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 

 
  • Holmen invests in a new drying plant at Iggesund Sawmill

    Etiketter: Wood
    Iggesund Sawmill is being modernised to allow for an increase in production. Holmen is currently investing SEK 70 million in a new drying plant which will increase its drying capacity from 400 000 to 500 000 m3. / Holmen
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  • European lumber exporters have expanded their sales overseas from 30% to 45% over the past ten years

    Etiketter: Wood
    Sawmills in several European countries have long been exporting large volumes of softwood lumber outside their domestic markets. Historically, most of the shipments were to neighboring countries on the continent, and only about 20% were shipped overseas to the Middle East/Northern Africa (MENA), the US, and Japan. In 2020, this share had grown to 45%, with shipments to China having expanded the most. / WRI
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  • WRI’s Hardwood Fiber Price Index fell to a 16-year low

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wood raw-material costs fell for most pulp manufacturers throughout the world in the 2Q/20, reducing WRI’s two fiber price indices for the fifth consecutive quarter. The q-o-q declines for the Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) and the Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) were 4.8% and 1.9%, respectively. In the 2Q/20, the HFPI Index reached its lowest level since 2004, and it was substantially below the average rate since the Index’s inception in the 1Q/1988. / WRI
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  • Calls of Bull with respect to Vic timber plantations

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Victorian State Government’s announcements around timber plantations in Eastern Victoria have been described as hollow and doing nothing for security of the local industry. / Timberbiz
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  • VicForests’ response to media criticism on FSC status

    Etiketter: Wood
    VicForests has responded to media criticism attacking its failure to be granted FSC status. VicForests reported last week results from an audit taken in November last year, but that was not completed because of the impacts of the coronavirus, remaining challenges arising from last summer’s bushfires and ongoing legal issues. / Timberbiz
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  • Opinion: Young forests capture carbon quicker than previously thought

    Etiketter: Wood
    There’s increasing recognition of how nature can help tackle the climate crisis. From protecting standing forests to planting new trees, forests offer significant climate mitigation benefits. Now, new research shows that letting forests regrow on their own could be a secret weapon to fighting climate change. / Timberbiz
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  • Measuring moisture of wood elements moves to the cloud

    Etiketter: Wood
    The humidity meter is attached directly on to the wood element with four screws. These are in fact electrodes which measure conductivity inside the element at two depths. Conductivity is used to calculate the internal humidity of the element. / Finnish Forestry Association
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  • Will the timber industry turn the corner?

    Etiketter: Wood
    Covid-19 has turned the world on its head and the timber industry could not escape the carnage. The saviour of primary, extractive sectors like forestry, farming, and mining, is that they were regarded as essential services during hard lockdowns, which, at least, kept them ticking over during the worst of the crisis. The problem though, is that further up and down the value chain, many other activities were not seen as essential, and as these businesses ground to a halt, demand dropped - which affected the primary producers anyway. / Forestry South Africa
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  • Metsä Pavilion opens in Tokyo – a showcase of elegant design and fast offsite construction with wooden elements

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Metsä Pavilion is Business Finland’s project with Metsä Group as the main partner. The elegant pavilion highlights innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The pavilion was built fast and is now ready to host events organised by Business Finland and Finnish businesses. During the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Metsä Pavilion will serve as a home base for the Finnish national teams. Using Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL as the main material made the construction fast, light and green. / Metsä
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  • $3.5m to upgrade Maryvale rail siding in Gippsland

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Victorian State Government has committed $3.5 million to upgrades to the Maryvale rail siding in Gippsland to ensure products from Australian Paper’s Gippsland mill will continue to be sent by rail for years to come. / Timberiz
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