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17 February 2010
Woodworking Machinery: an improvement in the 4th quarter 2009 leads to cautions optimism
Thefourth quarter in 2009showed the first signs ofeconomic recoveryfor the Italian woodworking machinery and tools industry. Good news, though to a moderate extent, that bring some optimism for preliminary 2009 balance and 2010 forecasts.

12 February 2010
Hardwood fiber costs for the global pulp industry increased over 15% in 2009
Wood fiber costs for pulp mills worldwide increased for the fourth consecutive quarter in the 4Q/09. During 2009, the Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) moved up 15.4%, while the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) was up 10.5%, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

12 February 2010
IWF 2010 Announces The Challengers Award Call for Entries
The call for entries for the 2010 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards, competition is officially underway with the entry deadline set for April 1, 2010. Over sixty exhibiting companies have requested entry packages for the 2010 competition as of this date.

9 February 2010
UPM Joins The Baltic Sea Action Summit With Innovative Research Project Aiming At Protecting The Baltic Sea
UPM is committed to an innovative research partnership as part of the Baltic Sea Action Summit. The project involves the use of charcoal mixed with soil to remove impurities from nutrient-rich water running from agricultural lands into the Baltic Sea.

4 February 2010
Xylexpo 2010: The Applications Continue To Increase
450 exhibitors over a 36 thousand square meter exhibition area. This is the updated situation for 2010 edition of Xylexpo, the biennial international exhibition of woodworking technology and furniture industry supplies. Despite the rather difficult economic scenario, applications of Italian and foreign companies continue to increase. They will attend an event featuring the most innovative solutions and updated offers the industry can offer today.

3 February 2010
Central/West Africa: Firming log prices
Towards the end of January some reports of firming log prices for selected species have emerged. This may have been triggered by the continuing unclear situation as regards the proposed ban on log exports announced last year byGabon.

1 February 2010
EU Launches New Programme for Forest Governance in Asia
The EU aims to expand the FLEGT Programme to the rest of the Asian region. This development is following three years' experience in Maleysia and Indonesia on negotiating the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) to ensure that timber exported to the EU comes only from legal sources. The European Forest Institute (EFI) implements the programme for the EU. Kuala Lumpur was chosen to site the regional office leading this expansion of FLEGT outreach to the other countries in Southeast Asia.

27 January 2010
Softwood sawlog prices in Brazil in 4Q/09
Lumber exports from Brazil have fallen 45% in two years, resulting in reduced demand for sawlogs and lower log prices. In the 4Q/09, pine sawlog prices were down 11% from their peak in 2008, but were still over 300% higher than six years ago, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

14 January 2010
Global sawlog prices jumped almost 8% in the 3Q/09
Global sawlog prices started to move up in the fall after having reached a bottom in many markets earlier this year. The recent upswing has been the result of a tighter log supply but also because of improved operating rates at many sawmills in both the US and Europe. The US, the Nordic countries, Central Europe the Baltic States and Russia have experienced the largest price increases (in the local currencies) over the past six months.

11 January 2010
PulPaper 2010 at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre 1-3 June 2010
The seventh tradeshow for the pulp, paper and paperboard industries PulPaper 2010 will fill the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre on 1-3 June 2010. This is by far the most international exhibition of the year, as almost half of the event's exhibitors and over a third of the visitors have traditionally been foreign.

18 December 2009
Tropical Forest Foundation Names Caterpillar's John Carpenter as Next Chairman
John Carpenter, president of Caterpillar Forest Products, has been elected chairman of the Tropical Forest Foundation. Carpenter has served as vice president on the TFF board since 2007.

18 December 2009
Global softwood lumber markets were mixed in the 3Q/09 - up in China and Northern Africa, while still slow in the US and Japan
Softwood lumber imports to China have increased by 81% in 2009. It is not inconceivable that China will import more lumber than Japan in 2009, a historical first. Canadian sawmills have been the major beneficiaries of this new fast-growing market.

15 December 2009
Drop in value of timberland for 18 consecutive years
The Japan Real Estate Institute recently announced the results of a survey concerning the value of timberland and the value of standing timber at the current time of the end of March.

15 December 2009
Arkaim's Sawmill Started Full-scale Operation
JV Arkaim LLC, a large-scale lumber exporting company in Khabarovsk in Russia, made a presentation at Shinjuku Park Tower in Tokyo on November 25. At the presentation, General Director Alexander Lepihov and executive officers of the company, who were visiting to Japan, jointly with the staff of its Japanese contact point SHINRYOKU Co., Ltd., explained the current situation of the company to the Japanese guests of 22 companies or 34 people.

14 December 2009
China: Forest industry revitalization
Five departments including the State Administration of Forestry, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and the State Taxation Administration recently released their plan for the revitalization of the forest industry 2010-2012. This will serve as the foundation for an action plan to support the industry through the current global economic crisis.

11 December 2009
Rapid expansion of wood pellet capacity in North America drives sawdust and wood chip prices upward, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review
The wood pellet industry in North America has grown six-fold since 2004, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. The dramatic expansion has resulted in higher costs for sawdust and wood chips in the regions with the greatest growth, including Western US and Canada.

8 December 2009
Wood suggestions, the new 2010-2011 Concept Wood collection
Research is a vital and undeniable company value. It's with this basic, perennial philosophy that Alpi continues its journey of experimentation. The company, a multinational group, has achieved a position of global leadership in wood production, expanding the boundaries of this material, and over time enriching the field with new and striking stylistic interpretations.

8 December 2009
Exports of wood chips from Australia have declined 28% in 2009 but the country is still the largest chip exporter in the world
Australia, the world largest exporter of wood chips reduced shipments by 28% during the first half of 2009. The biggest decline was that of softwood and hardwood chips to Japan, which were down 31% and 36%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2008.

3 December 2009
Changes in hardwood fiber costs in 2009
Hardwood fiber costs for the global pulp industry have surpassed the cost for softwood fiber in 2009 as demand for hardwood pulp rose, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

2 December 2009
Slow growth in demand for forest industry products
Metla research institute (Finland) has published Finnish Forest Sector Economic Outlook 2009-2010





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