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February 02, 2022

Industry Roundup


Wood fiber costs rose for world's softwood pulp producers in 2021, most notably in Western Canada, US South, Latin America, Oceania; Softwood Fiber Price Index in Q3 was at its highest level since 2014, up 8.1% from Q3, 2020: WRQ
Wood Resources International LLC (02/01)

Forest/Plant Biotechnology

BASF’s vegetable seeds business's tearless onion variety Sunions now being launched at supermarkets in France, Germany, Italy, UK; the yellow onion variety was already launched in US and Canada in 2017 and in Spain in 2020
BASF SE (02/01)


Corporate demand for carbon removal, offsetting could be worth US$800B/year for investors by 2050; traditional forestry investment is competing with growing carbon sequestration market, with potential implications for traditionally-managed timberlands
IPE Real Assets (02/01)

OECD warns New Zealand not to rely on tree planting, carbon credits to slash GHG emissions, which are among world's highest per-capita; it says cuts in agriculture and transport emissions are needed, suggests environmental levies and congestion charging
The New Zealand Herald (02/01)


ESG Playbook, a cloud-based sustainability and corporate social responsibility data software company, to offer its clients carbon offsets and reduction services through Carbonfund.org Foundation's renewable energy, forestry, energy efficiency projects
PR Newswire (02/01)


Fruit Farming

Warming Lake Michigan threatens cherry, apple crops in state, which grows 70% of US tart cherries, is third-largest apple producer; winds passing over lake's cold waters keep fruit trees dormant longer as winter turns to spring, protecting against frosts
The Sault News (02/01)

Animal Farming/ Meat Production

Rabobank: Global pork trade will decline, mainly driven by reductions in China's import demand as local production recovers; though global import demand will likely decline in 2022, pork prices expected to stay resilient given high production costs
National Hog Farmer (02/01)

Agricultural Technology

US investors AppHarvest, Bonaventure Capital back international expansion of Saudi Arabia-based agtech company Red Sea Farms; its technology, being evaluated in Arizona, could ease reliance on freshwater use for food production, improve food security
Global Data Point (02/01)

Saudi Arabia and UAE agtech company Red Sea Farms eyes water-scarce US states for overseas expansion; University of Arizona to evaluate technology that enables commercial farming of produce using low energy, zero freshwater sustainable climate control
Red Sea Farms (02/01)



Ritchie Bros. in its largest-ever agricultural auction sells more than C$33M-worth of Saskatchewan farmland and equipment; online auction featured 59 parcels totaling more than 9,600 acres of farmland, and 97% of the assets went to Canadian buyers
Canada Newswire (02/01)

 Wood Products


International Forest Products adds Ari Zolet to Solid Wood Products Division as Sales Manager at its office in Curitiba, Brazil; Zolet has almost thirty years of timber trade experience, will aid IFP’s existing US business in plywood, composite panels
International Forest Products LLC (IFP) (02/01)

Hardwood Lumber/Products

Lyme Timber, Rossi Group resume full production for Bradford Forest hardwood mill in Pennsylvania from prior 60% capacity under previous owners; site investments to exceed US$2M in 2022, including new headsaw carriages in April to lift capacity by 10%-15%
The Bradford Era (02/01)

Canadian sawmills produce 4.66 million m3 of hardwood and softwood lumber in October, up 0.3% from September but down 8.4% year-over-year: Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada (02/01)


CIBC Chopping Block (Jan. 28): Lumber channel bracing for weaker prices, with traders becoming more cautious given plunge in futures, increased domestic supply; Western SPF down 2.0% week-over-week to US$1,200/mbf, SYP 2x4 up 0.3% to record US$1,510/mbf
CIBC World Markets Inc. (02/01)

Woodgrain begins renovating former Coffman Stairs plant in Marion, Virginia, aiming to have staff at the plant by May or June; company also working on former Independence Lumber sawmill in ongoing expansions that will boost local forest product purchases
Smyth County News & Messenger (02/01)


Paper Pulp

Foam can be generated from renewable lignocellulose for making thermal insulation without using polystyrene; bleached pulp foam produces highest foam volume, stability, thermal insulation, while lignin foam only improves stability: study
Chemicals & Chemistry Daily (02/01)

