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  • Forestry
  • October 12, 2015 09:38

IHC 2015: Green building is a key new market opportunity

The afternoon session of this year's International Hardwood Conference, held in Copenhagen from 16-18 September, focussed on new market opportunities and the potential for increased use of hardwood as a construction material. Matti Kuittinen from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture reported a recent revival in wood construction. Besides single-family homes, several tall wooden buildings are under construction all over the world... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 12, 2015 09:10

Forecast: Finnish forest industry is expected to recover in 2016

The Finnish foresty industry production and exports remained flat this year unlike during previous years when an increase was recorded. However, according to a recently published Forestry Sector Economic Outlook, demand is expected to recover on the world market next year. It is expected that Finnish sawn timber and plywood output will decrease this year in comparison with the last one. Exports of sawn timber are forecast to remain at last year’s level, but unit prices will fall by a few percentage points... [more...]

  • Panels
  • October 12, 2015 08:28

India: Investment in lamination technology opens new opportunities

Recent development in further processing of wood based panels by Indian plywood and board manufacturers is having a positive impact especially in the cabinet and furniture making industries. Until recently plywood makers only sold raw panels for laminating elsewhere but now many panel makers have invested in laminating equipment... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 12, 2015 07:28

Russia exported 8% more lumber in Jan-Aug 2015

In the first 8 month of 2015 Russia exported less logs and more sawn timber than in the respective period of last year. These conclusions may be drawn based on the statistical data provided by the Russian Federal Statistics Service... [more...]

  • 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...]

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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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