Wood

Wood – a sustainable material

Being renewable, recyclable, resource-efficient, and carbon-neutral, wood as a material has a given place in a sustainable society. When managed sustainably, forests are able to provide society with an inexhaustible source of renewable raw material. At the same time, growing forests sequester carbon dioxide, thus reducing the content of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Once a wood-based product, this product store carbon during its life-time, and at the end of its life, it can often be re-used or recycled and made into new wood-based products or for energy purposes.

Wood is also a resource-efficient material. Very little waste is generated during the manufacturing of timber and wood-based products, as almost all by-products (such as bark, sawdust, and cut-offs) are used, whether as a raw material for the pulp and paper industry, for the production of particleboards, or as a source of energy for heating. 

 

The Swedish woodworking industry

Today, the largest share of the Swedish production of wood products is exported. World-wide, Sweden is the third largest exporter of sawn timber. In Europe, the Swedish sawmilling industry holds a prominent position as the second-largest producer and the largest exporter of sawn softwood. As construction material, wood has a long tradition in Sweden. During the last decade, building with wood has experienced an upswing thanks to developments in modern building techniques.  

 

Read more:
Swedish Wood – facts, information, and inspiration relating to wood, wood products and wood construction
Swedish Federation of Forest Industries – facts and figures on Swedish forest industry  
Swedish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry – with statistics on Swedish forest industry production 

 
  • Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18

    Etiketter: Wood
    Global softwood lumber prices continued their two-year climb in the 1Q/18 with the pace being higher in North America than in the Nordic countries, Russia and China, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. / Wood Prices
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  • Record month for Swedish construction timber

    Etiketter: Wood
    Swedish construction customers are buying timber products like never before. Södra’s sales of Swedish construction timber broke all records in May. Sales rose 5 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2017, up from already very high figures. / Södra
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  • Södra divests Södra Wood in Kallinge and Umeå to Sörnsen Holzleisten

    Etiketter: Wood
    Södra is divesting Södra Wood Kallinge and Södra Wood Umeå to the German company Sörnsen Holzleisten. The divestment date is 1 September 2018. Trade union negotiations in regard to the divestments will commence immediately. / Södra
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  • Substantial increases in wood costs for pulpmills in Western US and Canada in the 1Q/18

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in North America were mixed in the 1Q/18 as compared to the 4Q/17, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). / Wood Prices International
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  • Jörgen Hermansson from Södra becomes new chairman of European Wood

    Etiketter: Wood
    t European Wood’s meeting on Tuesday 29 May, Jörgen Hermansson of Swedish forest company Södra was appointed the new chairman, succeeding Jan Söderlind of the industry organisation Swedish Wood. European Wood is a collaborative platform based around the European sawmill industry whose aim is to influence building regulations and standardisation, primarily in China and Japan. In addition to Sweden, which is responsible for coordinating the work, the body also includes representatives from the sawmill industry in Norway, Finland and Austria. / Swedish Wood
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  • Green group still owes VicForests more than $1 million

    Etiketter: Wood
    Green group My Environment still owes VicForests more than $1 million from a Supreme Court case, as the state government’s timber corporation has given up trying to obtain the money. / Timberbiz
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  • Metsä Wood: Modular wooden living on the rooftops of Poissy

    Etiketter: Wood
    In response to housing challenges and environmental issues in urban areas, extending buildings upwards is a logical solution. As part of an urban development project in Poissy, near Paris, 33 new apartments were constructed on top of existing residential buildings. The apartments were built with prefabricated wooden modules made from fast, light and green Kerto® LVL products. Thanks to the prefabrication and light wooden structures, the construction took only six months to complete. / Metsä Wood
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  • Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years

    Etiketter: Wood
    Softwood logs and softwood lumber imports to China have more than tripled in ten years with lumber volumes surpassing logs by 36% in 2017. China imported record high volumes of softwood logs and lumber in 2017, making the country the largest log importer in the world and the second largest lumber importer after the US, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Over the past two years there has been a sharp shift towards importing lumber rather than logs, with lumber volumes in 2017 exceeding logs by 36%. / Wood Resource Quarterly
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  • China's softwood lumber import decreases further in March

    Etiketter: Wood
    China monthly import, softwod lumber from main exporters
    The Chinese Custom has not published the import figures by country for March. In this Press Release Woodstat shows the exporting countries export figures to China. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. / Wood Stat
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  • Södra promotes timber as a building material in Venice

    Etiketter: Wood
    Södra will be represented at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice that opens on 26 May. Together with other Swedish operators, Södra will demonstrate timber’s potential as a building material, and also participate in the introductory panel discussion. / Södra
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