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A few wood-based panel manufacturers break

away from the rest by making investments

The knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic severely influenced the wood-based panel and surfaces industry in 2021, as well. A plunge caused by the first lockdown in the second quarter of 2020 gave way to an unexpectedly strong recovery in... more


Window and door industry forging ahead with

expansion through takeovers and investments

Businesses in the building parts industry initiated and carried out additional expansion projects in 2021, not least thanks to persistently robust demand. Numerous changes occurred in the window and door industry, in particular. The Dovista... more

Furniture industry influenced by lockdown

measures and supply shortages in 2021

Activities in the German furniture industry in the year 2021, which is drawing to a close, were extensively influenced by the restrictions in the brick-and-mortar furniture retail trade as well as by shortages in the supply of upstream products... more

W Exhibition in Birmingham

has been cancelled

The Montgomery Group (London) decided on 30 November 2021 to cancel the W Exhibition & Elements wood processing trade fair. The event had been scheduled to take place in Birmingham from 6 to 9 February 2022. According to W Exhibition... more

Early procurement of bangkirai decking

continues to lag behind previous years

Resellers’ interest in early purchases of bangkirai decking increased significantly during December 2021. Especially in the final days before Christmas, resellers actually did end up asking importers about delivery possibilities and... more

Heavy rainy season burdens meranti production

This year’s rainy season in Malaysia and parts of Indonesia has once again been very heavy, putting a strain on lumber production and thus also on the production of window scantlings made from meranti. In previous years, too, the rainy... more

USA: futures temporarily

exceed US$1,100 mark

In mid-December 2021, lumber futures on the US softwood lumber market rose above the US$1,100/1,000 bdft mark for the first time since May. Logistics problems arising in connection with floods in British Columbia had further fuelled the futures... more

Cautious roundwood purchasing by Chinese sawmills

Demand from Chinese softwood log processors and trading companies declined significantly during the fourth quarter of 2021. Accordingly, European exporters sharply reduced their wood purchasing activities and roundwood acquisitions. The low... more

Timber exports with flawed phytosanitary certificates

The Chinese customs administration (General Administration of Customs China, GACC) has substantiated the complaints concerning roundwood shipments from Germany. After the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Bonn, had already... more

Increase in British softwood lumber imports plateaus

After stronger increases in previous months, British softwood lumber imports rose by just 11% vis à vis the preceding year to 719,000 m³ (Sept. 2020: 649,000 m³) in September 2021. According to the export trade statistics... more

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