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October 16, 2020

Impact of Covid-19 crisis on the Austrian sawmill industry

Impact of Covid-19 crisis on the Austrian sawmill industry

At the beginning of 2020 there was an undersupply of roundwood in Austria. The unlucky combination of high imports, an unplanned harvesting of the domestic forestry and the shutdown due to COVID-19 led to an oversupply of roundwood in Austria in April. Within a few weeks in May the situation changed again.

Almost all production lines were fully up and running again in May. The supply was accepted and the backlog from April was soon cleared.

The bad weather in some regions led to an undersupply of domestic roundwood and caused huge uncertainty and increased volumes had to be purchased from neighbouring regions. The alternative would have been shutting down operations for weeks at a time, which would have meant losing market share again. As in recent years, the quality distribution of roundwood ranges in the summer months remains a challenge for everyone in the industry.

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