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  • Sawmilling
  • January 16, 2017 15:40

Canadian lumber production stable in October

Lumber production in Canada was stable in October compared with September. Sawmills produced 5,920.5 thousand cubic metres of lumber, up 4.2% compared with October 2015... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • January 16, 2017 13:41

FSC Board approves plan to address false claims in the FSC system

The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) international Board of Directors has approved a new approach for addressing misleading and false claims in the FSC system. The set of actions compliments the newly revised CoC standard... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • January 16, 2017 11:28

Last week of trading in RusForest shares on Nasdaq First North

On 28 December 2016, the board of directors of RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company operating in Eastern Siberia, applied for delisting of the RusForest shares from Nasdaq First North Stockholm. Nasdaq approved the delisting and last day of trading is 20 January 2017... [more...]

  • Market Prices
  • January 16, 2017 11:21

U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 2, 2017

Wintry weather took a toll on sales of framing lumber, while also generating production and transportation problems. An overall dull sales pace resulted in more and wider cracks in prices, although producers usually did not aggressively seek orders with hefty discounts.... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • January 16, 2017 08:57

Global corruption in forestry sector worth USD 29 billion a year, says Interpol

Interpol has recently released a report on the scale of corruption in the global forestry sector. The report also highlights the importance of law enforcement efforts across national boundaries in order to protect forests... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 16, 2017 07:49

In 2016 Kastamonu increased its panel production in Russia by 50%

In 2016, the Turkish Kastamonu kept on implementing the gradual growth of output in order to reach the planned production capacity at its Russian site in Alabuga, Tatarstan. With the launch of the second MDF production line the site's production capacity grew up to 1 million m3 of the respective goods per year... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 13, 2017 13:51

Positive outlook for the US hardwood flooring market

Hardwood flooring had the second-largest market share after carpet in the US$23.14 billion US floor covering market in 2015, according to a market research study... [more...]

Sawmilling
  • Sawmilling
  • January 13, 2017 12:27

European sawlog prices dropping sharply in Q3/2016

Over the past two years, sawlog prices have fallen more in Europe than in any other region of the world. In the 3Q/16, the European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI-€) was down a modest 0.5% from the previous quarter to €83.40/m3. The Index has trended downward for the past few years and in 2016 has been at its lowest level since 2010... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • January 13, 2017 10:04

Stora Enso to invest in biocomposite granules

Stora Enso is investing EUR 12 million to build a new production line that will manufacture biocomposite granules at Hylte Mill in Sweden. Biocomposite granules enable the use of renewable wood to substitute a large portion of the fossil-based materials in products typically produced in plastics.... [more...]

  • Panels
  • January 13, 2017 09:05

Innovation critical to hardwood competitiveness

There are significant opportunities to increase yield and reduce material costs in the international hardwood industry but these are being squandered due to high levels of conservatism and a widespread lack of capacity and willingness to innovate. There’s also a need to work towards a smarter regulatory environment, driven more by sound scientific data and less by the concerns of narrow lobby groups, to encourage innovation, improve competitiveness and stimulate trade... [more...]

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France: mixed 2016 results on the hardwood market

France: mixed 2016 results on the hardwood market

On the French hardwood market – depending on the species and the product grades – the results of 2016 are heterogeneous from the point of view of timber auctions. In the oak sector the situation keeps getting better. French sawmill owners benefit from the fortuitous combination of circumstances, namely... [ more...]

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