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US softwood lumber consumption on track for record highs
11 June, 2018
US consumption of softwood lumber is likely to reach record-highs by 2030, resulting in export opportunities for sawmills in Europe and Latin America, according to a new study from ForestEdge and Wood Resources International.
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Panels giant Arauco to acquire Masisa Mexico assets
Thursday, December 21, 2017 South America based wood-based panel giant Arauco is to buy Masisa’s Mexican mills in a US$245m deal.
Weyerhaeuser agrees sale of Lumin plywood mill in Uruguay
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Weyerhaeuser has agreed to sell its Uruguay timberlands and manufacturing business, which includes the plywood mill producing Lumin branded products, to a consortium led by BTG Pactual's Timberland Investment Group for US$402.5m in cash.
London seminar on Brazil timber trade
Monday, May 15, 2017 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Embassy of Brazil in London are combining on a seminar to give the timber trade an update on the South American country’s wood products sector.
EU plywood imports rise to near record level
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 EU imports of plywood increased by 8% to 4.13 million m3 in 2016, the second highest level ever recorded, according to the International Tropical Timber Organisation’s latest market report.
First Guyanese forest FSC-certified
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 The Guyanese greenheart trade has been boosted with the first FSC forest certification in the country.
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.
UK fencing shipped to Falkland Islands
Friday, January 16, 2015 Fence posts made from North Wales timber are keeping sheep from straying in the far-off Falklands Islands.
Lead importers put ipe on hold
Monday, August 18, 2014 Following Greenpeace allegations about illegality in the timber industry in Pará, Brazil, Brooks Bros and James Latham plc have taken ipé off sale. Both have also put an FSC-only rule on all imports from Brazil.
Steer clear of Para, Greenpeace warns
Monday, July 14, 2014 Greenpeace has come close to urging importers in the UK and the rest of Europe not to buy timber from Brazil’s Amazonian state of Para due to the percentage harvested illegally.
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.
TTF takes issue with BBC programme
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has taken issue with a BBC television programme that gave the impression that UK mahogany imports were a driver of deforestation and illegal logging in Peru.
Brazil’s exports fall 9.2%
Friday, June 20, 2014 Brazilian tropical sawnwood export volumes from January to April were 9.2% lower than the same period last year.
Masisa to launch “super” MDF in Latin America
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 Chilean wood-based panel producer Masisa is to launch a modified wood fibre panel throughout Latin America following the extension of an agreement with Tricoya Technologies Ltd (TTL).
Brazil panel production site to be world’s largest
Friday, May 30, 2014 Wood-based panels machinery manufacturer Siempelkamp says an order from Brazilian company Fibraplac will make the latter’s Glorinha production site the largest panel manufacturing site in the world.
Brazil laundering illegal timber, says Greenpeace
Friday, May 16, 2014 Greenpeace is urging Jewson to stop selling ipe decking after revealing what it says is “widespread illegal logging” in Brazil.
Brazilian Olympics accept PEFC and FSC
Monday, January 06, 2014 The organisers of the Rio Olympics are demanding that all timber and wood products used in 2016 Games developments are certified environmentally sound – specifying three certification schemes as acceptable proof of sustainability.
DLH accepts DKr100,000 inside information fine
Monday, January 06, 2014 Denmark-based hardwoods and panels importer and distributor DLH has accepted a fine of DKr100,000 for the alleged violation of the company’s obligation to announce inside information as quickly as possible.
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.

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