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 

 
  • Cranleigh School’s new building combines steel frame and wood elements

    Etiketter: Wood
    Cranleigh School in Surrey in the United Kingdom was established in 1865. As part of the historic school’s campus development project, two old buildings have been renovated and turned into the van Hasselt Centre – a new building with teaching space and a café. / Metsä Wood
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  • Prices for hardwood chips exported from Latin America were up 15%

    Etiketter: Wood
    Tight supply of hardwood fiber in the Pacific Rim have pushed prices for Latin American hardwood chips upward during the first half of 2019, reports the WRQ. However, a decline in chip consumption in China is expected to occur in the second half of the year, which would likely end the most recent price rally that started in mid-2018. / Wood Resources International
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  • Timber construction to upskill workers

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Australian construction industry needs to focus more on industry skilling and the enabling of modern construction enterprise capability, a leading construction industry expert has warned. / Timberbiz
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  • Forestry Corp NSW acquires 2000 hectares of pine

    Etiketter: Wood
    More than 2000 hectares of southern pine plantations near Grafton are now in public hands, after Forestry Corporation of NSW bought the timber rights to plantations established under contract for a private company. General Manager of Forestry Corporation’s Softwood Plantations Division Mike Beardsell said the purchase delivered a long-term boost to timber production in the region. / Timberbiz
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  • Drone assisted assessments of pine plantations

    Etiketter: Wood
    Trials of drone-assisted survival assessments of pine plantations are off to a flying start near Bunbury, Western Australia. Operations Officer Markus Streil said the current trials use small drones to take photos of re-established plantations and hundreds of images are then uploaded to a cloud service to create a range of models of the plantation. / Timberbiz
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  • No Waste – wiser and more sustainable building with wood products

    Etiketter: Wood
    The construction sector continues consuming globally around one third of the planet´s already limited resources (1). Building with wood products like Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) enables the vitally important change towards sustainable building. / Metsä Wood
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  • Södra launches pre-painted exterior cladding

    Etiketter: Wood
    Demand is increasing for processed wood products, such as painted exterior cladding, and this autumn marks the release of Södra’s new product – pre-painted exterior cladding with a system that allows you to skip the painting step. The panels save work and time, and can be fitted all year round. The product has been developed in partnership with the coatings supplier Sherwin Williams, who also provide a warranty for the painting. / Södra
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  • Pulpwood prices in North America were 5-10% higher in the 1Q/19 than the 1Q/18

    Etiketter: Wood
    Pulpwood prices in North America were 5-10% higher in the 1Q/19 than the 1Q/18, with prices in the US South having increased the most due to challenging weather conditions, as reported by the North American Wood Fiber Review. / Wood Resources International
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  • Roofing with extremely long wooden elements for an indoor swimming pool in Luxembourg

    Etiketter: Wood
    German architectural office Auer Weber designed the roof structure for the new indoor swimming pool at the Sports Centre Cents in Luxembourg. The ceiling was built using extremely long wooden elements, extending up to 23.75 metres. This enabled the long-spans and the attractive design of the roof. The key for making this possible was using fast, light and green Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products produced by Metsä Wood. / Metsä Wood
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  • Rottneros Mill invests in a fossil-free production process

    Etiketter: Wood
    Rottneros Mill invests SEK 15 million in a methane gas burner to achieve the goal of a fossil-free production process. / Rottneros
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