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 

 
  • B.C. sawmill closures throw 10,000 out of work

    Etiketter: Wood
    Almost 10,000 British Columbia forest sector workers are out of jobs as sawmills respond to the collapse lumber demand in the U.S. by cutting production and sending people home (www.canada.com/vancouversun).,
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  • Tembec rolls out a $60-million loss

    Etiketter: Wood
    Lumber prices are so low - and the prospect of price increases so gloomy - that it's becoming increasingly profitable to turn trees into chips rather than into lumber, the CEO said as Tembec reported first-quarter losses (The Gazette.
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  • Centuries-old logs harvested from Great Lake bed.

    Etiketter: Wood
    Scott Mitchen has described the lost logs as the "Jurassic Park of wood," and is harvesting red oak, flaming red birch, maple, cherry, elm, walnut, and more, which have slumbered for centuries in the cold silences of the Great Lake (motherearthnews).
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  • Stora Enso Timber invests in and increases its ThermoWood production

    Etiketter: Wood
    Stora Enso Timber has decided to increase its production of ThermoWood by building a new kiln in Bad St. Leonhard Sawmill, Austria. The investment value is EUR 5 million and the new kiln will be in operation in the 4th quarter of 2008. ,
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  • Laminated beam factory to be set up in Kemijärvi pulp mill building

    Etiketter: Wood
    State announces measures to promote employment affected by mill closures. The Mikkeli-based Anaika Group plans to set up a large factory to manufacture glued laminated wood beans in the building being vacated by Stora Enso (Helsingin Sanomat).,
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  • Finnish–Swedish Stora's profit drops owing to wood products

    Etiketter: Wood
    Stora Enso said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter operating profit, excluding one-offs, would fall clearly year-on-year due to very poor results at its Wood Products unit (newsfromrussia.com).
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  • Interfor buys Pope & Talbot mills, sells one immediately

    Etiketter: Wood
    International Forest Products picked up three sawmills for $69 million from insolvent forest company Pope & Talbot Monday in a B.C. Supreme Court-approved sale (The Vancouver Sun).,,
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  • 'Other' Tasmanian timber plant far from run-of-the-mill

    Etiketter: Wood
    Forest Enterprises Australia is building a sophisticated sawmill whose output of plantation sawn timber will double Gunns' native forest sawlog output in the state (business.theage.com.au).
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  • Wooden mouse / keyboard for the budget-minded set

    Etiketter: Wood
    Why spend hundreds, thousands on a wooden keyboard when there's a sufficient alternative available for the low, low price of $16.99? (wwww.endgadget.com)
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  • Out of the Woods – new material, new design

    Etiketter: Wood
    STFI-Packforsk and the University College of Arts Crafts and Design (Konstfack) are participating jointly in the Milan Furniture and Design Fair on 18-23 April.
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