Giardina Group wants to book revenues of €20m in 2018

21.03.2018 − The Giardina Group – which was created at the end of 2017 when Italian Mauri Macchine and Giardina Finishing merged – intends to boost its revenues to about €20m in the current financial year. » more


German paper industry turns around trend in sales

20.03.2018 − After the regressive development in 2016, sales revenue generated by the German paper industry increased again last year. » more

Court paves way for creditor protection for Rougier

19.03.2018 − On 12 March, the commercial court in Poitiers, France, approved the creditor-protection proceedings filed for by French Rougier. » more

Austrian timber industry expanding abroad

15.03.2018 − There have meanwhile been at least ten transactions since 2015 in which Austrian companies in the sawmilling and gluelam timber industry have played a role as investors. » more

Springer acquires majority holding in FinScan

15.03.2018 − Austrian Springer group has acquired a 90% stake in Finnish FinScan. The remaining 10% of the shares remain in the hands of the company’s founder. » more

US housing starts at positive level in January

13.03.2018 − In the twelve months up to and including January, US housing starts, adjusted to account for seasonal influences, increased by 9.7% vis à vis the preceding month to a total of 1.326m units. » more

Domotex Asia/Chinafloor aiming to occupy 155,000 m²

06.03.2018 − As the organisers of Domotex Asia/Chinafloor, Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai and VNU Exhibitions Asia are anticipating other increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors this year.» more

Weyerhaeuser posts growth from wood products

05.03.2018 − US-American Weyerhaeuser has announced that its Wood Products division ended the fourth quarter of 2017 with much better revenues and earnings than one year earlier. » more

Wood-based panels’ share of trade’s sales grew to 36.5%

02.03.2018 − The figures from the comparison of businesses performed by GD Holz show that the German timber trade generated 3.4% higher sales revenue in the business year 2017 than it did the year before. » more

Eucalyptus pulp manufacturers to raise prices again

26.02.2018 − Bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP) manufacturers intend to increase prices again in February after leaving them untouched in January.» more

SCA examining doubling in capacity at Obbola mill

23.02.2018 − SCA is commissioning an environment impact assessment to examine the effects of enlarging the capacity of the Obbola pulp and paper mill from the present 450,000 t to 850,000 t p.a. in future. » more

Euroconstruct raises forecast for completions

20.02.2018 − For 2018 Euroconstruct forecasts a 7.1% in-crease to a total of 1.585m units vis à vis the preceding year in dwelling unit completions in new residential buildings in the 19 member countries.» more

Trading co-operatives increased purchasing revenues

19.02.2018 − Germany’s big timber and building material co-operatives managed to record another increase in purchasing revenues settled centrally last year, according to statements published in recent weeks. » more

Another upturn in woodworking machinery revenues

12.02.2018 − The European woodworking machinery industry delivered another growth in production revenues in 2015 and 2016 after a strong surge in 2014. » more

Machinery manufacturers add IoT platform to their offering

08.02.2018 − Two more woodworking machinery manufacturers - Michael Weinig and SCM – have unveiled a concept for their own Internet of Things (IoT) platform at the end of January. » more

Minimal progress in plans for Estonian biorefinery

06.02.2018 − Over the course of the year there was virtually no progress on the ideas for building a pulp plant and biorefinery in Estonia, which had first been presented by Est-For Invest at the beginning of 2017.» more

Growth in output in Italy even greater than in 2016

02.02.2018 − According to the provisional figures published by Acimall, Italian woodworking machine manufacturers’ production turnover in 2017 as a whole rose to 2.296bn €. » more

In November, fewer building approvals in all categories

01.02.2018 − In November 2017, 27,392 approvals were granted for construction of dwellings in new and existing residential and non-residential buildings in Germany. » more

Euroconstruct expects 3.5% construction rise in 2017

22.01.2018 − For 2017 the construction research network Euroconstruct forecasts a 3.5% increase in construction work vis à vis the preceding year in the 19 member countries. » more

Chilean DIY store chain Construmart to be sold

18.01.2018 − Chilean SMU intends to sell its Construmart subsidiary to Larraín Vial Servicios Profesionales. According to SMU, both companies signed a binding agreement to this effect on 9 November 2017. » more

A total of 25 continuous dryers sold by Valutec in 2017

15.01.2018 − Including the orders placed by Austrian Hasslacher Norica Timber and German Robeta-Holz in the fourth quarter of 2017, Swedish Valutec Group sold a total of 25 continuous dryers to European customers in 2017. » more

Building approvals continue to decrease

11.01.2018 − In October 2017, 29,445 approvals were granted for construction of dwellings in new and existing residential and non-residential buildings in Germany. » more

EIB grants SCA loan of 150m €

23.12.2017 − The board of directors of European Investment Bank (EIB) recently granted Swedish SCA group a loan of 150m €. » more

Stora Enso agrees new line of credit for 600m €

20.12.2017 − Stora Enso recently agreed a new revolving credit facility with a consortium of a total of 13 European banks. » more

Thornbridge Sawmills taken over by Cairngorm Capital

20.12.2017 − British Cairngorm Capital Partners acquired a majority share in Scottish Thornbridge Sawmills on 7 November. » more

US residential construction recovers again in October

15.12.2017 − In the USA housing starts in the twelve months up to and including October increased by 13.7% to 1.290m units by comparison with the twelve-month period until September.» more

Worldwide DIY market continues to grow

30.11.2017 − The global DIY market had a total volume of €567bn in 2016, according to estimates from the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (Fediyma). » more

GreCon acquires share in Döscher Microwave

27.11.2017 − German Fagus-GreCon Greten acquired 24.5% of the company shares in Döscher Microwave Systems with effect from 1 July. » more

Homag sets new order intake record

24.11.2017 − Homag Group delivered a 12.9% improvement in order intake to €345.4m between July and September after experiencing growth of more than 30% in each of the first two quarters. » more

UPM Plywood: Decline in results despite turnover rise

22.11.2017 − Finnish UPM-Kymmene concluded the third quarter with a turnover increase of 1.9% to €2.493m. Operating profit (EBIT), calculated on a comparable basis, increased by 11.8% to €351m. » more