Major wood products production showed steady growth worldwide in 2013, the fourth consecutive year of increase, says new data from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, driven by wood pellet biofuel and production of industrial roundwood, sawnwood, and wood-based panels.
Global production of all major wood products continued to show steady growth in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, according to new data published by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Wood chip and pulplog prices fell in many regions of the world the 2Q/13 with the biggest declines occuring in Japan, Brazil and Spain, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Lower fiber costs and higher pulp prices have increased profitability for many pulp mills during the first half of 2013.
Activated charcoal from wood chips, saw dust and other biomass can be powderized and used to filter mercury out of exhaust from coal-fired boilers, says enviraPAC, giving old power plants a new lease on life.
In late 2011, Brazil and Chile sent the first chip vessels to pulp mills in China in over five years. In the past, Japan had been the major destination for Latin American Eucalyptus chips. With Japanese pulp mills paying considerably more than Chinese pulp mills for chips, it is likely that a majority of Eucalyptus chips from Latin America will continue to be shipped to Japan.