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China: Northwest International Timber Trading Center established

According to reports a Northwest International Timber Trading Center has been established in the Zhongchuan North Station Logistics Zone in the Lanzhou New Area, which functions as a national level logistics hub. With completion of the trading centre there has been created a new... [more...]

Homag reports lower sales in the first half of the year

In the second quarter of 2020, the Homag Group felt the effects of the Corona pandemic. This had a corresponding effect on the balance sheet for the first half of the year. Order intake fell by 17% to a value of € 493 million. Sales also decreased by 13% to € 552 million. The company has... [more...]

Brazilian wood exports declined in June 2020

In June 2020, Brazilian exports of wood products (except pulp and paper) declined by 8.5% compared to June 2019 to a value of US$216.9 million. The value of June pine sawnwood exports fell 13.5% (US$38.4 million). In volume terms, June exports dropped 7.5% to 224,500 cu.m... [more...]

Kaamos Timber to establish a new sawmill in Belarus

The Estonian wood industry company Kaamos Timber entered into a 15 million € loan agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) whose support will be used to establish a new sawmill owned by the Estonian company near the city of Mozyr in... [more...]

Fungus threatens acacia plantations in Vietnam

In recent months many plantation owners have reported the presence of disease in Vietnam's acacia plantations which, it has been identified, is caused by the leaf fungus, Ceratocystis manginecans. The Vietnam Academy of Forest Science (VAFS) has warned this fungus, if not... [more...]

Andritz had solid business development in the second quarter of 2020

The international technology group Andritz reports a largely solid business development for the second quarter taking into consideration the very difficult general economic conditions. While incoming orders fell sharply year-on-year (-42.2% to € 1.18 billion), sales rose slightly... [more...]

Japan's plywood imports from China over 20% lower in May

Until March 2020 Japan reported a slight increase imports of plywood from the top three shippers, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Starting in April and so far statistically recognized also in May import volumes trended down. Plywood imports from China in May were over 20% lower... [more...]

Vietnam: export up, import down in the first half of 2020

Vietnam Administration of Forestry reports earnings of just over US$5 billion from wood product exports in the first half of 2020, up 2.4% year on year. In June alone export earnings topped US$900 million. Imports to Vietnam decreased by 8.5% compared to the first half of 2019. Their value... [more...]

Lower timber export volumes in Central and Western Africa

Timber exports from Cameroon almost halfed (-45%) and around 60% of the countrie's sawmills supposedly stopped operations. The government is preparing a very longed for package of support for the local industry. But even if mills wish to resume operations they will face... [more...]

UK tropical sawn hardwood imports decreased

Importing less than 100,000 cu.m in each of the last two years, the UK is the fifth largest European importer for this commodity (after Belgium, Netherlands, France and Italy). With the UK trade stagnating in May, imports were well down from nearly all the major supply countries by the... [more...]

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French hardwood market under pressure: auctions lack buyers, prices are falling

French hardwood market under pressure: auctions lack buyers, prices are falling

We must face the facts, there are few reasons to rejoice today on the hardwood market. This is the case with crushing where, at the first public sales after Covid-19...... [ more...]

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Myanmar Teak: Scandal or no scandal in Croatian imports?

The NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) suggests, in one of its reports, that a significant amount of teak from Myanmar was imported into the EU via Croatia from 2017 to 2019 without full evidence of legality. 10 loads with a total of 144 t teak worth at least ... [ more...]

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Stimulus of € 700 million for German forests

The Federal Government will offer € 700 million to deal with the damage in the German forest after two years of drought. The sustainable management of forests should be promoted as well as digitalization in forestry...... [ more...]