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19, Jan 2020 -

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Scientists develop efficient methods to turn woody biomass into fuels

16, Jan 2020

Increasing production of 2nd-generation biofuels—those made from non-food biomass such as switchgrass, biomass sorghum, and corn stover—would lessen our reliance on burning fossil fuels, which contributes to climate change.

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Unlocking the properties of wood... next step, wooden skyscrapers?

16, Jan 2020

The ever-strengthening case for using wood as a construction material was given yet another boost recently, as researchers were able to capture the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time.

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Investigating timber properties to build confidence in construction

16, Jan 2020

The properties of timber vary depending on the direction of the grain, with parallel to grain timber elements tending to be stronger than their perpendicular to grain counterparts.

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Watch a swarm of robots build a timber tower from scratch

21, Nov 2019

Students at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have developed a system of robots that communicate to jointly construct complex timber structures.  Their paper, entitled Distributed Robotic Assembly System...

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Housing crisis: Are timber industries the answer?

20, Nov 2019

A new report has highlighted the vital role timber industries can play in helping the government meet its targets for housebuilding. A report launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries.

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Eucalyptus pulplog prices in Brazil have fallen over the past year

19, Nov 2019

Pulpmills in Brazil had some of the lowest wood fiber costs in the world in the 2Q/19, according to the WRQ. Over the past three years Eucalyptus pulplog prices have fallen while the global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI)

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Sawmill profit margins have fallen substantially in North America in 2019

23, Oct 2019

Costs for sawlogs declined in most major regions around the world in the first half of 2019. However, lumber prices have fallen faster in key markets resulting in lower profits for sawmills, particularly in British Columbia.

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Softwood lumber trade was up 5% in the first half of 2019 on a worldwide basis

23, Oct 2019

Demand for lumber in China, the United Kingdom, Egypt and the Netherlands increased this year despite a slowdown in the global economy. Global softwood lumber trade was up just over five percent year-over-year.

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China trade war triggers closings, layoffs at US hardwood lumber mills

22, Oct 2019

It is hard times for the U.S. hardwood lumber industry. The trade war with China has caused a steep drop in U.S. exports of the product, and now the industry is cutting jobs. China used to account for about half of all...

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Wood fiber costs for US pellet manufacturers fell in the 2Q/19

15, Oct 2019

Many pellet manufacturers in North America have had to increase the usage of logs for their feedstock in 2019 because of reduced availability of lower-cost sawmill residues. This has resulted in higher total wood fiber costs.

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