Recovered Paper

IP produced 1 million tonnes of recovered containerboard at its mill in Fuenlabrada, Spain, from 2018-2021; mill uses one of EU's most advantaged recycled containerboard machines, implements 100% self-sufficient energy, closed loop recycled water system
International Paper Co. (02/01)

Publication/Fine Paper

Koehler Paper is increasing prices by 10% worldwide for its Thermal, FineTech, and Carbonless Papers for shipments from Apr. 1 onward; company says price hike comes amid continuously rising costs for energy, chemicals, and logistics
Koehler Oberkirch GmbH (02/01)


CIBC Paper Wrapper (Jan. 28): Containerboard price hike gains wide support, as IP's US$70/ton March hike has been matched by WestRock, PCA, Pratt, Cascades, McKinley Paper, Midwest Paper, among others; most public companies cited ‘market conditions’
CIBC World Markets Inc. (02/01)

Wells Fargo: Q4 2021 corrugated demand in line with expectations, with same-day box shipments down 2.2%, consumption down 1.8%; Q4 saw challenging prior-year comps, and export deliveries rose 5.9% year-over-year as shipment delays from Q3 were fulfilled
Wells Fargo & Co. (02/01)

 Real Estate

Mortgages/Home Financing

Zacks: Meritage Homes is Bull of the Day on Feb. 1, as it expects to see strong 2022, as potential rise in mortgage rates has brought out more buyers; analysts expect flat growth in 2023, which is unsurprising given inflation, possible mortgage rate hikes
Zack's Commentary (02/01)

Real Estate

Share of prospective US buyers actively trying to find a home fell to 52% in Q4 from 57% in Q3; falling levels of housing affordability have discouraged potential homebuyers from engaging in the purchase process: NAHB
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) (02/01)


Rail Cargo/Shipping

Union Pacific to invest US$100M toward what it says is world's largest carrier-owned battery-electric locomotive fleet; company to purchase 20 locomotives from Progress Rail and Wabtec to be used for testing in California and Nebraska, starting in 2023
PR Newswire (02/01)

Logistics data platform project44 expands intermodal visibility including rail visibility into all European countries with over 99% network coverage, barge and cold-chain; platform's network represents over half of all freight moved by land in Europe
PR Newswire (02/01)

Trucking/Van Delivery

Cloud-based supply chain management platform E2open to integrate logistics payment solution PayCargo to simplify freight payment process for carriers and shippers; move to lower congestion, pollution by reducing idle time for containers and trucks
Business Wire (02/01)

Ocean Cargo/Shipping

Software-as-a-service platform Morpheus.Network partners with supply chain integration platform Chain.io to provide connectivity between freight forwarder, transportation management platforms; move to give clients improved vessel and container visibility
GlobeNewswire (02/01)

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

Norfolk Southern completes installation of five diesel-battery electric overhead gantry cranes at Chicago and Atlanta intermodal terminals; company aims to convert all cranes in network over next decade to reduce over 300,000 metric tons of emissions
PR Newswire (02/01)

DHL Supply Chain to take over management of aircraft maintenance company Finnair Technical Services' warehouse operations in Finland, beginning around spring or June 2022; 40 employees working on current warehouse contract to be transferred to DHL
Deutsche Post AG (DHL) (02/01)



Koehler Paper invests €6.5M into converting power plant at its paper mill in Greiz, Germany, with commissioning at end of 2022; company switching plant to wood fuel from lignite after developing new way to use biomass in existing coal-fired power plant
Koehler Oberkirch GmbH (02/01)

Wood Pellets

Norske Skog to sell wood pellet producer Nature’s Flame to New Zealand dairy, fishing, produce, food company Talley’s for NZ$47.8M; Norske Skog acquired Nature’s Flame in 2015 for NZ$6.7M, has expanded capacity to 90,000 tonnes from 20,000 tonnes
Norske Skogindustrier ASA (Norske Skog) (02/01)


Hemp hurd can produce dissolving-grade pulp suitable for textile fiber production, nanocellulose, high yield of bio-oils for green chemicals if processed with reductive catalytic fractionation; hemp hurd is mistakenly treated as low-value material: study
Economics Daily Report (02/01)


Latest: Feb, 01 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
PotlatchDeltic (PCH) 52.19 53.79 -2.97% 5.35%
Rayonier (RYN) 36.19 36.54 -0.96% 14.78%
Weyerhaeuser (WY) 40.63 40.43 0.49% 26.81%