Monday, May 08, 2023
Smart roads, practical goals, moving forward
Friday, October 14, 2022
War in Ukraina, European Energy Crisis, and Inflation
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The end of globalization?
Pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the threat of WWIII, energy crisis, food shortage, the surge in commodity prices, the unpredictability of everything are now the new normal.
The year 2022 didn't start well. Commodities are up across the board. Oil, gold, and wheat have gone sky-high in recent weeks.
The U.S. housing market cooled in February, and mortgage rates have spiked since the Fed's rate hike. New home sales have slipped for two consecutive months, missing forecasts, and lumber seems set to buck the trend of other supply-constrained commodities.
Wealth managers say their investment portfolio includes fuel, agriculture, natural resources, and gold.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Sawmills are often the most international companies in rural areas
This is true for Finnish, Nordic, European, Russian, American, and other nations. Medium-size wood processing companies deliver their products across the globe to 50 - 100 countries.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Business Insider reporting
- U.S. stocks slid Monday as investors focused on spiking global coronavirus cases, which offset continued economic-reopening progress.
- Gold rose, nearing its highest level since 2012, as investors bought the safe-haven asset.
- New coronavirus cases hit records in some US states, and continue to gain globally.
- Read more on Business Insider.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
When in search for new markets
How to sell intelligent solutions, subsystems and components, primarily for industrial automation, and infrastructure, including solutions for artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, control systems, sensors, industrial networks and communication networks on a global scale.
Factories closed, ports idling, lack of containers, rising freight costs, and shipments on stand-by. The coronavirus obviously does not spare the wood sector and in particular the specialized exporters in China.
A majority of companies are forced to change their strategies and look for new markets. However, this opportunity is not available to everybody.
Even more so because the restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic are not the first and potentially not the hardest blows on the export expansion of the timber industry, including to China.
As the world grapples with the widening impact and unexpected global consequences of the coronavirus, both stock markets, and lumber markets are getting hammered.
The Russian timber industry is in search of new markets.
Many exporters of the Russian timber industry are suffering losses because of the coronavirus.
Our customers operate mainly in the fields of pulp-, paper-, board-, and tissue processing. Also sawmills, CLT, LVL, MDF, board, and gluelam manufacturing.
Global forest products markets
Friday, June 07, 2019
You need a clear growth strategy
It takes time to understand the most important drivers of an innovation culture, which include elements such as cohesion between staff, the debate of different ideas and perspectives being encouraged, and failure not being seen as a dirty word.
- provide your team with time and a budget
- carve out time for those involved to work on innovation projects
- unless there is a budget dedicated to it, nothing will happen
- you first need to have a clear growth strategy
- define the territories your business wants to innovate in
- adopt any number of innovation methodologies to get you to effective customer-focused solutions
- learn to understand what motivates people to create disruptive products and solutions
Sunday, May 05, 2019
US Forest Industry Performance: March 2019
US forest industry performance in February and March was recently reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.
US housing starts fell unexpectedly in March, coming off a poor performance in February when single-family builds dropped to an 18-month low.
Despite lower mortgage rates, higher wage growth and other economic indicators holding steady, there hasn’t been enough buyer activity to ignite a new wave of housing starts activity in recent months.
Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York says, "It is hard to know what is ailing the home construction industry."
Investment spending has been a clear victim of the uncertainty generated by the trade war since mid-2018, and that continued through the end of 2018.
2019 is getting off to a better start, but there is still so much uncertainty surrounding the trade war that there are certainly downside risks ahead.
Business optimism about the year ahead is now the lowest for two and a half years, posing downside risks to growth in coming months.
Approximately 935,000 of the 1.09 million direct jobs and $47.2 of the $55.4 billion of the direct payroll in forestry-related businesses is attributable to private timberlands.
The total direct, indirect and induced employment effect associated with private timberlands is around 2.5 million jobs and $109.4 billion in annual payroll.
Topics: forest industry news, forest industry trends, US forest industry performance