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Russia: lumber export value 17.8% up in Jan-Apr 2018

In January-May 2018, Russia increased its sawn timber exports, both in value and in volume terms, indicate the statistics ... [more...]

Vietnam's wood products exports up 12.8% in H1/2018

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture estimates the export value of Vietnam's most important forest products to be $ 4.3 billion. Wood products accounted for the vast majority of $ 4.1 billion, an increase of 12.7% over the same period last year... [more...]

Germany: Building permits increase 1.8% in January-May 2018

From January to May 2018, the construction of a total of 139,600 apartments was approved in Germany. This includes all permits for construction of newly built and existing residential and non-residential buildings... [more...]

Conifex completes acquisition of two mills in US

Conifex Timber has completed the acquisition of the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Florida and the Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood Arkansas, USA... [more...]

Brazil: Furniture output shows healthy growth

April was a good month for the Brazilian furniture industry as output increased across the country... [more...]

Andritz to acquire large stake in Diatec

International technology Group Andritz has acquired a 70% stake in Diatec S.R.L., a leading manufacturer of converting machines for the hygiene and food packaging industries based in Collecorvino, Italy... [more...]

The US and Canadian pellet feedstock prices increased in early 2018

Wood fiber costs for pellet producers in both Canada and the US were slightly higher in the 1Q/18 than in the previous quarter, continuing an upward trend that started in early 2017... [more...]

US furniture market indicators generally positive, but cabinet sales decline

The US furniture industry reported growth in May, while wood products manufacturing output was unchanged from April, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing ISM Report On Business... [more...]

Canadian housing starts trend increased in June

The trend in housing starts was 222,041 units in June 2018, compared to 216,701 units in May 2018, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)... [more...]

Austrian furniture industry: + 6.2% export and + 5.9% production in Q1/2018

For the first quarter of 2018, the Austrian furniture industry reports production growth of 5.9% (excluding furniture parts), according to preliminary figures. The strongest growth was seen in store furniture with a plus of 29%, followed by office furniture (+ 8.1%) and kitchen furniture (+ 7.2%). ... [more...]

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Great satisfaction at the Carrefour International du Bois 2018, but roundwood is in short supply

Great satisfaction at the Carrefour International du Bois 2018, but roundwood is in short supply

The 2018 edition of the Carrefour International du Bois (CIB) held in Nantes from the 30th of May until the 1st of June gathered around 570 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors. Both exhibitors and visitors were satisfied with both the fair and the supporting program. The exhibitors came mainly from France and Belgium as well as a smaller number from other European countries. North America was sparsely represented... [ more...]

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