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  • March 07, 2018 09:26

French Rougier Group files for bankruptcy

French Rougier Group filed for bankruptcy on March 6, blaming persistent difficulties in Cameroon. Rougier complained about the logistical problems of the port of Douala which, according to the company, has disrupted the activities of the company's subsidiaries in Cameroon, Congo and Central African Republic... [more...]

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  • February 22, 2018 13:33

Trends and innovations at the Domotex 2018

The Domotex 2018 was a success from the organizers' point of view. More exhibitors, more booked space and again significantly more visitors than last year. The new start day and the new hall setup have been well received by the exhibitors. At least nobody has complained to IHB-Fordaq about it. However, a downer for the Deutsche Messe was probably the absence of large parts of the German and European wood flooring industry.... [more...]

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  • February 16, 2018 08:04

France: maritime pine prices spike in the south-west

There is the maritime pine price hike in the French south-west. Gascon mill owners and those from across the Atlantic coast of France have not known such enthusiasm for many years... [more...]

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  • February 07, 2018 14:19

France: Hardwood Sawmills complain of lack of oak roundwood

At a press conference in February 6, 2018, the French Wood Federation (FNB) President, Mr. Philippe Siat, appealed directly to France's President Macron. The capacity of the 550 sawmills specialized in the processing of oak roundwood is currently at only 60% on average, although demand is booming. The weather is sharpening the latent supply crisis and threatening many family-run businesses. The federation calls for an expansion of the EU label, successfully launched two years ago on private forests... [more...]

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  • February 05, 2018 11:45

European sawmills boost softwood lumber exports to China

The European sawmills exported 3.2 million cubic meters of sawn and planed lumber to China from January to November 2017, 55% more than in the corresponding period of 2016. In particular, Northern European sawmills deliveries to China performed very well last year... [more...]

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  • January 26, 2018 09:00

Company accused by EIA of supplying illegal teak for luxury yachts denies allegations

Two of the biggest exhibitors at the London Boat Show, which took place between January 10-14th are accused by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) of building luxury yachts with illegitimate teak from Myanmar. The investigation made on Sunseeker International and Princess Yachts International has revealed that the Burmese teak entering the supply chains of the companies had been traded in breach of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)... [more...]

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  • January 17, 2018 09:06

Domotex 2018 closes with record exhibitors and rising number of visitors

1,615 exhibitors with a booked area of ​​106,000 square meters and 45,000 trade visitors from more than 100 nations came to Hanover from 12 to 15 January for this year's Domotex.... [more...]

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  • December 01, 2017 15:00

IHC Venice 2017: Globalisation, branding and building for the future

On 15 and 16 November 2017 the International Hardwood Conference took place in Venice. Several speakers pointed out recent achievements of the hardwood industry as well as their threats and challenges as there are ...... [more...]

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  • November 10, 2017 15:21

Natural fibre-reinforced plastics: establishment and growth in niche markets

More than 30 compound companies produce over 80,000 tonnes of granulates with wood and natural fibres in Europe 2017 – new producers with major growth plans. World's largest conference and exhibition on biocomposites in December in Cologne (www.biocompositescc.com). ...... [more...]

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  • November 02, 2017 14:06

Vietnam might become a potential export market for Sweden

The Swedish wood industry considers that Vietnam’s wood processing industry is a potential market for its eco-friendly, competitive and sustainable materials... [more...]

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