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Europeans Grab More Softwood Share In Japan
2002.09.16


Europeans Grab More Softwood Share In Japan

According to the 31 August Japan Lumber Journal, demand for American construction lumber (mainly hemlock and Douglas fir) crashed nearly 30% in the half-year to June 2002, and further decline is predicted. Japanese wholesalers say the major reason for the huge business loss is a combination of more customer-responsive European suppliers and US and Canadian exporters unwilling to change from traditional random length supply. The rapid growth of precut wooden house building in Japan has increased demand for more precision, and European laminated lumber is delivering better value for money than solid green lumber. "Japanese customers appreciate the sales way of European timber C they can buy the sizes they want and there are no unsaleable lengths," says one wholesaler

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