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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wood preservation on the agenda

The 2-day Wood Preservation 2012 conference run by the Forest Industries Engineering Association (FIEA), which is being held in Melbourne and was held recently in Rotorua, New Zealand, is bringing together the industry and covering more than just processes and technologies. Source: Ti
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Finnish results for timber

Finland produced 2.6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard in January-March 2012. The Finnish forest industry's production environment was difficult in the first quarter and demand for several product categories was sluggish in the main market areas. Sources: Lesprom Network, Wood &#
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US homes affordable

Nationwide housing affordability hit a new record high in the US for a second consecutive quarter in the first three months of this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Source: Wood & Panel America
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Sustainable Bioenergy Day

World Bioenergy 2012 launched Sustainable Bioenergy Day, dedicating 31 May to the development of a sustainable bioenergy market. Source: World Bioenergy Association
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ABS indicates housing industry flatlining

The outlook for the housing industry in Australia remains gloomy after data showing the value of lending to the sector is still heading lower. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the number of loans approved to home buyers rose by an insignificant 0.3 pe
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Roundtable approves sales of state timber

The South East Forestry Industry Roundtable has given final approval regarding the conditions of the sale of state timber forests. Source: ABC News
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ACCC reviews a Master plan

Masters Home Improvement, the Woolworths' joint venture with US company Lowe's, is seeking regulatory approval to buy three hardware stores in the Victorian town of Ballarat. Sources: The Australian, The Ballarat Courier
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Nominations open for new FWPA directors

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is seeking to appoint up to four directors to its board, including at least one independent director. Source: Timberbiz
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CSIRO joins AFPA – environmentalists protest

The CSIRO’s decision to join the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) was criticized by environmentalists who took the matter to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Source: ABC Melbourne
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