Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 21/2019


  • US softwood lumber imports increase by 2% in March
  • USA: 2x4 price stable at US$329/1,000 bdft
  • Baltic sawnwood prices still under pressure
  • USA levying 25 % additional duty on Chinese products
  • Another sharp reduction registered in sawn softwood prices in Italy in April
  • Spanish imports of softwood lumber increase by 20%
  • 14.2 % growth in output of planed hardwood products
  • Germany: softwood-sawlog prices back at 2009 level
  • Greater provision of industrial hardwood in Austria
  • Sometimes substantial cuts in carcassing-assortment prices

Wood products

  • Italy: gluelam manufacturers announce price increases

Wood-based panels

  • Canada exporting less OSB to Asian countries
  • Unchanging trends in US foreign trade in OSB
  • Another double-digit fall in North American EWP output
  • North American OSB output increases by another 3%
  • Little change in state of Central European particleboard markets in recent weeks

Building products

  • Several interior door producers investing in modernising and increasing capacity
  • Halstead, Home Depot and Välinge reach a settlement
  • US: ITC launches investigation into vinyl flooring imports


  • Peak level of incoming orders in February
  • Building approvals decline by 13.1% in February


  • People


  • BHB: big improvement for DIY store trade in Q1


  • Business continues at Globensteiner Holzwerkstätten
  • Three veneer suppliers sharing joint stand at Interzum
  • Trex’s results down again for first time since Q3 2015
  • I.B.H. Sägewerk chipper operational from September
  • Rohol plans reconstruction of veneer plant by 2020
  • Stallinger put new sawmilling line into service in mid-April
  • Stora Enso: wood products achieves stable results
  • Södra sells more roundwood and lumber
  • Double-digit increase in Moelven Timber result
  • Norra Skogsägarna turnover improves to SEK2.5bn in 2018
  • XLam NZ considering closure of CLT works in Nelson
  • Holmen wood products: profit increases by 42%
  • Kesla turnover continues to increase in 2018
  • Supplier problems restrict Ponsse development
  • Swedish Bergs Timber intends to take over Fågelfors Hyvleri
  • Valbo Trä takes over Skutskär location from Setra
  • Ardex Group acquires majority stake in Nexus Adhesives
  • Freda invests €42m in new factory in Kaunas
  • Nobilia starts construction on Saarlouis plant at start of May
  • Steinhoff posts net loss of almost 4bn €
  • Swiss Nexus Investments takes over HocoHolz
  • Armstrong Flooring: decline in turnover and profit
  • Grauthoff Türengruppe intends to invest some €22m
  • Turnover decline again in Amorim’s Floor & Wall division
  • Inwido: special effects lead to turnover increase
  • Jeld-Wen: turnover rise exclusively due to takeovers
  • Double-figure growth in Medite Smartply’s sales revenue
  • Mohawk: flooring North America profit plummets
  • Valmet acquires refiner segment manufacturer
  • Growth in sales revenue of all Hal companies
  • Westag & Getalit contributes 82.3m € to Broadview
  • Wrede planning to jettison its other shareholdings too
  • Further decline in Ahlstrom Munksjö Decor’s margin
  • Sonae Industria’s net result positive again in Q1 2019