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The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2019
19 September, 2019
Wood Resources
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined for the fifth consecutive quarter in the 2Q/19, reaching a two-year low. Log prices were down on all continents, with the biggest declines occurring in Europe. read more
With more competitive sawlog costs in Germany, the lumber industry has expanded its export sales in 2019
11 September, 2019
Wood Resources International
Large volumes of storm and insect damaged trees in Germany have resulted in an oversupply of logs and declining sawlog prices in 2018 and 2019, reports the WRQ. Sawmills have ramped up production, and export sales in the 1Q/19 reached their highest level in almost two years. read more
U.S. Pulp Market - Exports to China Fell 9.4% in 2018, U.S Companies Lost $78M
10 September, 2019
U.S. Pulp Market - Exports to China Fell 9.4% in 2018, U.S Companies Lost $78M   
IndexBox has just published a new report:'U.S. Pulp Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2025'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings. The revenue of the pulp market in the U.S. amounted to $4.8B in 2018, going up by 9% against the previous year. read more
Wood fiber costs declined for many North American pulpmills during the first half of 2019
10 September, 2019
Wood Resources International
Lower prices for pulp, improved weather for logging and healthy production levels at many sawmills in the US were all factors which resulted in lower wood fiber costs in most regions throughout Canada and the US in the 2Q/19, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. read more
With tightening wood fiber supply in the Pacific Rim, prices of hardwood chips from Latin America in 2019 are up 15%
22 August, 2019
Wood Resources
Tight supply of hardwood fiber in the Pacific Rim have pushed prices for Latin American hardwood chips upward during the first half of 2019, reports the WRQ. However, a decline in chip consumption in China is expected to occur in the second half of the year. read more
Fiber costs for softwood pulp manufacturers in 16 countries have gone up the past two years
6 August, 2019
Wood resources international
The Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) has risen the past two years. In the 1Q/19, the Index reached its highest level since 2014, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Higher wood fiber costs in the US South, Russia and New Zealand contributed to most of the rise of the SFPI. read more
The Global Sawlog Price Index fell 1.8% in the 1Q to its lowest level in two years
23 July, 2019
Wood resources international
Worldwide trade of softwood logs has gone up 52% in the past decade reaching an all-time-high in 2018. The increase in trade has to a large degree been driven by higher demand for forest products in China. Despite an increase in log demand throughout the world. read more
China’s imports of US forest products fell by 430 million dollars in the first four months of 2019
10 July, 2019
wood resources
The flow of lumber, logs and pulp from the US to China has fallen sharply since the US government initiated tariffs on Chinese imports to the US in May of 2018. In the first four months of 2019, China's imports of US forest products were down 43% from the same period in 2018. read more
Global trade of softwood lumber increased in the 1Q/19
5 July, 2019
Wood Resources
Global trade of softwood lumber reached 120 million m3 in 2018, the second highest level on record. The uptick in demand for lumber continued in early 2019, with most of the major lumber-exporting countries increasing their shipments as compared to early 2018. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/2019
3 July, 2019
Wood resources
Excerpts from the 1Q 2019 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. To subscribe to the full 56-page market report, please visit www.WoodPrices.com. The global flow of softwood logs from countries with a surplus of wood raw-material to regions with tight, or costly log supply. read more
Selective logging will not be enough to sustain timber production in Amazonia
25 June, 2019
Selective logging will not be enough to sustain timber production in Amazonia
Amazonian forests are unlikely to provide enough timber to meet current demand over the long term, even with the use of improved logging practices. That is a key finding of a new study led by the Tropical managed Forests Observatory (TmFO... read more
Pulpwood prices in North America were 5-10% higher in the 1Q/19 than the 1Q/18
19 June, 2019
Wood Resources
The winter weather impacted availability and costs for pulplogs and wood chips in both Canada and the US in late 2018 and early 2019, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Slowing lumber production throughout North America led to reduced supplies of residual chips... read more
