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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 19:20 | The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) is convening from 7-11 May 2018, with focus on policy dialogue, development and decision-making. UNFF13 is expected to promote implementation the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) and provide input to the 2018 meeting of the HLPF. Its agenda includes discussions on the contributions of forests in accelerating achievement of the SDGs and in supporting a global transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

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2018-05-08 19:17 | Today, an important step was taken to protect species at risk in Canada. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society agreed that, moving forward, the Government of Canada will track and report unprotected critical habitat for species at risk on non-federal lands, 180 days after critical habitat has been identified. In addition, the federal government has committed to addressing Species at Risk Act reporting requirements.

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2018-05-08 19:12 |

Paper & Beyond, 2018
Where the bioeconomy and circularity meet


Paper & Beyond is the successor event to what has been known as European Paper Week and will take place in the heart of the European district in Brussels from 16-17 October.

It is the premier industry networking event, bringing together representatives of Europe's major pulp and paper producers, manufacturers, customers, suppliers and press.

The first...

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2018-05-08 18:48 | By Niclas Hoegel After coming back from SERM’ 18, our southern European regional meeting, that took place in Portugal this year I was curious to hear more professional opinions on behalf of Portugal’s problem with forest fires. On a panel about the main drivers of deforestation on the SB48 conference of UNFCC I was able … Continue reading The future of Portugal’s...

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2018-05-08 17:09 |

A conservation easement in Jasper County, recently acquired by Texas A&M Forest Service for $2.7 million, will permanently protect nearly 5,500 acres of sustainably managed timberland in East Texas. The easement is located north of Jasper in the area known as Longleaf Ridge.

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2018-05-08 15:59 | IUFRO will hold its Fifth Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment in conjunction with the Second Latin American Congress on Forests and Water. The conference will provide a forum for experts on forest hydrology, watershed ecosystem management, ecohydrology, climate, and environmental change, with the aim of promoting exchange of understanding and experience from the realms of research, policy, and public involvement.

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2018-05-08 15:26 | Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has entered into a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Ube Industries Ltd., a diversified Japanese conglomerate with annual revenues of approximately $6 billion. Under the terms of the contract, Pinnacle will supply 70,000 metric tons per annum of industrial wood pellets to Ube beginning in late 2019.

“Japan has made a strong commitment to decarbonization, and biomass is poised to become an increasingly important part of the country’s...

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2018-05-08 14:27 | U.S. wood pellet exports decreased 1.9% in Q1 2018 YoY to 1.26 million tonnes, according to USDA. The export value grew 0.4% to $160.7 million, and the average export price gained 2.3% to $131 per tonne.

The pellet exports to the United Kingdom, the main consumer of wood pellets from U.S., fell 15.0% to 787.8 thousand tonnes with the average price of $134 (+3.5%) per tonne. The wood pellet exports to Denmark jumped 86.1% to 235.7 thousand tonnes with the...

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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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