What is the current state of forest product markets and how will they develop in the future?
Forest-based industries – pulp and paper, solid wood products, and a number of downstream value-added wood-based manufacturers – have received limited attention in the pursuit of a successful implementation of EU and national bioeconomy strategies. According to Eurostat, the pulp and paper and solid wood products industries accounted for about 4.4% (€277 billion) of the production value and 5.4% (1.61 million) of total EU employment in manufacturing in 2013. The importance of the sector is far greater if one were to include forestry and logging and downstream wood-based industries (furniture, energy, chemicals, etc.).