AHEC expects increased demand in MENA in 2012

Roderick Wiles

Demand for American hardwoods in the MENA region is poised to remain strong in 2012 according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).

Roderick Wiles, AHEC director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania recently undertook a trade servicing mission to the UAE.

“With the region demonstrating a healthy appetite for American hardwoods, we are confident that 2012 will be a positive year. The UAE has already registered impressive growth in import figures in 2011 and we expect Egypt and Saudi Arabia to follow this lead in 2012,” said Wiles.


With imports of hardwood lumber in excess of USD 8.3 million in value from January to October 2011, the UAE has emerged as an important market for American hardwoods in the MENA region, wherein the total imports of American hardwood lumber totalled USD 41.26 million over the same period.

The trade servicing mission saw Wiles conduct site-visits with various saw mills, wood processing factories and importers of hardwoods across the UAE. These included Phoenix Timber Factory and Decovision in Abu Dhabi, Timber Market, Mohiudeen Wood and Al Nibras in Sharjah and Ajman, and  Farlin Wood, Dubai National Saw Mills, Madar Emirates and Danube Building Materials in Dubai.

The visits revealed the majority of them acquired and maintained large stocks of American hardwoods, including kiln-dried and shipping-dried timber.

“This trade servicing mission provided us a great opportunity to interact with major players in the timber industry, and to reinforce the positive attributes of American hardwoods.

“We will continue to raise awareness, as we intend to bolster the UAE’s position as the processing and distribution hub in the region,” said Wiles.

As part of its efforts  to increase the usage of American hardwoods across the region, AHEC has announced its participation in the 2012 edition of the Dubai International Wood and Wood Machinery Show (Dubai WoodShow), to be held from April 3 – 5, 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), where key US hardwood exporting companies will be present under the banner of the American Hardwood Pavilion.

The 16 participating companies are Northland Corporation, American Hardwood Industries, Wheeland Lumber, Nina Company, Sonoking Corporation, Shannon Lumber International, Buchanan Hardwoods, Bridgewell Resources, Northland Forest Products, Classic American Hardwoods, Allegheny Wood Products, American Lumber, Baillie Lumber, Frank Miller Lumber, Kretz Lumber, and Roy Anderson Lumber. In addition, Hardwood States Export Group (HSEG), which is a collation of 13 major US hardwood exporting states HSEG, and the Wood Component Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will also be participating.

“We are looking forward to the Dubai WoodShow, which will allow us an opportunity to further the knowledge and awareness on the benefits and advantages of American hardwoods, whilst also highlighting its environmental credentials.

“We look forward in particular to announcing the results of our ongoing Life Cycle Assessment study, which highlights AHEC’s commitment to promoting the environmental credentials of American hardwoods in line with the region’s demands for sustainability in the construction sector,” added Wiles.

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