Lumber ‘Treasure Hunts’ illustrate Demand for Timber, claims FRA

FRA has claimed that the modern-day timber scavengers and ‘treasure-hunters’ prove that timber is growing in demand and value.

Seattle, United States, July 25, 2012 — Forestry Research Associates has claimed that the modern-day timber scavengers and ‘treasure-hunters’ prove that timber is growing in demand and value.

Reports into the increase in people searching for lost tropical rainforest timbers that fell to river and sea beds years ago, has prompted experts to use this as evidence of the ongoing demand for timber. A recent report in the Bangkok Post about the activity shows that there is a growing number of timber ‘treasure-hunters’ who search for long-lost logs of timbers no longer widely available due to logging restrictions.

Peter Collins of FRA, the research and analysis consultancy, said, “Many of these so-called treasure hunters are in operation in South-East Asia where a large number of exotic hardwood logs were lost during the period when logging of rainforests was more common and legal, back in the 1980s and 1990s.”

The article in the Bangkok Post described how the exotic lumber is in demand in Asia in particular, where it is used for the construction of everything from bar tops to pianos.

“The populations of many Asian countries are growing increasingly wealthy and want fine things made of beautiful timbers. However, the logging of many of these timbers is now illegal and the only way to get hold of them is to rescue logs that have been sitting on river beds for several years,” explained Mr Collins. He added, “The alternative, of course, is to source timber from sustainable plantations, such as those run by firms like Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada.”

FRA supports sustainable timber plantations that allow investors to buy up sections of timberland while receiving returns from when the timber is harvested, processed and sold on. Timber demand in general is high at the moment, particularly in China, India and Japan, which is making timberland investment even more attractive.

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

Media Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

Vietnam attracts Luxury M.I.C.E Travelers

Vietnam’s First Luxury Travel and Tour Operator ( Invites Professionals to Discuss about MICE and Business Trip to Vietnam at ITB ASIA 2012 in Singapore.

Hanoi, Vietnam, July 24, 2012 – The Luxury Travel Company ( will participate in the largest International Tourism Fair in Asia “ITB Asia 2012,” to be held from 17 to 19 Oct 2011 in Marina Sands Singapore for the five time.

ITB Asia features the full range of travel products, services and goods from the supply side of the industry, not only from leisure markets, but also corporate and MICE travel.

Luxury Travel Ltd double their booth space at ITB Asia this year again, the aim is to promote the Vietnamese tourism product in the luxury segment. Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator and DMC, Luxury Travel, is founded in 2004 to promote niche tourism products to high end travelers.

Luxury Travel Company ( targets on Mice group planners, luxury travel agents and tour operators around the globe.

“With new luxury hotels and world class golf courses having recently opened or set to open soon, and the introduction of luxury train journeys, exclusive cruises and upscale private tours spanning the length of the country, Vietnam is fast emerging as an exciting destination for high-end M.I.C.E travellers,” said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Luxury Travel’s main business activities – luxury inbound/outbound operator, luxury adventures, custom tours, romance, wellness and spa, MICE… and so on.

“We are pleased to invite all professionals to Vietnam to inspect our destinations, hotels, resorts, MICE venues, our own luxury sedans and vehicles, our service and our people. They come back as luxury travel specialists so they sell our niche luxury travel products with more confidence,” added Pham Ha.

Leisure, M.I.C.E, Cooperate travel partners who are interested in promoting 5 destinations with one company, book in appointment with Pham Ha and Hung Nguyen at itb12 (at)

The first luxury tour operator ( and full travel service agency based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and sales offices in California, Paris, and Melbourne. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Bringing Street Art into the Home – The Urban Wallpaper Collection at Urbane Living

The designer Urban wallpaper collection has now launched at Urbane Living.

London, UK, July 25, 2012 — The Urban designer wallpaper collection Urban Wallpaper, recently launched at Urbane Living, allows design-lovers to admire some urban art in the comfort of their own homes.

The collection features portraits, graffiti-style prints, illustrative designs and comic-esque images from top artists and designers such as Javi Gutiérrez, David Fernández, Txema Algualcil, Mariscal, La Casita de Wendy and Txell Miras.

Hand-painted and drawn designs add an authentic artistic flair and there’s a choice of bold shades such as deep reds and greens or more subtle colour palettes to fit with any décor. The papers are easy to maintain too, making them a much more realistic option for any home – just wipe with a damp cloth.

The range will appeal to eco-conscious design fans – each wallpaper in the Urban collection is printed on highly sustainable paper using special inks which allow the paper to be recycled when it is removed from the walls.

Adam Robertson, co-founder of Urbane Living, commented: “We’re proud to be offering wallpaper from such highly respected artists and designers. This collection taps into the interest in artists such as Banksy and successfully transfers urban art to the wallpaper world and the home.”

He added: “These eye-catching designs will prove a talking point in any modern home or business property and are perfect for a feature wall in any room.”

Roll size: Width 0.53m x Length 10m

Price: Starts from £52.00 including VAT

About Urbane Living

Urbane Living supplies a wide range of home décor products, including wood flooring, natural carpets, rugs, designer wallpaper and eco-paints. When sourcing its products, the company always considers quality, performance, affordability, and environmental benefits.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Goh
Urbane Living
Unit 102, The Light Box,
111 Power Road, Chiswick, London W4 5PY
020 7138 3836

Oxford Expression Technologies Launch Revolutionary Cloning Vectors

Oxford Expression Technologies (OET), the award-winning specialist provider of baculovirus-based protein expression solutions, launches a new range of pOET Ligation Independent Cloning (LIC) vectors.

Oxford, UK, July 24, 2012 – Oxford Expression Technologies (OET), the award-winning specialist provider of baculovirus-based protein expression solutions, launches a new range of pOET Ligation Independent Cloning (LIC) vectors. The new LIC vectors facilitate faster and simpler gene transfer into their world renowned flashBAC system for baculovirus protein expression. They are an evolution of the easy to use and highly reliable pOET transfer vectors and provide a host of new advantages over conventional cloning methods.

As the name suggests, ligation independent cloning removes the need to undertake the ligation step in the cloning procedure, this is typically the most troublesome part of any cloning experiment so these new LIC vectors represent obvious benefits to scientists who utilize protein expression techniques.

Passing comment, Richard Broadhead, Sales and Marketing Manager at Oxford Expression Technologies said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of the new pOET ligation independent cloning vectors, they remove a problematic part of the cloning procedure and we are very pleased that we can pass these benefits on to our customers” he continued, “As well as being faster and easier, our latest innovation also allows laboratories to standardize their protocols because there is no need to take into account the length of the insert sequence to be cloned, another benefit conventional cloning methods cannot offer.”

Oxford Expression Technologies invites anyone with an interest in baculovirus protein expression to visit their website –

Oxford Expression Technologies is a biotechnology company specializing in the use of baculovirus vectors, a eukaryotic expression system that can express a large variety of recombinant proteins. Oxford Expression Technologies provides recombinant protein expression products, services and consultancy to many global pharmaceutical companies. The Company’s proprietary flashBAC technology enables large amounts of a given protein to be produced in culture. Its internationally renowned expertise and products enable proteins to be produced faster, more easily and cost-effectively using automated and high-throughput methods compared with other baculovirus expression systems. This contributes to the development of new drugs and research targeted towards understanding how proteins work in health and disease.
The company was founded in 2007 as a result of collaboration between Oxford Brookes University and the Natural Environment Research Council to provide researchers with custom proteins for research purposes.

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Mathew Taylor
Algorythm Solutions Ltd
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Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2UY
+44 (0)773 403 2112