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TTJ Softwood update: UK softwood trade remains in a lull, but other markets show signs of movement ahead 30 January, 2024
As the New Year began, many areas of the UK were deluged with incessant rain and flooding, leaving building sites both large and small virtually abandoned. With footings underwater and high winds making scaffold working dangerous to work at any height, little progress was being made in either the housing or construction sectors. Due to this situation, the demand for timber has been weak and most timber merchants have refrained from buying stock except for occasional ex-landed top-ups. This subdued activity has inevitably affected prices, and intense competition among traders has kept levels unrealistically low. The current market trend is also reflective of a longer period, with low demand running through Q4 of last year.
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TTJ Softwood Update: Market heading more into balance
Monday, April 17, 2023 With Q1 over, UK traders have voiced mixed feelings over sales. While importers in some areas of the UK reported reasonable activity levels, others felt that softwood demand was a long way below average. Interest rate hikes, higher energy costs and a volatile exchange rate have all played their part in creating falling confidence within the industry.
High demand catches importers off guard
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 Demand has improved beyond expectation but whether this is a “bubble” of activity or a longer term trend remains to be seen. TTJ’s Softwood Specialist reports
Essential Products Provider
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 TIMCON summarises market dynamics and activities for the UK pallet sector in Q1 and since the Covid-19 crisis started
No time for living on the hardwood edge
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 With sales reported down 60-65% in April and no clear route yet out of lockdown, traders expect the pandemic to be a long haul for the hardwood sector. Mike Jeffree reports
New Phase of Covid-19 Begins
Friday, June 05, 2020 The UK has moved into a new phase in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the government clearly wants to try and re-start elements of the UK economy. Stephen Powney reports
Coping with COVID-19
Friday, April 17, 2020 The Irish timber sector was looking forward to a year of recovery following the trials of 2019, but coronavirus has changed everything. Sally Spencer reports
Interesting times ahead for softwood
Monday, March 30, 2020 The softwood sector is facing a variety of challenges this year, from warm weather impacting harvesting, to industrial action and insect invasions. TTJ’s Softwood Specialist reports
Better Prospects
Monday, March 30, 2020 Chipboard market sentiment has improved since the General Election and clear decision over Brexit, reports Stephen Powney
Falling timber prices hit fencing sector
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Fencing timber has fallen victim to the weaker prices that dogged structural timber for much of 2019
Highway to Hardwood Market growth
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Last month’s International Hardwood Conference demonstrated a new energy and focus in the sector. Mike Jeffree reports

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