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11 09, 2017

McCorry’s office operations in Malaysia and Mexico are now certified carbon neutral !

September 11th, 2017|

As part of our environmental commitment we have completed the certification of our office operations in Malaysia (head office) and Mexico under the ISO 14064-1:2006 standard and we have been verified by the  independent verification party Bureau Veritas on 5th September 2017 as being carbon neutral.

We have off-set our carbon foot-print by purchasing carbon credits from the Rimba Raya Orangutan Forestry Reserve project in Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesia).

The largest part of our carbon foot-print (66%) comes from the travels that our people are doing servicing our customers and assisting our suppliers.

The Greenhouse Gases Verification Statement and our carbon credit certificate can be found our website under the Certification section.

20 06, 2017

AAHP Vows to Defeat Case Despite Commerce Preliminary Antidumping Announcement

June 20th, 2017|

Washington – The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) reacted today to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) of its preliminary antidumping duties on hardwood plywood from China.

“The high duties announced today have no connection to reality and will be devastating to the more than 100,000 American jobs that rely on hardwood plywood from both the U.S. and China,” stated AAHP Chairman Greg Simon.   The only company for which DOC calculated an antidumping margin was found to have an antidumping rate of zero, meaning the company was not dumping, wholly refuting the petitioners’ claims.  DOC averaged that zero together with another company that failed to respond to derive the fictitious 57.36 percent applied to over a hundred fully cooperating exporters and plywood mills.

“To all U.S. Kitchen Cabinet, Furniture, Laminators, RV manufacturers and other vital American manufacturers, located in states like Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Virginia, we ask you to protect your business interests and actively join us to defeat this bogus case again,” said Simon, referencing the AAHP’s previous opposition to an identical case in 2012 that resulted in a unanimous vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) to terminate the case. That win was upheld on appeal by a federal judge.

Now the DOC will conduct onsite audits, order Customs and Border Protection to collect duties, hear legal arguments and many other burdensome and resource-strapping government interventions.  Such market disruption collectively ties the hands of U.S. wood-based manufacturers behind their backs as they face stiff competition from countries that stay out of the business of picking winners and losers in business.   “This decision is a brutal stab in the back of tens of thousands of workers and companies located in states that are struggling to keep good manufacturing jobs here in the United States,” said Simon.

The DOC antidumping preliminary determination also marks the resumption of the ITC’s final phase investigation into the pivotal question of whether Chinese imports have any effect at all on the petitioners.   The ITC previously investigated the petitioners’ claims in 2012 and unanimously threw out their case.  “The only thing that has changed since 2012 is that our Alliance has even more support today.  Every day we are contacted by more cabinet makers, laminators, furniture manufacturers and retailers who agree that Chinese and domestic hardwood plywood is fundamentally and physically different.  The petitioners continue to deny this fact to the ITC, while at the same time their salesmen are in the field, actively touting the fundamental product differences.  We want the truth to come out at the ITC,” stated Mr. Simon.

The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood is an organization of American importers, distributors and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, along with other U.S. companies, collectively representing more than 100,000 American jobs that depend on the availability of global resources.

28 05, 2017

Habitat Expo

May 28th, 2017|

 

On 25th to 27th May 2017, McCorry Mexico participated at the expo “Habitat 2017” in Mexico City with a booth.

This trade show is focused on interior design, design and architecture. It is recognized as the most important exhibition in Mexico in terms of design. All the major designers of furniture in Mexico as well as the industry participated in the expo.

McCorry Mexico was presenting the 3 products that we sell on an exclusive basis in Mexico:

Forescolor (Colored MDF) from Korea
Guararapes Melamine (MDF with high-end Melamine) from Brazil
Ossis Veneer (hardwood veneers) from Mexico.
These are the videos of the products:

Ossie Veneer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9jrigrxyizizvqv/OSSI%20VENEERS.mp4?dl=0

Guararapes Melamine: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bwd3fz43rveq3kb/L%C3%ADnea%20Color%20y%20Dual%20Syncro.mp4?dl=0

Forescolor: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k4jc583vtgoeb1j/FORESCOLOR.mpg?dl=0

Should you need further information and clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

19 04, 2017

Participation in FSC Malaysia Stakeholder Engagement Session on the First Draft of Malaysian National Forest Stewardship Standards (NFSS)

