Wood is traditionally viewed as a traditional building material. Thinking of timber framed Elizabethan houses and impressive hammer beam and wagon roofs of ancient churches, halls and barns.
Wood is perpetually a contemporary material used in both construction and modern art.
Constructors working on behalf of Leeds City council have built what is believed to be the largest timber framed structure ever erected in the UK. (more…)
It may not seem the most exciting thing to do but the European woodworking industry is inviting the members of the European parliament for a gentle stroll in a wood. Well to be correct it is a large box, a wooden box of course. The aim of this offer of a dendrow perambulation is to heighten the profile and importance of wood and wood associated industries in the E.U. (more…)
It has always been the case that in North America, the U.S & Canada, the vast majority of new build ‘single’ family properties are constructed from wood. In fact the figure until quite recently was just short of 100%. Wood accounts for the frame, the cladding and the internal finish. It is the traditional building material for the ‘New World.’ With a heritage like that you would assume that the timber industry’s partnership with the construction industry would be a secure cash cow. (more…)
The EU has a reputation for producing and implementing rafts of legislation to govern the lives and businesses of its citizens. It is therefore staggering to hear that despite a law, passed last year, aimed at preventing illegal timber products entering the EU only 11 countries have implemented it. The normally officious bureaucrats in Brussels have yet to convince the remaining 17 countries to adopt the law. Indeed pressure is being put on the European Union to prosecute those countries and businesses who turn a blind eye to the illegal imports. (more…)
Housing starts in US surpassed 1 million in April at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to US Census Bureau data. This is an increase of 13% from March.
The increase was entirely in multi-family housing construction, while single-family starts remained steady from the previous month. The slow growth in single-family home construction is reflected in the relatively low confidence of home builders. The strongest increase in residential construction was in the US Midwest and Northeast. (more…)
The demand for a country’s roundwood, sawlog and wood pulp products fluctuate as much as its currency. Currently Lithuania finds itself in such a position.
But, before the international timber industry panics, it is important to analyse the reported facts and figures.
Although the price for Lithuania’s roundwood product fell through the first quarter of 2014 and is continuing to do so into the second, it must be remembered that the prices charged and revenue gained are still higher than at the comparable period in 2013. (more…)
Sweden is experiencing a boom in exports. The demand for both planed and sawn lumber has risen dramatically. Figures for January to April 2014 have shown a substantial increase over the same quarter in 2013.
Exports to Egypt have doubled compared to the same quarter last year. Exports to the UK, Sweden’s main consumer, have also continued to rise. However Sweden’s exports to Germany, Japan and Saudi Arabia have fallen. (more…)
The UK is registering an increased demand for tropical swan hardwood. Figures for the first quarter of 2014 exceeded those of the comparable months in 2013. The exporters who have benefited from this rise in trade are Malaysia, Ivory Coast and Gabon. There was an initial concern that exporters would not be able to fill the gap caused by the slowing of supplies from Cameroon but this has proved unfounded. (more…)
Despite a good 2013 and early 2014 the price of saw logs in the U.S. has taken a dip.
This is in part due to the fall in demand from the Asian markets.
For the first time since 2009 the cost of American lumber has plummeted. (more…)
In April producer prices for wood products in Germany moved significantly above the level of the previous month. For building products of solid wood this trend is more pronounced than for hardwood products and timber materials.
For the solid wood building products, only narrow boards’ price is at a lower level than in the previous year. Otherwise, the prices are about 3-7% higher than in April 2013. (more…)