International Wood Products Association
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IWPA World of Wood Annual Convention
Thank you to everyone who attended the 58th Annual Convention in St. Petersburg, FL. Make plans to join us again in Las Vegas, NV - March 18-20, 2015. View all presentations and photos here.
A New Sense of Optimism October 23, 2014
Posted by Cindy Squires
In today’s virtually instantaneous news cycle each day seemingly brings the release of a new economic indicator. One day the new GDP numbers signal strong growth, and the next day job growth numbers give new reason for worry. I am convinced that not even the PhDs can make sense of it all. But after spending the last several weeks meeting with IWPA members on the tradeshow floor at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta and visiting member companies during a swing across North Carolina, I am getting a sense of renewed optimism across the imported wood industry. Read more
Efficiency as Strategy July 13, 2014
Posted By Cindy Squires
It is cheaper and often faster to share. If we recognize this we can open up enormous opportunities for our businesses. A recent bog post by Seth Godin got me thinking about how IWPA works to help its members share resources. Seth Godin is a bestselling author who writes about marketing, the spread of ideas and managing customers and employees. Seth noted, “since we can share resources, expanding to use all of something (a car, a boat, a vacation home) isn't just inefficient, it's wasteful.” Read more
Wood - The Ultimate Green Good May 13, 2014
Posted By Cindy Squires
A new round of negotiations has been launched by 14 World Trade Organization member countries to accelerate the trade of environmentally preferable technologies. This effort builds on the 2013 initiative started by the Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to explore opportunities in the WTO to reduce tariffs on a list of 54 “green goods” by the end of 2015. This sounds like a great plan until you look deeper and find wood products were not included in the APEC agreed list of environmental goods where member countries will cut tariffs to five percent or less. Read more