Miscellaneous

Khanty-Mansiysk: government to sell Ugra Timber

20.03.2019 − The government of the West Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous okrug intends to sell timber industry company Ugra Timber Holding to a Russian investor.» more

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US Housing Starts grew by 18.6% in January

18.03.2019 − In the USA, housing starts in the twelve-month period up to and including January increased by 18.6% to 1.230m units compared with the twelve-month period to December. » more

Rougier: Commercial court approves restructuring

13.03.2019 − On 26 February, the Commercial Court in Poiters/France approved the rescue and restructuring plan submitted by Rougier. » more

Germany: Orders in housing construction grew by 6.3%

07.03.2019 − In December German housing construction companies recorded a 6.3% increase in incoming orders seasonally adjusted vis à vis the comparative quarter of the preceding year. » more

Sydenhams takes over Snows Timber site

05.03.2019 − The English timber and building materials trading company Sydenhams took over the Glastonbury site from Snows Timber with effect from 1 March. » more

US housing starts fell by 10.9% in 2018

01.03.2019 − In the USA, the number of housing starts in 2018 decreased by 10.9 % to 1.078m units, seasonally adjusted compared with the previous year. » more

Bellesbumprom group to build pellet works in Vitebsk

28.02.2019 − The timber, furniture, and paper group Bellesbumprom is about to start work on building a pellet works geared to an annual production capacity of 120,000 t in the Vitebsk free-trade zone. » more

Laminate Park to stop production by end of 2019

26.02.2019 − The MDF/HDF joint venture Laminate Park is set to cease operations at its site in Heusweiler-Eiweiler by the end of 2019. » more

Räsänen takes over management of Heinola

25.02.2019 − With effect from 1 February Jan Räsänen has taken over the management of the Finnish plant manufacturer Heinola Sawmill Machinery. » more

US President Trump extends moratorium on punitive tariffs

25.02.2019 − US President Donald Trump announced an extension of the moratorium beyond 1 March in the trade dispute with China on Sunday afternoon via Twitter. » more

Germany: 1.5m housing units to be completed by 2021

21.02.2019 − In the current legislative period up to 2021, the German federal government is aiming to complete 1.5m new housing units. » more

CPA expects 1.9% growth in British housing

19.02.2019 − For the current year, the Construction Products Association (CPA) forecasts an increase in construction output in the UK residential construction sector of 1.9% year-on-year to £42.9bn.» more

HolzLand also achieves turnover increase in 2018

18.02.2019 − In the 2018 financial year timber trade cooperation HolzLand achieved a centrally invoiced net purchasing volume (centrally invoiced turnover) of some €835m.» more

Becher has increased turnover to more than € 100m

15.02.2019 − Last year, the timber wholesale company Becher generated sales of over € 100m for the first time. » more

Westag & Getalit closes 2018 with a slight minus

13.02.2019 − As in the nine-month period, consolidated sales of Westag & Getalit AG in the 2018 financial year were slightly below the previous year's level. » more

Approval for container terminal in Kodersdorf

11.02.2019 − The Saxony State Directorate has approved the construction of a terminal for combined transport (CT) in Kodersdorf/Saxony. » more

Metsä Group has shipped 12% less sawn timber

08.02.2019 − In the fourth quarter, the Finnish Metsä Group again reported declines in sales and earnings for the Wood Products Industry segment.» more

SCA Wood France and ISB Groupe intend to merge

05.02.2019 − SCA Wood France, part of the Swedish Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), and Innovation Solutions Bois (Groupe ISB) want to merge their business activities. » more

RemaSawco has received orders worth skr 54.7m

05.02.2019 − In December and January, the Swedish engineering company RemaSawco received a total of seven orders with a total value of skr 54.7m. » more

Ghana: Exports up only slightly in the third quarter

30.01.2019 − The Ghanaian timber industry increased its export volume in the third quarter by 2.0 % to 77,571 m³. » more

British government has published no-deal rules

29.01.2019 − In a press release, the British Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs draws attention to the regulations that will apply to foreign trade in timber if a hard Brexit occurs.» more

US plant manufacturer Astec seeks new CEO

28.01.2019 − Benjamin Brock, President and CEO of US engineering manufacturer Astec Industries, resigned from his position and from the Board of Directors on January 21. » more

Building materials trade expects sales growth of 5%

28.01.2019 − Federal Association of German Building Materials Specialists (BDB) assumes that the sector's turnover increased by around 5 % last year. » more

Knauf will reorganize USG management after closing

28.01.2019 − The German building materials manufacturer Knauf intends to appoint a new management team following the completion of the takeover of the US building materials group USG. » more

Spacva has exceeded sales forecast for 2018

25.01.2019 − Last year, the Croatian wood industry company Spacva increased its turnover to around 230.5m Croatian kuna. » more

Japan abolishes tariffs on European timber products

24.01.2019 − Based on the "EU-Japan" Economic Partnership Agreement adopted by the European Parliament in mid-December, import duties on European softwood and gluelam products will be abolished by 2026. » more

Derome now partner in Eurobaustoff since 1 January

17.01.2019 − Swedish Derome joined the builders’ merchants’ alliance Eurobaustoff as a new partner with effect from 1 January 2019. » more

Active Energy Plans Coal Switch Plant in North Carolina

16.01.2019 − Active Energy Group, listed on the London Stock Exchange, has finalised its plans for the construction of the first commercial Coal Switch plant. » more

Fermacell was renamed James Hardie Europe

14.01.2019 − James Hardie has renamed Fermacell GmbH, which was taken over from the building materials manufacturer Xella International in the second quarter of 2018, as James Hardie Europe GmbH.» more

Arauco fixed supply contracts with Andritz and Valmet

09.01.2019 − Following the signing of two Letters of Award (LoA) for the MAPA project at the beginning of October, Arauco signed supply contracts with Andritz and Valmet during the fourth quarter.» more