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Wood Matters

Introduction

We welcome Future Forests Research (FFR) and Solid Wood Innovation (SWI) - formerly WQI - which are both going to provide regular articles for Wood Matters.

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Clarky's Comment - April 2010

Another devastating earthquake in Western China and disruption to European air traffic from the Iceland volcano are further reminders that Earth is a dynamic and living planet.

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Log Market - April 2010

High log inventory in China continues to weigh on the market and price has declined for the past 2-3 weeks. Currently the price of A grade is reported at USD135-140/JAS m3 CFR (cost and freight).

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Log and Ocean Freight Market

The strong run in China is taking a breather. Stocks of Radiata, North American and Russian logs are high (more than two months). There are also high inventories of Canadian and Russian lumber.

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PF Olsen Welcomes New Team Member

Recently returned from his "OE" Jacob (Jake) Saathof joined PF Olsen in February taking a role managing road-line harvesting and engineering in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region.

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Clarky's Comment - February 2010

2010 has started well with recovery of house construction starts in NZ and Australia now inevitable. Both countries face a catch-up from low building activity in 2009 plus increased immigration. Meanwhile China's infrastructure boom has kept up demand for export logs.

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