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Global Trends Review

Major trends of the week in the world’s forest industry.

Russian Timber Journal 06-2020: interview with Thomas Meth, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Enviva Partners; plywood export from Russia demonstrates confident growth; according to Rosleskhoz data, timber harvesting in Russia reduced by 8% in 2019 by final Rosleskhoz data

Russian Timber Journal 06-2020: interview with Thomas Meth, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Enviva Partners; plywood export from Russia demonstrates confident growth; according to Rosleskhoz data, timber harvesting in Russia reduced by 8% in 2019...

European plywood imports slump

July 2, 2020 ` 17:34  
According to analysis of latest UK Government and Eurostat statistics, total plywood imports by the EU27+UK (excluding internal trade) dropped by 16% YoY to 1.58 million m3 from January-April 2020. This follows a dip of 5.3% YoY to...

WRI: The Coronavirus has not stopped the global trade of forest products

July 1, 2020 ` 18:34  
The Coronavirus Epidemic has negatively impacted the supply chains for numerous industry sectors worldwide the past few months. Many commodity products saw reduced trade during March and April, a result of reduced demand, closures of manufacturing facilities to...

New U.S. Home Construction in April Slumps by Most on Record

June 30, 2020 ` 13:40  
U.S. home construction starts plunged in April by the most in records back to 1959, as the nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus hammered the housing market and broader economy. Residential starts plummeted 30.2% to...

UPM Plywood is planning to scale down plywood production in Finland

June 22, 2020 ` 16:07  
UPM Plywood is planning to permanently close its Jyväskylä plywood mill, which is producing spruce and birch plywood. The company starts a consultation process concerning the entire personnel working at the mill. The Profitability of Jyväskylä plywood mill...

Russian Timber Journal 05-2020: how the current decline in exports of timber products caused by COVID-19 is similar to the situation of the 2008-2009 crisis; the Russian Government granted a six-month deferral to priority investment projects in the forest sector; DNS Les started producing OSB in Primorsky region

Russian Timber Journal 05-2020: comparing the 2008-2009 crisis with the current decline of forest products exports during the pandemic; in the Russian Far East was opened the first OSB production; the Russian government has granted a six-month deferment to...

Mild winter causes earlier bark beetle infestation in Austria

May 27, 2020 ` 11:28  
The bark beetle infestation in Austria’s forests started particularly early due to the mild winter of 2020 and will again cause great economic damage for forest owners, the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture (LKO) informs. The situation is worse...

Russian Timber Journal 04-2020: Opinion poll of Russian timber companies on the impacts of the coronavirus on outputs and sales; the Government of the Russian Federation approved a list of systemic timber enterprises and measures to support them; how the spread of COVID-19 affects operations of world timber companies (update)

Russian Timber Journal 04-2020: in mid-May 2020, WhatWood agency conducted an express survey of the largest timber industry players about how the coronavirus epidemic affected their production activities and the sales situation; the Government of the Russian Federation approved...

In 1Q 2020, China’s plywood exports fell 85%

May 20, 2020 ` 13:02  
According to China Customs, in 1Q 2020, China’s plywood exports were 1.85 million m³ valued at US$787.6 million, a drop of 85% and 82% respectively over the same period in 2019. The main markets for plywood exports in...

Impact of Covid 19 on timber markets: European Union

May 12, 2020 ` 13:36  
On 23 March, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue...

World Forest Sector during the Pandemic: Poland

May 8, 2020 ` 15:19  
The coronavirus pandemic may cause the collapse of Polish furniture manufacturers, which face many production curtailments. The five main Polish furniture manufacturers estimate that the economic risk would be equivalent to two points of GDP, and asks that...

World Forest Sector during the Pandemic: China

May 6, 2020 ` 12:18  
According to the figures provided by the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in the manufacturing sector of China rose from a record low of 35.7 in February to 52 in March....