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  • 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...]

  • June 10, 2014 15:22

    New opportunities arise from the British lumber market

    What is the country with the most dynamic economy in Europe today? If you answer UK, you win. The latest indices confirm the British upturn for more than one year now. Growth jumped 0.8% in the first quarter of 2014, and forecasts estimate a +3% rise in GDP for the whole 2014... [more...]

  • June 03, 2014 14:34

    Overestimated supply of wood biomass for energy in Europe

    Given the new European Commission policies of increasing the energy share from renewable sources, a new study shows for the first time that European private forest owners are not as ready to increase the supply of woody biomass for energy as assumed... [more...]

  • May 26, 2014 10:49

    Russian sawn timber export prices in Q1/2014

    In the first quarter of 2014, the price trends in Russia's sawn timber exports show some interesting developments. It appears that the Japanese government policies on the use of domestic timber has determined a reallocation of Russian trade flows from high-price Japanese market towards China. Moreover, the presence of Russian suppliers in China is improving against North American suppliers... [more...]