Industry News

Illegal logging is still a widespread plague, Clatham House reports

According to the latest Chatham House report, illegal logging still represents an actual threat for the global environment.

In 2013, the volume of illegal timber imports was estimated 60 million m3, almost the level of a decade ago, accounting for 10% of total timber trade. 

The report highlights the effort made by industrialised countries like the UK, France and the Netherlands to tackle uncontrolled deforestation, but at the same it claims how surging demand in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam is driving a resurgence in illicit logging. Just to give an idea, the volume of illegal timber shipped to China, India and Vietnam increased 50% between 2006 and 2013.

Regarding the producing countries, in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) the level of illegal logging is estimated to be over 90%, in Papua New Guinea 70%, in Laos 80%.

ETTF releases Summer 2015 Newsletter

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has just released its Newsletter for Summer 2015. 

The publication includes an insight on the Global Timber Forum, that took place in June 2015, and an article about the Confederation of Timber Industries project.

Read the ETTF News online.

New ISO Standard will enable full traceability of wood products

As reported by Ligna website, ISO 38001, a new standard for tracing wood to sustainable sources, is now being developed and is expected to be published in May 2017.

This tool will enable full traceability and transparency of wood products helping to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. ISO 38001 will also enable organisations to reassure their customers, suppliers and stakeholders, that the wood they are using is sustainability sourced.

“The new standard will not only demonstrate that the raw material originates from well-managed forests, but that the final product can also be tracked through its various stages of production”, said Dr. Jorge E.R. Cajazeria, chair of the Committee developing the standard .“This can go towards encouraging the use of traceable wood and even preventing illegally sourced wood from getting into the supply chain”, he added.

Encouraging signs for UK Furniture Manufacturing Industry in 2014

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) have issued an infographic showing the performance of the furniture manufacturing industry in 2014. 

The data take in account the export performance and import penetration from 2012 to 2014 considering the value of production for each sector at manufactured prices.

The infographic reveals an increase both in total imports (+7.4%) and exports (+13.1%) of furniture products. Encouraging signs are also recorded for sales of wooden offices (+17.4%) and wooden shops (+17.5%).

For more details click here.

EU wooden furniture exports slow down on fewer orders from Russia

As reported by IHB - FORDAQ websitefrom the second half of 2013, the EU exports of wood furniture to Russia and Eastern Europe "has turned into decline".

"This trend reflects political tensions between the EU and Russia in connection with the crisis in the Ukraine as well as economic difficulties in Russia, which have been aggravated by the political crisis", explains IHB.

On the other hand, good news for EU wood furniture come from North America and China. "Exports to North America continued to rise sharply and deliveries to China and other Asian countries are also increasing", the website highlights.

Read the article.