Over 22 million tons of wood pellets were shipped globally in 2018
12 June, 2019
Wood Resources International
Europe continues to be the major destination for globally traded wood pellets. However, Asia has increased its importation of pellets over the past three years, with Japan and South Korea importing a record volume of 4.5 million tons in 2018. read more
Forestry cover at highest level ‘in over 350 years’
7 June, 2019
Forestry cover at highest level ‘in over 350 years’
The area of Ireland under forest now stands at around 770,000ha - the highest level of forestry cover in the country in over 350 years. That's according to the new Forest Statistics Ireland 2019 report, which was released today by Minister of State for forestry Andrew Doyle. read more
US Softwood Lumber Demand is Forecast to Increase by 2030
16 May, 2019
Wood Resources
The purpose of this 2018 study is to evaluate how US demand for softwood lumber could be met as the supply dynamics of North America change and off-shore supply and production economics evolve over the next decade. read more
Sawmill profit margins fell substantially in North America during the second half of 2018
15 May, 2019
Wood Resources
Softwood lumber prices have generally fallen faster than the costs for sawlogs throughout the world in late 2018, resulting in lower margins for the sawmilling sector, according to the WRQ. In western US and western Canada, margins fell to unprofitable levels... read more
World's forests 'in emergency room' after years of losses
10 May, 2019
World's forests 'in emergency room' after years of losses
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WRI’s wood fiber price indices reached four-year highs in late 2018
25 April, 2019
Wood Resources
Global wood fiber prices have trended upward for much of the period 2014 to 2018, with wood costs going up the most for pulpmills in Western North America, Europe, Indonesia and China. Only pulpmills in Brazil and Eastern Canada have seen their wood costs go down during this period. read more
Replacing 1300-year old timber challenging
18 April, 2019
Replacing 1300-year old timber challenging
Some 400 firefighters rushed to save one of Europe's great historical and architectural symbols. The blaze, the cause of which remains unknown, raged for 12 hours, toppling Notre Dame's 13th Century center spire in the process. read more
Log imports to China reached another record high in 2018
16 April, 2019
Wood Resources
China is continuously exploring new sources of softwood logs around the world. Minor log exporters, such as Japan, Poland, Chile and South Africa all expanded their shipments to China in 2018, reports the WRQ. Of the major log supplying countries, only Russia and Canada... read more
Making green timber lighter could save millions of dollars
16 April, 2019
Forest and wood products Australia
Green wood is about 50 per cent water, but new desktop planning tools and a smartphone app will help managers balance the reduced transport costs from drying forest biomass and timber infield against product quality, storage costs and machinery wear and tear.  read more
Global softwood lumber trade fell 7% in 2018
5 April, 2019
Wood Resources International
In 2018, global trade of lumber fell for the first time in five years, with total trade down 7% year-over-year. The four largest importing countries, the US (-18%), China (-5%), the United Kingdom (-13%) and Japan (-6%) all imported less in 2018 than in the previous year. read more
Whole thing is unravelling': climate change reshaping Australia's forests
29 March, 2019
Whole thing is unravelling': climate change reshaping Australia's forests
Australia's forests are being reshaped by climate change as droughts, heatwaves, rising temperatures and bushfires drive ecosystems towards collapse, ecologists have told Guardian Australia. Trees are dying, canopies are getting thinner and the rate that plants produce seeds is falling. read more
Giant Lion Carved from Single Tree Trunk Took 20 People 3 Years to Complete
27 March, 2019
Lion Carving
Taking 20 people more than 3 years, a single tree trunk has been carved into a giant lion titled Oriental Lion. Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao led the team in carving out the enormous redwood trunk, which is now located in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei Province. read more
The Global Forest Industry 4Q 2018
25 March, 2019
Wood Resources International
Excerpts from the 4Q 2018 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. In early 2018, the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) reached $80.73/m3, its highest level since 2014. Sawlog prices generally increased in local currencies during 2018, but with a stronger US dollar... read more
Wood-Mizer addition coming here
22 March, 2019
Woodmizer
