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UK imports of tropical hardwood plywood from China rising

The UK imported 83,500 cu.m of tropical hardwood faced plywood from China in the first nine months of this year, 47% less than the same period last year...... [more...]

Canada: Annual pace of housing starts climbed higher in October

The annual pace of housing starts increased three per cent in October compared with September, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp....... [more...]

UFPI expands construction capabilities with the acquisition of three New England companies

UFP Industries (Universal Forest Products Industries) announced that affiliates of UFP Construction LLC acquired the assets of three companies...... [more...]

TTF and TRADA announce merger plans

The Governing Boards of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to align the strategies and activities of each organisation with a view toward a merger of the two organisations...... [more...]

Dieffenbacher to modernise plants in Germany, Poland and Vietnam

Wood-based panels manufacturing systems provider Dieffenbacher has shared details on a number of plant modernisations projects designed to help panel producers stay competitive...... [more...]

Rebound in UK tropical wood imports continued in September but prospects less certain

UK imports of tropical wood and wood furniture products continued to rebound in September, with total value rising to USD97.6 million, 30% more than the previous month and the same level as in September 2019...... [more...]

STTC Conference - tropical wood contribution to green recovery in Europe

The core theme of the online 2020 Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) Conference, due to be held online on 19 November, will be how the sustainable tropical timber sector can take the opportunity of and contribute to a post-pandemic reboot of the global economy on cleaner, greener lines...... [more...]

Bergs expands cooperation with Organowood

Organowood markets and delivers environmentally classified, silicon-printed wood products. Bergs plant for pressure-treated wood Bitus outside Nybro has since Organowood...... [more...]

Market Prices

North American softwood lumber continue to drop

North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber prices did correct down a bit more last week; however, demand remained quite strong for the time of year while supply was still quite constrained...... [more...]

China bans log imports from Victoria, Australia

China has banned imports of logs from Victoria in Australia as of 11 November according to a notice on the Australian Department of Agriculture's website...... [more...]

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Special Reports

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France: Lower prices for maritime pine confirmed by latest auctions

France: Lower prices for maritime pine confirmed by latest auctions

The first signs of falling maritime pine prices that appeared in the southwest of France at the end of 2019 were consolidated in the first half of the year. And the results of recent auctions which have just taken place this autumn in the Landes forests, clearly indicate that the decrease in prices is continuing...... [ more...]

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Softwood log exports from Russia in steady decline for the past 15 years and may be banned in 2022

In a recent statement, the Russian President Mr. Putin ordered the government to strictly control the exportation of roundwood and low-value forest products, and to clamp down on the illegal trade of logs (in his terms: “hard-hitting decriminalization of the industry”)...... [ more...]

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FEFPEB highlights international squeeze on wood sector

The European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB) has warned that tighter supplies of wood in some international markets is expected to increase prices into and beyond the final quarter of 2020...... [ more...]