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Highway to Hardwood Market growth 18 December, 2019
Last month’s International Hardwood Conference demonstrated a new energy and focus in the sector. Mike Jeffree reports
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Tougher times ahead
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 An over abundance of European and Scandinavian softwood combined with Brexit worries have impacted demand and forced sawn timber prices down for Irish mills. Sally Spencer reports
Little Change in Chipboard Trading
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 There is a mix of views on the current state of the UK chipboard market but whatever the perspective, no-one is using positive superlatives. Keren Fallwell reports
Challenges all round for softwood
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Trade in softwood has been tumultuous this year but this month may see more stability. Jerry Wilson reports
Brisk business sums up year to date
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 It’s been a good year for fencing, while the pallet sector witnessed a boom in demand in the first quarter thanks to pre-Brexit stockpiling. Sally Spencer reports
Report shows low US hardwood risk
Monday, August 26, 2019 New evaluation of the American hardwood sector will strengthen customer confidence in its environmental credentials. Mike Jeffree reports
Time to run a tight ship
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Traders are in little doubt Brexit is hitting hardwood market confidence. Mike Jeffree reports
Imports erode MDF price gains
Monday, July 29, 2019 UK demand for MDF is stable, if unremarkable, but European imports are putting downward pressure on prices. Keren Fallwell reports
Swedish mills positive despite UK oversupply
Monday, June 17, 2019 The UK is the largest export market for Swedish softwood, but an oversupply at UK ports is depressing prices. Stephen Powney talks to the Swedish Forest Industries Federation about its current take on markets and the health of its sawmilling industry
Timber prices soften
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Our latest market update on the fencing and pallets sector sees a lot more stability and even downward pressure on raw material prices, while good weather has also provided a welcome boost to demand, reports Stephen Powney.
Traders resigned to flat market
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 A combination of weaker demand around the world and oversupply has softened the market for plywood and OSB. Traders are hoping a Brexit decision in October and traditional autumn demand will lift business. Keren Fallwell reports

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