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  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 15:01

Forest products markets in Europe and North America remain weak

Markets show signs of rising consumption for some forest products, though the picture is far from consistent In Europe and North America, forest products consumption is strongly related to construction. The hoped-for recovery from the trough of the 2008 global financial crisis has not materialized. Housing starts in Europe and North America are still only about two-thirds of what they were in 2000... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 13:37

Resolute regains FSC certification in Ontario

Resolute Forest Products announced the reinstatement of its Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest in Northwestern Ontario. The certificate had been temporarily suspended in January 2014 following an audit by Rainforest Alliance... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 12:37

Chile and Latvia seek PEFC re-endorsement

The CERTFOR Chile System and the Latvia PEFC Certification Scheme have become the latest systems to seek PEFC endorsement for the third time. Stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on their compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks by 18 January 2016... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • November 25, 2015 10:31

New Zealand: Log export prices rise on higher Chinese demand

New Zealand's log export prices jumped to 7-month high in November on increasing Chinese demand, the country's largest customer... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • November 25, 2015 08:47

SCM Group signs new partnership with Austria-based Handl

SCM Group has signed a collaboration agreement with Austrian dealer Handl. The agreement is for the distribution, service and technical support in the eight main Austrian regions (apart from Vorarlberg) for the entire range of the Group's brands... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 08:28

GS Group launched the Sudoma sawmill

The added-value wood processing plant, Sudoma Timber Mill, LLC., located in the village of Pskov, Russia, which has been under construction since 2013 has been launched last week... [more...]

Market Prices
  • Market Prices
  • November 24, 2015 15:03

Austrian wood pellets slightly more expensive this month

The price of wood pellets in Austria is rather stable in November 2015. One tonne of pellets is more expensive by only 0.5% as compared to October. The price currently stands at ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 24, 2015 13:01

ISC 2015: Softwood battles through headwinds back to growth

The consensus at the International Softwood Conference was that the industry is still dealing with the consequences of global recession in many areas. The international speaker line-up at the recent Amsterdam event highlighted different countries emerging from downturn at different rates. The industry was also coping with market shifts triggered, or accentuated by the crisis, most significantly Asia, and notably China’s rising influence... [more...]

  • Wood energy
  • November 24, 2015 12:23

Rusforest concludes sale of Arkhangelsk assets

RusForest AB has concluded the transaction for the sale of the Arkhangelsk business segment. RusForest has received the final payment of USD 1.9 million from the sale of the Arkhangelsk business segment initiated in December 2014... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • November 24, 2015 10:15

China: Sharp fall in import volumes and prices of logs

Chinese imports of logs have dropped significantly during the first three quarters of 2015. Imports were down 14 percent in volume and 31% in value as compared with the same period of 2014. Of the total log imports, softwood imports were valued at around US$2.8 billion on a volume of 22.8 million m³ (an average value of US$122/m³)... [more...]

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ISC 2015: Inconsistent softwood lumber markets; EOS and ETTF urge for caution

ISC 2015: Inconsistent softwood lumber markets; EOS and ETTF urge for caution

The International Softwood Conference took place from 4 to 6 November in Amsterdam. Some 130 industry representatives attended the conference hosted by the Dutch Timber Trade Federation (NTTA). The venue was held in Koepelkerk, a domed church from the 17th century, home of the largest organ still in operation in the Netherlands. The first day, primarily focused on the European and American timber markets. Sampsa Auvinen, President of the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) and Andreas von Möller, President of the European Timber Trade Association ETTF, gave an overview of the current status of the European markets from a producer and a buyer perspective.... [ more...]

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