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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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  • January 15, 2015 10:19

Fordaq interview with Romain Rougier: ''Current state and perspectives of the plywood market''

The effect of the ruble, competitiveness of Okoume plywood, effects of the EUTR, the role of China: what does a main French player think about the current plywood market situation? In an exclusive Fordaq interview, Romain Rougier, head of Rougier Sylvaco Panneaux, kindly expressed his opinion on these matters...... [more...]

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  • December 15, 2014 10:03

Softwood log prices start to decline in France

With the weak construction sector in France, and despite the obvious lack of wood in forests in the Hexagon, the decline in French softwood log prices has begun. The recent auctions organized in the fourth quarter this year already confirm this trend...... [more...]

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  • December 04, 2014 16:01

Schweighofer, Kronospan and Egger reign over the Romanian timber market

In Romania, the three Austrian companies achieved cumulated business of over EUR 1 billion in 2013, a double amount as compared to 2009...... [more...]

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