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US housing starts surge in July in rare pandemic bright spot

Homebuilding accelerated at the fastest rate in nearly four years in July. The housing sector has emerged as one of the few areas of strength in an economy suffering a record slowdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic...... [mais...]

EU to strengthen environmental requirements in trade agreements

A motion by the European Parliament's International Trade Commission calls for the European Union to strengthen the environmental protection requirements in its trade agreements...... [mais...]

Indonesia: Furniture industry needs help to be ready for demand up-turn

Indonesian furniture manufacturers are optimistic that production will be back to normal by the end of the first quarter of 2021 but, because average production utilisation will be stuck at around 30%... [mais...]

Increased capacity in Gabon’s SEZ

The companies operating in Gabon’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have emerged as the largest suppliers of peeled veneer shipping out mainly to China and India... [mais...]

Canadian housing starts increased in August

The trend in housing starts was 213,144 units in August 2020, up from 204,597 units in July 2020, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)...... [mais...]

ULK Group's new sawmill to use Nordautomation’s equipment

Russia’s ULK Group is investing about Euro 400 million in one of the country’s biggest sawmill investments....... [mais...]

IMA Schelling Group will not attend LIGNA

The IMA Schelling Group has decided not to participate in the LIGNA trade fair next year. Factors such as the uncertain development of the pandemic in spring 2021...... [mais...]

Ghana: Exports of wood product exports down over 40%

Ghana’s wood product exports for the first five-months of 2020 slipped to 76,551 m3 (Euro 38.00 million), from 128,842 m3 (Eur 66.05 million) in 2019...... [mais...]

Metsä's Kemi mill preparing for annual maintenance shutdown

The annual maintenance shutdown of Metsä Fiber’s Kemi mill in Finland integrate will take place during week 38 (14–20 September)...... [mais...]

Coillte to invest EUR 44.4 million in Medite Smartply’s OSB plant in Ireland

Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry and land solutions company, approved a Euro 44.4 million investment to improve and upgrade Medite Smartply’s SMARTPLY OSB plant in County Waterford...... [mais...]

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Where's the French oak market heading this autumn?

Where's the French oak market heading this autumn?

The first autumn auctions in France have just been launched by France's Natonal Forest Office (ONF) in a general uncertain political-economic climate. This lack of prospects also concerns the timber market in France. This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the auction of September 8, 2020 which was not held in Beaune (Côte d'Or), as usual, but in Châtenoy-le-Royal (Saône-et-Loire) due to Covid-19. The entire auction therefore took place entirely online without the physical presence of buyers and observers in the auction room...... [ mais...]

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The global forest industry in Q2/2020

Sawlog prices fell in most of the major regions of the world in the 2Q/20. A strengthening US dollar, weaker log demand early in the quarter, and sufficient log supply in some markets contributed to the lower prices...... [ mais...]

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China: Imports of logs drop sharply in the first half

China’s log imports fell sharply in the first half of 2020 to 24.51 million cubic metres valued at US$3.558 billion, down 60% in volume and 62% in value from the same period of 2019...... [ mais...]


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