Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 9/2020

Roundwood/Sawnwood

  • Suppliers with low warehouse stocks of FAS grade US hardwood lumber
  • Felling in Finland reduced by 8 % last year
  • Industrial-wood stocks in Sweden 26 % above 2018 level
  • Strikes brought to an end in Finnish wood industry
  • Ukrainian exports declined by as much as 26% in 2019
  • Latvia: decline in lumber exports to Great Britain
  • Latvian roundwood exports decline by one quarter
  • Roundwood prices in Latvia down in fourth quarter
  • 7-8m m³ of wood damaged by hurricane-force winds
  • Czech Forest expects up to 60m m³ beetle-damaged wood
  • Higher stock levels of lower grade timber have accumulated in oak sawmills
  • Poland: 35% less roundwood being offered at auctions
  • Supply of spruce back to normal in southern Germany
  • Prices for construction assortments to be raised soon

Wood products

  • Turnover decline in German wood industry intensifies

Wood-based panels

  • Wages and salaries to increase by a total of 4.4 %
  • US softwood plywood imports at lowest level since mid-2017
  • USA: decline in hardwood plywood imports from China
  • 4.1 % growth in caravanning industry in Europe in 2019
  • Latvia: plywood exports record a marginal decline only
  • Poplar plywood prices rolled over in most instances
  • Anti-dumping investigation into mouldings under way
  • EU criticises special national arrangements
  • AKCA and ACCD reiterate positions before ITC hearing
  • Coronavirus: Some plants resume operations
  • Quality associations wrap up merger
  • US housing starts increased by 40.8% in 2019

Construction

  • Euroconstruct expects lower housing construction

Companies

  • Mohawk and Unilin to stop making parquet at Magnum Parket at end of February
  • District court upholds action against Giga International
  • Masco Cabinetry: Deal to close in late February
  • Thornbridge Sawmills expands Grangemouth location
  • Ikea to open two planning studios in the Berlin area
  • Tarkett: Slight improvement in 2019 adjusted EBITDA
  • Beasley Flooring Products agrees three acquisitions
  • Binderholz planning CLT works at Hallein facility
  • Corá Domenico & Figli now represented by RieglerHolz
  • Mercer: wood products increases operating profit
  • STVG purchases Swedish Sörnsen subsidiary S Wood
  • Södra records net loss for fourth quarter of last year
  • Talks still underway with potential investors for Timura
  • Holtec now getting more orders from sawmill industry
  • Merger between Norrskog and Norra Skogsägarna approved
  • Södra enlarging sorting and drying sections in Värö
  • Dieffenbacher participating in APPbyYou start-up
  • Dieffenbacher sets up spares warehouse in Bangkok
  • Further decline registered in Raute’s incoming orders
  • Arauco North America making next divestment
  • Norbord halves its investment budget to about US$100m
  • Siempelkamp sells second plant for rice-straw MDF
  • Duratex concludes sale of forest areas in Brazil
  • LP confronted by negative operating profit
  • Delayed start of construction for Garnica works in France
  • Kastamonu replacing particleboard line in Samsun
  • Büttner delivering 85 t dryer to Saib facility in Italy
  • Neodecortech experiences slump in earnings
  • Retis Holding has acquired all shares in Arcolor
  • Schattdecor boosted revenues by 5% to €780m
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö Decor enjoys stronger demand
  • Finsa orders two EcoPulser Twin mills from Pallmann