Read on for more news including 60,065 species of trees on planet Earth; New Catalogue from Bessey; LEUCO Exhibit at LIGNA; American Hardwood Export Council workshop of dreams at interzum; Vancouver’s tear down index; An opinion on post-secondary education; Green furniture trend: chairs made from biomaterials; Trump slaps on 20%.

Tree species on Earth

There are 60,065 species of trees on planet Earth, according to a recent study of the world’s plants. The data revealed that Brazil was the nation with the greatest number of tree species with 8715 varieties. Apart from the Polar Regions, which have no trees, the near-Arctic region of North America had the fewest number of species, with less than 1400. An interesting fact is that 58% of the tree species were only found in one country, suggesting that they were vulnerable to potential threats, such as deforestation from extreme weather events or human activity. About 300 species have been identified as critically endangered as they had fewer than 50 plants remaining in the wild. Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) compiled the tree list by using data gathered from its network of 500 member organisations. It hopes the list will be used as a tool to identify rare and threatened species in need of immediate action to prevent them becoming extinct. Source: BBC News

New catalogue from Bessey

The new 2017/18 BESSEY catalogue is much more than a product overview. BESSEY provides information on its entire range of clamping and cutting tools. Images of practical applications show the diversity of the tool in the field. The catalogue is effective from April 1 2017 and is available in eleven languages. The new BESSEY catalogue is available in a print version and is also available as a PDF in the download area of www.bessey.de A full text search in the digital version makes it easier to find the suitable tool.

LEUCO to Exhibit at LIGNA 2017

LEUCO will be at Ligna in Hall 15, booth F34. Get inspired by new innovative tools and innovative application solutions and concepts regarding integrated manufacturing. The company’s exhibit will focus on new products to increase machining quality and performance while also improving the work environment by reducing noise. These new, flexible tools will help customers perform more machining processes on the CNC using just one tool. This benefit is relevant for companies that want to produce small batch sizes economically. Development studies on connected manufacturing have revealed the enormous potential for companies in the wood and furniture industry through the “digital resume” of cutters and other machinery. Up-to-date and constantly available data between the machine, tool and sharpening cycle result in a smooth “plug & play” operation, i.e. installation and smooth start-up of the tool. During live machine demonstrations, booth visitors will see, hear and feel what LEUCO tools are really capable of. Get your free LIGNA ticket today under www.leuco.com, LEUCO-News.

American Hardwood Export Council’s Workshop of Dreams

At interzum in May the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) will present “The Workshop of Dreams;” four unique pieces by Spanish designers and architects created with underused hardwood species. The project brings together four of Spain’s most innovative architects and designers with inspiring talents in an exciting collaboration that celebrates creativity and craftsmanship in wood. A beautiful set of coffee tables, a completely ergonomic lounge chair, an extraordinary kitchen cart and an unusual design concept for a portable cabin effectively demonstrate the vast capability and beauty of some lesser known American hardwoods. The AHEC space at interzum will also feature a scale model of ‘The Smile,’ created in collaboration with Alison Brooks Architects and engineers Arup in London. This project featured the largest ever panels of cross laminated timber (CLT) to be made, showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross laminated hardwood.

Vancouver’s tear down index

Approximately one-quarter of detached homes in Vancouver’s red-hot housing market could be torn down between now and 2030, according to a new forecasting tool developed by a UBC researcher. Vancouver is a similar age to several Australian cities. The “teardown index” suggests that the lower the value of the residence relative to the value of the overall property (its relative building value, or RBV), the more likely it is the house will be torn down and replaced by a new one. “An RBV of between 60 per cent and 70 per cent is generally considered healthy for a new building. But when a building is worth less than 10 per cent of the total value of the property, the probability of teardown and replacement increases dramatically,” said Joseph Dahmen, a professor of architecture at the University of British Columbia. The researchers traced the RBV of a house constructed in 1940. As the overall price of property rose over 75 years, its relative building value declined until it hit a low point of four per cent. With such a low RBV, according to Dahmen, there is a 50:50 chance the new owner will tear it down once it is sold, and replace it with a house more in line with the overall value of the property.

An opinion on post-secondary education

Federal politician Cory Bernardi believes that a university education isn’t necessarily for everyone. He says it should not be a requirement for a fulfilling and prosperous life. The key to post-secondary education is to learn a financially valuable skill; be it as a doctor, a dentist, a teacher or a plumber (to name only a few). University is necessary for some of those careers but education comes in many forms. On-the-job training for trades or small business generally produces better outcomes than solely textbook based learning experiences. We are seeing some firms choose non-university graduates because they recognise tertiary teaching is often indoctrination rather than education. Universities make millions putting students in dead-end degrees without a care whether their graduates get jobs. In the United States, millions of graduates find themselves saddled with huge education debts and little chance of getting a job in their field. Student loan debt is over $1.4 trillion. We cannot let the same circumstance happen in Australia. Post-secondary education is important but so is the requirement for it to deliver financial benefits for the student. This will deliver better outcomes for the country (and Industry).

Green furniture trend: chairs made from biomaterials

Sitting on seagrass, potatoes or leaves? It’s possible with the new biomaterials for producing chairs. Designers are discovering nature as a source of inspiration and are creating classic seating furniture with green criteria. The chair is one of the most exciting pieces of furniture for designers. As objects of design, seating furniture has always been a medium for innovations; just think of the Bauhaus cantilever chairs or 60s plastic chairs. Their pioneering shapes and materials are often ahead of their time, and they simultaneously reflect social trends. The latest models also clearly bear the traces of these currents in the way in which they emphasise sustainable design. In their search for materials that conserve resources, designers today are discovering natural materials as a source of inspiration. Waste products are being processed into recyclable materials for new chair models. Many designers are experimenting with plant and vegetable waste and similar organic debris. They are putting highly unusual sources of raw materials to the test to produce bioplastics for seat shells, for example. In contrast to conventional materials, these bio-based materials offer crucial benefits; the raw materials are freely available in large quantities and can be sustainably exploited.

Trump slaps on 20%

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call that he “refuted the baseless allegations” that persuaded Washington to slap a 20% tariff on softwood timber from Canada, according to the Prime Minister’s office. Source: The Australian