Several media claimed last week that the wood price on the world market is falling sharply again. The tipping point after the bizarre rise would have been reached. EPV and its members want to nuance this reporting. European packaging and pallet wood is still not available in large quantities, the prices are not falling, on the contrary.

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"What next? / Structural story / Lockdown / Participate in price development / Sawmills as good as sold out". Just a few catchphrases from the EPVision of May 2021.

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The trade journal Houtwereld also writes about the enormous price increases and availability of wood. In March of this year there was already a price increase of 50% compared to last year, a few months later there are already increases to 70%-100%.

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Wood has never been so expensive! Worldwide, the price of wood has never been as high as it is now. In recent months, the price of wood in Europe has more than doubled and prices are still rising.

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(Source: EPV)





The renowned German Institute for Holztechnology in Dresden presented the results of a comparative study into the hygiene of wooden and plastic pallets. Conclusion: wooden load carriers are up to 13 times better able to eradicate bacteria.

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The wood packaging industry has to deal with incalculable price increases they have faced. In addition to the negative effects of the Corona crisis, the current situation on the wood market is putting companies in the wood packaging industry under great pressure. The supply situation is more than tense over all materials, ranges and product groups. This affects the three essential areas to maintain production: availability, delivery time, price. In order to obtain a realistic picture of the current situation, the Federal Association of Wooden Packaging, Pallets, Export Packaging (HPE) conducted a survey into the supply situation and market development at the end of March, in which 160 member companies participated.

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Not all product ranges are currently available to the industry, and some companies need to schedule a lead time of up to four months. Pallet wood, plywood and special cuts are particularly affected. The booming timber construction industry in this country, the exorbitant demand for timber in North America and the collapsed supply chains from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe further amplify the demand for timber from German sawmills. Some wood packaging manufacturers report that they have already cut back or even temporarily interrupted their production due to a shortage of materials.
These statements are also reflected in the current industry survey, for which 106 companies were asked about their economic situation. This shows that the companies expect the greatest challenges for the next six months in the price development in wood purchase (71%), in the availability of wood of the ranges (60%) and in meeting the delivery promises of the suppliers (47%).
When asked about purchasing their most popular ranges, the companies cited sawn timber as the range with the highest price changes (24%). The price increase for plywood is about 21%. But the prices for the OSB ranges required for packaging have also risen significantly (18%). According to Bloomberg, this is also reflected in the wood futures, which first climbed to over $ 1,000 per 1,000 plank feet for the first time on Feb. 18. Ultimately, the results make it clear that the current price development in wood purchasing, in addition to the availability of wood, represents an enormous challenge for companies in the wood packaging industry.
"If development continues in this form in the coming months, which is expected at least in the next six months, according to the industry survey, it cannot be entirely ruled out that certain pallet and wood packaging manufacturers will no longer be able to provide sufficient means of transport. Finally, Kirschner warns urgently. “Because the willingness to pay in the cost-sensitive market for wooden packaging and pallets is always very low, it is all the more important in the current situation that suppliers, companies and customers think about their long-term business relationships. Only in this way is it possible to jointly face the current challenges in the interest of everyone. ”


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stam hout PALLETS & KISTEN B.V. - NEWS - may 2020

We are proud to inform you that last week we received an award from Lloyd's Register. Nice to report something positive and festive during this time! We have had the ISO 9001 certificate since 1990. ISO 9001 is the international standard for quality management systems. 30 years ago we were the first pallet company in the Netherlands to win the certificate. This certification has become an indispensable part of the business world. “More than 1 million organizations worldwide have obtained their ISO 9001 certification. This standard is therefore the most important business documentation ever drawn up, ”says Lloyd's Register. In addition to the award that we received, our certificate has also been extended by 3 years. We are also working on obtaining a certificate for environmental management. You will hear more about this later.



As of 2018, the wood packaging industry has scored 77% for recyclable packaging. From 2025, this percentage should be 74%, according to Dutch requirements. So the wood processing industry is doing well! Do read the Houtwereld article below.

(Source: Houtwereld, picture: Dongen Pallets / RawCatMedia)

the power of wood

Wood is the most sustainable, environmentally friendly raw material available for packaging. The use of wooden pallets and packaging helps to protect our climate and contributes to the reputation of your company in the field of corporate social responsibility. The many benefits of wood form the basis for our communication strategy, which has been awarded the title "The Quality of Wood".


Wooden pallets and packaging can be endlessly reused, repaired and recycled. In the final phase, when wood is burned, energy is recovered. Wood is also the largest supplier of biomass. This cycle of wood is also CO2 neutral, 1 m³ of wood saves 0.8 tons of CO2 compared to alternative materials, such as plastic. There is no raw material that has the same qualifications.

The PR committee of the EPV has several communications available to convey this message clearly: Members can download these specific means of communication free of charge in the membership.

To boost the use of wooden packaging in the voyage of peoples, EPV has published a promotional booklet in which the advantages of wood compared to plastic are clearly listed.

In "The Power of Wood", wood is promoted as an infinite and sustainable resource and prejudices about wood are removed.

Click here to view the promotional booklet ‘The Power of Wood’.

Members can request the booklet for free by sending an email to:

Source: EPV


circular economy

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We are proud to be a member of the industry association EPV (Dutch Packaging and Pallet Industry Association).

Read the article about us from EPVision no. 52 (page 3) by clicking on the image.