Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 23/2021


  • Japan: imports of lumber from Europe down by 13%
  • US lumber futures decrease significantly again
  • US suppliers continue to provide only small volumes of lumber for export
  • Malaysia: new lockdown negatively affects production
  • Rising freight rates hamper Bangkirai imports
  • Latvian softwood lumber exports decline by 4.5%
  • Roundwood exports decrease by 7.0%
  • Ukraine increases exports to EU countries by 14%
  • Minor upward adjustment in damaged-wood forecasts
  • Reduced surplus on sawmill residues markets
  • Softwood lumber production increases by 17.8%

Wood products

  • 13 % growth registered in Belarusian pellet exports
  • Further increases seen in delivery periods for pallets
  • Further growth in demand for timber houses in Russia
  • SBP-certified biomass raised to roughly 15m t in 2020
  • Window scantling prices have risen sharply across all wood species since mid-April

Wood-based panels

  • Several DIY retail chains almost double their OSB sales prices in a short amount of time
  • More hardwood plywood imported into Germany
  • A few OSB producers already raised peak prices to over €600 in June
  • OSB producers pointing to North America and China


  • France’s furniture imports and exports both down by 11 %
  • Less furniture from Germany imported by Italy in 2020
  • German kitchen exports up by 13.9 % in first quarter
  • Growth in manufacturers’ kitchen exports to UK
  • Salone del Mobile: hybrid format to start in June
  • Mattresses: Order intake has slowed again after a short-lived recovery


  • Building approvals rise by 36.7% in March
  • Orders in housing construction slightly below last year’s figure
  • US Housing Starts down by 9.5% in April


  • IFA will not take place again until September 2022
  • Next Xylexpo will not take place until mid-October 2022
  • Orgatec Asian edition planned for April 2022 in Tokyo


  • Auctus aiming to take a stake in Häussermann group
  • H&S supplies PU mattress recycling plant to Netherlands
  • Interfor wants to take over four US sawmills from GP
  • Production halted at AustroCel pulp mill after gas leak
  • Flat-pack furniture producer Tvilum acquires Steens Group
  • Ikea interested in an additional property in central London
  • Jysk owner Lars Larsen Group plans further takeover
  • Recticel sees Greiner offer of €13.50 per share as too low
  • Boise Cascade: Stronger growth in Q1 revenues
  • Covestro launches pilot plant for PU mattress foam recycling
  • Kraft buys a stake in Becker Sondermaschinenbau
  • Continuation solution for Katerra failed
  • Pervanovo acquires Croatian Spacva Group