Far Eastern industry requests reduction of wood export duties

The forest industry in the Far East is in deep crisis and major companies are going bankrupt or close to it, says regional forest industry association Dalexportles in a petition to the president’s administration. The association’s members cover half of the wood harvesting in the Far Eastern Federal District and 80 percent of the wood processing. According to Dalexportles, the industry will retain a quarter of its current capacity, personnel …

Vologda region strives to process 100% of harvested wood

Vologda region is expected to process 100 percent of the harvested wood by 2024, says governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov. Only processed and high-quality products will be placed on the market in the future. The forest industry in the Vologda region is developing and new wood processing plants are being opened every year. 2018 was a record year, with 17.7 million cubic meters of wood harvested, of which 75 percent was processed. …

VR Group started wood import traffic from Russia

In the spring, VR Group announced that it seeks new growth by establishing a subsidiary to purchase and operate wagons in Russia. The start-up of the company has progressed rapidly. The first 24 roundwood wagons have been completed and commercial traffic has begun for the first customer. The company operates under the name Finnlog. Source: VR Group

New owners for Karellesprom – the largest logging company in Karelia

Segezha Group and Karelia Pulp have acquired the previously state-owned logging company Karellesprom. Karellesprom has been so far the largest independent harvesting company in Karelia, with annual allowable cut of 1.2 million cubic meters and actual felling of approximately 0.8 million cubic meters. The privatization process began in 2016. Sources: Segezha Group, Karellesprom, BSRforest news 16.11.2016 (in Finnish)  

Raute delivers plywood mill for Segezha Group

Segezha Group has ordered from Raute Corporation machinery and equipment for a greenfield plywood mill to be set up in Galich, Kostroma region. The order is worth 58 million euros. The annual production capacity of the new mill will be 125 000 cubic meters, the production will start in 2021. Source: Raute Oyj

Sveza Group starts own wood harvesting in Vologda region

Sveza Group has established a wood procurement company Sveza Resource LLC in the Vologda region. The initial capital is RUB 400 million (approximately EUR 5.7 million *). Wood procurement will start at the end of 2019, with investment of 270 million rubles (about EUR 3.9 million *) this year and a total of 1.5 billion rubles (about EUR 21 million *) by 2028. Another project related to the Sveza Group’s …

Wood import to Finland May 2019

In May Finland’s wood imports totalled 1.01 million cubic metres. Of imported wood 60 per cent was pulpwood, 32 per cent chips and four per cent logs. The share of fuelwood, preserved wood and wood residues was in total four per cent. In January-May wood imports totalled 4.61 million cubic metres which increased by 18 per cent compared to the same period previous year. Russia’s share of wood imports in …

Segezha Group launched investment project in Karelia

The Segezha pulp and paper mill modernization project was officially launched in July. The Segezha West project involves increasing the mill’s production capacity to 850,000 tonnes per year and expanding its product range. In addition to sack paper, bleached paper and bleached hardwood and softwood pulp will also be manufactured in the future. The investment amounts to 55 billion rubles (about € 750 million*). In June, the Segezha Group and the …

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