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Jan 2021

The French beech market analyzed by Claude Schnepf

Claude Schnepf heads Scierie et Caisserie de Steinbourg, one of the leaders in the beech market in France with 75,000 m3 processed annually, a capacity which will soon increase to 100,000 m3 thanks to a major investment program. The company exports 70% of its turnover outside the EU (€ 21m in 2019), mainly to China, a market that Claude Schnepf has known for 25 years... [Più ... ]

Sep 2020

Where's the French oak market heading this autumn?

The first autumn auctions in France have just been launched by France's Natonal Forest Office (ONF) in a general uncertain political-economic climate. This lack of prospects also concerns the timber market in France. This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the auction of September 8, 2020 which was not held in Beaune (Côte d'Or), as usual, but in Châtenoy-le-Royal (Saône-et-Loire) due to Covid-19. The entire auction therefore took place entirely online without the physical presence of buyers and observers in the auction room... [Più ... ]

May 2020

French oak market marked by uncertainty

After 4 weeks of interruption, sales resumed in April in France's public forests. Because of the lockdown measures, they all took place online.... [Più ... ]

May 2018

Oak logs prices booming in France

Oak has become priceless in France! This statement may seem exaggerated but the examination of the auction results for the first five months of 2018 leaves no doubts about the current state of the oak market in France. Year-on-year and on average (see table 1), the price increase of logs reached 25%, exceeding 50% over two years [Più ... ]

Apr 2017

Switzerland: uneven price dynamics at oak, ash and beech markets

Switzerland is no exception to the main trends currently observed in European timber markets. Oak prices continue to rise steadily, with the average increase being around 30% in two years [Più ... ]

France: ash and beech being affected by the increased freight tariffs

In the second quarter of the current year, trade on the French hardwood markets was mixed. The French oak continues to run with the wind, and the industry representatives do not see reasons why it should stop. In processed goods, virtually all products find [Più ... ]

Mar 2017

Overview of hardwood logs prices in Eastern Europe

During January and February, Fordaq has monitored the activity of many sawmills in Eastern Europe. From the survey we have found the following prices [Più ... ]

France: oak prices soar in early 2017

Since 2013, oak prices have been climbing in France. All forest and woodworking industry professionals are wondering how far up oak prices can go [Più ... ]

Dec 2016

France: mixed 2016 results on the hardwood market

On the French hardwood market – depending on the species and the product grades – the results of 2016 are heterogeneous from the point of view of timber auctions. In the oak sector the situation keeps getting better. French sawmill owners benefit from the fortuitous combination of circumstances, namely [Più ... ]

Jun 2016

France: upward trend in oak sales

The launch of the so-called labeled auctions (i.e. under the labels of quality, as in FSC etc.) organised by ONF (Office national des forêts) doesn't seem to have had any effect on the quality oak sales. This is one of the conclusions buyers and sellers could reach at the close of the latest auctions held early this summer. In the end of May, ONF announced that an annual oak price growth on average came up to 5%, while the volume of unsold goods reached 10% [Più ... ]

Mar 2016

France: oak prices going down this spring?

Hardwood logs auction sales have moved forward and faced new tendencies. In the end of Q1 2016, new trends seem to emerge in the oak sector. Following three years of uninterrupted growth of the oak log prices, the industry now sees the end of this epoch [Più ... ]

Jan 2016

France: new auction labeling system affecting the oak prices?