Wood-Mizer leaders have announced plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Batesville. The expansion project scheduled to begin this month will consist of 53,000 additional square feet dedicated to manufacturing the company's range of sawmill and wood processing equipment... read more
Ibá Digital - Issue 39
1 March, 2019
IBA
In the total of US$ 1.45 billion, the record for the month of January, foreign sales of forest products assumed, for the first time in history, the position of the main Brazilian agribusiness export sector in the first month of the year, ahead of products such as the complex soy... read more
Declining lumber trade, plummeting lumber prices in the US and slowing wood demand in China
16 January, 2019
wood resources
Global trade of softwood lumber from January through September 2018 was down 2.5% as compared to the same period last year. China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the MENA region reduced their imports, while the US and continental Europe have imported... read more
Chinese imports of hardwood chips reached a record high
16 January, 2019
Wood Resources
In the 3Q/18, Chinese importation of hardwood chips reached a record high, and Vietnam substantially increased its shipment as compared to 2017, reports the WRQ. While the average import price has only increased slightly in the past year, Australian prices have gone up... read more
Canada will continue to be a major supplier of lumber to the US
8 January, 2019
Wood Resources
The softwood sawmilling sector in Eastern Canada will play an increasingly important role as a key supplier to the growing US lumber market in the future, according to a new study. The increasing lumber consumption in the US will also likely result in increased investments in production capacity. read more
Wood fiber costs for the pulp industry have trended upward in most regions of North America throughout 2017and 2018
8 January, 2019
wood resources
Pulpmills in five of the nine major pulp-producing regions of North America have seen their wood fiber costs go up over the past year, reports the NAWFR. In the 3Q/18, average market prices for wood chips and pulplogs were highest in Interior BC and US Northwest, while pulpmills in the US South... read more
$160k worth of seedlings mulched in project botch-up
6 December, 2018
$160k worth of seedlings mulched in project botch-up
About 400,000 seedlings bought by the government to plant in Northland have gone to waste after the land was too wild to plant on. Forestry Minister Shane Jones said the cost to the taxpayer was about $160,000.A deal was done between the Crown and the Ngāti Hine Forestry Trust. read more
Wood costs for the world’s pulp industry have fallen for the first time in a year
5 December, 2018
Wood Resources
The two WRI global wood fiber prices indices fell slightly in the 2Q/18 after having increased for all of 2017 and early 2018. For most of the key pulp-producing regions, prices were down because of the strengthening US dollar, while prices in the domestic currencies generally have gone up... read more
Wood fiber costs for the world’s pulp industry fell for the first time in over a year in the 2Q/18
15 November, 2018
Wood Resources International
The two WRI global wood fiber prices indices fell slightly in the 2Q/18 after having increased for all of 2017 and early 2018. For most of the key pulp-producing regions, prices were down because of the strengthening US dollar, while prices in the domestic currencies... read more
Investments in the forest industry in Eastern Russia, driven by forest products demand in China, have resulted in higher timber harvests
15 November, 2018
Wood resources international
Increased exports of softwood lumber from Russia to China the past decade have resulted in higher timber harvests in Eastern Russia, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In 2017, Russia's total harvest reached an estimated 190 million m3, six percent higher than the previous year. read more
OpenForests launches the forest project platform explorer.land
8 November, 2018
Open Forests
OpenForests, an innovative German forest consulting and tech company, just released the explorer.land platform. The interactive map-based platform is designed to present forest and landscape projects and tell their stories while connecting like-minded... read more
Increasing forest plantations with insurance premiums
31 October, 2018
Increasing forest plantations with insurance premiums
Argentina aims to increase forest plantations to 2 million hectares from 1.3 million hectares by 2030 through a 'Green Insurance' program; 1% of vehicle insurance premiums will fund tree planting to mitigate climate change, foster economic development.  read more
China-U.S. trade dispute sparks uncertainty
30 October, 2018
China-U.S. trade dispute sparks uncertainty
