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Sustained rise in German hardwood plywood imports

German hardwood plywood imports surged again in the second quarter, rising by 17% to 186,534 (Apr.-June: 159,965) m³, the German Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden reports. The upward trend recorded in the first quarter of the year... more


OSB producers see lead times remain

normal over the summer months

OSB manufacturing continued without major stoppages over the summer months and combined with the holiday-related slump in demand in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to improve supply and reduce lead times in the past few weeks. With just a few... more

MDF/HDF producers working harder to land orders

Supply and demand were typically balanced on Central European MDF/HDF markets in the first half of the year, but have apparently shifted slightly in the past two to three months. Supply did not fall as much as demand with maintenance stoppages... more

Cristal joining Huntsmann and

Tronox in seeking mark-ups

Three titanium dioxide manufacturers - Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Texas), Tronox Inc. (Oklahoma City), and Cristal Global (Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia) - have sought additional price increases in their next contracts over the past few weeks. On... more

Kitchen furniture industry

records 7.5% turnover rise

In June 2016 turnover in the German kitchen furniture industry increased by 7.5% vis à vis last year to €463.7m. According to figures compiled each month by the Association of the German Kitchen Furniture Industry (VdDK), Herford,... more

BSW Timber doubles

production at Welsh plant

With the installation of a second flaker line and another edger, production capacity at the Welsh sawmill site in Newbridge-on-Wye owned by the British company BSW Timber Ltd., Earlston, is to be doubled from its present level of 150,000... more

Josef Schmelter shuts down

sawmill in Saalhausen

Josef Schmelter GmbH, Lennestadt-Saalhausen (Germany), will in future concentrate on the production of KVH (finger-jointed carcasing), glulam and cross-laminated timber, and as part of that policy will shut down its sawmill business in... more

Westerwälder Holzpellets

builds sawmill in Langenbach

By mid-2017, Westerwälder Holzpellets GmbH, Langenbach (Germany), is to invest a total of roughly €8m at its corporate headquarters in the construction of a sawmill, where packaging lumber is to be produced in future from D-timber... more

Schnoor also to produce flat

stressed-skin panels in future

Ing.-Holzbau Schnoor GmbH & Co. KG has invested a total of €4m in the setting-up of a production line for flat stressed-skin panels at its headquarters site in Burg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). The production line has been accommodated in... more

Norra Timber invests

further SKR110m in sawmills

After expansion and modernisation investments had already been carried out in 2015 at its Kåge and Sävar sawmills, the Swedish company Norra Timber AB, Umeå, is to invest a further sum of SKR110m in the two mills. According to... more