Russian Forestry Review (RFR) represents collected articles about the Russian timber industry. It is issued in English once per year and has been on the market for more than 3 years. Created on the basis of the hugest timber magazine in Russia Lesprominform, RFR’s mission is to present to foreign timber merchants and investors objective information regarding condition and development of the Russian forestry sector. For three years of existence the magazine became highly influential in business-society as a source of useful analytical information covering the timber branch that still remains quite closed both for foreign and native analysts. Number of subscribers constantly grows, and above all, the Russian timber sector is of the global business interest.
New issue of Russian Forestry Review, #3, that saw the world in December 2008 with its circulation of 5,000 samples, contains not only analytical surveys of the main Russian timber spheres, but a big volume of contact data and reference information for implementation of successful business communication.
Russian Timber Industry: A Complex View
Each RFR issue traditionally includes a section devoted to analysis of key changes for the previous year as well as to experts’ prognosis regarding branch behavior in the nearest future. The timber industry overview for the period 2007 - beginning of 2008 prepared especially for Russian Forestry Review by the auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers opens the section A Complex View.
Russia’s Role in the Global Forestry Sector and its Prospects for the Future
The article underlines the key points of the Russian timber industry development for the previous years: forestry reforming, problem of resourcing for timber enterprises, export restrictions for round timber, and development of deep woodworking in the country.
Russia Declines Contracts but Appreciates Investments
You can read about changes in details in export-import regulation in the timber industry in the article of Alexandr Grevtsov. This survey is dedicated to new state measures of custom-fare regulation: phased growth of customs duties for round wood, reduction of customs stations, removal of import duties for woodworking equipment, and analysis of advantages and disadvantages of state policy in this sphere.
A Simple Question and a Complicated Answer
The Russian analyst Igor Ryvkin parses the factors influencing the Russian timber industry: systematic rise of customs duties for round timber export and estimated introduction of barrage duties (finally it was postponed till 2010), as well as measures of the government on attraction of huge investments to the timber industry. The article had been written long before consequence of the world downturn affected the Russian economy. The next article of this analyst is of big interest too.
Light in Dark Wood
The article represents a short commentary of Igor Ryvkin on influence of the world financial crisis on situation in the Russian timber industry. The article contains the interesting conclusions about new possibilities of the state provided correct tax policy in the sphere.
Getting on the Right Track
One of the members of the RF Government Forestry Development Council, Alexandr Churkin, prepared firsthand information about activity and new professional membership of Council that significantly influences on reforming of the native timber industry.
In the article of Valery Saikovsky, president of Confederation of Associations and Unions of Forestry, Pulp-and-Paper, Woodworking and Furniture Industry, one can read about the first-priority directions of the Russian timber industry development, strategic plans of the Government and federal programs on development of forestry sectors.
Two Billion for Strategy
Ilim Group plans to realize till 2014 a large-scale invest-program for the previous 25 years in the pulp-and-paper industry in Russia. One tells in this article about the project named Ilim-2014, by value and volume not having analogues in the Russian forestry.
Russian Market through International Eyes
A new magazine section covers those aspects of forestry development in Russia, which are not so evident to the Russian politicians, businessmen and experts. There are opinions of the international specialists on state of affairs and outlooks in the Russian forestry presented in the article.
Future Supply/Demand: a Picture of Boreal Coniferous Fiber
The article represents the detailed review-prognosis, prepared by a specialist of a huge consulting company Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting Oy. There is analysis of the procured resources of coniferous fiber and possibilities of their use. Especial attention is paid to deliveries of coniferous fiber from RF, one examines reasons of terminations of these deliveries and other negative factors that block development of this sphere of the timber industry.
Towards a Progressive Forest Sector in Northwest Russia
It is a detailed scientific review prepared by a group of Finnish experts from the Finnish research institutes Metla. Subject – basic aspects of the timber industry development of the North-West of Russia. There are the following topics covered in the article: the Russian forestry legislation (‘forestry politics’ of the Soviet period, and adoption of the Forestry Code in 2007), the main regional difficulties in the timber industry development, forestry management system and raw materials support, export of round wood and sawn timber from RF, investments to the timber industry, and influence innovations on the regional economics in the woodworking sphere.
