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Timberlink Investing Millions to Upgrade Tarpeena Sawmill and Construct New CLT/GLT Plant

Timberlink’s Tarpeena sawmill, located in South Australia, is undergoing a multi-million-dollar expansion. The project will include an upgrade the existing sawmill and the construction of Australia’s first cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT) manufacturing plant, which will be co-located on the sawmill’s site.

U.K.’s James Jones & Sons Ltd Acquires a Majority Share in Australia’s Mayflower Enterprises Pty Ltd

James Jones & Sons Ltd., a family-owned and managed forest products company, now under its 5th generation of leadership and operating from 27 locations strategically located across the UK, recently announced that it has acquired approximately 60% of the shares in Mayflower Enterprises Pty Ltd., located in Australia. Mayflower Enterprises is the holding company of Hyne Timber and XLam.

Timber Import Volume into the U.K. Appears to be Returning to Traditional Winter Consumption Level

According to the latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) statistics, timber and panel product import volumes into the United Kingdom continued to show a steady decline in Q4 2021, as a more regular demand pattern returns to the marketplace. TTF statistics reveal that the volume of timber and panel products imported into the UK declined month-over-month between October and November 2021 by 158,000 m3.

Swedish Sawmills Set New Production Records in 2021

According to a press release from Swedish Wood, a publication that represents the Swedish sawmill industry and is part of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, 2021 was a record year for Swedish sawmill production. The expectations for 2021 of 18.8 million cubic meters were exceeded, and the year ended at just over 19 million cubic meters of production.

Ireland’s Forest Crisis Continues to Grow

According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Ireland’s forest industry remains in crisis. Delays in issuing licenses needed to plant, harvest, and transport trees to facilities for processing have been ongoing for over three years. The bottleneck is hitting house building, slowing the supply of timber and forcing many to import lumber. It has also contributed to the rise in the costs of new homes.

Al Talah Board Company Producing OSB from Recycled Date Palm Tree Waste in the UAE

Al Talah Board Company, with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), produced its first branded “Desert Board” OSB on December 14th, 2021. The Desert Board was produced in a new Dieffenbacher plant, which is using recycled date palm tree waste to manufacture the OSB boards. Al Talah Board contracted with Dieffenbacher in 2019 to create the unique OSB plant.