EUDR Update And Latest Developments

AHEC is currently in the process of implementing the next phase of the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) response mechanism for U.S. Hardwoods.  The framework that is being developed comprises the following components: The database of U.S. Hardwood harvest geolocations will be prepared and maintained by a technical consultancy commissioned by AHEC that will combine […]

Getting Down To Business

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May. The year is certainly moving quickly, but it’s as busy as ever at the HMA office. Following is a quick recap to get you caught up on HMA business.  In late March, HMA hosted another successful and memorable National Conference and Expo. The feedback we’ve received from […]

Make The Changes We Need To Make

We all know that there have been a lot of Hardwood mills that have shut down over the past year. I ran my own Hardwood business once, and I shut it down. You may remember it. I worked with Jartek based in Finland, promoting thermal modification. I helped build several systems, including Superior Thermowood of […]

Registration Now Open For 2024 WCMA Regional Plant Tour Event

Registration is now open for the Wood Component Manufacturers Association’s (WCMA’s) 2024 Regional Plant Tour Event. The WCMA is excited to host the event that will be held June 3-4 in Auburn, ME. The event includes tours of five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. This event gives attendees an opportunity to see advanced machinery in action, and […]

Despite Current Headwinds, AHEC Sees Europe As An Important Growth Market For U.S. Hardwoods

There’s no denying 2023 was a challenging year for U.S. hardwood mills: production hit historically low levels and demand has declined both domestically and in export markets around the world, including in Europe, where lumber exports are down nearly 40 percent compared to 2022. And in the current economic and geopolitical situation, we’re under no […]

Port Delay Bills Are The Result Of Industry Input

Association executives have a similar responsibility to members of Congress (although hopefully our opinion ratings are higher!); we have to both help lead based on our beliefs while also being responsive to the needs of our constituents. While luckily we don’t go to the ballot box every few years, in order for an association to […]

Cypress Promotion In 2024

Late last month, members of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association (SCMA), along with promotion sponsors, gathered for the association’s 2024 Annual Meeting at The Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was held in conjunction with the Hardwood Manufacturers Association’s 2024 National Conference and Expo held at the luxury hotel. Attendees were briefed on […]

Why Knot: Call Over To The Other Side

Words have the power to influence people. The statement, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” led to a revolutionary war. Or how about the statement “I […]

Despite Current Headwinds, AHEC Sees Europe As An Important Growth Market For U.S. Hardwoods

There’s no denying 2023 was a challenging year for U.S. Hardwood mills: production hit historically low levels and demand has declined both domestically and in export markets around the world, including in Europe, where lumber exports are down nearly 40 percent compared to 2022.  And in the current economic and geopolitical situation, we’re under no illusions […]

Adding Star Power To The Industry In 2024

Who isn’t always looking for ways to keep valuable conversations going with customers and others who could benefit from learning what you know–especially when it relates to the Hardwood industry? This year the Chinese astrological calendar has put our industry in the spotlight, without even trying, because 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon. […]