The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the international trade association for the American hardwood industry, will highlight the pressing issues in the timber business at the conference running alongside Dubai WoodShow 2012.
The conference is being held on the second day of the exhibition which will run from April 3 – 5 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
Dr Scott Bowe, professor and wood products specialist, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin, USA, will deliver a presentation on the US hardwood forest resource, lumber production and kiln-drying, while emphasising the environmental credentials of American hardwoods.
AHEC officials are positive of the impact of the seminar given that American hardwoods are well established in the region and have been specified in many high-end private, commercial and public projects.
“The timber industry in the MENA region has demonstrated a healthy appetite for US hardwoods despite the global economic recession over the past few years and our participation at ‘Dubai WoodShow 2012’ reflects our commitment to cater to and expand further in this market,” said Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania.
He added: “This growing interest must be supported by a better understanding of the physical properties and potential for applications offered by the different species of American hardwoods. The conference provides the perfect opportunity to share this knowledge and to build a stronger relationship with architects, furniture designers, craftsmen and interior designers.
“Through his presentation, Scott will aim to share the comparative benefits of American hardwoods and to provide technical information about their processing, grading and marketing, with a view to further strengthen the market for American hardwoods.”
According to the latest USDA Foreign Agricultural Service data, more than US$96.2m worth of American hardwood lumber, veneer and logs entered the MENA region in 2011.