April 19th, 2017|

NFSS 2

On 19th April 2017, McCorry Group has participated in the FSC Malaysia Stakeholder Engagement Session on the first draft of Malaysian NFSS. The objective of the session is to get the feedbacks from the Sabah Stakeholders on the NFSS. All of the feedbacks from the engagement sessions will be brought up to the National Working Committee (NWC) for revision and changes of NFSS if necessary. This first draft of Malaysian NFSS is open for consultation started from 17th March 2017 to 17th May 2017. The details can be found in the Forest Sustainability (Malaysia) Website (http://www.forestsustainability.org/?p=1963)

28 03, 2017

Chain of Custody Assessment by GFS

March 28th, 2017|

McCorry Group has undergone the Chain of Custody assessment conducted by Global Forestry Services (GFS) on 28th March 2017 for the renewal of its Statement of Participation in the Wood Tracking Program (WTP). One minor gap has been identified as a result of the assessment. The summary of the McCorry’s WTP Assessment Report and Statement of Participation can be found in the GFS Website (http://www.gfsinc.biz/?s=mccorry)

24 03, 2017

AAHP responds to Critically Flawed Allegations Filed with Department of Commerce

March 24th, 2017|

Washington, DC – The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) is aware that the petitioners have filed yet more unfounded allegations claiming that importers of Chinese Hardwood Plywood are circumventing U.S. law.  Our attorneys are reviewing the claims and will respond accordingly. However, on its face, the petitioners’ claims are critically flawed.  The AAHP is confident that upon examination,  the U.S. Department of Commerce will reject the petitioners’ request for the application of retroactive duties which is an extraordinary,  extremely unfair and prejudicial act.    Ultimately,  the International Trade Commission (ITC) will have the final word on whether such duties are warranted.  The members of the AAHP expect that the petitioners’ case will crumble in the ITC’s Final Phase investigation, just as it did in 2013.  In that case, the ITC unanimously rejected similarly flawed and hysterical claims made by the same petitioning group that once again seeks to profit by manipulating markets and sewing panic among its customers.

The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood  https://aahp-org.com is an organization of American importers, distributors and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, along with other U.S. companies that depend on the availability of global resources.

24 03, 2017

AAHP Disappointed Government Pursuing Third Investigation of Imported Chinese Hardwood Plywood

March 24th, 2017|

Despite Back to Back Losses, Legal Harassment Campaign Against Imports Continue, Putting Thousands of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs at Risk  

 

Washington – The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) expressed disappointment in today’s ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that it will proceed with an investigation into alleged “dumping” practices of Chinese hardwood plywood to gain an unfair competitive advantage. The ITC and Department of Commerce rejected a similar petition in 2012 and a federal court also rejected the dubious allegations initiated by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood (CFTHP). AAHP Chairman Greg Simon issued the following statement:

 

“We are disappointed that this investigation will proceed, but remain very confident that the facts continue to be on our side. This is now the third time that the federal government will conduct a thorough review and we believe they will reach the same finding as before–imported hardwood plywood products from China are traded fairly at competitive prices and have a rightful place in the global consumer market. This continued legal harassment by CFTHP against imports is putting thousands of U.S. jobs at risk during a time when manufacturing is in desperate need of revival.  Our alliance of small medium and large American importers, distributors, retailers of hardwood plywood and domestic kitchen cabinet manufacturers remains united in opposition to these bogus charges and look forward to presenting our side to the ITC and Department of Commerce in the coming months.”

 

The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood is an organization of American importers, distributors and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, along with other U.S. companies that depend on the availability of global resources.

24 03, 2017

Fake News from HPVA: Separating Myth from Reality

March 24th, 2017|

On December 9th, the ITC held its first initial hearing on a petition for Chinese Lumber antidumping/countervailing duties.  AAHP presented a very strong case affirming that imported hardwood plywood products from China are traded fairly at competitive prices and have a rightful place in the global consumer market.

The ITC informed AAHP that it will review presentations from both sides and announce whether an investigation will proceed by the end of the year.

Then something strange occurred.  On December 15th, less than a week after the first initial ITC hearing, a puzzling news release was issued from Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association (HPVA) headlined:  “Chinese Plywood Dumped At 100%+” that makes patently false claims about the Department of Commerce’s initiation.  (They call it DOC’s “preliminary” determination, but that is not due until April of 2017 at the earliest).

