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Issue date: 
October 19th, 2012

US lumber imports on the rise

The US imported much more timber in July. There was a 21% increase in imports from June to July. The largest increase came from an influx of lumber from Canada, where a large portion of US imports come from.

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International Forest Industries

Research progress on export log treatment - NZ

University of Canterbury researchers have made a breakthrough in treating export logs by heating them using high voltage electricity. Export logs are usually fumigated to rid the timber of pests, such as insects and fungi which could pose a biosecurity threat.

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September 28th, 2012

Ford investigating using cellulose in their plastic components

Ford is investigating using cellulose in vehicle components to  help further reduce the automaker’s reliance on traditional content such as fiberglass and petroleum.

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12th October 2012

400 jobs on the line as Sappi mothballs paper machine

Paper and packaging group Sappi has issued over 400 of its staff members with Section 189 notices regarding its decision to mothball the PM4 paper machine at its KwaZulu-Natal-based Tugela mill, from January 1.

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Sept. 17, 2012

Looking at the future of cellulose

If you're a pulp supplier in it for the long term these days, there's no standing still. It's been clear for a while that real demand in traditional end-use markets such as graphic papers is not going in our favour and we'd be foolish to think that's going to change.

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Lumber market prices on the rise

Both demand and prices in the lumber market in the US increased during the second quarter of the year.

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Sept. 4, 2012

Profitless prosperity in the viscose pulp market

World demand for viscose pulp is growing at a rapid pace, led by the expansion of viscose staple fiber production in China.

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August 17th, 2012

Temporary threat for Australian sawn timber producers

The Australian sawn timber industry is experiencing a temporary threat from imports as a result of a strong dollar and a global surplus of timber following the Global Financial Crisis, according to independent economic forecaster and industry analyst, BIS Shrapnel.

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August 17th, 2012

China imports 15% less sawlogs

The slowing economy in China has reduced the importation of logs from New Zealand, Russia and the US by about 15% during the first six months of 2012.

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Aug 21, 2012

Lenzing Group: Good Half-Year Results in a Difficult Market Environment

New record fiber shipment volume in Q2

Earnings at the level of the 2010 financial year

Guidance adjusted to current market expectations


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by Dr. Radut