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  • Panels
  • January 16, 2017 07:49

In 2016 Kastamonu increased its panel production in Russia by 50%

In 2016, the Turkish Kastamonu kept on implementing the gradual growth of output in order to reach the planned production capacity at its Russian site in Alabuga, Tatarstan. With the launch of the second MDF production line the site's production capacity grew up to 1 million m3 of the respective goods per year... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 13, 2017 13:51

Positive outlook for the US hardwood flooring market

Hardwood flooring had the second-largest market share after carpet in the US$23.14 billion US floor covering market in 2015, according to a market research study... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • January 13, 2017 12:27

European sawlog prices dropping sharply in Q3/2016

Over the past two years, sawlog prices have fallen more in Europe than in any other region of the world. In the 3Q/16, the European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) was down a modest 0.5% from the previous quarter to €83.40/m3. The Index has trended downward for the past few years and in 2016 has been at its lowest level since 2010... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • January 13, 2017 10:04

Stora Enso to invest in biocomposite granules

Stora Enso is investing EUR 12 million to build a new production line that will manufacture biocomposite granules at Hylte Mill in Sweden. Biocomposite granules enable the use of renewable wood to substitute a large portion of the fossil-based materials in products typically produced in plastics.... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 13, 2017 09:05

Innovation critical to hardwood competitiveness

There are significant opportunities to increase yield and reduce material costs in the international hardwood industry but these are being squandered due to high levels of conservatism and a widespread lack of capacity and willingness to innovate. There’s also a need to work towards a smarter regulatory environment, driven more by sound scientific data and less by the concerns of narrow lobby groups, to encourage innovation, improve competitiveness and stimulate trade... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 12, 2017 14:17

Siempelkamp delivers particleboard plant in China

The Chinese Lian Jiang Huasen Wood Industry Co., Ltd ordered a press line for the production of particleboard for its production site in Lianjiang, Zhanjiang City... [more...]

  • Wood Construction
  • January 12, 2017 12:45

Forecasts for European construction negative

Outlook both in the EU and wider global economy and political events including the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and upcoming elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands. These issues were highlighted at the 82nd Euroconstruct conference hosted by ITeC (Institut de Tecnologia de la Construcció de Catalunya), in Barcelona during November... [more...]

  • Interior
  • January 12, 2017 11:24

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2017 presents ‘’Luxury Brands’

DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2017 presents ‘’Luxury Brands’’, the exclusive event for international hand-made carpets labels... [more...]

  • Wood Construction
  • January 12, 2017 09:33

Canadian housing starts trend declined in December

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 198,053 units in December compared to 200,105 in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 12, 2017 08:57

Innovations4Flooring and Classen sign strategic partnership agreement

Innovations4Flooring NV (I4F) and Classen Intellectual Property GmbH (Classen IP) have signed a new partnership designed to accelerate innovation in flooring technology... [more...]

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France: mixed 2016 results on the hardwood market

France: mixed 2016 results on the hardwood market

On the French hardwood market – depending on the species and the product grades – the results of 2016 are heterogeneous from the point of view of timber auctions. In the oak sector the situation keeps getting better. French sawmill owners benefit from the fortuitous combination of circumstances, namely... [ more...]

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