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  • Special Reports
  • August 17, 2015 15:19

Russian wood pellet production expected to rise, driven by EU demand

Russian wood pellet production growth is largely encouraged by the increasing interest of the EU countries for for biofuel. Today, Russia is the third largest exporter of wood pellets to the EU, after the United States and Canada. According to Rosstat (Russian Federal Statistical Service), Russia produced 878,000 metric tons of wood pellets in 2014, nearly double from 2012... [more...]

  • Special Reports
  • July 31, 2015 07:06

Romanian Ministry of Environment finds evidence of illegal activities at Holzindustrie Schweighofer

The Romanian Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests today announced that following an investigation of Holzindustrie Schweighofer's operations in the country, which started in May this year, a report will be handled over to the Prosecutor's Office of Romania's Supreme Court of Justice. It seems that the decision comes after some constitutive elements of crimes were found during the investigation... [more...]

  • Special Reports
  • July 20, 2015 13:21

North American composite panel market to see strong growth by 2022

After a dismal decade, North American composite panel producers can finally breathe a sigh of relief: the worst is over and the future is looking positive. The composite panel market peaked in 2005, followed by a steep decline and bottomed out in 2009. Since then the market has been growing, stimulated by the economic recovery and the revival of the furniture and construction markets which are the growth engines for composite panels... [more...]

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  • Special Reports
  • July 09, 2015 11:43

French softwood market is getting sluggish

In the latent crisis conditions, it's not surprising that the French softwood sawn timber market is deteriorating. Since the beginning of 2015, sawnwood prices went down by around 5%...... [more...]

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  • July 06, 2015 10:38

Russia considers ban on roundwood exports to Finland

Russia might restrict roundwood exports to Finland due to Helsinki’s refusal to grant entry visas to six Russian officials... [more...]

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  • June 29, 2015 10:09

Oak continues its momentum in France

For French forest owners there are some good news. For French sawyers, it's rather the opposite. The latest public auction organized in France in mid 2015, shows no pause in the oak roundwood market. Actually, the contrary can be noticed, with new tensions on supplies to sawmills resulting in significant price increases in many French production areas since the beginning of 2015... [more...]

  • Special Reports
  • June 23, 2015 08:16

China extends commercial logging bans; wood imports expected to climb by 95 million m3/yr

The ban will reduce China's timber output by 50 million cubic meters per year ... [more...]

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  • June 17, 2015 09:40

SBP- an alternative to EN-plus certification in Russia?

Despite the popularity of the pellet quality certificate EN-plus, with the course of time there appear new players on the biomass certification market. For example, SBP or the Sustainable Biomass Partnership... [more...]

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  • May 27, 2015 12:10

Lumber prices in U.S. to rebound in 2015 on rising housing starts and Chinese demand

Analysts forecast a price of US$360/mbf by year-end from current US$260/mbf. Lumber futures, which dropped to three-year low in the week ended May 15, have since rebounded by 15%, with July futures closing at US$269.60 per thousand board ft. (mbf) on May 21... [more...]

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  • May 18, 2015 13:08

Schweighofer threatens to withdraw from Romania due to the new Forestry Code

A huge scandal is ongoing in Romania's forest industry. On one side, the population which accuses the destruction of the country's forests, domestic wood processers who face bankruptcy, mass-media and NGO's who support both sides. On the other side, politicians, often accused as complices to the clearcutting of large portions of Romanian forests for profit and for failing to control illegal logging. All of this, Romanians say, for the interest of large foreign companies such as Holzindustrie Schweighofer... [more...]

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