The market uncertainty being caused by the China-U.S. trade dispute is now one of the most important topics to watch, even amid myriad changing developments and issues that continue to impact market dynamics worldwide. The first volley was made by the U.S. read more
Komatsu Forest wants to create a factory for the future
19 October, 2018
Komatsu
Recently, Komatsu Forest announced their intention to acquire land in Klockarbäcken, Umeå, Sweden. Now Komatsu Forest can reveal that they have the ambition to build a completely new factory in the area.The ambition is to build a factory that is optimized with human possibilities in mind. read more
Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry
18 October, 2018
Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry
Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably... read more
Exports of softwood lumber from Russia, Germany and the Nordic countries have increased
16 October, 2018
Wood Resources International
Exports of softwood lumber from Russia, Germany and the Nordic countries have increased due to high demand for wood in Asia and Europe in early 2018, while Canadian exports fell to the lowest levels in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.  read more
Spain to Develop Blockchain Tech Application for Transparency in Forestry Industry
12 October, 2018
Spain to Develop Blockchain Tech Application for Transparency in Forestry Industry
The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food plans to apply blockchain technology to develop the forestry industry, local news outlet EuropaPress reported September 21. The operating group, entitled ChainWood, aims to improve the traceability... read more
The Global Forest Industry This Quarter
4 October, 2018
Wood Resources
Excerpts from the 2Q 2018 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. To subscribe to the full 56-page market report, please visit www.WoodPrices.co  Global Timber Market The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell 1.4% in the 2Q/18. This was the first q-o-q decline since the 4Q/16. read more
Major prize for findings on the nutrition of trees
28 September, 2018
Major prize for findings on the nutrition of trees
Professor Torgny Näsholm, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden, has examined the role of amino acids in supplying the nitrogen required for the growth of forest trees. His work has caused a breakthrough in explaining the nutrition of plants. read more
Multi-generational workforce aids business
28 September, 2018
Multi-generational workforce aids business
New research by Randstad New Zealand reveals that businesses who embrace age diversity are more agile when it comes to problem solving, creativity and idea generation. With the NZ Government predicting that a quarter of New Zealand's workforce will be aged 55 or older read more
Timber managers say cutting promotes forest health
28 August, 2018
Timber managers say cutting promotes forest health
Four huge machines rumbled in a wide clearing at the end of a haul road within Molpus Woodlands Group's Santa Clara Tract in the northwestern Adirondacks. A grapple skidder, which resembled a bulldozer with four giant tires and mammoth pincer on one end... read more
A surge in lumber prices and modest increases in sawlog costs have resulted in record profits
24 August, 2018
Wood Resources International
Sawlog costs, the largest cost component when manufacturing lumber, have gone up much more slowly than lumber prices in many countries during the past year, resulting in substantial increases in earnings for the international lumber industry, according to the WRQ. read more
Wood supply has been tight for sawmills and pulpmills in Sweden in 2018
10 August, 2018
Wood Resources International
The forest industry in Sweden has been running at high operating rates for over a year, resulting in increased importation of wood raw-material and higher domestic prices for sawlogs and pulplogs, according to the WRQ. From late 2016 to early 2018. read more
The US and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices (PFPI's) increased in early 2018
10 August, 2018
Wood Resources
The pellet feedstock price indices for North America, launched by WRI in 2013, have trended upward in Canada during most of 2017 and early 2018 but declined in the US during the same period. The level of availability of sawmill residues was the major driver for the price corrections the past year.  read more
Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels
13 July, 2018
Wood Resources
Pulp prices reached record highs in early 2018 following a 16-month period of increasing prices. Wood fiber costs, the largest cost component when manufacturing pulp, have gone up much more slowly than pulp prices during the past year, resulting in substantial increases in earnings... read more

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