Wood fibres – a renewable and recyclable natural resource – are in use all around us. They are the raw material of newspapers, books and packaging as well as of many building and interior decoration solutions. Wood and its constituents are also used to manufacture sweeteners for chewing gum and a cholesterol-lowering additive for margarine spreads, for example. Wood fibres can be combined with other fibres as well.
Other possibilities include the addition of `smart´ components or nanotechnology to wood-fibre-based products, creating entirely new kinds of product opportunities for the forest industry. Furthermore, all of the possibilities wood contains have not yet been discovered. The forest industry comprises manufacturers of pulp, paper, packaging materials and products processed from these. Sawmills, makers of building panel products and wooden prefabricated houses as well as the manufacturers of many other construction and interior decoration articles are also considered part of the forest industry.