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
    Pressure is mounting on State governments to better manage national parks through hazard reduction burning and selective logging, to avoid a repeat of the bushfire crisis sweeping the nation. Fires yesterday in extreme conditions continued to threaten areas in south eastern NSW, eastern Victoria and Kangaroo Island. And it has already been reported that the NSW government will consider stripping land management and hazard reduction responsibilities from “conservationist” environmental agencies. / Timberbiz
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  • Europe has rapidly become a major supplier of softwood logs to China

    Etiketter: Wood
    China is increasing importation of logs from New Zealand and Europe, while diminishing imports from North America and Russia. As a region, Europe is now the second largest supplier of softwood logs to China behind New Zealand, reports the WRQ. / Wood Resources International
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  • Metsä Wood: Clever LVL panel connection method wins Open Source Wood challenge

    Etiketter: Wood
    In August, Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood, an open platform developed to connect people and innovation in the wood construction industry, announced a competition to find clever ways to connect large LVL panels. The winning idea – 1% Waste – was designed by Nazar Shklianka, an architect from Ukraine. / Metsä Wood
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  • Gottstein wood science course

    Etiketter: Wood
    Forest products are much more efficient users of energy than other materials and there is now a decreasing availability of products from some regions and changes in quality from others. A greater understanding of the user’s final requirements is needed to adjust to this situation. / Timberbiz
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  • NSW state funding of $20m for softwood roadworks

    Etiketter: Wood
    A $20.35 million road funding grant applied for by the Softwoods Working Group (SWG) under the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Program has been successful. SWG Chair Peter Crowe said the grant was tremendous news for the regional economy. / Timberbiz
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  • Free, downloadable Open Source Wood 3D design objects for BIM and CAD software

    Etiketter: Wood
    Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood Initiative and ProdLib, a free library of 3D design models, join forces to make the latest innovation in wood-based construction easily available to everyone. With ProdLib library, you can now download the elements available on Open Source Wood to your design software. / Metsä Wood
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  • Unusually large stock of wood in September

    Etiketter: Wood
    Stocks of softwood, pulpwood and pulp chips have fallen since this summer but are nonetheless unusually large for the season. According to the Forestry Agency's stock survey, the total stocks was 9.3 million cubic metres in 30 September this year. That is 34 per cent more than at the same time last year. / Swedish Forest Agency
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  • Jubilee at the Green Triangle Timber industry Awards

    Etiketter: Wood
    OneFortyOne’s Jubilee Sawmill has been recognised for its commitment to the timber industry with the Supreme Timber Industry Award at the Green Triangle Timber Industry Awards (GTTIA). / Timberbiz
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  • OFO submission to SA Legislative Council timber committee

    Etiketter: Wood
    OneFortyOne (OFO) has made its submission to the SA Legislative Council Select Committee on Matters Relating to the Timber Industry in the Limestone Coast. Chief executive officer, Linda Sewell, stated that the company had responded to the question of whether the export of wood fibre is in compliance with the conditions of sale of the radiata pine forests. / Timberbiz
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  • Metsä Wood: The era of extensions is now – light wood is the optimal building material

    Etiketter: Wood
    The natural qualities of wood – lightness and strength – bring multiple positive consequences for both individual constructors and societies undergoing heavy urbanisation. According to experts, one of the areas of wood construction with most potential is extension building. Wooden materials like Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) make construction fast, light and green. / Metsä Wood
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