailer. After relocating to a new plant within Maple Ridge, Cedarland grew into the European and International markets. Today, Cedarland exports both custom and standard products worldwide, as well as providing design expertise on projects for manufacturers, architects, contractors, and home owners.Cedarland has PEFC certification. They only purchase from sustainable forest-based supply and track the purchase of raw material from origin (logs and/or lumber) that they use to produce a wide variety of semi-finished and finished product solutions for their diverse customer base.Cedarland operates two vacuum kilns. The vacuum method for drying wood was developed in Europe but, partly due to the cost of the equipment, it is relatively uncommon in North America. Cedarland was a pioneer in bringing vacuum kilns to this part of the world. The vacuum system utilizes less energy than conventional kilns and reduces atmospheric pressure by up to 85%, allowing steam to form at relatively low temperatures. It is a self- contained system, gently extracting the water from the wood, avoiding collapse and case hardening. It is ideal for drying large timbers as well as standard dimension and board sizes. Cedarland vacuum kilns are suited to smaller charges and drying of specialty products.For more information on Cedarland, visit their website: cedarland.ca

  

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Skyline Tradeshow Tips – August 5, 2014

I’m not going to start with a history lesson about global trade. We all know the world has been trading between countries and continents for centuries. But with new emerging markets with a high potential client base, more and more companies are willing to take a shot at those markets. Many companies would love to expand their market to China and sell their products there. I have done several shows in China over the years with my clients and what I have learned is that exhibiting in China is totally different from every other country you might have exhibited in before. If you are planning to exhibit in China, be prepared and consider these tips I’m going to give you. Hopefully you will be ahead of the learning curve.

Have a Local Partner

Yes, you might have done a ton of shows in your career but the language and customs in China are different. If possible and for your greatest benefit, I would strongly suggest that you have an office or an agent already in China and involve them in the planning. [BC Wood provides this service for members] Just understanding the multitudes of holidays and making sure nothing is lost in translation is a huge challenge. My experience taught me that if I would not have been in contact with our Shanghai office during my shows and planning, I would have had many angry and frustrated customers and a negative outcome.

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Log Home Bootcamp

On August 13th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by

Do you want to learn how to build log homes?

Join us for our Surelog Homes Boot Camp. During this Boot Camp you will be learning the fundamentals of log home building not in a classroom but on an actual log home building work site.

Your instructors Terry Hall, the Surelog Homes crew, and guest instructor, Gary Young Chief will walk you through:

  • Log home safety
  • How to choose your logs, both in the forest and in the yard
  • Log preparation
  • Introduction to tools and terminology
  • Foundation basics
  • Scribing methods
  • Basic Notches, windows and doors
  • Assembly and disassembly
  • Intro in basic roof systems
  • And ‘Micro Log Homes”

Watch this video for additional details and to meet your instructors:

 http://vimeo.com/100434492

Surelog Homes 'Log Home Boot Camp 2014'

 DETAILS

This boot camp is being held at the Surelog Homes Log Yard in Tappen, British Columbia Canada from August 25 to 29, 2014. 

COST
The cost of the boot camp is $2,600.00 Canadian. This does not include flights, accommodations, and meals.

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Terry Hall at surelog@airspeedwireless.ca

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Please join us for our Co-op Presentation Evening on Thursday,September 25th, 2014.

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students.  You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

Date:

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time:

6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Venue:

Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC

Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=353

Please RSVP to sudeh.jahan@ubc.ca by September 12th, 2014

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CAWP is pleased to announce that it will lead a technical tour to Norway in September 2014 to visit sites that showcase innovative wood design and construction, culminating in attendance of the Holzbau Nordic “Building our Future with Wood” conference. The tour will run during the week of September 21st to 27th and will focus on the sustainability and energy-efficiency benefits that wood can bring to contemporary construction practices in both the residential and non-residential sectors.

A wide range of innovative contemporary architectural projects will be visited, and the group will also look at some examples of traditional wood architecture to consider the lessons such structures can teach us about durability and protection. The influence of modern engineered building materials such as cross-laminated-timber will also be of interest.

The group size will be limited to 20 people, and we currently have 15 slots remaining. More info can be found at http://cawp.ubc.ca/technical-tour-to-norway-and-holzbau-nordic-conference-september-2014/

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Notice of BC Wood’s AGM

On August 13th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by

  

BC Wood Specialties Group 2014 Annual General Meeting
9:30 – 10:15 AM, Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Whistler Conference Centre

BC Wood will be holding its’ 2014 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 4th, 9:30 AM at the Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. All BC Wood members are encouraged to attend.

To register or for more information, please contact me directly atbhawrysh@bcwood.com or by phone at 604-882-7100 (toll free 1-877-422-9663). We look forward to seeing you in scenic Whistler, BC for BC Wood’s Annual General Meeting on September 4th, 2014.

