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

Xylexpo organiser planning to add a fourth hall

17.11.2017 − Centro promozionale Acimall (Cepra) is planning to increase the exhibition area of next Xylexpo taking place from 8 to 12 May 2018 by adding a fourth hall for the first time.» more

Stora Enso: Wood products EBIT up by almost 32%

09.11.2017 − In the third quarter, the wood products business division of Stora Enso benefited from increased sales volumes and slightly higher sales prices. » more

Homag set to boost Chinese manufacturing capacity

08.11.2017 − Homag Group intends to undertake a significant expansion of its manufacturing facility in Shanghai. » more

3.8% less building permissions granted than last year

08.11.2017 − In August, construction of 30,516 dwelling units in new and existing residential buildings was approved in Germany. » more

Ongoing negative development in US housing starts

06.11.2017 − The storms across southern and eastern USA at the end of August and in September meant fewer housing starts in the USA. » more

Jowat subsidiary established in Vietnam

03.11.2017 − Jowat has set up a new sales and service facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in order to fulfil regional customers’ requirements more quickly and effectively. » more

Kullik & Rullmann now also has port warehouse in Riga

30.10.2017 − German Kullik & Rullmann has now also rented a port warehouse in Riga, Latvia, via which predominantly pine lumber from sawmills in Belarus and Ukraine will be exported to customers in Great Britain. » more

Rougier improves results in first half of the year

25.10.2017 − In the first half of French Rougier group was confronted by a further decline in turnover of 3.2% to €76.0m. » more

H.B. Fuller to take over of Royal Adhesives & Sealants

18.10.2017 − US-American H.B. Fuller is aiming to take over Royal Adhesives & Sealants from American Securities. A corresponding agreement had already been announced on 4 September. » more

Ghana’s timber exports still well below last year’s level

16.10.2017 − Wood imports from Ghana fell in the second quarter by 21.2% to 80,119 m³. Development in the second quarter was thus similar to that in the first in which a reduction of 21.4%. » more

Austrian wood industry’s foreign trade surplus up

12.10.2017 − At 4.16bn €, the foreign trade surplus of the Austrian forest and wood industry in 2016 was well above the long-term average and roughly 8% than last year. » more

Kadant acquires Nicholson and Valon Kone

20.09.2017 − The US plant manufacturer Kadant completed its acquisition of the Forest Products division from NII FPG, on 5 July. » more

Woodworking industry turnover growth levels off

20.09.2017 − Following higher rates of increase in the entire periods of 2014 to 2016, turnover of the German woodworking industry increased by 1.7% to €17.675bn in the first half of the year.» more

Timber trade’s mid-year sales revenue 1.7% up on last year

07.09.2017 − The results of the monthly business comparison performed by the German timber trade federation (GD Holz) show that the German timber trade slightly raised its sales revue in June by 1% against a year earlier.» more

Slump in new residential construction accelerating

01.09.2017 − The number of building permits issued in Germany continues on a downward path, although the downturn seen in the first quarter had picked up the pace by mid-year. » more

Westag & Getalit adjust results forecast for 2017

28.08.2017 − The trends in turnover which had already been seen in the first quarter at Westag & Getalit continued in the second quarter. » more

In the second quarter, positive trend continued at Raute

15.08.2017 − Finnish Raute again showed considerable increases in order receipts and turnover in the second quarter. » more

Fletcher Building dismisses CEO Adamson

14.08.2017 − On 20 July, following further losses in the Construction division, the board of directors at New Zealand Fletcher Building dismissed CEO Mark Adamson, who had held that position since October 2012. » more

Germany: Housing permits decreased by 3% in May

11.08.2017 − In May housing permits of 30,529 units were granted in Germany. This corresponds to a 3% decrease vis à vis the comparative month of the preceding year. » more

Södra Wood improves its key performance figures

05.08.2017 − Södra Wood generated positive key performance figures again in the second quarter. » more

Stagnation in sales in CRH building supplies segment

03.08.2017 − In its business year 2016, the sales revenue generated by the “Building materials distribution” division (BMD) of Irish CRH more or less matched that of the year before at €6.381bn. » more

Wolseley selling Silvan DIY chain to Aurelius

28.07.2017 − British Wolseley is to sell the Danish DIY chain Silvan to Aurelius Equity-Opportunities. » more

Slovakia can subsidise Mondi Ružomberok expansion

25.07.2017 − On 13 July, the European Commission approved the €49m subsidy of Mondi SCP's pulp mill in Ružomberok (Slovakia). » more

Spacva planning to invest around HRK60m by 2019

21.07.2017 − Croatian Spacva began implementing an investment programme in June this year after having announced it in March. » more

Versowood using break-bulk shipping to China

19.07.2017 − Finnish Versowood began break-bulk shipping of softwood timber to China at the beginning of May. » more