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Hayashi Plywood Industrial plans to curtail production by 20%

24-04-2020
Hayashi Plywood, softwood plywood, Maizuru, Nanao, plants, curtailment, temporary, partial

Hayashi Plywood Industrial Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) manufactures softwood plywood at Maizuru and Nanao plants. To deal with dropping sales, it has started reducing the production by 10% since last month and March production is down by 15%. With dropping orders from precutting plants and large house builders, it plans to curtail the production by …

WRQ:China’s imported forest products decline sharply in early 2020

08-04-2020
China, import, forest products, softwood lumber, softwood logs, wood chips

The value of imported forest products to China dropped by 750 million dollars y-o-y during January and February 2020, with the biggest fall seen on the value of softwood lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly The coronavirus epidemic in China has resulted in sharply reduced importation of forest products in early 2020. During January and …

China sees rise in sawnwood imports but not tropical sawnwood in 2019

06-04-2020
China, sawnwood, softwood, hardwood, markets, prices, volume, 2019, imports

According to data from China’s Customs, 2019 sawnwood imports totalled 38.11 million cubic metres valued at US$8.591 billion, a year on year increase of 4% in volume but a decline of 15% in value, reported ITTO. Of total sawnwood imports, sawn softwood imports rose 15% to 28.62 million cubic metres accounting for 57% of the national total, …

Europe beats Canada to become China’s second largest softwood lumber supplier

06-02-2020
Woodstat, softwood lumber supply, Europe, Canada, Russia, China, trade, market share

Woodstat, a market analyst company, reports that China imported approximately 1.88 million m³ of softwood lumber in December 2019 (-5% compared to 2018), according to figures from the Chinese Customs. The import totalled 27.1 million m³ during 2019 (+11% compared to 2018). Since China began importing softwood lumber in smaller volumes …

NZ sawmills closures amid log shortage and inflated log prices caused by overseas subsidies

04-02-2020
New Zealand, overseas subsidies, softwood, pine, sawmill closures, inflated prices

Sawmills in New Zealand find it hard to stay profitable when overseas competitors can benefit from subsidies, Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA), New Zealand’s main timber industry organisation says. The problem is so bad that one day all timber used in New Zealand may have to be imported instead, despite having around two …

China now increasing softwood logs from Europe and New Zealand

14-01-2020
softwood log, China, Europe, New Zealand, North America, Russia, imports, export, trade, Uruguay

Europe has rapidly become a major supplier of softwood logs to China, while Russia and North America have lost market shares in 2019, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). China is increasing importation of logs from New Zealand and Europe, while diminishing imports from North America and Russia. As a region, Europe is now the second largest …

Kronospan to start producing and offering plywood as a new product

10-01-2020
Kronospan, Smorgon plant, Belarus, Kronobuild, panel products, softwood plywood, exterior constructions

Kronospan has announced that it has commenced plywood production at its plant in Smorgon, Belarus. Kronospan said that it is an important milestone in its history and "reflects the company’s strong commitment to fulfilling the needs of its customers." The product joins the Kronobuild portfolio of panel products. The plant is producing four …

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