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  • Panels
  • October 09, 2015 15:20

EPF launches the project “Compulsory E1”

The European Wood-Based Panel Federation (EPF) announced the new panEuropean project “Compulsory E1” that seeks to ensure common legislation throughout Europe for the production, import and marketing of wood-based panels, and of products made from them at E1 level (or below)... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 14:01

French Thébault group invests €10 million in plywood production

French group Thébault plans an investment plan of 10 millions € over the years 2015 and 2016. The investments will concern all production sites mainly in France but also in Gabon... [more...]

  • Interior
  • October 09, 2015 12:47

US furniture imports from China more competitive

The decline in US consumer confidence affects furniture demand, but on the positive side unemployment remains low and wages are growing. The strong growth in home sales and new construction is excellent news for furniture manufacturers and retailers... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 10:39

Sweden: Softwood lumber exports increase considerably in the first half

In the first half of 2015, Sweden has exported about 6,7 million cubic meters of sawn and planed softwood lumber. This represents a 27% increase over the same period of 2014. The main export markets for the Swedish lumber were the United Kingdom and Egypt, followed by Germany and Norway... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 09:20

Purchasing competition for African timber

During this year's International Hardwood Conference (IHC) held in Copenhagen from 16-18 September, Mr. Ad Wesselink, Managing Director of Netherlands based Wijma presented the current state of the African timber market. He identified purchasing competition from Chinese companies – which do not have to verify the legality of their purchases – and Chinese investments in Africa as key challenges for European companies active in African timber trade and manufacturing... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 08:16

Chinese logs&lumber imports hit lowest level in five years

Importation of softwood logs and lumber to China has fallen from a peak of 900 million dollars in April last year to only 500 million dollars in August 2015. The average cost of imported softwood lumber has declined 15% in 12 months, with European lumber prices having fallen the most.... [more...]

  • Panels
  • October 08, 2015 15:41


The next event is still three months away, but it's meeting with a tremendous response on the part of the market, with almost all show’s available space already booked. All signs are already pointing to a winning DOMOTEX 2016 (16 to 19 January) in Hannover, Germany... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 08, 2015 13:39

Ghana: Healthy wood products export growth in the first seven months

Ghana exported a total 207,051 cu.m of wood products during the period January to July 2015 up 17% year on year. The corresponding value for exports in the same period was euro 105.77million, up 47% year on year. The main export products in the January to July period were sawnwood (air and kiln dry), plywood to regional markets, teak poles and billets of teak, wawa, ceiba, gmelina and papao/apa... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 08, 2015 11:27

US-Canada softwood lumber agreement ends October, 12

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the 2006 softwood lumber agreement between the United States and Canada will terminate on 12 October 2015, and that CBP will discontinue enforcement of the regulations implementing the 2006 softwood lumber agreement effective 13 October 2015... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • October 08, 2015 10:41

Germany: Wood products prices drop in August

In August, the German producer prices for wood products have predominantly tended downwards. Compared to July, only boards, battens and stock timber were on a rising price trend. Eight of the 17 analyzed wood products have become cheaper over the previous month, while six show an unchanged price level. The price for laminate flooring, raw particleboard and KVH has declined... [more...]

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special report

Sawmills in U.S. South and Russia achieve highest global sawmilling earnings

Since 2008 till until very recenty the U.S. South had had the best figures in terms of sawmilling industry sales. The ongoing decline in foreign currency exchange rates of major producing and exporting regions against the U.S. dollar caused a massive erosion of lumber prices in many markets around the world. Nevertheless, the situation on some markets has changed dramatically... [ more...]

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