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  • January 19, 2016 10:08

France: new auction labeling system affecting the oak prices?

French oak sawmill owners hope for the best and preferably faster, obviously. Even though they doubted that the so-called labeled auctions (i.e. under the labels of quality, as in FSC etc.) would have any immediate impact on the price of logs, they were hoping for the oak prices to stabilize. However, this does not seem to be the case judging by the results of the most recent auctions.... [more...]

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  • January 13, 2016 08:54

Illegal logging in Romania- now a threat to national security

Romania is taking action in order to protect its forests destroyed by 25 years of illegal logging. The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has enacted the new Forest law, adopted late last year by parliament. The law defines illegal logging as well as any action “which endangers the country’s water, forests and land” as a threat to national security... [more...]

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  • December 23, 2015 05:03

Chinese wood imports expected to grow massively by 2020

The lack of forest resources, wood quality, and some structural problems, are issues that on the short term can't be fundamentally solved by the Chinese government. Faced with an insufficient forestry development, China's huge wood demand, driven by the country's economic and social evolution, cannot be satisfied by domestic resources and will have to rely more and more on imports... [more...]

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  • December 04, 2015 08:14

The global forest industry in the 3Q/2015

Sawlog prices have trended downward in most markets worldwide for the past five quarters, resulting in the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declining by over 14% in one year. In the 3Q/15, the GSPI was at its lowest level since the 2Q/09. The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI) has dropped 24% the past 18 months to US$94.10/m3 (€84.67/m3) in the 3Q/15. This decline is the result of slowing demand for lumber in some markets as well as weaker currencies throughout Europe... [more...]

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  • November 12, 2015 13:01

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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  • November 10, 2015 09:41

German logs too expensive to face international competition

Worldwide roundwood prices are falling, but there is still a constant distance between the high German and significantly lower international softwood roundwood prices, which determines a crucial competitive disadvantage for the German sawmill industry. Although the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) has fallen to a six-year low, the German sawyers can not benefit... [more...]

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  • November 03, 2015 09:29

Demand for German oak lumber continues to rise

Demand for German oak lumber has been rising for years and this trend is set to continue. Accordingly, German sawmills continue to ask for increasing amounts of roundwood. Both wood furniture as well as the wood flooring industry are still dominated by oak. German sawmills are currently satisfied with the European markets, however the situation seems to change in Asia. German oak lumber producers who focus on the Chinese, Asian market, report an increasingly problematic market situation since the middle of the year... [more...]

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  • October 30, 2015 12:39

German beech lumber producers satisfied with current business situation

The German beech sawyers are so far largely satisfied of their business in 2015. According to various German manufacturers, the main reason for this positive trend seems to be the stable European market, where Western and Northern markets have performed well. On contrast, no positive signals come from Eastern and Southern Europe, where difficulties continue to arise. Processors who supply to Russia report slow lumber deliveries due to falling demand. Now German sawyers take advantage of markets where in the past had little penetration: the strong dollar opened business opportunities in the United States. Price reductions of American manufacturers weren't able to compensate the currency advantage... [more...]

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  • October 15, 2015 14:02

Ponsse: Market entry in China is still tough

At this year's AUSTROFOMA, the Austrian forestry machine fair, IHB/Fordaq had the opportunity to chat with two representatives of the Chinese branch of the Finnish forest machine manufacturer. Risto Kääriäinen, Managing Director of Ponsse China Ltd, said that business is currently difficult because of the slowing growth in China. But that's not the main reason. In China modern forest machines are not unknown, but definitely still uncommon. There are three main reasons: firstly, the low level of wages in China and thus comparatively low labor costs. This contrasts with the second- most entrepreneurs are still hesitant with extremely large investments. Thirdly... [more...]

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  • October 01, 2015 12:27

Sawmills in U.S. South and Russia achieve highest global sawmilling earnings

Since 2008 till until very recenty the U.S. South had had the best figures in terms of sawmilling industry sales. The ongoing decline in foreign currency exchange rates of major producing and exporting regions against the U.S. dollar caused a massive erosion of lumber prices in many markets around the world. Nevertheless, the situation on some markets has changed dramatically... [more...]

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