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  • April 02, 2014 11:18

    Top North American lumber producers in 2013: large companies continue to expand

    The top 20 Canadian companies managed to increase their market share of total Canadian lumber exports, from 79,8% in 2012 to 80,5% in 2013. Canfor has once again remained the top Canadian lumber producer with an output of 4.2 billion bf. In the US, Weyerhaeuser leads the way with a total lumber production of 3,2 billion bf... [more...]

  • March 31, 2014 10:13

    France: auctions reveal record sale volumes of hardwood; prices on the rise

    The conclusion is clear. The first quarter of 2014 has just ended and tensions of wood purchases in France remain alive. In a large region of north-east France, the auctions registered record levels of timber trade volumes: 'Never seen in many years', as a buyer said... [more...]

  • March 20, 2014 11:57

    EU: Imports of wood pellets booming again in 2013

    The European Commission recently presented the 2030 policy framework for climate and energy, where expectations are that by 2030, the share of renewable energy will be of at least 27%. In this respect, the recent years European policies on biomass have driven consumption of wood pellets up to new records every year. For example, consumtion of pellets in the European Union increased almost 4 times from 2006 to 2013 (from 4,6 million tonnes, up to 16 million in 2013). Based on the targets set by the European authorities, some forecasts, like the one of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), predict that by 2020 consumption of wood pellets in the EU will reach 50-80 million tonnes... [more...]

  • March 12, 2014 09:24

    Stora Enso plans to gradually decrease its dependence on the weak European markets

    Stora Enso's dependence on the weak European paper market has declined significantly over the past year. In the future, Stora Enso also plans to rely less on the European markets, as new pulp and packaging projects in South America and China are ongoing... [more...]

  • March 04, 2014 09:53

    Comment: The Crimean crisis and the possible repercussions for the European timber market

    Recent escalations of tensions in Crimea between Russia and Ukraine have hit the worldwide markets on Monday. The Russian stock market was the most affected and slumped over 11% when trading began on Monday. Apart from the political aspects of the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, there are some concerns over the stability of the European and global timber market... [more...]

  • February 19, 2014 17:00

    Europe: demand for wood pellets still huge in 2013

    EU's renewable energy policies have led to major changes in the European wood industry. The conversion of major power plants from coal to biomass, as well as the intensive promotion of biomass in the heating sector have generated a huge demand for wood pellets in Europe. The booming demand is still ongoing: from the latest statistics released by Eurostat we can notice that from January to November 2013, EU's pellet imports have surged, in quantity, by 36 percent. In value, the increase is almost the same... [more...]

  • February 18, 2014 10:26

    French sawyers launch manifesto against massive exports of roundwood to China

    A growing number of French sawyers don't want to stand indifferent as their raw material is being exported to China or other low-wage countries, while they find it increasingly difficult to provide roundwood themselves. Since early February, some 100 sawmills have joined into a protest group called ''Collectif Scieries de France'' and launched a manifesto entitled: ''France silvicultural heritage sold to Asia: call for a national protest''... [more...]

  • February 12, 2014 13:46

    FSC certificate suspended for IKEA's subsidiary, Swedwood Karelia

    Following an investigation by the NEPcon audit company, the FSC forest management certification issued to Swedwood Karelia, a subsidiary of IKEA, was suspended. Swedwood was accused of ''felling the last untouched taiga sites'' in Northern Karelia and also that it had clear-cut areas of old-growth forest containing 200-600 year-old trees... [more...]

  • February 10, 2014 11:39

    France: maritime pine prices on an upward trend

    There are good news for forest owners in Western France. The prices for maritime pine have recovered. In one year, a particularly noticeable increase was registered in small wood thinning (10 to 20%.... [more...]

  • February 07, 2014 13:04

    Finnish forest industry in 2013: slow growth due to challenging European market

    Finland's wood products industry’s production volume exceeded the 10 million cubic metre mark, totalling 10.1 million cubic metres, which represents a seven per cent increase from the previous year. Exports to countries outside Europe increased, especially to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. However, the Finnish paper industry’s situation continued to be challenging in 2013 due to the weak economic situation in Europe and declining demand for graphic papers. In 2013, a total of 10.6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard were produced in Finland. This is one per cent less than in 2012... [more...]