European Waste Wood Group Conference, 27-28/09/2022 in Stockholm.

As part of our internationalisation, we are of course increasingly specialising in the respective markets of other European countries. This is also the case in the field of waste wood. We are all the more pleased when we can pass on our knowledge and exchange ideas with other market participants. Only recently an opportunity presented itself. Our colleague Serine Mazouni, responsible for business development in the French waste wood market, took part in the European Waste Wood Group Conference in Stockholm at the end of September. The event, organised by the German Waste Wood Association, focused on news and the current situation of the waste wood markets in Germany, Sweden and France.

In her conference presentation on the French waste wood market, Serine Mazouni noted that in France it is a highly consolidated market that works through “localism” and related subsidisation. But the increase in combustion and production capacities has drastically changed the market. Moreover, the pressure on waste wood has increased considerably since the pandemic. Panel manufacturers and power plants no longer source their wood only in the border regions, but throughout France, which also makes a difference to the price, as it is higher in the border regions. The available quantities of wood are decreasing and suppliers are struggling to fulfil their contracts. In addition, new large-scale waste wood projects will soon be launched in regions that are already “at capacity”.

One of the most important changes in the market in France is the gradual change of direction from being an exporting country to an importing country. Quantities are increasingly held domestically and even imported to compensate for local shortages. However, a final assessment of the development is hardly possible due to the generally volatile markets and in view of the situation on the energy price market. On the export side, however, the French market is slowly opening up to new transport options. Attempts are no longer being made to rely solely on shipping by vessels, but to use alternatives such as the road and rail network.

“We are also following the development of the waste wood market with great excitement,” Serine Mazouni tells us, “and we naturally want to make the Brüning Group known in France as well. We see ourselves primarily as a solution provider and not just a trader. With our network and the ability to operate over further distances, also with our in-house logistics, among other things, we as the Brüning Group are able to fill supply bottlenecks and gaps. This, of course, makes us an ideal partner.”