Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 12/2017


  • North America: Softwood lumber production up by 5%
  • US lumber imports from Europe more than double
  • Elk grazing causes annual damage worth almost SEK1bn
  • Sawlog prices remain unchanged in Sweden
  • Sweden exported nearly 13m m³ lumber last year
  • Almost 10% more spruce sawlogs felled in 2016
  • Fluctuations observed in prices for oak logs in France
  • Belarusian exports of softwood logs decrease by 7.6%
  • Latvia: 20% rise in softwood lumber exports
  • Latvian roundwood exports down by 11.4%
  • Austrian industrial wood continues to flow to Romania
  • Wood-based panel producers paying more for sawdust
  • Pulping wood collection hampered by repair work
  • Supply of softwood sawlogs in Germany’s north/east falls short of industry expectations
  • Cutting boosted by sawmills in Germany’s north/east
  • Germany’s overseas exports of planed-product doubled
  • Normality restored to situation on sawmill residue markets in Germany in recent weeks

Wood products

  • Overheating on A1-pellet markets largely cools off by mid-March

Wood-based panels

  • Chile: Forest fires cause damage of US$347m
  • Elliotis pine plywood prices surge in the wake of a recovery in exports to the US
  • Renewed rise in Elliotis pine exports to the USA
  • Rest of duty-free quota nearing last year’s level
  • Brazil: Almost 50% increase in tropical-plywood exports
  • Brazil: Panel industry starts with slight growth


  • 140 delegates attend 26th Rehau edging symposium
  • Homag has eight new laserTec units up and running


  • Household furniture exports up by 4.7% to €912.4m
  • Kitchen furniture exports increase by 10.5% in 2016


  • People


  • Gross turnover in German DIY-superstore sector increases in 2016 by 1.5% to €18.24bn
  • DIY e-commerce sales to increase to €4bn
  • DIY turnover in Austria grows at faster rate again in 2016


  • Fire causes €2m damage at Carinthian Holz Huber
  • Rodenberg offers roundwood exports to Asia
  • IMAB Industrihandel taken over by Derome
  • Propell also taking over pellet works of Eko Energy
  • UFP buys Quality Hardwood, completes Robbins takeover
  • Valmet receives second order for co-firing boiler from Japan
  • BayWa announces growth in turnover of 2.7% for 2016
  • Forbo’s Flooring Systems division grows by 3.4%
  • Homanit Building Materials buys Homatherm assets
  • Steico investing €7.5m in New insulation board line
  • WeberHaus offering Apple’s HomeKit system from now on
  • Kotkamills Group booked an operating loss in 2016
  • Tsuman veneer works’ capacity still growing in 2017
  • Arauco posts another slide in wood-based panel sales
  • Ashley Furniture to invest USD65m in logistics centre
  • European Commission clears Munksjö-Ahlström merger
  • Renaming initiative moves forward at Homag Group
  • Rettenmeier concluding conversion work in Ramstein