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  • Market Prices
  • June 29, 2016 15:09

U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 25, 2016

Buyers kept a low profile, and soft pricing was more prevalent in framing lumber. Coming holiday weekends in Canada and the U.S. had traders working to pare inventories. Oppressive summer heat in the Southwest and Southeast was a factor limiting consumption. Traders also noted that customers — having covered many of their first-half needs — were waiting for purchases for new projects to get under way. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $1... [more...]

  • Interior
  • June 29, 2016 14:03

Sarawak to develop high value furniture manufacturing

The Sarawak state government is taking steps to boost competitiveness of its downstream timber industries in international markets. Among the steps being taken include establishing technical collaboration between industry players in support of research and development on acacia other plantation timbers for the manufacturing of high quality furniture... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • June 29, 2016 12:07

Worldwide softwood lumber trade at all-time high

Global softwood lumber trade reached an all-time high in 2015 when 118 million m3 was traded internationally. This year has started out with even higher volumes being traded around the world; the 1Q/16 shipments were approximately 20% higher than in the first quarter of 2015. All countries on the “top-10 import list” increased their lumber importation during the first few months this year with the biggest changes in import volumes being in the US, China and Egypt... [more...]

  • Panels
  • June 29, 2016 09:34

Imported laminated flooring popular in China

According to a recent market survey young Chinese consumers prefer imported laminated flooring over domestic products. The main reasons cited for this preference were the wide choice of colours especially if available in ‘pavement’ styles, even at the expense of foot comfort... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • June 29, 2016 08:44

Ponsse to invest in new production facilities in Vieremä, Finland

Ponsse invests in new production facilities in Vieremä. The new expansion is expected to be completed in autumn 2017. In addition to the new facilities, Ponsse will increase the level of automation in its production. The purpose of this investment is to manufacture products of an even higher level of quality, heavily improve productivity and offer a safe working environment... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • June 28, 2016 15:03

Södra grants SEK 1.7 million to new research projects

In recent years, the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education has distributed SEK 10-12 million per year to new research and development projects. Pulp grade, conservation values and seed cultivation are now the focus as a further SEK 1.7 million is distributed. To date in 2016, research projects for SEK 4.2 million have been approved... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • June 28, 2016 08:47

Södra to divest Södra Wood Rottne to Ess-Enn Timber AB

Södra is to divest Södra Wood Rottne in Rottne to Ess-Enn Timber in Skruv. Trade union negotiations are being initiated regarding the transfer of the operation. The transfer is scheduled to take place on 1 September. Södra Wood Rottne produces ...... [more...]

  • Panels
  • June 27, 2016 15:49

WMF in Beijing ends successfully

The largest woodworking machinery exhibition of its kind in Asia – Beijing Woodwork Fair 2016 (WMF) – successfully concluded on June 4, 2016. With “Comprehensive Showcase of Sustainable Automation & Smart Factory Solutions for the Woodworking & Furniture Industry” as ...... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • June 27, 2016 15:34

European parquet market grows by 0.5% in 2015

Confirming the January forecast of the FEP (European Federation of the Parquet Industry) issued at the start of the DOMOTEX fair in Hannover, the consolidated data provided by member companies and affiliated national associations indicates that the ...... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • June 27, 2016 14:51

Kronospan may build a particle board plant in the Russian Kaliningrad Region

Nikolai Tsukanov, the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region reported that in the short term the local government is going to sign an agreement with Kronospan, the international company who intends to build a particle board plant in the region... [more...]

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Slow US housing market affecting Canadian lumber producers

The US housing market is stumbling, which makes two of Canada’s top lumber producers, West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Corp., to suffer from a lower demand from the US... [ more...]

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