Print edition

EUWID Wood Products and Panels Issue 3/2019


  • Bangkirai producers were willing to grant concessions on prices at end of last year
  • Prices for meranti generally unchanged
  • South America: Significant price increase for decking
  • 500,000 m³ of damaged wood caused by Alfrida in Sweden
  • Aapeli storm caused only minor damage in Finland
  • Finland’s forest industries’ log intake up by 23 % in 2018
  • Higher oak prices in Brzesko and Wroclaw
  • Threat of bark-beetle calamity looming over Sweden this year
  • Zielona Gora: Oak prices only slightly higher than last year
  • Centre of competence for forestry and timber now open
  • Prices for LAS pine currently holding steady at level reached at end of 2018
  • Softwood-timber buyers exercising restraint in purchasing in anticipation of falling prices
  • 16% decline in beech roundwood exports

Wood products

  • Growth in number of ENplus-pellet producers
  • Prices for visible-grade gluelam timber largely stable in the light of high prices for lamellas
  • Worldwide pellet trade up by an estimated 26 % in 2018
  • US pellet production in 2018 20 % higher than in 2017

Wood-based panels

  • Further rise again in British particleboard and OSB imports
  • Double-digit increase in birch plywood exports
  • Further big increase in British hardwood plywood imports
  • Chile: Plywood exports up by one quarter
  • No movement in prices for poplar plywood made in Europe of late
  • Methanex and SCC lower North American prices
  • Particleboard prices have not dropped as much as expected in first quarter of 2019
  • Methanol contract price slashed by 18.2%


  • Approvals for multi-family houses down by 14.4%


  • People


  • Broadview Holding set to acquire Formica after buying Trespa, Arpa and Westag
  • Metsä sends first full trainload of softwood timber to China
  • Werner GmbH of Trier must file for insolvency again
  • BSW Timber’s result restored to positive zone
  • Holzco bankrupt as major order falls through
  • Ipe Woods USA takes over competing Internet platform
  • MM-Holz investing in extending picking section in Wismar
  • Pavatex set to cease manufacturing in Cham
  • Vanachai’s sales revenue still heading downhill
  • Roseburg planning to acquire MDF mill in El Dorado
  • Pfleiderer’s Baruth MDF/HDF works still standing after fire
  • Ten CPS+ presses put into operation by Dieffenbacher
  • Egger: Write-off in Argentina makes dent into earnings
  • Search continues for investors for insolvent HDM