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
    It’s one thing to offer a solution to a problem. It’s another thing to deliver the solution. And the Victorian Government has been caught out failing to deliver to the state’s native timber industry, again. / Timberbiz
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  • Germany continued to export logs at record pace in early 2020

    Etiketter: Wood
    The log market in Germany has been extremely volatile in the first half of 2020, with high demand from the export market and a tight supply of fresh green logs. When the Coronavirus Epidemic forced sawmills to close in March, domestic demand for sawlogs fell and the price increases seen earlier in the quarter reversed – resulting in both domestic and export prices falling. / Wood Resources International
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  • Bergs completes the sale of its Swedish sawmills

    Etiketter: Wood
    As announced on 17 June 2020, Bergs has entered into an agreement with Vida Aktiebolag on the sale of Bergs' Swedish sawmill business. Today, September 1, 2020, Bergs has completed the sale to Vida Aktiebolag. The transaction encompasses the sawmills in Orrefors, Vimmerby, Mörlunda and the assets at the discontinued operation at Gransjö sawmill. / Bergs
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  • Urban Adaptation Architects’ Competition – Flexibility with modular wood construction

    Etiketter: Wood
    Buildings are static. They serve the purpose they have been designed for. But when cities grow and the needs of the community change, this becomes a problem. Modular construction with engineered wood products like Kerto LVL are the solution, because they enable adaptable, sustainable and cost competitive designs. It is time to provide solutions to the changing needs of our cities. Time to create an urban adaptation. / Metsä Wood
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  • Fast construction of wooden residential buildings in Linnanfältti

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wooden multi-storey apartment buildings in Linnanfältti, close to the centre of Turku, Finland are being built with Kerto® LVL-based elements. A residential building constructed from wooden elements can rise in less than half the time compared to a similar kind of concrete building. With Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL-based elements (laminated veneer lumber) buildings are fast, light and green to construct. / Metsä Wood
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  • Finnish construction sector is actively decreasing carbon footprint – 2020 Housing Fair showcases wood construction

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Finnish Housing Fair, currently taking place in Tuusula, near Helsinki, is the first in the event’s history to display the carbon footprint and handprint of each house presented. Next to the exhibition ground, a carbon-neutral housing estate of log homes will be constructed. / Finnish Forestry Association
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  • Friday analysis: Fire ready and under fire before the season even starts

    Etiketter: Wood
    It probably seems a little incongruous that fire brigades are getting ready in July for the bushfire “season” some five or so months away. It’s a regular exercise. Organisations such as the Forestry Corporation of NSW each year put their firefighters through fitness tests to ensure they are up to scratch before things get hot. / Timberbiz
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  • Wood Fiber Costs Declined for both Softwood and Hardwood Pulp Producers

    Etiketter: Wood
    Wood fiber costs fell for many hardwood pulp-producing countries worldwide in the 1Q/20. The biggest declines (in US dollar terms) were seen in the US South, Russia, and Latin America, where hardwood pulplog prices were down between 5 and 10 percent from the 4Q/19. In the US South, hardwood prices fell for the second consecutive quarter in the 1Q/20 after having reached an all-time high in the 2Q/19. / Wood Resources International
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  • Govt cuts red tape for forestry industry

    Etiketter: Wood
    Private forestry operators will gain access to the $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund, under a federal government proposal to reduce carbon emissions, boost regional jobs and support investment in the sector. / Timberbiz
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  • ABARES report on challenges for forestry and wood processors

    Etiketter: Wood
    An easing in residential construction and increased export uncertainty loom as major challenges for forestry and wood processors in the wake of summer’s bushfires and COVID-19, according to an ABARES Insights report released yesterday. / Timberbiz
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