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  • June 12, 2013 10:25

The European Parquet Industries in 2012

Further amplifying the January forecast of the FEP (European Federation of the Parquet Industry) issued at the start of the DOMOTEX fair in Hannover, the consolidated data provided by member companies and affiliated national associations indicates that the market still does not show the signs of the recovery announced and expected by the European authorities. The general picture is, as expected, not uniform with considerable variations from country to country. ... [more...]

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  • May 20, 2013 14:55

Germany: windows and doors are expected to slightly grow in 2013

During 2012, the sales of windows in Germany were up by 2.6% as compared with the previous year, reaching 13.2 million window units (1 w.u. = 1.69 m², conventional measure). A volume that can grow by 2.4% during 2013, reaching 13.5 million window units, says the most recent evaluation of four associations in the industry.... [more...]

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  • April 11, 2013 15:03

EUTR – problems already for tropical timber exporters

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which regulates illegal timber trade, entered into force on March 3. Already there are signs from NGOs that it will operate to exclude supply of timber from tropical countries to European markets. ... [more...]

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  • April 10, 2013 14:27

Finland: Forestry on the rise

Better economic trends impact wood consumption and domestic forestry . Increase in commercial roundwood removals improves roundwood trade reports the finnish Pellervo Economic Research Institutes (PTT). Roundwood prices will rise slightly, following the price...... [more...]

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  • April 09, 2013 14:09

Finland: Profitability improvement expected

The continuing poor economic situation in Europe will affect Finnish forest industry this year as well reports the finnish Pellervo Economic Research Institutes (PTT). However, the industry’s profitability will see an improvement from last year. Paper production in Finland will decline due to weak economic growth and permanently decreasing paper consumption in main markets... [more...]

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  • March 23, 2013 13:16

Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012

Production was up eight percent and prices have increased over 60 percent since late 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly The lumber market in the US really took off in late 2012 and early 2013. Lumber prices in February were more than 60 percent higher than in late 2011. Increased lumber production has put upward pressure on sawlog prices and in the US Northwest, Douglasfir sawlog prices reached a five-year high in the 4Q/12, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.... [more...]

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  • March 21, 2013 09:58

Could the EUTR improve competitiveness of tropical plywood manufacturers?

The EUTR has been widely promoted as offering an opportunity for long-term improvement in competitiveness in the EU market of hardwood plywood manufacturers in Malaysia, Indonesia and African countries.... [more...]

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  • March 20, 2013 09:39

EUTR blamed for move away from Chinese MLH plywood

The EU plywood market has been significantly affected by enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) which came into effect on 3 March 2013. Prior to 3 March there was an increase in imports of Chinese mixed light hardwood (MLH) plywood, for which importers say it is difficult to obtain reliable evidence of legal origin.... [more...]

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  • February 13, 2013 07:48

Trim: Market, Trends and Innovations

Floor and Trim manufactures present their innovations At the BAU and Domotex,. Trim is accordingly adjusting its line of products to the wide variety of colors and Design Flooring has to offer. One side is the exact duplicate to the design of the floor the other are neutral colors, especially white. Digital printing played minor role ... [more...]

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  • February 11, 2013 06:59

Column: EUTR – Friend or Foe?

The 3 March 2013 is when the new EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) becomes law. This may not be the “end”, but EUTR certainly marks a big change to our world. Whether we like it or not, or we are confused or confident, or even just blissfully ignorant, this law is a real turning point.... [more...]

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