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US Housing Starts In February Increase

25 Apr 2017

Despite continuing growth in starts they are still some 50% below the peak of 2.4 million recorded in 2005.

Renewables News

The End of an Era.

25 Apr 2017

The 21 April 2017 will surely go down in history as the first day since 1882, that no coal was used in a UK power station to supply electricity. National Grid confirmed that it went a whole 24 hour period without using coal as part of its energy mix. With all coal stations due to be phased out by 2025 this event is likely to become more frequent and renewables will become a greater part of the generation mix.

Forestry News

Higher Demand Driving Timber Prices Upwards

21 Apr 2017

There has been a noticeable upward trend in timber procurement prices in recent months

Renewables News

UK Achieves In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

13 Apr 2017

UK out performs the rest of the G7 in reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst increasing GDP

Forestry News

UK Imports Of Timber Increase

10 Apr 2017

UK Imports of timber increased 5% in 2016 to 5.7 million cubic metres

Renewables News

Harburnhead Wind Farm Inauguration - Wednesday 5 April 2017

6 Apr 2017

Harburnhead Wind Farm official opening

Forestry News

Rising Global Demand For Wood Chips

31 Mar 2017

The global trade in wood chips continues to grow

Forestry News

Dong, The Danish Energy Supplier Make Fuel Announcement

29 Mar 2017

Dong, the Danish energy supplier, has announced that it will convert its coal fired generating stations to the firing of biomass fuel

Forestry News

Finnish Exports of Sawn Wood

29 Mar 2017

Egypt and China have overtaken the UK as destinations for Finnish exports of sawn wood

Renewables News

Harburnhead Infrastructure Investment Update

3 Mar 2017

Harburnhead wind farm infrastructure investment is ahead of schedule

Forestry News

Record Breaking High Rise Wooden Buildings

28 Feb 2017

Records are falling fast in the world of wooden high-rise buildings.

Forestry News

Mackinnon Report On Tree Planting In Scotland

21 Feb 2017

Annual conifer-tree planting (the main commercial crop on which the timber industry depends) fell around four-fold in the decade since its high in the mid-1980s, and has fallen further since. Despite that there has been heavy investment in the sector and it is now lauded as modern, innovative and extremely important to the country in terms of job creation, but also for the economic, social and environmental benefits that forests provide.

Forestry News

Brexit Opportunity For Scottish Forestry

21 Feb 2017

EUROPE'S Common Agricultural Policy "shut forestry out" of UK rural policy thinking for decades – but Brexit offers a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to direct more support towards tree-planting.

Forestry News

Growing Demand For Timber In UK Construction

17 Feb 2017

The government’s declaration of support for offsite construction methods to help meet house building targets is a “massive opportunity” for the timber frame sector, according to the Structural Timber Association. In October 2016, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced the launch of a £3 billion ‘home building fund’. Now Housing Secretary Gavin Barwell has made it clear that the government sees offsite construction as a key route to increasing building capacity and a potential beneficiary of the new funding. The UK timber frame sector accounts for 80% to 90% of offsite construction and hence has a “massive opportunity” to increase housing supply. Forecast housing start increases, coupled with the promotion of construction methods favouring wood, will see greater demand for wood in UK construction, resulting in increased timber prices.

Forestry News

Norbord’s UK Mill Expansion On Track To Open In Q2 2017 Following A Threefold Increase In Earnings

10 Feb 2017

Norbord, the global wood-based panel producer has reported a threefold EBITDA increase in 2016 to USD 383 million. Demand growth for OSB in the UK and Germany has hit double-digits and is gaining market share versus plywood. Plywood is not manufactured in the UK; nonetheless the country consumes around 1.4 million cubic metres annually, all of it met by imports. The displacement of imported plywood by Scottish produced OSB will directly affect demand for homegrown timber, a positive development for UK forestry owners.

Forestry News

China Imports Record Levels Of Softwood Sawnwood In 2016 And Increases Timber Prices

9 Feb 2017

After a pause for breath in 2015, China is once again demanding more wood, with record-high volumes of softwood sawnwood imported in 2016 and softwood log imports reaching their second highest level on record. Import volumes of both logs and sawnwood were up 20% in 4Q 2016 compared to 4Q 2015.