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Lumber Prices Continue to Freefall

By John Greene
Last week, southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber prices continued a precipitous drop for the fifth week in a row, marking the single largest weekly change—in both dollars and as a percentage—of 2020.

Is Southern Yellow Pine Good for the Economy?

It’s easy to pick up some Southern Yellow Pine 2x4s for your weekend project, but do you know where your dollars are going? You might be surprised to know that there’s a big business behind your wood, and the lumber industry is actually one of the largest in the United States.

As Companies Abandon Work-From-Home Trend, Will Printing & Writing Bounce Back?

By Joanna Wilhelm
The “work-from-home” trend that has spawned a ubiquitous acronym (WFH) and come to represent life in 2020 has been both a blessing and a curse. To be sure, the seamless technology that allowed many employees to work effectively in the safety of their own homes during the early stage “lockdown” of the COVID-19 pandemic was invaluable, as it helped to prevent the entire economy from grinding to a halt.

Fisher’s Matt Elhardt Featured in TAPPI’s Inaugural Podcast

By Forest2Market
TAPPI’s Paper360o Magazine announced in September the debut of a new monthly podcast series: Better Together: Conversations with Innovative Leaders. Hosted by Paper360o Editorial Director Jan Bottiglieri, Better Together offers engaging conversations with the most innovative leaders in the packaging, pulp, paper, tissue and converting industries through wide-ranging interviews on current topics relevant to listeners at every stage of their careers.

Tools for Tracking Global Woodchip Exports, Shipping and Imports

By Tim Woods
Through IndustryEdge’s innovative online platform, Wood Market Edge, woodchip exporters, pulp producers, traders, port authorities and others are able to track the increasingly complex global woodchip trade. Using a mix of trade data, automated vessel tracking, port ‘watching’ and ongoing field research, Wood Market Edge online allows subscribers to understand what is happening in the global trade today and to predict what will occur in coming months.

Russian Pulp May be Increasingly Important to China's Paper Industry

By Fisher International
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government that aims to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. The initiative is poised to boost international trade, and it has the potential to accelerate economic growth across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe.

Another Bad Wildfire Year for National Forests

By Nick Smith
This year over 3.8 million acres have burned on U.S. Forest Service-protected lands, an area larger than the size of Connecticut. There have been 6,046 fires on these lands, which is just 13 percent of the 46,466 fires started in 2020. Yet, they account for 45 percent of the total acres burned.

US Forest Industry Performance for September: P&P Gaining, Lumber Hot

By Joe Clark
Although notching a fourth monthly increase in August, the rebound in total industrial production (IP) slowed to +0.4 percent MoM (-7.7 percent YoY and 7.3 percent below February’s pre-pandemic level), a substantial deceleration from July’s +3.5 percent MoM rate.

Single-Family Building Boosts Housing Starts Higher in September

By John Greene
US housing starts inched up in September led by strong gains in single-family home construction, suggesting that residential building has plenty of momentum as we head into the fourth quarter of what has been the most turbulent year in recent history.

Sappi, Absolut & HP Making Sustainability Headlines in October

By Forest2Market
Despite major operational obstructions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HEINEKEN UK rolled out its innovative 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers. The topper features on Heineken®, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans and is slated to roll out across the company’s entire beer and cider portfolio.