Vancouver, Canada: In WOOD MARKETS’ new five-year OSB & Plywood Chapter forecast, finding the right balance between oriented stranded board (OSB) mill start-ups relative to the expected strong US housing demand will be a key wild card over the next few years in North America. 

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Seattle, US: The two Global Wood Fiber Price Indices were close to parity in the 3Q/16. 

The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) has rebounded by 5.6 percent from the 1Q/16 when it reached an 11-year low. The biggest price increases this year have been in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Chile where prices have gone up despite the strengthening of the local currencies. 

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Great Shelford, UK: According to the latest National Statistics on Timber Price Indices published by the Forestry Commission, Coniferous Standing Sales prices have been increased over the last five years, although its latest figures showed an improvement in one of its two core sectors, reported by Cabinet Maker.

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Helsinki, Finland: The Finnish forest industry's production and export volumes, except for paper, will increase over last year's. Demand for sawnwood, pulp and cardboard is highest. According to the Finnish Forest Sector Economic Outlook released by Natural Resources Institute Finland, the competition will lead to falls in export prices in all main product groups except plywood this year, but prices will stabilise next year.

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Delaware, US:The wood-based panel market size, valued at over US$16 billion in 2015, is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 13 percent and exceed US$35 billion by 2023, according to a report by Global Market Insights. 

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Singapore: The total US hardwood lumber exports amounted to over US$1.1 billion in the first half of 2016, up six percent compared to the same period last year. 

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Eppingen, Germany: Dieffenbacher will supply a medium density fibreboard (MDF) plant to Panel Plus to fulfil the latter’s expansion need.

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Leicester, UK: Environmental group WWF says the UK is facing a timber resource crunch unless it moves to sustainable supply practices. 

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Cedar Rapids, US: The first certified US manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) has achieved significant fire safety requirements under tests designed to gauge flame spread and fire resistance, as reported by the Woodworking Network. 

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Jakarta, Indonesia: According to The Jakarta Post, shortly after the UK people voted on June 24 to leave the European Union, the country witnessed a change of prime minister and economic uncertainties radiated around the globe. 

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