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Methanex reduces

Q3 contract prices

The Canadian methanol manufacturer Methanex Corp., based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has lowered its contract prices significantly in Europe, North America and Asia. The European posted contract price (EPCP) for the third quarter of 2019... more


Parquet exports from EU deteriorate in 2018

In 2018 a volume of 19.548m m² (2017: 21.626m m²) parquet was exported from the European Union to other countries. This corresponds to a 9.6% decrease vis à vis the preceding year. The value of exported wooden flooring declined... more

Austria increases furniture

production to €2.086bn

In 2018 Austrian furniture production reached a total value of €2.086bn and therefore surpassed the preceding year’s figure by 4.9%. According to preliminary figures of Statistics Austria (Vienna) published in the 2018/2019 industry... more

Kurth to be managing director of Herford associations

Jan Kurth, managing director of Verband der Deutschen Möbelindustrie (VDM) in Bad Honnef since 01 May 2018, will also join the management of the furniture associations based in Herford over the course of the fourth quarter of 2019. He is... more

US furniture industry again

below preceding year in April

In April 2019 incoming orders of US furniture manufacturers in the residential sector again declined by 9% to US$2.293bn (Apr. 2018: 2.509bn). In the current reporting month only 36% of the companies surveyed recorded an increase. According to... more

US housing construction lower

in May than previous month

The number of housing starts in the USA during the twelve-month period up to and including May 2019, adjusted to account for seasonal influences, decreased by 0.9% to 1.269m (May 2018-April 2019: 1.181m) units vis à vis the twelve months... more

Construction approvals up

by 4.2% in April

In April 2019 approvals for dwellings in new residential buildings in Germany rose by 4.2% vis à vis the comparative month of the preceding year to 26,213 units (April 2018: 25,148). Approvals thus increased again after declines had been... more

Euroconstruct lowers

housing forecast

Up to 2021, housing construction in Europe is anticipated to increase by only 1% vis à vis 2018. Euroconstruct therefore adjusted its forecast presented on 12 and 13 June in Rome downwards vis à vis the forecast presented at the... more

Incoming orders at record

level for fifth consecutive time

In April 2019 incoming orders of the German construction industry increased by 12.7% vis à vis the comparative month last year to €7.575bn (April 2018: 6.721bn) and thus reached the highest level ever recorded in April. According to... more


At the beginning of July 2019 Carsten Doehring stood down as managing director and CEO of Ilim Timber Bavaria GmbH (Landsberg) and Ilim Nordic Timber GmbH & Co. KG (Wismar). His responsibilities have been taken over by... more

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