VIDA, a global supplier of manufactured wood products from sustainable Swedish forests, has announced that it is investing over 10 million Euros in Valutec continuous kilns that will be installed at 6 of the group’s sawmills.
Vietnam is reporting the wood and wood product (W&WP) exports during the first seven months of 2021 reached US$9.26 billion, up 54% year-over-year (July 2020 to July 2021). Vietnam imported US$1.81 billion of W&WP in the first 7 months of 2021, up 39% against the same period of 2020.
A deal between South Pacific Shipping (SPS) and Oldendorff Carriers has been finalized. “A Post-Panamax will carry underdeck twice the volume of a conventional logger but will not require any fumigation by Methyl Bromide as no logs will be carried on deck.”
Logie Timber, located in the town of Forres, Moray County, Scotland, is a full-cycle timber business. The company carries out milling and finishing and makes products including cladding, decking posts, and beams. Logie has embarked on a £1.2million expansion that will lead to the creation of four new jobs as well as increasing its turnover and cutting its carbon footprint.
The Australian government is set to provide a $15.1 million (A$) freight subsidy to companies transporting logs off of Kangaroo Island. The subsidy will aid in the movement of salvaged logs from bushfire-affected plantations on Kangaroo Island to sawmills, on the South Australian mainland, that currently have immediate capacity to process logs into structural timbers.
Ingka Group, which owns retail giant Ikea, has purchased 5500 hectares of Otago, New Zealand farmland that it plans to plant into forest. In August, the Overseas Investment Office approved the purchase of Wisp Hill buy the Ingka Group.
The adoption of a Ukraine law that would permit the export of roundwood and green lumber is anticipated to have final approval prior to the end of the year. As written, the new law does not pose a significant threat to the country’s forest resources and relate businesses.
Timberlink, the Australian timber products manufacturing business owned by investment funds managed by New Forest, announced today (9-10-21) a $5.3 million (AUD) upgrade to its Tarpeena manufacturing facility, with the installation of a new Light Organic Solvent Preservative timber treatment plant.
According to the UK’s Timber Trade Federation (TTF), a surge of imported timber in June 2021 exceeded the one million m³ mark. At a total of 1.01 million m³, this brings the total volume of imports to more than 6 million m³ in the first six months of 2021 — the highest level in 14 years.
Western Australia (WA) Premier Mark McGowan has announced an effort to preserve an estimated two million hectares of vegetation by banning logging of native forest in WA starting at the end of 2023. The changes will be contained in a new Forest Management Plan, due for release shortly, that from 2024 will ban the removal of timber from native forests besides for “limited forest management activities…