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China Imports 15 percent less sawlog

13 August 2012

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15 percent during the first six months of 2012. Prices for imported and domestic softwood logs in China have fallen this year by 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

China's phenominal GDP...

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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

17 July 2012

Can changes in forest management regimes in British Columbia

mitigate the sharp reductions in timber harvests caused by the

mountain pine beetle?

 

Timber harvests in British Columbia plunged by over 40 percent between 2005 and 2009,

but have since recovered and were close to the 25-year average in 2011. As a

consequence of the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, long-term log supply is

estimated to be about 20 percent below historical levels unless different management

regimes are implemented.

Can changes in forest management regimes in British Columbia

mitigate the sharp...

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Commission renews call for lower-cost housing

15 July 2012
The Productivity Commission has renewed its call for more land to be freed up for lower-cost housing.

The commission in April released a report into housing affordability which found house prices doubled in the last decade.

Among its recommendations was for more land to made available to ease housing affordability pressures, particularly in Auckland where the pressure was most acute

Productivity Commission chairman Murray Sherwin today renewed his call for lower-cost land to be made available.

He told TVNZ's Q+A programme the big pressure was in Auckland, which had up to 15,000 houses fewer than it needed.

The Productivity Commission has...

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LUMBER EXPORT SALES AND PRICES

17 June 2012

Sales and prices are reasonably stable.

 Sales to the big three: Australia, The US and China are basically flat. 

Most interesting is the large number of small markets we are poking wood into.

 Talk to some of our very experienced exporters and they love giving you that knowing wink about some foray into a place you would never have thought of buying our timber.

 They all add up and in any one of them we could end up with a tiger by the tail.

You have to take your hats off to the determination of our exporters in very trying...

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Timber industry warned to prepare for Chch boom

5 June 2012

New Zealand's pre-fabricated timber sector needs to prepare for a boom in demand when the Christchurch rebuild starts or risk losing out to rivals, says the head of an engineered timber company.

Kiwi companies making engineered timber products for commercial and industrial buildings currently have the capability to meet domestic demand, said Robert Finch, chief executive of Expan.

But with architects and engineers predicting the Christchurch rebuild to take off later this year, the sector needs to start making some investments, Finch said.

"I think the industry needs to make sure it's monitoring that ramp-up very, very carefully with a...

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Architect swaps ‘unsafe’ chimney for wooden one

31 May 2012

Don Jamieson values the safety of his family above the quaint look of his 1918 villa.

Concerned about how his brick chimney would fare in an earthquake, the Hataitai resident and architect decided to replace it with a timber-frame one he designed himself.

"The brickwork was made with a lime mortar, and that mortar, which is almost 100 years old, wasn't doing anything in terms of holding the bricks together," he said.

"So it was ready to fall over in any sort of reasonable earthquake."

Mr Jamieson said he could have replaced his wood burner while keeping his existing chimney....

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Housing Consents Decline in April

30 May 2012

National housing consents fell in April after a big jump up in March, according to Statistics New Zealand figures.

In April there were consents issued for 1230 new homes, including apartments, down 21 per cent from the 1559 issued in March.

The value of home and apartment building consents in April was $364 million, down from $430m in March, which was the best monthly value for several years.

National housing consents fell in April after a big jump up in March, according to Statistics New Zealand figures.

In April there were consents issued for 1230 new homes, including apartments, down 21...

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Global Forest Industry This Quarter

27 May 2012

The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 1Q/12 for the third consecutive quarter to $85.90/m3, down 2.7 percent from previous quarter.  

 the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by 0.4 percent from 4Q/11 to $104.88/odmt, which was a continuation of a declining trend that started 3Q/11.

 The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was down 3.5 percent from 4Q/11 to US$109.67 and down seven percent since its all-time-high  in 3Q/11.

 During the first four months of 2012, hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have increased faster than softwood pulp (NBSK) prices.

 After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber...

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Global – Softwood lumber trade increasing with prices firming in US and Canada

23 May 2012

After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 208 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 percent over the last two years. The Middles East/North African region has had a growing appetite for lumber for its construction sector; and the region imported 36% more lumber in 2010 than 2007. This steady upward trend was interrupted last year when the Egyptian revolution, the civil war in Libya and riots in Algeria created chaos and uncertainty in the region.

Lumber prices in the US and Canada have gone up...

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UK timber frame market about to boom

20 May 2012

A report by MTW Research forecasts that by 2016 timber frame sales in the UK will grow by 60% in volume and 80% in value, outstripping the expected pace of growth in other areas of the construction market.

Low-carbon regulations such as the Code for Sustainable Homes are cited by the report as key drivers where the timber frame industry is responding well and meeting changing market demand patterns and influences, with timber recognised as the least carbon intensive building material.

MTW Research based its report on financial data from 80% of the industry. It showed high levels of optimism amongst the...

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