by Robert Dalheim
HempWood and a U.S. trade
investigation lead online traffic
HempWood is a reverse-engineered wood substitute that its developers say
offers a range of advantages over traditional hardwood.
The biggest story this month was news that a $5.8 mil- lion Hemp Wood plant is coming to Kentucky,
creating 25 full-time jobs. Fibonacci,
the company who makes Hemp Wood,
a reverse-engineered and patent-pending wood substitute, will lease a
11,230-square-foot facility for its first
manufacturing operation. Production
will begin this summer.
Advantages over traditional oak
hardwood include a higher availability, a much quicker grow time of six
months, and a 20 percent higher density, says Fibonacci. The company says
it could be used in furniture, flooring,
and other woodworking projects.
Next up this month was news that
the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance, a coalition made up of more than
25 companies, filed an antidumping
petition against China, claiming its
government’s “manipulation and unfair
trade practices” have led to a more than
75 percent rise in Chinese imports of
kitchen and bath cabinetry since 2015.
That sparked an investigation by
U.S. Commerce to determine if wooden
cabinetry and vanities imported from
China are being unfairly subsidized
and dumped in the U.S. market.
The scope of the petition covers
both face-frame and frameless cabinets,
made of solid wood and composite
panel construction, RTA cabinetry,
cabinetry components including doors,
drawers, back and end panels, as well
as desks, shelves, and tables that are
attached to or incorporated in the
In 2018, Chinese imports of wooden
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cabinets and vanities were valued at almost
half of the estimated American market.
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