Expanding Export Markets for American Hardwoods

Hardwood FlooringThe US hardwood industry is one of the largest hardwood producers in the world with a forest resource that is vast, sustainably managed and very diverse.

The volume of standing timber in US hardwood forests has more than doubled in the last fifty years, which means that the US hardwood producers can satisfy an increasing global demand for quality hardwood.

For more than twenty years the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has very successfully marketed and promoted the availability and performance of a wide range of US hardwood species to wood producing industries around the world. As part of this strategy to target new export markets, AHEC are co-ordinating a major US hardwood presence at Turkey’s Intermob exhibition in Istanbul from 16-20 October 2010. This year’s US hardwood pavilion, with its innovative design, will build on the platform established at last year’s event with more US hardwood companies exhibiting and on stand demonstrations on how to grade and select US hardwood veneer and lumber.

According to AHEC’s European Director "Turkey is an exciting market for us with an increasing use of hardwoods, and potential for further growth. The US hardwood industry can offer the market high quality timber that is a sustainable and growing resource. We will only realise this potential by actively educating the market on what we have to offer and by seeking stronger links with wood producing industries in Turkey, and Intermob is an effective way for us to achieve this. In order to support the efforts of our export companies, our main technical publications and new interactive website have been translated into Turkish".

AHEC will also host a mini conference during the show on Sunday 17th October which will focus on presentations and discussions on "How US hardwoods can benefit Turkish wood industries?", and will also include workshops on veneer and lumber grading. Registration will be free with full details being released shortly.

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the US hardwood industry, representing the committed exporters among US hardwood companies and all the major US hardwood product trade associations. AHEC concentrates its efforts on providing architects, specifiers, designers and end-users with technical information on the range of species, products and sources of supply.

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