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Woodbois reports healthy revenue increase and completion of Primultini sawmill line
07 July, 2021
African forestry and timber trading firm Woodbois Limited has reported increased revenues in H1 2021 and expects sawn timber output to grow by 30% in H2.
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Azobé chosen for Europe’s longest bike – and bat – bridge
Monday, January 04, 2021 The new Blauwe Loper – or Blue Carpet – tropical timber cycle and pedestrian bridge in the Netherlands has been heralded as a trendsetter in circular, sustainable bio-based construction. Reinforcing its environmental credentials, it is even designed to be bat friendly.
“Resilience and flexibility” key at current time, says Woodbois Ltd
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 African sawmilling and veneer business WoodBois Ltd has reported a 10% increase in Q1 revenue to US$4.9m.
African hardwood business reports better year
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 International African hardwood focused business Woodbois has posted a big increase in revenue and a cut in its pre-tax losses.
Court grants Rougier permission to restructure African business
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 International tropical hardwood specialist Rougier has gained court permission for restructuring measures after filing for insolvency protection.
Rougier upbeat despite sales dip
Thursday, September 15, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.

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