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Seasonal Cheer for Swiss Wood Pellets

The Christmas season has brought some welcome joy to Switzerland’s wood pellet producers. You are probably aware that during the period April/ May 2014 the price of Swiss wood pellets fall.

It can now be revealed that prices are on the increase, in fact the price is virtually the same as in March 2014 which marked the high water level for this year. (more…)

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No Bright Horizon for EU Forest Products

One disturbing fact regarding the future of forest products has surfaced recently. Production output is still below that 2004. As I am sure you will recall the years 2004 to 2007 saw what most experts called a ‘crisis’ within that sector of our industry.

The UNECE Region (Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States) which encompasses the majority of the temperate forests (more…)

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Demand for Italian Woodwork Machinery

It is always good to be able to report on growth within the environs of our industry as it gives not only a boost to that particular sector but to the industry as a whole.

Italy has reported an increasing demand for its woodwork machinery.

Figures showed an increased demand during the latter part of 2014 compared with the same the same period last year. (more…)

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Chinese Redwood Crash

The market for Chinese redwood products within China taken a slump. In fact according to some – this market is in crisis.

Is the lack of sales for both furniture and the raw products purely and simply a result of a change in style or taste?

No, it is simply that the price of redwood goods is far too high and the Chinese public are refusing to buy it. (more…)

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Recovery or Slump for the European Saw Mill Industry?

At the recent International Soft Wood conference it was reiterated that after the industry suffered a ‘slump’ in 2009 the recovery that followed, although swift, was not and indeed remains on based on stable foundations. This is part of the instability of the Eurozone. The largest countries of the European union continue to struggle, however a recession is not expected although growth will be below expectations. Imports and exports of lumber have slowed from expected levels and yet there is still a demand from Britain, Germany and Denmark as well as some smaller member countries for product. (more…)

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Tax Credits for Brazilian Exporters

In order to provide a stimulas to Brazil’s wood product exporters the Brazillian government have offered the carrot of tax credits.

The credit available is a whopping 1000% increase on the previous incentive offered.

It is hoped that this will put life into timber and timber product exports which has been in a poor state in recent years. (more…)

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France & Italy Languish in Construction Gloom

Construction is always a good indicator of a country’s economy. More than any other sector it gives a truer picture of the health of a nation’s finances.

Currently both France and Italy are experiencing a down turn in construction projects ‘on the books’ of architects. This decline in building started as long ago as 2013 but the trend for both countries seems to have been exasperated during the early part of 2014. (more…)

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French Wood Prices Rise

We are pleased to report some good news from the French timber industry: The price of raw timber has risen over the past few months.
Figures released from the latest round of hardwood auctions show a marked improvement in prices for September. Sales increased for both ‘small range’ and ‘large range’ logs. Sales of ‘small range’ out selling ‘large’ by three to one. (more…)

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Italy Continues to Carve out Business

The Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association has posted figures which show an increase in sales, for the second quarter of 2014, for Italian woodworking technology.

These figures not only cover the Italian domestic market but incorporate exports. This is very good news indeed as these combined figures amount to a rise of just short of 30%.

Despite good ‘home’ sales the employment in the Italian woodworking industry remains static. (more…)

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