U.S. trade rep shows no urgency on
Canadian softwood lumber trade
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has little
faith that the Canadian softwood lumber trade dispute
will be resolved anytime soon.
“Right now, I would say there’s probably not much
going on in terms of those negotiations,” said Lighthizer.
“Are they part of NAFTA? Not as far as I am concerned.
As far as I am concerned this a function of the trade laws
working the way Congress designed them to work.”
The answer comes after Texas Representative Kenny
Merchant said that Texas home builders are concerned
that lumber tariffs have escalated lumber prices by 40 to
60 percent over the past year. Merchant asked if there was
relief in site.
“To me, it is unlikely, I wouldn’t put it at zero but it’s
unlikely that I’m going to end up solving this issue.” – R.D.
More robots in woodworking: Homag
teams with automation giant Kuka
Woodworking machinery giant Homag has teamed
with Kuka, a German manufacturer of industrial
robots, in an effort to expand the presence of advanced robotics in the woodworking industry.
At the Holz-Handwerk fair in Nuremberg, Germany,
the two companies announced “intensive cooperation”
on global development projects. Two such projects have
already been launched in China and Germany.
“We are very proud that Homag has chosen Kuka as a
strategic partner for the automation of its world-leading
wood processing machines,” said Stefan Lampa, CEO of
Kuka’s industries division.
“As a result of the partnership, we can offer our
customers even more integrated robotic solutions from a
single source,” said Homag. – R.D.
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