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 

 
  • Australian and NZ Forest Products Map 2020

    Etiketter: Wood
    The fourth edition of the Australia & New Zealand Forestry Products Industry Map is out. This 2020 edition is a full-colour map combining the wood processing and manufacturing operations of both New Zealand and Australia. / Timberbiz
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  • The coronavirus epidemic in China has sharply reduced importation of forest products in early 2020

    Etiketter: Wood
    Imported forest products to China dropped by 750 million dollars in January and February, with the biggest decreases seen in lumber and pulp. / Wood Resources International
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  • Södra’s CLT to be used in construction of “Hoppet” preschool

    Etiketter: Wood
    Södra will be supplying CLT (cross-laminated timber) to the “Hoppet” preschool innovation project in Gothenburg. The climate impact of the construction project is 70 percent lower than similar projects of this nature, and is part of the process to achieve the City of Gothenburg’s goal of becoming a climate-neutral city. The preschool is expected to be completed in 2021. / Södra
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  • Timber thefts from the Green Triangle

    Etiketter: Wood
    People illegally cutting down protected redgum and stringybark trees from Green Triangle plantations are being warned the ‘forest is watching’. Police and forest landowners have joined forces to target reckless wood thieves who are fearlessly entering privately owned forestry estates and taking hundreds of tonnes of native vegetation critical for the long-term survival of endangered local species. / Timberbiz
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  • Mass customisation enables more efficient and sustainable construction

    Etiketter: Wood
    Renee Puusepp, a senior researcher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts is convinced mass customisation leads to the more efficient yet flexible construction of wooden buildings. Standardised modules can be combined in various ways, considering the customer’s needs, neighbourhood and surrounding environment. Engineered wood products like Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) are perfect materials for modular construction, as they make construction fast, light and green. / Metsä Wood
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  • Bergs Timber makes temporary adjustments to their production

    Etiketter: Wood
    The effects of the corona crisis are beginning to be seen in lower demand for wood products. Bergs Timber has a large share of its sales to the UK market where demand now has fallen rapidly. In order to achieve a balance between production and demand, a number of changes will be made. / Bergs Timber
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  • Tasmania urges government to include forest products as essential

    Etiketter: Wood
    The forest industry in Tasmania has written to the Tasmanian Minister for Resources Guy Barnett urging the Government to include Tasmania’s forest products industries as an essential service, should further restrictions on what businesses can operate be required to contain the spread of COVID-19. / Timberbiz
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  • Temporary furloughs at Södra Wood

    Etiketter: Wood
    Södra Wood is implementing temporary partial furloughs at its production facilities in Mönsterås and Orrefors due to a reduction in demand in the UK and the Republic of Ireland during the ongoing pandemic. Södra Wood Ltd in the UK and the production facility in Hamina, Finland, may also be affected by the decision. / Södra Wood
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  • Building D(emountable) – fast construction with hybrid structures

    Etiketter: Wood
    The architectural office cepezed from the Netherlands wanted to build a four-storey office building that could be moved to another location, if needed. The end-result, Building D(emountable), is a hybrid structure that combines a steel structure with wooden elements and a glass façade. Using Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements made the project more sustainable, and the lightweight elements were extremely fast to install. / MetsäWood
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  • Timber Offsite conference, DesignBUILD and AWISA exhibitions postponed

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Timber Offsite Construction 2020 Conference has been postponed until later in the year because of COVID-19 as has DesignBUILD and the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association’s (AWISA) exhibition planned for 1-4 July in Sydney. / Timberbiz
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