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Russia Moves Towards China

Russia is focusing more and more on China as an export destination for its sawn timber.

Japan, which was a lucrative market for Russia, has to a large degree turned its back on imports in favour of supporting Japanese suppliers. This policy is fully supported by the Japanese government. Russia has found a new market in China where due to a major logging ban in one of its provinces, the demand for sawn timber has outstripped supply. (more…)

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Environmental Concerns over Siamese Rosewood

The international timber community has expressed concerns over the continual illegal logging of Siamese Rosewood. China’s booming economy has created a cash rich upper middle class who’s desire for ‘status’ products extends to exotic reproductions of Ming and Qing furniture which requires this wood.

The demand for Rosewood is such that China’s domestic product has become so depleted that it is searching abroad for timber. (more…)

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Softwood Prices on the Rise

The price of European softwood timber has been consistently rising over the past year due to the scarcity of this raw material. It is a simple case of supply and demand reflected by fluctuations in the construction sector, moderate house building in one quarter and accelerated activity in the next. The situation is made worse as the housing market orders product at the eleventh hour with a delivery requirement for the twelfth! (more…)

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Chinese Imports to EU Fall

During 2013 the amount of Chinese plywood entering the EU fell in comparison with 2012 figures. However, the good news for importers from other jurisdictions’ was that in percentage terms landings were on the rise in the autumn of 2013.

Analysts put the upturn in figures down to increased demand for the product from the UK construction business as well as increased demand from France. (more…)

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Drop in Tropical Hardwood Imports

European demand for most tropical hardwoods has seen a significant drop over the past twelve months.

This is the result of a combination of higher prices and supply problems. The political situation in some African countries has meant a restriction and in some cases, a freeze on exports, forcing European mills to look to temperate hardwoods to fill the gap. (more…)

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Record Sales for French Hard Wood

Figures for the first three months of 2014 have shown an increase in sales of French hardwood. Timber auctions reported a record rise in purchases and in particular the demand for oak. A trader has been quoted as saying that this is the first time for a good number of years that volumes of trade have been so high and that moreover, they have reached record levels.

With these and other first quarter results showing a continuing upward trend in the market, it would be realistic to say that all those connected with the industry can be cautiously optimistic about 2014. (more…)

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Demand for Sawlogs is Rising

Sawlog prices, during 2013, rose to near their record high of twenty years ago. Worldwide demand for lumber has increased over the past few years as the world’s users of sawlogs continue to import greater quantities of the product.

Softwood log shipments also rose during 2013 to their highest levels for six years. The majority of the world’s leading importing countries showed significant increases in landed product. (more…)

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Industry Bulletin Update

We are pleased to announce a reversal in the fortune for the demand for Maritime Pine.

With the increased interest in this attractive wood owners of private plantations and forests in the western regions of France are enjoying higher prices for their yields. Production of logs for sawn products has risen by 8%. Our foresters registered a discernible rise in small wood thinning up 10% on previous results. (more…)

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Increases in Canadian Production

Canadian sawmills have reported growth in production for a fourth year in a row. The amount of ‘board’ footage for 2013 stands at 24.3 billion feet or 57.7 million cubic meters. ‘Statistics Canada’ confirmed that this equates a thirty per cent increase in real terms since 2012. We have noticed that demand for our ‘Columbia’ Douglas fir range has been buoyant during the past year, reflecting our customers’ desire for diverse aesthetic timber. (more…)

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