Competitiveness of the Russian Sawmilling Industry

April 25, 2017

Indufor was present at the “Russia’s Market of Timber and Sawnwood 2017 Conference” held in Moscow, Russia on April 21, 2017. At the conference Jarno Seppälä, Head of Forest Industry Consulting at Indufor, gave a presentation on the “Competitiveness of the Russian Sawmilling Industry”.

The presentation addressed both the key challenges and opportunities the industry faces. Sawmills in Russia still have a clear log and labor cost advantage both of these are eroding fast. Recent exchange rate development has turned this situation upside-down in euro-terms though. Decisions on site selection and optimal mill size are more crucial than ever. Significant product and service development opportunities exist at a time when key global sawnwood markets are showing positive signs and new export markets are emerging.

The presentation can be found here.

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Jarno Seppälä

Head of Forest Industry & Bio Solutions Consulting

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