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					           Reports of Increased Timber Prices Welcomed by FRA
  Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has highlighted the news from the Malaysian Timber
Council (MTC) that the prices paid for its exported timber products are up by five per cent year-
                                             on-year.

Bainbridge Island, WA, October 08, 2012 - Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has highlighted
the news from the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) that the prices paid for its exported timber
products are up by five per cent year-on-year.

“This is great news for timber investors, as it suggests demand for timber is up and prices could
rise globally,” stated FRA’s analysis partner Peter Collins. The chief executive officer of the MTC,
Cheah Kam Huan, explained that the majority of the growth has been measured in the second half
of the year so far. He explained that the first half saw prices that were less favourable but that
demand from the US and elsewhere, particularly for timber furniture, was driving prices up in the
past few months.

Speaking at the International Conference on Market Requirement for Timber and Timber Products,
Mr Cheah said, “Hopefully, the second half would be better than the first half. So far, it is showing
good results.” In fact, exported timber furniture prices increase by an impressive 12 per cent so
far this second-half.

In addition to this good news came further positive noises from US–based International Wood
Products Association, Brent McClendon, who added that the value of hardwood plywood imports to
the UK from Malaysia so far this year had increased by 70 per cent.

FRA said that the reports that timber demand from the US was rising was great news for timber
investors everywhere. Mr Collins added, “We can see demand for timber continuing to rise from
the US, due to the improvements in the housing market.”

FRA supports a range of timber investment schemes and supports sustainable plantations
investment projects like those run by firms like Greenwood Management and Ethical Forestry
Investment in Brazil and elsewhere.

“Sustainably managed plantation timber is a good investment option for those looking to diversify
their portfolios.” added Collins.

Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394
info@forestry-research.com
http://www.forestry-research.com

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Description: Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has highlighted the news from the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) that the prices paid for its exported timber products are up by five per cent year-on-year.