After successfully completing Emerging Market Program assessments for several South East Asian countries in 2016 (members can read these reports here), SEC is moving forward into Phase II. Phase II programs are allocated for grading and educational seminars in their country's respective locations, or in the United States. Over the next two years, SEC will work with OSU & CINTRAFOR to schedule grading & educational seminars in South East Asia. The first of these seminars will take place in Malaysia this fall.
Panels & Furniture Asia is promoting the seminars locally, as part of a larger Malaysia Technical Assistant Program, organized by SEC in conjunction with the Malaysian Wood Industries Association:
Visitors can expect compelling talks touching on the grading of U.S. softwoods as well as get up close and personal with influential presenters from OWIC such as Scott Leavengood, director of OWIC; Chris Knowles, associate professor in Forest Products Marketing in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at OSU; Eric Hansen, professor of Forest Products Marketing and Interim Department Head of Wood Science and Engineering at OSU; and Jeff Morrel, professor in Wood Science and Engineering at OSU with a specialisation in deterioration of wood and its prevention through preservative treatments