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Reform Industry Fair 2014

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Japan, Markets by Comments Off

On June 17th and 18th, BC Wood represented the Canadian wood products industry at the Reform Industry Newspaper’s annual Reform Show at Tokyo Big Sight. This two day show is unique in that it specifically targets professionals (mainly construction companies) in the renovation industry. For this reason, it is not a large show like the Japan Home Show, but it is the best event to learn about the trends in the Japanese renovation industry which many experts expect to grow significantly in the coming years.

This year, the show organizers put more effort into promotions which helped raise the attendance by 62% to 6943 people. Each year they offer a great slate of seminars that help builders learn about everything from the latest materials to sales and marketing techniques. This year’s program was again very impressive and the extra attendees made the show feel much livelier than in the past. I suspect that the increased interest in this show is also due to the post-tax increase lull in new housing starts. Construction companies are looking for new business which the reform market offers.

For BC Wood, we took a single booth and made a simple display of various Canadian finishing materials that are applicable to the renovation market. Many builders commented that they saw growing interest in renovations using solid wood products, especially for the older generation which appreciates the traditional look of wood. Thus, they want to replace the aging vinyl wrapped materials in their homes.

Another interesting trend I was told about was that older couples nearing retirement age are doing renovations to reduce the size of their homes. This seems odd as most people renovate to increase their floor area, but in Tokyo many homes are built with three stories to accommodate as many rooms for children as possible on small-sized lots. After the children leave home, those rooms are redundant but must be cleaned, creating unnecessary work. Also, people do not like the idea of having so many flights of stairs as they get older. By downsizing their homes from three to two stories, they can deal with these issues or even add a roof-top balcony where they can garden or spend their leisure time.

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USA Market Update

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Markets, USA by Comments Off

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest to you…

BC Wood along with five member companies participated in the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco, California June 27 to 28. This trade event, 52 years strong, is the annual gathering for builders, architects, developers, and other folks involved in the residential and light commercial construction sector along the West Coast of North America. This year, it drew over 12,000 buyers and trade professionals to the two day event. That number itself is impressive as it represents the highest number of attendees since the downturn of 2008, but is still a far cry from the 50,000+ that attended during the housing boom of 2004 – 2007.

The feedback from both exhibitors and buyers suggest that the event was successful and a solid number of contacts and sales leads were generated from the show. This year, it seemed to me that there was a very large contingent of developers from the multi-family sector engaging exhibitors and looking for unique and innovative products at PCBC. As in the past, it appears that two markets were responsible for driving development in the multi-family sector: the High Tech and Oil and Gas sectors. The majority of multi-family builders I spoke to had active projects in regions that are hot beds for both of these sectors.

Silicon Valley, and the markets that make up the region, including Palo Alto, Cuppertino, and San Jose continue to see significant market development and demand for high quality condos and town homes. Developers cite the high cost of land and the continued influx of the young, affluent high tech workforce as the reason why this market is booming.

With Oil and Gas, we met with multi-family builders from as far north as Fort McMurray, Alberta and as far South as Houston, Texas. The energy sector is driving increased immigration into remote regions which is responsible for the growth in this market due to the higher demand for employee housing.

PCBC 2014 was a good event and was well received from both buyers and exhibitors. The short two day duration and location in the tourist destination of San Francisco, provided extra incentive for participation at the show. As the residential housing sector continues to grow, PCBC will provide an excellent venue for BC manufacturers to connect with buyers and decisions makers from across the West Coast of North America.

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In late September, BC Wood and its’ members will participate in the Denver Log and Timber Frame Home show, Sept. 26th -28th. The Denver show features displays from manufacturers of log and timber frame home manufacturers, pre-fabricated 2×4 and 2×6 house packages, and finished building products such as roofing, flooring, decking, and rustic furniture. Over the past few years, a number of BC Wood members from the log and timber frame home sector have used the Denver show to maintain a toe hold in the US market while they cut back on some of their other promotional activities during the slower economic times.

The B.C. log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the U.S., like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that have has shown some activity. The Rocky Mountain States, due to their close geographic proximity to BC, product acceptance, and the clustering of resort developments catering to a wealthy demographic, have continued to be a relatively strong market for BC producers.

The feedback from the members attending recent Denver shows has been generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, has been growing each year since 2011. Most exhibitors reported a more positive attitude from the attendees at the show last year. Individuals who had been hesitant over the past few years to take the final step towards building their projects came to the show ready to build.

For more background on the Denver show or to register to exhibit at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com

 

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This year, BC Wood is planning a return to the Mexican market to look at opportunities for BC’s wood products. Mexico is a market which was showing good initial promise prior to the economic and construction downturn in the United States in 2008. Even during the downturn, Mexico’s dependence on imported wood products, now at US $1.4 billion per year, has been increasing at 5.5% annually. Softwoods comprise the vast majority of wood products imported into Mexico with some hardwoods used primarily in the furniture industry (hard maple and alder are popular imports).

