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Berneck orders Andritz refiner

for Lages for first time

After two Metso refiners for the MDF/HDF works in Araucária, Paraná, and in Curitibanos, Santa Caterina, the Brazilian wood-based panel manufacturer Berneck S.A. Painéis e Serrados of Araucária, Paraná, will... more


Segezha to start construction

of new plant in Galich soon

Russian Segezha Group (Segezha) plans to commence construction of its new birch plywood plant at the location in Galich (Kostroma Oblast) before the end of this year. In addition to warehouses and administrative buildings, a production area of... more

Methanex posts net loss in the wake of falling prices

The Canadian methanol manufacturer Methanex Corp., based in Vancouver, British Columbia, found that lower average sales prices made another dent into its earnings in the third quarter of 2019. Amidst a 37.7% decrease in revenues to US$650m... more

Swiss Krono making 1,500 m³

be.yond particleboard

Over the past few months, Swiss Krono Group has gradually ramped up manufacturing of no-added formaldehyde (NAF) particleboard that commenced at a mill in Menznau, Switzerland run by Swiss Krono AG in October 2018. The site now makes roughly... more

Pfleiderer’s Polish sites reportedly candidates for sale

The separate sell-off of individual business areas or sites now appears to be an option in the divestment process for Pfleiderer Group S.A., headquartered in Wroclaw, Poland. This process has been under way since the start of last year. Initial... more

Wilsonart sells Asian operations

to Japanese company Aica Kogyo

The Japanese chemical and building products group Aica Kogyo Co. Ltd., based in Nagoya, is poised to significantly expand its laminate business by acquiring Asian operations from the US firm Wilsonart International Holding LLC, headquartered in... more

Sawnwood prices in Great Britain still under

pressure due to excessive stock levels

By the beginning of November 2019, UK demand for sawn softwood was a little lower than it had been in the preceding months. Market players had been anticipating considerably heavier demand, however. Residential building activity is only... more

Only minor growth in UK’s sawn softwood imports

The UK’s imports of sawn softwood in the second quarter of 2019 were only slightly higher than in the same quarter of last year at 1.770m m³ (April-June 2018: 1.758m m³). According to information from the Timber Trade Federation... more

US hardwood shippers

lose market shares in UK

British sawn hardwood imports from the USA in the first six months of 2019 were 9 % lower than a year earlier. This reduced their share of the UK’s total imports by five percentage points to 16 % (Jan.-June 2018: 21 %). Imports from... more

Accelerated decay in prices in Czech Republic

The decay registered in softwood sawlog prices in the Czech Republic in the second quarter gathered pace in the third quarter. According to the quarterly statistics published by the Czech statistics authority in Prague on 4 November, Class III... more

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