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Log and wood chip supply has been tight for sawmills and pulpmills in Sweden in 2017 and first half of 2018 as the forest industry has been running in high gear and forest fires have restricted log flows

Log and wood chip supply has been tight for sawmills and pulpmills in Sweden in 2017 and first half of 2018 as the forest industry has been running in high gear and forest fires have restricted log flows

The forest industry in Sweden has been running at high operating rates for over a year, resulting in increased importation of wood raw-material and higher domestic prices for sawlogs and pulplogs, according to the WRQ. From late 2016 to early 2018, domestic prices for sawlogs and pulplogs were up 16% and 19%, respectively.

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The US and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia

The US and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia

The pellet feedstock price indices for North America, launched by WRI in 2013, have trended upward in Canada during most of 2017 and early 2018 but declined in the US dur...

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Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Market pulp producers saw higher profits in the 1Q/18 as pulp prices jump to record high levels, while production costs increased only slightly

Pulp prices reached record highs in early 2018 following a 16-month period of increasing prices. Wood fiber costs, the largest cost component when manufacturing pulp, hav...

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Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with the pace being higher in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China

Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with the pace being higher in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China

Lumber markets – North America

After softwood lumber consumption in the US reached a ten-year high in 2017, demand fell in early 2018. Despite the reduced first quarter co...

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There were substantial increases in wood costs for pulpmills in Western US and Canada in the 1Q/18, while wood fiber prices fell to record lows in Eastern Canada

There were substantial increases in wood costs for pulpmills in Western US and Canada in the 1Q/18, while wood fiber prices fell to record lows in Eastern Canada

Price movements for wood fiber throughout North America were mixed in the 1Q/18 with substantial increases seen in the Western US and Western Canada, while prices for sof...

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Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017

Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017

China imported record high volumes of softwood logs and lumber in 2017, making the country the largest log importer in the world and the second largest lumber importer af...

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US Demand for Softwood Lumber is Forecasted to Increase in the Next 15 years – Where Will the Wood Come From?

US Demand for Softwood Lumber is Forecasted to Increase in the Next 15 years – Where Will the Wood Come From?

A new study forecasts that softwood lumber consumption in the US will reach all-time highs by 2030. As a consequence, there are likely to be increased investments in prod...

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The Global Sawlog Price Index has increased by 9.8% during 2017, with the biggest increases in sawlog prices occurring in the Nordic countries, Eastern Europe and Western North America

The Global Sawlog Price Index has increased by 9.8% during 2017, with the biggest increases in sawlog prices occurring in the Nordic countries, Eastern Europe and Western North America

The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) increased substantially, driven by strengthening lumber markets in both the US and Europe, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The E...

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Hardwood fiber costs for the Swedish pulp industry moved up in late 2017 after a six-year period of declining pulplog prices

Hardwood fiber costs for the Swedish pulp industry moved up in late 2017 after a six-year period of declining pulplog prices

Wood fiber costs for hardwood pulp manufacturers in Sweden are among the lowest in Europe after having been on a downward trajectory since 2011, according to the Wood Res...

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