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 

 
  • Stocks of coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips

    Etiketter: Wood
    Quarterly surveys on stocks of coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips are conducted by Swedish Forest Agency in collaboration with Swedish Forest Industries Federation since 2013. / Swedish Forest Agency
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  • Log exports rose 26% in September – prices stable

    Etiketter: Wood
    Australia’s total log exports rose 25.6% in September, falling just 19m3 short of the 500,000m3 mark for the month. Compared with the prior month prices were stable at an average $153.10/m3 measured on a free-on-board basis. / Timberbiz
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  • New showcase building demonstrates benefits of structural timber

    Etiketter: Wood
    A showcase midrise timber building launched this week will benefit Australia’s construction and forestry industries by demonstrating the extraordinary capacity of timber as a sustainable, renewable and versatile building resource. / Timberbiz
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  • Tunadal’s new planing mill inauguration – an investment of 80 million SEK

    Etiketter: Wood
    SCA Woods new planing mill at Tunadal was on Wednesday, 31st of October, inaugurated. The investment in Tunadals planing mill of 80 million SEK means increased productivity and better prerequisites for product development and innovations. / SCA
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  • Hackathon brought together architects, students and wood construction professionals to compete

    Etiketter: Wood
    Thirty people met at Linnaeus University for a hackathon initiated by Metsä Wood. The challenge was: how could you construct a property at a specific building site using modular wood? The winning project, “Box”, was an innovative but simple solution based on wooden modules and clever connections. / MetsäWood
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  • Investments in the forest industry in Eastern Russia have resulted in higher timber harvests

    Etiketter: Wood
    Increased exports of softwood lumber from Russia to China the past decade have resulted in higher timber harvests in Eastern Russia, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In 2017, Russia’s total harvest reached an estimated 190 million m3, six percent higher than the previous year. Practically all of the increase was in Russia’s eastern provinces. / Wood Resource Quarterly
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  • Government’s one billion trees plan inadequately supported

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Federal Government’s $20 million forestry plan to plant one billion trees is a big policy step, but is inadequate as it amounts to only two cents per tree. / Timberbiz
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  • Industrial durability for the needs of transport and construction

    Etiketter: Wood
    Along with the inauguration of the new birch plywood mill in Pärnu, Estonia, Metsä Wood has published a new image series called “Industrial Durability”. The images visualise the value of birch plywood in the urban end-use context. / MetsäWood
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  • VicForests Roadmap for FSC Controlled Wood

    Etiketter: Wood
    VicForests released the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) audit report (May 2018) and reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing certification of FSC Controlled Wood standard. / Timberbiz
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  • The robots are coming!

    Etiketter: Wood
    Robots are likely to have a bigger role in timber processing as they take over work that is dirty, dangerous or difficult. / Timberbiz
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