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We offer management consulting services to clients throughout the forest products value chain, from resource providers to end users. Our unique experience allows us to recognise relevant driving forces and assess their impact on client business. We help clients capture strategic opportunities and avoid pitfalls.

One main area of our expertise lies in strategy formulation and execution regarding raw materials, markets and products. For instance, we help our clients find new business prospects in raw materiel procurement or better predict the competitive environment.

Another main area of our skills is to combine our leading-edge industry expertise and management consulting know-how with the best practices in the fields of sustainable ecosystem management and biodiversity protection such as supporting our clients in forest management and chain of custody certification.

Recent study:
Billion hectares of land have potential for forest restoration

We complement the skill set of client organisations with our wide and deep industry specific perspective. Our working methods range from technical analysis to process facilitation and from sparring to scenario workshops. We work well on every level of client organisations. With our unique understanding of the whole forest industry cluster, we can interpret trends or nuances in client business landscapes.

 

You can find some historical background information about central Eurpoean forestry here



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2018-05-08 13:34 | FinnMETKO 2018 is the largest event in Finland. Work demonstrations and test runs are a key feature of the exhibition. Work demonstrations of forest and civil engineering machines and chipping and crushing screens of wood energy equipment are a key feature of the exhibition.

Transport has traditionally been strongly involved in the fair. Trailer equipment manufacturers and lorry importers are in the vicinity of the main gate. The presence of commercial vehicles in the exhibition has gained a...

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2018-05-08 12:34 | West Fraser increased operating earnings in Q1 2018 by 44.8% YoY to $265 million, company reported. The sales have grown up 14.8% to $1,364 million.

The lumber segment generated operating earnings of $189 million (Q4-17 – $232 million) and Adjusted EBITDA of $282 million (Q4-17 – $258 million). According to company, Q1 2018’s results were unfavourably impacted by severe winter weather, significant transportation challenges and a full quarter of export duties. Both SPF and SYP...

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2018-05-08 11:32 | Favorable export markets in 2017 formed a steady growing demand for the main wood based products in Russia, according to the report ‘Russian Forest Based Industries in 2017’. At the same time, the turn of the Russian economy from a recession to growth (GDP grew by 1.5%) led to a revival of demand for products aimed at the domestic market.

In 2017, Russia sharply increased the import of woodworking machines (+ 60.7%) after a decline in 2016 by 15.6%. This may indicate that the...

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2018-05-08 02:30 | US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to US$78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Sources: Timberbiz and Energy Live News Organisations can bid for a share of the funding for projects including those that develop highly efficient conversion processes for importing the affordability of fuels and products from biomass and waste...

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2018-05-08 02:29 | Gresham’s law states that bad money drives good money out of the market. That is, we hoard the good stuff, trusting it to hold its value, while offloading the dross. That resonates with Tony Dalwood as boss of Gresham House, the Aim-quoted alternative investment company. Source: Financial Times So it should — and not just because his business is named after the Elizabethan financier Thomas Gresham. Managers of esoteric assets are natural proponents of Gresham’s law, hoping to buy and hold the ...

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2018-05-08 02:28 | Export prices of Indonesian plywood continue to climb with no sign of slowing down. Source: Timberbiz In particular, thin panel of 2.5mm prices shot up to about US$1,000 per cbm C&F, the highest on record. Weather in Indonesia is much worse than Malaysia and with tightening control of illegal harvest, log production is plunging. Log production seems to have dropped more than half of normal pace with no sign of recovery. By this log supply shortage, plywood mills’ deliveries are largely...

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2018-05-08 02:27 | The Victorian Association of Forest Industries Annual Dinner will be held on 19 October at the RACV Club, Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz One of the premier events for the state’s forest and wood products industry and of particular significance with 2018 being a state election year, the dinner brings together industry leaders from the forest and wood products sector, covering plantation managers, processors, sawmillers, contractors, and pulp and paper producers. VAFI CEO Tim Johnston said that the...

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2018-05-08 02:26 | Australia-based forestry company New Forests will use landmark Australian genetic technology to boost productivity in its tropical eucalyptus plantations. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz New Forests has forged a partnership with Gondwana Genomics, a private company founded in 2014 with technology licensed from the CSIRO that uses pioneering genetic methods to make next generation tree-breeding tools commercially viable. The two companies, after successful tests, are collaborating on what they...

