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Internationalforestindustries | 6 years 1 month ago

US lumber markets are finding good support from the US housing recovery. Housing starts are continually increasing and turning into real demand for timber. Saw mills in the US have been burned by predicting housing recovery in the past, and as such have held back from increasing production.

Internationalforestindustries | 6 years 1 month ago

New Zealand chalked up its third monthly trade deficit in October, repeating last year’s pattern, as shipments of dairy products fell and imports rose. The deficit was $718 million last month from a revised gap of $775 million a month earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. The annual deficit...

Internationalforestindustries | 6 years 1 month ago

A new Five-Year Outlook shows no slowdown in wood products imports but China’s housing and economy will need additional government stimulus to get construction moving later in 2013.

RISI | 6 years 2 months ago

Sometime in October, 2012, a farmer in the northeastern corner of Andhra Pradesh state in India will plant a very special sapling. From the farmer's point of view there may be nothing unique about this sapling, which will look like thousands of other casuarina trees he has planted in order to...

International Forest Industries | 6 years 2 months ago

New Zealand log exports have remained consistent this year, now recording a 7th consecutive month above 1million m³ in August. Year to date figures show a 3% increase in exports compared to the year to August 2011 on the back of a strong month in June. Since June exports have fallen to be similar...

International ForestIndustries | 6 years 2 months ago

New Zealand log exports have remained consistent this year, now recording a 7th consecutive month above 1million m³ in August. Year to date figures show a 3% increase in exports compared to the year to August 2011 on the back of a strong month in June. Since June exports have fallen to be similar...

Greenwood Management | 6 years 2 months ago

Research has shown that domestic demand for timber in Brazil is on the rise, along with costs. The Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) paper showed that in US dollar terms, pine sawlog prices in Brazil fell by 22 per cent over the course of a year. However, when prices were assessed in the local...

Greenwood Management | 6 years 2 months ago

Canada has seen a massive surge in demand for exports of its forestry products, particularly in the Far East. The boost in trade with the Far East comes as welcome news in light of the massive decline in demand for lumber from the US. Indeed, British Columbia's forestry-related exports to the US...

International ForestIndustries | 6 years 2 months ago

Log costs for Russian sawmills did not fall as the Russian government intended when it implemented a 25 percent log export tariff in 2008. Instead, sawlog prices have increased by 24 percent over the past three years and the supply of logs has been tight in 2012, as reported by the Wood Resource...

International Forest Industries | 6 years 3 months ago

The US imported much more timber in July. There was a 21% increase in imports from June to July. The largest increase came from an influx of lumber from Canada, where a large portion of US imports come from. The US imported 56% more lumber from Chile, while New Zealand supply fell behind Chile’s,...

ForestTalk | 6 years 3 months ago

Ford is investigating using cellulose in vehicle components to  help further reduce the automaker’s reliance on traditional content such as fiberglass and petroleum. Ford has been working with Weyerhaeuser for the past 3 years, investigating the use of a plastic composite material utilizing...

http://www.internationalforestindustries.com | 6 years 3 months ago

University of Canterbury researchers have made a breakthrough in treating export logs by heating them using high voltage electricity. Export logs are usually fumigated to rid the timber of pests, such as insects and fungi which could pose a biosecurity threat. “Methyl bromide has been the most...

Engineering News | 6 years 3 months ago

Paper and packaging group Sappi has issued over 400 of its staff members with Section 189 notices regarding its decision to mothball the PM4 paper machine at its KwaZulu-Natal-based Tugela mill, from January 1. Although expected to be substantially lower, Sappi pointed out on Friday that the...

RISI | 6 years 3 months ago

If you're a pulp supplier in it for the long term these days, there's no standing still. It's been clear for a while that real demand in traditional end-use markets such as graphic papers is not going in our favour and we'd be foolish to think that's going to change.

RISI | 6 years 4 months ago

World demand for viscose pulp is growing at a rapid pace, led by the expansion of viscose staple fiber production in China. Our latest forecast shows global viscose staple fiber production jumping 12% in 2012, following average annual increases of the same magnitude over the previous three years,...

Greenwood Management | 6 years 4 months ago

Both demand and prices in the lumber market in the US increased during the second quarter of the year. The latest data from Wood Resource Quarterly revealed that timber prices were about 35 per cent higher in August of this year when compared to the same month in 2011. Meanwhile, sawlog prices...

International Forest Industries | 6 years 4 months ago

Falling shipping rates are boosting returns on exports and are providing some offset to the high New Zealand dollar. The Baltic Dry Index has fallen 41% compared with this time last month. It is also 39% lower than where it was one year ago. The Baltic Handy Sized Index is falling at a similar rate...

International Forest Industries | 6 years 4 months ago

Softwood sawlog prices continued their slide throughout the world in the 2Q/12, and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was down for the fourth consecutive quarter to $82.90 per cubic meter, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Index, which is based on sawlog prices in 20 regions...

PaperIndex Times | 6 years 4 months ago

New record fiber shipment volume in Q2 Earnings at the level of the 2010 financial year Guidance adjusted to current market expectations The Lenzing Group performed very well in the first half of 2012 against the backdrop of a difficult market environment. The ambitious business targets were...

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