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  • November 28, 2016 09:29

PEFC Week in Bali – Thailand joins PEFC

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) held its annual PEFC Forest Certification Week meeting in Bali, Indonesia themed ‘Sustainable Landscapes for Sustainable Livelihoods’, which saw a very positive 21st PEFC General Assembly for members, a series of workshops and two days of Stakeholder Dialogue open to all. The good news for the future of PEFC in Asia was the unanimous adoption of three more countries, including Thailand, bringing the number of National Governing Bodies to 46. The event was co-hosted by the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC)... [more...]

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  • November 23, 2016 15:51

France: maritime pine prices stabilising in the south-west

In the end of 2016, the French Aquitaine forest auctions are coherent and their results are similar. One of the latest auctions, held by the forest experts on November 17, 2016, confirms the results obtained a month earlier at another important auction held by ONF in the same region... [more...]

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  • November 08, 2016 16:34

Finnish sawnwood exports expected to rise this year

Sawnwood exports from Finland will increase significantly in 2016 compared to 2015 and will reach new record levels. The increase in demand is especially due to the positive trend in Chinese markets for spruce sawn softwood. The production of sawnwood will increase by 5 percent this year.... [more...]

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  • October 17, 2016 07:26

2016 NHLA Washington Meeting Report

Washington DC was an appropriate venue for the 2016 NHLA Annual Convention, given all the political uncertainties for the USA and the American hardwood industry in October ... [more...]

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  • October 04, 2016 12:30

France: disappointing softwood log markets in autumn 2016

Even though the French sawmill owners were hoping for a better second half of 2016 than the first, the improvement seems to be waiting for the end of September. The majority of the interviewed industry representatives speak of a rather difficult recovery since the end of summer vacation with very irregular orders... [more...]

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  • September 29, 2016 11:02

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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  • September 20, 2016 09:11

France: oak logs prices grew significantly in 2016

There's a risk that a new season of timber auctions(2016/2017) may be complicated for the oak based sawmills' owners. Moreover for the ones that cannot cope, at least partially, with the price increase on the raw material market, the first signs of which were observed during the first fall 2016 timber auctions... [more...]

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  • September 19, 2016 11:04

US wood industry benefits from the housing market recovery

The U.S. housing market has recovered substantially from the housing crash and Great Recession. After 7 years of new home construction, the housing market has started to recover thanks to the healthier economy, the low mortgage interest rates and the stable job growth... [more...]

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  • September 03, 2016 16:03

Siberian sawmills the most profitable in the world

The sharp depreciation of the Russian Rouble has resulted in substantially lower sawlog costs for the sawmilling industry in Eastern Russia during 2015 and 2016. Lumber prices in Russia have also declined the past few years, but not at the same rate as prices for sawlogs, and as a result sawmills in Siberia have become some of the most profitable sawmills in the world... [more...]

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  • August 23, 2016 12:34

Roundwood prices in US on a downward trend in the first half of the year

Prices for roundwood have followed a downward trend in the US in the first half of the year.... [more...]

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