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  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 14:05

World demand for forestry equipment to rise 4.5% annually in the next five years

World demand for forestry equipment (including both purpose-built and converted machinery) is forecast to climb 4.5 percent annually to $9.3 billion in 2019. This will represent a moderation from the 2009-2014 pace of increase, a period during which market gains were bolstered by a rebound in roundwood production from lows posted during the 2009 global recession, as well as by the institution of new engine emissions standards in the European Union (EU) and US. Sales advances will be driven in part by the ongoing mechanization of forestry operations in developing regions... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • October 07, 2015 13:02

Schweighofer completes acquisition of Klausner's sawmill in Germany

The Schweighofer Group has completed the acquisition of Austrian Klausner Group's sawmill in Kodersdorf, in the German state of Saxony. The sawmill processes spruce and pine from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 10:40

Tropical wood feeding the future: ATIBT Forum in Milan; 13-16 October

The ATIBT Forum in Milan is fast approaching. It will be held from 14 to 16 October in this great city, which is also hosting the Universal Exhibition. During the last year, ATIBT has been very active in responding to many of the challenges around tropical forests. The objective, then and today, is to support and promote the responsible use of these valuable resources and their products. In this year 2015, people and the environment remain close to ATIBT’s heart, through its focus on three main strategic pillars: responsible forest management, advanced wood processing and access to markets. ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 10:17

Austria: Data on wood imports

After China with 45 million cubic meters, Austria is the second largest importer of wood in the world with 8.3 million cubic meters. In the third place is Germany (8 million m3)... [more...]

  • Panels
  • October 07, 2015 10:01

UPM plans to improve competitiveness of Finnish birch plywood mills

UPM Plywood starts a program to improve the cost-competitiveness of its Finnish birch plywood mills. Central plans of the program are to increase Savonlinna plywood mill’s production volume by adding new shifts and to re-organise and rationalize Jyväskylä plywood mill’s production along with outsourcing of mill cleaning. In addition... [more...]

Market Prices
  • Market Prices
  • October 07, 2015 09:17

Switzerland: Price of wood pellets continues to increase in October

In October 2015, the retail price for ENplus A1 wood pellets in Switzerland has increased slightly as compared to the previous month. The current average price is ... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 09:02

IHC 2015: No real recovery in hardwood consuming sectors

During this year's International Hardwood Conference (IHC) held in Copenhagen from 16-18 September, ETTF President Andreas von Möller spoke about recent trends in the European sawn hardwood market from the perspective of importers. He noted that at a European level, key hardwood-consuming industries in Europe - including construction, furniture, wood flooring and windows - had shown little or no recovery since the financial crises. He also stressed that developments differed greatly from one European country to the next... [more...]

  • Forestry
  • October 07, 2015 07:01

Bergs Timber plans to reduce production at its Orrefors sawmill

The Swedish company Bergs Timber plans to take structural measures and reduce production at its Orrefors sawmill. The main reason for the intended structural measures is Orrefors mill having faced weak profitability, among other things, due to high production costs... [more...]

  • Sawmilling
  • October 06, 2015 15:05

Metsä completes divestment of timber upgrading operations in France

On 5 October 2015, Metsä Group has completed the divestment of the entire share capital of Metsä Wood France SAS to Mutares AG... [more...]

Market Prices
  • Market Prices
  • October 06, 2015 13:01

Sweden: Decreasing sawlog prices during the second quarter of 2015

The second quarter of 2015 shows decreasing sawlog prices in Sweden after a consistent surge in the first quarter. Pine and spruce sawlogs are both cheaper by more than half euro. Pine logs cost now an average of EUR 50.81/cbm, while spruce logs were traded in the second quarter at EUR 55.31/cbm... [more...]

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special report

Sawmills in U.S. South and Russia achieve highest global sawmilling earnings

Since 2008 till until very recenty the U.S. South had had the best figures in terms of sawmilling industry sales. The ongoing decline in foreign currency exchange rates of major producing and exporting regions against the U.S. dollar caused a massive erosion of lumber prices in many markets around the world. Nevertheless, the situation on some markets has changed dramatically... [ more...]

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