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Fletcher Building launches process of locating

a buyer for laminate producer Formica

The New Zealand building products group Fletcher Building Ltd., headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, intends to focus on its operations in Australia and New Zealand and part ways with the laminate producer Formica Corp., based in Cincinnati,... more


Importers accepting price increases in North Africa

After a rather sluggish start to the year, business activity on the North African softwood timber markets has developed very dynamically in the last three months in some cases. Owing to the rather cautious ordering activity in the fourth... more

Log transportation in Finland being hampered by thaw

The rapid rise in temperature in April and early May led to numerous road blocks and temporary reductions in the total permissible laden weight of trucks in Finland. Log transportation is particularly heavily affected by the measures imposed by... more

Södra raising purchase prices

for logs again

The Swedish company Södra AB of Växjö is raising its basic purchase prices by an average of 40 SEK/m³ for contracts for deliveries of sawlogs and industrial softwood concluded from 9 May 2018 onwards. The new basic prices... more

Walnut and white oak cause

rise in US lumber exports

US exports of hardwood lumber continued to increase in both volume and value vis à vis the preceding year during the first quarter of 2018 according to calculations of the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS),... more

Latvia: Roundwood prices

up in first quarter

In the first quarter of 2018, prices in Latvia for almost all ranges of sawlogs increased slightly by comparison with the fourth quarter of 2017. In the area served by the Latvian state forest administration LVM (Riga), prices for ash and oak... more

Poland: Slight increase

in lumber production

In March 2018 Polish lumber production increased by 2% vis à vis the preceding year to 299,000m³ (293,000m³). According to the Polish statistics authority GUS (Warsaw), the production volume had increased at more significant... more

Polish exports of beech

roundwood down in 2017

Polish exports of beech lumber decreased by 12% vis à vis the previous year to 195,292m³ (2016: 221,484m³) in 2017. According to Eurostat the decline was mainly due to a decrease in deliveries to Germany (-24% to 39,289m³)... more

France: Weather hinders

felling operations

In the first quarter of 2018 unfavourable weather conditions caused hindrances in roundwood felling as well as logging in French forests. According to the economic survey conducted by forestry association France Bois Forêt (Paris) amongst... more

By mid-May, softwood sawlog market

in Austria has been totally overloaded

A high volume of winter felling and considerably higher imports caused the softwood sawlog market in Austria to take a turn for the worse by mid-May 2018. According to the latest timber market report by Austria’s Chambers of Agriculture... more

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