AHEC launches ‘Sustainable American Hardwoods – A Guide to Species’

Published November 17th, 2009 - 12:50 GMT
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has launched its latest publication – ‘Sustainable American Hardwoods – A Guide to Species’ at the sidelines of ‘ifi09 Dubai’, the 24th General Assembly of the International Federation of Interior Designers & Architects and the World Interior Design Congress 2009, which opened yesterday (November 06, 2009). The new handbook, which offers specifiers, manufacturers, end-users and architects an extensive insight on the properties and characteristics of the US’ wide range of hardwood species, is currently available on AHEC’s stand at the event, which is being held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel until November 11, 2009.
Designed in a compact A5 format with pages laid out to provide the information ‘at a glance’, the publication has been created to assist architects, interior designers, furniture and joinery manufacturers and hardwood importers in gaining a better understanding of the physical, mechanical and working properties, as well as the availability of America’s commercial and exported hardwood species. Compared to previous versions of the Guide, more detailed information is given on individual species, their main uses and grading exceptions, while the updated design, layout and use of brand new photography give it a clean and user-friendly look. In addition, thorough data about the environmental credentials of American hardwoods is also included in the handbook.
“This publication is designed to educate specifiers, manufacturers and end users on the physical and mechanical properties and potential applications of the main commercial American hardwood species through a single reference source,” said Roderick Wiles, AHEC Consultant. “This extensive guidebook is the culmination of the mass of information and resources we have on American hardwoods, which will certainly help decision makers make an informed choice. We are also extending the reach of the Guide by offering it in numerous different languages, with an Arabic edition to be made available soon.” 
According to the Guide, most of American hardwood species can be used for a wide range of applications, from fine furniture and cabinets to internal joinery such as doors, stairs and panelling. The physical properties of some species, such as the oaks, hard maple, ash, walnut and hickory make them ideal for flooring. In addition to the launch of the new publication, AHEC, who is participating as a Gold Sponsor at ‘ifi09 Dubai’, is also hosting two speakers at the design congress, namely Patrick Fong and Luke Hughes.
“Our presence at ‘ifi09 Dubai’ underlines our commitment to the region, which is a potential-laden market for wood products from the USA. In addition to our latest publication, we have recently launched a new website as part of our awareness drive for American hardwoods in the global market. We also leverage digital technology to communicate with the market via monthly email updates on the latest news and upcoming AHEC events, and a question centre, which provides an interactive resource for individual enquiries and further bolster our marketing and promotional efforts for American hardwoods,” concluded Wiles.
Available for free download in hard copy or PDF from AHEC’s new website www.americanhardwood.org, the 40-page Guide is prefaced with information on the availability and sustainability of American hardwoods, and contains comparative tables at the end that summarise all their key physical and working properties, as well as main uses. In addition to AHEC’s website, ‘Sustainable American Hardwoods – A Guide to Species’ will be available at AHEC events all around the world.

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