The positive trend in the Austrian construction industry continues. The demand for all sawn timber ranges currently exceeds the supply, with delivery delays as a result.
Most of the Austrian sawmills have a below-average stock of softwood sawlogs. Market signals that are set too late and weather conditions that are unfavorable for the timber harvest are currently reducing the supply. Nationwide, there is very brisk demand with slow normalization of logging.
90 euro mark exceeded
In the southern Austrian states in particular, the price of wood for the main range spruce sawlogs, A / C, 2b has exceeded the 90 euro mark. In some cases, delivery bonuses are also granted. Although the prices have caught up a little even with the poorer qualities, the difference to the main range is greater than usual. This makes it all the more important to control the quality assessment at the sawmill.
It seems that prices in the Waldviertel and Mühlviertel regions, where there is a lot of damaged wood, are deliberately kept low. Due to the spruce price increases, the sales opportunities for pine have also improved significantly. The prices have been raised and are at the level of previous years. Larch continues to maintain its price level, and demand remains high.
The hardwood season is drawing to a close due to the weather. Oak remains very much in demand. The sales opportunities for beech are flat.
The marketing of softwood pulpwood has continued to relax in terms of volume. This is primarily due to the somewhat lower supply of sawmill by-products, due to the reduced logging. Even quantities that have already been stored for a long time are usually transported away quickly and taken over quickly. The prices remain stable. Red beech pulpwood is in normal demand again.
Energy wood market remains tense
The energy wood market in Austria remains tense due to reduced consumption. With the exception of individual larger customers in Carinthia, quantities outside of existing contracts are not to be marketed. The prices are stable. There is still good demand for quality firewood. The weather data show that the previous weather pattern in 2021 is again too dry and too warm compared to the long-term average. The energy wood situation will therefore remain tense.