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 

 
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    Etiketter: Wood
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    Etiketter: Wood
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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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    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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    Etiketter: Wood
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    Etiketter: Wood
    Record high lumber prices in the US, stable income for residual chips, and slightly lower costs for sawlogs moved 2Q/20 gross margins for US sawmills to some of the highest levels seen since WRQ started reporting this sector’s profitability back in 2005. Lumber companies in the US Northwest have seen a dramatic shift in their financial health from late 2018 when most sawmills in the region ran at below cash-costs, to the 2Q/20 when gross margins were at their highest levels in at least 15 years. / Wood Resources International
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  • Open Source Wood challenged architecture students participating in the EASA 2020 event

    Etiketter: Wood
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    Etiketter: Wood
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    Etiketter: Wood
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    Etiketter: Wood
    Dartmoor looks set to receive a major boost with one of the area’s largest employers eyeing off a significant expansion. / Timberbiz
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