New BC Wood showroom and office launched in Tokyo

Posted by Rumin Mann
January 13th, 2016

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations News Releases

The BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood), which promotes the use of British Columbian wood products internationally, has a brand-new office and showroom in the heart of Tokyo to highlight the quality of value-added wood products from British Columbia.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson officially opened the facility during the 2015 Forestry Asia Trade Mission. The new showroom illustrates the ongoing commitment by the B.C. government, the Canadian government and the forest industry to supply the Japanese market with value-added wood products. It will also allow the country’s builders and developers to learn more about the advantages of using B.C. timber.

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Happy Holidays from BC Wood!

Posted by Rumin Mann
December 21st, 2015

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GBM 2015 Review

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 21st, 2015

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), held September 10th to 12th, 2015 welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler this year. Once again, we had perfect weather and conditions to welcome delegates that joined us from all over the world.
For the first time in many years, the GBM hosted more American buyers than those from any other market. We are pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US. We anticipate a significant increase in new sales from contacts made at the GBM this year.
Many thanks must go to our funding Partners who without their continued support, we would not be able to deliver this world class event: Natural Resources Canada Emerging Markets Opportunities Program, Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII) and Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada (DFATD). Our main Corporate Sponsors this year included The Waldun Group,Terminal Forest Products, Export Development Canada (EDC), the Consulate General of Canada-Seattle, Livingston International, Interfor, Surrey Cedar, Glandell, BFL Insurance and Bigfoot Manufacturing.
CEO Brian Hawrysh and Board President John Gillis welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources, Mr. Steve Thomson, who then officially opened the 12th Annual GBM.
Registered international buyers came from Australia, China, Japan, India, the United States, France, Malaysia, Korea, Jordan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, Qatar, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Vietnam. Many thanks must go to the Trade Commissioner service from a number of international markets that greatly assisted with our qualified buyer recruiting again this year. We were pleased that most of our buyers were new to the GBM this year, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business opportunities.

We also hosted North American architects, designers, contractors, developers, engineers and specifiers this year, to participate in our Wood First Program, held on Thursday, September 10th, the majority of which also participated in a mini-seminar series on Friday afternoon, with 14 of the manufacturers exhibiting at the GBM. This activity again received high marks from both the architect community and participating exhibitors. The extensive program included a tour to the new Solana project in Whistler and ended with a successful lunch and learn delivered as part of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau’s 100th Anniversary packing contest on Saturday afternoon!
Products on display at the 2015 GBM from exhibitors from across Canada, represented by over 255 participants included timber frame structures, engineered wood products, treated lumber, reclaimed wood, building systems, Western Red Cedar products, and a variety of other value-added wood building products. 13% of the exhibiting companies were new to the GBM, offering our returning buyers some additional resources and products not seen at the GBM in the past year.
For the past ten years, BC Wood has organized extended mission programs or incoming delegates including site visits and factory tours around the province. This year, pre-qualified buyers once again toured production facilities and visited construction sites in the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and Northern BC to meet participating manufacturers. Besides helping buyers immediately source high quality, innovative, and competitively priced wood products, the tours helped build future business relationships by familiarizing potential customers with Western Canada’s wood species. We thank the many local companies that made the effort to open their mills and plants for these informative and productive tours.
Held at the Whistler Conference Centre, the GBM continues to be Canada’s largest event dedicated to promoting value-added wood producers.
Next GBM scheduled for Whistler, September 8th to 10th, 2016.

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Korea Market Update

Posted by Jim Ivanoff
October 20th, 2015

Housing Brand Fair 2016

BC Wood will be organizing a pavilion for members at the next Housing Brand Fair to be held from January 14th to 17th at very convenient COEX Exhibition Facility in Seoul’s Gangnam district. The show’s strong promotional backing and central location attracts most of the major players in Korea’s wood and construction industries. A wide range of products are covered at the show including lumber, millwork, kitchens, furniture, and house packages. Therefore, this show is ideal for a large cross-section of BC Wood members interested in targeting professionals in the Korean construction industry.

On behalf of BC Wood members interested in attending the show, BC Wood’s Korean Representative, JC Lee, has been negotiating with theshow organizers to cover some of our members’ travel costs for the show. JC has also arranged for a special rate at the InterContinental Hotel attached to the convention centre. For more information on this and the show, please contact Jim Ivanoff at ivanoff@canadawood.jp.

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USA Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
October 20th, 2015

few comments, suggestions, and ideas..

It’s time to start planning for the International Builders Show (IBS) which takes place mid January in Las Vegas, Nevada. IBS is part of the new North American “Construction Week” which combines the IBS, Kitchen and Bath (KBIS), and the flooring show, Surfaces, all in one place. IBS will draw over 100,000 industry professionals including builders, architects, distributors, and others to the three day event. BC Wood has once again secured excellent space in the central hall of the Las Vegas Convention center and will have a strong contingent of members showcasing products to their target audience. As of today, we have a couple of 10×10 spaces still available; however, they will go fast! So if this show sounds interesting to you, please get a hold of me quickly to secure your space.

This past weekend, BC Wood held our first “Timberframe University” in Santa Clara, California with good success. The event is an educational seminar in which pre-qualified buyers are invited to participate in a full day workshop on the “nuts and bolts” of building your dream home. It is an interactive workshop where attendees get to see the world class timber, log, and pre-built houses that our members design and manufacture. Significant networking and question and answer opportunities were developed for both attendees and our panel of industry experts. The event was held in partnership with AIM media who are the publishers of the magazines, Log Home Living and Timber Home Living magazines. I will do a complete review of this event and discuss the opportunity for members to participate in the next Timberframe University in the next issue of the Wood Connections newsletter.
As always, please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com for more info on the issues discussed above or on the US market in general.

