Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 47/2018


  • Demand for softwood sawlogs exceeding supply
  • Estonia: Generally stable softwood sawlog prices
  • Prices for Baltic softwood timber meanwhile a little lower than those asked in third quarter
  • 11% increase in Spanish softwood lumber imports
  • Latvia: Further increase in roundwood prices
  • Sharp increase registered in sales rate in Poland this year
  • Forestry companies expect 2.8m m³ storm-damaged wood
  • Sawmilling industry holding cutting activity at a high level
  • Pulp mills accepting up to 16 % higher prices in follow-on contracts in spite of backlogs
  • Higher beech-log volumes put out by forest businesses

Wood products

  • Ongoing double-digit growth for German timber industry
  • Demand for standard pallets slightly slower again since beginning of current quarter
  • German pallet industry’s output boosted by 4.2 %
  • Wood construction firms’ August sales revenue up 6.8 %

Wood-based panels

  • US hardwood plywood imports increase up to September
  • USA: Further 65% increase in softwood plywood imports
  • Adhesive industry booked 2.0% growth in wood business
  • Further more significant rise in Spanish plywood imports
  • North American EWP output falls for first time in a while
  • UNECE/FAO: Total production up at 147.5m m³


  • Slower growth in the global market for decor paper during last year
  • China makes more than 1m tonnes of decor paper
  • Titanium dioxide manufacturers’ reductions in volumes partly offset by increases in prices


  • People


  • Canfor aiming to acquire Elliot Sawmilling Co. Inc. for 110m US$
  • Conifex’ timber output raised by acquisitions
  • Solikamskbumprom buying 53 log trucks
  • West Fraser and Conifex also reduce lumber production
  • Bergs Timber: EBITDA margin increases to over 10%
  • Bergvik Skog’s forests in Latvia purchased by Södra
  • Restricted production in UPM-Kymmene Plattling mill
  • Further decline in Metsä Wood’s sales revenue in Q3
  • UPM-Kymmene reports fall in earnings from plywood
  • AFI’s wooden-flooring sales revenue still decreasing
  • Forte records turnover decline in third quarter
  • Nobia to implement restructuring programme
  • Slow business impairs HNI turnover increase
  • Andritz Pulp & Paper improves EBITA margin
  • New Zealand lays foundation for China investment
  • Raute’s receipts of orders reach last year’s level in Q3
  • Centuryply only increases sales of laminated MDF
  • Impress commissions new treating line in St Veit
  • Juken fleshes out Triboard investments in Kaitaia
  • Kotkamills faces another slump in Industrial Products business
  • Boise Cascade ceasing LVL production in Roxboro
  • Fletcher Building sells Roof Tile Group to IKO
  • Venator to close its titanium dioxide plant in Pori by 2021
  • Broadview spent €170m on Westag & Getalit
  • Pfleiderer delivers stronger growth in Eastern Europe