Sweden is the largest softwood exporter in Europe. 13 million cubic meters are exported of which 8 million cubic meters are shipped to Europe and 5 million cubic meters to markets outside Europe. Thus, the Swedish sawmills are highly dependent not only on the European but also on the global softwood markets. After ten years of recovery the global consumption of softwood is back on all-time high. Today, the USA softwood market is by far largest contributor to the global increase in wood consumption, followed by China. European consumption is growing at a much lower ...
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