American Softwoods showcased at Dubai Woodshow 2012

Charles Trevor

At the Dubai WoodShow, the American Softwoods (AMSO) pavilion showcased the strength and variety of different US softwood species including Southern Yellow Pine, Douglas fir, Hemlock and Eastern White Pine.

Following this, test results of The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) study confirmed the strength, hardness and durability of Southern Yellow Pine (SYP), according to a statement issued by AMSO.

AMSO also distributed technical publications on the applications of American softwoods at the event. AMSO’s participation was aimed at encouraging the use of American softwoods for both internal and external projects and increasing awareness of its commercially available species.


The participating companies included the Forest City Trading Group, Olympic Industries, Elof Hansson, BCH Trading, Tolleson Lumber, Canadian Wood Products, L.S. Sundher Ltd, and the Tumac Lumber Company, as well as the Engineered Wood Association (APA).

“Through our participation at the Dubai WoodShow, we aim to promote further the diverse end uses of American Softwoods, which include industrial, commercial, structural and domestic applications,” said Charles Trevor, consultant to AMSO.

“Much of the US softwood exported is for interior applications, such as doors, windows, picture frames, mouldings, flooring, panelling, and other millwork – a prime destination for Southern Yellow Pine, Eastern white pine and fir species. Further, furniture components and edge-glued panels are also key uses for softwood lumber whilst western species, such as Douglas fir and hemlock in clear grades, are prized for wood window and door stock as well as for window frames,” he added.

Commenting on the results, Trevor said: “Test results show that Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) is significantly more resistant to indentation than Chilean radiata pine, Brazilian Elliotis pine, European redwood, and European whitewood.

“SYP also tested significantly stronger in impact bending than all the other species. In addition, it was considerably denser than the other species, which indicates that furniture, cabinets, doors, and flooring made of Southern Yellow Pine are less susceptible to dents, scratches, and other signs of wear. These results show that buyers in the Middle East can purchase SYP with confidence.”

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