• Sawmilling October 23, 2014 10:35

    Setra reports positive earnings despite challenging market

    Swedish wood products company Setra this week reported an operating profit of SEK 192 million (EUR 22,8 million) for the first three quarters of 2014... [more...]

  • Wood energy October 22, 2014 16:16

    Wood pellets exports from North America to Europe plateaued during the 1H/2014

    Pellet shipments from the US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the US South being up ten percent from the 4Q/13 to the 2Q/14, and Canadian volumes declining 25% during the same period. The new expanding markets for pellet producers in Western Canada have instead been Japan and South Korea... [more...]

  • Market Prices October 22, 2014 13:26

    Sweden: Sawlog prices fall in the third quarter

    Prices of sawlogs in Sweden (delivery timber) decreased by -6 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the prior quarter... [more...]

  • Forestry October 22, 2014 12:45

    92% of timber purchases in UK present negligible or managed risk of illegality

    The UK Timber Trade Federation's latest annual report on „Responsible Sourcing of Timber in the UK' shows that 92% of members' timber purchases in 2013 were negligible or managed risk of illegality... [more...]

  • Market Prices October 22, 2014 11:00

    Mixed price movements for Finnish logs in September

    In September, softwood log prices in Finland registered some interesting movements. Spruce logs price continued the recovery started in May and reached an average of €58.43 per cbm, close to the level of September 2013. Birch logs recorded a surprising... [more...]

  • Market Prices
    Market Prices October 22, 2014 08:52

    Forecast: Finnish forest industry’s export revenues will rise

    Weak economic growth will slow down the growth of Finnish forest industry’s exports this and next year. Despite this, the export revenues of all forestry products except for paper exports will rise. As a result of several investments the production capacities of pulp, paper board and sawmilling industries will increase next year... [more...]

  • Forestry
    Forestry October 21, 2014 15:01

    Major industry players meet at EXPOBOIS 2014

    EXPOBOIS together with the BOBAT news space, the exhibition for all wood transformation processes and uses, will be held from November 17th to 20th 2014, at Paris-Nord Villepinte (Hall 3). The event offers a comprehensive overview of equipment, products and services across six major sectors of the industry: first transformation, second transformation, wood energy, timber, wood furnishings and hardware and accessories. Nearly 300 companies and French and international brands will present their innovations and new products. The presence of large manufacturers in every sector of the show illustrates how well EXPOBOIS represents this market and strengthens is positioning as an essential meeting place for industry professionals in November... [more...]

  • Forestry October 21, 2014 14:02

    China's log imports grow 22%

    China's Custom has reported that between January and August this year Chinese log imports rose 22% to 35.38 million cubic metres. The top 5 countries in terms of log supply were... [more...]

  • Market Prices October 21, 2014 11:12

    EU: Price of wood pellets imported from the US lower than the average

    EU import prices of wood pellets from the United States are generally cheaper than from other major origin countries. As can be calculated from the latest figures of Eurostat, wood pellets acquired by the European countries from the U.S., in the first seven months of this year, are 17% cheaper than the overall import price: one tonne of imported pellets from the U.S. costs... [more...]

  • Panels
    Panels October 21, 2014 08:10

    China’s plywood market share in US rises

    US imports of hardwood plywood declined again in July. Imports were 26 5,480 cu.m, down 2% from June. Year-to-date imports were still 9% higher than in July 2013. Hardwood plywood imports from China... [more...]

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Comment: New EU energy deal to make Europe dependent on wood pellet imports

The new EU energy deal agreed last night has set some ambitious targets. A 27% quota for renewable energy will further make wood pellets an increasingly important source of energy. However, the ability of the EU countries to satisfy internal demand will not be able to keep up the pace with the expected 4-6 time rise in consumption, and will make Europe more and more dependent on imports, especially from the United States...[ more...]

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