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  • Timber prices likely to rise – is this the right time to invest in plantations?

    2012 - 10.08

    The demand for timber is increasing all over the world, and especially in emerging markets such as China and India. We believe that the price of timber will also be driven up as a result of the fact that the world’s timber firms simply can’t keep up with demand.

    China’s speedy development into an emerging super power has meant a major boost to the timber industry in the US and South America. The country expects the number of people living in its urban areas to double and is building 20 ‘mega cities’ and 50,000 high-rise buildings in order to try to house this growing urban population.

    Timber is still an important building material in China, with many homes and even office building using timber frames and cladding. Further good news for timberland managers in the Americas is that China no longer imports as much timber from Russia as it imposed an expensive tax on exported timber, making it too pricey.

    Those investing in timberland at the moment could see the value of the timber they own grow in value (as well as size of course!) this is why we believe it is a great time to opt for an ethical investment in plantations run sustainably, like those operated in Brazil by Greenwood Management.

    One Response to “Timber prices likely to rise – is this the right time to invest in plantations?”

    1. Paul Ondeng says:

      There is certainly something big happening around trees this century.

      Our organization is now facilitating acquisition of land in Kenya by institutional or large investor for trees. These are available for long term lease for investors with long time horizons.

      We can source up to 100,000 acres in the coastal region where small investors have already demonstrated potential with some having more than 140 000 trees (a combination of Eucalyptus, Neem and Melia Volkensis) on less than 600acres.

      I will be happy to provide details to any interested investor. My contacts paul.ondeng@corporaterenewalcentre.com

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