Korea may soon be using BC wood in its buildings for seismic upgrades, according to the provincial Ministry of Forests.
Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said in a press conference Tuesday that the seismic upgrades will form one of BC’s main focuses in a trade mission to Asia. He said Korea in particular is looking at wood and lumber that can withstand earthquakes, and BC has engineered wood that can do so.
The trade mission, beginning Wednesday, will visit cities in Korea, Japan and China — some of BC’s biggest buyers for wood.
He said the value of wood exports to the three countries last year was about $2 billion — but the volume of exports has gone down from previous years.