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Russian Ministry of Economic Development Published Report on Timber Industry in January-July period, 2009

14 September 2009 | Print version

The production index of the wood processing and manufacturing of wood products in January-July 2009 amounted to 74,7 percent in pulp and paper industry, 83,8 percent in publishing and printing activities, including publishing and printing and reproduction of recorded media of 75,2 percent, pulp, wood pulp, paper, paperboard and articles - 91.7 percent compared to the previous period in 2008.

Timber industry is characterized by high export orientation (more than 45 percent of exported production), which puts the industry in a significant dependence on the external environment.

Due to the changing situation on foreign markets (including market saturation, declining demand and prices for wood products), a number of factories stopped production and shipment of products that resulted in a significant decrease in production volumes.

As a result of growth of quality wood products from Canada supplies to Western European markets, there is an evident decline of Russian manufactured products demand.

In January-July 2009 compared to the corresponding period in 2008 there was a decrease in output of solid fiberboard (- 37,7%), chipboard (- 29,7%), plywood (- 29,2%), timber (- 17,3%), doors and windows blocks (- 32,6% and - 48,1%) and some types of wood packaging.

Reducing the volumes of pulp, wood pulp, paper, paperboard and articles producing (- 8.3%) in January-July 2009 due primarily to the reducing of pulp products production (-19.9%). It was caused by falling demand from main consumers of the market pulp, as well as by decreasing of the cardboard (-12.2%) and paper (- 7.4 %) production.

On foreign markets the reduced demand for pulp and paper products from the major consumers (China, USA, EU) was caused by the reorientation of the major producers on the supply of South American eucalyptus pulp.

The decrease in publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media production in January-July 2009 was 24.8 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2008 due to reducing of magazines (- 32.2%), books and brochures (-28, 0%) and newspapers (- 23.5 per cent) production.

Major products producing volumes in 2009

Name

Jan

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

January-July of 2009, % to January-July 2008

Wood (million of m3)

6,7

7,6

9,6

6,2

3,7

5,2

5,9

80,6

Saw timber (million of m3)

1,2

1,4

1,7

1,7

1,5

1,7

1,7

82,7

Gluelam (thousand of m3)

117

146

171

178

173

184

190

70,8

Wood-particle board (thousand of m3)

346

363

326

307

254

333

363

70,3

Fiberboard (million of m3)

17,4

20,1

22,5

23,6

21,1

21,9

23,7

62,3

Market pulp (thousand tonnes)

143

144

172

154

176

170

183

80,1

Paper (thousand tonnes)

283

293

337

325

337

301

337

92,6

Cardboard (thousand tonnes)

200

238

290

296

297

291

310

87,8




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