Written by Redazione |
11 August 2017
From 15th to 17th November, Venice will host the seventh edition of the International Hardwood Conference, an important event to analyse the trends and perspectives in hardwood production, consumption and imports.
Over the last few years, the European hardwood market has been affected by a continuously evolving economic situation and a global context that is not always easy to understand. With over 12 million cubic metres of sawn timber consumption, it represents one of the most important and profitable market segments thanks to the quality of European producers, who managed to promote a transition from commodity to speciality that is being increasingly recognised by users.
Despite this, the hardwood market is still influenced by several factors, including trends, the competition of alternative materials (faux wood plastic and metal materials and finishes), sustainability (particularly for tropical species), phytosanitary issues and trade bans (e.g., from some African countries and Ukraine), and fluctuations in demand based on market trends, as in the case of oak.
It is no coincidence that Italy has been chosen to host the seventh International Hardwood Conference: as the venue of Salone del Mobile.Milano (which showcases the latest in tastes and trends), it offers a privileged point of view. This sets the stage for an edition that will not disappoint expectations.
The International Hardwood Conference, which issues from the partnership between the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), is the only international event that provides an exclusive global vision of hardwood timber trade and production, as well as a unique opportunity to access a very high-level network.
A large number of delegates from over 20 countries are expected to participate as representatives of companies, NGOs, sector media and leading international associations, including the American Hardwood Export Council (which represents the key producers of hardwood in North America) and the Atibt for tropical wood.
On 16th November 2017, in the suggestive hotel Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, several highly qualified speakers will provide in-depth analysis of the international trends, as well as important updates on the main themes regarding the world of hardwood. The conference, having the aim of gathering the main international players among hardwood producers and traders to promote networking, will consist of two sessions: the first one will be focused on the industry figures and market trends, while the second one will provide suggestions and insights to entrepreneurs who are dealing with sustainability, legality, technology and innovation. An outstanding programme that will turn Venice into the capital of wood, stressing the strong link between the city and this precious raw material.