Spotlight: Trueline Moulding Group

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 14th, 2014

Kelowna, BC based Trueline Moulding manufactures high quality interior stairs, railings, mouldings, and trim for builders, developers, architects, and homeowners in the Okanagan Valley. Trueline Moulding was established in 2012 by three partners who each have over 20 years of experience in the industry.  Each partner brings a diverse set of skills to the company, providing the customer with a wide variety of high quality products. Trueline Moulding prides itself on their excellent customer service and going the extra mile for their customer.

The experienced and highly trained staff at Trueline Moulding can custom produce almost any product to meet the needs of a specialized project. One example of this is a custom stair project they recently completed. It is a one-of-a-kind housed curved to straight solid oak stair case with a flair on the bottom. This unique staircase features 3″ thick solid oak treads and stringer, free standing stringer, lighting under the treads, two-part double stacked oak railing square metal spindles, 8″ tapered oak post at the bottom, and a curved inner heel for added support (image below).

For more information on Trueline Moulding, visithttps://www.facebook.com/TruelineMouldingKelowna

Spotlight: Trueline Moulding Group

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Skyline Tradeshow Tips – May 14, 2014

How can you enhance the look of your exhibit at your next show, without breaking the bank? Like any outfit you’ve had for a while, adding accessories can give you a whole new look.

Some of the greatest exhibit designs today use simple accessories to create a new look at their shows, or add a little “punch” to their exhibit. Just like that scarf that adds the right color to an outfit, accessories can add the graphic or addition to your booth you need.

LOOK UP: With the addition of finials or design elements and blocks of color to your exhibit, you can really highlight your corporate colors and create a nice, finished look. Try adding additional lighting to an area within the exhibit to enhance a graphic or a particular area of the booth. You could also use colorwash LED lights to change colors and add some interest to your exhibit.

LOOK DOWN: Just like the right shoes can complete an outfit, exhibitors are now considering the floor as an integral part of their booth design. Flooring can really enhance the overall design by adding richness, tying together your branding, or enhancing the overall environment. To give a more high-class feel to your booth, consider using deep and rich colors for your flooring. This can easily be done with flex-flooring solutions as a cost-effective addition. If you want to maintain an industrial image, use something like brushed metal flooring. No matter what look you’re going for, choose something that is unique and customizable to your message and brand.

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On June 12th and 13th CAWP  invites you to two days of workshops on advanced computer-controlled fabrication of timber building components and structures. The event will discuss current and emerging technologies used to fabricate wood elements such as posts, beams, floor and wall panels and other building components. Specialists with expert technical knowledge and practitioners with significant experience using the technology will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology (for Day 2 in particular)
  • Architects, designers, and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum (for Day 1 in particular)

We invite participants to sign up for one or other of the two workshop days – or both – depending on their specific interests

For more information and a full agenda call 1-866-822-2297 or visit the CAWP website: http://cawp.ubc.ca/digital-design-construction-of-timber-structures-workshop-2014/

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CAWP offers a Management Skills Training Program as a set of 8 short, affordable training courses for wood products manufacturers. We are offering two management skills training courses from June 9th to July 21st, 2014

-       New Product Development

-       Supply Chain Management

For more information please visit Management Skill Training website:http://cawp.ubc.ca/training/wmc-management-skills-training-program/

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Webinar on Microcracks

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 14th, 2014

Microcracks are thin checks on the surface of wood products. They often show up after you have applied the final finish, and they can lead to costly rework, or even more expensive customer callbacks.

If you are dealing with microcracks on the wood surface of your appearance products, join FPInnovations’ webinar to learn more on the origin of this problem and how to reduce its impact.

The webinar will discuss:

  1. Where do microcracks come from
  2. How to identify wood that is prone to microcracks
  3. How to process solid wood components to reduce the impact of microcracks

Date:  May 29, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

Click on the link below to register:
https://www.eply.com/WP_Webinar_Microcracks_May29

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DOING BUSINESS IN THE US: FOR NEW EXPORTERS

This workshop is the start of an exciting new campaign developed to help small to medium size wood products manufacturers’ move into the growing US marketplace.

We start the program with a day-long workshop geared to answering some important questions for first time exporters on helping to minimize the risk of taking your first steps into the marketplace. The morning session will focus on the specific things you need to know about dealing with US Customs and Immigration policies, as well as the logistics and paperwork involved in shipping your sold products to market.

