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
    I morgon den 31 maj, besöker landsbygdsminister Sven-Erik Bucht och bostads- och digitaliseringsminister Peter Eriksson företaget Sjötorpshus och deras byggarbetsplats för ett nytt bostadshus i Flen. / Regeringskansliet
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  • Peter Eriksson deltar i Trädstad Sveriges årsmöte

    Etiketter: Wood
    dag, torsdag den 4 maj, är bostads- och digitaliseringsminister Peter Eriksson inbjuden att hålla ett anförande då Trädstad Sverige håller årsmöte i Linköping. / Näringsdepartementet
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  • European lumber consumption increasing slowly

    Etiketter: Wood
    As a consequence of the financial crisis lumber consumption in Europe collapsed after 2007 and actual consumption 2016 will be around 20 million m³ lower than pre-crisis level. This dramatic fall forced many European sawmills to direct shipments to MENA and Asia instead. / Woodstat
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  • Europe inspires Chinese high-rise timber construction

    Etiketter: Wood
    In 2015 China decided to promote timber as a viable alternative to conventional steel and concrete construction of high-rise buildings. This decision will not only have a positive impact on the climate, with timber being the only renewable building material, but also on European exports of timber products. Since the 1st of June a Chinese delegation has been visiting Europe in order to learn from European modern timber construction experts. By the end of the year China will have established norms and standards enabling the construction of high-rise timber buildings of up to 18 stories. / Swedish Wood
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  • Cykelhjälm av trä – framtidens material

    Etiketter: Wood
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  • Sveaskog och AB Karl Hedin i produktsamarbete kring topptrall

    Etiketter: Wood, Trä och träindustrin
    Under hösten 2013 inledde Sveaskog ett samarbete med sågverket AB Karl Hedin, i syfte att ta fram en ny träprodukt för hus och hem. Samarbetet har resulterat i en trallprodukt från toppstocken som nu får ett högre förädlingsvärde. / Sveaskog
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  • The Global Forest Industry This Quarter

    Etiketter: Wood
    Excerpts from the 4Q 2013 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com). Sawlog prices trended upward throughout the world in the 4Q and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose the highest level in over two years. / Wood Resources International
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  • Strong earnings improvement for Setra

    Etiketter: Wood
    Setra reports an operating profit for 2013 of SEK 107 million (-80), an earnings improvement of SEK 187 million compared with 2012. Net sales for the full year were unchanged and amounted to SEK 4,068 million (4,069). / Setra Group
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  • Queensland government forest sale

    Etiketter: Wood
    The Queensland government is embarking on another sale of forestry assets, through its power subsidiary Ergon Energy. / Timberbiz
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    Etiketter: Forestry, Forest research and education, Wood
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