Dubai WoodShow 2012, Roderick Wiles, The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)

AHEC joins Dubai WoodShow to bolster MENA trade

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), will exhibit at Dubai WoodShow to reinforce trade ties with the wood and wood processing industry whilst promoting the usage of American hardwood across construction, interior design and furniture projects across the region.

The 2012 tradeshow  will be made more significant with the participation of 16 US hardwood exporting companies and the Hardwood States Export Group (HSEG), which is a collation of 13 major US hardwood exporting states, under the banner of the American Hardwood Pavilion.

Testament to the country being the largest market for American hardwoods in the MENA region, AHEC revealed a total of over USD 14.7m of American hardwood logs, lumber and veneers entered the country during the first three quarters of 2011.

Of this total, USD 7.3m was accounted for by lumber, USD 5.7m by logs and USD 1.7m by veneers. In terms of species, American red oak dominated total imports with over USD 2.5m worth of shipments during the first nine months of 2011. Additionally, imports of American ash and walnut reached USD 1.4m and USD 1.2m respectively.

“We have always looked forward to taking part in the annual Dubai WoodShow event, which allows us the opportunity to meet industry players and professionals and share more knowledge on the wide array of commercially available species and products,” said Roderick Wiles, director for Africa, Middle East, India and Oceania, AHEC.

“Not only do we get to promote American hardwoods to the event’s participants and visitors but we also get to share the strong environmental credentials they carry.”

The 16 participating US hardwood companies include; Northland Corporation, American Hardwood Industries, Wheeland Lumber, Nina Company, Sonoking Corporation and Shannon Lumber International.

Dubai WoodShow is held from April 3 – 5, 2012 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).