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October 2017

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Demand solid but supply tightens
20 October 2017 Chipboard business is keeping traders busy but supply issues are such that even European producers are selling P1 and P2 in the UK. Keren Fallwell reports

September 2017

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Plywood sales On steady course
25 September 2017 UK plywood demand is reasonably healthy, and expected to remain so, but shipping issuesand environmental crackdowns in China could affect supply. Keren Fallwell reports

August 2017

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UK prices “too low” and “too slow”
23 August 2017 European softwood sawmillers say low UK prices compared with other world markets may result in some UK importers being short of wood following the summer, according to TTJ’s softwood market specialist

Irish counter currency change
23 August 2017 Irish softwood sawmillers are investing heavily to boost competitiveness following the Brexit vote’s impact on currency markets, reports Stephen Powney

Unbowed by Brexit or log bans
23 August 2017 The hardwood sector is facing its share of trading challenges, but generally reports business on or above budget. Mike Jeffree reports

July 2017

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UK softwood market quietens down
27 July 2017 The UK softwood market quietened down as the trade moved in to July tempered by the political outfall from the general election, Brexit uncertainty and a sombre aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Tight supply is talking point
20 July 2017 The UK’s MDF sector is reasonably happy with demand levels but tight supply is causing some issues. Keren Fallwell reports

May 2017

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Fencing market fails to excite
22 May 2017 Higher than normal fencing stocks and a less than spectacular Easter period has left many fencing manufacturers looking at reduced sales volumes

March 2017

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Producers Bemoan "Dull" European Markets
20 March 2017 Markets in Asia, the Middle and Far East are giving more grounds for optimism for West African producers than “dull” European markets, reports TTJ’s West Africa markets specialist

Softwood Shortages Loom
20 March 2017 There are signs of a softwood shortage for the year ahead with further price increases in the second and third quarters, reports Jerry Wilson

February 2017

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Further Whitewood price increases expected
20 February 2017 Timber exports from the Baltics to the UK increased in 2016 but further price increases for whitewood are widely being mooted for Q2, reports Stephen Powney

No Brexit Big Bang
20 February 2017 The UK hardwood sector says the EU referendum complicated trade, but had minimal impact on overall sales last year. Mike Jeffree reports

December 2016

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Scaling up
28 December 2016 West Cork sawmiller GP Wood is on the mill investment trail, with a major new project at its Enniskeane sawmill

Business as usual?
28 December 2016 The Brexit vote shocked the Irish timber industry but the fundamentals of trade remain the same, it says. Sally Spencer reports

November 2016

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Positive Signs
21 November 2016 In spite of uncertainty in the market since the June referendum, demand has remained steady for most traders whose immediate concerns relate to supply gaps rather than order shortages, reports Jerry Wilson

Market progress Dampened for African mills
21 November 2016 The encouraging trading prospects for West and Central African exporters that were expected toconsolidate the first half of 2016’s good progress through into the summer months have tended to fizzle out as we enter the fourth quarter, report’s TTJ’s Africa market specialist

September 2016

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Keep calm and carry on
20 September 2016 Sterling’s post-referendum fall is currently probably the biggest issue for UK plywood traders. Keren Fallwell reports

August 2016

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Shippers react to Brexit
19 August 2016 The UK’s vote to leave the EU has had a dramatic affect on imported softwood prices, but demand continues to hold up

Hardwood recovers buoyancy post-Brexit
19 August 2016 The UK hardwood sector seems to be weathering the immediate currency and confidence impacts of the EU referendum; it’s passing price rises on and forecasts a good to firm second half. Mike Jeffree reports

July 2016

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Steady progress
20 July 2016 Price stability for West African timber and wood products has been a feature of the recent market

Consistent product maintains steady demand
20 July 2016 UK traders have no complaints about the current MDF market. Keren Fallwell reports