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  • Forestry
  • February 08, 2016 16:01

Russian softwood lumber prices decreased by 22% in 2015

In 2015, sales of softwood lumber from Russia to foreign markets increased by 5% to 22.4 million m3. However, sales volume in value terms fell by $753 million to ... [more...]

  • Wood energy
  • February 08, 2016 15:32

HIT Torgau ends manufacturing agreement with German Pellets

On February 5th, the German wood processing company HIT Torgau has ended the supply contract with German Pellets. The reason, as HIT managing director Günther Hilmer stated, is the delay in payments... [more...]

  • Interior
  • February 08, 2016 13:03

IKEA boosted the South Korean furniture market

Since IKEA entered the retail sector in South Korea in 2015, the furniture market got explosive sales... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • February 08, 2016 10:24

U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 5, 2016

Solid carryover from last week’s more active finish extended order files and lifted framing lumber prices — some sharply. Many traders noted their most active week of early 2016; they covered near-term needs, and mills extended order files into mid- to late February. But some buyers held back, based on adequate inventories or on a sense of caution about the market’s near-term course. Even so, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $4, to $309... [more...]

  • Panels
  • February 08, 2016 09:43

Proteak's new MDF plant begins production in Mexico

Proteak announced the operations’ startup of its MDF plant in Huimanguillo, Tabasco, under the brand Tecnotabla. With state-of-the-art technology, this plant is the first of its kind in Mexico and will use FSC certified wood from the company’s own 100% sustainable plantations... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • February 08, 2016 09:12

European tropical log imports on the way up again

European imports of tropical logs gained ground in the first eleven months of last year, rising 14% to 158,954 cu.m.... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • February 05, 2016 15:05

Romania: Romsilva's management dismissed

The Romanian minister of Environment, Cristiana Pasca Palmer, has this week dismissed the president of Romsilva's (National Forest Administration of Romania) Board of Directors, Mr. Ilie Mihalache, and four other members of the Board... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • February 05, 2016 14:05

Consistent growth in tropical sawn wood imports across the EU

All the largest EU markets imported more tropical sawn wood in the first eleven months of 2015 compared to the previous year. Growth rates were quite evenly spread, ranging between +7% and +12%... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • February 05, 2016 13:05

Lumber productions in Canada dips in November

Canadian sawmill produced 5 584.7 thousand cubic metresof lumber in November 2015, a decrease of 1.7% as compared to October. As compared to November 2014, lumber production increased by 15.5%... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • February 05, 2016 10:34

UPM installed a new log sorting line at its Seikku sawmill

UPM's new high capacity log sorting line in Seikku sawmill in Pori is now in full operation. The new investment improves the overall production efficiency of the sawmill significantly because the previous bottle neck is completely renewed... [more...]

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special report
France: new auction labeling system affecting the oak prices?

France: new auction labeling system affecting the oak prices?

French oak sawmill owners hope for the best and preferably faster, obviously. Even though they doubted that the so-called labeled auctions (i.e. under the labels of quality, as in FSC etc.) would have any immediate impact on the price of logs, they were hoping for the oak prices to stabilize. However, this does not seem to be the case judging by the results of the most recent auctions.... [ more...]

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