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Maritime pine plywood producers

consider further price increases in spring

The French maritime pine plywood industry is currently considering another round of price increases in view of the good order situation and the continuing rise in costs for raw materials, energy, freight and wages. According to information from... more


Prices for okoumé plywood recently maintained

Prices for okoumé plywood from French production have been largely maintained since the last increase in the third quarter of 2021. The efforts of individual manufacturers to begin the new year with further price markups have initially... more

Particleboard manufacturers managed to raise

their prices again at the start of 2022 after all

Central European particleboard markets became slightly less strained during the fourth quarter of 2021, but this pattern did not continue in recent weeks. Buyers can source the amounts they need in most product ranges. Recent problems have only... more

EPF general meeting to

take place in Ghent in 2022

The European Panel Federation (EPF), Brussels, intends to hold its general meeting - which was switched to an online event in 2020 and 2021 due to the corona crisis - as an in-person event within its normal scope again this year. Ghent... more

Methanol contract price increased slightly after all

Negotiations to thrash out the European methanol contract price for the first quarter of 2022 wrapped up in the week before Christmas, as expected. The price of €495/t FOB Rotterdam fixed on 17 December is €10 higher than the... more


At the beginning of January 2022 Interprint GmbH (Arnsberg) appointed David Rauchalles as director of sales for the finish foils business operating under the name Xelio. He succeeds Gerhard Jung. Rauchalles... more

Growth of 5% recorded in Italian exports of furniture

After the disproportionate increase of 77% in the second quarter of 2021, the growth in Italy’s furniture exports returned to normal in the third quarter. With growth of 5% against the same period of the previous year, the total value... more

Building starts in Spain

increase by one-fifth

Residential construction activity in Spain significantly intensified during the second quarter of 2021. According to the Spanish Ministry of Construction (Madrid), after building starts had increased in January (+24%), a decline vis à... more

US housing starts reach

highest level in many months

The number of housing starts in the USA during the twelve-month period up to and including November 2021 increased by 11.8% vis à vis the seasonally adjusted October figures to 1.679m (Nov. 2020-Oct. 2021: 1.502m) units. The figures for... more

France: construction of

detached houses rises by 6%

In the third quarter of 2021, building starts in French housing construction remained virtually unchanged vis à vis the level of the preceding year at 83,000 (July-Sept. 2020: 82,900) units. In the first (+12%) and second quarters... more

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