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Press Releases from Wood Resources International (15 total)

The global sawlog price index in the 1Q/12 was down almost nine percent from ear …

Reduced global demand for lumber has resulted in a reduction in the Global Sawlog Price Index by almost nine percent in 12 months, as well as a recent decline in the global trade of logs, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. Prices for sawlogs fell in virtually all twenty countries covered by the Wood Resource Quarterly (, both in local currencies as well as in US dollars.

US woody biomass prices have dropped the past three years; west coast prices are …

Relatively low fossil fuel prices have reduced the demand and prices of woody biomass throughout the US the past three years, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. The Pacific Northwest currently has the lowest biomass prices, slightly lower than the South, while the Northeast continues to have among the highest costs in the country. Seattle, USA. Prices for woody biomass in the US, whether sawmill byproducts, forest residues or

US and Canadian log and lumber exports to China up over 150 percent in 2010

The value of softwood logs and lumber exported from North America to China reached over 1.6 billion dollars in 2010, which was 150 percent higher than the previous year and more than ten times as much as in 2006, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. China has come to the rescue for many sawmills and timberland owners in the US and Canada the past year. The value of softwood logs

Global sawlog prices close to five-year low because of weak lumber markets in th …

Prices for softwood lumber have fallen in most markets worldwide the past year, including in Europe, North America and Japan, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The weak lumber markets have pushed sawlog prices close to a five-year low. Seattle, USA. August 2009. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) in the 2Q/09, increased for the first time since late 2007, reaching $68.87/m3. The Index, which is based on conifer

Wood costs for pulpmills in Sweden and Finland have fallen over 30 percent the p …

Seattle, USA. July 2009. Pulpwood prices fell substantially in practically all markets in Europe in the 1Q/09. The biggest declines occurred in Sweden, Finland, France and Germany, where softwood and hardwood prices were down 11-18 % from the previous quarter. Pulpwood prices have fallen faster in Europe (in US dollar terms) than they have globally, according to WRQ. The Finnish forest industry has been hard hit with many sawmills and

Sharply declining wood costs for pulpmills worldwide in the 1Q 2009, according t …

Wood costs, the largest cost component when producing wood pulp, have fallen substantially in all regions of the world the past nine months. The biggest reductions have occurred in western North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Nordic countries, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. May, 2009. The global pulp and paper industry has continued to reduce production in 2009. The manufacturing of market pulp was 16

Wood fiber costs fell in the US South and the US Northwest in the 1Q/09 as pulpm …

Wood fiber costs have diminished in all regions of the US this year as the decline in fiber demand by the pulp industry has been greater than the reduction of residual chips supply from the sawmilling sector. The past six months, pulpwood costs have fallen about 10% in the US South and 20% in the US Northwest, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Seattle, US. April, 2009. Pulpmills and

Wood costs fell for many pulpmills worldwide in the 3Q 2008, reports WRQ

Wood fiber costs, the cost component that often determines a pulp manufacturer’s competitiveness, fell for the first time in many years in practically all major pulp-producing regions around the world in the 3Q/08, according to the market report Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This drop was the result of two main factors: a strengthening US dollar against most major currencies combined with a reduced demand for pulpwood. Seattle, January 13. 2009. The

Log costs fell in Russia in the 3Q/08 as the forest industry cut back production …

Seattle, USA, November 18, 2008. The Russian timber market has gone through a roller coaster ride the past 12 months, with log costs reaching record highs in the 4Q of last year and then falling to two-year lows in the 3Q this year. Topping off the dramatic events as of late was the announcement by Prime Minister Putin in early November that the long-awaited log export tax, which would practically

Canadian pulpmills are paying higher wood costs as supply tightens, WRI reports

Softwood wood fiber prices are currently close to a 12-year high in British Columbia, according to the market report North American Wood Fiber Review. As chip prices in BC tend to follow pulp prices, wood costs have remained practically unchanged in 2008, but were over 30% higher in the 3Q/08 than they were two years ago. Seattle, October 7, 2008. Wood costs continue to be much lower for pulpmills in

Global Timber Markets Impacted by Russian Log Export Taxes says WRI

Seattle, USA, September 4, 2008. With the impetus provided by the Russian government, which has implemented regulations that restrict open trade of logs, Russia is slowly transforming from being a large exporter of logs to an important producer of primary processed wood products, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Russian Federal Government is trying to assist development of its forest industry by adding export taxes on logs, thereby limiting

Global wood prices surging due to increased competition and higher freight costs

Seattle, USA, September 3, 2008. Wood fiber prices worldwide have been rising steadily for the past six years, reaching record levels in the 2Q/08. Expanding demand for renewable energy may potentially drive prices even higher in many countries in the near future, according to Håkan Ekström, president of Wood Resources International. Since 2002, global average prices for pulpwood have risen 67% for softwood and 64% for hardwood, in US dollar

Wood costs increased for pulpmills worldwide in the 2Q 2008 as reported by WRI

Seattle, US, August 23, 2008. Wood fiber costs, the major cost component when producing wood pulp, increased in practically all major pulp-producing regions around the world in the 2Q/08, according to the market report Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This was both a result of a continued weakening of the US dollar against most major currencies and because of higher transport costs for both pulpwood and wood chips. The wood costs,

Sawlog prices rebound in Russia during the 2Q of 2008, reports Wood Resources In …

Seattle, USA, August 21, 2008. Wood Resource Quarterly reports that softwood sawlog prices increased in Russia during the 2Q, in contrast to the sharp decline noted during the 1Q. Contrary to earlier price movements, this time it was the domestic market rather than the export market that was the main price driver as the housing market in western Russia strengthened substantially. As a result of the implemented and planned

Higher wood chip export prices in Australia in 2008 as wood supply tightens arou …

Seattle (USA) July 12, 2008. Export prices for both pine and Eucalyptus wood chips have gone up substantially in 2008 in Australia as a result of increased demand in Japan and a tighter supply of wood chips throughout the Pacific Rim region, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Australia has become the world’s largest exporter of wood chips, shipping a record of over 6 million oven-dry metric tons (odmt) in

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