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Norway takes the lead in prefabricated buildings market with the construction of 14 storey timber house

9 Dec 2014

Although the market for prefabricated building is relatively well established in Scandinavia, Norway is one country which has taken the biggest leap in prefabricated construction. In October of this year, the first timber elements were installed in a 14 storey (net area of 5830 sq. m.) residential building made of timber modules.

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Softwood lumber prices have trended downward in the US, Russia and Japan this fall, while they have gone up in China and the Nordic countries

9 Dec 2014

Prices for softwood lumber imported to China increased this fall, while they fell in Japan as the housing market weakened. In the US, lumber prices were moving downward in the 3Q, while still being close to their highest levels in ten years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In the Nordic countries and Russia, lumber exports have increased because of higher demand for wood in key markets in Europe and the MENA countries.

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Timber, it is here to grow

8 Dec 2014

In the current economic climate, investors are reducing their exposure to volatile equity markets and other financial assets in favour of asset classes that offer better capital preservation and income generation. Natural resources and commodities are used often for this cause. One of the overlooked, but overly important and unique natural resources is timber.

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FIM’s positive outlook on timber prices is being ratified

4 Dec 2014

FIM’s paper ‘Global Timber – Growing Value’, which discusses the future of global timber demand, forecasts that global timber consumption could increase by 35% from 2012 levels by 2020 (c. 5% p.a.). FIM believe this increase in global demand will be driven, in the short term by a recovery in the developed world causing construction output to rise rapidly, and in the longer term from increasing demand in the developing world, especially China. This will increase global timber consumption to record levels.

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Imports of illegal timber fall in five major countries

4 Dec 2014

Five major timber importers have made progress in cutting contraband wood from their markets since 2010, argues a series of reports published by Chatham House.

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Softwood felling rose by 8.4% in 2013

27 Nov 2014

Softwood felling rose by 8.4% in 2013, to 10.94 million tonnes, of this, 46% was from the Forestry Commission, and 54% from private forests.

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How Scottish business sees the wood for the trees

15 Nov 2014

BBC Radio Scotland's Business Scotland programme has been talking all things wood with companies involved in sawmills, forestry management and harvesting, but also to those who make things which showcase the beauty of wood.

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Timber industry urges policymakers to back low-carbon economy

5 Nov 2014

The £8.5bn timber industry will have a significant role in promoting the low-carbon economy according to a report launched by the Timber Accord - an alliance of the UK's timber trade associations.

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Forest Garden invests in additional sawmill and treatment facilities

3 Nov 2014

In response to the unprecedented fence panel demand as a result of the storms through late 2013 and into 2014, Forest Garden has invested in additional sawmill facilities to complement its existing Sennybridge, Mid-Wales site to double the company’s sawmill output in that region.

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New UK Licensing scheme will drive sales of British Timber.

31 Oct 2014

Representatives from across the hardwood supply chain have gathered to underline the importance of buying British for the UK timber industry.

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If you’re looking for big, safe long-term returns, don’t forget to look here

24 Oct 2014

If you’re looking for big, safe long-term returns, don’t forget to look here

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EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

24 Oct 2014

EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.

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After the volatility, investors face the hard reality that stocks and bonds still look expensive

17 Oct 2014

Pension funds are investing in real estate and infrastructure. US foundations are also buying up wind farms, forestry and farmland, on the theory that its supply is fixed and can only grow more valuable as the population grows.

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Minister sees Willmott Dixon support UK timber industry

14 Oct 2014

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss MP saw first-hand how Willmott Dixon is backing the home grown timber industry on a major housing project in Kilburn, North London. - See more at: http://www.architectsdatafile.co.uk/news/minister-sees-willmott-dixon-support-uk-timber-industry/#sthash.z2BvTZFJ.5rv8kPpm.dpuf

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Forest Garden invests in new manufacturing facilities

13 Oct 2014

To meet fencing panel demand, Forest Garden has invested in additional sawmill and treatment facilities in mid-Wales, potentially doubling its output in the region.

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FIM Investment Bulletin Oct 14

9 Oct 2014

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