European market prices for certain timber products are up 35% as a result of the Ukraine war, causing huge problems for the construction sector but opening new opportunities for Irish sawmills. Supplies of timber have been constrained because Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were major distributors into the EU, said Mark McAuley, director of Ibec’s Forest Industries Ireland. Major production cost increases of about 25% are now threatening to drive up prices for timber products across Europe even further. The industry has been hit by the escalating price ...
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