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  • June 27, 2016 14:01

US-Canada softwood lumber dispute: "significant differences" toward a new agreement

The U.S. and Canada have "significant differences" toward a new softwood-lumber trade agreement, after negotiation between the two countries. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Canadian International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland released a joint statement Friday stressing that negotiations continue on what they described as an important part of both economies... [more...]

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  • June 08, 2016 12:10

Slow US housing market affecting Canadian lumber producers

The US housing market is stumbling, which makes two of Canada’s top lumber producers, West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Corp., to suffer from a lower demand from the US... [more...]

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  • May 13, 2016 08:53

Logsize – new mobile application to measure logs

Fordaq launches Logsize, a new Android mobile application to measure log stacks. Users download the app on a tablet, take a picture of the log stack and the app then identifies the GPS position of the stack, counts the number of logs, measures the diameter of the logs and the volume of the log stack... [more...]

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  • April 18, 2016 14:48

France: softwood market facing difficulties

The French softwood market members are still waiting for its revival. Q1 2016 cannot be characterised as particularly brilliant, and French traders whose 2015 activity results were rather mediocre hope that in 2016 the French softwood market will, at least, remain flat... [more...]

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  • March 30, 2016 07:46

Canadian lumber producers continued their expansion in US South in 2015

The 20 most important Canadian companies increased production in 2015 (+3.6%), but it was not sufficient to keep paced with the rest of the industry as a result their market share of total Canadian lumber shipments slipped to 74% in 2015 from 80% in 2014... [more...]

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  • March 14, 2016 14:35

France: oak prices going down this spring?

Hardwood logs auction sales have moved forward and faced new tendencies. In the end of Q1 2016, new trends seem to emerge in the oak sector. Following three years of uninterrupted growth of the oak log prices, the industry now sees the end of this epoch... [more...]

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  • March 10, 2016 12:05

Russia: fibreboard and MDF/HDF prices decrease due to higher competition

In 2014, the Russia fibreboard and MDF/HDF output reached 2.5 million m3, out of which 1.1 million m3 accounted for the segment of... [more...]

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  • March 08, 2016 08:46

The global forest industry in the 4Q/2015

The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) continued its two year decline in the 4Q/15 when the Index fell another 4.8% quarter-over-quarter. In just two years, the GSPI has fallen 21.6% due to combination of the strengthening US dollar and diminishing demand for lumber in Asia, the MENA countries and in Europe... [more...]

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  • February 10, 2016 13:04

Losses of EUR 500 million expected in the Romanian forest industry, due to the current crisis

As a recap, Romanian wood buyers started boycotting in December timber auctions of Romsilva, the company that manages state forests in Romania. The boycott was itself linked to the changes in Romsilva’s sales regulations that led to major increases in prices. ... [more...]

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  • January 19, 2016 10:08

France: new auction labeling system affecting the oak prices?

French oak sawmill owners hope for the best and preferably faster, obviously. Even though they doubted that the so-called labeled auctions (i.e. under the labels of quality, as in FSC etc.) would have any immediate impact on the price of logs, they were hoping for the oak prices to stabilize. However, this does not seem to be the case judging by the results of the most recent auctions.... [more...]

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