Wood Matters

PF Olsen Welcomes Dean Neilson

Newly appointed to the Rotorua senior team as National Engineering Manager is Dean Neilson, a civil engineer with 25 years experience in a range of settings, including local government, the forest industry, and private consulting firms.


Implications of Australia's Changing Forestry Scene

For a conservative industry sector, the amount and pace of change in forestry is sometimes quite astounding. In Australia during the last 18 months we have witnessed substantial change at a scale that probably could not be predicted, and there's more to come.


Log Market and Ocean Freight - June 2010

June saw steady export log markets with some positive signs from China. High log inventories in China have fallen from over 1.0 million m³ to less than 700,000 m³, and prices have stabilised.


Update on the Emissions Trading Scheme

We have been advised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) that the application process to apply for the pre-1990 allocation is now not likely to commence until August 2010 with the Forestry Allocation Plan not being finalised until late July.


The Carbon Market

Prices of most units in Europe continue their positive price trend with secondary CERs trading at around €16. Issuance of primary CERs is in a downward trend as the "low hanging fruit" of low-cost mitigation projects around the world reduces.


Log Market - May 2010

As reported last month, Radiata prices in China slipped and A grade is currently trading at around USD140-145/JAS m³ CFR. This is down from a peak in March of over USD150. This is an inevitable correction of a steady price firming trend for the past two years.


Russell's Report

PF Olsen Ltd forest managers will shortly be trialling a new system of measuring forests using a new inventory system developed by Scion researchers as part of the FFR Radiata Research Theme.


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