The claims HPVA makes are misleading to patently false and could have serious global market implications. Specifically:

  • HPVA claim – “the U.S. Department of Commerce found preliminary dumping margins of over 100%.”  Fact – this statement is false.  The DOC has FOUND NO preliminary dumping margins.  The DOC’s action on Friday, December 9th was a notice of initiation of the investigation.  This means that the investigation is only beginning.  The DOC must undergo a complete investigation of selected mandatory respondents before any preliminary duties can be put in place.  In addition, the ITC must make a preliminary injury determination.  Furthermore, HPVA’s initiation margins now are just as meaningless as they were in 2012 when the petitioners alleged 310% but DOC actually found ZERO AD margins at the preliminary determination for all individually investigated companies.   The petition margins are great for press releases but they are pure fantasy.
  • HPVA claim – “the US Department of Commerce identified 30 Chinese government subsidy programs that may be countervailable.”  Truth – This statement is true but misleading.  There has been NO preliminary finding of subsidy programs on Chinese plywood.  The DOC has merely initiated an investigation.   No CVD duties are now in place.

AAHP contacted the Department of Commerce who confirmed that the HPVA statement is false, that the investigation was only just initiated and “we can’t finish an investigation in six days.”

Shortly thereafter, the HPVA release vanished from its website at http://www.hpva.org/news/chinese-plywood-dumped-100.

To issue such a reckless statement shows that HPVA is either woefully ignorant about the investigative process or they deliberately put out misleading and false statements in attempt to manipulate market conditions ahead of the ITC decision whether or not to pursue the investigation.

Clearly HPVA and the petitioners are worried about losing a third time in their harassment campaign so are resorting to cheap tactics.

A full fact sheet on the investigation of Chinese hardwood plywood as well as a full case calendar can be FOUND HERE.

10 12, 2016

ITC Hearing

December 10th, 2016|

Our CEO, Jonas Israel, participated as a witness at the International Trade Commission’s preliminary hearing on Friday 9th of December in Washington, DC, together with other members for the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) to get the petition against Chinese Hardwood Plywood dismissed.

10 11, 2016

International Conference on the Heart of Borneo (HoB) “Enabling and Empowering Conservation Through Science-Policy Interface, Conservation Finance and Community Engagement”

November 10th, 2016|

On the 8th and 9th November 2016, McCorry & Co. Ltd. participated in the International Conference on the “Heart of Borneo” (HoB) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. This year is the 9th year that the conference is held – each year with a different topic.

HoB is a cooperation between Malaysia (the states of Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei and Indonesia. HoB refers to the main part of the island where forests remain intact. Covering an area the size of Utah in the US, Victoria in Australia or the whole of England and Scotland put together and extending into the territory of the countries of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia, it is one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world.
The HoB Initiative is a unique government-led and NGO-supported program that was initiated by a joint Declaration by the governments of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia in 2007.

The aim of the program is to conserve the biodiversity of the Heart of Borneo for the benefit of the people who rely upon it through a network of protected areas, sustainable management of forests and other sustainable land uses.

The objectives of the conference were to provide the platform to deliberate on the current affairs pertaining to science-policy interface, conservation finance, and community engagement in tropical forest management; and to discuss the crucial issues for long term implementation of the Sabah Heart of Borneo Strategic Plan of Action. The conference divided into three sessions which were Conservation Finance, Community Engagement and Science-Policy Interface.

From McCorry & Co. Ltd, Jonas Israel and Noor Faredzah attended the Conservation Finance & the Community Engagement sessions.  The Conservation Finance session provided sharing on the practice of raising and managing capital to support land, water and resource conservation. It also provided sharing on the conservation finance options and how the public and private sector can play their role to contribute in the Green Economy.

The Community Engagement session focused on the importance of the participation of the community to achieve the success in conservation as they are the inhabitants and hence, are part of the HoB in Sabah. By working together with the communities, it will ensure the sustainable development while conserving the environment.

The conference had international speakers from all over the world and over 300 delegates.

Jonas Israel, McCorry & Co. Ltd., has participated regularly in the HoB conferences.