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  • Sawmilling
  • September 29, 2016 14:06

Metsä Board to close down its wallpaper base machine in Kyro

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, announced on 4 August 2016 that it was planning to close down the wallpaper base machine (PM3) located at its Kyro mill in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, and to discontinue its loss-making wallpaper base production... [more...]

  • Interior
  • September 29, 2016 13:40

Malaysian furniture exporters eying big orders from China expo

The China International Furniture Expo was held 8-11 September and the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) is eying potential orders for Malaysian furniture worth around RM40 million. 18 Malaysian companies, including six first-time participants, exhibited in the Malaysian pavilion to promote their dining room, bedroom furniture along with occasional furniture and upholstered furniture... [more...]

Wood Construction
  • Wood Construction
  • September 29, 2016 08:36

Japan boosts stock of low rent homes

The Japanese government is trying to find ways to boost the availability of low-cost housing to provide for the increasing number of elderly and the growing army of young people who are trying to survive on low salaries, especially those with one or more part-time jobs... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • September 29, 2016 08:18

Ponsse launches a new harvester head model for processing

Ponsse launches Ponsse H8HD, a completely new harvester head model for big timber. The new Ponsse H8HD harvester head is specifically designed for harvesting and processing big timber in demanding conditions. It continues the success of the smaller Ponsse H7HD harvester head and can be installed on the Ponsse Bear harvester and on over 20-tonne track-based machines... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • September 28, 2016 15:38

Project of bio-based gasoline made from forest resources in Sweden

Global Bioenergies, PREEM, SEKAB and SVEASKOG announce having joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel entirely based on forest resources. The consortium has signed a collaboration agreement to carry out a conceptual scope study for a first plant in Sweden. This work will be carried out as part of the "Bio-Based Gasoline Project" with support from the Swedish Energy Agency... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • September 28, 2016 13:33

Global sawlog prices up 4.2% in Q2/2016

The global timber price index GSPI was up 4.2% in the 2Q/16 after having fallen to the lowest level since 2009 in early 2016... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • September 28, 2016 12:16

Mexico shuts down seven illegal sawmills

Mexican authorities announced the closures Tuesday as part of a stepped-up enforcement effort in which the federal police’s Gendarme division is participating... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • September 28, 2016 10:02

Prices for Chinese plywood decline in international markets

China’s plywood exports totalled 5.52 million cubic metres, valued at US$2,610 million in the first half of 2016, much the same volume as in the first half of 2015 but the average unit price for exported plywood in the first half of 2016 was US$473 per cubic metre, a year on year decline of 6%... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • September 27, 2016 13:18

FLEGT licensing follows concerted effort to rollout SVLK

The Indonesian government and European Commission (EC) have announced that the first FLEGT licenses will be issued in November 2016. After 13 years of effort to develop a framework to license the legality of all wood exported from Indonesia to the EU, this is a major achievement. The announcement follows a concerted effort to rollout the SVLK system throughout Indonesia’s forest products sector. The latest report by the EU-Indonesia VPA Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) in May shows the SVLK system had certified 23 million hectares of forest and that all large-scale primary and 82% of secondary processors had been audited... [more...]

  • Panels
  • September 27, 2016 12:28

Siempelkamp received a large-scale order from Swiss Krono Group

Siempelkamp received the largest order in its history to date from SWISS KRONO SC, LLC. The latter commissioned a complete plant for the production of MDF/HDF in September. The scope of supply covers the entire service range of the Krefeld plant specialist for the wood-based materials industry... [more...]

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International Wood Fair Klagenfurt: Current timber market developments in Austria, Italy and Europe

International Wood Fair Klagenfurt: Current timber market developments in Austria, Italy and Europe

The International Wood Fair Klagenfurt took place on the 2nd of September. There were various presentations of the timber market in countries such as Austria or Italy and worldwide. At the beginning of the event, Dr. Carl-Erik Torgersen and Dott. Marcello Lo Castro from „Goldene Fichte“ presented the timber trade services between Austria and Italy. Torgersen leads the wood trading c ompany CaTo Holzhandel, based in Innsbruck, and is chairman of the Austrian Timber Trade Association. Lo Castro is a third generation owner and manager of the wood trading company Lo Castro s.p.a., based in Palermo. The President of the (European Association sawmill EOS), Sampsa Auvinen, gave an overview on the development of global timber key markets, from an European perspective. In 2016, the development of the production and supply of raw materials in Europe was stable, but with regional differences.... [ more...]

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