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Austria's pellet consumption exceeds 1 million t for the first time

After an annual pellets consumption of 930,000 t, proPellets Austria expects it to be around 1.05 million t in 2020. Production is also expected to increase from around 1.4 million t to a new record of over 1.5 million t. The sales of pellet heating systems are developing just as positively as... [more...]

Digital platform imm cologne @home complements trade fair operations

Knowing that not everyone who would like to travel to Cologne in person in January will be able to do so, imm cologne is digitally expanding its service with the new imm cologne @home platform. There it's possible to virtually exchange ideas with the industry, network with relevant... [more...]

Sweden: Stock volumes of coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips decreased by 10%

Stocks of Sweden's coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips are estimated to have reached 9.1 million cubic metres as of June 30, 2020. This is a decrease of 10% since the same date last year, according to statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency...... [more...]

Surge in Chinese plywood exports to Malaysia

According to China Customs, plywood exports in the first half of 2020 were 4.778 million cubic metres valued at US$1.92 billion, down 6% in volume and 14% in value over the same period of 2019...... [more...]

Germany: Stable pellet prices in September

The price for wood pellets in Germany remains stable in September, as reported by the German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV)....... [more...]

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N. American softwood lumber prices flatten as autumn comes on

Most standard construction framing dimension softwood lumber commodities could level off or even start dropping, and that’s exactly what has happened. Players and industry insiders say that supply is improving as sawmills are able to get more lumber production online, just as the usual seasonal drop in demand arrives.... [more...]

The European Woodworking Industries are ready to match the EU increased ambition towards the 2030 Climate targets

The European Commission announced the plan to start an upward revision of the 2030 EU climate targets in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. According to the communication, all sectors of the EU economy will have to step up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 55% by the end of the current decade...... [more...]

UK market for African hardwoods “recovering well” after lockdown

The UK market for sawn hardwood has been recovering well following easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures from June onwards. However, there are significant problems on the supply side with COVID-19 contributing to reduced harvesting and mill operations and a significant reduction in freight capacity...... [more...]

China, the main buyer of Peruvian wood products throughout the year

China was the main buyer of Peruvian wood products throughout the year to August with purchases worth US$37.6 mil. while the second place was Mexico with at US$19.5 mil. says the Association of Exporters (Adex)...... [more...]

US housing starts drop more than expected in August

After reporting a substantial increase in new residential construction in the U.S. in the previous month, the US Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing housing starts...... [more...]

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Where's the French oak market heading this autumn?

Where's the French oak market heading this autumn?

The first autumn auctions in France have just been launched by France's Natonal Forest Office (ONF) in a general uncertain political-economic climate. This lack of prospects also concerns the timber market in France. This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the auction of September 8, 2020 which was not held in Beaune (Côte d'Or), as usual, but in Châtenoy-le-Royal (Saône-et-Loire) due to Covid-19. The entire auction therefore took place entirely online without the physical presence of buyers and observers in the auction room...... [ more...]

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The global forest industry in Q2/2020

Sawlog prices fell in most of the major regions of the world in the 2Q/20. A strengthening US dollar, weaker log demand early in the quarter, and sufficient log supply in some markets contributed to the lower prices...... [ more...]

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China: Imports of logs drop sharply in the first half

China’s log imports fell sharply in the first half of 2020 to 24.51 million cubic metres valued at US$3.558 billion, down 60% in volume and 62% in value from the same period of 2019...... [ more...]


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