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Volume and variety of European demand shrink
Saturday, January 25, 2014 As the decline in European consumption of tropical timber continues, West African producers are turning to other markets
Better times forecast
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Business has improved for Swedish sawmills but they have a lot of catching up to do after the difficulties of the past few years. Keren Fallwell reports
Margins under pressure
Saturday, December 28, 2013 Ireland’s mills have enjoyed an increase in demand but high log prices are eating into margins. Keren Fallwell reports
Element of optimism returns to softwood trade
Saturday, December 14, 2013 There’s been an uplift in softwood markets and some shippers have the added bonus of more favourable exchange rates
Mills reveal full orders and commitment to stock
Monday, December 02, 2013 Mills are at capacity in the run-up to Christmas as demand for British-grown timber continues to hold firm. Sally Spencer reports.
West African exports on cruise control
Saturday, November 16, 2013 The market has barely changed course all year for African exporters and European customers
“Steady as you go” for Asian traders
Saturday, October 19, 2013 There’s been little change in the prices or volumes of Asian timber for months, and the trend is expected to remain flat for the rest of the year
Hardwood sector moves to a better place
Saturday, October 05, 2013 The consensus is that the hardwood market is turning around and traders are happier with business levels. Mike Jeffree reports
UK buyers lack confidence to look beyond short term
Saturday, October 05, 2013 Demand from the UK’s building sector is increasing but, while the timber industry expects trade to improve next year, longer-term confidence is still lacking
Fencing demand rises with the temperature
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Demand for fencing has improved, but not enough to mitigate the poor spring. Robin Meade reports
Mills face acute log shortages
Saturday, July 27, 2013 While UK traders detect a measured improvement in demand, many sawmills are gasping for fibre to fulfil existing contracts and plan for the rest of the third quarter. Despite a tightened supply and price increases from exporters, UK prices are still being held back by home-grown and residues of cheaper landed stock.
Late start to season brings steady demand
Saturday, July 13, 2013 After a weather-related lacklustre start to the year, demand has finally picked up for British timber processors. Sally Spencer reports
Confidence returns to Asian market
Saturday, June 29, 2013 Asian sawn lumber and plywood prices have risen on the back of strengthening confidence
Mills pay the price of high log costs
Saturday, June 29, 2013 Spruce log scarcity and sky-high prices still dominate the German timber industry. Stephen Powney reports
Banking on boring
Saturday, June 15, 2013 The UK hardwood sector remains a tough place to be, but traders report signs of greater stability. Mike Jeffree reports
Optimism improves among Asian producers
Saturday, June 01, 2013 European business is slow for Asian producers but markets closer to home are keeping them busy.
Softwood market on the road to recovery?
Saturday, May 18, 2013 Although European demand remains sluggish, improving markets outside Europe are giving traders hope that the worst is behind them
Proposed sale of harvesting rights hangs over mills
Saturday, May 04, 2013 A recent lift in UK demand has cheered those Irish mills supplying the UK, but an overriding worry for the whole industry is the proposed sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights. Keren Fallwell reports
Spring upturn still a long way off for British mills
Saturday, March 23, 2013 British mills haven’t had the same flying start to the year they enjoyed in 2012 and demand is steady but slow. Sally Spencer reports
Strengthening demand raises shippers’ hopes
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Improving demand in Asia and North America is providing optimism, but in Europe it’s a different story. Keren Fallwell reports

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