• Wood Construction
  • May 24, 2016 09:21

Upturn in EU construction sector activity

The Eurostat Construction Production Index shows that EU construction sector activity turned upward in the last quarter of 2015 and the rising trend continued into the first quarter of 2016. Strong growth in activity in Germany, Netherlands, and Spain offset weakening activity in the UK and Poland. Activity in France and Belgium remained flat during this period. Activity in Italy remains at a very low level but there were some minor gains in the last quarter of 2016... [more...]

Wood Construction
  • Wood Construction
  • May 20, 2016 08:35

Production in construction down by 0.9% in euro area

In March 2016 compared with February 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.9% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.4% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 2016, production in construction fell by 0.6% in both zones... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • May 18, 2016 14:35

Growth prospects for the German woodworking machinery industry in 2016

The German manufacturers of woodworking machinery have completed 2015 with a production increase of 6.5% and a value of EUR 2.8 billion. For 2016, VDMA (The German Engineering Federation) expects a further production increase of up to 5%... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • May 18, 2016 13:01

Pellets in Germany again cheaper than oil

As in Switzerland, the end of the heating season marked a decline for the price of wood pellets in Germany. In May, the average retail price of German ENplus A1 quality wood pellets is ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • May 17, 2016 14:23

China: Logs & sawnwood imports driven up by real estate development

The rapid development of China’s real estate sector in the first quarter of this year has promoted the growth of domestic demand for wood products... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • May 17, 2016 13:05

Finnish sawn timber production rises in the first quarter of the year

The Finnish forest industry production of softwood sawn timber and pulp likewise increased in the first quarter, while paper production continued to contract. Softwood sawn timber production increased 3.8% to 2.7 million cubic metres. There were 830,000 tonnes of paperboard produced in the early part of the year... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • May 16, 2016 10:42

U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 19, 2016

With one major exception, trading in US framing lumber species was steady to active. Western and Eastern S-P-F set the pace with double-digit gains in the narrows of random dimension and studs. In the West, green Douglas Fir caught a wave of demand, while sales of dry framing picked up and posted at least modest gains. The major exception was Southern Pine; prices were vulnerable... [more...]

  • Panels
  • May 13, 2016 15:01

Laminates on top of the European flooring market

While the market for real wood flooring recovered some lost ground in 2015, data published by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) association highlight the scale of the challenge from laminate flooring. Members of the EPLF association sold 452 million m2 of laminate flooring last year, around 333 million m2 of which was in Europe, over four times the volume of real wood flooring consumption in the region... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • May 12, 2016 16:19

China steps up log imports in 1Q/2016

Increased demand for wood products and declining log inventories in China has resulted in higher importation of logs to China in the 1Q/16. Australia has increased its shipments almost three-fold in three years and currently, ten percent of all softwood logs unloaded in Chinese ports are from Australia.... [more...]

  • Panels
  • May 12, 2016 07:47

China's wood flooring production registers a drop of 2.2%

According to the statistics from China National Forest Products Industry Association, China’s wood flooring production volume was 384.2 million m2 in 2015, a drop of 2.2% from 2014... [more...]

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