We just posted an article on our website warning our customers about the USA Proposed Rules on Formaldehyde which calls for a “third-party certification framework” for the formaldehyde emissions standards for composite panels AND (very important) the inclusion of emissions of laminated veneers onto composite panels. The current CARB does not require the third-party certification and excludes laminated veneers onto panels.
These two changes will cause havoc for Asian manufacturers of for example engineered furniture, engineered doors and/or engineered flooring yet none of our customers seems aware of these on-going discussions in the USA. The logistics alone to provide this third-party certification Asia-wide and the potential costs would ensure that our wood products will become more expensive.
As usual I am surprised by most of our Asian customers’ lack of information on this matter and it seems they all put their head in the sand and wait till it is too late!
We need to take ACTION now and let the USA know that the new proposed EPA is not workable for our industry. I strongly suggest you learn more about this (for example visit http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemtest/formaldehyde/faq.html and www.benchmark-intl.com) and contact your local trade organisations and/or Governmental department(s) to decide on proper action.

Life is not a straight line.

Life is not a straight line.

I just finished writing an article for the Indonesian trade magazine “woodmag” about an European company called “Bolefloor” which manufactures solid and engineered flooring produced in the same shape as the original unedged timber boards. This product is very creative and completely different from the traditional flooring available in the market. The other unique service is that this company is capable designing each floor based on the actual space where the floor has to be installed. So the customer can submit his floor plan and they will design the floor according to the layout of the room. Each flooring board will come with a number for easy installation. For sure such floor will not be cheap but it is truly unique and rest assure that customers are willing to pay the price for such product.

This type of product and service innovation is seldom seen here in Asia. Sadly to say most of our Asian customers mostly to to “innovate” cutting production costs and fail to innovate their products and, equally important, their customer service. Have a look for yourself at www.bolefloor.com, maybe it encourages you to be bold and innovate too; “Life is not a straight line”.