* Date : 2019-05-31
In recent days, construction made of wood instead of concrete is gaining attention due to its green advantage and durability. Unlike traditional belief that wood would be lightweight and weak, it has stronger compressive strength than concretes and stronger resistance to earthquake. Along with such advantage as a building material, wood construction technology is also evolving. This is why wood construction is attracting attention again in Korea. As the interest in wood architecture is rising, an apartment complex made up of only wooden houses has emerged. The key feature of this wooden house is utilization of the physical performance of building materials to overcome low energy efficiency. This allows saving of the heating costs. In addition, wood is recently emerging as an alternative material for tall buildings, and all the materials of Korea Forest Service are made of woods, such as framework, walls, ceilings, and stairs. Furthermore, as one research team in Korea is gearing up to develop engineered wood, a five story wooden building which passed the fire resistance test has been constructed in Yeongju, Gyeongbuk Province. Furthermore, as the number of consumers who prefer wooden houses is on the rise, now they can be mass-produced in a factory, which are called modular wooden houses. They are gaining popularity from consumers due to their outstanding economic efficiency as well as construction efficiency. We look into wooden architecture, which will become a new growth engine in the future for the construction industry.
The agri-food sector is the industry responsible for feeding us with various types of food and maintaining our health. Recently, it is fast is evolving with the introduction of cutting-edge technology. Korea's agri-food industry is growing every day, from smart farms to cultivate crop in optimal conditions to new seeds development with superior qualities. Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, and Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation held a large-scale export fair, providing good opportunities for domestic agri-food companies to expand into the global market and to give a boost to the industry. 200-plus overseas buyers came to Korea to attend the export fair. Many products were introduced from various agricultural products cultivated in Korea to home meal replacement. Meanwhile, one company attending the export fair drew a lot of attention by selling red or black ginseng processed from white ginseng. The quality of the product was largely improved due to the process to minimize the loss of ginseng extracts without burning or breaking ginseng, and thanks to such technology, it is welcomed by many overseas markets, such as U.S., Canada and Hong Kong. We explore the current state of Korea's agri-food industry, which is penetrating the overseas market and raising its competitiveness in the global market with all the know-how.
Salt has been managed as an important resource for a long time. There is a company which is developing salt, hidden natural resource in the sea, into various products to bring more abundance in our lives. 'Youngjin Green Foods' is a company dedicated to producing and distributing edible salt for the last 40 years. It is able to produce good quality salts by deploying its unique technology different from the technology used in general salt fields. First, PVC vinyl flooring used for the place where salt is harvested in some salt fields, has been replaced with natural ceramic tiles. It allows salt to be safe from the risk of endocrine disruptors that can be found in the floor. In addition, it goes through an additional process called 'washing with high concentration seawater' to enhance the quality of hygiene and the taste. Moreover, the company has developed various unique products loved by consumers, such as the soy sauce by using natural ingredients instead of artificial sweeteners or solid toothpaste mixed with bamboo salt and xylitol without preservative ingredients. We look into Youngjin Green Foods, which is penetrating into the global market, taking advantage of the value of natural resources.