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Towards greater transparency in the tropical timber markets

The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market. The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.



1-15 May 2017

Top story

Review highlights fragility of EU okoumé plywood sector

The review by the EU which led to the extension of anti-dumping duties on okoumé plywood manufactured in China has revealed something of a crisis in the EU okoumé plywood industry. The text of the EU review reveals an industry that remains extremely fragile, suffering from very low profit margins, weak demand, and negligible levels of investment.


Also in this issue

  • Ghana lifts rosewood trade ban
  • Regional marketing a challenge for South African companies
  • Massive increase in log cess in Sarawak
  • Myanma Timber Enterprise operations to be open and transparent – Minister
  • Calls in India to make selling logs from private land easier
  • Use more wood for reconstruction in disaster areas – ADEX Peru
  • Japan slowly winning war on deflation
  • Particleboard dominates China’s panel imports
  • UK trade body agrees to mandatory 3rd party plywood testing


Data snapshot

Changes in fashion a challenge for flooring makers


Trends in wood floor finishes continue to evolve in response to advances in technology, fashion and consumer demand.

Current fashion is for wider and longer boards. This favours engineered hardwood since solid hardwood doesn’t have enough dimensional stability.

Lighter colors, textured surfaces and lower-luster finishes emphasise the natural beauty of wood.

The 3 hottest trends in the US : long and wide planks, wire-brushed surfaces and cerused (sometimes called limed) surfaces.

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