Myanmar permits export
of timber from plantations

Raw timber produced from private forest plantations in Myanmar can now be exported, the country’s government has said. The development comes after the Ministry of Resource and Environmental Conservation in April 2014 suspended the export of raw timber produced from

natural forests. There are a total 1.4 million acres of private forest plantations in Myanmar, consisting of teak, hardwood, rubber, palm and industrial crop plantations. However, more than 6,70,000 acres (close to half of these plantations)have been confiscated by the State.
Raw timber produced from active private plantations will now be able to participate in exports, but those involved must still apply for official permission to do so.
Private forest plantations were allowed to form in 2006 under long term land leases with the State. There are located in natural forest lands which have been damaged and are no longer possible to maintain as natural forests. The private plantations were allowed with the purpose of developing private businesses in the sector, supporting the environment and conserving forest resources.

Flipkart launches quality
certification for furniture

Flipkart has said it has introduced ‘Furniture,’ a certification that assures customers quality and durability of furniture available on the e-retailer’s website.It added that this was a first-of-its-kind certification for furniture in Indian retail industry.

The company said the durability certification was offered after a rigorous testing process conducted through National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories-accredited testing laboratories, including Intertek and Bureau Veritas.Each certified product undergoes tests that simulate 10 years of normal usage as per international standards.
Over 250 furniture selections including beds, sofas, wardrobes and TV units from top sellers and its private label, ‘Perfect Homes’, have already been certified. Flipkart would be facing stiff competition not only from Amazon but also specialised players such as Urban Ladder, Pepperfry and Swedish furniture retailer, Ikea.

French brand LigneRoset
makes entry into N. India

LigneRoset, one of the world’s top luxury furniture brand from France, is making its entry into North Indian markets through a well-known boutique furniture retailer based in New Delhi, Iota.
The Indian partner is designing an entire floor at its Kirti Nagar property for

retailing the high-end living, dining, sleeping, working, lighting and decor of the French luxury label. LigneRoset is a leader in the international design world with 200 exclusive stores worldwide and 1,000 retail distributors worldwide.
“With the introduction of LigneRoset, our clients in cities such as Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Indore, Jaipur, etc. can enjoy this French beauty,” says Mr NamitAjmani, Managing Director of Iota. For more information, visit

Nolte cooks up a
comeback in India

German modular furniture brand Nolte is looking to strengthen its footprint in the Indian market aggressively. The 90-year-old brand had entered the Indian market 12 years ago with a showroom in Bengaluru. Nolte’s upcoming showrooms in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Chennai and

Mysuru are expected to become functional in 2018. Besides modular kitchen, Nolte is also looking at setting up modular bedrooms. Home Studio, in tie-up with Bosch, is expected to launch ‘Delign’, a product for the mass market.Delign modular furniture is targeted at the middle and upper middle class.

Starwood of Turkey orders
new Dieffenbacher board line

Starwood Orman Urunleri Sanayi, a Turkish pioneer in particleboard production, has ordered a particleboard plant with an annual capacity of 4,60,000 cubic metres from Dieffenbacher for its headquarters in Inegol, in Bursa province. The new plant is scheduled to

go online in the summer of 2019. Starwood will use the new plant predominantly to manufacture thin boards with a thickness range of 6-8 mm.With a 4-head forming station that includes optimised wind-formers with additional roller screens, and a CPS+, the gold standard for efficient continuous press systems, Starwood will add a state-of-the-art, high-end production facility to its location in Inegol.
Also included is a gluing system featuring glue preparation and dosing, a press exhaust system, and the plant’s entire automation, control and quality control systems. Starwood has also ordered the raw board handling system, automated board storage system and the sanding line, all of which are to be integrated into the existing infrastructure.
Another state-of-the-art HDF plant producing ultra-thin boards, primarily for use by furniture makers, will be built by Dieffenbacher for Guangxi Lelin Forestry Development Co. Ltd. in China by June 2019.
Guangxi Lelin will produce boards ranging from 1-5 mm in thickness at the new high-speed THDF plant near Nanning in Guangxi province. Eucalyptus wood will be the main raw material.

GIL re-brands some products
under ‘Greenpanel’

One of India’s largest interior infrastructure company, Greenply Industries Ltd., has reinvented itself into a new brand. Its engineered panels division, Green Panelmax MDF and Green Floormax Flooring, will now be known as ‘Greenpanel’. Its diverse

product portfolio of MDF, Its diverse product portfolio of MDF, wood floors, veneers, plywood and doors will now be marketed and sold under the brand name, Greenpanel. The company has state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh, with an annual combined capacity in excess of 5,00,000 cubic metres, producing world-class products that are conceptualised in collaboration with renowned designers from Europe.
Greenpanel plywood is a new generation product powered by Quadra-Pro technology; Greenpanel MDF is a revolutionary product made with a unique fibre-interlocking technology; its decorative veneers come in an exquisite range 100-odd exotic wood species hand-picked from all over the world.
Greenpanel doors are solid wood doors available as solid core doors with hardwood face and decorative doors in natural teak, laminated and natural veneer variants. Greenpanel’s range of products would interest furniture manufacturers, architects, interior designers and wood contractors. For more information, visit

Stylam adds 2nd hot-coating
line from Barberan, Kleiberit

Stylam Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of high-quality laminates based in Haryana, will begin producinghot-coating panels by the end of 2018, with its acquisition of a hot-coating line from Barberan. The new line uses technology from Kleiberit, which allows it to apply directly on the

laminated surface with perfect adhesion and bonding, thereby improvingthe panels’ properties, resistance and durability.
The 60-metre-long line will be equipped with the Excimer technology for an inert curing atmosphere to achieve an extraordinary supermatt finish, along with high-gloss finishing. It is being assembled at Stylam’s plant in Panchkula, near Chandigarh.

Kurl-on unveils
new sofa collection

Mattress and home furniture brand Kurl-on has launched a new sofa collection under its home furniture and furnishings brand, ‘Home Komfort’, in Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and online at The product range has been crafted with pinewood and ash wood for strength and durability; foam and poly fiber seat fillers for comfort and zigzag spring and pocket spring for flexible tensile strength. Whole wood structure has also been used for durable leg support.