The afternoon session starts with real life experiences and an open discussion from industry members and BC Wood’s US Representative, Dave Farley; then we will talk about important banking and currency considerations; and Neil Godin will finish up the afternoon with effective information on delivering a productive tradeshow in the US. Step two in the program will be active participation in either a trade mission or tradeshow into the market.

WHO SHOULD GO?

Owner/operators, managers, sales managers and salespeople from small to medium size manufacturing firms in BC.

THE DETAILS?

DATE: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
TIME: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
LOCATION: 601 W Cordova St.. Vancouver, BC

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USA Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
May 1st, 2014

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas for the industry…

The US construction market continues to grow at a solid pace. This was once again evident during my trip to Texas for meetings with one of my favorite building product retailers in the Nation, McCoys Building Supply.

McCoys is the largest independent building products retailer in the United States with 85 stores in five states and boasting projected sales this year of $700 million. More impressive is the fact that McCoys is a fourth generation, family-owned supplier of lumber and building materials; today being run by Brian McCoy and his daughter Megan McCoy Jones.

In meeting with their forest products group, it was brought to my attention that of the $700 million in sales, over one half (51%) will come from the sale of lumber and forest related wood products. That number itself should make our industry take note of the value and importance of working with “smaller distributors and retailers” such as Mccoys.

On the relative strength of the Texas and Southwest US market in which they operate, I was told that on Monday, April 28th, they recorded their busiest “non-hurricane” sales day in the company’s 100 plus year history. When pressed as to why is was so busy, Tom Hastings, who heads up McCoys wood products team, commented that Texas was in the midst of a construction boom not unlike what they experienced in mid-2000.

I enjoy meeting and working with family run independent companies like Mccoys in the South, Hayward and Beronio Lumber in California, and Simkin Hallins in Montana. I believe the way they conduct business and focus on building long term relationships with suppliers is a key to their success. I also believe that these types of firms are a good fit for our members as our base is made up of small family run businesses just like McCoys. We are hoping to have the McCoys team and other independent distributors join us at the GBM in Whistler this September.

For more information on the US market, feel free to contact me atdfarley@bcwood.com.

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Over 80% of booth spaces already sold for 2014 GBM!

Posted by Randi Walker
May 1st, 2014

WOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURERS: Are you looking to grow your customer base?  Perhaps thinking of testing a new international market? You will not want to miss this opportunity to showcase your products to over 300 pre-qualified international buyers and North American Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Developers & Engineers!

We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre for our 11th Annual GBM and have once again negotiated unbeatable hotel rates for you in Whistler Village.

Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 4th

BC Wood AGM; WRCLA Board Meeting & Reception; 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 Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time

Evening Dinner Reception & Carnivale

Saturday – September 6th

Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings

Exhibit space is now VERY limited and will be available on a first-come / first-served basis. If you haven’t already registered, contact us for your online registration link at gbm@bcwood.com or call Randi at 604-882-7100.

BC Wood or Canadian Association Member fee: $2279 / Non-Association Member fee: $3379 (includes 2 full participating exhibitors with meals and activities; 10 X 10 exhibit space; basic electrical; draped table and two chairs; WI-FI)

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Specifier’s Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
May 1st, 2014

I am pleased to advise that funding has been approved for the 2014/15 Specifiers Program. There are still some minor issues that need to be finalized but the program in its principle form has been approved. Having said that, the amount of funding has been reduced, but it is still great value as 80% of the program is covered by our funding partners.

This year, we are planning on introducing a new twist to the program – Specifiers Program Participants Networking Events. The plan is to have representatives from non-competing companies, who are active in the Specifiers Program, get together as a group throughout the year to both educate and learn about the other participating companies and their respective products. The purpose being that should the opportunities present themselves, each company would be better positioned to recommend products from other companies. I believe this will be a win-win opportunity for all involved.

The other components of the program will be the same as in previous years as they have been highly successful in exposing companies’ products to the very influential specifier communities. Specifically, these components are:

Lunch & Learn sessions

This is the backbone of the Specifiers Program and provides companies the opportunity of presenting their products to specifiers and equally important, to their support staff as they are held in the specifier firms’ place of business.

