Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 33/2017


  • Over recent weeks, West African timber has been still sought after in Asia
  • Sawmilling and laminating works short of raw meranti
  • Slight fall in US softwood lumber imports
  • Canada’s softwood lumber exports to USA down by 2%
  • European white-oak processing businesses continuing to look for cheaper alternatives
  • No further increase registered in US softwood lumber prices
  • Fewer applications for imports of Russian logs to EU
  • Growth in demand used by Siberian shippers for minor increases in prices for larch
  • Austria: Storms result in damage to forest roads
  • Finnish industry takes delivery of around 20.1m m³ of logs
  • Reduction registered in softwood log prices in Czech Republic during course of Quarter 2
  • Softwood timber output increased by 2.8% in Finland
  • Undiminished brisk cutting activity keeping demand for softwood sawlogs at a high level
  • Sawmilling industry in Germany’s south/west planning to use state of market for price hikes

Wood products

  • First-quarter pallet production up year on year by 3.6%
  • Price for standard pallets hiked in further small stages since end of June
  • Production of EPAL pallets grows by roughly 10%

Wood-based panels

  • Exports of woodworking machinery increased again in the preceding year
  • Italy: Production revenues increased by 10.4%
  • Slight downturn in Canadian OSB exports
  • Strong growth in Rumanian OSB exports to the USA
  • TSCA Title VI: EPA wants to allow early labelling
  • USA: Particleboard imports from EU increase further
  • Demand for adhesive resin remains brisk
  • Finnish plywood industry maintains production level
  • Ongoing capacity problems for Brazilian manufacturers
  • Virtually no weakening in demand for raw melamine


  • For 2017, Euroconstruct raises housing forecast


  • BHB: DIY turnover declines in second quarter


  • West Fraser Timber planning to take over Gilman for $430m
  • West Fraser’s net profit raised by almost 50% in Q2
  • Metsä Wood’s key performance figures down in Q2
  • SCA benefits from higher prices and sales volumes
  • Heidegrund pellet plant sold for the second time
  • Ilim files creditor’s petition against DWK-Holzenergie
  • Sumitomo acquires share in pellet producer PBEC
  • Walford Timber takes over G&MB Manning
  • Amorim: Expenses burden Floor & Wall EBITDA
  • Hagebau achieves growth again in the second quarter
  • Insolvency proceedings start at Karat Möbelfertigteile
  • Armstrong to close two wood flooring locations
  • Dormakaba acquires firms in Canada and Australia
  • Zeyko: Investor to take over business from September
  • Homag Group sees increase in order receipts
  • SCM Group buying a 51% stake in HG Grimme
  • Velux manager tried to sell data to competitor Fakro
  • LP to take over International Barrier Technology
  • Masisa sells biomass power plants in Cabrero
  • Duratex suffers further declines in sales
  • Egger opening its distribution centre in Livonia in October
  • Classen explores increasing its MDF/HDF capacity
  • Homag adding 1,800 m² of hall space to Schopfloch site
  • Li & Co.: Investment in Micodur line now underway