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Impact of the COVID -19 crisis on the European construction industry

The European construction industry will be hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis - this according to the new forecasts presented at the 89th EUROCONSTRUCT Conference in Stockholm in June 2020..... [more...]

Setra to invest in new planning mill in Hasselfors, Sweden

Setra is expanding its range of construction timber with a major investment in new planed products. Production will soon begin at the new planing mill in Hasselfors, Sweden...... [more...]

Guangdong tops Chinese forest industry output again

The value of output by the forestry industries in Guangdong has maintained it number one position for the 11th consecutive year...... [more...]

China's furniture output declines in Jan.-May 2020

China saw lower production of furniture in the first five months this year amid the COVID-19 epidemic...... [more...]

Canada: CMHC forecasts lower housing starts

A report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecasts lower housing starts, sales and prices for the country’s major markets – and a slower rebound in Vancouver than in some other cities..... [more...]

New Zealand to encourage investment in wood processing industry

The New Zealand government is backing the forest and wood-processing industry to play a major role in New Zealand’s economic recovery...... [more...]

Vietnam wood products export/import update

Between January and 15 June 2020 the value of Wood and Wood Product (W&WP) exports from Vietnam was US$4.528 billion (WP exports: US$3.189 billion, W exports: US$1.339 billion). Over the same period exports of both W&WP increased around 2% compared to the same period of last year...... [more...]

Japan reports import declining In April

Year on year, the value of Japan's wooden door imports in April dropped a further 16% adding to the year on year decline seen in March. April import values for wooden doors (HS441820) dipped 8% from March. As in previous months shippers in China and the Philippines dominated... [more...]

IKEA to review it's Ukrainian wood supply after critical report

Because of an NGO report on illegally sourced wood from Ukrainian suppliers used in some of IKEA's most popular chairs the is going to review its wood supply chain in the country. "We acknowledge that illegal logging remains a widespread global issue, and work proactively to... [more...]

Koskisen plans huge Investment in Järvelä sawmill

Koskisen group is planning an extensive sawmill investment in Järvelä, Finland, valued at an estimated € 35–40 million. The intention is to make the investment decision during 2020, and the new mill would start operations in 2022 with an annual capacity of 365,000 m³. The new sawmill... [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...]

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New Zealand's log exports fell sharply in April 2020; average export prices up

New Zealand's log exports fell sharply in April 2020 after logging operations were suspended during alert level 4, but average prices per cubic meter picked up...... [ more...]