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Russian Timber Journal 02-2023: interview with Yuri Strezhen, CEO at Praktika Group; state support measures for the Russian timber industry affected by the sanctions pressure; China reduced log imports from all the main suppliers in 2022; Vladimir Putin proposed to grant enterprises a deferment on forest area lease payments for unharvested timber; the Government of the Russian Federation increased the maximum amount of compensation for the expenses of timber enterprises for the transportation of their products; in 2022, Russia reduced the volume of logging by 13.5% to 194.6 million m³, according to Roslesinforg; Russian Railways resumed accepting sawn timber for export shipments through Kazakhstan; International Paper reaches agreement to sell ownership interest in Ilim joint venture; Segezha Group may reorient the Segezha West project to new products; the volume of furniture export from Russia dropped by 39% YoY in 2022, down to 29.5 billion rubles; Luzales and Slotex acquire Russian assets of IKEA

Russian Timber Journal 02-2023: Yuri Strezhen, CEO at Praktika Group: “This is a good time to improve the efficiency of both production and administrative processes of enterprises”; support measures mentioned by the business, relevant agencies, regions, the Government...

Vladimir Putin proposed to additionally allocate at least 15 billion rubles to support municipal boiler houses in switching to biofuel

March 3, 2023 ` 19:16  
At the meeting on the development of the timber industry, the President of the Russian Federation proposed to additionally allocate at least 15 billion rubles in publicly funded infrastructure loans to support municipal boiler houses in switching to...

Sveza to invest 100 million rubles in expanding its production of wood briquettes in 2023

February 22, 2023 ` 22:35  
As a press release of the company announces, Sveza Group will invest 100 million rubles in expanding its RUF wood briquettes production facilities in 2023. It is intended to increase the total biofuel output from 18,000 to 29,000...

German pellet prices fall again significantly in February 2023

February 17, 2023 ` 19:45  
The price of wood pellets fell sharply again in Germany in February and is still well below that of oil and gas. According to the German Pellet Institute (DEPI), one tonne costs €428.52 on average across Germany. That is 14.1%...

Five boiler houses in the Irkutsk Region are supposed to be converted to biofuel by the end of 2025

February 14, 2023 ` 18:19  
Igor Kobzev, Head of the Region, has already given instructions to upgrade the heating sources in the pilot mode. Support measures for the timber industry were discussed on January 18 at the meeting with representatives of federal ministries...

Pellet production in Russia dropped by almost 20% in 2022

February 3, 2023 ` 12:41  
In 2022, the production of wood pellets from wood waste decreased by 19.6% YoY to 2.073 million tons, according to Rosstat. In December 2022, the output of Russian wood pellets fell by 30.5% YoY (-1.7% MoM).

Mayr-Melnhof Holz has sold a sawmill in the Leningrad region

January 10, 2023 ` 20:26  
Aspek-Les LLC (Aspek Group, Udmurtia) became the owner of 100% of the authorised capital of the sawmill LLC Mayr-Melnhof Holz Yefimovsky (MM-Yefimovsky, formerly an enterprise of the Austrian group Mayr-Melnhof Holz GmbH) in Boksitogorsk district, Leningrad region. According...

Prices of wood pellets have reached a historical high in Europe

October 7, 2022 ` 19:15  
Prices of wood pellets have been extremely consistent in Europe over the past decade. For instance, the average annual growth of wood pellet prices in Germany was only 0.24% from 2012 to 2021. The prices have actually dropped...