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August 2012

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August 17th, 2012

Temporary threat for Australian sawn timber producers

The Australian sawn timber industry is experiencing a temporary threat from imports as a result of a strong dollar and a global surplus of timber following the Global Financial Crisis, according to independent economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Shrapnel.

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August 17th, 2012

China imports 15% less sawlogs

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15% during the first six months of 2012.

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Aug 21, 2012

Lenzing Group: Good Half-Year Results in a Difficult Market Environment

New record fiber shipment volume in Q2

Earnings at the level of the 2010 financial year

Guidance adjusted to current market expectations

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August 24th, 2012

Shipping rates fall for Kiwi exporters

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.

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Aug 25 2012

Whose Timber is it Anyway?

With Pakistan’s last major stands of deodar (cedar) threatened by a ‘timber mafia’, the local people in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are resorting to direct action to stop the denudation of their picturesque alpine homeland.

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FSC to tackle timber certification in light of EUTR

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is set to address how best to operate a timber product certification scheme in the context of the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR).

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August 29th, 2012

Global sawlog price index down

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).

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Aug 29, 2012

Forest Industry in January-June 2012: Difficult Market Conditions Led to Weaker Forest Industry Production

Finland, Aug 29, 2012 - Forest industry production volumes decreased or remained unchanged in a challenging operating environment during the first half of 2012.

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August 7, 2012

Thermally modified timber sales on the rise

Members of the Helsinki-based International ThermoWood Assn. (ITWA) sold 19.2% more product by volume in 2011 than the year before, following on from a year-over-year upswing of 24% in 2010,

Euwid reported on 11 July. The total volume sold in 2011 was 109,757 m³.

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August 15th, 2012

Tough times continue for sawn timber in Australia

The tough market for sawn timber is expected to continue over the next 15 months. Australian producers face increased pressure from imports as a result of the high Australian dollar and a global surplus of timber.

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August 15th, 2012

B.C. Timber Supply committee releases report with recommendations to increase timber supply

The Special Committee on Timber Supply today released its unanimous report making 22 recommendations to increase the supply and value of mid-term timber and to strengthen future forest management in the B.C. Central Interior.

by Dr. Radut