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Flexible Wood Supply Chain

Objective

A number of studies indicate that the market demand for wood will lead to strong competition between the different wood industry branches. This is especially true in view of a globalised wood market, in which production is characterised by fast structural changes and concentration processes. Competition between different wood industries and the development towards large production units, as well as an often highly diversified forest owner structure, demands a flexible delivery of varying wood quantities and quality. This leads to high cost, which weakens the position of the European wood industry within a global market. In addition, hazardous environmental events, such as wind throws, forest fires or beetle attacks, have increased during the past years. There is strong evidence that hazardous environmental events will become even more frequent, leading to unforeseeable damage in forests and to excessive felling. Increased competition, natural risks and political and economical disturbances within a global market undermine the concept of a steady and predictable long term development of the forest sector. The challenge is to improve existing processes of the wood supply chain to the needs of wood industry under these changing conditions. In order to meet the market demands of an improved and flexible wood supply chain, novel logistic concepts must provide better information assessment on wood resources and enhance optimisation models. The proposed project would provide a better and faster response to the demands of the different wood industry branches, which will lead to an increase in value recovery.
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Coordinator

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Address

Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 708 400

Administrative Contact

Barbara Koch (Prof.)

Participants (14)

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University of Joensuu

Finland

STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 323 500

INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)

France

EU Contribution

€ 280 600

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 171 600

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 301 900

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 242 600

TreeMetrics Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 132 300

FORSTLICHE VERSUCHS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 262 800

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 147 000

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 68 400

INSTYTUT BADAWCZY LESNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 125 400

CGI SVERIGE AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 113 400

FORAN REMOTE SENSING AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 115 400

UNIVERSITE LAVAL

Canada

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245136

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 237 756

  • EU contribution

    € 2 993 300

Coordinated by:

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany