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Slower growth in European wood-based

panels production recorded last year

The European wood-based panel industry manufactured a total of 59.3 (2017: 58.3) million m³ last year, a year-on-year increase of 1.7%. Softboard (+5.9% to 5.2 million m³) and particleboard (+2.6% to 32.0 million m³) production... more

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Pressure still being exerted on sawnwood

prices in UK at beginning of third quarter

In the UK, prices for imported sawn softwood and so-called home-grown timber made in the UK remain under pressure at the beginning of the third quarter of 2019. Market players believe that the sawn softwood prices applicable in the second... more

Estonia: decrease in

softwood sawlog prices

In May 2019 prices for softwood sawlogs declined by comparison with the preceding month. According to the Estonian state forest administration RMK (Tallinn), prices for pine sawlogs (top end diameter larger than 18cm) as well as pine and spruce... more

Spruce sawlog prices still under pressure in Norway

The average price across the whole range of roundwood assortments fell slightly again in May 2019. Following the decline in April, this reduction to 438 NOK/m³ (397 NOK/m³) is the second in succession. The figure is still 10.3 %... more

Swiss HMK dispensing with

specific price recommendation

At its most recent meeting on 25 June 2019, the Swiss timber market commission (HMK) dispensed with specific roundwood price recommendations again, as it had already done in January. Similar to January, representatives of the forest businesses... more

France: satisfactory order

situation for forestry work

In the first quarter of 2019 orders in hand for forestry work in France were sufficient to last for an average of 15.8 (Jan.-March 2018: 13.0) weeks. According to the economic activity report published by forestry industry association France... more

Further reductions in prices pushed through

by Austrian industrial-wood converters

In the last few weeks, purchasing organisations of the pulp, paper, and wood-based panel industries have pushed through more price increases in negotiations with Austrian forest owners for deliveries of industrial wood in the third quarter.... more

Further widening in price

ranges in Austria

The price ranges quoted for spruce on the Austrian markets for softwood sawlogs have continued to widen in recent weeks. According to the latest timber market report by the Austrian chambers of agriculture (LWK) of Vienna, B 2b spruce is... more

Austria: lumber production increases to 10.4m m³

In the 2018 financial year the Austrian wood industry achieved a production value of €8.33bn (2017: 7.87bn); an increase of 5.4% vis à vis the previous year as well as a new peak level. In the estimation expressed by association... more

EOS members’ sawn hardwood output up slightly

The sawn hardwood output by the member countries of the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) of Brussels increased slightly by 1 % in 2018 to 6.12m m³ (2017: 6.04m m³). The figure had still been 6.27m m³ in 2016.... more

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