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
    Although Tembec Inc. expects that the new softwood lumber arrangement with the U.S. will translate into lower export taxes for the firm, the deal was "absolutely not" what was wanted (The Gazette).
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  • MagForestry Starts Chip Mill Construction in Congo (press release)

    Etiketter: Wood
    MagIndustries Corp. announced today that their forestry division, MagForestry Inc., has begun to construct a 500,000 tonne per year wood chipping plant on in the Atlantic port city of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.
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  • PEFC launches new mandatory guide for the avoidance of controversial timber

    Etiketter: Wood
    The guide introduces safeguard mechanisms against procuring illegally logged wood and complements the international PEFC Chain of Custody wood tracking system (press release).,
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  • Lumber slumber

    Etiketter: Wood
    Three forest products biggies checked in with their numbers yesterday.,The giant Weyerhaeuser Company may call Federal Way, Washington home. But it's the Alberta lumber patch where it makes a lot of its money (Edmontonsun.com.
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  • Domtar to close four sawmills, lay off workers

    Etiketter: Wood
    Domtar Inc. (DTC.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) joined the growing list of North American forestry firms cutting production amid weak lumber markets on Wednesday, saying it will idle four sawmills indefinitely (reuters.cm).,
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  • Stora Enso responds to speculation about the future of its sawmilling business (press release)

    Etiketter: Wood
    An article was published today in the Swedish commercial daily newspaper Dagens Industri about the future of Stora Enso Timber. It included too far-reaching assumptions by the newspaper that Stora Enso would sell its Wood Products (sawmilling) division.
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  • Ethanol From Paper Pulp: Genencor Announces French Government Funded Project (prnewswire)

    Etiketter: Wood
    Enencor International, a subsidiary of Danisco A/S, announced monday its participation in a research consortium to develop economic ethanol production from paper pulp through the use of know-how and infrastructure of the French forest products industry.
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  • Ottawa planning aid for struggling softwood lumber producers

    Etiketter: Wood
    The federal Conservative government is preparing an aid package including loan guarantees for beleaguered softwood lumber producers, Trade Minister David Emerson said Monday (money.canoe.ca).
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  • CHH wood products division focus of attention

    Etiketter: Wood
    Billionaire Graeme Hart is focusing his energies on Carter Holt Harvey's troubled wood products business as he tries to reverse the forestry giant's fortunes, says corporate adviser Grant Samuel (nzHerald.com.nz).
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  • Sawmilling permits 'no better than fakes'

    Etiketter: Wood
    Sawmill owners operating in West Lampung can easily get permits saying wood taken from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is legal, an activist says (The Jakarta Post).
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