Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 28/2018


  • Heavy demand for timber registered in the sawn softwood markets in North Africa
  • Prices for planeable rough-sawn whitewood set to rise by another 3-6 €/m³ in third quarter
  • Industrial beech remains sought after in Austria
  • Panel and pellet producers dispensing with cuts in prices
  • Slovenian Lesy SR wants to export 19 % fewer logs
  • First generation of bark beetles now swarming out
  • Forest owners in Bavaria aiming to reduced green felling
  • Log prices still falling in northern/eastern Germany
  • Planed-product exports to USA more than trebled
  • Undiminished high volume of pine-timber sales
  • New record high in beech-sawlog exports to China
  • Chinese merchants and value-adders hesitant about follow-on contracts for beech timber

Wood-based panels

  • European wood-based panel output 2017 edged 3.0% higher last year to 57.6m m³
  • British wood-based panel imports a little lower
  • Diverging trends in British plywood imports
  • Double-digit growth in Brazilian domestic sales
  • Maritime pine plywood prices spiralling higher
  • European Panel Federation elects new member to its managing board
  • Methanol contract price jumps by €39/t


  • Eucalyptus pulp prices have not risen again
  • Mounting opposition to higher decor paper prices


  • AMÖ fears further rise in logistics costs
  • Double-digit increase for furniture industry in April
  • German furniture exports up again by 9.2% in April

Building products

  • After 16 years, the EPLF elects a new president
  • Further increase in parquet imports to EU in 2017


  • People


  • Heinola receives orders from Finland and Japan
  • Image Systems acquires scanner producer Limab
  • Valutec succeeds in entering North American market
  • Weinig establishes unit Automation & Digital Business
  • Fire in drying kilns of SWL at core layer works in Tölz
  • Kaufmann expands timber construction module capacity
  • Renholmen wins order worth 200m SEK from Setra
  • Timber production unaffected by fire at Despond
  • Steinhoff records loss of €599m for report period
  • Green River books fall in particleboard revenues
  • Losán doubles particleboard capacity at Cuenca mill
  • Pinomatic delivers technology for Metsä plant in Punkaharju
  • SchäferRolls increasing its US manufacturing capacity
  • Kronospan commissions OSB line at its Ufa site
  • Starwood installing fifth production line in Inegöl
  • Unilin and Aspiravi building power plant in Wielsbeke

  • In Brief