Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 12/2019


  • US sawn softwood imports down by 11 % in Q4 2018
  • 58.1m t of wood damaged by hurricane “Michael” in Florida
  • Beetle-damaged wood in Czech Republic estimated at 30m m³
  • Finland: 10-12% increase in softwood sawlog prices
  • Poland: softwood sawlog prices start to rise again
  • 15% increase in Russian exports to China
  • British lumber imports increased by 10%
  • Beech sawlog exporters’ interest in extra volumes low
  • First deliveries under new industrial-wood contracts
  • Extensive damage left in wake of storm “Eberhard”

Wood products

  • EPAL pallet production increased by another 5.2 %
  • Mjøstårnet timber tower block officially opened on 1 March
  • Perceptible reduction in prices for standard pallets
  • Slacker demand registered on German pellet market
  • Timber-construction revenues increased in December too
  • Wood industry develops better than furniture industry

Wood-based panels

  • Duty-free plywood quota may be filled in first half of April
  • Elliotis pine plywood exports rising after a slow start
  • Elliotis pine plywood ordering so far failing to live up to expectations
  • China was the biggest export market for OSB in Q4


  • German furniture exports reach a total of €10.9bn
  • Kitchen furniture exports up by 5.5%
  • Kitchen furniture industry turnover up 6.3% in 2018


  • 4% more dwellings completed in Poland
  • Great Britain: slight decline in construction approvals


  • People


  • US group Masco seeking a buyer for kitchen furniture, window and door operations
  • Khanty-Mansiysk: government intends to sell Ugra Timber
  • New Komatsu Forest dealers in Lithuania and Kaliningrad
  • Schweighofer awards contract for biomass-fired CHP plant
  • Suspicion of arson substantiated at I.B.H.
  • Swedish Gösta Hedlund has been taken over by ARAT
  • Wood-Mizer enlarging works for bandsaws in Indiana
  • Angara Plus commences production of Mabashira
  • Brüninghoff: key supplier for HAUT wooden high-rise
  • Splitkon puts CLT works in Åmot into operation
  • Bulthaup group’s sales revenue up again in 2017
  • Sales alliance agreed between Brunner and Haworth
  • Cairngorm Capital takes over door manufacturer
  • AFI: high net loss due to sale of wooden flooring division
  • Nobia’s results impaired by restructuring measures
  • Forbo: significant increase in turnover and results in 2018
  • Further improvement in Arbonia profits situation
  • Biesse’s sales revenue up by 7 % to 740m € in 2018
  • Norbord orders OSB dryer for Inverness from Büttner
  • Trex delivers double-digit rise in sales and earnings
  • Baumer forges partnership with EWS in North America
  • Pro-MDF almost triples export revenues in the US
  • Volume of CMPC’s plywood sales up 22 % in 2018
  • Arauco’s wood-based panel sales increased by 11 %
  • Boise Cascade’s result impaired by disinvestments
  • CHH exiting the particleboard manufacturing business
  • Moncure plywood works taken over by Southern Veneer