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Global Trends Review

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

Global Trends Review, November 18-24, 2013: still rising EU wood costs; commercial construction to drive industry in UK & Germany

November 27, 2013 ` 23:03  
Softwood log prices in the eastern departments of France have been growing steadily for several months, Fordaq reported. At an auction, a 5% increase for pine and spruce was registered in November compared to September. Presently, pine logs...

Global Trends Review, November 11-17, 2013: Danish pellet imports to reach 3 million t by 2020; mixed fortunes for equipment producers in Q3

November 21, 2013 ` 19:42  
The Danish government has issued a report on its domestic market for wood pellets with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. According to the report quoted by Fordaq, Denmark is the number one importer of...

Global Trends Review, November 04-10, 2013: panel capacities return to market; crossfire of duties between US & China

November 15, 2013 ` 01:19  
Pollmeier is expected to start up its new beech LVL factory in Germany in February 2014. The launch of sales is scheduled for March, says Holzkurier journal quoting company CEO Ralf Pollmeier. Major equipment is already installed. The...

Global Trends Review, October 28 – November 03, 2013: lumber market oversaturation in Japan to end in Q2 2014; companies publish Q3 results

November 7, 2013 ` 03:14  
Scandinavian woodworking companies report improving market conditions, higher selling prices and lower raw material costs. Their North American colleagues also publish very positive results, despite lumber prices falling back from Q2, TTJ reported. Setra’s UK sawn timber sales...

Global Trends Review, October 21-27, 2013: Softwood lumber industry forecast to rise in 2014, Russian lumber deliveries to UK to fall 10% this year

October 28, 2013 ` 20:32  
At the International Softwood Conference held from 14 to 18 October in Edinburgh, Scotland, the European Forest Institute (EFI) presented a forecast, according to which in 2014 softwood lumber output will rise by 2.9% to 109.13 million m3...

Global Trends Review, October 14-20, 2013: European glulam consumption fell; Malaysia to emerge as major pellet exporter

October 28, 2013 ` 10:18  
Data from the UNECE Timber Committee indicates that European glulam consumption fell 2.6% to 2.83 million m3 in 2012, ITTO reported. Germany and Austria have traditionally been the largest markets for glulam, while Italy and France showed rapid...

Global Trends Review, October 07-13, 2013: EU lumber prices growing, Japan seems oversaturated, South Korea emerging

October 16, 2013 ` 04:01  
According to Fordaq, first-class lumber on ex-works terms in France costs €240-245 in October, second-class squared timber – €187-193, so generally lumber is 1-3% more expensive than in January 2013. The French sawyers doubt whether the upward trend...

Global Trends Review, September 30 – October 06, 2013: particleboard capacity in Central Europe to fall by 1 million m3; OSB and pellet industries to fight for raw wood

October 8, 2013 ` 19:53  
Glulam production costs in Central Europe as of September 2013 stand at €411/m3, according to Timber-online, website run by Holzkurier journal. Price for glulam-lamellae ranges from €209 to €213/m3. To have them dried down brings the costs to...

Global Trends Review, September 23-29, 2013: Asian countries continue to drive demand for European softwood lumber; EU parquet demand declining

September 30, 2013 ` 18:38  
Glue-laminated timber was not able to achieve satisfactory profit margin in Central Europe this year, and finally in September, price mark-ups for glulam were made in Italy and Germany, though they did not reach the goal totally, Holzkurier...

Global Trends Review, September 16-22, 2013: trend to local sales in woodworking; pulp & paper equipment makers cut jobs

September 25, 2013 ` 05:25  
In 2013, the output of the eight largest European softwood lumber producers is expected to increase by about 1.8 million to 100 million m3, as reported by Holzkurier journal quoting the Association of the Austrian Wood Industry. Production...

Global Trends Review, September 09-15, 2013: bio-CHP industry spreading over Europe; bank experts predict merger of UPM & Stora Enso

September 18, 2013 ` 07:22  
Fortum company opened a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the Latvian city of Jelgava. The new power plant uses biomass as fuel and will provide district heating to the residents and businesses in Jelgava as...

Global Trends Review, September 02-08, 2013: EU published biofuel report; US construction recovery helps Brazil, Europe

September 12, 2013 ` 05:36  
The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. The report identifies the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Belgium as the major users of...