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Robust optimization in timberland and wood industry analyses

Robust optimization in timberland and wood industry analyses

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in forest and wood market analysis, forest business |

This post describes an overview and applications of robust optimization technique in the context of timberland and wood industry analyses. 

Log prices in NZ expected to rise

Log prices in NZ expected to rise

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in forest business, wood market, wood trade |

According to Scion Log Price Outlook – August 2017, unpruned log prices are going to trade 5% higher than August prices. The same situation is expected for pruned log prices. Infrastructure management and the availability of truck drivers appeared to be among the most important transport related constraints that may negatively impact business in New […]

Arensis buys Scotland-based wood pellet plant

Arensis buys Scotland-based wood pellet plant

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in acquisition, wood pellets |

Arensis, an international provider of off-grid energy generation, has bought the Verdo pellet plant in Grangemouth, Scotland. The acquisition, part of a £50 million (€54m) UK investment plan, gives Arensis a sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel supply for its biomass energy generation.

Finland’s Metsa starts new 1.2 billion EUR bioproduct mill

Finland’s Metsa starts new 1.2 billion EUR bioproduct mill

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in mill news, pulp and paper |

Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproducts mill in Äänekoski came into operation as planned on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Pulp deliveries from the new mill to customers will begin in early September 2017. The construction project was carried out as planned, in accordance with its schedule and its EUR 1.2 billion budget.

The Softwood Imports to U.S. from Europe flourish thanks to U.S. Duties on Canadian Industry

The Softwood Imports to U.S. from Europe flourish thanks to U.S. Duties on Canadian Industry

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in wood construction, wood market, wood trade |

U.S. imports of softwood from Germany have grown tenfold in the first half of the year as punishing duties pushed imports of Canadian softwood down.

30% of Norway’s aviation fuel from forestry residues and pulpwood by 2030 possible only with governmental support

30% of Norway’s aviation fuel from forestry residues and pulpwood by 2030 possible only with governmental support

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bioenergy, biofuel, biomass, pulp and paper |

Research commissioned by Norwegian airports operator Avinor has concluded that 30% of Norway’s aviation fuel could be produced from forestry waste and pulpwood by 2030, but this depends on available funding.

Why interest rates differ in timberland investments?

Why interest rates differ in timberland investments?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in forest business |

Like in every business, financial analysis is the core of timberland investments. If it is properly done, it can reduce the level of risk in our forestry investment portfolio. This post describes why interest rates differ in timberland investments, and why investors should be careful in their decisions. 

Anhui Shanying Paper acquires Nordic Paper

Anhui Shanying Paper acquires Nordic Paper

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in pulp and paper |

A China-based pulp and paper company, Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Co., LTD (“Anhui Shanying Paper”), has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares in Nordic Paper Holding AB from Special Situation Venture Partner lll and Petek GmbH.

Södra Wood increases profits

Södra Wood increases profits

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in mill news, wood market |

Timber division of Swedish company Södra recorded a sharp profits jump in the second quarter to 50m SEK (Swedish Krone) compared to a year ago.

NZ exports to China grow +12% but prices seem toppy.

NZ exports to China grow +12% but prices seem toppy.

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in wood market |

The domestic NZ demand for both pruned and structural logs remains strong and supply ranges from balanced to tight around the country. Due to the drop in export prices the PF Olsen Log Price Index for July has dropped one dollar from the June figure and is now at $125. The average sale price is $14 […]