Miscellaneous

Estonia still holding on firmly to plans for pulp mill

20.04.2018 − At the cabinet meeting held on 5 April, Estonia’s government decided that Est-For should press ahead with its plans for building a pulp mill that were first presented at the beginning of 2017. » more

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Sharp growth in revenues at Homag China Golden Field

18.04.2018 − Homag China Golden Field - a joint venture that was founded in 2000 – boosted its revenues by nearly 63% in the 2017 financial year.» more

Mondi concretising investment in Šteti and Ružomberok

13.04.2018 − At an investor presentation on 2 March, Mondi Group gave more concrete shape to its plans for the Czech pulp mill in Šteti and the Slovakian mill in Ružomberok. » more

Segezha Plywood improves EBITDA margin to 30.5 %

10.04.2018 − The adjusted EBITDA of the “Plywood and Wood Boards” division of the Russian Segezha Group in 2017 was 72.4% higher than a year earlier at 1.8bn RUB. » more

Arauco increased its sales in 2017

09.04.2018 − Chilean Celulosa Arauco y Constitutión sold 7.4% more wood-based panels in the fourth quarter of 2017 than in the prior-year period with a total of 1.216m m³. » more

Hecht & Kloth continues CEKO production operations

09.04.2018 − German Hecht & Kloth took over the CEKO product programme and one of the two planing lines, the tools, stocks, patents, and registered designs of Grimmeisen Holzland on 1 November 2017.» more

Pulp manufacturers Fibria and Suzano plan to merge

06.04.2018 − Brazilian Fibria Celulose and Suzano Papel e Celulose are to be merged into a single company by means of a share swap. » more

Fewer building approvals again in December

31.03.2018 − In December 2017 approvals for construction of 34,470 dwellings were granted in Germany. » more

Akzo Nobel completes its purchase of V.Powdertech

29.03.2018 − Akzo Nobel wrapped up its take-over of Thai V.Powdertech before the end of the fourth quarter after reaching a deal on 27 November 2017. » more

New record output achieved by Mercer International

28.03.2018 − German Zellstoff Stendal (ZS), part of Mercer International produced a total of 679,152 t of pulp in its business year 2017, which equates to an increase of around 4.7% against last year. » more

Order intake in housing construction almost 40% up

22.03.2018 − Order intake in German housing construction increased nominally by 39.8% to €1.616bn in December 2017 vis à vis the comparative month of the preceding year. » more

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