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Rougier upbeat despite sales dip
15 September, 2016
French-based African hardwood and plywood producer and distributor Rougier expects growth to resume in the second half, after a difficult first six months.
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Mesta Wood improves first half profits
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Finnish sawmiller Metsa Wood increased its profits in the first half of 2016 and predicts the market balance and sales prices of sawn timber “to improve as a whole” going forward.
Rougier reports €2.7m pre-tax losses in “mixed global economic environment”
Thursday, April 14, 2016 French-based tropical timber and plywood producer Rougier recorded a €2.7m loss in 2015 due to a mixed global economic environment, according to the company’s newly published annual results.
Global sawlog prices hit low levels in Q2
Monday, October 05, 2015 The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell in the second quarter to its lowest level in six years, according to industry bulletin the Wood Resource Quarterly.
TTJ to feature sawmill directory
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 An annual sawmill directory will be published in TTJ, starting this November.
Ghana timber export volumes rise 21%
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Latest export statistics from Ghana show the country’s timber product shipments rose 21% in the first nine months of 2014, according to the International Tropical Timber Organisation. (ITTO).
Malaysian trade mission boosts exports
Friday, December 12, 2014 A Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) marketing mission to Qatar, Oman and Kuwait has secured around RM6m worth of export orders.
IFO certificate completes Danzer FSC process
Friday, December 12, 2014 The renewal of the FSC certification of Danzer’s Republic of Congo operation Industrie Forestière d’Ouesso (IFO) sets the seal on the company’s wider reassociation into the scheme in August.
FSC reassociates with Danzer Group
Thursday, August 14, 2014 The Forest Stewardship Council has today lifted its disassociation with Danzer Group after being satisfied the company is meeting FSC criteria.
Danzer highlights social value of certified tropical sector
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Danzer UK managing director Ken Walsh focused on the social as well as the environmental value of certified tropical timber production in a presentation to the latest Illegal Logging Update (ILU) conference at Chatham House in London.
NEPCon welcomes Greenpeace probe
Friday, July 11, 2014 NEPCon, the international sustainability and auditing body, says it would welcome a Greenpeace review of its auditing procedures following a probe by the NGO into whether a cargo of hardwood from the Democratic Republic of Congo shipped to France was in breach of the EU Timber Regulation.
Tropical campaign battles shrinking EU sales
Thursday, July 10, 2014 The Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) targeted the Carrefour International du Bois exhibition in Nantes for its first “Business Encounters” event.
American ash creates Polynesia in Dubai
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 American ash has been used to create a Polynesian paradise at Sofitel The Palm Dubai.
FLEGT process already giving lift to legality
Saturday, February 22, 2014 Both Ghana and Indonesia aim to deliver timber licensed under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) legality assurance system by the year-end. They also maintain that the FLEGT process has already resulted in major improvements in the legality controls and overall environmental and social performance of their timber and forestry industries.
FSC welcomes Danzer progress towards reassociation
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 FSC International has praised hardwood timber and veneer producer Danzer’s efforts so far to fulfill requirements necessary for it to become an FSC member again.
Interpol conducts further illegal logging action
Saturday, December 07, 2013 More than 856 logs have been seized and scores of people arrested during an Interpol operation to combat illegal logging across southern and eastern Africa.
Vandecasteele acquires Precious Woods Europe’s entire Brazilian timber stocks
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Belgian hardwood importer Vandecasteele Houtimport has acquired Precious Woods Europe’s entire 8,200m3 stock of FSC-certified Brazilian tropical timber after the latter closed its stockholding facility in the Netherlands as part of a group reorganisation.
African countries pledge to fight Congo Basin illegal wood trade
Friday, October 25, 2013 Six African countries have made an “unprecedented” commitment to combat the illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin by adopting the Brazzaville Declaration.
UK focus for Tanzanian fair trade hardwoods
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 A campaign to develop markets for sustainable and fairtrade Tanzanian hardwoods is expanding to include four new species.
TTF to present at Congo trade forum
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 Timber Trade Federation (TTF) head of sustainability Anand Punja will be presenting at Forum Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to provide an update to the African trade on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and the challenges that EU and UK operators are facing.
Fencing contractors launch certification scheme
Thursday, August 22, 2013 The Fencing Contractors Association has rolled out its own certification scheme to provide specifiers and customers with a pool of industry-accredited contractors.

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