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Import volumes in 2024 ‘fractionally ahead’ of 2023, figures show
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Imports of the main timber and panel products for the first two months of 2024 are fractionally ahead of the same period in 2023, up by 0.2% (3,000m3) following improvements in February after a disappointing January start. Overall, however, volumes remain subdued in line with weaker construction output and a...
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Timber import volumes fall at the start of 2024, latest figures show
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Falls in softwood, hardwood and plywood imports account for a 6% drop in volumes during January 2024, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Timber import volumes started 2024 around 6% lower than in January 2023, down by around 45,000m3. This reduction was made up of very different levels of performance...
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Softwood imports for 2023 finished higher than the previous year, the latest TDUK data shows
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Timber imports rallied in 2023 to finish just 2% down on the previous 12 months, with certain product groups even outperforming 2022 levels, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Despite the challenging end to 2023 seen across the construction sector, timber import volumes for the year were actually higher in...
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Import volumes rallied during the second half of 2023, TDUK data shows
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Timber import volumes in 2023 continued to improve as the year progressed, with total volumes for the full year likely to be only slightly behind 2022’s figures, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Timber import statistics for November 2023 show the market continued to improve in 2023, relative to 2022,...
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Slight signs of recovery as import volume deficits continue to fall, statistics show
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Import volumes across the main timber and panel products during the first 10 months of 2023 were 1.5% lower than during the same period in 2022, suggesting a continued gradual improvement as the sector enters 2024. The latest statistics from Timber Development UK (TDUK) show that despite a continued deficit...
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Timber imports saw steady growth heading into Q3
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July was the second consecutive month that timber imports were higher than in 2022, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Import volumes across all timber categories were 5% higher in July 2023 compared to the same period last year. This follows initial growth in June, where total volumes were up...
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Construction Trade Survey 2023 Q2
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Another Mixed Quarter for the Construction Supply Chain The CPA's latest Construction Trade Survey for 2023 Q2 showed a mixed view on activity across the construction supply chain. Here are some key findings from the latest survey: Output & Sales: A mixed quarter for product sales, workloads growth for SME...
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A return to more stable trade in 2023
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The timber industry is returning to a period of stability compared with recent years, the latest import statistics suggest. Yet wider construction industry forecasts suggest a sharp decline in output is coming. TDUK reports on what this means for the different timber sectors. It is rare for the majority of...
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Performance figures make encouraging reading for 2023, says latest CPA survey
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The Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey for 2023 Q2 showed a continued split in performance in the construction products manufacturing industry. Heavy side manufacturers’ sales decreased for a fourth consecutive quarter, whereas sales from light side producers registered another quarterly increase, adding to a run of growth...
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Timber imports bounce back in May
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May was the best month for timber imports in 2023, with volume growth seen across all major product categories, says TDUK. May import volumes of softwood, hardwood, plywood, particleboard, and engineered wood products were higher than in any of the preceding months of 2023. Softwood imports have proved particularly buoyant,...
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