There are two articles in the traditional section of the magazine. They are dedicated to the most relevant sectoral issues: survey of the country’s forestry resources and their availability for the industrial lumbering.
Forest Survey Process will be Continuous
Definition ‘state inventory of forests’ (GIS) was introduced for the first time in the new Forest Code, which adoption followed change in the previous system of forest management. For 20 years GIS has not been implemented, just system-free forest management events were fulfilled. In accordance with new Forest Code all the RF subjects have to take full stock of the existing forests on their area and on the basis of results to prepare ‘Forest plans’ on effective forest exploitation in region. Galina Malikova’s article covers in details inventory process, which program has been already drawn up for the nearest 10 years, but the first working data will appear in 2009.
Development of Timber Industry in Russia: Problems of Raw Material Supplies
The article of the director of Sustainable Forestry Institute Sergei Pochinkov is dedicated to the main biostatic for the native timber industry factors, particularly state and corporate under-regulation in the sphere of transport infrastructure, location of timber processing plants, organization of lumbering plants (including forest roadnet), as well as technological equilibration of rawwood demand. While market reforming, timber processing is surviving downturn: 60% of not-paying business, slow renovation of funds, temporary wood tracks, and low wages.
Wood-Based Boards and Their Future
Article covers review of the Russian market of wood-based boards, includes descriptions of the main types of boards (OSB, MDF, HDF, fiberboard and chipboard) and means of their production. History of board manufacture in Russia is also summarized, including information regarding the hugest enterprises of the sphere. The article was prepared by our correspondent hands on professor of St.-Petersburg State Forestry Academy Adolf Leonovich and associate professor Gennady Tsaryov.
Keys to Competitive OSB Operations
Article of Jussi Silventoinen - one of the officials of international consulting company Indufor Oy - represents a key factor of OSB production development, and is addressed to those companies that implement OSB manufacture or are planning to do that.
Glued Plywood Export in 2008: Significant Conclusions
Material prepared by Valentin Peshkov, chief of woodworking industry secto in NIPIEIlesprom, JSC, covering the sub-sector and its fast transformations, had been already published in Russian Forestry Review #2 (2007). The ten year stably growing export of glued plywood from Russia slowed down in 2007. Last year registered a decrease in export from 1,577,00 m³ in 2006 to 1,493,000 m³ in 2007. As an indispensible supplement to this article we published in the issue list of leading enterprise working in the sphere of plywood production. This table includes contacts, activity description and data on volumes of the produced plywood output in each sectoral enterprise since 2005 till 2007.
Wood Protection Techniques in Russia
Ekaterina Matyushenkova’s article is dedicated to the most important innovations in antiseptic and antipyren treatment of wood. The Russian protective agents market started its active development just some 10-15 years ago. This material covers technologies and companies issuing such preparations as well as methods of application of the preventative measures in protecting wooden constructions. Except the comparative analysis of western and native technologies trends, the article contains information regarding the new unique thermal treatment of wood in tall oil medium, developed in St.-Petersburg. Professor A. Chubov from the State Forest-Technical Academy in the name of S.Kirov in collaboration with our author tells us about the new method.
History of the Russian furniture industry since the 20th century till our days was described in details in the previous issue of Russian Forestry Review #2 (2007), which covered also working data of the sphere. In Russian Forestry Review #3 (2008) we bring forward a short article:
How to Choose Edgebanders in Russia
The majority of furniture in Russia is manufactured from board materials such as chipboard and medium density fiberboard. One of them is that it is quite important to band the entire surface. Edgebanders are usually applied to achieve this. They allow facing rectilinear and curvilinear edges of furniture boards and workpieces with natural band or synthetic roll material. One tells in this article about the Russian market of edgebanders.
This year we have opened a new section in the Russian Forestry Review #3 (2008) “Bioenergy” dedicated to one of the young, perspective and actively developing sectors.