Almost half of the total wood imports come from the US; much of this share is vulnerable to Canadian competition. Deforestation remains a severe problem and Mexico’s substandard infrastructure compels the country to rely on foreign sources of wood products. As the US and Canadian economies continue to expand, it is expected that Mexico will be forced to depend on larger and larger volumes of wood imports. In 2012, Canada exported almost $17 million of manufactured wood products to Mexico. This was an increase of 30.1% from the previous year. BC’s share of this total was $6 million, a year over year increase of 49%.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the Expo CIHAC in Mexico City. Expo CIHAC is the premier event in Mexico and Latin America for the construction industry. This trade event focuses on the importers and distributors of construction and building products, but also goods that are used in industrial application like the packaging and furniture manufacturing sectors. The Expo CIHAC will be a suitable fit for many suppliers for hardwood and softwood lumber and other wood based building materials.

BC Wood will also coordinate a trade mission component post CIHAC that will take participants to directly visit and meet with Mexican wood importers, distributors, and manufacturers. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, meet with qualified buyers, and increase the sales potential of their products. Space is limited in this program so for more information on CIHAC trade show and the proposed mission, contact Ken Hori at 604-882-7100 or by email at khori@bcwood.com.

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IDSWest – Vancouver – Sept 25-28

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off

BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 25-28, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. In an effort to bring more attention to the growing strength of wood design and manufacturing in BC, BC Wood has partnered with the show organizers of IDS West to create a high profile “Design BC” pavilion. The pavilion will showcase BC Wood members and their products – everything from custom furniture and architectural millwork, to design-inspired finished products such as kitchen cabinets, doors, flooring, and paneling. We will also create a special “feature” area to draw more traffic to the centrally located space.

The show attracts more than 35,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 5,000 guests to the Party On Opening Night, 6,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 25,000 consumers interested in design.

A total of 1400 square feet of exhibition space has been set aside for the “Design BC” pavilion and feature area, with BC Wood covering a portion of the hard costs for this sector wide display. If you plan to participate in the IDS West show this year, please contact BC Wood ASAP to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Booth space has almost all been allocated, so call Ken soon at 604-882-7100 or email khori@bcwood.com

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Specifier’s Program Update

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Seminars, Trade Events by Comments Off

The key areas of focus for the Specifiers Program the past month have been:

  • The Wood First Forum at the GBM
  • Member calls
  • Ongoing Specifier Program activities

The Wood First Forum and Other Programs at the GBM for Specifiers

Speakers have been pretty much finalized. The lineup is a good mix of local and international speakers with each bringing a great message ranging from the latest research with wood in Europe to the introduction of the Tall Wood Building in Prince George, and much in between.

We are also putting together the GBM exhibitor mini-seminars held on Friday afternoon for the specifiers. This is always one of the highlights at the GBM for the architects and exhibitors alike, as it provides opportunities for the exhibitors to present, in an educational format, their products and for the architects to learn about them. A win – win for both parties.

The educational portion of the GBM will wrap up on Saturday with a tour of the Passive House prefabrication facility in Pemberton. We will also visit the timber frame project in Pemberton that was constructed by volunteers from the Timber Frame Guild and will be a key venue for the Pemberton Music Festival which is taking place this week (July 16 – 20th).

Ongoing Visits to Existing and Potential Specifier Program Participants

I continue to visit companies throughout the province that we feel could benefit from the Specifiers Program. If you have not been visited but would like more information on the program, please feel free to contact me atrmanion@bcwood.com and we will set something up.

Ongoing Specifier Activities

Historically, summertime lunch and learn sessions at architect and designer firms have been almost nil until last year, when the summer was very active as several sessions were held. This year is following a similar format as we continue to average almost a session a week. While vacations do play a role and affect attendance, for the most part, it is negligible as we have been presenting to many firms’ full complement of staff. So far this summer, we are pleased to advise that we have been having sessions featuring a great assortment of topics. So much for the “dog days of summer”; it is busy and we love it!

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Spotlight: Kettle River Timberworks

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off

Kettle River Timberworks designs, manufactures, and installs architectural timberwork, post and beam, and timber frames throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in Vancouver, BC in 2004 by David Petrina, a mechanical engineer with a diverse background in construction, sawmilling, and manufacturing in the technology sector.

Kettle River specializes in building and installing timber frame structures on remote islands including those with no ferry access.  As a licensed general contractor, Kettle River provides a full range of services to their clients, particularly for unique setting projects. They recently completed a stunning 1,000 square foot off-grid timber frame cabin on Nelson Island helicoptering all the materials to the site.  The cabin was featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Cottage magazine.

Kettle River Timberworks recently moved to a new location in Burnaby. Be sure to attend their 10th anniversary open house in the Fall to view their new showroom showcasing their high-end work that won them the best in Houzz for Customer Satisfaction Award in 2013. To view their Houzz page,click here.

For more information on Kettle River Timberworks, visit their website:kettlerivertimber.com

 

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