Group Seminars

These are sessions that are held in offsite venues where one or more companies present to a group of specifiers from a number of firms. This year, we plan on having these sessions on Vancouver Island and outside the Greater Vancouver area (Kelowna, Kamloops, etc).

Plant Tours

This is a great way to have specifiers learn first-hand about products. Seeing how they are made or assembled can have a profound effect on the specifier. It also has the potential to create a lasting relationship.

As all the foregoing are included in the Specifiers Program, BC Wood looks after having the activities approved by respective associations for credits where applicable including: inviting the specifiers which is done from our extensive data base; handling the catering; and providing the necessary expertise to ensure a professional and effective activity, whatever it may be.

If you are not involved in the program but want to be or would like further information, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com. I would be pleased to meet with you to discuss the 2014/15 Specifiers Program and how it can benefit your firm. This is a great time to join as we have a full year ahead of us.

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Spotlight: Mountainview Designs

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 1st, 2014

Mountainview Designs in Surrey, BC specializes in the manufacturing of high quality custom wood windows and doors primarily for the residential market. Established in 1998, their goal has always been to elevate wood windows and doors from the merely functional to a specialty item by offering a wide variety of unique custom designs, styles, and options.

Convinced that wood windows and doors are a vital architectural component that needs to be aesthetically pleasing as well as durable, Mountainview works hard to enhance the outcome of each project they are involved in by pro-actively seeking the most suitable design and specifications. Working on hundreds of complex projects over the years, they understand the needs of their diverse audience and have developed solutions to suit everyone in the build process, whether it is an architect, designer, builder, contractor, or homeowner.

Manufactured locally, primarily using BC Douglas fir, Mountainview offers exceptional quality at a price that rivals volume producers, whilst maintaining their flexible approach that guarantees each project is given the individual attention it deserves.

For more information, visit www.woodwindowsanddoors.com orwww.mountainviewdesigns.ca

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Tradeshow Tips/Advice

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 1st, 2014

4 Easy Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Trade Show
Skyline Tradeshow Tips -April 22, 2014

It’s not hard to make mistakes with your trade show display, but it can be difficult to spot them before they happen. This can be because there are so many things to consider and so many decisions to be made. However, if you make a plan accordingly, avoiding some of the most common mistakes can be easy – especially if you know what to look out for. Here are some of the easiest mistakes to make, but also how to avoid them so you make sure that you have a successful experience with your trade show display:

Mistake #1: Bringing Your Trade Show Display to the Wrong Show

By attending the wrong show, I don’t mean that you showed up at the wrong convention center or something. You show up at the right convention center, but is this the right show for your business? Exhibiting at the right trade shows can really help your company find leads and connect with current customers, which is why it’s so important to attend the right ones. If you may or may not be earning a good ROI or even better awareness for your company, think again about the show. If you attend the wrong types of events, you could miss out on your customer base entirely! If you’ve attended a show recently and it didn’t produce the results you wanted or expected, think long and hard before planning to attend it again. Talk to the event organizer about the problems that you had and if there aren’t any steps taken to correct these problems, look for a new event to attend.

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Wood WORKS! BC Announces New Executive Director

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 1st, 2014

The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC are pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Embury-Williams to the position of Executive Director, BC.  Ms. Embury-Williams will oversee the Wood WORKS! BC program, with a goal to expand the demand for wood products, engineered and value-added wood components and wood systems in commercial construction.  A respected business leader with a deep knowledge of the wood industry and its partners, Ms. Embury-Williams holds a MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Registered Professional Forester.

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CAWP offers a Management Skills Training Program as a set of 8 short, affordable training courses for wood products manufacturers. We are offering two management skills training courses from June 9th to July 21st, 2014

-       New Product Development

-       Supply Chain Management

For more information please visit Management Skill Training website:http://cawp.ubc.ca/training/wmc-management-skills-training-program/

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On June 12th and 13th CAWP  invites you to two days of workshops on advanced computer-controlled fabrication of timber building components and structures. The event will discuss current and emerging technologies used to fabricate wood elements such as posts, beams, floor and wall panels and other building components. Specialists with expert technical knowledge and practitioners with significant experience using the technology will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology (for Day 2 in particular)
  • Architects, designers, and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum (for Day 1 in particular)

We invite participants to sign up for one or other of the two workshop days – or both – depending on their specific interests

