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5 November 2009
UPM plans restructuring and permanent closures to ensure competitiveness of its Plywood and Timber operations in Finland
UPM plans significant restructuring to ensure the competitiveness of its Plywood and Timber operations in Finland. The target is to remarkably improve the businesses' long-term cost competitiveness and increase value added of the production in Finland. Co-operation negotiations with employees concerning the plans will start immediately.

2 November 2009
Austrian National Prize Nomination for Wintersteiger AG
On October 22 the Austrian National Prize for "Design 2009" was awarded for the 38th time in the Museum Quarter, Vienna. In front of several hundred guests, State Secretary Christine Marek recognised Austria's creative industries for their services. The Austrian National Prize 2009 is awarded in a total of three different categories. WINTERSTEIGER was nominated in the category "Product Design of Investment Goods" and thus achieved a place among the top six.

28 October 2009
Finland swops cheap timber with Nord Stream
The Finnish government will give its consent to the Nord Stream project if Russia promises not to boost export tariffs on round timber, Russian media reports.

28 October 2009
Sergey Katanadov has taken part in the Finnish-Russian forest summit
Head of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanadov has taken part in the Finnish-Russian forest summit held in St.Petersburg (Russia).

28 October 2009
St. Petersburg Forest Summit left Finnish industry with mixed feelings
The Finnish forest companies in attendance at the Finland-Russia Forest Summit held in St. Petersburg (Russia) on Sunday were left with only a vague idea of what kind of conclusions they should draw from the meeting.

26 October 2009
The strategy will not change anywhere
The moratorium on the increasing of the export duties on the round wood was extended till 2010 due to a sharp decline in Russian timber industry, Vladimir Putin said at the Third Russo-Finnish Forest Summit in St. Petersburg (Russia).

23 October 2009
"The need to adopt integrated, sustainable approaches to land and forest management has never been more urgent"
"By considering forests as an integral part of wider economic and social development goals, we will make giant strides in our efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition."

23 October 2009
Selling timber is well regulated in Finland
Many Finnish forest owners consider that selling timber is a complex business. Not so, says a woman who has sealed thousands of deals.

19 October 2009
Japan Lumber Journal: Plywood Market 2nd Week, October
Earnings reports of manufacturers, trading firms, and distributors of building products were unprecedentedly bad in the first half of 2009. After the second half started in October, each company is maintaining a cautious attitude as recovery in demand is still unforeseeable.

16 October 2009
Wärtsilä opens Service Centre in Murmansk
Wartsila has today opened a Service Centre in Murmansk, Russia to serve the rapidly growing number of vessels in northern waters. The Service Centre demonstrates Wartsila's commitment to expand in line with the increasing marine activity in the Barents Sea region.

16 October 2009
World novelty saw for wood as well as for metal
Company Pilous - band saws will introduce a new power saw at the trade fair WOOD-TEC. It is a brand new conception of the machine, mainly for cutting wood - trunks into slabs.

2 October 2009
Xylexpo 2010: excellent status of applications
"The next edition will celebrate the recovery of the industry after a long period of serious crisis", is the satisfied declaration by Paolo Zanibon, Xylexpo general secretary, commenting upon the next biennial international exhibition of machinery, supplies and components for the wood and furniture industry.

28 September 2009
Australia export declined but didn't affect the industry
Exports of wood chips from Australia have declined 28% in 2009 but the country is still the largest chip exporter in the world, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

28 September 2009
FSUE State Scientific Centre of Timberindustry and ITE Company Present the 2nd International Conference Wood Plastic Composite - 2010, April 7
The Conference will be held in Moscow (Russia) International Exhibition Centre Crocus Expo during the 16th International Building & Interiors Exhibition "MosBuild 2010".

24 September 2009
State Duma adopted the law about the timber export checkpoints
State Duma of RF adopted in the final reading the law, which allows the government to reduce the number of checkpoints for the export of Russia's logs. It is supposed that this will help to reduce the number of illegal export of timber abroad.

23 September 2009
Russia considers postponing wood tariffs
Russia considers postponing the planned increase of its export duties on roundwood timber by yet another year.

23 September 2009
Global Sawlog Prices Close to Five Year Low
Global sawlog prices are close to five-year low because of weak lumber markets in the 2Q/09. Prices for softwood lumber have fallen in most markets worldwide the past year,including Europe, North America and Japan and have pushed sawlog prices close to a five-year low.

23 September 2009
UPM Raflatac opens distribution terminals in St Petersburg and Istanbul
UPM Raflatac has opened a new slitting and distribution terminal in St. Petersburg (Russia). The new terminal will supply the Russian labelling market with high-quality film and paper labelstock.

22 September 2009
Chinese forest industry shows gains in first half
According to the State Forestry Administration, the performance of China’s forest industry showed gains during the first half of 2009.

21 September 2009
Russia will not lower timber export tax in 2010: minister
MOSCOW: Russia will not lower its export duties on timber next year, Economics Minister Elvira Nabiullina was quoted as saying on Saturday, despite a trade row with Finland over the taxes.





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