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Komatsu Forest builds future proof factory in Sweden

Komatsu Forest in Umeå, Sweden is implementing one of the largest investments in industrial Sweden. It will be a future-proof factory with a focus on sustainable production. The company’s investment strengthens the region’s position as a leader in the field of forest techn
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Africa to launch sustainable forestry management guide

Africa’s sustainable forestry management framework will be launched in early 2020 to guide the continent in sustainable exploitation of forest resources. Almami Dampha, senior policy officer at the African Union (AU) Commission, said that the framework has been developed to help
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Japan’s plywood imports drop to a record low

Japan’s March 2019 plywood imports dropped below 150,000 cubic metres, a record low. Plywood demand remains firm and more of the domestic demand is being met from domestic production from domestic raw materials as well as imported veneer. Source: Lesprom Year-on-year March import volu
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Forest offsets: is California on the brink of a serious mistake

Regulators of the California cap-and-trade system are debating the use of forestry carbon credits from activities outside the state to meet reduction targets. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have warned against it. Source: Timberbiz The Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently
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PEFC feedback required on Chain of Custody and Trademarks

PEFC is inviting stakeholders globally to provide feedback on the revised PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademarks standards. These two international standards are entering the last stage of revision. Comments, feedback and suggestions will ensure the standards meet the needs and exp
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EU and Vietnam ratify agreement on illegal logging

The EU and Vietnam have ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, to address illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber products. The Agreement will take effect on 1 June. Source: Timberbiz The announcement came on 8 May a
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US plywood stats show China drop, Vietnam up

US plywood imports from China fell 55.1% year-on-year in first quarter to 161.7 thousand m3 with import value declined 55.1% to US$129.3 million, according to USDA data. The import from Brazil decreased only 11.8% to 168.7 thousand m3 and country became the biggest supplier of plywood
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Top 5 – China’s Woodchip Imports – March Quarter

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au Hardwood Chip Impor
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Global chip prices to China step up

Hardwood chip prices for the world leading Chinese market were around 10% higher on average in March than in February, according to the latest analysis from IndustryEdge. At USD196.98/bdmt, the global average price was at a new high in March. Source: Timberbiz Tim Woods, managing dire
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Paper cups recycled for magazine stock

Stora Enso aims to start recycling used paper cups on a large scale at its Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. Based on production trials, Stora Enso possesses the technical feasibility to recycle paper cups for use in other paper applications and is now looking into partnerships for the co
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