Raw Materials

Canada have filed an appeal concerning the WTO panel report in the case brought by Canada in “United States — Anti-dumping measures applying differential pricing methodology to softwood lumber from Canada”.

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction did not change in May (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Canada will appeal last week’s decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) which ruled to allow the United States to use “zeroing” to calculate anti-dumping tariffs, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement on Monday.

Metsä Wood has started test runs on the new 65,000-cubic-metre Kerto LVL line at the Punkaharju mill in Finland. The investment will increase the mill's production of Kerto LVL by about 50%.

Researchers from Washington State University’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center are assisting the Composites Recycling Technology Center  to develop new housing materials from heat‑treated wood and recycled carbon fibers.

Georgia-Pacific (GP) plans to spend approximately $30 million to purchase and install new equipment at its Rome Lumber facility in the coming months.

APA Knows IRC OSB Lateral Resistance Capacity is 350 plf & 383 plf with GWB

Canfor Corp. announced last week that it will temporarily curtail operations at three sawmills due to current market conditions, following an announcement of further cuts by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. on Jan. 14.

For the third consecutive month, OSB prices (NSA) declined the most in percentage terms (-6.1%).  Prices paid for OSB have decreased nearly 30% since October 2018 and have fallen more than 40% since hitting their most recent peak in June 2018.

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the app uses soundwaves or vibrations to determine stiffness.