Sharply rising prices with extremely lively global demand for building materials. All timber products are currently following this development. Above all, the export markets in China and the USA lead to shortages of availability and rising prices in Europe.
Due to the booming wood markets, the softwood sawlog prices in Austria have meanwhile reached the level before the bark beetle-related oversupply. However, the supply lags behind the increasing demand. The timber harvest in autumn 2020 was slowed down due to the price level at the time. Accordingly, the Austrian sawmills are currently receptive. Provided that there are no weather-related restrictions, the wood provided will be removed quickly.
Leading spruce range mostly over 90 euros
While the leading range spruce A / C, 2b is usually paid over 90 euros per cubic meter throughout Austria. Inferior qualities are also following the upward trend, but the gap to the leading range is unusually large. Contracts are currently more likely to be concluded with a short term and a price differentiation between A / B and C quality is increasingly being used again. Larch is still in high demand, and prices have increased somewhat regionally.
Relaxation even with pulpwood
Despite the regional oversupply due to damaged wood, the situation on the softwood roundwood market is gradually easing, at least in terms of quantity. The prices are stable at a below average level. A slightly reduced amount of sawmill by-products and waste paper have regionally led to faster removal and increased quantities of pulpwood taken over. For red beech fiber wood there is normal volume demand at stable prices.
Lively demand for energy wood
With the exception of Upper Carinthia, there is a noticeable increase in demand for energy wood in Austria, even for small to medium-sized biomass plants. Larger heating plants underpin their stronger demand with slightly rising prices. In the other federal states, it is difficult to market energy wood apart from existing delivery profiles.
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