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  • Forestry
  • November 27, 2015 11:04

ISC 2015: Worldwide softwood lumber production rising steadily

The global production of softwood lumber is steadily increasing, with Europe still the largest producer (300 million cubic meters per year) and drivers of demand in North America and China. The per capita consumption is highest in North America, while in Europe, Finland, Sweden, Austria and Latvia top the list.... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • November 27, 2015 09:23

Accsys doubles capacity of Accoya wood in Arnhem

Accsys, the chemical technology group, has reached a new agreement with Solvay Acetow Gmbh for the licensing, marketing and manufacturing of Accoya®. This new agreement provides the framework and funding for a significant increase in the manufacturing capacity in Arnhem, the Netherlands... [more...]

Wood Construction
  • Wood Construction
  • November 27, 2015 08:44

Wood and natural fibre composites- current trend in consumer goods

More and more companies specifically use wood and natural fibre plastic granulates in consumer goods like watchcases, toys, combs or trays – the unique look and feel give the impression of a high-value product and are well received by customers. For many years research institutes and industrial labs have been developing Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) and use the materials in small series of consumer goods. So far relevant volumes are only placed at the decking market. But it seems that the time has come to implement these materials in large-scale production.... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 26, 2015 13:09

China: Free trade zone in Manzhouli Port

China has signed many free trade agreements as part of it trade development strategy. Current agreements cover 22 countries and regions such as the ten ASEAN countries, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Iceland, Switzerland, South Korea and Australia... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 26, 2015 12:02

Latvia's forest products exports up 3%

In the first nine months of 2015, Latvia exported forest products in the value of EUR 1.532 billion, an increase of 3 percent as compared to the same period of last year, when Latvian exports came up to 1.489 billion... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • November 26, 2015 10:00

US softwood lumber price drops as buyers shift into holiday mode

Framing lumber prices softened in the week ending Nov. 20 as producers struggled to sell their output, with the biggest drops in Southern pine as producers cut key #2 prices in double digits, reported Random Lengths in its weekly Lumber Market Report. The Framing lumber composite dropped US$10 (3.07%) to $316 per thousand board ft. (mbf) – down $47 (12.95%) from the price at this time last year of $363/mbf... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 26, 2015 09:10

John Deere reports 32% quarterly drop in sales of forestry and construction equipment

For the fourth quarter ended October 31, worldwide net sales of John Deere registered a decline of 25 percent, to $6.715 billion, and decreased 20 percent, to $28.863 billion, for the 12 months of the company's fiscal year... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 15:01

Forest products markets in Europe and North America remain weak

Markets show signs of rising consumption for some forest products, though the picture is far from consistent In Europe and North America, forest products consumption is strongly related to construction. The hoped-for recovery from the trough of the 2008 global financial crisis has not materialized. Housing starts in Europe and North America are still only about two-thirds of what they were in 2000... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 13:37

Resolute regains FSC certification in Ontario

Resolute Forest Products announced the reinstatement of its Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest in Northwestern Ontario. The certificate had been temporarily suspended in January 2014 following an audit by Rainforest Alliance... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • November 25, 2015 12:37

Chile and Latvia seek PEFC re-endorsement

The CERTFOR Chile System and the Latvia PEFC Certification Scheme have become the latest systems to seek PEFC endorsement for the third time. Stakeholders globally are invited to provide feedback on their compliance with PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks by 18 January 2016... [more...]

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special report
ISC 2015: Inconsistent softwood lumber markets; EOS and ETTF urge for caution

ISC 2015: Inconsistent softwood lumber markets; EOS and ETTF urge for caution

The International Softwood Conference took place from 4 to 6 November in Amsterdam. Some 130 industry representatives attended the conference hosted by the Dutch Timber Trade Federation (NTTA). The venue was held in Koepelkerk, a domed church from the 17th century, home of the largest organ still in operation in the Netherlands. The first day, primarily focused on the European and American timber markets. Sampsa Auvinen, President of the European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) and Andreas von Möller, President of the European Timber Trade Association ETTF, gave an overview of the current status of the European markets from a producer and a buyer perspective.... [ more...]

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