French oak sawmill owners hope for the best and preferably faster, obviously. Even though they doubted that the so-called labeled auctions (i.e. under the labels of quality, as in FSC etc.) would have any immediate impact on the price of logs, they were hoping for the oak prices to stabilize. However, this does not seem to be the case judging by the results of the most recent auctions. [Più ... ]

Dec 2015

France: Maritime pine maintains firm prices

Good news for forest owners in southwestern France. In a French softwood roundwood market that has generally tended to falter, maritime pine stands firm this year. Over the course of the first half of 2015, prices have aligned at high levels, while over the last six months of the year, price stability prevailed. This observation applies in particular for roundwood with a volume larger than 1 m3, intended for producing lumber. ''In late autumn, the large volume roundwood (1,5 m3) is still marketed at around 40 euro/m3, standing, under bark,'' says Emmanuel de Montbron [Più ... ]

Nov 2015

France: Standing timber auctions results-Autumn 2015

Each year, Fordaq/IHB monitors auctions of standing timber organized in France by the National Forests Office (Office national des forêts-ONF). On our website, you can view the results of these auctions [Più ... ]

Jun 2015

Oak continues its momentum in France

For French forest owners there are some good news. For French sawyers, it's rather the opposite. The latest public auction organized in France in mid 2015, shows no pause in the oak roundwood market. Actually, the contrary can be noticed, with new tensions on supplies to sawmills resulting in significant price increases in many French production areas since the beginning of 2015 [Più ... ]

Mar 2015

Oak prices up in France

In the first quarter of 2015, oak wood is still kept on the trot in France. Trading activity of sawmills and timber procurers seems to be even more dynamic than in late 2014. Public auctions, currently taking place in Eastern France prove the above mentioned statement. There’s the minimum quantity of the outstanding goods, and demand outreaches supply (up to 20 bids for each attractive lot) [Più ... ]

Dec 2014

Softwood log prices start to decline in France

With the weak construction sector in France, and despite the obvious lack of wood in forests in the Hexagon, the decline in French softwood log prices has begun. The recent auctions organized in the fourth quarter this year already confirm this trend... [Più ... ]

Nov 2014

France: Lumber prices for 3Q/2014

In the following you can check the latest prices of lumber in France published by the French research center CEEB (Centre d’Etudes de l’Economie du Bois) together with the national wood federation FNB (Federation Nationale du Bois)... [Più ... ]

Oct 2014

France: Rising hardwood prices in autumn auctions

This autumn, hardwood auctions in France reveal strong sales and rising prices. For example, at an auction organized in Beaune (Côte d'Or) on September 16, 99% of the volumes auctioned (30,000 m3) were sold. According to ONF (France’s National Office of Forests), the average increase over the year was of 19%... [Più ... ]

Aug 2014

France: Recent auctions reveal rising hardwood prices

The hardwood market in France continues to be very fierce this summer. The results of recent public hardwood auctions organized at the end of the first half of the year confirm the strong demand in almost all species and in all types of products. June auctions in the east of France, such as that of Courlaoux in the Jura region, were highly competitive and were largely characterized by firm prices and low unsold volumes... [Più ... ]

Germany: Beech logs export prices on the rise

Prices of beech logs exported by Germany from January to May 2014 increased compared to the first five months of 2013. With an average price of 129 €/m3, logs delivered to China, Germany's main export country, in January-May 2014 were 12 €/m3 more expensive than in the same period last year... [Più ... ]

Jul 2014

Auctions in France reveal rising demand and prices for fir and spruce

Recent auctions organized in eastern France confirm that fir and spruce demand remains high and prices are on the same upward trend as in the last three months (April-June 2014)... [Più ... ]

Mar 2014

France: Lumber prices, January 2014

French research center CEEB (Centre d’Etudes de l’Economie du Bois) together with the national wood federation FNB (Federation Nationale du Bois) quarterly publish average prices for French lumber.. [Più ... ]

France: auctions reveal record sale volumes of hardwood; prices on the rise

The conclusion is clear. The first quarter of 2014 has just ended and tensions of wood purchases in France remain alive. In a large region of north-east France, the auctions registered record levels of timber trade volumes: 'Never seen in many years', as a buyer said... [Più ... ]

Feb 2014

France: market prices for Cherry and Sycamore

For Cherry and Sycamore there is hardly any movement noticeable on the French market... [Più ... ]