For more information and a full agenda call 1-866-822-2297 or visit the CAWP website: http://cawp.ubc.ca/digital-design-construction-of-timber-structures-workshop-2014/

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Village of Pemberton – April 10, 2014

With great anticipation, the Village of Pemberton is pleased to announce the Downtown Community Barn will be raised May 12 – 24, 2014. This Village initiated, Downtown Enhancement project was first earmarked by Council as a priority in 2009. “Through the Downtown Workshops, the Village heard from residents that they wanted a gathering place that would not only reflect our community’s identity but also enhance our downtown. This project has become a reality through the incredible partnership we have made with the Timber Framer’s Guild which, as it turns out, is a match made in heaven. We are really excited to see them in action and hope everyone will come out for the barn raising” says Acting Mayor Alan Leblanc.

The Downtown Community Barn will be located in the existing dirt lot on Frontier Street. The barn will be a classic barn structure with exposed post and beam construction. The open air timber structure will host activities from a weekly Pemberton Valley Farmer’s Market, to traditional barn dances, summer evening movies, and other entertainment, cultural festivals, and performances.

What makes this project ‘uniquely Pemberton’ is that the community will welcome over 50 volunteers from the Timber Framers Guild (TFG) and host them in their homes and businesses for 12 days. Everyone will come together to raise the structure, on site, in a traditional barn raising fashion on May 22nd and 23rd. The barn raising will be followed by a community “hoedown” celebration at the Pemberton Community Centre on the evening of Friday, May 23rd, 2014.

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Click here for more information on this project

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Exporting to the USA Seminar – Wood Industry

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 1st, 2014

Exporting to the USA Seminar – Wood Industry

DOING BUSINESS IN THE US: FOR NEW EXPORTERS

This workshop is part of a new campaign developed to help small to medium size wood products manufacturers’ move into the growing US marketplace. The morning session will focus on the specific things you need to know about dealing with US Customs and Immigration policies, as well as the logistics and paperwork involved in shipping your sold products to market.

The afternoon session focuses on real life experiences from local industry; banking and currency considerations; and delivering an effective tradeshow in the US.

WHO SHOULD GO?

Owner/operators, managers, sales managers and salespeople from small to medium size manufacturing firms in BC.

THE DETAILS?

DATE: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
TIME: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
LOCATION: 601 W Cordova St.. Vancouver, BC

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USA Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
April 21st, 2014

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

PCBC is the builders show that we attend on an annual basis in San Francisco. This year, we will be participating once again with a group of members that target the residential and light commercial construction sector across the West Coast of the United States. The show draws builders, architects, and distributors primarily from the Northern California market and with the significant improvement in the construction sector in this region, it is expected that PCBC will be a very good show. The show is currently sold out but we have managed to secure some additional space, so if you’re interested, you better jump on it fast.

A hearty congratulations goes out to our former colleague and now CEO of Viceroy Homes, Doug Auer. It turns out that Doug now rubs shoulders with the political and business heavy weights of Canada. Doug recently returned from a trade mission to Korea that was lead by Prime Minister Stephan Harper (see image above). Not only was Doug invited on the mission, he had the honour of flying over to Seoul on the “Canada One” Jet with the Prime Minister and other invited dignitaries. I’m sure that all the high flying will lead to solid business for Viceroy in Korea.

Finally, a couple of new high-end residential and resort developments have been announced in the State of Hawaii. Both projects are a mix of single family residential homes anchored by stunning designed golf club, beach houses, and restaurants. The best news is that both projects feature an extensive use of west coast species including Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. We are currently working with both the developer and builder on these projects which will lead to good opportunities for our members to bid on the supply of finished products and materials.

As always, for more information on the US market please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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Interzum 2014

Posted by Jim Ivanoff
April 17th, 2014

BC Wood’s last trade event in Asia for fiscal 2013/14 was the Interzum Show in Guangzhou, China held from March 28th to April 1st. This is said to be the largest wood working show in Asia and I do not think this is any exaggeration. The exhibition facility itself is a massive multi-floored complex and the show takes up all of the floor space. There are sections devoted to finished office and hospitality furniture, interior finishings, wood working machines, and of course materials such as wood, needed to make both millwork and furniture.

