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  • Wood energy
  • February 10, 2016 14:41

German Pellets files for insolvency

After heavy financial difficulties in the last period, this news doesn't come as a suprise. German Pellets has today filed for insovency at Amtsgericht Schwerin, Germany... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • February 10, 2016 14:26

Dynamics of the wood market in Belarus in January 2016

In January 2016, the total amount of exchange transactions for roundwood, sawn timber and standing wood in Belarus came up to ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • February 10, 2016 13:04

Losses of EUR 500 million expected in the Romanian forest industry, due to the current crisis

As a recap, Romanian wood buyers started boycotting in December timber auctions of Romsilva, the company that manages state forests in Romania. The boycott was itself linked to the changes in Romsilva’s sales regulations that led to major increases in prices. ... [more...]

  • Panels
  • February 10, 2016 10:32

KKR buys 50% stake in Välinge

KKR, a global investor, has announced the signing of three agreements to ultimately acquire a combined 50% stake in Välinge, a Swedish industrial R&D company founded and owned by the Pervan family. Through the agreements, KKR will acquire the two 20% stakes of the current minority owners, Kronospan and Swiss Krono Group... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • February 10, 2016 09:18

Sharp increase in EU imports of tropical LVL, mouldings and flooring

European imports of tropical timber showed healthy growth between January and November of last year, with total value rising 15% to euro 2.059bn (2014: euro 1.788bn). The first quarter of 2015 was particularly strong, with an increase of 20.5% over the still relatively weak first three months of 2014. After a dip in summer 2015, imports picked up again between September and November last year... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • February 10, 2016 08:13

Canada looking for new markets for low grade sawn softwood

The decline in Canada’s sawnwood exports to China has sent sawmills looking for alternative export markets. Possible candidates to make up for the weak market outlook in China are South Korea, Japan, India and possibly other Asian markets ... [more...]

  • Wood energy
  • February 10, 2016 07:07

North American wood pellet exports reach new high in the 3Q/2015

The wood pellet industry keeps investing in new production capacity in the US South because of higher pellet demand in the United Kingdom. In the 3Q/15, 77% of North America’s pellet exports were from the southeastern US... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • February 09, 2016 12:23

Södra has sold SödraSmart technology to Smartax AB

Södra has sold production technology of wall systems SödraSmart to Smartax AB. Smartax AB takes over the production and sale of SödraSmart from March 1, 2016. Smartax will continue working on developing SödraSmart to meet market needs... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • February 09, 2016 10:44

The Albanian parliament has approved a 10 year moratorium on logging for industrial purposes and export

The Albanian parliament has approved a 10 year moratorium on logging for industrial purposes and export. The country has also vowed to crack down on rampant illegal tree-felling, which is blamed for causing 10 times as much deforestation as legal logging... [more...]

  • Pulp and Paper
  • February 09, 2016 10:25

Valmet supplied folding boxboard production line for Metsä Board Husum mill in Sweden

Valmet supplied coated board production line for Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up at the company's Husum mill in Sweden. The new machine produces high-quality folding boxboard with an annual capacity of ... [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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