Together with representatives from Swedish sawmills, Swedish Wood was present at Dubai Wood Show, MENA’s trade fair for timber products, for the third time.
The MENA region is the most important export market for Swedish sawmills after Europe. Sales to the region have risen significantly over the years and Swedish sawmills see the region continuing as a strategic market for the future.
Sweden is also the largest exporter of pine and spruce to the MENA region. Russia is in second place and Finland third. In 2015, Sweden exported 3.2 million cubic metres of Pine and Spruce to the MENA region, worth more than SEK 5.5 billion—or 20% of all softwood imports.
“Players in the MENA region see Sweden as an important import market for sawn conifer wood products. They choose to work with Swedish sawmills because they deliver high-quality sawn timber, are reliable trading partners and offer advanced logistical solutions,” said Charlotte Dedye Apelgren, director of Interior and Design at Swedish Wood.
Many Swedish sawmills that export to the region were also represented at Swedish Wood’s stand at the show. The stand hosted a talk on the quality, moisture content and dimensions of Swedish sawn timber, and on sustainable Swedish forestry. Environmental issues are growing attention in the United Arab Emirates, said Climate and Environment Minister, His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, who visited the Swedish Wood stand.
“The main export to the MENA region is Pine for furniture, windows, doors and other joinery, but we are also beginning to see a certain amount of interest in wooden construction, particularly using glulam,” said Charlotte Dedye Apelgren.
Swedish Pine is also very versatile, good for use in everything from high-rise buildings to lamps, furniture, joinery, pallets and formwork in construction.
Historically, Iran is also an established market for Swedish sawmill exports. The relaxing of the trade embargo now opens up new opportunities for collaboration.
“We’re very positive about this and, on behalf of our member companies, we’ve launched a study into trading patterns, sawn timber use and logistics in Iran,” said Mikael Eliasson, Director of Swedish Wood.