the timber network


  • Interior
  • October 09, 2015 12:47

US furniture imports from China more competitive

The decline in US consumer confidence affects furniture demand, but on the positive side unemployment remains low and wages are growing. The strong growth in home sales and new construction is excellent news for furniture manufacturers and retailers... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 10:39

Sweden: Softwood lumber exports increase considerably in the first half

In the first half of 2015, Sweden has exported about 6,7 million cubic meters of sawn and planed softwood lumber. This represents a 27% increase over the same period of 2014. The main export markets for the Swedish lumber were the United Kingdom and Egypt, followed by Germany and Norway... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 09:20

Purchasing competition for African timber

During this year's International Hardwood Conference (IHC) held in Copenhagen from 16-18 September, Mr. Ad Wesselink, Managing Director of Netherlands based Wijma presented the current state of the African timber market. He identified purchasing competition from Chinese companies – which do not have to verify the legality of their purchases – and Chinese investments in Africa as key challenges for European companies active in African timber trade and manufacturing... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 09, 2015 08:16

Chinese logs&lumber imports hit lowest level in five years

Importation of softwood logs and lumber to China has fallen from a peak of 900 million dollars in April last year to only 500 million dollars in August 2015. The average cost of imported softwood lumber has declined 15% in 12 months, with European lumber prices having fallen the most.... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 08, 2015 13:39

Ghana: Healthy wood products export growth in the first seven months

Ghana exported a total 207,051 cu.m of wood products during the period January to July 2015 up 17% year on year. The corresponding value for exports in the same period was euro 105.77million, up 47% year on year. The main export products in the January to July period were sawnwood (air and kiln dry), plywood to regional markets, teak poles and billets of teak, wawa, ceiba, gmelina and papao/apa... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • October 08, 2015 10:41

Germany: Wood products prices drop in August

In August, the German producer prices for wood products have predominantly tended downwards. Compared to July, only boards, battens and stock timber were on a rising price trend. Eight of the 17 analyzed wood products have become cheaper over the previous month, while six show an unchanged price level. The price for laminate flooring, raw particleboard and KVH has declined... [more...]

  • Panels
  • October 08, 2015 08:49

China: First half wood based panel output climbs

According to the statistics from China National Statistics Bureau, Chinese wood based panel output rose 5% to 144 million cubic metres in the first half of 2015.... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 10:17

Austria: Data on wood imports

After China with 45 million cubic meters, Austria is the second largest importer of wood in the world with 8.3 million cubic meters. In the third place is Germany (8 million m3)... [more...]

Market Prices
  • Market Prices
  • October 07, 2015 09:17

Switzerland: Price of wood pellets continues to increase in October

In October 2015, the retail price for ENplus A1 wood pellets in Switzerland has increased slightly as compared to the previous month. The current average price is ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 09:02

IHC 2015: No real recovery in hardwood consuming sectors

During this year's International Hardwood Conference (IHC) held in Copenhagen from 16-18 September, ETTF President Andreas von Möller spoke about recent trends in the European sawn hardwood market from the perspective of importers. He noted that at a European level, key hardwood-consuming industries in Europe - including construction, furniture, wood flooring and windows - had shown little or no recovery since the financial crises. He also stressed that developments differed greatly from one European country to the next... [more...]

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