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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...]

Despite the pandemic Vietnam earned US$13.17 billion from wood exports in 2020

Nguyen Quoc Khanh, President of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA), recently suggested that Vietnam should develop a generation of young entrepreneurs in the timber industry and consider it a sector for startups. Khanh said the sector has achieved the five-year target set by... [more...]

Euroports and Metsä Fibre expand cooperation

Euroports Finland and Metsä Fibre have signed a multi-year service agreement, under which the port operator will take care of handling the finished products of the sawmill that is going to be built in Rauma by the third quarter of 2022. The expansion of the cooperation has been... [more...]

EU27 tropical flooring imports rose in 2020

The import of tropical flooring in the EU27 recovered in 2020 slightly despite all the circumstances. Imports increased 4% to 24,200 tonnes during the year, the gain due primarily to a 37% rise in imports from Malaysia to 9,000 tonnes, mostly destined for Belgium. Imports from Indonesia also... [more...]

Indonesian trade minister supports expansion of furniture exports

The Indonesian Minister of Trade, Muhammad Lutfi, has imposed on the expansion of the furniture export. He promised help to the furniture producers in resolving problems to increase exports as there seems to be a high demand in the US after sanctions regarding other countries in... [more...]

Okoume prices on the rise

The April FOB prices for okoume remain at the same level as in March, however, producers have signalled rising enquiries from importers for the Chinese market and some exporters have secured a € 5/m3 increase in FOB prices for sawn okoume. Bad weather in Gabon and Congo... [more...]

President of the German Forest Industry Council wants forest owners to stop logging

As log prices follow sawn timber prices only very slowly in Germany, the President of the German Forest Industry Council recently mentioned a logging stop as the final wake-up call. The forest owners are the losers of a speculative bubble and should just leave the trees in the forst, he said... [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...]