Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 47/2020


  • Demand for beetle-damaged wood currently surpassing volumes cleared by forest owners
  • USA’s sawnwood imports from Europe boosted 79 %
  • Demand for roundwood exceeding supply in Belarus
  • Latvia: roundwood prices largely stable
  • Poland: lumber production recovers up to September
  • Another rise in Södra’s prices for spruce sawlogs
  • Sweden: Trämarknaden to be held as podcasts in 2020
  • Sweden’s planed product and pine exports down
  • British lumber production declines further
  • Irish sawmills must keep cutting throttled back
  • UK transposing EUTR and FLEGT into national law
  • Sawn-softwood buyers in Italy left with no option but to accept higher prices in autumn
  • Slight easing in industrial-wood sales in Austria
  • Cancellations and changes to NRW auction dates
  • Purchase prices slightly reduced by Swiss sawmills
  • Roundwood merchants reduce prices for beech for export
  • Germany wood industry against restrictions in felling
  • Largely cautious attitude on sawmill-residue markets

Wood products

  • European pellet production up by 7.2%
  • US pellet exports just slightly above 2019 level

Wood-based panels

  • Ligna 2021 moved back from May to the autumn
  • VDMA elects new chairman and five new board members
  • Woodworking machinery firms land 20% fewer orders
  • Increase in OSB imports from EU slackens off
  • Little change in Canadian OSB exports


  • Furniture industry: turnover down 7.8% at end of August
  • Several EU countries close furniture stores

Building products

  • €3.4bn market volume for window and door fittings


  • Agreement on redundancy package for Hemmoor plant
  • Homag finalises its acquisition of System TM
  • Homag’s key financials still worse than last year
  • Ikea Deutschland turnover up by 0.9%
  • Kimball International intends to acquire Poppin Inc.
  • Arbonia concludes syndicated loan agreement for CHF250m
  • Roto Frank Holding turnover exceeds 2019 figure
  • Westag & Getalit divisions show mixed performances
  • Am Zehnhoff-Söns offering roundwood handling in Bonn
  • Haliburton Forest subsidiary buys sawmill from Rayonier
  • James Jones extending log yard in Lockerbie
  • Piveteau Bois orders sorting line from Jartek
  • RFP reaps benefits from higher prices and volumes
  • Siberian Zarechniy sawmill’s sorting station now in service
  • West Fraser producing sawnwood largely at capacity
  • Distributor ForestOne selling Egger products in Australia
  • Pfleiderer permitted to further increase recycled-wood input
  • Shutdown for several days at Duratex plant in Agudos
  • Swiss Krono Group announces 4% drop in 2019/2020 revenues
  • LP: OSB division records above-average growth
  • Weyerhaeuser increases OSB turnover by 82%
  • 100 Mile House OSB mill to close its doors for good
  • Norbord raises investment budget to US$100m
  • Norbord reports the strongest quarter in its history
  • Chemours increased titanium dioxide sales again in Q3
  • Glatfelter: Overlay paper revenues marginally lower
  • GreCon hands 75% stake in IPAC back to Harald Jordan
  • OCI reports turnaround in its melamine sales
  • Homann raised EBITDA by almost half in Q3
  • Starwood investing in second thin MDF line
  • Steico planning fourth site in Gromadka, Poland