Special Reports

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  • August 09, 2012 08:05

Temperate and tropical hardwood prices in Italy

Price trends during the second quarter of 2012 appear similar to the ones displayed by the market at the beginning of the year. Stagnation of consumption and lower purchases from many importers created a situation where many wood species are difficult to find...... [more...]

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  • August 07, 2012 16:37

China imported 15 percent less sawlogs

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly.... [more...]

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  • August 06, 2012 16:43

Lacey Act: agreement between Gibson Guitars and Justice

Gibson Guitar Corp. entered into a criminal enforcement agreement with the United States today resolving a criminal investigation into allegations that the company violated the Lacey Act by illegally purchasing and importing ebony wood from Madagascar and rosewood and ebony from India.... [more...]

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  • July 19, 2012 11:28

Column: How myths are made

A poorly drafted CNN news article drawing on weak research by the World Bank demonstrates how misinformation about illegal logging is being created.

The CNN news article begins with the statement "A new World Bank study on illegal logging reports that a football field of forest is clear-cut every two seconds around the globe and the problem is now a global epidemic. The study estimates that illegal logging accounts for as much as 90% of all timber felled each year, generating between $10 to $15 billion".... [more...]

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  • June 27, 2012 18:00

Exports to China: bright outlook for value-added wood products

The steep decline in Chinese wood exports observed in December 2011 (down 8.3% from November) and January 2012 (down 31.6% from December) caused much consternation within the global timber trade, signaling a short-term adjustment in Chinese timber demand. Despite this end of year adjustment, the value of Chinese wood imports...... [more...]

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  • June 20, 2012 08:48

Where does parquet flooring go?

“Since 2008 the European parquet industry has been in dire straits, and 2012 will be yet another challenging year”. Lars Gunnar Andersen, president of the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) summed up the current situation of the European parquet industry at the FEP general assembly in Istanbul on June 8.... [more...]

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  • June 15, 2012 09:39

Column: The lessons of LCA

The whole AHEC experience with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has taught us the power and importance of the critical review process. It is not just about collecting data to better understand and articulate our environmental impacts, it is also about being believed.... [more...]

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  • April 27, 2012 09:46

Parquet market outlook with important variations at country level

Though it is yet too early to give a reliable forecast for the current year, the information provided by the individual country representatives indicates that 2012 will be a challenging year for the European parquet producers with important variations at country level – a situation already visible...... [more...]

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  • April 10, 2012 09:14

Decreasing beech exports to China due to rising shipping costs

Although Heiko Vogler can already visualize his Easter vacation, he doesn't put aside the thoughts about his work. The wood trader from Schwärzelbach commercializes oak and beech to China and he is experiencing at present an extreme situation. He had to pay 900 up to 950 euros for a 40' container from Bayern at the beginning of the beech season. Now the same container costs him between 1300 and 1400 euros. ''The shipping companies have gone out of their mind'', said Volger angrily. Actually, shipping lines and transportation companies are ingenious when it comes to the extra fees they charge for the freight. The clients must bare the fact... [more...]

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  • March 30, 2012 08:52

German furniture industry continues to expand

The German furniture industry carried forward the successful export from 2011 and gained further foreign market shares. According to VHK, this is due to crowding out international competitors. The market itself is rated as rather unstable. In Germany the furniture market continues to grow. In 2011 each person bought furniture for 373 EUR in average, which represents an increase of 2%. ... [more...]

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