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Trust Les LLC to start production of wooden veneered panels in the Leningrad region

July 3, 2020 ` 18:03  
The expert council of the Industrial Development Fund (IDF) approved a loan of 284.2 million rubles for the implementation of Trust Les’s project (in the town of Mga, Leningrad region) for the creation of export-oriented production of wooden...

In May 2020 Finland reduced timber harvesting by 14%

July 3, 2020 ` 17:45  
In May 2020, 3.5 million m³ of roundwood was harvested for use by the forest industries in Finland. This removal volume was down 14% from the previous year and 4% above the ten-year May average. Sawlogs accounted for...

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...

Stora Enso introduces low-carbon paperboard for chocolate packaging

July 2, 2020 ` 11:08  
As brand owners and consumers look to lower their environmental impact, Stora Enso hopes that its new plastic-free, lightweight board designed for premium packaging will help them decrease their carbon footprint.

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...

Recycled cardboard plant to open in the Khabarovsk region

June 26, 2020 ` 17:17  
Installation of a cardboard line with the capacity of 2,000 tons per month has already been completed; it is planned to produce cardboard with a density of 340-540 g for technical purposes from paper waste. At the initial...

Russian plywood prices grew for the first time since February 2019

June 26, 2020 ` 12:49  
According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the average producer’s price of Russian plywood in the domestic market in May increased by 7.8% YoY to 26,595 rubles / m³ ($ 365). Export prices up to 12.4% YoY to...

Pulp Mill Holding: We intend to implement two projects for the construction of new plants in the Kaluga region for the confidence in preferences for investors

June 25, 2020 ` 17:49  
On 29 May, 2020, during a working visit the Acting Governor of the Kaluga Region Vladislav Shapsha attended the industrial sites of the Borovsky district – in Vorsino industrial park and on the northern site of SEZ Kaluga....

Selena LPK (Bashkortostan) bought a sawmill from Kador LLC (Poland)

June 24, 2020 ` 17:52  
The company is going to increase wood processing by 50,000 m³ per year and thereby raise the output of dry birch boards and furniture blanks by 1.5 times. Additional investments of about 50 million rubles will be required.

China’s sawn timber imports from Russia in Jan-Apr 2020 down 12.8%

June 22, 2020 ` 18:25  
In January-April 2020, Russian sawn timber exports decreased by 6% YoY to 9.96 million м3. In April 2020, exports decreased by 13.3% YoY to 2.77 million м3. The largest importer of Russian sawn timber – China, in January-April...

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...

Should the Russian government introduce export duties on sawn timber?

June 22, 2020 ` 13:48  
The main problem of accounting for the export of unprocessed roundwood and primary processed timber is, according to the authorities, the difference in customs duties on different commodity items of timber. For example, unprocessed or roughly processed wood,...