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Russian sawmills step up lumber production

03.08.2011 − 

Improved roundwood supplies enabled Russian sawmills to boost their lumber output by 11.8% year-over-year to around 1.9 million m³ in June 2011, the Russian statistical office in Moscow reports. When compared with May 2011 the output increased by 18.5%. In the first six months of this year taken together Russian sawmills produced around 9.9 million m³ of softwood lumber, which is roughly 10% more than in the same stretch in 2010. The sawmills’ roundwood supply situation has improved since June, when log rafts reached the mills. The growth in softwood lumber output is due to both the higher production levels at existing sawmills and the commissioning of new mills. The new Mayr-Melnhof sawmill in Efimovskij is now running at normal levels. The new sawmill has annual production capacities for around 350,000m³ of softwood lumber. Sawmilling capacities in Russia look set to grow further during the course of the next few years.

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