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China Investigating High Rise Timber Buildings

27 Jul 2016

In 2015 China decided to promote timber as a viable alternative to conventional steel and concrete in construction of high-rise buildings. Building with wood will not only have a positive impact on the climate, but also on the European exports of timber products.

Forestry News

Norbord positive on business prospects in spite of Brexit

26 Jul 2016

Wood-based panels producer Norbord says business fundamentals remain positive in spite of uncertainty caused by the UK’s Brexit vote. Norbord’s comments on the market came in its Q2 financial results, which show its European division recorded a 10% improvement in adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).

Forestry News

World’s tallest timber tower could be built in Amsterdam

25 Jul 2016

HAUT, the 21-storey wooden residential building by the Dutch River Amstel, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world. The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architecture with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, ARUP and brand partner NLE to develop this remarkable high-rise structure. Construction work is expected to start in the second half of 2017. HAUT promises to be a prototype of building in an innovative, sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

FTSE AIM index has fallen 30% in its 21 years of existence

11 Jul 2016

Many investors choose to invest in the AIM Index because of the inheritance tax relief provided. However, analysis from Hargreaves Lansdown has revealed the extent to which the Index can put capital at risk.

Forestry News

Timber firm James Jones plans new Johnstonebridge plant

8 Jul 2016

Sawmill group James Jones and Sons has tabled plans to build a new timber processing plant in Dumfriesshire. It is part of a move by the firm to expand its operations in the area. The site earmarked for the processing facility is on agricultural land close to the A74(M) at Hangingshaw, near Johnstonebridge. It would act as a satellite to its current sawmill complex which lies just a few miles south at Stephen's Croft on the outskirts of Lockerbie. That £25m plant opened in 2009 and remains one of Europe's most technologically advanced sawmills, employing about 150 workers.

New Pulp Capacity Raising Wood Requirement in Scandinavia by 10 Million m3 per Annum by 2018

6 Jul 2016

Additional pulp production capacity in Sweden and Finland will lead to an increased wood requirement of 10 million cubic metres per annum by the end of 2018. Domestic wood sources will probably be insufficient to supply the additional volume requirement. An increase in both countries’ imports of industrial wood, as well as a reduction in exports is therefore likely.

Asian Sawntimber Demand Increasing Prices In The UK

6 Jul 2016

Increased demand for softwood sawntimber in China and other Asian countries is causing price increases in the UK as Scandinavian producers divert volumes eastwards. Demand in Europe is gradually increasing too.

Forestry News

Timber is a longtime favorite of some of the top investors in the world, including value-investing legend Jeremy Grantham and the Harvard University endowment.

23 Jun 2016

In Grantham’s view, timberland is the single best long-term investment there is. According to his firm’s research, timber has risen steadily in price for 200 years and has returned an average of 6.5% a year during the last century. Looking ahead, his firm predicts a 4.8% return for timber over the next seven years. That compares with a negative 2.3% return for large-cap US stocks (after inflation) over the same period.

Middle Eastern and North African countries imported 10% of globally traded softwood lumber in 2015

15 Jun 2016

Middle Eastern and North African timber consumption increases are positive for UK timber prices

Renewables News

Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables

21 May 2016

Shell, Total, Statoil, even Exxon - they’re all at it. But are the recent moves into solar and wind power lip service, fashion, or a real shift away from fossil fuels?

Forestry News

UN agricultural agency and European Union step up efforts to combat illegal timber trade

13 May 2016

The United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the European Union (EU) will step up joint efforts to support tropical timber-producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber, under a $30 million funding agreement announced today.

Conceptual plans for an 80 storey 300m high wooden building submitted.

29 Apr 2016

The building would be integrated within the Barbican and would become the second tallest building in London, after the Shard. The current tallest timber building in the world is a 14 storey apartment block in Norway, so these plans are ambitious, but FIM believe that they provide an indication as to future construction trends and increasing demand for timber.

Forestry News

Timber Investing: ‘Green Before Green Was Cool’

25 Apr 2016

This long-term investment can return 8%-10% annually over a period of 10 years, according to U.S. Trust

Renewables News

Ecotricity and Greenpeace on verge of legal challenge against UK nuclear fiasco

22 Apr 2016

Green energy company Ecotricity and environmental group Greenpeace could be readying themselves for a legal challenge against the stricken Hinkley C nuclear power station project. The two organisations have written to the UK and French governments and EDF Energy warning that any further state aid for the project could be illegal. The letter makes clear that both groups would be prepared to challenge any further state funding in the courts.

Renewables News

Low costs will see global wind capacity nearly double in next five years

20 Apr 2016

Global wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years as prices continue to fall and countries develop renewable energy to comply with emissions reduction targets, according to research published in Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) flagship publication.

Renewables News

Brits are sleep-walking into an inheritance tax nightmare

14 Apr 2016

If you've been fortunate enough to accumulate significant wealth during your lifetime, then you still face one major headache: you can’t take it with you.