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  • September 16, 2014 06:00

    Is the VPA really driving up Indonesian wood products exports to EU?

    In the past month, some international media reports have been talking about a supposed benefit of the VPA-FLEGT ratification, that has been pushing up Indonesian wood products export to the European Union in the first six months of the year. All these reports are quoting some statements belonging to the Indonesian Forestry Minister, Mr. Zulkifli Hassan. In fact, most of these statements are based either on adjusted, mistaken or false statiscs... [more...]

  • September 12, 2014 12:43

    Infographic: Prices of imported wood pellets from U.S. trending downwards

    A 3 percent decline in the average price of imported pellets from the United States can be noticed in the first five months. Relatively low shipping costs to Europe, favourize wood pellets producers from the U.S. Thus, EU purchases from America are generally cheaper than imports from other major source countries... [more...]

  • September 04, 2014 13:32

    Tackling FSC fraud: Will the Online Claims Platform fail or fly?

    As the FSC system grows, so does the potential for false claims and labels. FSC’s answer is the Online Claims Platform (OCP), a system enabling users to record and confirm their FSC transactions online. If strong buy-in from the industry can be secured, the OCP may vastly reduce the risk of fraud and errors. Despite serious obstacles, constructive dialogue may be paving the way for a solution. [more...]

  • 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...]