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Paris 2024 Olympics’ timber commitment excludes tropical suppliers

Timber use in France has been given a massive boost by the French government”s commitment to ensure that the Paris 2024 Olympics is the first “climate positive” sports event and by their desire to ensure this leaves a lasting legacy in the French construction sector...... [more...]

Martinsons' sawmills in Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön, Sweden, will be Holmen

Ever since Holmen's acquisition of Martinsons, the work of merging the companies has been ongoing. On 1 June, the production facilities in Bygdsiljum and Kroksjön, Sweden...... [more...]

Timber industry in Vietnam benefits from worldwide market changes

Despite the impact of the pandemic wood and wooden product exports of Vietnam posted impressive growth in the first quarter of 2021 due to the efforts of many businesses to apply advanced technology, develop new products and make use of online marketing channels. Nguyen Chanh Phuong... [more...]

Plasma coatings from residual robinia wood for refining paper

Robinia sawmill by-products could in future be used for the functional finishing of packaging paper. They should improve the equipment of the material with hydrophobic and antimicrobial properties and make it more sustainable. In contrast to the currently used finishing strategies... [more...]

Controversial study overestimates increase in logging in Europe

A recently published answer to the controversial study “Abrupt increase in harvested forest area over Europe after 2015” casts its results into doubt. Scientists with the participation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) found that the wood harvest has increased by only 6% in recent years... [more...]

Stora Enso launches new bio-based binder system

NeoLigno is Stora Enso’s latest addition to the range of products. It is a fully bio-based binder system without formaldehyde and isocyanates. Initial target applications are in particleboards and insulation materials used in the building and construction industry. Additional application areas are... [more...]

German timber industry calls for calmness in concerns of pricing

Steffen Rathke, President of the German Timber Industry Council (DHWR), calls for calmness after the suggested logging boycott mentioned by the President of the German Forestry Industry (DFWR), Georg Schirmbeck. The disruptions in the supply chains caused primarily by... [more...]

Indonesia to lead preparatory dialogue on forest sustainability

Indonesia has agreed to co-chair an international alliance that brings together producers and consumers of forest and agricultural products as well as other commodities. Together with the UK, Indonesia will lead more than 25 countries grouped in the Forest Agriculture and Commodities Trade... [more...]

Ghana plans changes to forest concession contracts

Dr. Nurudeen Iddrisu, Director of Operations and Acting Executive Director of the Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD) of the Forestry Commission has called for collaboration between companies operating in the export and domestic markets to ensure the sustainability of Ghana”s forests... [more...]

Double-digit growth forecast for UK construction in 2021

The UK construction activity continued throughout the first quarter of 2021, and double-digit growth is forecast this year, according to the Construction Product Association’s latest Spring Forecast. As the whole supply chain permitted to operate during the winter lockdown restrictions, activity was... [more...]

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France: Oak prices on the rise again

France: Oak prices on the rise again

After a lull in 2020 - mainly due to the effects of coronavirus pandemic - the prices of oak logs in France are now clearly on the rise. At the recent National Forests Office (ONF) auctions, prices climbed an average of 15% year-on-year ...... [ more...]

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Where is the industrial timber market heading in France?

Where is the industrial timber market heading in France?

It's not easy to find your way in the French pulp and panel industries. Between a strong trend characterized by fewer processing factories in France - inducing fewer demands -, the influx of bark beetles, the technical reconstitution of stocks and a dynamic activity in packaging, the analysis of the economic situation requires a lot of caution...... [ more...]

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Russia's proposed log export ban in 2022 will have a far-reaching impact on global forest product markets

Russia exported 15 million m3 of logs in 2020, which accounted for almost 12% of globally traded roundwood. Much of this trade may come to a halt next year when a new law proposed by Russia's president will ban...... [ more...]