An Alternative has Become Necessary: the Russian Market of Biofuel Boilers
According to one of the leading world manufactures of biofuel boiler equipment (the company Polytechnik GmbH, which has worked over 40 years on this market), the demand for biofuel equipment has increased by 10 times over the last 10 years. That is to say, the market clearly surpasses the general GDP growth in European countries. And although there is no precise data about how the sale of this equipment has increased in Russia, there is every reason to assume that Russia is also part of the international process, and the percentage of biofuel boilers is constantly increasing. Details regarding development of the Russian biofuel boilers you can read in this article.
Reviews of Russian Regions are of a big interest of our readers. That is because they include general information regarding condition of the forestry sector and investment climate of regions (inclusive of foreign-economic activity), as well as about natural resources, industry, social infrastructure, development of science and culture. In each article dedicated to investment climate of a region we tell about activity of the hugest timber companies. Administrative division in RF proceeds not only for separate regions, but more generally – for federal districts. Russian Forestry Review #1 (2006) covered surveys about only several forestry regions of north-west Federal District, #2 (2007) – the Ural and Southern Federal Districts. Ten regions of the Siberian Federal District (Omsk, Tomsk, and Irkutsk Regions, Krasnoyarsky Krai, Republic of Khakassia, and Republic of Buryatia) and Far East Federal District (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Khabarovsk Region, and Primorye Territory) are described in the Russian Forestry Review #3 (2008). Each field of view is followed by lists of the hugest enterprises, departments and research institutes. Besides that we call our readers’ attention to the detailed lists of the biggest investment projects.
The Omsk Region
The Omsk Region in Figures
Russian Birch: Back in Fashion
This article is dedicated to multi-aspect activity of one of the hugest Russian timber companies – AVA Company, CJSC. AVA Company became the first enterprise in the country that is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) in the USA. Tapping into the modern trend, AVA Company opened a new production facility in November 2007 in the Omsk region. The owners of Troika Dialog actually had the idea for a project of this nature several years ago, and after very thorough calculations, construction was commenced and production started. Four months after the opening of the facility, in February 2008, the first deliveries of finished products were made. The new brand was called Russian Birch, and the lion’s share of products is currently going for export. Today AVA Company has a real chance to become an exclusive supplier of birch not only for export, but all over Russia.
The Omsk Region Investment Climate: a Favorable Prognosis
The Tomsk Region
The Tomsk Region – a Ground for New Technologies
Forest Sector Emerges From Depression
The Novosibirsk Region
The Novosibirsk Region – Progressive Center of Russia
Some Reasons not to be a Forestry Region
Main Players of Regional Significance
The Krasnoyarsky Krai
Development Strategy of the Krasnoyarsky Krai
The Main Risks of the Non-typical Investment Climate in the Krasnoyarsky Krai
The Republic of Khakassia
The Republic of Khakassia – a Territory of Water
The Flow of Investment Activity will dry up without Government Support
The Irkutsk Region
The Irkutsk Region – a Region of Great Opportunities
The Republic of Buryatia
Buryatia – the Sunshine Region
Buryatia Timber Industry is Solving Problems
The Future: Investments and Modernization
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
The Republic of Sakha: an Aladdin's Cave
Investment Climate of Yakutia
The Khabarovsk Territory
The Khabarovsk Territory: Secrets of the forest resources
Key Problems will be Solved by Key Investments
The Primorye Territory
Primorye – the Spacious Outskirts of Russia
The Green Treasure of the Country
The Industrial Stronghold
Localization of Major Timber-Processing Companies in the Forest Regions of Siberia and Far East
There are maps of the regions covered in the block with the location of the hugest timber companies.
Contact Data for Timber Companies
For the first time we call for your attention to contact data with description of the major Russian timber companies. For your convenience, all companies are sorted out by their activity – wood-logging, woodworking, pulp-and-paper, furniture industry, bioenergy, and wooden construction. In addition we have developed lists of companies producing goods from the definite kinds of wood: pine and birch. Also we provide lists of the significant companies on panel and plywood production, and glued constructions.
Main Enterprises of the Russian Logging Industry
Main Enterprises of the Woodworking Industry
Companies Dealing with Board Production
Glued Assemblies in Wooden House Construction
Enterprises of the Furniture Industry
Main Enterprises of the Pulp-and-Paper Industry
Main Enterprises of the Bioenergy Industry
Companies Dealing with Pine Products Manufacture and Export
Companies Dealing with Birch Products