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2018-05-08 02:25 | Australia’s housing approvals surged in March, rising 9.2% compared with February, totalling 19,452 separate approvals. While the monthly data was positive, the big stories are that free-standing house approvals are still growing and Victoria’s approvals remain at record levels. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz For the year-ended March, national approvals totalled 225,393 separate dwellings, just 0.4% lower than for the prior year. Examined in detail, the data shows that over the last year,...

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2018-05-08 02:24 | The new National Institute of Forest Products Innovation has kicked into gear in South Australia, with an inaugural meeting of its industry-driven advisory committee electing Tammy Auld as Chair and planning a workshop to discuss the research priorities and strategy with all interested industry professionals on 10 May. Source: Timberbiz The Institute has been established to investigate innovation in areas such as forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, advanced manufacturing...

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2018-05-08 02:22 | Representatives from the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and the National Farmers Federation (NFF), including AFPA Chair Greg McCormack and NFF President Fiona Simson visited New Zealand to examine farm forestry operations near Rotorua. Source: Timberbiz The joint delegation of members from both peak bodies investigated farm forestry operations that have realised the benefits of the practice across the Tasman. “New Zealanders do farm forestry really well. It’s very much accepted...

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2018-05-08 02:21 | Alarming reports have emerged from the Federal Government on Monday that Australia’s low emergency fuel reserves makes us “vulnerable” and creates a critical national security issue. Source: Timberbiz Australia is languishing behind other nations in energy independence and security. A report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has revealed Australia now has the lowest reserves in the world. Overall, the country has just 49.6 days of net coverage which is...

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2018-05-08 02:19 | The peak industry groups representing NSW’s timber and forest products industries slammed the NSW Government’s announcement yesterday (Monday) to lock up more State Forest, with no evidence that it will lead to better conservation outcomes for koalas and without consulting with industry. Source: Timberbiz Timber NSW and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) said that while Australia’s forest industries were committed to koala conservation, we need evidence-based decisions that...

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2018-05-07 23:35 | Congratulations to UBC Forestry professor Bruce Larson for being appointed to the Forest Practices Board, who will be serving as vice-chair.

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2018-05-07 22:16 | By Max Behringer Wetlands are tremendously important ecosystems that occur throughout all climate zones. They are hotspots of biodiversity and home to highly adapted organism like mangrove trees and carnivorous plants. Wetlands include ecosystems like mangroves, peatlands, deltas, floodplains etc.. To maintain these ecosystems water flows need to be managed sustainable to avoid widespread ecosystem …...

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2018-05-07 17:56 | OTTAWA – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the release today of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change’s formal response to her 2017 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada in which she unequivocally reaffirms that ecological integrity will be the first priority in all aspects of national park management, and that this will take precedent over the use of our national parks.

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2018-05-07 16:52 | During the study tour the main questions in this think piece will form the background for the group work that we will do:- What are the barriers to sustainable greenfield plantation forestry in East Africa?- What innovative financing solutions can scale up sustainable plantation forestry in Africa? - How can plantation companies partner with communities to Create Shared Value, by reducing business risk and improving rural livelihoods? - How can the plantation forestry industry, civil...

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2018-05-07 16:47 |

For beginning farmers, the leasing process can be the beginning of an ongoing relationship with land and others who care about it. With nearly 40% of all farmland under a lease, there’s a good chance that farmers entering the world of agroforestry will also enter the world of agricultural leases. Leases are private contracts granting a farmer-tenant the right to occupy and use a landowner’s property for agricultural purposes. In most instances, an agricultural lease isn’t terribly complex....

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2018-05-07 16:46 |

What does a university landscape look like? What does it feel like? And what does it accomplish?

Google image search the terms ‘college campus’ and you’ll get a good sense for what we collectively think the university landscape looks like. Pages and pages of results return images of sprawling lawns dotted with occasional ornamental trees; some images are entirely devoid of people, some show people walking across or through the landscape, and just a few might show a student or two...

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2018-05-07 14:50 | Our revised Sustainable Forest Management benchmark is now up for public consultation, and we are asking you to share your insights and knowledge to help us further improve this vital document. Our Sustainable Forest Management benchmark is at the core of what we do. It provides the basis for the...

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