Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 17/2017


  • No further increase registered in volume of timber felled in Germany in 2016
  • 5.1% more lumber produced by Russia in March
  • Finnish softwood timber exports to increase to 9m m³
  • Russian felling remained stable at 208m m³ in 2016
  • Sawlog supply currently adequate in the UK
  • Sweden: First announcement of roundwood price hike
  • Negative trend in Spanish tropical wood imports
  • Spain increased imports of hardwood logs
  • Spain: Oak imports dropped again in fourth quarter 2016
  • Hrvatske Šume announces 2017 log allocation
  • Log prices still rising slightly in Austria
  • Romania: Hardwood lumber exports down again
  • Softwood timber prices rising perceptibly at present
  • Exporters currently compelled to postpone shipments of hardwood logs to Asia
  • Reduction in forest depots of industrial hardwood

Wood products

  • EPAL regulations permit use of temporary blue-stain protection
  • Higher costs in raw-goods purchasing to be passed on promptly to KVH prices
  • Significantly fewer exhibitors and visitors at Made expo

Wood-based panels

  • British particleboard imports show growth of 21.8%
  • Further price increase for poplar plywood from Europe
  • German caravanning sector still enjoying growth
  • MDF/HDF manufacturers raised their prices
  • Stronger demand paves way for mark-ups after all


  • Digital printing was main topic at Surfaces conference


  • People


  • Byggmax Group expands management team
  • Södra alters closure plans for Torsås sawmill and planing mill
  • Business development consistently poor in Scandinavia in fourth quarter of 2016 as well
  • Mercer concludes its acquisition of Klausner
  • SCA shareholders vote for split into SCA and Essity
  • Thorlund Skou almost doubles profit in 2016
  • ÖBf aims to reduce size of Forestry Technology division
  • Derome also takes over Bygg-Aktiv retail chain
  • Uzin Utz: Turnover growth in almost all sectors
  • Weak agricultural business burdens BayWa’s EBIT
  • Drax takes over assets of Louisiana Pellets for US$35.4m
  • Groupe Gascogne increases results and profit
  • Arauco breaks ground on Grayling particleboard mill
  • Forte: DACH region’s turnover share increases slightly in 2016
  • Rehau markets elements with Fenix NTM from Arpa
  • Tremco Illbruck acquires plant and targets expansion in Asia
  • Hunton orders components for wood-fibre mat line
  • Metro-Ply makes first board using CPS+ press
  • Pfleiderer agrees two new credit lines covering €450m
  • Schattdecor delivered 5% growth in revenues in 2016