Forest Products Annual Market Review 2013-2014

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The UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2013-2014 provides general and statistical information on forest products markets and related policies in the UN Economic Commission for Europe region (Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States). The Review begins with an overview chapter, followed by analysis of government and industry policies and market-based implements affecting forest products markets. The third chapter is on innovation in the forest sector. Five chapters are based on annual country-supplied statistics, describing: wood raw materials, sawn softwood, sawn hardwood, wood-based panels, and paper, paperboard and woodpulp. Additional chapters discuss markets for wood energy, value-added wood products, and housing. In each chapter, production, trade and consumption are analysed and relevant material on specific markets is included. Tables and graphs provided throughout the text present summary information.



Wood-based panel

North America continues to improve economically and this has had a positive influence on its wood-based panels industry. In Europe, the debt crisis continued to depress the economy in 2013, but panel markets held up, despite a drop in almost all segments of the construction sector. There were signs of improvement in Europe, with construction forecast to increase (see Chapter 11 on housing). The production of wood-based panels grew slowly in the CIS, except for medium-density fibreboard (MDF), which dropped slightly. The Russian Federation is now producing oriented strand board (OSB), with three plants starting up in the past two years. These plants are operating far below capacity, but they are likely to use more capacity over time to satisfy strong demand for domestically produced panels.


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