New Warehouse and office in Brazil


We are constructing a brand new warehouse in Jaru. Five months into the project and the main building is constructed and closed in with the builders completing the internal walls and floor screed.

The warehouse is going to be our new office, showroom and store for timber ready for export. The pictures show the construction to date and how our final project is going to look.



Solid Growth for Brazilian Timber Exports for March 2015

In March 2015, Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased 29% in value compared to March 2014, from US$218.6 million to US$282.3 million.

Pine sawnwood exports increased 45% in value in March 2015 compared to March 2014, from US$17.5 million to US$25.4 million. In terms of volume, exports increased 43%, from 75,500 cu.m to 108,300 cu.m over the same period.

Tropical sawnwood exports increased almost 38% in volume, from 22,600 cu.m in March 2014 to 31,100 cu.m in March 2015 while the value of exports increased 24% from US$13.3 million to US$ 16.5 million, over the same period.

Pine plywood exports jumped 26.5% in value in March 2015 in comparison with March 2014 from US$37.0 million to US$ 46.8 million. The volume increased 28.9%, from 98,800 cu.m to 127,400 cu.m, during the same period.

Reflecting the growing interest in international markets it is no surprise that tropical plywood exports increased almost 138% in volume, from 4,000 cu.m in March 2014 to 9,500 cu.m in March 2015 and the value increased from US$2.3 million in March 2014 to US$4.7 million in March this year.

Exports of wooden furniture have started to recover with March exports totalling US$46 million up from US$41 million in March 2014.

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Data Source:  ITTO TTM Report: 19:6, 16 – 31 March 2015 (pages 7-9)

Forestry: See the money for the trees

This piece has an US slant but shows the growing awareness of the value of investing in forestry.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but this could be missing the point. As some institutional investors have found, the trees themselves are valuable. And they tend to become more valuable over time as they increase in height and volume, making their lumber suitable for a wider array of purposes.

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Google-powered map helps fight deforestation

Google are working with Global Forest Watch to provide satellite images on an online platform that provides reliable and up-to-date data on forests worldwide, along with the ability to track changes to forest cover over time.

Launched a year ago by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the platform has brought an unprecedented degree of transparency to the problem of deforestation, pointing to ways in which big data, cloud computing and crowdsourcing can help attack other tough sustainability problems.

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NASA Finds Good News on Forests and Carbon Dioxide

A new NASA-led study shows that tropical forests may be absorbing far more carbon dioxide than many scientists thought, in response to rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas. The study estimates that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide out of a total global absorption of 2.5 billion — more than is absorbed by forests in Canada, Siberia and other northern regions, called boreal forests.

“This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years,” said David Schimel of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Schimel is lead author of a paper on the new research, appearing online today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

Forests and other land vegetation currently remove up to 30 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. If the rate of absorption were to slow down, the rate of global warming would speed up in return.

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Investing and Divesting for the Climate

Investors are starting to change their tactics to only invest in sustainable businesses that actively work to reduce their contributions to climate change. Could this be the vanguard for a shift in investment approaches that drives environmentally unfriendly companies to review their business models in order to survive..?

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Booming demand for timber fuels surge in profits at Scottish Woodlands

SCOTTISH Woodlands has highlighted the importance of the forestry sector in Scotland after it achieved record trading results amid strong sales of timber.

The company, which manages forests for owners ranging from individuals to local authorities, increased pre-tax profits by around 80 per cent annually, to £1.1 million in the year to September.

Scottish Woodlands harvested more than a million tonnes of timber during the year, when sales surged by around 15 per cent annually, to £74m.

The employee-owned company said the growth reflected strong demand for domestically grown timber in the UK.

Scottish Woodlands’ customer list includes sawmills, fencing producers, paper mills and biomass energy firms.

The company noted the growth was also driven by strong interest in woodlands among investors.

It said new woodland creation and re-stocking following harvesting led to stable demand for forest management services.

Managing director Colin Mann said the company’s growth demonstrated the importance of the forestry industry to Scotland.

“The forestry and wood sector in Scotland is delivering a powerful combination of sustainable economic growth and significant environmental benefits,” said Mr Mann.

Economists have estimated the industry supports 40,000 jobs in Scotland.

The monthly average number of employees at Scottish Woodlands was 141 in the latest year.

Scottish Woodlands has 13 offices in Scotland, from Strathpeffer in the Highlands to Castle Douglas in the south west.

Mr Mann said the firm’s success was based on the bedrock of the involvement of employee owners. Scottish Woodlands is 80 per cent employee owned, with the remainder held by sawmiller James Jones & Sons.


AXA Invests in Forestry because it is a ‘safe-haven investment’, with ‘resilience to crisis’.

AXA Real Estate has made its first foreign forest acquisition, buying three estates in Finland.

The investment manager paid €11.2m ($12.5m) for the assets, which cover 3,700 hectares.

The estates were bought for AXA Insurance from forestry company UPM, which will maintain its role as asset manager.

Christophe Lebrun, head of forest investment, said investor appetite for alternative asset classes had seen a “marked increase in recent years”, with demand for strong and sustainable returns.

“As a sector, forestry is underpinned by robust economic fundamentals,” he said.

The sector was, he added, a “safe-haven investment”, with “resilience to crisis”.

AXA said that, as part of its alternatives investment strategy, it was looking to grow its forestry portfolio for clients, targeting Western Europe and the Nordics.

The move into Finland by AXA Real Estate is, it said, part of a strategy to diversify into countries where forestry-related industries account for a significant proportion of GDP.

AXA Real Estate’s forestry assets under management total around €100m, comprising more than 17,600 hectares.

Globally, the 1.2bn hectare timber market is worth an estimated €600bn, the investment manager said.


International partnership to restore giant panda habitats

The giant panda is one of the world’s most endangered species and efforts to restore its natural habitat are at the heart of conservation plans. At a time when two of Edinburgh’s most famous inhabitants are giant pandas from China, Forest Research is building international links with Chinese counterparts to help conserve the species in the wild.

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