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International Softwood Conference attracts record-breaking delegate numbers
16 October, 2023
A record-breaking 333-strong crowd of delegates attended this year’s International Softwood conference in Vienna to debate the availability of wood raw materials and other market dynamics.
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Softwood trade adopts ultra-cautious approach
Friday, February 03, 2023 The economic backdrop is troubling traders but they are finding their way through and some agents and shippers are reporting more interest for February and March shipments. Jerry Wilson reports
Scottish timber traders turn out in force in Edinburgh for STTA dinner
Monday, March 07, 2022 The Scottish Timber Trade Association (STTA) had a successful first dinner since the Covid-19 pandemic started, with 175 people attending the March 4 event in Edinburgh.
ETTF and EOS take stock of Covid-19 impact on European timber industry
Monday, April 20, 2020 Construction sectors in Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia have been performing better than the UK, Spain, Italy and France during the coronavirus crisis, says the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) and European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS).
Timber’s road to recovery remains on course
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 More UK-produced and imported timber, and panel products were sold in the UK last year than in any of the previous five years, new industry figures reveal.
Global softwood shipments rise
Monday, December 08, 2014 Softwood lumber shipments this year are set to be the highest since 2007, according to Wood Resource Quarterly.
October strong month for new housing
Thursday, December 04, 2014 October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011.
Housing upturn boosts timber frame
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Housebuilding has hit its highest level since the economic slide of 2007 and more builders are turning to timber to meet demand, according to new figures and industry sources.
UK imports continue upward trend
Monday, November 17, 2014 The UK’s imports of timber and panel products have continued to rise, according to the Timber Trade Federation’s latest statistics.
Finnish timber output increases 7%
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Finland’s wood products and plywood production increased in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year.
Demand soars for structural timber
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 The structural timber sector has seen a record number of orders during the last year, with some businesses’ workloads increasing by 100%.
Garden products market set to outperform GDP growth
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Sales of garden products will top £5bn for the first time by 2018, according to a new report by MTW Research. It also predicts the sector will outperform UK GDP growth in 2015.
Study looks at Scottish forestry economy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Scotland’s forest industries are being urged to take part in a survey to update the picture of forestry’s contribution to the Scottish economy.
Indonesian exports benefit from EUTR
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 The EU Timber Regulation has helped to increase Indonesia’s forest products exports.
Swedish exports continue growth
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Swedish exports of sawn and planed softwood during the first five months were up 9% on the same period last year.
Construction fuels UK timber imports
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The UK’s timber and panel products imports increased in April for the 10th consecutive month, driven largely by construction industry demand.
Grafton's first-half revenue improves
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Grafton Group plc, which includes the Buildbase chain, recorded an 11.3% increase in revenue in the six months to the end of June.
NZ exporters’ future remains shaky
Friday, April 18, 2014 New Zealand’s timber industry, which has closed more than 40 sawmills in the past decade, is likely to face more pain as a result of lower-cost Chinese mills, rising competition and a strong kiwi dollar.
Construction outlook brightest since 2007
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Construction firms have reported the brightest outlook for activity in the UK since January 2007, according to a new report on the building industry.
Kingston reaps rewards of good contractor relations
Monday, April 07, 2014 A joinery company set up on the eve of the recession is now securing work from major housing contractors nationwide, including a six-figure contract in Newcastle from Shepherd Construction.

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