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Building permits in Germany rise slightly in January-April 2018

From January to April 2018, the construction of a total of 107,300 apartments was approved in Germany. This includes all permits for construction of newly built and existing residential and non-residential buildings... [more...]

Timber Innovation Act supported by group of US Senators

The recently proposed Timber Innovation Act received support from a bipartisan group of US Senators... [more...]

Switzerland: Price of wood pellets stabilizes in June

In June, the price for ENplus A1 wood pellets dropped by more than the seasonally low April and May. The average price for pellets went down to ... [more...]

Bauwerk Boen Group to open new parquet factory in Croatia

The Bauwerk Boen Group inaugurated a new parquet factory in Đurđevac, Croatia on the 24th of May 2018. The site of the factory belonged to a sawmill that the company bought back in 2017... [more...]

Italian woodworking machinery sector reports positive Q1/2018

The first quarter for Italian woodworking machinery is in line with the excellent results of 2017, a year that closed with a production value growth of 10.5 percent compared to 2016, achieving a historical record of 2.27 billion euro.... [more...]

Steinhoff sells kika/Leiner to SIGNA Group

The SIGNA Group has submitted a purchase offer for the furniture chain kika/Leiner to the Steinhoff Group. This bid includes both the operational commercial business, with its some 5,500 employees... [more...]

U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 23, 2018

A third straight week of slack framing lumber sales prompted producers to take a more aggressive approach to trading. Coast dry framing mills were on the leading edge of what traders noted was looking more and more like a “June swoon,”... [more...]

Myanmar: Exporters overwhelmed by requests for documents verifying legality

Myanmar exporters to the EU are reporting that they are being asked to provide more and more documents to mitigate the risk of illegal timber entering the supply chain...... [more...]

US softwood lumber production up 2.7%

US sawmills produce 8.557 bbf of softwood lumber in first three months of 2018, up 2.7% year-over-year, while output by Canadian mills drops 2.4% to 7.074... [more...]

US hardwood exports to China jump to record high

Amidst the trade dispute between China and the US, the hardwood exports to Southeast Asia and Greater China rallied and exceeded the historic high, as compared to the same period of time in the past few years... [more...]

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Great satisfaction at the Carrefour International du Bois 2018, but roundwood is in short supply

Great satisfaction at the Carrefour International du Bois 2018, but roundwood is in short supply

The 2018 edition of the Carrefour International du Bois (CIB) held in Nantes from the 30th of May until the 1st of June gathered around 570 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors. Both exhibitors and visitors were satisfied with both the fair and the supporting program. The exhibitors came mainly from France and Belgium as well as a smaller number from other European countries. North America was sparsely represented... [ more...]

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