Margules Groome is excited to announce the recent addition of Margules Groome EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) now based in Amsterdam. Subject to regulatory formalities, Margules Groome EMEA will be managed by Charl de Villiers who brings extensive experience in the European and African markets.
Engineered wood panels and laminated products markets are showing growth all over the world.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are no exception. Until now, regional markets showing strong growth prospects were considered the “dumping ground” for the panels producers due to the low-quality, low-cost products shipped in the region. The situation appears to have changed.
Where is the Chinese wood -frame construction sector heading too? Are there any opportunities for ANZ manufacturers? China’s decade long construction binge (as described by some industry observers) went through a correction in 2014-15. This binge resulted in a surplus of housing stock – particularly in the 3rd and 4th tier cities….
Global pellet demand continues to grow based on EU, South Korea and Japanese demand. In the first quarter of 2018, US production capacity of domestic use pellets went up 12.1% while industrial pellet production increased by 4.9%, compared with the same period in 2017 Canada and Vietnam remain major wood pellet producers. However, Vietnam may become challenged by higher raw material costs. Vietnam continues to bring new production capacities online with a new 120 000 tonnes/year capacity plant to start producing soon.
For the last decade, forests continued to be a stimulating asset class for a growing range of investors. Forest transactions are the starting point of a sustainable forest sector development and are now an integral part of the forest and wood processing sector. A thought-provoking trend of declining discount rates for forest transactions has been developing in Australasia over the last couple of years. Margules Groome reviews the historical developments of the market discount rates.
Massive timber elements – such as CLT, Glulam, LVL and SIP as well as timber prefabricated building systems are attracting significant interest from the Australian and regional building sector. Constantly, questions are asked from Margules Groome about regional market development potential, product specifications and availability or building codes change to name just a few.
Recent changes in the Chinese design and building codes are challenging the traditional timber processors while providing opportunities for those able to adapt, change and be competitive.