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Satisfactory domestic sales contrast

with limited export opportunities

Business activity on the domestic softwood lumber markets is continuing to remain at a high level. Manufacturers from the construction and construction-related sector in particular report a lively level of activity during recent weeks, a... more


Demand on finger-jointed carcassing

markets stabilises at high level

In mid-June 2019 both finger-jointed carcassing manufacturers and the timber trade report ongoing lively business activity on the German finger-jointed carcassing market. Demand as well as sales were above-average in May, and for individual... more

Pellet production up

11% in the first quarter

At a total of approximately 650,000t (Jan.-March 2018: 585,500t) the German pellet industry increased its production in the first quarter of 2019 by 11.0%, and has consequently achieved a new record figure for the first three months. In 2018... more

Chinese plywood manufacturers

reduced prices over the past six weeks

The ongoing weak demand for plywood products has prompted Chinese manufacturers to implement further price declines over the past six weeks. In this connection various importers from Germany and the Benelux region are reporting that FOB prices... more

Indonesia: interest in 21mm

filmed plywood low in Europe

Purchasing activities of European and, in particular, German plywood importers in Indonesia have further decreased over recent weeks. Certain ranges, according to information from agents, have no longer been ordered recently. These include, for... more

Malaysian plywood exports

decreased by 14% in 2018

In 2018 plywood exports from Malaysia declined by 14.0% to some 2.162m m³ (2017: 2.525m m³). According to statistics of the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Kuala Lumpur, the corresponding export value only decreased slightly... more

USA: softwood plywood

imports decline further

In the first quarter of 2019 US softwood plywood imports decreased by 37% to 406,159m³ (Jan.-March 2018: 641,718m³), according to the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), Washington D.C. At a decline of 15%... more

USA: trebling in hardwood

plywood imports from Vietnam

US imports of hardwood plywood were only just above the level of the comparative period of the preceding year in the first quarter of 2019 at 567,850m³ (Jan.-March 2018: 567,282m³). The development ascertained in the preceding... more

Large-scale plant suppliers set to face another

slight reduction in order intake during 2019

Slow sales of partial and complete lines for wood-based panel manufacturing during the second half of 2018 have given way to a slight recovery over the past few months. Nonetheless, the total number of orders is still much lower than last... more

Acimall: slight upwards adjustment to 2018 figures

The key figures of the Italian wood processing machinery industry increased at a slightly more significant rate than expected in 2018. Final figures published by industry association Acimall (Assago) on 27 May 2019 are even higher than... more

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