Germany: Producer prices for wood products continued to rise in March

In March 2018, all values ​​listed in the German producer price index for wood products are higher than in the previous year. In the short-term comparison with February 2018, this only applies to a good half of the values.

Nine of the 17 assortment values ​​continued to rise from February to March. The largest increases include narrow products, planed lumber and raw chipboard. The remaining increases are below 1%. Five figures stagnate compared to February. These applies to hardwood lumber assortments as well as HDF boards and laminate floors. Slightly downsized compared to February is the price for timber, stock squares and solid construction timber.

As in February, all figures are more or less significantly above the levels of March 2017 compared to the previous year. The front runners remain raw chipboard, followed by narrow products, pellets and timber. Wood chips and beech logs are just above the previous year’s level.

Producer price indices of industrial products (2000 = 100)March 17February 18March 18Change March 17-March 18Change Feb-Mar. 18
Softwood, size>6mm, planed, sanded, finger-jointed111,5113,6115,33,41%1,50%
Spruce and Fir lumber (Picea abies Karst.)114,3119,4119,64,64%0,17%
Lumber according to DIN 4074/S10112,2118,6117,64,81%-0,84%
Boards, width over 16 cm118,4123,5124,24,90%0,57%
Boards, width from 8 to 16 cm, size from 15 to 24 mm105,6111,0112,86,82%1,62%
Roof battens according to DIN 4074/S10122,8127,5127,63,91%0,08%
Stock squared timber, A/B, 10X10 – 12X12112,2117,0116,94,19%-0,09%
Construction timber100,6105,6105,34,67%-0,28%
Hardwood lumber113,7115,0115,01,14%0,00%
Beech blocks, A/B, size 50-60 mm, length 3m, damped107,9108,5108,50,56%0,00%
Beech frames, size 26-32 mm, length  3m, undamped114,3115,7115,71,22%0,00%
Wood chips from softwood89,789,990,00,33%0,11%
Particle boards, raw or sanded105,1116,4118,012,27%1,37%
Particle boards, laminated with decor113,5114,7115,01,32%0,26%
HDF panels, size > 800 kg/m³, raw/sanded112,4114,2114,21,60%0,00%
Laminate floorings, density > 800 kg/m³110,5111,6111,61,00%0,00%
Pellets and Briquets, compressed110,2115,7116,15,35%0,35%

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