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 

 
  • Coronavirus dislikes wooden surfaces – hospital hygiene could be improved by using more wood

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wooden surfaces have twofold hygienic properties: Even when dirty, wood destroys bacteria clearly better than glass, for example. Coronaviruses, too, lose their contagiousness fairly rapidly on a wooden surface, compared to something like plastics. / Finnish Forest Association
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  • Open Source Wood hackathon goes online – virtual innovation event organised by Metsä Wood and FCBA

    Etiketter: Wood
    The 8th Open Source Wood hackathon was the first one to be organised virtually and taking place in several locations at the same time. The hackathon challenged the participating engineering and architecture students from France and Switzerland as well as students and research scientists from Canada to innovate ways to reuse wood. Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood is an initiative aiming to increase modular wood construction all over the world. / Metsä Wood
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  • SCA divests SCA Wood Supply UK Ltd to BSW Timber Ltd

    Etiketter: Wood
    SCA Wood Supply UK Ltd, which is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of timber and associated products for the Home Improvement and Builders Merchant sector in the United Kingdom, has today been divested to BSW Timber Ltd. SCA will keep its organization for the sales of wood products to industrial customers in the UK. / SCA
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  • Online talks in the expectation of the WCTE 2021

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wednesday, 30 September and Thursday, 1 October, four talks were held online in the expectation of the WCTE 2021. / WCTE
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  • Bergs expands cooperation with Organowood

    Etiketter: Wood
    Organowood markets and delivers environmentally classified, silicon-printed wood products. Bergs plant for pressure-treated wood Bitus outside Nybro has since Organowood launched its products 9 years ago, handled all production and distribution on behalf of the company. In order to be able to meet Organowood expansion, Bergs has invested in a new production facility during the autumn, which will increase production capacity. / Bergs
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  • Södra launches Wood Solutions for growing partnerships in sustainable timber

    Etiketter: Wood
    Södra has launched Wood Solutions to expand cooperation with customers and enhance the way it helps them contribute to a climate-smart, simple and efficient construction industry. The new concept includes services, solutions, advice and support which are complementary to its sustainable sawn timber products and construction systems. / Södra
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  • Softwood log exports from Russia have been in steady decline for the past 15 years and may be banned in 2022

    Etiketter: Wood
    In a recent statement, the Russian President Mr. Putin ordered the government to strictly control the exportation of roundwood and low-value forest products, and to clamp down on the illegal trade of logs (in his terms: “hard-hitting decriminalization of the industry”). He also requested a “complete ban on shipments of unprocessed or roughly processed conifer and valuable hardwood out of Russia by January 1, 2022.” This statement would indicate that lower-value hardwood logs, such as birch pulplogs exported to Finland, may be excluded from the future export ban. / Wood Resources International
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  • 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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