April was a good month for the Brazilian furniture industry as output increased across the country. However, while the average national growth in output was 13.5% in comparison with April last year in Paraná output expanded just 9% and in Rio Grande do Sul, just 8%.
Between January and April this year, while national furniture production grew 10%, in Paraná it reached 7% and in Rio Grande do Sul, 5% year on year.
Growth of tropical timber exports
Carrefour International Du Bois, considered one of the largest wood products fairs, was held in late May and entrepreneurs from Mato Grosso State participated in search of new technologies and markets.
According to CIPEM local forestry sector entrepreneurs picked up many tips on trading in international markets.
Encouragingly, it was learnt that global purchases of Brazil’s tropical wood products are expected to expand around 30% this year, well above the forecasts made by CIPEM at the beginning of this year.
Brazilian wood panels exports increase
Exports of Brazilian made wood-based panels in the first quarter of 2018 totaled US$73 million, an increase of 14% over the same period last year.
Between January and March of this year the main markets for woodbased panels were Latin America (11% increase, equivalent to US$39 million) and North America (21% increase, US$17 million). In terms of volume, exports of woodbased panels totalled 308,000 cubic metres in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 8.5% over the same period in 2017.