Forest Industry is renewing itself in many ways
In spite of major restructuring, forest industry production in Finland was on the same level as the year before.
Forest industry production in Finland remained unchanged in 2007
In 2007, paper and paperboard production in Finland increased by slightly over 1%. Sawn wood production increased by slightly over 2%. Plywood production remained on the previous year’s level. Pulp production fell by about 2%.
Weakening of sawmills’ market, shortage of plywood raw materials
A dramatic change took place on the sawn wood market in the middle of 2007, and after the summer demand did not return to the level in the spring. Sawmills’ production volumes were considerably lower in the fourth quarter than in the first half of the year.
Weather unfavourable for winter harvesting
Weather conditions have hampered the harvesting of stands marked for cutting in winter. What is now needed is the stands where wood can be harvested throughout the year. There is demand for pulpwood which is a good reason to do thinning work that is overdue. Delivery contracts in January remained at the same level as the year before.
Collective bargaining under way in the Finnish Paper Industry
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation has started negotiations with the Paper Workers’ Union in order to achieve a collective agreement that will support business operations for the period beginning on 1 June 2008.
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