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BC Wood’s Winter Trade show program heats up!

Posted by Brian Hawrysh
October 20th, 2015

With the GBM and a busy September schedule behind us, BC Wood’s fall/winter trade show programs start to gear up. The next four months are always BC Wood’s busiest time for trade shows. This year is no different with five different trade show programs from November through to late January. The fall and early winter schedule includes the following events:
Wood Solutions Fair
Vancouver, BC
October 27th, 2015
Japan Home Show
Tokyo, Japan
November 18th-20th, 2015
Housing Brand Fair
Seoul, South Korea
January 14-17th, 2016
International Builders Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 19th-21st, 2016
BIA – Hawaii Expo & Mission
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 22-24th , 2016
These trade shows are an opportunity for BC companies to get their products and services in front of potential customers from all over North America and Asia. Cost saving, and just as importantly, in-market support are available to BC Wood members. For more information regarding these events and those scheduled for February through to March, 2016, see “Trade Events” under the “Programs and Services” icon on BC Wood’s website at www.bcwood.com or contact me directly atbhawrysh@bcwood.com.

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2015 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Review

Posted by Randi Walker
October 20th, 2015

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), held September 10th to 12th, 2015 welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler this year. Once again, we had perfect weather and conditions to welcome delegates that joined us from all over the world.
For the first time in many years, the GBM hosted more American buyers than those from any other market. We are pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US. We anticipate a significant increase in new sales from contacts made at the GBM this year.
Many thanks must go to our funding Partners who without their continued support, we would not be able to deliver this world class event: Natural Resources Canada Emerging Markets Opportunities Program, Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII) and Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada (DFATD). Our main Corporate Sponsors this year included The Waldun Group,Terminal Forest Products, Export Development Canada (EDC), the Consulate General of Canada-Seattle, Livingston International, Interfor, Surrey Cedar, Glandell, BFL Insurance and Bigfoot Manufacturing.
CEO Brian Hawrysh and Board President John Gillis welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources, Mr. Steve Thomson, who then officially opened the 12th Annual GBM.
Registered international buyers came from Australia, China, Japan, India, the United States, France, Malaysia, Korea, Jordan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, Qatar, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Vietnam. Many thanks must go to the Trade Commissioner service from a number of international markets that greatly assisted with our qualified buyer recruiting again this year. We were pleased that most of our buyers were new to the GBM this year, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business opportunities.

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Next GBM scheduled for Whistler, September 8th to 10th, 2016.

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Specifiers Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
October 20th, 2015

Autumn is here and one of its signs is that the Specifiers program is in full swing and we expect it to continue that way through to the Christmas break.
LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS
The past couple of weeks have seen the program organize, conduct, and book over a dozen lunch & learn sessions. Our October calendar is fully booked and we are now booking sessions well into November. All of the sessions consist of specific products or sectors with the actual presentations being done by industry personnel in both 30 and 60 minute formats.
TRADE SHOWS

As many of you know, this is a busy time of year for trade shows, certainly in the Vancouver area. In late September, we participated in a couple of shows: the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), where we met with government officials from all over the province promoting among other issues, the Wood First Act. The day after the UBCM, the IDSWest Trade Show began. BC Wood was joined by companies from industry in a BC Wood “Island”. Attendance at both shows was excellent and both BC Wood and its members had good shows.
At the end of the month, we will be participating in the Wood Solutions Fair and the Architectural Institute of BC’s annual conference where architects from all over the province will gather for 2 days to attend seminars and meet with a number of exhibitors.
FACTORY TOURS
We organized a number of factory tours for architects and designers in the Spring and enjoyed excellent attendance and participation. After taking the Summer off, we are now back in the planning stages for 2 or 3 factory tours.
As always, should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

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Spotlight: Permanent Pole

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 20th, 2015

Langley, BC based Permanent Pole was established in 1983. They manufacture a wide range of heavy timber products and custom hardware used in professionally designed high-end building projects in which exposed timber is usually selected for aesthetics and as structural support.

They are focused on providing unique, innovative, and high quality products that will express the dramatic beauty of large scale exposed timber. This is achieved by manufacturing fully prefabricated timber components and related connectors so that field crews in normal site conditions may construct structures without undue skills or tools. Their unique capabilities have also made them a key resource for architects, engineers, contractors, and builders for aesthetically pleasing innovative design concepts in the early stages of building projects. Their care and attention to low volume, high value wood products with minimal waste highlights their focus on ensuring the sustainability of BC’s forests.

They supply both timber products and their connecting hardware or other metal components. Hardware may be galvanized, or painted with good quality coatings, or powder coated. Advantages of combined timber and hardware supply include more simplified and consistent design, elimination of discrepancies between unrelated suppliers, improved installation methods and costs, and more systematic designs.

Permanent Pole does lathe turning to approximately 30″ (75cm) diameter and length of 50′ (15m). Turning is available in cylindrical, tapered, multi-tapered, barrel-shaped, or patterned form. They provide capabilities for controlled framing for notches, grooves, blind or through slots, deep pockets, small and large holes, tapered shapes, polygonal flats, circular segments, and other cuts. They also provide band-sawing to a 36″ (90cm) face and to plus 40′ (12m) lengths. Other services include finishing, kiln-drying, and pre-fitting of connectors.

Owner, Art Paul, is retiring soon and is looking for someone passionate about wood to take over the company and take it to new heights. If you are interested in this incredible opportunity, please give Art a call at 604-534-55911. For more information, visit their website:www.permanentpole.com

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Industry News

Posted by Rumin Mann
October 20th, 2015

Supply Chain Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm
Location: Anvil Center – 777 Columbia St., New Westminster, BC

What you will learn:

  • Types of supply chain models
  • Evaluation methods employed
  • How to become a qualified source of supply

For more information or to register, click here

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