The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) 22nd Southeast Asia & Greater China Convention June 22-23, 2017


The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) 22nd Southeast Asia & Greater China Convention June 22-23, 2017

The Westin Qingdao, China

China is the number one global market for American hardwood lumber and takes over 50% of all exports from the U.S. hardwood lumber industry.  AHEC rotates its annual convention around Chinese and Southeast Asian cities and this is the second time in Qingdao. Many American exporters are expected to attend the event at the Westin Qingdao Hotel on 22-23 June 2017. AHEC will bring together an array of top-flight speakers and experts from around the world to develop an even closer bond between the U.S. hardwood industry and Asia’s architectural, design and manufacturing industries.

On 22 June (Thursday) a Press Conference & Market Discussion Panel for Media & AHEC Members only will be followed on 23 June (Friday) by a full-day Convention & Mini Trade Show for Pre-registered Delegates. The theme of the Convention is ‘Designed in Asia, Made in Asia with American Hardwood’.


This year’s Convention will be supported by the Shandong Furniture Association, Shandong Interior Decoration, Qingdao Timber Industry Association, Shanghai Timber Trade Association and China Institute of Interior Designers, Beijing.  It is expected to attract over 400 delegates and over 30 AHEC hardwood exporting members.  A mini-trade show will be held at the convention for AHEC members, providing a platform for networking with local traders, distributors, manufacturers and specifiers.


Qingdao has been the central hub for commerce, transportation, shipping and logistics, manufacturing and design for the province of Shandong.  It has been the venue for The International Furniture and Woodworking Machinery show for the last fourteen years, annually in May. It takes two and half hours by High Speed Train to Jinan-the capital of Shandong and four hours to Beijing and Shanghai. By car it takes less than an hour to the Zhongyun Industry Park and an hour and half to Huang Dao where the Timber Exchange and Distribution Centre and Qingdao Timber Industry Office are located. Over 150 timber importers and distributors have set up their trade offices and warehouses in Huang Dao.

Recent data shows Qingdao has a population of 9 million with an urban population of 6.1 million lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea.  It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest and is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center. The world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. It is also the site of the famous Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China, reflecting its former connections with Germany.  In 2007, Qingdao was named as among China’s top ten cities and in 2009 was named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness. In 2016 the city ranked 79th in the Global Financial Center Index


Registration for the Convention on or before 15 June 2017 online is through website:

Seats are limited and are reserved on first-come-first-served basis and free of charge for all Asian companies, association representatives, design professionals, academia and media. The Convention includes coffee breaks, luncheon and convention materials. (Travel and accommodation arrangements will be the responsibility of the participants.)  Delegates will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2017 via email or fax. Registration includes the Cocktail Reception on June 23, 2017.  English and Mandarin simultaneous interpretation is available.