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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.

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Value-added wood products

Value-added wood products (VAWPs, sometimes also called secondary processed wood products) are wood products that have been further processed into furniture, builders’ joinery and carpentry products, profiled wood, and engineered wood products. VAWPs include I-beams (also called I-joists), with their I-shaped cross-sections, finger-jointed sawnwood, glulam (“glued laminated timber” made of sawnwood glued into beams), and laminated veneer lumber (LVL), which is formed by gluing together sheets of veneer and then resawing to desired dimensions. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a new addition to this chapter; it is now more than an innovative product and has moved solidly into the mainstream.

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