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2014 International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  
Posted by: Joe O'Donnell

For Immediate Release
October 21, 2014
Media Contact: Mike Burita 
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2014 International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends

Decking “Superwoods” Replace Sandy-Stricken Boardwalks, Music Fest Fans Swap Tents for Portable “Dream Lodges,” Lesser Known Species and Wood Floors of the Year

Alexandria, Virginia – Victims of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters are turning to tropical “superwoods” for heavy-duty applications in unforgiving environments for decking, bridges, boardwalks, piers and marinas.  Muddy Woodstock tents of yesterday are swapped for Tomorrowland’s “Dream Lodges” made of 100% FSC Indonesian tropical hardwoods. Steinway’s Crown Jewel piano collection is encased in rare exotic wood veneers that give them a truly extraordinary beauty.  A leading architect describes the sustained demand for beautiful exotic woods blended with other natural materials in custom residential construction.  These stories and much more can be found in the 2014 edition of International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends.  The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) unveils the latest issue this week.
“Readers of this year’s International Wood can expect to see impressive projects and a wide range of species currently being used by architects and designers in innovative ways,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires.  “This edition highlights how companies can get ahead of the green curve by preserving biodiversity through lesser known species.  Similar in physical properties as traditional higher demand woods, these under-utilized woods are also affordable because of their abundance—good for business and good for forests.”

Reaching 20,000 key decision makers involved in the specification, manufacture, import and distribution of wood products in North America, International Wood (IW) remains unique to trade publications.  The eleventh edition covers a broad spectrum of imported veneer, plywood and lumber use in the U.S. market.  IW has won multiple past Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for Design, Production and Printing from Association TRENDS, considered the “bible of the association community.”  International Wood also offers an invaluable directory of industry suppliers—a real must have for anyone involved in sourcing wood products.

“Everyone loves natural materials, but sophisticated buyers demand them,” Veter/Denk Architects Principal John Vetter tells IW.  “As architects we love the opportunity to meld beautiful exotic woods with copper, natural stone, brick and other domestic wood species in unique and different ways.  Each of these materials brings a sense of stability and feeling of being grounded in the natural world.”

The demand for imported woods continues to show the value the U.S. market places on these products.  Forest products imports were valued at $14.71 billion for 2013 compared to $12.42 billion for year-end 2012, according to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.  Updated import statistics and other industry news alerts can be found on IWPA’s new website ( 
“From beautiful homes to resilient decking, piers and marinas and even wooden eyewear, the demand for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests continues to grow,” Squires said.  “This vibrant market is providing a critical boost to our economy domestically, while also ensuring the health and vitality of our forests globally.”


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Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association ( is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.  Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.


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