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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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  • March 10, 2015 12:16

Russian wood globally affecting export market prices

With falling oil prices and a very weak currency, the Russian domestic macro-economic situation is getting shaky. Russian banks are seeing their sources of capital dry up, so lending to the forest industry may be overshadowed by some institutions’ objectives around their own survival...... [more...]

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  • March 06, 2015 09:04

Current wood pellet market trends in Europe

This year's European Pellet Conference took place on 25 and 26 February in Wels, Austria. About 600 visitors attended the presentations with specific topics related to market developments of wood pellets worldwide. Christian Rakos, managing director of proPellets Austria and president of the European Pellet Association (EPC), gave an overview of the pellet market in Europe... [more...]

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  • March 04, 2015 12:11

Sharp price drop in sawmill by-products concerns French sawyers

Hard times for French sawmills. If the building market still plays tricks for sawyers, they may live with it. But now comes the worst: the deteriorating situation of sawmill by-products adds another concern for the French operators in the primary wood processing industry...... [more...]

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  • March 02, 2015 07:51

Russia: Exports of logs&lumber fail to increase despite rouble depreciation

The much-depreciated Russian rouble has given Russian exporters of logs and lumber a good opportunity to increase shipments of their products. However, softwood sawlog export volumes in the 4Q/14 were up only by 2-3% from the same quarter in 2013, while lumber exports declined over the same time period... [more...]

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  • February 25, 2015 10:15

EU: Mixed results in softwood logs&lumber exports to China

Following a 2013 when European sawmills almost tripled their softwood lumber shipments to China, it seems that in 2014 this trend was set to continue, though at a slower pace. On contrast, softwood log exports declined sharply... [more...]

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  • February 03, 2015 12:13

I4F patent lawsuit against Unilin: ''Hot air'' or revolution?

On the 22nd of December 2014, the company Innovations 4 Flooring (I4F) has filed a lawsuit against the flooring manufacturer Unilin. It concerns the cancellation of the patent EP 1.026.341 from 1997 in the Netherlands. In the patent laminate floorings with click-connection and their production is described. In early January, Unilin made a counter lawsuit against the patent for the Triplelock tecnhology I4F. Reactions from the industry indicate that the action is a marketing measure, in order to start a dialogue. IHB-Fordaq has spoken at this year's Domotex in Hannover, Germany with all stakeholders.... [more...]

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  • January 29, 2015 12:03

FORDAQ launches online auctions service on its website

FORDAQ is pleased to announce the launch of a new online auctions service on its website. You can already check our exclusive auctions with products starting from tools, woodworking machines to full production lines and many more in France, Belgium and the Netherlands... [more...]

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  • January 26, 2015 12:16

The sudden rise of the Swiss franc causes major problems for French sawyers

In the French department of Jura, no sawyer welcomes the sudden revaluation of the Swiss franc (CHF), which occurred on the 15th of January 2015. And for a good reason: just in the Franche-Comté region, about 900,000 m3 of spruce/fir are absorbed annually by French sawyers, of which 200,000 m3 arrive from Switzerland. Some sawmills in the region get more than 50% of their supplies from the Swiss forests... [more...]

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