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  • Market Prices September 19, 2014 13:06

    Estonia: Roundwood prices in July

    Estonian sawlog prices have registered some mixed results in July this year. Pine sawlogs price has continued the favourable upward trend which was recorded throughout the year... [more...]

  • Forestry September 19, 2014 12:40

    NOREXECO licensed to operate as a regulated forestry and paper marketplace/exchange

    The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has given NOREXECO ASA a license to operate as a regulated market exchange. NOREXECO plans to open up for trading before the end of 2014 and will become the world’s first and only dedicated exchange for pulp and recycled paper. The license covers financial derivatives within forestry and paper. The first product listed on NOREXECO will be pulp (softwood and hardwood)... [more...]

  • Market Prices September 19, 2014 11:32

    Germany expands sawn pine lumber exports to China and Egypt in the first half

    Germany’s sawn pine lumber exports jumped in volume by about 29% in the first half. In value, the increase was slightly higher (33%) supported by a surge in export price: the average price of €172.72/cubic meter registered in H1/2013, moved up in H1/2014 to €178.10/cbm... [more...]

  • Wood energy
    Wood energy September 19, 2014 11:07

    13th Pellets Industry Forum: Meeting point for the international pellets industry

    Following a year’s break, experts from across the German and international pellets industry are convening once again at the Berlin Congress Center (bcc) in 2014 to exchange knowledge and network. The 13th Pellets Industry Forum, which takes place from October 14–15, 2014, focuses on providing an overview of the current market developments and technological innovations. The conference’s range of topics is aimed at stakeholders from both the heating and electricity markets... [more...]

  • Interior September 19, 2014 10:21

    IKEA plans to invest EUR 2 billion in Russia by 2020

    Swedish furniture retailer IKEA plans to invest around EUR 2 billion by 2020 in new and existing mega shopping malls in Rusia, reaffirming long-term expansion plans for the country despite an economic downturn... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
    Sawmilling September 19, 2014 09:15

    Minor recovery in EU imports of sawn tropical hardwood

    EU imports of sawn tropical hardwood were 493,000 cu.m in the first half of 2014, 4% more than the same period in 2013. Imports from Cameroon fell 11% to 144,000 cu.m. However, this decline was offset by rising imports from Malaysia (+24% to 104,000 cu.m ), Brazil (+3% to 57,000 cu.m ), Gabon (+13% to 51,000 cu.m ), Ivory Coast (+14% to 40,000 cu.m ) and the Republic of Congo (+27% to 26 ,000 cu.m )... [more...]

  • Wood energy September 19, 2014 07:33

    New pellet plant project in Russia

    The group of companies Sintez will build a pellet plant with an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes in western Russia, Bryansk Oblast region. The investment will reach... [more...]

  • Panels September 18, 2014 11:20

    Kronospan starts OSB line testings at Mogilev, Belarus

    At the beginning of August, Kronospan has started testings of the OSB production line at Mogilev, Belarus. Notable is that the construction works started only one year ago. When running at full capacity in 2018, the plant will be producing annually... [more...]

  • Wood Construction September 18, 2014 10:21

    China's real estate market developing at higher pace

    Total investment in China's real estate was in the first seven months US$800 billion (5.04 trillion RMB), a nominal increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Investment in residential buildings was over US$545 billion, up 13.3% yoy, and it accounted for 68.2% of China's real estate development investment... [more...]

  • Panels September 18, 2014 10:04

    EPAL celebrates the production of 63.5 Million Euro pallets

    63.5 million EPAL Euro pallets have been produced in twelve months under the licence of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL). The number of repaired wooden pallets stands at 21.5 million... [more...]

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Is the VPA really driving up Indonesian wood products exports to EU?

In the past month, some international media reports have been talking about a supposed benefit of the VPA-FLEGT ratification, that has been pushing up Indonesian wood products export to the European Union in the first six months of the year. All these reports are quoting some statements belonging to the Indonesian Forestry Minister, Mr. Zulkifli Hassan. In fact, most of these statements are based either on adjusted, mistaken or false statiscs...[ more...]

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