Industry News – FPInnovations Update

Posted by Rumin Mann
January 13th, 2016

How can you be more successful and save time and money?
Joins us at one of our two events coming up
Continuous Improvement Best Practice Seminar – February 2, 2016 at the River Rock Casino Resort – Richmond, BC
For more information about this Seminar, for more information and to register, CLICK HERE
Value Stream Mapping Workshop – February 23, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Express, Langley, BC
For more information about this Workshop, or more information and to register, CLICK HERE
Companies that apply these methods have experienced success in productivity improvements, cost savings, quality improvements and standardized processes.
Come join us and learn valuable best practices to enhance your business.

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We all know people are spending so much more time on their phones and tablets these day – but why isn’t it helping you improve your sales and bottom line results?

The answer lies in Content Marketing – The process of using text, video, and audio communication in an effort to establish your company as the best and most helpful teacher in the world at what you do. A successful Content Marketing Strategy is what you need to stand ahead of your competition!

This workshop will teach you how to identify your target audience and how to market to them using digital media.

We’ll show the very latest ways to maximize your exposure and engagement of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Your mobile device is now the most powerful tool in your marketing toolbox – we’ll show you how to create custom graphics and short video. We’ll also cover Houzz and #Hashtags and everything in between!

This will be an interactive, full-day workshop with great take aways and some one-on-one time to review where your business is at and how to take it into 2016!

Details:

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Location: Kelowna, BC

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Location: Victoria, BC

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THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL IN THE WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY INCLUDING NON BC WOOD MEMBERS.

For more information or to register for this workshop, contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email rmann@bcwood.com if you have any questions.

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Exporting to the USA Seminar – Feb 3rd and 4th!

Posted by Rumin Mann
January 13th, 2016


 

With the low Canadian dollar and the strong US market, there are many opportunities for BC’s value-added wood industry in the US.

This seminar is broken into two parts. The first part on February 3rd will discuss the basics of Canadian export and US import compliance, the Softwood Lumber Agreement, Canadians traveling for work in the US, and current opportunities in the US market for BC value-added wood products.

The second part on February 4th will discuss participating government agency requirements, NAFTA, classification and valuation, logistics and distribution, US tax and accounting, and benefits of working with a trade commissioner. All really good information for new to the market exporters!

Details:

Part One

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Langley, BC

Part Two
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Langley, BC

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THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL IN THE WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY INCLUDING NON BC WOOD MEMBERS.

For more information or to register for this workshop, click here or contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email rmann@bcwood.com if you have any questions.

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The seminar will focus on an operational interpretation the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).

As an attendee to the seminar, you will come away with a working knowledge of the key pieces of EUTR legislation, their applicability, and intent.  Attendees will understand the obligations of “operators”, the requirements of a Due Diligence System, and what BC suppliers can do to illustrate compliance with the EUTR.

The workshop will be led by Jason Zimmermann, RPF; president of Zimmfor Management Services Ltd.  Zimmfor has been provide consulting support services to resource based companies since 1998.  These services include over 75 companies operating throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Details: 

Date: Thursday, January 14, 9:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Langley, BC

Register Now

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL IN THE WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY INCLUDING NON BC WOOD MEMBERS.

For more information or to register for this workshop, click here or contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email rmann@bcwood.com if you have any questions.

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Forestry Outlook 2016: Forecast is for stability

Posted by Rumin Mann
January 13th, 2016

Business Vancouver

Some time in the new year, the new federal Liberal government will begin consulting Canadians on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a 12-nation trade agreement that is supported by the B.C. forest industry.

It will also have to try to fill the vacuum that the expiration of the softwood lumber agreement has left – a vacuum that exposes Canadian lumber producers to potential anti-dumping duties in the U.S.

In the meantime, production and exports of B.C. lumber are expected to pick up slightly in 2016, despite a drop in demand for wood in China.
After the American housing market began crashing around 2009, China emerged as a life-saving new market for low-value lumber, used in construction. B.C. happened to have an abundance of it, thanks to a mountain pine beetle infestation that killed roughly half of the province’s harvestable timber.

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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.

Please click here to read the entire article

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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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