• Interior October 17, 2014 08:43

    China's furniture exports fall as demand from EU and US weakens

    According to the latest statistics from China Customs, the value of China's furniture exports has declined year-on-year for two consecutive quarters. The value of China's furniture and parts exports fell 8.1% to US$11.31 billion in the first quarter and fell 7.6% in the second quarter. The main reason... [more...]

  • Sawmilling October 17, 2014 07:27

    Interfor to market Ilim Timber’s products in North America

    Interfor Corporation and Ilim Timber announced today they have reached an agreement under which Interfor will market Ilim Timber’s European lumber products in North America... [more...]

  • Sawmilling October 16, 2014 14:35

    DLH moves ahead with the process of selling the company

    As the sales processes of the business entities are progressing, DLH takes further initiatives in order to dissolve the HQ in Denmark. The remaining HQ employees, including the CEO and CFO, will leave the company no later than 30 April 2015... [more...]

  • Market Prices October 16, 2014 13:58

    Lithuania: Roundwood prices on the rise

    The declining trend in Lithuanian roundwood prices which started in April stopped in July. Except spruce, prices for all sawlogs picked up as compared to the previous month. Moreover, prices for almost all assortments are well above the levels of last year. The price of pine, birch and alder are higher over July by between €0.50 and almost €3 per cubic meter (for birch). Noticeable is the surprising price surge for small-sized softwood, which is almost €10/m3 more expensive as compared to June... [more...]

  • Pulp and Paper October 16, 2014 09:59

    Tembec requests Canadian Government to solve trade dispute with China

    Tembec is requesting that International Trade Minister of Canada, Ed Fast, to enter into World Trade Organization (WTO) discussions with China to resolve the trade dispute related to dissolving pulp... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
    Sawmilling October 16, 2014 07:46

    EU veneer market hits bottom

    The latest Eurostat data shows that the EU market for veneers has suffered severely in recent years. The supply of veneers to the EU fell 33% between 2007 and 2013 due to the combined effects of economic crises, the decline of domestic plywood manufacturing capacity and competitive pressure from a wide variety of substitute wood and non-wood materials... [more...]

  • Interior October 16, 2014 06:50

    Cooperation between Italian and Chinese furniture makers

    Federlegno Arredo Eventi and BolognaFiere have recently introduced the „Club, Made in Italy‟ which will promote the Italian wood furnishings industry to Chinese manufacturers. As a result of an agreement signed earlier this year the two entities will create a joint venture in China called... [more...]

  • Panels October 15, 2014 15:03

    European imports of plywood from China edge 7% higher

    The decline in EU plywood imports from China recorded last year has been reversed in the first half of 2014. With an overall European positive trend in imports of plywood (+7% in half 1), backed by rising purchases from major suppliers such as Russia (+21%) and Brazil (+9%), China has exported plywood worth... [more...]

  • Panels October 15, 2014 14:18

    Dürr AG acquires HOMAG for €228 million

    Dürr has completed the majority acquisition of HOMAG Group AG, which had been announced on July 15, 2014. Dürr Technologies GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dürr AG, now holds 55.9% of HOMAG’s capital. A sum of € 228.1 million was paid for the acquisition. HOMAG is being fully consolidated within... [more...]

  • Market Prices October 15, 2014 13:44

    Germany: Oak lumber exports and prices in July

    In July, exports of German oak lumber ranged more than 39% above the previous year. For the period of the first seven months, exports were about a quarter more than in the same period of 2013. Main reason for this sharp increase is the upward trend in exports to Asia, mainly to Vietnam and China. In January-July 2014, statistics show a 223% volume increase in shipments to Vietnam, and 104% surge in deliveries to China... [more...]

special report France: Sawyers face problems as softwood log prices are increasing

France: Sawyers face problems as softwood log prices are increasing

The fall-winter softwood auction campaign organized by ONF (France's National Office of Forests) in France was launched on highly dynamic bases. French sawmills face increasing supply problems, which are particularly noticeable in the mountains of the east and especially in Jura region. For example, the auction organized in Champagnole on September 17 resulted in only 2% unsold volume and a new quarterly price increase...[ more...]

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