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August 2018


Globalised hardwood market brings pressures
27 August 2018 In the words of one importer, global demand for hardwood of all kinds is on the rise, and the UK trade has to deal with the consequences. Mike Jeffree reports

Swedish forest fire risk poses new supply threat
27 August 2018 After a strong softwood market in the first five months to the end of May, many UK timber merchants experienced slackening demand during June and up to mid-July. From then onwards, a gradual and stronger level of activity began to emerge. The downturn was at odds with global trends, which saw other markets across Europe and in other major economic areas witness steady and expanding consumption. Jerry Wilson reports

July 2018


Changing ownership
26 July 2018 For the latest MDF report, we give a global picture of MDF mill developments. This extract from the first part of an annual survey of the global MDF industry by independent consultant Geoff Rhodes for sister title Wood-Based Panels International looks at expanded capacity

May 2018


Oak passion
22 May 2018 English Woodlands has carved out a reputation as a passionate hardwood timber merchant on a growth trajectory. Stephen Powney visited its Cocking site

Price volatility set to continue
22 May 2018 Fencing hits its peak season and tightness in log supply is causing headaches for pallet manufacturers. Sally Spencer reports

Supply and demand squeeze
22 May 2018 The UK hardwood sector is caught between a more cautious market and global supply constraints. Mike Jeffree reports

April 2018


Desperately seeking softwood
25 April 2018 The TTF’s Softwood Conference came at a key time for the European softwood sector, with delegates keen to hear about latest market developments and forecasts for 2018 and beyond. Stephen Powney reports.

The only way is up
25 April 2018 Ireland’s timber industry is subject to the same pressures on supply as the rest of the world and prices for both logs and sawn timber are on the rise. Sally Spencer reports

March 2018


Supply issues dominate market
21 March 2018 Securing supply is currently preoccupying the chipboard trade. Keren Fallwell reports

February 2018


UK sawmills seek supply solutions
26 February 2018 Continuing high log prices and a lack of log availability have reached dangerous proportions in the UK, with mills cutting their production as a result. But an industry crunch meeting with the Scottish government has provided hope of a solution, reports Stephen Powney

Sourcing central to success
26 February 2018 The hardwood sector is confident of demand, but says supply is the key focus for 2018. Mike Jeffree reports

December 2017


Irish timber processors stay true to UK market
29 December 2017 Ireland’s economy has made a good recovery but domestic demand for timber is still at a low level, making the UK a crucial and enduring export market. Sally Spencer reports

November 2017


The highest bidder
22 November 2017 With current prices in the UK failing to compensate for sterling’s downward currency adjustments, the road ahead for importers looks more uncertain as mills must favour those markets prepared to pay the going rate, reports Jerry Wilson

Softwood in tune and on trend
22 November 2017 The International Softwood Conference highlighted primarily positive trends for the softwood sector around the globe, with demand growing and new applications taking root. Mike Jeffree reports

October 2017


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


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


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


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.