The European plywood market faces a combination of buoyant demand, mounting competition for product from other leading consumer countries plus persistent supply delays and constraints among key producers, notably tropical suppliers. In fact, tropical suppliers actually saw their exports to Europe fall in the first quarter of 2018. The overall result of these factors has been rising prices, increasing caution about forward buying and, if not shortages, longer lead times and difficulties, as one importers said, ‘in planning ahead and obtaining the right volumes at the right time’. Concerns have also been ...
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