22/02/2010 /  A meeting of the Board members of Wood Processors Association took place

On February 5th 2010, a quarterly meeting of the Board members of Wood Processors Association took place. At the Board meeting, UAB Juodeliai was represented by the director Juozupas Zimnickas. One of the key aspects of the meeting was a preparation for the conference on “Oaks will go green in Lithuania“, which will be held on February 25th in Marijampole town. Considering the latter timber industry events, it was agreed once again that the conference was organized opportunely.

The meeting discussed the possibility of improving the rules of trade in round wood. The Board members of Wood Processors Association unanimously agreed that it is appropriate to establish a working group to improve these rules. The Board members of the Association suggested issues that were later discussed at the meeting with the directors of Lithuanian forest enterprises on February 17th.

The member of Wood Processors Association Virgilijus Luotė, who is representing the Association in Technical Committee of Lithuanian Department of Standardization, introduced the attendees of the meeting with the ongoing work. The meeting also discussed other relevant issues related with the Association.

15/02/2010 /  Winter is a season for wood cutting

The work of wood processors was temporarily suspended by the winter cold.  However, low temperatures created good conditions for wood processing work.

Deforestation in Lithuania is the most intensive during winter months. This year’s winter is very friendly for wood processing work, because of the ability to deforest the most waterish areas that are most difficult to operate. During a warm period of the year, wood processing work is almost impossible in those areas.

Wood processors of the country’s forestry enterprises, including the producers of pallet blanks, are supplied timely with the raw material appointed in the contract. It is to be ensured that the supply of raw materials for wood processors would be smooth in spring, as well; accordingly, the wood is stored in the places that are easy to approach.

11/02/2010 /  Raw materials shortage in the market of pallet manufacturers

After slowing down the work of producers of the pallet elements, the January cold has also adversely affected the work of pallet producers. Due to the shortage of raw materials, they are unable to carry out orders. As stated by foreign partners of UAB Juodeliai, about 30% of orders from January currently remain outstanding. Some clients are willing to pay a higher price for pallet boards, expecting faster delivery of products.

Due to thawing weather in early February the work of Lithuanian sawmills has activated. However, the production works in the first weeks of February are assigned to carry out the orders of January. Wood processing companies, including UAB Juodeliai, with obligations to customers since January, takes only a small proportion of new orders. New orders of March are planned to be taken only in the third and fourth weeks of February.

02/02/2010 /  Extreme cold slowed down the operation of sawmills

Unexpected cold in Lithuania constricted the work of the country’s wood processors.

In the last two weeks, as the thermometer column dropped below -15ºC, many cutters and sawmills temporarily suspended or limited the production of wood. The work was suspended because of economical unprofitableness. According to Juozupas Zimnickas, the director of Wood Processors Association that unites more than 20 companies, the performance on average fell by 50 percent. The decrease was determined by the fact that trees and wood got too frozen and is difficult to cut and process, said Mr. Zimnickas, the Chairman of the Board of UAB Juodeliai.

The meteorologists forecast that freezing weather will prevail in the first half of February. Low temperature in February can have negative effect on the work of wood processors. Therefore, the chance to be late to fulfil obligations to partners and customer increases.

18/01/2010 /  Export of wood and its products decreased by one fourth

During the period from January to September of 2009, the export of Lithuanian wood and its products decreased by one fourth and and was only 4.2 billion Litas. The export of cut timber has decreased by 4%.

According to the Department of Statistics, 319 thousand m³ of wood was exported from Lithuania during this period. The export of conifer has increased by 2%, and the export of leaf-bearing trees decreased by one tenth. Germany remains to be the main country of export.

Compared to the year of 2008, the import of cut timber into the country has decreased by more than 41% The conifer import was 35% less than a year before, and the import of leaf bearing trees was 56% less.

During this period, there were 183 thousand m³ of conifer exported and 118 thousand m³ imported. 136 thousand m³ of softwood exported, and 30 thousand m³ imported.