Feb 03, 2012
Reduced activities in the housing construction sector in China decreased imports of softwood logs and lumber in late 2011. Despite the decline, imports during 2011 reached a record, making China the largest importer of logs and lumber in the world.
Jan 16, 2012
Relatively low fossil fuel prices have reduced the demand and prices of woody biomass throughout the US, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. The Pacific Northwest currently has the lowest biomass prices, slightly lower than the South
Jan 13, 2012
Log exportation from New Zealand continues to rise at record pace, with almost 1/3 of the country’s timber harvest being processed at sawmills in China. The high overseas demand has increased sawlog prices to their highest levels in 15 years, WRQ
Dec 22, 2011
Chinese pulp mills increasingly have to rely on imported wood chips for their wood fiber needs. In 2011, record volumes are being imported mainly from hardwood plantations in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly
Dec 16, 2011
Slowing lumber markets throughout the world have resulted in declining sawlog prices in many of the major lumber-producing regions in Europe and North America, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.
Nov 17, 2011
Profit margins are being squeezed for many pulp producers worldwide with higher wood fiber costs and lower product prices. The hardwood fiber price index (HFPI) reached a 24-year high in the 3Q, while pulp prices fell by 26% from June through October
Oct 11, 2011
The US and Canada have been exporting record volumes of logs and lumber to China in 2011. The Wood Resource Quarterly predicts that exports in 2011 will double those seen in 2010 to reach an estimated value of 2.6 billion dollars.
Aug 16, 2011
European demand for wood pellets has tdriven the expansion of pellet capacity in the US and Canada. The NAWFR reports that in coming years, it is likely that demand for pellets will increase not only in Europe, but also in Asia and North America.
Jul 27, 2011
The plantation ownership in Australia is in transition after the Management Investment Scheme (MIS) collapsed in 2009, reports WRQ. Foreign pension funds and pulp companies have shown increased interest in acquiring timber assets.
Jul 05, 2011
Last year global demand for softwood lumber increased by more than 10 percent after having hit a 50-year low in 2009. The rise in demand has pushed lumber prices in North America, Asia and Europe to their highest levels in ten months, reports the WRQ