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Carrefour International du Bois postponed for 2022

After postponing the show twice due to the pandemic, the organisers of the Carrefour International du Bois have now delayed holding it until next year...... [more...]

Indonesia’s exports of wood products better than expected in 2020

Indonesia’s exports of forest and wood products to all destinations held up better than expected in 2020...... [more...]

Sweden: Decrease in roundwood prices 2020

The report of statistics on Swedish roundwood prices in 2020 show decreasing delivery prices compared to 2019. The price of pulpwood decreased by 11 percent and the sawlog price by 7 percent compared to 2019..... [more...]

Homag Group reports positive results in a challenging year

Despite all the challenges, the HOMAG Group was able to close the 2020 financial year with a positive result...... [more...]

Market Prices

Lumber prices reached all-time high in February

The dual Canada/U.S. long weekend in mid-February did nothing to slow demand for lumber, with prices rising accordingly. To the amazement of all, the price of benchmark lumber commodity Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr surpassed the all-time high of US$966 mfbm in August 2020...... [more...]

China: Rise in sales of flooring products in 2020

According to data from the China Forest Products Industry Association annual sales of flooring products rose 1.35% to 903 million square metres in 2020...... [more...]

Metsä Group reports 4Q and FY 2020 results

Metsä Group’s sales in the 4Q 2020 totalled Euro 1,357.2 million, whereas sales of the corresponding period in the previous year were Euro 1,290.3 million. The comparable operating result was Euro 94 million...... [more...]

Malaysia: 2020 timber industry performance

The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) has reported last year’s performance of the timber sector. Exports were RM 22.02 bil (RM 22.50 bil in 2019) while total imports were RM 6.81 bil (RM 5.95 bil in 2019)...... [more...]

EU and Honduras agree deal to combat illegal logging, promote trade in legal timber

Honduras and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products. The agreement will ensure that all Honduran timber and timber products imported in the EU are legally sourced and licensed...... [more...]

SCA to close its last publication paper machine

SCA permanently closes its paper machine LWC4 at Ortviken paper mill in Sweden. With this, SCA’s all production of publication paper ... [more...]

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Special Reports

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Germany: Spruce roundwood price index increases strongly in some cases

Germany: Spruce roundwood price index increases strongly in some cases

The German producer price indices for spruce showed an upward trend almost continuously in November 2020, with one exception: Spruce B sections remained true to their negative course with -0.8% to a level of 71.7 points compared to the previous month. Various other ranges... [ more...]

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The French beech market analyzed by Claude Schnepf

The French beech market analyzed by Claude Schnepf

Claude Schnepf heads Scierie et Caisserie de Steinbourg, one of the leaders in the beech market in France with 75,000 m3 processed annually, a capacity which will soon increase to 100,000 m3 thanks to a major investment program. The company exports 70% of its turnover outside the EU (€ 21m in 2019), mainly to China, a market that Claude Schnepf has known for 25 years...... [ more...]

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DACH: log and lumber prices follow demand upwards - at an individual pace

The strong local and global demand for sawn timber in the DACH region is largely responsible for the – partly long-awaited – increase in prices for roundwood. While increases in the high single-digit to low double-digit range are currently being reported for spruce from Schleswig-Holstein via Bavaria to Tyrol and... [ more...]


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