We have spoken about resurgences of products before. Types of wood and wood products go in and out of fashion as products do in other markets. 2015, certainly the first three quarters of it, saw the return to popularity within the EU of tropical veneers. France and Italy increased their imports the most, some of which can be attributed to demand from okoumé plywood manufacturers. Indeed they account for nearly half of all imports into the EU. Romania, Greece and the Netherlands also saw increased demand while Spain and Germany’s requirement fell.

Gabon is the main supplier of tropical veneers into Europe with Cameron and Ghana also popular suppliers. The demand for product however fell from Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Congo.

It will be interesting to see if demand continues to grow during 2016.

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