The wood materials area included large pavilions from the US, Sweden, Germany, Italy, as well as our Canadian display. BC Wood took 4 member companies (Taan, Taiga, Tolko, and WFP) while QWEB took space for Quebec companies. The Americans had over 20 companies in their pavilion and hosted a well-attended reception celebrating the strong business ties between Chinese manufacturers and American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) members. On the softwood side, the Swedes put on a full-day seminar teaching Chinese buyers how to use environmentally friendly Swedish softwoods in furniture and millwork manufacturing. The program attracted a large audience and was also followed by a reception.

The make-up of the visitors was even more international with many buyers from South East Asia, the Middle East, as well as Europe coming by our booth. As with Chinese manufacturers, these companies came looking for new wood working equipment as well as furniture and millwork stock. Additionally, most of the top buyers of construction lumber came by and met with our members. As this is such a large show, even these buyers were drawn to visiting Interzum to learn about new suppliers.

Participating members seemed to be very pleased with the show and based on this, BC Wood will be planning to return to Interzum next March. However, we learned this time that we need book earlier in order to secure our desired amount of floor space as this show sells out very quickly.
If you are interested in attending the event with us next Spring, I suggest you contact me as soon as possible to get your space reserved.  Email me at ivanoff@canadawood.jp.

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Let’s Talk Exports – April 24-June 3

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 17th, 2014

Let’s Talk Exports presentation is a popular annual tradition that many of our seasoned exporters attend to find out what the global economy holds for their business over the next 12 months.

Led by Peter Hall, our Vice-President and Chief Economist at Export Development Canada (EDC), this insightful and worthwhile event will guide you through an engaging, in-depth and easy-to-digest analysis of the unique opportunities and risks in export markets around the world, right now. After five years of economic uncertainty, this is your chance to get the most up-to-date information available on what our new, rather atypical growth cycle has in store for exporting businesses of all sizes, in all sectors.

Let’s Talk Exports empowers you with the information you need to make important and effective business decisions. Some of the issues Peter will discuss include:

  • How will a contraction of liquidity affect credit conditions in key corners of the world?
  • Will growth shift once again to the big, developed economies, or will global diversification of trade lead the way?
  • Are higher-risk, capital-hungry business ventures in jeopardy, or will they proceed?
  • Is interest-rate and currency volatility on the horizon?
  • And much more.

In partnership with local business organizations in the Western region, we are pleased to present events in:

Calgary

Edmonton

Saskatoon

Winnipeg

Vancouver

 

Note: If you can’t attend any of the city events, simply  register for our online webinar taking place June 3rd.

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Value-added Wood Products to Find New Market Opportunities

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 17th, 2014

Government of Canada News Release – April 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15th at Mitsui Homes in Langley, BC, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced over $1 million in funding to support a project by the BC Wood Specialties Group Association that will promote market development in the Americas.

The goal of the project is to identify opportunities in the western U.S., Mexico, Central and South American markets for value-added wood products, and prepare companies to participate in trade missions and tradeshows in these markets.

Establishing a trade presence in markets across the Americas, would enhance the sales of value-added wood products, thereby increasing exports, boosting foreign investment in western Canada, and creating jobs.

“The wood products sector is one of the cornerstones of our economy and providing jobs and opportunities for economic growth. By promoting the quality of locally manufactured wood products in new markets, this project will further enhance the sector’s value to our economy.”

- Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

“This announcement is good news for Langley, the Lower Mainland, and British Columbia. This investment in value-added wood products and manufacturing demonstrates our Government’s commitment to promoting jobs, businesses, and economic growth through trade and development.”

- Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley

“The value-added wood products manufacturers in B.C. are very pleased with today’s announcement and our partnership with the Federal Government through WD. The collaborative effort by Industry and Government to grow these rapidly expanding regional markets for B.C. value-added wood products will result in increased sales, the expansion of B.C.’s secondary manufacturing capability and the creation of new jobs.”

- John Gillis, Chairman, BC Wood and General Manager, Taiga Building Products

“New regional markets in the Western United States, Mexico and Latin America will be the first step towards increased sales and market diversification for many small and medium sized manufacturers of finished wood products in B.C. The next three years will be a time of rapid economic growth in these regions. With this new program and funding provided by WD, BC Wood and B.C.’s value-added wood products manufacturers will be well positioned to take advantage of that growth.”

- Grant McKinnon, Past Chairman, BC Wood and Partner, Pacific Homes

Click here to read the news release

Click here to read an article from BC Local News

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