the timber network

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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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  • May 13, 2015 12:24

Interzum 2015: Veneer industry sees light on the horizon

At Interzum fair held in May, 5-8 in Cologne, IHB-Fordaq asked the exhibitors how they estimate the current market situation. Almost all of them declared themselves more satisfied now than a year ago, with few exceptions... [more...]

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  • May 11, 2015 13:01

Chinese plywood target of EUTR enforcement activities

Earlier this year, the UK government published a report on EUTR enforcement measures targeting importers of Chinese plywood. The report was prepared by the National Measurements Office (NMO), the UK government agency responsible for EUTR. The report states that the focus on Chinese plywood is not due to concerns about illegal harvesting in China. Instead it is due to the perceived risks of China's high dependence on imports and the complexity of supply chains for plywood in China... [more...]

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  • April 27, 2015 15:00

Significant softwood price decline in the Eastern France

With the construction market in France having reduced by 40% since 2007, in terms of housing, how could the sawnwood prices remain stable? How could fir and spruce log prices keep their high levels of 2014, even though before they had been supported by the mild economic climate?... [more...]

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  • April 22, 2015 13:24

FORDAQ organizes new online auction of woodworking machinery

FORDAQ is organizing five new auction sales next month. From woodworking machines, such as sawing or moulding machines, to full painting lines and other products, our next auctions will be organized in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. The starting date will be May 5th and ending date on May 19th.... [more...]

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  • April 15, 2015 15:06

Hardwood prices remain stable in Switzerland despite Swiss franc appreciation

After all, it seems the major appreciation of the Swiss franc (CHF) hasn’t led to the disastrous consequences anticipated by the Swiss forest owners. On January 15, 2015, following the decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to end a currency cap that pegged the Swiss franc to the euro, the Swiss national currency soared by almost 20% in just one day. Currently, average exchange rate settled down at the level of 1 euro per 1,04 CHF (against 1,20 CHF before January 15)... [more...]

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  • April 03, 2015 14:16

Tree cover loss spikes in Russia and Canada, remains high globally

New, high-resolution satellite-based maps released today by the University of Maryland and Google on Global Forest Watch, a partnership of over 60 organizations convened by the World Resources Institute, reveal a significant recent surge in tree cover loss largely in Russia and Canada during 2013. There is also some good news, with a slowing of tree cover loss in Indonesia, though rates of loss continue a troubling rise across the tropics as a whole. These 2013 data are the first annual update to the influential “High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change” published in Science, and are the latest globally consistent estimates of tree cover loss available.... [more...]

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  • April 02, 2015 14:10

Excessive log exports to China exhaust French domestic market

Unfortunately this is not an April fool’s joke – according to Philippe Siat, the new president of France's FNB (Fédération Nationale du Bois), availability of oak sawlogs has halved in volume during last seven years in France, partly due to the major increase in exports to China. The situation is not new, and it's getting worse, the claims are known, but unlike last fall, the French authorities seem to take stock of the situation... [more...]

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  • March 30, 2015 08:28

Top North American lumber producers in 2014: Canadian sawmills continue to expand in the U.S.

Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers reported modest gains in 2014 as lumber demand continues to rise slowly (but steadily) in the U.S. as well as in key export markets. Total U.S. softwood lumber shipments increased 4.1% to 31.3 billion bf (73,1 million m3) and Canadian production recorded smaller gains, or +3.1% to 24.2 billion bf (57,1 million m3). Corporate acquisitions were again a big part of the story as the Canadian buying frenzy continued in the U.S. South – since 2004 when only 2 U.S. sawmills were owned by Canadian companies (only West Fraser), there are now more than 35 mills that have been purchased by Canadian firms in the South as well as the U.S. West... [more...]

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  • March 19, 2015 14:01

How can a flatline become a growth line? – The wood panel and decorative surfacing industry at crossroads

The European wood-based panel and decorative surfacing value chain is highly complex with a large number of players, different business models and levels of profitability. Although there are a number of exceptions, the industry as a whole is not as profitable as tobacco or pharmaceutical industries, to name only a few... [more...]

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