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Hasslacher’s gluelam capacity to more than

double upon completion of Nordlam takeover

The Austrian Hasslacher group of Sachsenburg is taking over the gluelam timber producer Nordlam GmbH of Magdeburg belonging to the "Wood industry" division of the Italian Rubner group of Chienes. Stefan Rubner, president of Rubner... more


Softwood timber prices still increasing in North Africa

Now that European shippers have succeeded in in raising their prices by an average of around €4-6/m³ after sometimes very long and drawn out negotiations for deliveries in April/May, there are reports of further price adjustments for... more

Log prices in Norway still

higher than last year’s level

According to data gather by Statens Landbruksforvaltning (SLF) of Oslo, the volume of wood felled in Norway in April was roughly 20% lower than in the same month of last year at a total of 726,000 m³ (April 2016: 909,000 m³). Owing to... more

Bark-beetle disaster looming

in some regions of Sweden

The number of bark beetles found in pheromone traps has risen sharply to over 10,000 individuals in some parts of Sweden in the last few weeks. According to information from the Swedish Forest Agency (Skogsstyrelsen), no comparable catch... more

Price of 2x4 down by 14.5%

in USA since middle of April

Since the record level reached in mid-April, the average price for SPF 2x4 #2&Btr established by Random Lengths had fallen by 14.5% by the end of last week. At an average of $359/1000 bdft ex mill, the figure was $61 lower than it had been... more

40% increase registered in Finnish exports to Asia

Finnish exports of softwood timber and planed products to Eastern Asia rose by 40% in the first quarter of 2017 to 754,776 m³ (Jan.-March 2016: 539,187 m³) and by six percentage points to a share of 31% (25%). According to the Finnish... more

Finland: Roundwood felling

in April down 5% on last year

In April 2017, at a total of 4.271m m³ (April 2016: 4.492m m³), roundwood volumes harvested in Finland were some 5% below the comparative figure of the preceding year. According to the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)... more

Belarus: Softwood lumber

imports grew by 55%

In the first quarter of 2017 Belarusian exports of softwood lumber increased by 55% vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year to 475,000m³ (Jan-March 2016: 307,000m³). Of this figure, 428,000 m³... more

Russian softwood timber exports up by 14%

Russian exports of softwood timber increased in volume by 14% in the first quarter of 2017 to 6.093m m³ (Jan.-March 2016: 5.352m m³) and by 25% in value to $763.8m ($611.3m). The constructed value per exported cubic meter of softwood... more

Central European large-scale planing works

calling forward Siberian larch without delay

Demand for eastern Siberian larch timber was satisfactory and sometimes even brisk in central Europe until the middle of June. According to information from market players, most sought after at the moment is 50x125/175 mm larch timber in... more

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