Special Reports

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  • August 21, 2014 16:02

    Global trade of woodworking technology still in crisis

    The figures of the global industry of woodworking technology, processed by the Acimall Studies Office, are clear: all major international competitors recorded a negative trend. Export decreased in Germany (1,715 million Euro, minus 3.1 percent compared to 2012), though it was compensated by a strong domestic market. Same 3.1 percent decrease, down to 1,111 million Euro, also for export in Italy, a downward trend that had already emerged at the end of 2012 and... [more...]

  • August 12, 2014 09:15

    Greenpeace accuses FSC of 'certifying' the destruction of Russian forests

    Greenpeace released a report at the beginning of this month in which exposes the failure of the main forest certification system, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), to protect primary forests remaining in Russia, including legally protected areas. Greenpeace says that through forest certification, some forest companies are making destructive practices... [more...]

  • August 05, 2014 09:06

    France: Recent auctions reveal rising hardwood prices

    The hardwood market in France continues to be very fierce this summer. The results of recent public hardwood auctions organized at the end of the first half of the year confirm the strong demand in almost all species and in all types of products. June auctions in the east of France, such as that of Courlaoux in the Jura region, were highly competitive and were largely characterized by firm prices and low unsold volumes... [more...]

  • July 28, 2014 09:30

    EU pellet demand expected to more than triple by 2020

    The EU is the world’s largest wood pellets market, with a consumption of about 17.5 MMT of pellets in 2013. Based on the EC mandates and Member State incentives, the demand is expected to expand further to nearly 21.0 MMT in 2015. Consumption forecasts for 2020 range from 50 – 80 MMT (AEBIOM). Future consumption will however, depend on a range of market factors and in particular Member State incentives... [more...]

  • July 25, 2014 13:28

    British softwood lumber imports on the rise

    The United Kingdom is now in a kind of economic boom in the middle of a struggling Europe. Growth jumped 0.8% in the first quarter of this year, and forecasts are even more positive estimating a +3% rise in GDP for the whole 2014. Also, the construction sector returned to the pre-crisis level of 2008... [more...]

  • July 23, 2014 14:05

    China- A more attractive destinaton for the European lumber

    After a booming 2013, when European sawmills tripled their exports to China, it seems that the start of 2014 continues on the same pattern. Backed by an expanding Chinese housing market and a corresponding rising timber demand, the EU countries begin to make their presence felt in China... [more...]

  • July 17, 2014 11:02

    North American lumber industry threatened by aboriginal land ruling

    A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada on aboriginal land could have a severe impact on North American lumber supply almost as the one caused by the mountain pine beetle. The Canadian Court's unanimous decision back on June 26 related to a 30-year-plus land dispute between the Tsilhqot’in Nation and the British Columbia and Canadian governments, entitles the B.C. First Nation to dictate what logging and other activities take place on its newly recognized 1,700 square kilometres of land... [more...]

  • July 14, 2014 11:06

    Global softwood lumber production expected to rise 24% by 2020

    Global softwood lumber production bottomed out in 2009 at 264 million m3, climbed in 2010 to 288 million m3, and in 2012 expanded to 306 million m3. In comparing 2010 with the base-case forecast for 2020, the production of global softwood lumber is expected to rise by 24% (2.4% per year), with a volume increase... [more...]

  • July 11, 2014 12:22

    Auctions in France reveal rising demand and prices for fir and spruce

    Recent auctions organized in eastern France confirm that fir and spruce demand remains high and prices are on the same upward trend as in the last three months (April-June 2014)... [more...]

  • June 18, 2014 08:56

    Interview with Mr. Gerald Schweighofer

    Gerald Schweighofer, the man behind Holzindustrie Schweighofer, is kindly answering in this interview on the past, present and future strategy and investments of Holzindustrie Schweighofer. Also, Mr. Schweighofer openly talks about matters such as: illegal logging, booming timber exports to China and the overall position of Holzindustrie Schweighofer in the country where it has made its highest investments... [more...]